Baltimanual 2013

  • Saving the Day

    Saving the Day

    Baltimore needs some explaining. It’s a city of contrasts: poverty and luxury, friendliness and crime, packed with both history and innovation, where neighborhoods can change drastically from one block to the next. Whether you’re just in town for a convention, have lived here your whole life, or...

  • Getting Around

    Getting Around

    Baltimore infamously lacks an integrated, comprehensive mass transit system connecting all neighborhoods with the tourist areas and larger interstate transit hubs. Fifty years of poor planning and general stupidity have left the city with a mishmash of buses and trains, and the need for car-less...

  • Tourist Attractions

    Tourist Attractions

    “Baltimore,” the song by Randy Newman from the 1970s, features a hooker, a drunk, and a refrain—“Man, it’s hard just to live”—that struck enough of a chord with the likes of Nils Lofgren, Nina Simone, David Gray, and Mullyman that they all covered it. Yet visitors can easily revel in Charm City’s...

  • The Art Scene

    The Art Scene

    The city’s art scene may not get the same level of national attention as the music scene but it is every bit as vibrant. And with the planned extension of the Station North Arts District, the new Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District on the west side, and the partnership of Single Carrot...

  • The Music Scene

    The Music Scene

    It’s been five years since Rolling Stone crowned Baltimore the best music scene in America. Since then, plenty of bands have gotten more national press, others have broken up, and many more have formed. The plaudits and coverage from music mags and tastemaker blogs might not be at the same level...

  • Film and TV Tour

    Film and TV Tour

    There’s a scene in the eighth episode of Season 1 of The Wire where Wee-Bey heaps a healthy dollop of horseradish onto a pit beef sandwich and says, “The trick is not to give a fuck, boy. I got this.” Guy Fieri would concur; there’s an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that finds the bleached-blond...

  • Dining

    Dining

    Once upon a time, local food in Baltimore meant sauerkraut and Berger cookies, pit beef and crabs slathered in Old Bay. Today, it still means all that, but also fermented radishes and pigs that spend their lives foraging for acorns in the woods. As each new restaurant flicks on the filament lights...

  • Breweries and Wineries

    Breweries and Wineries

    Whether you’re kicking back on the weekend or just visiting, there’s nothing so pleasant as traveling to the actual brewery or winery that produces the boozy goodness that flows through a city’s taps and glasses. We’re lucky in Baltimore, which claims both rich craft-brewing and viniculture scenes,...

  • Nightlife

    Nightlife

    A city’s bar scene provides some of the most essential insights into its character: their patrons, their atmospheres, their prices reveal much. In this beginner’s guide to Baltimore’s liquored-up landscape, we’ve mapped out the bars by category (dive, sports, booze, swanky, and gay) and included...

  • Red Light

    Red Light

    Part of Charm City’s charm is its louche nightlife. Where else in America can you find a red-light district across the street from police headquarters (and around the corner from the tourist-friendly Inner Harbor)? The Block, as that red-light district is fondly known, goes all the way back to...

  • Shopping

    Shopping

    We love shopping and if you think that’s shallow you can just stop judging—we don’t have to justify a little retail therapy when it comes to Baltimore. Whether it’s tourist-like window shopping in a ’hood across town, getting inspiration from the chicest boutiques, or avoiding the same old cheaply...

  • Sports and Recreation

    Sports and Recreation

    Baltimore is the center of the sports universe. We’ve got the Super Bowl champion Ravens and the suddenly super Orioles, looking for consecutive playoff berths, not to mention the MISL champion Baltimore Blast, amazing prepschool and college lacrosse, and some of the best high school and rec basketball...

  • Baltimore for Kids

    Baltimore for Kids

    For a city with a soaring murder rate, endemic poverty, and a horribly mismanaged public school system, Baltimore is a surprisingly great place to raise kids. Really! True, city parents have to work a little harder than their counterparts in, say, Bethesda to find safe neighborhoods and good schools—but...

  • Places to Stay

    Places to Stay

    Baltimore: home of the Hon, the final resting place of Poe, muse of John Waters, and the place where you can find the best Maryland crab cake on earth. It’s called Charm City for good reason. But it’s not such a charming place if you don’t have a place to sleep off those dozen or so crabs and Natty...

  • Annual Events

    Annual Events

    From Fourth of July celebrations in the high heat of summer to tree-lighting ceremonies in the chill of December, Baltimore is a city for all seasons. And lest you have a dull weekend, City Paper has compiled a soup-to-nuts agenda of all that’s happening around town. Don’t worry, we’ve covered...

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