So I have to go to Baltimore next week for a work conference. Any awesome bars/places we should check out?
Also, what's the easiest way to get to DC from Baltimore? (We could rent a car if we have to.)
Thanks in advance!
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Pazo and Brewer's Art are both incredible places. Pazo is in the Harbor East neighborhood - Mediterranean food, great tapas, nice vibe. Good looking people. Same owner as the Charleston (which is an AWESOME place if you're going with an expense account).
Brewer's Art in Mt. Vernon is my fave in Baltimore. Great pub; incredible seasoned fries. Nice beer list. Home brews; 'Resurrection Ale' is really good. Perfect for Lent. Check it out.
As for driving directions, you either take 95 or 295. Both are susceptible to traffic - 95 is notorious into DC, and I think you pass 2 airports on 295. I'd probably take 295 tho.
Ask for Omar.
a tour of the Wire sites, if you are a fan of the show.
Also, you can take an Amtrak train straight from Baltimore to DC (or Philly/ NYC if you want). It's pretty easy.
is way cheaper, but doesn't run on weekends.
if you are coming from dulles airport you should just drive.
If you pay a little extra you can get the "stormy rain cloud" with the massage.
WMD! I got that WMD!
but back in the mid 90's the Inner Harbor area was pretty good, also University of Maryland is close, Annapolis is also another great town to check out. Should be able to get from Bal to DC on the "Metro" or their subway / train system.
Is definitely worth checking out if you're never been, and has some good attractions and you could (and should) spend an afternoon walking around and checking it out, but there's not much to keep your attention after that. The life of Baltimore right now is in little neighborhood pockets throughout the city.
MARC is great if you're going during a limited set of hours, otherwise I'd take 95 or the BW Parkway down to the Greenbelt metro station and just take Metro in from there. Don't drive INTO DC, for sure, but driving to the outermost metro works pretty well. I prefer Greenbelt (Greenline) to Silver Spring (Red Line) for it's easier drive and parking options.
...in the DC-BAL corridor is problematic and the right approach is heavily dependant on time of day, day of week, season.
Car rental to Greenbelt Metro station certainly may be the way to go. So could MARC to Union Station.
Anyone who drives, just remember that I-95 and the BW Pkwy (MD-295) are the major arteries for the substantial commuter traffic between the two cities and the only artery for east coast north-south traffic. The result of this daily collision is not pretty.
Of course if you're talking the weekend, that's a different story.
First, for Baltimore to DC renting a car is your best bet, hands down. There is a commuter train (MARC) that runs during the week at commuting hours, but beyond that the two cities are really disconnected.
If you're in town for a conference you're within striking distance to a lot of good stuff--assuming you're staying downtown. The downtown area doesn't really have much going for it at night but there are some nearby areas that are walkable, or a quick cab/drive away. I recommend:
Federal Hill--FULL of restaurants and bars just south of downtown. Easily walkable (up Light or Charles) from the convention center.
Little Italy/Harbor East--Little Italy is a nice neighborhood with great restaurants, Harbor East is a new development that is more high-end and has some retail. The two are essentially next to one another. These are just east of the Inner Harbor and are safe to walk to, although a little far from the convention center.
Fell's Point--Another Bar/Restaurant hub in the city. A must-go if you've never been there. There is live music all over the place and a pretty good diversity of choices. A hike from downtown, it's a pretty easy walk from Harbor East (just take the Waterfront Promenande)
There are more areas in the city (Mt. Vernon, Canton, Mt. Washington) that are cool and have a lot going for them too. The nice thing about those first three areas though is that they're all safe to walk to without getting stuck in bad areas in-between. Also, Fell's and Little Italy/Harbor East are all on the new FREE Charm City Circulator route, which I took this weekend for the first time and is really nice and convenient. You can pick it up right downtown and take it into Little Italy or Harbor East, with easy access to Fell's from there.
The Inner Harbor is still fun. Lots going on in Canton, Fells point, etc. At the inner harbor, the aquarium and science center are both great ways to kill a few hours if that is your thing.
The aquarium is one of the best in the US.
The University of Maryland is located closer to DC than it is to Baltimore.
Annapolis is an interesting place to walk around - a visit to the Naval Academy is interesting and informative if you get to that part of town. One piece of advice, the state legislature is in session and getting around Annapolis can be a pain in the butt.
We're staying at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore "on the Inner Harbor"
Edit: we're flying in and out of Baltimore. I just want to go to DC because it's one of my favorite places to be and I'm supposed to meet a couple friends there.
let me know.
I would love DC suggestions. My friend and I like swanky places to get drinks and people watch/meet interesting people.
Walk down Light Street for 5 minutes into Federal Hill and go to the Abbey Burger Bistro. You won't regret it.
--per your vegetarian comment below--they have ample veggie burger options as well.
If you were going to do one thing in Baltimore it should be ripping a bong with Phelps
#1. Baltimore. Stay away from crabs of all varieties (it doesn't matter what color they are).
They eat shit that dies and floats to the bottom. Nasty business.
#2. DC is south of Baltimore. So head that way. Stop when you recognize the buildings from West Wing. If people's accents start to sound really funny, then you've gone too far. Turn around.
#3. DC is full of buildings made of white stone (or maybe they are painted white I'm not sure).
Many of these buildings are full of famous old things. If looking at famous old things is enjoyable to you, do that.
"#1. Baltimore. Stay away from crabs of all varieties (it doesn't matter what color they are).
They eat shit that dies and floats to the bottom. Nasty business."
LOL. They're eating my shit since the river that runs by my house goes to the Chesapeake.
I'm strictly vegetarian and do not even eat seafood of any kind but I will pass this wonderful information on to my friend.
I lived in DC for a summer and have seen a lot. The last time I was in DC (October) we went to this place called the Old Ebbitt Grill near The White House--it was amazing.
Didn't see this before my reply. Completely agree on Ebbitt.
Inner Harbor is always a good time if the weather's nice-- tour the ship, if you're into nautical/history it's well worth it.
Fell's Point is a less touristy and more unique stop-- lots of interesting bars, shops, etc.
And whatever you do, you need to realize that every single restaurant will offer you the best crabcakes in Baltimore.
We were in DC last summer on a weekend and craved an Orioles game (Camden Yards is an awesome place to watch baseball). Other posters are right the commuter MARC train does not run, but it is not hard to use Amtrak instead, as follows:
Amtrak drops you at an old station in Baltimore that is connected by streetcar directly to Camden Yard. The streetcar leaves from a lower level of the Amtrak station. They run on weekend late enough to catch the game, but if for some reason you are out celebrating afterwards a cab to the Amtrak station is not difficult.
Westminster Cemetery, on the southeast corner of Fayette and Greene Sts.Map
It's what Maryland does best
Crabcakes and syphilis... THAT's what Maryland does best.
One of the main streets in Bmore. Hit it up. There are a bunch of decent bars and the majority of restaurants are good.
If you're looking for good Italian food than you can't go wrong with Little Italy. It's kinda expensive, but amazing.
It is where all the visiting players go when they are in town to play the Ravens or Orioles. I've attached a link.
I think it's too early for them--they close for the winter when Crabs aren't in season, and I think we're still a few weeks away from that point, and in the early season you'll probably get some stuff flown up from the Gulf (LA, TX) to supplement the local crabs.
If they are open though, they're great. They use their own spice mix that is a cool peppery departure from the Old Bay that you'll get everywhere else.
1) There's nothing to do in Baltimore, America's most boring city.
2) Best way to get to DC in my opinion is the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. B-W Parkway to US-50 which turns into New York Ave. That'll take you straight into downtown.
I live downtown and for my money, the best restaurant for a good night out is Old Ebbitt Grill at 15th and G. In my opinion, best crabcake in the area (not to mention a great oyster bar). There's no shortage of fantastic restaurants though.
For going out, I recommend the midtown area. Plenty of bars, plenty of variety. Avoid the carnival that is Adams Morgan like the plague.
If you need any other advice or help, I'm happy to help.
Lessons from my Baltimore experience...
DO: Go to Broadway Diner. They're open 24 hours and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, plus they have a full bar(!). It's featured on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show if you're into that. And IIRC there's a sports bar or nightclub adjacent to it.
ANOTHER DO: Go to the harbor area and take a water taxi. (Optional: Tell your co-workers, "I'm on a BOAT!")
DON'T: Stay at the Comfort Inn by the airport. Among other things, the fire alarm might go off at 2AM for an hour straight for no reason.