HonFest 2019 in photos


The local tradition continues on, hon. Thousands descended on The Avenue in Hampden this weekend for two days of music, food, vendors and beehive hairdos at HonFest, the annual celebration of Baltimore’s working women.

Attendees also enjoyed a contest to crown the Best Hon, an oyster shucking contest and (mostly) great weather.

Check out our photos from 2019’s HonFest.

Bluebird Pub in Hampden has reopened after flooding

Photo by Ethan McLeod

You may have already noticed if you were wandering Hampden over Memorial Day weekend, but just to keep everyone in the loop: Bluebird Pub is back open.

Flooding ruins the party at Bluebird’s new Hampden pub on opening weekend

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The Bluebird Pub’s discreet sign. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Maintenance issues have promptly put a damper on the party at Hampden’s newest bar, The Bluebird Pub, which opened just this past Friday on the basement level of the building housing Bluebird Cocktail Room and Belgian beer hall De Kleine Duivel.

Prime Corner bodega in Hampden will close at end of May

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Prime Corner, the Hampden bodega carrying upscale and locally made food and essentials, will close at the end of May, the business posted on Facebook.

“I’m just in awe thinking of how many new friends / sweet popups / pints of Taharka there have been in such a short time,” owner Tess Russell posted on Facebook. “Bodegas are defined by their communities as much as their snacks and we’ve had so much fun being yours.”

Bluebird Cocktail Room’s new Hampden pub, The Pub, to open next Friday

The outside of The Pub, beneath De Kleine Duivel and Bluebird Cocktail Room. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Hampden’s upscale Bluebird Cocktail Room is ready to pull back the curtain on its lower-level concept, with plans to open on Friday, May 10.

Come party at CO-BALT Workspace, home to Baltimore Fishbowl HQ

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The former Apostolic Truth Tabernacle church on the 1000 block of W. 36th Street is now CO-BALT Workspace, a co-working office building along The Avenue in Hampden.

It also happens to be the home of Baltimore Fishbowl, and the new owners are throwing a party with free food and drinks on April 26 that’s open to the public. Neighborhood favorites like Food Market, Luigi’s Italian Deli, Cafe Hon and Sweet Side Cafe will all be represented in the food spread.

Raise a Glass to Baltimore at Live Baltimore’s April Happy Hour at Waverly Brewing on 4/5


Live Baltimore April Happy HourThis April, meet your friends and Live Baltimore at Waverly Brewing for the I Love City Life Happy Hour. Slated for Friday, April 5, enjoy some good beer, good friendship and good conversation from 5-8pm. For a $10 donation you will receive one glass and one draft beer. Cheers!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Businesses Thrive and Community Flourishes in Hampden


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When you ask merchants and residents of Hampden what makes their neighborhood a great place to open a business, grow a family or just to live day-to-day, the answer is always the same.

“It’s a unique blend of artists, working class people, general Baltimore weirdos and business owners all mixing together with new residents and visitors,” said Benn Ray, co-owner of Atomic Books on Falls Road and president of the Hampden Village Merchants Association, a group of about 150 merchants that promote the neighborhood’s business interests. “[Hampden] is a neighborhood with a lot of character and community.”

Little Bird in Hampden to shut down this weekend, plans in works for pub-style expansion

Photo by Ethan McLeod

Bluebird Cocktail Room’s subterranean sibling will pour its final cappuccinos and spritzes this weekend, as the operators plan to shut it down after Sunday’s breakfast and lunch service.

Team behind Papi’s Tacos in Hampden eyes mid-March opening

Photo by Brandon Weigel

Baltimore restaurateur Charlie Gjerde says his team is “coming down the home stretch” for its anticipated Papi’s Tacos location in Hampden, and is tentatively eyeing an opening in mid-March.