Crabs, definitely. I vote for Obrycki’s. Don’t waste your time on anything smaller than the largest they have. With a couple pitchers of beer this is a serious investment of time and also some of the best fun I have ever had with good friends.
I don’t know about bachelor party stuff but I love Baltimore. My friend had his bachelor party there and I don’t know what they did other than candle pin bowling, but I do know they had an incredibly fun time.
I disagree. Fell’s Point is cool and nice. You can take a water taxi there; that’s fun.
I find the Inner Harbor kinda like one giant outdoor mall. It’s all major brand name stores you see at any shopping mall. Nothing to get too excited about. It’s picturesque, and coming from a city that screwed itself by building highways on its waterfront, I am pleased for Baltimore. But you don’t get at the soul of the city–which you can certainly do without wandering into Hamsterdam.
I mostly agree, but Hampden is a really cool place, and Fell’s Point is also pretty nice, especially if you like bars/pubs.
Orpheus and the Ottobar are both good places to go if you like their type of music / event, but on reflection, I think that Hampden is a really worthwhile place to go and just hang out, maybe have food at some low-key place you’d never normally eat.
Also, if you want to hang out, we should! I’m often un-busy except when I’m busy. :)
I used to live in Northern Virginia, had a roommate whose kids were up in Baltimore. The whole place just filled me with this sense of contempt - how can people be so complacent to let their city get so filthy? Whatever happened to civic pride?
But there are good areas of Baltimore - Fell’s Point’s one, the Inner Harbor, anywhere you get businesses actively trying to make the area healthy. Venture out past that, though, and you drop right off the slope of the societal bell curve.
Ignore Mightynute. Someone who thinks the wasteland of NOVA is something good and the Inner Harbor is cool doesn’t know jack about cities.
For bachelor party shenanigans Fells Point is good for bar hopping and dancing, though the area is a bit frat boy-ish. Max’s has an incredible selection of beers and The Cat’s Eye often has good Irish music. If you want strip clubs then “the block” is the place to go. The Hustler Club is probably the nicest place there but that’s not really something I know much about.
I also highly recommend the Brewer’s Art, a brewpub that specializes in Belgian beer and food. You can save a few bucks by eating in the bar area (which is two floors) where you can order burgers and such. You can stroll down to Red Maple to dance and pay too much for drinks afterwards, or up to Club Charles and possibly sight John Waters or Mink Stole.
Hampden is a cool section to wander around, filled with coffee shops and cool little shops specializing in chocolate, shoes, and hipster stuff. Some decent bars there too, like Golden West and Rocket to Venus.
Oh yeah, and the Orioles. Campden Yards is one of the most beautiful baseball parks. The aquarium is also wonderful.