Bars & Cafes
This elegant restaurant features floor-to-ceiling murals of cafe scenes and gilded mirrors. The owners redecorated the dining room in the mid-90s; only the cracked tile floor is original. To start, try a half-order of the gnocchi in red pepper sauce or sample from the tapas Bar. For a main course, the thin-crusted pizza is a nice choice. Made with homemade sauce and topped with mozzarella, it is a gourmet delight. For dessert, choose from truffles, fresh fruit served with ice cream and Profiteroles with chocolate sauce.
This friendly little place called David & Dad's is great if you're looking for breakfast on the go. They offer a wide range of fresh-baked muffins; everything from blueberry to chocolate chip; as well as a good variety of breakfast sandwiches. They also do lunch, offering a large menu of deli and specialty sandwiches. Their Reuben is especially good - plenty of dressing and sauerkraut, without being too wet. There are a few tables, but most of the business is take out. Be sure to try a brownie.
Mick O'Shea's Irish Pub and Restaurant features live Irish music, five nights a week. Inside, you'll find a massive bar with wooden tables to complete the décor. Much of the food is standard bar fare, but heartier dishes are also available. Be sure to try the Celtic entrees like Shepherd's Pie, Irish Stew, and Corn Beef and Cabbage.
The folks at this lovely downtown eatery believe that a quick lunch can still be a satisfying culinary experience. Witness the extensive and creative array of fresh salads, soups, pizzas, noodle dishes and sandwiches. The Grilled Salmon Club delivers more enjoyment than you'd even think to ask from a sandwich. Similarly, the environment is more than you'd expect from a casual lunch-spot. The soothing lemon-yellow walls, high ceilings and comfortable couches are just the ticket for unwinding after a hectic morning. Sascha's also serves dinner.
One of the oldest eateries in Baltimore, the Midtown Yacht Club has been around for more than a hundred years now. It is largely popular, particularly for its Sunday brunches. The efficient and friendly staff are always ready to assist you in ordering from the menu. Choose from the fresh seafood, prepared to perfection, and the mouthwatering steaks. Drop by during the Happy Hour on weekdays to avail of special offers. The in-house DJ sets the house rocking from on Thursday nights.
Tug's Bar & Grill gets its name from ‘tugboat', and the gastronomic creations available here are as varied as the waves. The ambience sinks in as one walks into warm colored interiors with TV screens and a glass partition between the bar and dining area. An aquarium and a fully-stocked, deep-colored wood bar break through the design. You guessed it—seafood is the specialty here, and the fun is in trying out some innovative treats, such as mussels in your beer, Cream of Crab Soup and Filet Mignon. Those who prefer meat can select from the array of steaks on the menu. The only thing that can beat all of this is the recently introduced free wireless internet service, their way of thanking guests!
This trendy coffee shop boasts an enormous selection of coffee accouterments and beans, as well as a fine selection of pastries and snacks. Come in for a tasty breakfast croissant or a tempting sandwich. There is a wide variety of pita wraps sporting tasty combinations of ham, turkey and cheese with alfalfa sprouts and avocado. Each sandwich is named for a prominent Baltimore street or neighborhood. For dessert, sink your teeth into a homemade pastry.
One is a popular first-class nightclub featuring four levels, each devoted to an element—earth, water, fire and air. The 22,000 square feet club offers a different musical style each night ranging from hip-hop to reggae to dance. Be sure to call or check website for the upcoming night's events and specials. Be aware of the dress code—no athletic wear or shoes, no ripped clothing and no baseball hats.
Hollywood Diner was the main location for Baltimore-born film director Barry Levinson's coming-of-age film classic "Diner." It was also featured in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle," and was a frequent location for the dramatic TV series "Homicide." No doubt you would find its chrome exterior and homey interior familiar. But it's also special in another sense. It is run by the non-profit Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, which hires at-risk youth to serve up the wonderfully prepared classic American diner fare.
The Sidebar Tavern is all about drinking and having a good time. A vibrant atmosphere coupled with brick lined walls evoke a typical tavern-like feel. Guzzle down cool glasses of beer as you enjoy the nightly musical extravaganza. Special theme-nights, DJ events and live acts ensure that you stay entertained through and through. Meet new people as you sip on a cool concoction and shake a leg. Certain events are reserved for certain age groups. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events and exact show times.
Add a zing to your nightlife with Sonar. This sassy nightclub boasts of a stylish decor, decent selection of spirits and hip live music that can amp up any crowd. But the live performances by popular events and club events hosted here are the real attraction. People trip on the music by bands like KRS One, Ladytron and Pink Spiders. And crowd sets in for the much-awaited Maryland Deathfest and Taxlo!
Stroll into this venue before or after your big meal. If it is not already playing host to a sporting gala, it will be a good spot to relax and enjoy a few drinks with friends. Up to 200 people can be accommodated here, and the billiards table is where one can have the most fun. A delectable selection of cocktails, cordials and martinis are on the menu. You can also puff the quality cigars available here.