Best Venue: The Crown

1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848,

No other venue in Baltimore exemplifies the city’s multitudes: Where the hell else could your week look like this, in the same spot? Start with karaoke on Tuesday, and while you wait for your song pop over to whatever’s happening in the Blue Room or Back Bar—usually some really great DJ, like Trillnatured. Cool punk band or plinky gutter rawk band on Wednesday, or maybe a movie screening, or another DJ such as James Nasty. Comedy night or a poetry reading or trivia on a Thursday. Friday night dance party or rap show or avant garde improv poet band or some ingenious combination of each; Saturday night maybe a similar vibe but everyone’s more rested up to party harder, Sunday night book club or poetry reading or another cool indie band or something. On Monday, we rest.

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