When it comes to things to do after dinner in Baltimore, you’ll find that the city offers more than just dive bars and nightclubs. Once a rowdy seaport in the 1720s, this major Maryland city has transformed into a vibrant city with quirky attractions and renowned universities – earning its nickname Charm City in 1975.

    There are many places to go at night in Baltimore, from cocktail bars and breweries to science centres and communal dancing venues. Whether you’re with family or friends, you’ll find something to enjoy after a filling dinner in Baltimore.

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    Visit a Baltimore brewery

    Enjoy a craft beer experience in the city

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    Baltimore has a very thriving beer scene, so visiting a brewery (or several) is an excellent way to spend an evening in the city. You can find excellent brewpubs, taprooms and beer co-ops in just every neighbourhood.

    The Brewer's Art is a 2-level brewpub specialising in Belgian-style ales, while UNION Craft Brewing offers a spacious taproom with 18 drafts and free brewery tours on Saturdays. Other prominent Baltimore breweries include Oliver Brewing Co, Guinness Open Gate Brewery, and Waverly Brewing Co.  

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    Hippodrome Theatre

    A classic venue for touring Broadway productions

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    Hippodrome Theatre is part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Downtown Baltimore. Established in 1914, this former vaudeville theatre can accommodate around 2,500 people at a time.

    Some of the best touring Broadway musicals that have taken place here include Cats, Wicked, Les Misérables, and Hairspray. If you’re into live music, check out the Hippodrome Theatre Jazz Series, which take place on Mondays at the theatre’s lower level. Doors open at 7 pm, while the concert starts at 7.30 pm.

    Location: 12 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

    Open: Box office: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 410-837-7400

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    Stargazing at Maryland Science Center

    See the night sky using a rooftop telescope

    • Nightlife
    • Families
    • Budget

    The Maryland Science Center hosts free stargazing sessions at its rooftop observatory on Friday evenings. The centre opens its doors from 7 pm until 10.30 pm, allowing you to use the Clark Telescope and observe the night sky. You can also reserve the observatory to enjoy a personalised ‘Evening Under the Stars’ guided tour.

    Even if the event gets cancelled due to weather conditions, you can still enjoy plenty of interesting activities at the Maryland Science Center throughout the day.

    Location: 601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA

    Open: Friday from 7 pm to 10 pm (hours may vary)

    Phone: +1 410-685-2370

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    Mobtown Ballroom

    Learn how to dance at this communal venue

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    • Couples
    • Single

    Mobtown Ballroom is an excellent place to mingle with the locals, especially if you love dancing. Located in Baltimore’s Washington Boulevard, it occupies a restored church that dates back to the 1870s, with a 2,500-sq-ft dancefloor.

    Mobtown Ballroom welcomes dancers of all levels – aspiring and professionals alike – with its regular dance nights. On Mondays and Fridays, you get to enjoy drop-in beginner lessons at 8 pm, followed with swing and Lindy Hop dance from 9 pm to 11.30 pm. The dance venue also hosts belly dance, burlesque, and art shows on certain times of the year.

    Location: 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA

    Phone: +1 443-699-3040

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    Baltimore Wicked History Tours

    Enjoy a walking tour or pub crawl of the historic Fell’s Point

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    • History

    The Baltimore Wicked History Tours is an established company that organises walking tours and pub crawls of the city’s historic neighbourhoods. One of its most popular options is the Fells Point Wicked History Pub Tour – a guide shares interesting stories while taking you to some of the area’s best speakeasies and taverns, many of which are supposedly haunted.

    You can also join the Mount Vernon Wicked History Pub Tour to learn about prominent figures such as Francis Scott Key and F. Scott Fitzgerald, both of whom have died in this part of Baltimore. The walking tours take around 2 hours and drinks aren’t included in the tour price.

    Location: Outside Max's sidebar, 731 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA

    Phone: +1 877-293-1571

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    The Horse You Came In On Saloon

    This historic bar claims to have served Edgar Allan Poe before his death

    • Nightlife
    • History

    The Horse You Came In On Saloon dates back to 1775, making it one of the longest-running nightlife spots in Maryland. It occupies a colonial building in the Fell’s Point Historic District, featuring saddle-shaped seats and 2 different bars.

    The bar claims to have served Edgar Allen Poe his last drink just a few days before his death in 1849 – look for his old seat that’s marked ‘Poe’s Last Stop’. The Horse You Came In On Saloon regularly hosts live music, mostly original country rock and cover songs.

    Location: 1626 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA

    Phone: +1 410-327-8111

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    Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

    A lively venue with over 2,000 slot machines and 150 table games

    • Nightlife
    • Luxury

    Horseshoe Casino Baltimore occupies a 2-level building with a 122,000-sq-ft gaming floor on Russell Street, about 1.5 miles southwest of Inner Harbor. Inside, you’ll find around 2,200 slot machines, a 25-table poker room, and over 150 tables games.

    Horseshoe Casino’s onsite dining options include Gordon Ramsay Steak, Fú Noodle House, GDL Italian by Giada, and Guy Fieri's Kitchen. You can find casual bites such as pizzas, sandwiches and burgers at the Baltimore Marketplace, located on the 1st level of the casino.

    Location: 1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 844-777-7463

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    Power Plant Live!

    Baltimore’s dedicated nightlife district

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    • Nightlife

    Power Plant Live! in Market Place offers a variety of bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants. It’s one of Baltimore’s liveliest nightlife districts, with most of its venues facing an outdoor plaza that features an outdoor bar, a large video screen, and a sound and light show.

    Fans of live music can enjoy a weekly line-up of DJs, rock and punk bands at Angel's Rock Bar, Tin Roof, and Rams Head Live!. If you prefer staying sober, check out the indoor axe-throwing centre and escape room. Power Plant Live! is within a 5-minute walk of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

    Location: 34 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA

    Open: Hours vary by venue

    Phone: +1 410-727-5483

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    Charm City Pedal Mill

    Make some friends while barhopping on a pedal-powered bike

    • Nightlife
    • Group

    Charm City Pedal Mill offers a unique way of barhopping in Baltimore – using a pedal-powered bike. The bike can accommodate up to 15 people, with a guide steering you to some of the area’s most popular bars. There’s also music playing through the bike's stereo system while you’re pedalling the bike.

    As it requires a group effort, Charm City Pedal Mill is very popular for bachelor and bachelorette parties. If you’re not with a group, this tour is great for making new friends in Baltimore. The 2-hour long tour starts and ends in front of Ale Mary's Tavern on Fleet Street.

    Location: 1920 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 12.15 am

    Phone: +1 443-956-6455

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    Bookmakers Cocktail Club

    For New American dishes and craft cocktails

    • Nightlife

    Bookmakers Cocktail Club is an intimate space offering excellent cocktails and innovative American dishes. Its bartenders create a seasonal menu of handcrafted cocktails using housemade bitters, tinctures and drams. You can also find classics like daiquiri and old fashioned on the cocktail list.

    Happy hour is from Sundays to Fridays between 4 pm and 7 pm, as well as Fridays and Saturdays from 11 pm to 1 am. Bookmakers Cocktail Club is in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighbourhood, about 0.4 miles north of the Maryland Science Center.

    Location: 31 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 4 pm to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 4 pm to 1.30 am, Sunday from 3 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 443-438-4039

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