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The Ottobar

In the same year it was named one of the nation's best rock clubs by Rolling Stone magazine, The Ottobar's future looked uncertain. The beloved bar and venue, founded on Davis Street downtown in 1997 before moving to its current N. Howard Street location, was put up for sale in November, and then things went quiet.

People speculated on the buyer, fearing some developer would come in and either suck the soul out of the space or knock it down altogether for a fancier building. Then, in May, one of the best possible outcomes happened: The Ottobar announced head bartender Tecla Tesnau would be buying the club.

With the very real possibility that The Ottobar would close, Tesnau had to step in.
"I decided I couldn't let that happen if it was at all possible for me to make the Ottobar continue as it has," she told Baltimore Fishbowl earlier this year.

By hosting happy hours, trivia nights and theme parties, and music that spans indie rock, punk, metal and hip-hop, The Ottobar means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For me, it's both my spot for watching the Ravens on Sundays and the place I chipped my tooth while in the middle of a po-going crowd at local post-hardcore band Double Dagger's final show.

Tesnau said she's looking to collaborate with more artists and bookers to make the venue an even more inclusive space.

"I'm interested in continuing to make this a spot for the Baltimore creative community to hang out and showcase how awesome they are. Because we are awesome."

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‘Rolling Stone’ names Ottobar one of the 10 best live music venues in America

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The Ottobar is one of the 10 best live music venues in the country, according to no less an authority than legendary rock magazine Rolling Stone.

Event Pick: Grab some free posters and cheap drinks at Ottobar

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Anyone’s who has ever taken a moment in the back room of the Ottobar has seen the old posters covering the tops of the walls. It’s an ever-growing monument to the Ottobar’s history and legacy as one of the best rock clubs in Baltimore. Well, apparently the venue has more posters than wall space, and it’s giving away some extras absolutely free (limit three per person).

Event Pick: Listen to Your Favorite Video Game Tunes at Itty Bitty Bit Gen 2


Fresh off the video game convention MAG Fest at National Harbor, Bit Gen Gamer Fest is coming to Ottobar in itty bitty form for a night of video game music that promises to warm you up “like an overheating PS2.”

Bit Gen, a Festival Wholly Devoted to Video Game Music, Returns at the Ottobar

Rare Candy plays at Bit Gen Gamer Fest in 2016. Photo courtesy of Bit Gen.

It’s a rare, special moment, John DeCampos explains: You’re immersed in a classic arcade game, drinking a nice, cold craft beer, when a live band across the room starts playing a high-energy, spot-on cover of a tune from the very game that’s captivated you.

Future Islands Dishes on Baltimore Music Scene to The New York Times

Future Islands plays in Hamburg, Germany, in 2012. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Future Islands is buzzing again, thanks to the pending release of the synth-pop band’s fifth album, “The Far Field.” In a short piece published yesterday in The New York Times, two of the band’s three members shared some of their buzz by touting some of their Baltimore musical peers.

Future Islands Adds Two More Nights of Ottobar Shows for ‘The Far Field’ Album Release

Future Islands performing in Germany in 2015. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore trio Future Islands has thrown a bone to hometown fans by adding two more shows at the Ottobar after the first one sold out.

Future Islands Will Perform Their New Album at the Ottobar on April 7

Still from a video for "Ran," a single off of The Far Field, via YouTube/Future Islands

The members of Baltimore-based synthpop trio Future Islands are making sure fans in their home city are the first to hear them play their new album live.