Tag: nightlife

Hammerjacks Could Anchor a New Entertainment District Near Camden Yards

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The latest iteration of Hammerjacks nightclub likely will be the cornerstone for a new entertainment district near M&T Bank Stadium and the Horseshoe Casino, a city planner said yesterday.

The Hippo May Live On in New Nightclub

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Baltimore’s Hippo nightclub closed last year, but part of it may live on at a new nightclub that’s planning to open this fall.

Event of the Day: Patterson Park Summer Concert Series with Cold Spring Jazz Quartet

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From the Baltimore Fishbowl events page…

6:30pm – 8:30pm | FREE!

Patterson Park

27 Patterson Park Avenue

For over a decade Cold Spring Jazz Quartet has appeared regularly around Baltimore, winning a broad and loyal following. Deeply rooted in bebop and blues, this versatile group dazzles audiences with a variety of sounds and moods. If you like relaxing on Pagoda Hill (and we think you do), don’t miss this top-notch jazz concert.

Liam Flynn’s Ale House Expanding with New Food Menu and More Seats

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Courtesy Bmore Media – Liam Flynn’s Ale House in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District is expanding with additional seating and a new kitchen, featuring Scottish and Irish favorites to go with their popular beers and ales.

The expansion will increase the Ale House’s footprint within the North Avenue Market building where it’s located from 2,200 square feet to 3,000 square feet, says Liam Flynn, who co-owns the bar with wife Jessica. The Ale House currently seats about 64 and after the renovation, it will increase its capacity to about 100 with new outdoor tables and more seats at the bar. The new kitchen should be ready by August.

Charm City Cook: A Visit to The Newly Re-Opened Chesapeake Restaurant

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The Chesapeake Restaurant, 1701 North Charles Street. Photo ourtesy Monumental City.
The Chesapeake Restaurant, 1701 N. Charles Street. Photo courtesy Monumental City.

The Chesapeake. You went there a million years ago. Or maybe it was your dad (like mine). Or maybe your grandparents used to talk about it. Or you just walked or drove by it for the last 20-plus years wondering what it used to be. Well, back in the day, it was quite the place to go. Think business lunches and anniversary dinners – which included things like steaks, seafood and old school cocktails. It opened in 1933 and sadly, closed in 1986.

Baltimore is a city that values its history, but also embraces new ideas, too: we’re of a mixed bag. The juxtaposition of old and new is quite evident at the Chesapeake. First, they kept the name. Some may say that’s the easy way out…or boring. I disagree. It’s so smart. When I visited for the opening this week, people were all around me saying to the managers, servers and bartenders, “My parents used to come here.” “My boss said he used to take clients here back in the day.” And on and on. And on. So, retaining the name, retains the nostalgia. And, boy, Baltimoreans are nostalgic. They’re even having Throwback Thursdays for those who want to experience the food and cocktails of the original menu. Smart, I’m telling you.

So, the vibe. Vibe is important, no? This place is relaxed, not trying too hard, but definitely putting a little effort in. Yes, they have industrial-esque hanging lights and Edison light bulbs mixed with a gorgeous, modern marble bar and simple bar stools…it all works. And as for that minimal chic decor, it’s not quite ‘done’ yet. Stay tuned for some finishing touches. From the Woodberry-esque uniforms (hello, checked shirts and dark, somewhat skinny jeans…) to the cocktail menu to the minimal chic decor, this place says now. But not in a “we are SO COOL” kind of way. The servers are friendly, helpful and present when needed. As a former waitress, I always struggled with the balance of checking in vs. leaving alone. You have to sort of size up your guests and figure out what they want. That’s not always easy. Our bartender got it just right. I also will point out that the bar stools are padded and pretty comfy. Again, smart. If you keep sitting, you keep eating and drinking! And, I do love having dinner at the bar. Big fan. AND, gals…they have hooks under the bar for your bag. SCORE! One more thing that would be smart (a’la The Food Market in Hampden) would be free valet parking. I had no trouble finding parking, but not everyone is interested in street parking and some won’t want to pay for the lot in the back. But providing valet is a whole other biz and I don’t really blame them for not going there.

The cocktail menu is tight. I like that…too many choices overwhelm me. On my first visit, I tried two cocktails – the Silent in the Morning (Panamanian white rum, lemon, local honey, orange, egg white) and the Mikey’s Rule (Maryland rye, Peychaud’s bitters, maple syrup, absinthe). I liked the latter much more. I thought the egg white of the former would have been more frothy, but maybe they are still working on their game. It’s early. My friend had the Tom Selleck – bitter orange liquor, sweet vermouth, Philadelphia gin and ginger – and it was excellent. I’d definitely recommend that one. One side note: My water glass was continuously filled as I sat and enjoyed our snacks. Little things like that…things that should (but often do not) happen, I notice and appreciate. Thank you, Del.

Chesapeake Silent in the Morning

Silent in the Morning

Chesapeake Mikey's Rule

Mikey’s Rule

Chesapeake Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Swinging Swamies Tonight at Belvedere Square

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The Swinging Swamies play an eclectic mix of jazz and world rhythms. From 1930’s jazz to 1970’s funk and everything in between, it is the band’s goal to present to listeners a wide range of popular as well as lesser-known music.

Towson’s Recher Theatre to Close, Be Replaced by Awful-Sounding Nightclub

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The beloved-by-some, tolerated-by-others Recher Theatre, a longtime home for Baltimore County teens with Hot Topic outfits and rebellious haircuts, has announced that it will be closing at the end of March, after nearly 17 years of operation. Opening in the concert venue’s place will be a nightclub with the ominous name “Torrent Lounge.”

New Years Eve at E-Villa

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catch of the day fish (2)It’s common for us to talk about how Thanksgiving’s arrival brings with it a tidal wave of pressure about the upcoming holidays. But no one talks about that low-level pressure that accompanies that tidal wave, which is the nagging question (sometimes spoken, sometimes not) of “what are you doing for New Year’s?” Well, here at Catch of the Day, we’ve been privately scoping out the hot options, so as not to be left out in the cold, as it were. What’s our best bet? The New Year’s Eve party at Mount Vernon’s E-Villa.

USA Today Characterizes Baltimore as “Sexy” (That’s Gotta be a First)

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Sexy Baltimore’s Four Seasons Infinity Pool

USA Today has a slide show on its website of the Four Seasons and credits the Harbor East hotel as giving Baltimore a new sexy image.

“The opening of the Four Seasons Baltimore hotel in the upscale Harbor East neighborhood gives gritty Baltimore a refreshingly sexy, new look,” the story reads.

The slide show is accompanied by a story on the Four Seasons’ entry into the Baltimore market, including an interview with developer Michael Beatty.

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