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B’more OUT

Into culture and nightlife? Get out and about in Charm City and stay at our AAA Four Diamond-rated downtown hotel near the Inner Harbor and Mount Vernon neighborhoods. Enjoy an intimate weekend with your partner or a fun-packed family weekend in B’more. Ask for our “Out and About” package.


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contents 8 n accommodations 17 n attractions 23 n restaurants 35 n nightlife 36 n shopping 40 n neighborhoods 44 n wedding guide 48 n activities 50 n congregations 52 n calendar 58 n essentials n my baltimore 15 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Demetrius Mallisham 51

Lee Johnson Jacq Jones Pin-up Happy Jenn / Jennifer Newell DJ Rosie / Rosie Hicks


Carlton Smith Jason Hisley Julio Hernandez Kelly Neel

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2014 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide

welcome to baltimore! Welcome also to the 3rd annual Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide! Our 2014 edition includes up-to-date information for the great resources in last year’s guide, as well as a year’s worth of exploring, interviewing, and discovering the many fantastic sights and sounds that make Charm City one of the premier destinations in the country for LGBT travelers. Learn where to stay, what to see, and where to eat, shop, and play. Explore Baltimore’s many diverse neighborhoods—from the historic to the eclectic. Meet local celebrities, activists, and politicians and see where they bring their LGBT friends. Check out local meet-ups from outdoor adventures and roller derbies, to singing and reading groups. Learn about staying in shape during your stay, and finding satisfying options for relaxing or blowing off steam. Everything from yoga classes to leather bars can be found in these pages. Don’t forget to check out our Calendar of Events, which includes everything from annual festivals and fairs, to weekly and monthly LGBT-happenings around town. How did we decide who and what to include in this year’s LGBT Visitors Guide? We started with the LGBT-owned and staffed establishments that have long been a part of our community. We then talked to our colleagues, co-workers, friends, and families to find out about the places they patronize and recommend. Finally, we collected information from the local businesses who contacted us: the hotel manager who wants the community to know she supports LGBT visitors; the restaurant owner whose establishment hosted marriage equality fundraisers; the entrepreneur who knows his products will resonate with the community. Rather than a simple listing of places that will merely accept any LGBT dollar, we strived to create a guide full of active, supportive, and engaged businesses, people, and resources so that your visit to Baltimore will be welcoming. Enjoy your stay!

The Staff of Gay Life & The GLCCB

The GLCCB 1000 Cathedral St., 3rd Floor Baltimore, MD 21201 410.777.8145 GLCCB.org Facebook.com/GLCCB The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) publishes Gay Life, produces Baltimore Pride, and provides numerous other services to Baltimore’s LGBT community.

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Gay Life has been a free publication of the GLCCB since 1979. We distribute 10,000 copies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Gay Life offers insightful and engaging coverage of local events, conversations with visiting celebrities, and in-depth explorations of important topics that affect the LGBT community.

GAYLIFE Read it. Live it.

Visit us at BaltimoreGayLife.com or call 410.777.8145

Love it.

Editor Dan McEvily

Art Director M. Cory Burgess

Advertising Kate Hull

Contributors Kelly Neel, Jen Vance

Photographers John Cullen, Jack Hoffberger, John Kardys, Jon-Michael Moses, Ken Stanek 5

the glccb baltimore’s lgbt community center In 1977—less than ten years after the Stonewall riots in New York—Baltimore’s LGBT community center was founded. At the time, Baltimore was by no means a stranger to LGBT activism. During the late ‘60s and early ‘70s a number of lesbian journals began publication in Baltimore. In 1972, the Baltimore Chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) was established. There were also groups for AfricanAmerican lesbians and, in 1973, gay and lesbian Catholics. Gay student groups at local universities and the Baltimore Pride rally both appeared in 1975. That spring, the Baltimore Gay Alliance (BGA) had its first meeting. The BGA began its work galvanizing the community into one entity, celebrating diversity and offering sanctuary. By 1977, it was clear that the BGA needed to form a unified community center, and the articles of incorporation were signed on March 28, 1977 establishing the Gay Community Center of Baltimore (GCCB). At first the GCCB survived only through the hard work and self-sacrifice The GLCCB’s original of committed volunteers who community center, purchased by provided meeting space, activists in 1980. operated a switchboard, and distributed a newsletter out of homes and basements. The newly established GCCB Health Clinic—later to become Chase Brexton Health Services, Maryland’s LGBT health provider—shared space with MCC. In 1980 however, the GCCB found a home at 241 West Chase Street, where it remained until 2013.

In 1985, Lesbian was The GLCCB’s added to the new home at 1000 organization’s Cathedral St. name to create Photo by Kelly Neel the most commonly know acronym: GLCCB. In 2002—in an effort to remain inclusive—the GLCCB incorporated the entire community it serves into its name to become the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLBTCCBCM) while retaining the familiar (and more manageable) nickname of “The GLCCB.” In January 2014, the community center moved two blocks to the Waxter Center at 1000 Cathedral Street. Things have changed markedly from the days when the GLCCB operated out of basements, fought for its right to hold the Pride Celebration, or watched gay rights bill after gay rights bill get voted down by the Baltimore City Council. With ever-increasing acceptance, things may appear to be less challenging now, but there is still much work to be done. There will always be challenges, both personal and societal. Through individual gifts, generous bequests, fundraisers, and grants, the GLCCB has been able to continue the good fight by expanding its services to include more support groups, increased educational opportunities, and more community outreach services. To learn more and get involved, please visit GLCCB.org.

gay life In 1979, The GCCB newsletter evolved into the Baltimore Gay Paper—now known as Gay Life. Today, Gay Life distributes 10,000 papers throughout the Mid-Atlantic

Activism and LGBT visibility has always been one of the cornerstones of the community center. Photos courtesy of the GLCCB Archive Committee


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The GLCCB’s newspaper has undergone several iterations in its 35 year run, which today publishes as a full color, monthly lifestyle magazine. region. With continuous publication since its inception, Gay Life is one of the longest-running LGBT community-based publications in the nation. Gay Life offers insightful and engaging coverage on local events, as well as national and international news. The publication regularly tackles important and relevant topics such as personal finance for same-sex partners, local resources for LGBT youth, faith-based support, and health care issues. Gay Life also covers local theater, concerts, art shows, fashion, festivals, films, discussions, fundraisers,

contests, and regularly includes opinion pieces and Q&As with local celebrities and community figures. Gay Life is a free publication of the GLCCB that is available in print and online at BaltimoreGayLife.com.

baltimore pride The GLCCB also produces Baltimore’s annual LGBT pride celebration. See page 52 for more information.

Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah

welcomes you! “Center Stage is a jewel in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon historic and cultural district.” –Maryland Theatre Guide

SEE WHAT’S PLAYING! www.centerstage.org

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Baltimore City — Downtown Admiral Fell Inn Historic Fell’s Point, 888 S. Broadway • 410.522.7380 • Harbormagic.com Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at Camden Yards 110 S. Eutaw St. • 410.962.0202 • BaltimoreMarriottInnerHarbor.com Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 700 Aliceanna St. • 410.385.3000 • BaltimoreMarriottWaterFront.com Brookshire Suites 120 E. Lombard St. • 410.625.1300 • BrookshireSuites.com Courtyard Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor 1000 Aliceanna St. • 443.923.4000 Marriott.com/hotels/travel/bwidt-courtyard-baltimore-downtown-inner-harbor Embassy Suites Baltimore — Inner Harbor 222 St. Paul St. • 410.727.2222 • EmbassySuitesBaltimore.com Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore 200 International Dr. • 410.576.5800 • FourSeasons.com/Baltimore Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown/Convention Center 550 Washington Blvd. • 410.685.5000 • HamptonInn.com

what is TAGapproved? TAG-Approved® gay-friendly hotels and attractions meet six LGBT-welcoming qualifications: • Enforce non-discriminatory policies including “sexual orientation.” • Treat heterosexual and domestic partners equally in personnel policies. • Provides LGBT diversity and sensitivity training for employees. • Empower customers and employees to be “watchdogs” of its gay and lesbian business practices. • Gives back to their community. • Employs staff who reflect the diversity of their community. Learn more at TagApproved.com.


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Enjoy breathtaking waterfront views at the Pier 5 Hotel, explore historic Fell’s Point while staying at the Admiral Fell Inn or relax with a quiet retreat at the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf. Each Harbor Magic Hotel is delightfully different, but all three are centered on connecting YOU to the Best of Baltimore.



www.HarborMagic.com • Reservations: 866.583.4162 INN AT HENDERSON’S WHARF

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When planning your dream wedding in Baltimore, it’s important to choose a venue that not only understands your vision but can deliver an extraordinary and personalized experience from start to finish.



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Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel 401 W. Pratt St. • 443.573.8700 • Baltimore.Hilton.com Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor 301 W. Lombard St. • 410.685.3500 • BaltimoreDowntown.home2suites.com Hotel Brexton Baltimore 868 Park Ave. • 877.380.6708 • BrextonHotel.com Hotel Monaco Baltimore 2 N. Charles St. • 443.692.6170 • Monaco-Baltimore.com Hyatt Regency 300 Light St. • 410.528.1234 • Baltimore.Hyatt.com The Inn at Henderson’s Wharf 1000 Fell St. • 410.522.7777 • HarborMagic.com Lord Baltimore Hotel 20 W. St. • 410.539.8400 • LordBaltimoreHotel.com Mount Vernon Hotel 24 W. Franklin St. • 410.727.2000 • MountVernonBaltimore.com Pier 5 Hotel 711 Eastern Ave. • 410.539.2000 • HarborMagic.com Renaissance Harborplace Hotel Baltimore 202 E. Pratt St. • 410.547.1200 • RenaissanceHarborPlace.com Royal Sonesta Harbor Court 550 Light St. • 410.234.0550 • Sonesta.com/Baltimore Sheraton Baltimore City Center 101 W. Fayette St. • 410.752.1100 • SheratonBaltimoreCityCenter.com Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore 300 S. Charles St. • 410.962.8300 • SheratonInnerHarbor.com Sleep Inn & Suites — Downtown Inner Harbor 301 The Fallsway • 410.779.6166 • SleepInnBaltimore.com Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court 612 Cathedral St. • 410.727.7101 • PeabodyCourtHotel.com Hunt Valley Embassy Suites — Baltimore/Hunt Valley Shawan Center • 213 International Cir. • Hunt Valley, MD 410.584.1400 • EmbassyBaltimore.com BWI Airport BWI Marriott 1743 W. Nursery Rd. • Linthicum Heights, MD • 410.859.8300 Marriott.com/hotels/travel/bwiap-bwi-airport-marriott Baltimore City — Tuscany — Canterbury The Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel 4 W. University Pkwy. • 410.235.5400 • ColonnadeBaltimore.com Towson Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel 903 Dulaney Valley Rd. • Towson, MD • 410.321.7400 • SheratonBaltimoreNorth.com

Ravens mascot at M&T Stadium

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bed & breakfasts and hostels 1840s Carrollton Inn 50 Albemarle St. 410.385.1840 1840sCarrolltonInn.com

A boutique bed and breakfast comprised of a series of interconnected rowhomes, some dating back to the early 19th century, surrounds a central courtyard adjacent to the 1840s Plaza. Located at the center of Heritage Walk in historic Jonestown, this luxurious inn boasts historic quality antiques and decorator furnishings.


Battle Monument

Baltimore City Hall Photo by Jon-Michael Moses

Gramercy Mansion

guest use kitchen, dining room, grand parlor with piano, TV room with movies, laundry, free WiFi breakfast.

Elegant bed and breakfast rooms and suites feature antiques and artwork, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Guests enjoy a bountiful breakfast served from a menu each morning, featuring culinary herbs from Koinonia Farm, Maryland’s oldest certified organic farm.

The Inn at 2920

1400 Greenspring Valley Rd. 410.486.2405 GramercyMansion.com

HI – Baltimore Hostel 17 W. Mulberry St. 410.576.8880 BaltimoreHostel.org

This 46 bed hostel offers dorm and private room accommodations. Full

unique comfort and style and offers guests a chic urban escape.

Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast

2920 Elliott St. 410.342.4450 TheInnAt2920.com

801 S. Charles St. 410.837.0010 ScarboroughFairBAndB.com

Located in downtown Baltimore, just steps from O’Donnell Square in Canton, described as “a cross between Greenwich Village and Key West,” with an array of restaurants, pubs, and cafes. INN at 2920 has a

Just two blocks from the Inner Harbor, this circa 1801, six-bedroom BB offers twin, queen and king beds; fireplaces; private baths (two with double whirlpools); air conditioning; free parking; and full breakfast.

additional resources Find more B&B’s at BetterBaltimoreBedandBreakfasts.com

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Escape the ordinary Slip away together with weekend getaway rates and surround yourself with the best of Baltimore. Take a stroll around the magnificent Inner Harbor. Tour the National Aquarium, or catch a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. All this and more can be enjoyed with your partner. Relax and recharge, our dedicated staff offers a warm, Baltimore welcome.

Find out more at sheratoninnerharbor.com or call 410 962 8300

Š2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Preferred Guest, SPG, Sheraton and their logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates. For full terms and conditions, visit sheratoninnerharbor.com

my baltimore stephanie rawlings-blake mayor of baltimore

How do you identify? Straight, and LGBT adjacent; meaning, I stand shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT community in the fight for justice and equality. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: Gay, straight, or otherwise, I encourage visitors to enjoy the many historical and cultural tourism opportunities we are blessed to have here in Baltimore. This year, as we celebrate the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, I encourage every proud American to visit Fort McHenry—where the inspiration of the Battle of Baltimore prompted Francis Scott Key to pen our national anthem. But, if someone is looking for some LGBT-friendly fun, I would say, don’t miss Gay Bingo on Wednesday nights at the Hippo. I’m having my birthday party there again this year. (Note to bartender: please have my French Martini ready.) Also, be sure to visit Waterstone Bar and Grill, City Cafe, and Spirits of Mt. Washington. They are a few of my favorites.

demetrius mallisham

lgbt liaison for fashion-forward mayor stephanie rawlings-blake. How do you identify? I’m over-the-rainbow fab-u-licious! When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: Before we begin our adventures, I would let my friends know that they are in a very gay-friendly city. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a true and sincere ally to our community. Baltimore City is a very diverse and vivacious city. My friends are the same. Therefore, I would take them all over town. We’d start off by walking around Druid Hill or Patterson Park, and then head over to the Avenue in Hampden or check out a movie at the Landmark Theater in Harbor East. Later, we’d people watch at the Inner Harbor and grab some delicious Latin food on Broadway in Upper Fells Point or swing over to Lexington Market for some good ole’ soul food. The evening would not be complete without some dancing and Karaoke (or what I like to call, ‘Scary-oke’) in Mt. Vernon. Grand Central, The Drinkery, Leons, and Club Hippo are great places to meet some really cool people.

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animals The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

1876 Mansion House Dr. Druid Hill Park 410.396.7102 MarylandZoo.org Located in Druid Hill Park, this zoo provides shelter to 1,500 animals, a Polar Bear Watch, and an award-winning Children’s Zoo. Learn about animals in your own backyard, trek through the Maryland Wilderness, or embark on an African Journey!

National Aquarium 501 E. Pratt St. 410.576.3800 Aqua.org

More than 11,000 animals from more than 660 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals living in award-winning, naturalistic habitats. Experience Blacktip Reef, a breathtaking journey into a kaleidoscope of light, color, and aquatic life.

performance 14 Karat Cabaret

218 W. Saratoga St. 410.962.8565 The14KaratCabaret.org This nonprofit, artist run space offers casual performances, music, dance, film, and video in an informal nightclub setting.

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An die Musik Live

409 N. Charles St., 2nd Floor 410.385.2638 AndieMusikLive.com An intimate classical, jazz, and world music venue and part of the non-profit, MusikNOW.

Arena Players

801 McCulloh St. 410.728.6500 ArenaPlayersInc.com The longest continuously operating African-American community theater in the U.S.

Baltimore Arena

(formerly 1st Mariner Arena) 201 W. Baltimore St. 410.347.2020 BaltimoreArena.com Indoor sports and entertainment venue near the Baltimore Convention Center and the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Concert Opera 11 W. Mt. Vernon Pl. 443.445.0226 BaltimoreConcertOpera.com

BCO offers a new experience by operating in an affordable and intimate setting that highlights the human voice.

Baltimore Performance Kitchen

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 1212 Cathedral St. 410.783.8000 BSOMusic.org

Internationally recognized as having a preeminent place among the world’s most important orchestras.

Center Stage

700 N. Calvert St. 410.332.0033 Centerstage.org Not-for-profit theater hosts smart, provocative, and entertaining performances; a consistently broad range of productions in two intimate performing spaces; a variety of dramaturgical, community, and educational programs; plus an LGBT night for subscribers.

Creative Alliance at the Patterson 3134 Eastern Ave. 410.276.1651 CreativeAlliance.org

A dynamic center of art in all genres, Creative Alliance supports area artists and advocates for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.

Everyman Theatre


315 W. Fayette St. 410.752.2208 EverymanTheatre.org

Free theater and dance performances across Baltimore that explore big questions and incite meaningful exchanges.

An Equity theatre with a resident company of local artists dedicated to producing quality plays that are accessible and affordable to everyone.

Fells Point Corner Theater 251 S. Ann St. 410.276.7837 FPCT.org

Located in a historic brick firehouse the FPCT offers an intimate setting for theater as well as art and acting workshops.

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

12 N. Eutaw St. 410.837.7400 BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/ Baltimore Originally built in 1914, this 2,300-seat renovated theater is a centerpiece of world-class stage performances.

Iron Crow Theatre Company

443.637.2769 3300 Gibbons Ave. IronCrowTheatre.com Already a staple in the LGBT community, Iron Crow produces new works, queer classic works, and presents productions rarely seen in mainstream Baltimore venues.

The Mobtown Theater

at Meadow Mill 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Ste 114 MobtownPlayers.net Born out of Johns Hopkins University, this theater company specializes in classical and new works.


Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 410.900.1150 LyricOperaHouse.com

Photo by Ken Stanek

One of the city’s most lively and important institutions for more than a century.

Peabody Conservatory Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall 1 E. Mount Vernon Pl. 410.234.4500 Peabody.JHU.edu/ conservatory

Built in neoclassical style, the Concert Hall is one of the oldest recital halls in America.

Pier Six Pavilion

731 Eastern Ave. 410.783.4189 PierSixPavilion.com Gorgeous outdoor concert venue offers spectacular views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and warm weather performances.

Rams Head Live

20 Market Pl. 410.244.1131 RamsHeadLive.com Indoor music venue, club, and bar in downtown Baltimore.

Creative Alliance creates engaging cultural experiences by working closely with artists, educators, activists, and the communities that call Baltimore home.

A FEW OF OUR EVENTS THIS YEAR 4.26 Marquee Ball - Road to Rio 5.29 – 6.1 3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival 9.14 1814 Battle of Baltimore: Hampstead Hill Festival 10.25 The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival Find our more on our website! CREATIVEALLIANCE.ORG


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Single Carrot Theater 2600 N. Howard St. 443.844.9253 SingleCarrot.com

Carefully selected diverse and challenging productions that complement one another.

Spotlighters Theatre 817 St. Paul St. 410.752.1225 Spotlighters.org

Exceptional, diverse, creative, bold, and affordable theatrical productions that stimulate both audience and artist.

The Strand Theater 1823 N. Charles St. 443.874.4917      Strand-Theater.org

Dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors, with a focus on producing original works.

Vagabond Players

806 S. Broadway 410.563.9135 VagabondPlayers.org “America’s Oldest Little Theatre,” continuously operating since 1916, has produced plays by H.L. Mencken, Eugene O’Neill, and more.

Windup Space

12 W. North Ave. 410.244.8855 TheWindupSpace.com Bar and art space regularly featuring homegrown art, music, and film.

The Yellow Sign Theater 1726 N. Charles St. Facebook.com/ TheYellowSignTheatre

Original, edgy, innovative, mostly DIY shows by local artists and performers.

Toby’s Dinner Theater  

Best Western Hotel & Conf. Ctr. 5900 Symphony Woods Rd. Columbia, MD 410.649.1660 TobysDinnerTheatre.com Broadway and original musicals with an exceptional buffet-style dinner.

tip Find more info and resources on local performing arts at MDTheaterGuide.com.

movie theaters Bengie’s Drive-In 3417 Eastern Blvd.   Middle River, MD 410.687.5627 Bengies.com

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The Rotunda Cinemas

Just outside of Baltimore, this drive-in is worth a trip down memory lane.

711 W. 40th St. 410.235.5554 HorizonCinemas.com

The Charles Theater

This hidden gem is a remarkably budget-friendly theater with a loyal neighborhood following.

The oldest movie theater in Baltimore is known for screening independent and foreign films.


1711 N. Charles St. 410.727.3464 TheCharles.com

Landmark Theatres Harbor East

645 S. President St. 410.244.6636 LandmarkTheatres.com

American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy. 410.244.1900 AVAM.org

This first-run Hollywood cinema offers seven screens, stadium seating, a full bar and gourmet concessions.

America’s official national museum and education center for intuitive, self-taught artistry offers quirky, fun, and fantastic exhibits you won’t find anywhere else in Baltimore.

The Senator

B&O Railroad Museum

Traditionally the theater where all John Waters’ films open in Baltimore, The Senator is scheduled

A “national treasure” of historic railroad artifacts.

5904 York Rd.   410.323.4424 TheSenatorTheatre.com

www.spotlighters.org 817 Saint Paul Street

to re-open in late spring 2013, after a $3.5 million renovation of the 1939 Art Deco landmark that will include three additional boutique theaters.

901 W. Pratt St. 410.752.2490 BORail.org


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Babe Ruth Birthplace & Sports Legends Museum 216 Emory St. 410.727.1539 BabeRuthMuseum.org

An educational institution dedicated to perpetuating the historic legacy of local and regional sports at all levels.

The Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Dr. 443.573.1700 ArtBMA.org Collection includes 90,000 works of art, including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse, the acclaimed Cone Collection, plus a new contemporary art wing, Gertrude’s restaurant, and summer jazz concerts.

Baltimore Museum of Industry 1415 Key Hwy. 410.727.4808 TheBMI.org.

Covers airplanes, cars, civil rights, space exploration, and how things are made.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower 21 E. Eutaw St.


410.752.8632 BromoSeltzerTower.com

learning centers tell the story of Frederick Douglass and Isaac Myers, and much more.

Visit artists’ studios, purchase art, enjoy special events, and learn about the tower’s great history.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Culture Center

301 W. Camden St. 410.625.7060 GeppisMuseum.com

847 N. Howard St. 410.255.3130 EubieBlake.org

Journey through 250 years of American pop culture.

Historic Ships

This nonprofit offers musical theater and jazz performances, an extensive art gallery, historical preservation, and after-school arts instruction.

Pier 1 301 E. Pratt St. 410.539.1797 HistoricShips.org Tours, activities, live cannons, and more.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

James E. Lewis Museum 2201 Argonne Dr. 443.885.3030 JELAMuseum.org

2400 E. Fort Ave. 410.962.4280 NPS.gov/FoMc

Serving the academic and cultural needs of Morgan State University’s community and beyond.

This coastal fort successfully defended the Baltimore Harbor in the War of 1812.

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Frederick Douglass– Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum 1417 Thames Street 410.685.0295 DouglassMyers.org

The museum gallery and interactive

15 Lloyd St. 410.732.6400 JewishMuseumMd.org

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

America’s leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture, and community.

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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum 1601 E. North Ave. # 3 410.563.3404 GreatBlacksInWax.org

Well known for its moving exhibit on the Middle Passage, the museum highlights stories that make up the African American experience.

Maryland Historical Society 201 W. Monument St. 410.685.3750 MdHS.org

The state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution with more than 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, including Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript.

Maryland Science Center 601 Light St. 410.685.5225 MDSci.org

Educational and interactive exhibits, programs and activities for children ages 10 and under.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture 830 E. Pratt St. 443.263.1800 RFLewisMuseum.org

Follow the path of the African American story through photography, historical documents and artifacts.

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House 844 E. Pratt St. 410.837.1793 FlagHouse.org

Art and artifacts from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe include more than 30,000 objects in this internationally-renowned museum.

tours Baltimore Ghost Tours Fells Point & Mt. Vernon 410.357.1186 BaltimoreGhostTours.com

Under the cover of night, explore the many haunted pubs, shops, and residences of Fell’s Point and Mount Vernon.

Segs in the City

Historic Fells Point, Inner Harbor, and Federal Hill

800.734.7393 SegsintheCity.com Ride a Segway to explore points of interest in waterfront communities that date back to the early 18th century .

Charm City Food Tours Various Neighborhoods 800.979.3370 BaltimoreFoodTours.com The best way to experience Baltimore’s culinary scene.

Urban Pirates

912 S. Ann St. 410.327.8378 UrbanPirates.com Offering family adventure cruises and adult B.Y.O.Grog cruises.

Former home of Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that inspired the National Anthem.

Top of the World

Family fun exhibits plus IMAX theater, planetarium, and interactive science encounters.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum 35 Market Place 410.727.8120 PortDiscovery.org

401 E. Pratt St. #2700 410.837.8439 ViewBaltimore.org A breathtaking view of Baltimore’s skyline, harbor, and beyond.

The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St. 410.547.9000 TheWalters.org

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

Top of the World

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Perfect for: Weddings Birthdays Social Outings ●

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Lebanese Taverna in Harbor East

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Blue Hill Tavern

938 S. Conkling St. 443.388.9363 BlueHillTavern.com A contemporary fine dining American restaurant where you can enjoy great food and drink without sacrificing the comforts of home.

The Chasseur

3328 Foster Ave. 410.327.6984 TheChasseur.com New American restaurant named after the most successful merchant ship during the War of 1812.

Eastern Sit In & Carry Out 1927 Eastern Ave. 410.814.6188

A friendly breakfast counter run by one incredibly nice lady, this is the kind of place that makes you want to be a regular.

Hudson Street Stackhouse 2626 Hudson Street 410.342.0592 HudsonStreetStackhouse.com

In the shadow of the old American Can Company cement smokestack, the Stackhouse serves up good food all day, including weekly dinner specials — from delicious burgers and pizzas to salads and seafood.

Jack’s Bistro 3123 Elliott St.

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410.878.6542 JacksBistro.net Innovative cuisine includes enticing options like “Mac + Cheese + Chocolate,” and a “Buttered Popcorn Martini.”

Marquee Lounge at the Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave. 410. 276.1651 CreativeAlliance.org

Great food, lovely ambiance, and a friendly neighborhood vibe, this spot is perfect before catching a show.


3131 Eastern Ave. 410.276.8755 MatthewPizza.com “Baltimore’s first pizzeria” continues to win awards and accolades from loyal patrons.

Panera Bread

3600 Boston St. 410. 522.2940 PaneraBread.com

produce, meat purchased from the finest purveyors in the region.

charles village & canterbury Alizée

4 W. University Pkwy. 443.449.6200 AlizeeBaltimore.com A wide range of entrees, salads, and soups plus a trendy bar area.

The Ambassador Dining Room

3811 Canterbury Rd. 410.366.1484 AmbassadorDining.com The best Indian cuisine in a serene restaurant of unmatched elegance.

Café Azafrán

3700 San Martin Dr. 410.338.4757 CafeAzafran.biz

Saturday morning meeting location for the LGBT Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers club.

In JHU’s Space Telescope Science Institute building, this hidden wonder offers locally grown foods, vegetarian options, and a full espresso bar.

Sauté Restaurant

Donna’s Café

2844 Hudson St. 410.327.2883 SauteOfBaltimore.com Organic and locally grown seasonal

3101 St. Paul St. 410.889.3410 Donnas.com Coffee and pastries, signature salads

and sandwiches, innovative dinner menu, and carefully selected wines, beers, and special beverages.


3113 St. Paul St. 410.467.3737 Freshii.com A wide range of meals that cater to almost every dietary restriction.

Carma’s Café

3120 St. Paul St. 410.243.5200 CarmasCafe.com Muffaletas and pannini, salads, soups, homemade yogurt, and locally roasted coffee.

Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Dr. 410.889.3399 GertrudesBaltimore.com

Nationally acclaimed Chef John Shields brings his signature Chesapeake Bay cuisine to the BMA for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and outdoor dining in the sculpture garden.

Niwana Restaurant

3 E. 33rd St. 410.366.4115 NiwanaRestaurant.com The best Korean and Japanese cuisine in the area.

trivia In 1869, Baltimore’s J.S. Young Company was the first candy factory to produce licorice.


stand up to the intense beers Heavy Seas is known for.

Rusty Scupper Restaurant in downtown Baltimore

Kona Grill

1 E. Pratt St. 410.244.8994 KonaGrill.com New American cuisine and full sushi bar. Bar, patio, and happy hour available.

M&S Grill

201 E. Pratt St. 410.547.9333 McCormickandSchmicks.com Classic American cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of legendary eateries of the early 20th century.


313 N. Charles St. 443.220.0150 MaisysBaltimore.com Feel at home in the warm and inviting atmosphere of Maisy’s restaurant and the Ox Lounge. Photo by John Cullen

One World Café

100 W/ University Pkwy. 410.235.5777 One-World-Cafe.com

711 Eastern Ave. 410.234.1300 McCormickandSchmicks.com

Pazo in Harbor East

A rich bounty of seafood specialties from the Pacific Northwest, Atlantic Seaboard and Chesapeake Bay.

Vegetarian restaurant, bar and café with tasty selections in a cozy and artsy environment.

Miss Shirley’s

750 E. Pratt St. 410.528.5373 MissShirleys.com


3327 St. Paul St. 410.243.5777 TambersRestaurant.com

Eclectic southern style cuisine with a Maryland twist — the best breakfast, brunch, and lunch in three locations (Roland Park, Inner Harbor and 1 Park Place in Annapolis).

Diner serving both classic American and classic Indian dishes, popular among Johns Hopkins undergrads.

Rusty Scupper

downtown Alewife

21 N. Eutaw St. 410.545.5112 AlewifeBaltimore.com

popular club, iLounge, upstairs.

This delicious and conveniently located gastropub is the perfect stop before a show.

201 E. Pratt St., Ste. 2075 410.843.9804 EdoSushiMD.com

B&O American Brasserie 2 N. Charles St. 443.692.6172 BandORestaurant.com

An approachable American brasserie menu features local and seasonal ingredients and daily specials.


316 N. Charles St. 410.528.1222 Cazbar.pro An authentic Turkish dining experience. Cazbar now hosts the


McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

Edo Sushi

Rated America’s Top Japanese Restaurant by Zagat Survey.

Fogo de Chao

600 E. Pratt St. 410.528.9292 FogodeChao.com Upscale Brazilian restaurant featuring Gaucho-style skewered meats.

Hard Rock Cafe

402 Key Hwy. 410.727.3678 SelectRestaurants.com/rusty Their delicious food and magical view are enjoyable at brunch, lunch, or a great night out!

federal hill & locust point Afters Café

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601 E. Pratt St. 410.347.7625 HardRock.com

Gay Life publishes a monthly restaurant review column, “DiningOut,” written by John Cullen with Marty Shayt.

Down-home American food seasoned with a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll.

Frozen yogurt that regularly impresses visitors and regulars alike.

Heavy Seas Alehouse

1500 S. Hanover St. 410.244.5101 BluegrassTavern.com

To read past reviews, please visit DiningOut-Baltimore.info.

1300 Bank St. 410.522.0850 HeavySeasAlehouse.com

Fresh, seasonal and local ingredients create bold and assertive dishes that

1001 S. Charles St. 410.244.0909

Bluegrass Tavern

An informal fine dining experience, with a special focus on America’s finest bourbons.

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Elvis Tacos

1022 Light St. 410.244.8817 ElvisTacos.com Inside an unremarkable storefront, visitors can get a hefty and delicious plate of freshly made San Francisco-style burritos or tacos for under $10.

Hot Corner Lee’s House of Steaks

Cross St. Market 1065 S. Charles St. 410.645.0241 HotCornerLees.com Baltimore’s most authentic cheese steaks.

Hull Street Blues Café

MothersGrille.com Join Ravens and Orioles fans for pub grub in this well established sports bar.

Nick’s Fish House & Grill 2600 Insulator Dr. 410.347.4123 NicksFishHouse.com

Known to support AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) and Moveable Feast, Nick’s has a waterfront dining room and outdoor deck with live summer entertainment.

Regi’s American Bistro 1002 Light St. 410.539.7344 RegisAmericanBistro.com

Unpretentious seafood, sandwiches, pastas, salads, and pub grub, plus all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch.

A true neighborhood spot with homestyle American cuisine, members of the Chesapeake Region chapter the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientific and Technical Professionals meet here.

Little Havana’s

Silo.5% Wine Bar

1222 Hull St. 410.727.7476 HullStreetBlues.com

1325 Key Hwy. 410.837.9903 LittleHavanas.com Cuban inspired cuisine and irresistible mojitos in a waterfront setting.


1105 S. Charles St. 410.752.8561 Matsuri.us Repeatedly voted Baltimore’s Best Japanese restaurant.

Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar 902 S. Charles St. 410.234.0235 MetroBalto.com

Federal Hill’s best coffee spot is accompanied by a dining room and a wine bar that comes to life with young professionals in the evening.

Miguel’s Cocina y Cantina 1200 Steuart St. 443.438.3139 MiguelsBaltimore.com

Authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex fare and exotic tequila cocktails.

Mr. Rain’s Fun House American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy. 443.524.7379 MrRainsFunHouse.com

Inventive, upscale restaurant offers creative takes on American classics.

Mother’s Federal Hill Grille 1113 S. Charles St. 410.244.8686

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1200 Steuart St. 443.438.4044 Silo.5WineBar.com

Explore more than 30 wines by the glass or 200 by the bottle, plus small plates, salads, and entrees at this glamorous Silo Point branch of Hampden’s 13.5% Wine Bar.

SoBo Café

6 W. Cross St. 410.752.1518 SoboCafe.net A good and quiet option that serves comfort food with a twist.

The Black Olive

814 S. Bond St. 410.276.7141 TheBlackOlive.com Authentic organic Greek cuisine prepared with an eye toward simplicity and tradition.

Blue Moon Café

1621 Aliceanna St 410.522.3940 BlueMoonBaltimore.com Enchanting breakfast and brunch spot, famous for the Captain Crunch French Toast, is open 24 hours on weekends.

Ding How

631 S. Broadway 410.327.8888 Bit.ly/DingHow Peking Duck is frequently recommended at this reliable, dine-in Chinese restaurant.


2318 Fleet St. 410.732.1961 GeckosOnline.com Southwest cuisine in a cool, casual atmosphere.

Johnny Rad’s Pizzeria 2108 Eastern Ave. 443.759.6464 JohnnyRads.com

From lunch to late night this pub offers great food, including vegan selections.

Kali’s Court and Kali’s Mezze

crabs You have to eat crabs when you visit Baltimore, hon! From carryout to dining in, here are a few of our favorite places.

Bo Brooks

2780 Lighthouse Pt. 410.558.0202 BoBrooks.com

Canton Dockside

3301 Boston St. 410.276.8900 CantonDockside.com

Conrad’s Crabs

1720 E. Joppa Rd. 410.882.1515 ConradsCrabs.com

The Crackpot Seafood Restaurant

Thai Yum

1606 Thames St. 410.276.4700 (Court) 410.563.7600 (Mezze) KalisCourt.com KalisMezze.com

Exclusively Thai and exceptionally delicious in the heart of Federal Hill.

Mediterranean cuisine (especially seafood) is the specialty of this elegant Greek restaurant (Court) and tapas bar (Mezze)

Faidley Seafood

fell’s point

Liquid Earth

L.P. Steamers

1006 Light St. 410.528.2146 ThaiYum.com

Arcos Restaurante

129 S. Broadway 410.522.4777 ArcosRestaurante.com Rustic and refined, traditional Mexican comfort foods presented side-by-side with eclectic approaches to new and flavorful combinations.


734 S. Broadway 410.327.5795 Berthas.com Iconic Baltimore seafood restaurant where diners famously “Eat Bertha’s Mussels.”

1626 Aliceanna St. LiquidEarth.com 410.276.6606 Innovative vegetarian, vegan, raw, and living foods deliver intelligent nutrition in a casual, convivial setting.


1708 Aliceanna St. 410.327.2610 LouisianaRestaurant.com This fine dining restaurant and special occasion venue (including same-sex weddings) offers American and French-inspired dishes with authentic Creole flavors.

8102 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.828.1095 CrackpotCrabs.com

203 N. Paca St. 410.727.4898 FaidleysCrabCakes.com 1100 E. Fort Ave. (Federal Hill/Locust Point)

410.576.9294 SouthBaltimore.com/ steamedcrabs/

Rusty Scupper 402 Key Hwy.

(Downtown/Federal Hill)

410.727.3678 Rusty-Scupper.com

S & J Crab Ranch

2 W. Pennsylvania Ave. 410.821.6789 SJCrabRanch.com


local coffee shops Artifact

1500 Union Ave. (Hampden)

410.235.1881 ArtifactCoffee.com

Bohemian Coffee House 800 St. Paul St. (Station North)

410.702.5139 Facebook.com/ bohocoffeehouse/info

Choux Café

830 W 36th St. (Hampden)

410-235-3442 MaPetiteShoe.com

Daily Grind

1720 Thames St. (Fell’s Point)

410.558.0399 FellsGrind.com


851 W. 36th St. (Hampden)

410.243.1262 SproCoffee.com


4607 Harford Rd. (Hamilton/Lauraville)

410.254.0122 and

Roastery/Wholesale 3003 Montebello Ter. 443.992.4388 ZekesCoffee.com

Lamill Coffee

Four Seasons Hotel (Harbor East)

200 International Dr. 410.576.5800 FourSeasons.com/ Baltimore/dining

Spoons Cafe 24 E. Cross St. (Federal Hill)

410.539.8395 SpoonsCoffeeCafe.com

Patterson Perk 2501 Eastern Ave (Patterson Park)





A new American tavern serving innovative renditions of classic favorites, guaranteed to bring back nostalgic memories of even the most experienced palate.

Dang good food with a cross-cultural twist and a different menu every evening.

Fresh, innovative menu, handcrafted desserts, sophisticated wine selection, elegant comfort.

Hamilton Tavern

Alonso’s & Loco Hombre

Burgers with a loyal following in a warm and down-to-earth setting.

Two great restaurants specializing in American and Mexican cuisine, in one convenient location.

2127 E. Pratt St. 410.276.5480 SaltTavern.com

Shuckers Restaurant & Bar

1629 Thames St. 410.522.5820 ShuckersOfFellsPoint.com

5402 Harford Rd.   410.444.1497 ClementineBaltimore.com

5517 Harford Rd. 410.426.1930 HamiltonTavern.com

A Maryland seafood restaurant so gay-friendly, the owners provided meeting space for the (now defunct) local chapter of Stonewall Democrats.

Koco’s Pub

Sip & Bite

Lost in the 50s Diner

24-hour hole-in-the-wall diner enjoyed by families, the 4am crowd, and everyone in between.

Enjoy a taste of the past at a great place for food, folks, fun, all-day breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner plates.

2200 Boston St. 410.675.7077 SipAndBite.com

Sticky Rice

1634 Aliceanna St. 443.682.8243 BmoreSticky.com An unusual mix of American, Pan-Asian entrees in a friendly, inexpensive and inviting atmosphere.


1401 Aliceanna St. 410.522.1907 Teavolve.com Lively neighborhood café that serves up 48 different varieties of gourmet loose leaf tea by the pot, cup or iced, espresso based and coffee beverages using locally roasted beans to compliment a menu of freshly made to order food.

Tortilleria Sinaloa

1716 Eastern Ave. 410.276.3741 Tortilleria-Sinaloa.com Authentic and flavorful Mexican tacos, tamales, and quesadillas, plus Baltimore’s best tortillas.

hamilton & lauraville

Chef Mac’s Louisiana Cuisine 4500 Harford Rd. 410. 319.6227 ChefMacs.com

Louisiana inspired cuisine and live jazz and blues music.

4301 Harford Rd. 410.426.3519 KocosPub.com Voted best crab cake and best wings.

5512 Harford Rd. 410.254.1639 LostInThe50sBaltimore.com

Maggie’s Farm

4341 Harford Rd. 410.254.2376 MaggiesFarmMD.com In support local farms and food artisans, Maggie’s Farm offers “refined peasant cuisine” that has been grown and raised responsibly.

Red Canoe and Bookstore 4337 Harford Rd. 410.444.4440 RedCanoe.bz

1011 W. 36th St. 410.366.1163 AlchemyOn36.com

413-415 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.235.3433 LocoHombre.com

The Charmery

801 W 36th St. 410.814.0493 TheCharmery.com Hand crafted super-premium ice cream that focuses on the fun flavors that make Baltimore so delicious.

The Dizz

300 W. 30th St. 443.869.5864 TheDizzBaltimore.com This favorite neighborhood bar with a fiercely loyal following offers good food and cheap drinks in a casual and funky setting.

The Food Market

1017 W. 36th St. 410.366.0606 TheFoodMarketBaltimore.com Approachable, serious comfort food by Chef Chad Gauss, in a smartly designed industrial-modern space.

Golden West Café

Start healthy, stay healthy this year and eat at Red Canoe where everything is made to order, never outsourced, never pre-made, all fresh ingredients, as much local and organic as we can find. We feed you only good things!

1105 W. 36th St. 410.889.8891 GoldenWestCafe.com

Tooloulou’s Artisan Pizza

3547 Chestnut Ave. 443.438.7521

4311 Harford Rd. 443.627.8090 Tooloulou.com

Tooloulou (the Cajun word for crab) is a neighborhood place that features artisan pizza, po’boys, and Bayou-inspired specials nightly.


6627 Harford Rd. 410.254.4700 ValentinosBaltimore.com A family restaurant with a casual, friendly atmosphere and top quality food prepared by professional chefs.


+ keswick, remington & roland park

This hipster hang out in Hampden welcomes all for drinking, dining, and (late night) live alternative music.

Grano Emporio and

Grano Pasta Bar

1031 W. 36th St. 443.869.3429 GranoPastaBar.com Quick, inexpensive pasta dishes (Pasta Bar) and traditional multi-course meals (Emporio) are distinguished by a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary trends in Italian cuisine.


4800 Roland Ave. 410.773.0777 JohnnysDownstairs.com An unpretentious, everyday place for the Roland Park neighborhood.


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Miss Shirley’s

513 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.889.5272 MissShirleys.com

McCormick & Schmick’s on Pier 5

Eclectic southern style cuisine with a Maryland twist. Maryland’s best breakfast, brunch, and lunch in three locations (Roland Park, Inner Harbor, and Annapolis).

Papermoon Diner

227 W. 29th St. 410.889.4444 PapermoonDiner24.com An eclectic, great place to meet friends and share delicious comfort food.

Petit Louis Bistro 4800 Roland Ave. 410.366.9393 PetitLouis.com

Classic French bistro fare and seasonal dishes.

Rocket to Venus

3360 Chestnut Ave. 410.235.7887 RocketToVenus.com Retro-space age atmosphere, unique and comforting food options, and beer for every palate.

Woodberry Kitchen

2010 Clipper Park Rd. 410.464.8000 WoodberryKitchen.com Farm-to-table restaurant focusing on the best ingredients the Chesapeake Bay and mid-Atlantic regions have to offer.

harbor east Charleston

1000 Lancaster St. 410.332.7373 CharlestonRestaurant.com An exquisitely refined take on American cuisine of the South.

Chazz—A Bronx Original 1415 Aliceanna St. 410.522.5511 ChazzBronxOriginal.com

Developed by Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri.


822 Lancaster St. 410.547.8282 Cgeno.com

Fleet Street Kitchen serves dinner featuring contemporary American cooking that takes advantage of locally sourced, organic and ethically raised sustainable food.

James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant 616 S. President St. 410.727.5107 TheJamesJoycePub.com

Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano 306 S High St. 410.727.0700 AldosItaly.com

222 Albemarle St. 410.685.4905 VaccarosPastry.com Authentic Italian treats such as gelato, rum cake, tiramisu and many other homemade cookies and cakes.

Old-world Italian cuisine and seafood in an elegant space with a light-filled atrium.

mount vernon

Patisserie Poupon

Chiapparelli’s Restaurant

4 E. Madison St. 410.332-0880 4EastMadisonInn.com/feast

Traditional French café fare, illy coffee drinks, and delicious pastries served in a charming shop.

One of Little Italy’s best-known and best-loved restaurants.


217 S High St. 410.727.6876 DaMimmo.com

820 E. Baltimore St. 410.332.0390 PatisseriePoupon.net

1425 Aliceanna St. 410.534.7296 PazoRestaurant.com This restaurant unveils a space of such staggering and sumptuous loveliness, patrons swoon upon entering. The menu is comprised of tapas and main courses.

Ten Ten

1010 Fleet St. 410.244.6867 Bagbys1010.com

Cinghiale celebrates the richness and style of the modern Italian kitchen.

Fleet Street Kitchen

Wit & Wisdom

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Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop

An authentic Irish pub serving Irish American cuisine, built in Ireland and shipped to Baltimore.

Seasonal American dishes with influences from the Chesapeake and Southern cuisine and a slow food approach to cooking.

1012 Fleet St. 410.244.5830 FleetStreetKitchen.com

Wit & Wisdom redefines the ordinary tavern and elevates it to extraordinary fine dining heights.

200 International Dr. 410.576.5800 WitAndWisdomBaltimore.com

237 S. High St. 410.837.0309 Chiapparellis.com

Da Mimmos

4 East Madison Inn

Salads and sandwiches from vegan to carnivore.

The Brewers Art

1106 N. Charles St. 410.547.6925 TheBrewersArt.com

The finest gourmet Italian food prepared and presented in an elegant atmosphere in the heart of Little Italy.

Affordable and delicious housemade brews with outstanding New American eats served in the elegant upstairs or dungeon-esque downstairs.

Gia’s Café

The Bun Shop

A new, warm, comfortable Sicilian bistro.

From pork buns to empanadas, from savory to sweet and places in between, offers exotic and traditional foods.

410 S. High St. 410.685.6727 CafeGias.com

Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant 901 Fawn St. 410.727.9414 Sabatinos.com

This family-owned Little Italy restaurant serves delicious Central and Southern Italian cuisine.

239 W. Read St. 410.989.2033 Facebook.com/TheBunShop

City Café

1001 Cathedral St. 410.539.4252 CityCafeBaltimore.com This is the place to see and be seen for homo- and metro-sexuals.


Red Maple

Bohemian Coffeehouse

This Asian tapas lounge has tasty dishes, exquisite cocktails, an alluring ambiance, and a musically diverse late night.

Student, artist, and hipster hang out offers Zeke’s coffee, plus vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and traditional offerings for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack.

930 N. Charles St. 410.547.0149 930RedMaple.com

Little Italy

Sascha’s 527

527 N. Charles St. 410.539.8880 Saschas.com Located in a glorious 19th century Mt. Vernon townhouse, offering creative American cuisine, with global touches from Asia to France, and Morocco in between.

Stang of Siam

1301 N. Calvert St. 443.453.9142 StangOfSiam.com

Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge 8 E. Preston St. 410.244.1020 DionysusBar.com

Classic bar menu and cocktails at reasonable prices, with live music on weekends.


818 N. Calvert St. 410.528.0818 IggiesPizza.com

Midtown BBQ & Brew

15 E. Centre St. 443.835.2472 MidtownBBQandBrew.com Come for the brew and the BBQ and stay for the Karaoke, trivia night, and fun events.

Milk & Honey Market

816 Cathedral St. 410.685.6455 MilkAndHoneyBaltimore.com

Made with fresh ingredients and the upmost respect in the handling of them.

This market/deli offers tasty, healthy, and organic sandwiches and paninis, as well as groceries—and an espresso bar to boot.


Minato Sushi Bar

801 N. Charles St. 443.449.6483 IndigmaRestaurant.com “The enigma of Indian cuisine” where creative innovation and the traditional are so intricately balanced.

Land Of Kush

840 N. Eutaw St. 410.225.5874 TheLandOfKush.com Incredible you-wouldn’t-believeit’s-vegan soul food.

Marie Louise Bistro

904 N. Charles St. 410.385.9946 MarieLouiseBistroCatering.com The menu merges French, Italian, and Mediterranean food.

Michaelangelo’s Pizza 235 W. Read St. 410.462.3662 MichelangeloPizza.com

Easily the best Italian delivery, this pizza will satisfy your cravings.


1013 N. Charles St. 410.332.0332 MinatoSushiBar.com Born in the heart of Mt. Vernon, Minato has earned its reputation, constantly earning rave reviews and accolades.

Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon 909 N. Charles St. 410.685.7427 MVStable.com

Dining room offers a wide selection, brunch, and regular specials, cozy and inviting bar invites you to relax or mingle.

The Owl Bar

1 E. Chase St. 410.347.0888 TheOwlBar.com Located in the historic Belvedere Hotel, this tavern was Baltimore’s greatest speakeasy, still offering great times today.

800 St. Paul St. 410.400.0022

Internet Café, Bar, & Restaurant 2118 Maryland Ave. 443.759.6147 IBarBalt.com

Pub food including wings and burgers, plus seafood, vegan selections, and free Wi-Fi.

Joe Squared

133 W. North Ave. 410.545.0444 JoeSquared.com

The delicious Thai menu that the whole city is talking about.

Award-winning coal-fired pizza, 17 varieties of risotto, long rum list, and eclectic beers.

Waterstone Bar & Grille

Sofi’s Crepes

A unique and upscale atmosphere with quality and tastes that make every dish an instant favorite.

Fresh and natural sweet and savory crepes filled, folded, wrapped in one neat package you can eat on the go or enjoy at their outside tables.

311 W. Madison St. 410.225.7475 WaterstoneBarAndGrille.com


1307 N. Charles St. 410.468.0002 XSBaltimore.com Restaurant, bar and café featuring a diverse menu of coffee, sushi, cocktails, breakfast, desserts, panini, and more.

mt. washington Ethel & Ramone’s 

1615 Sulgrave Ave. 410.664.2971 EthelAndRamones.com The “Chesapeake Bay meets Louisiana Cajun” fusion fare is “simply amazing.”

Mt. Washington Tavern 5700 Newbury St. 410.367.6903 MtWashingtonTavern.com

Fantastic food. Award-winning wines. Amazing ambiance. Stellar service. A memorable menu.

Sushi Hana

6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.4228 SushiHanaBaltimore.com

1723 N. Charles St. 410.727.7732 SofisCrepes.com

Station North Arts Café 1816 N. Charles St. 410.625.6440 StationNorthArts.com

A “small-batch from scratch” restaurant with rave reviews at a place where food, art, music, theater, and fine crafts come together.

Tapas Teatro

1711 N. Charles St. 410.332.0110 TapasTeatro.com Seasonal, fresh ingredients, a full range of international flavors, rustic, reasonably-priced wines and a range of interesting beers.

waverly Pete’s Grille

3130 Greenmount Ave. 410.467.7698 Facebook.com/PetesGrille Michael Phelps’ favorite spot for carb-loading before his morning training. Great for lunch, too.

Thai Restaurant

An expansive selection of reliable and tasty Japanese fare.

3316 Greenmount Ave. 410.889.6003 Bit.ly/ThaiRest

station north

One of Baltimore’s first Thai restaurants, and still among the best.

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T he perfect location for a wedding, commitment ceremony, rehearsal dinner, reception, birthday party, bar or bat mitzvah or business conference.

Settled high on a hill among 60 acres of secluded woods, the castle reflects the beauty and grandeur of medieval Europe and provides an unforgettable setting for special events. 10440 FALLS ROAD, LUTHERVILLE, MD

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The GLCCB serves as a clearinghouse for information, resources, and services within the LGBT community. From local gay-owned/ friendly business, to medical professionals, real estate agents, attorneys, therapists, and other professionals, the GLCCB attempts to connect visitors with the particular resource they seek.

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1 West Eager Street Baltimore, Maryland (410) 547-0069

Open Daily 4PM - 2AM with Happy Hour in Saloon 4PM - 8PM WED









A Cornerstone of the Gay Community Since 1972 Established in 1972 in the heart of Mount Vernon, the Hippo has been a cornerstone in the gay and lesbian community in Baltimore, and greeting all those who love and support us. Our motto “Where everyone is welcome” stands true to this day. Whether you want to dance the night away, relax in our video bar, or enjoy a cocktail and a pool game in our saloon, we have something to suit everyone’s mood!




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nightlife federal hill Idle Hour (Mostly Straight, Welcoming)

201 E. Fort Ave. 410.468.0357

food café stacks the tables and chairs, and offers up some of the most innovative performance programming in the city, including LGBT, genderqueer, and drag acts.

This laid back, friendly bar is off the beaten Federal Hill path, but the beer, the art, and atmosphere are more than worth it.


The Rowan Tree

3531 Gough St. 410.342.6544 LaughingPint.com

(Mixed, Local)

1633 S. Charles St. 410.468.0550 Gay-owned and -operated, this neighborhood pub draws a mix of patrons to its game room, karaoke nights, and occasional drag shows.

The Laughing Pint (Mostly Straight, Welcoming)

Popular with artists, performers, and audiences from nearby Creative Alliance at the Patterson, this casual drinkery serves up inexpensive drinks, freshly prepared pub food, shuffle board, and ping pong.

fell’s point

The Quest Bar

The Brass Monkey Saloon

3607 Fleet St. 410.563.2617 QuestBarBaltimore.com


1601 Eastern Ave. 410.276.4395 BrassMonkeyBaltimore.com This cozy neighborhood bar is great for catching local bands.

The Get Down (Mixed, Dance)

701 S. Bond St 443.708.3564 GetDownBaltimore.com A two-level DJ-oriented space in Fell’s Point, The Get Down boasts an industrial design aesthetic that fuses technology, art, and soul.

Ziascoz (Mixed, Dance)

1313 E. Pratt St. 410.276.5790 Facebook.com/Ziascoz ZiascoZ Lounge is a lesbian-owned, cozy, happening neighborhood bar with upstairs dance floor and female mixologists, open all week long.

hampden Golden West Café (Live Music)

1105 W 36th St. 410.889.8891 GoldenWestCafe.com At night, Hampden’s hipster health

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(Gay, Karaoke)

Grand Central (Gay)

1001-1003 N. Charles St. 410.752.7133 CentralStationPub.com


Jay’s on Read

1310 Russell St. 410.837.9110 TheDox.com

(Gay, Mixed)

225 W. Read St. 410.225.0188 Facebook.com/Jays-on-Read An intimate, upscale, relaxed atmosphere with daily drink specials. Live piano Friday and Saturday evenings.

Red Maple (Dance)

930 N. Charles St. 410.547.0149 930RedMaple.com Created to meld as both restaurant and nightclub, this Asian tapas lounge has tasty dishes, exquisite cocktails, an alluring ambiance, and a musically diverse late night.


Triple L and Leon’s

(Gay, Mixed)

9855 Washington Blvd. N., Laurel 301.498.4840  PWsSportsBar.com People come for the live music and karaoke, multiple TVs, pool, and darts.

mt. vernon Club Hippo (LGBT, Dance)

1 W. Eager St. 410.547.0069 ClubHippo.com Club Hippo has been a cornerstone in the Baltimore LGBT community for more than 40 years.

The Drinkery (Gay)

205 W. Read St. 410.225.3100 The Drinkery is a dark, loud, and friendly neighborhood bar with karaoke and great two-for-one happy hour deals.

This is a small neighborhood bar/ club with a cool deck and a big sound system.

Nestled in the heart of Mt. Vernon, Grand Central has three distinct areas: The Disco, The Pub, and Sappho’s (an exclusive ladies lounge).

This neighborhood bar attracts locals with its great happy hour specials, 4-8pm daily and all night Thursdays.

PWs Sports Bar & Grill


(Gay, Leather/Levi)

227 W. Chase St. 410.539.4850 Located just two doors down from the GLCCB, Leon’s Leather Lounge (Triple L) is a leather/levi bar in the heart of Mt. Vernon. Attached to Triple L is Leon’s of Baltimore, Maryland’s oldest gay bar.

northwest baltimore The Ottobar (Mostly Straight, Welcoming)

2549 N. Howard St. 410.662.0069 TheOttobar.com Baltimore’s premiere venue for live sub-mainstream music is also a dream venue for dive-bar lovers.

overlea Mixers (Mixed)

6037 Belair Rd.

The Paradox (Dance)

Baltimore’s premier home for dance music of all genres with upgraded sound, lighting, refreshment bar and lounges.

station north Club Charles (Mostly Straight, Welcoming)

1724 N. Charles St. 410.727.8815 ClubCharles.us A dark and hipster-y dive that’s a low-key spot for a drink before or after catching a film at the Charles Theater.

Gallery One (Gay)

1735 Maryland Ave. 410.539.6965 This friendly, casual bar is welcoming to both men and women.

Joe Squared (Live Music)

133 W. North Ave. 410.545.0444 JoeSquared.com Award-winning coal-fired pizza, long rum list, and eclectic beers; Joe Squared is known for a hipster atmosphere that appeals to all ages.

westside Club Bunns (Dance/Hip-Hop)

608 W. Lexington St. 410.234.2866 Facebook.com/ ClubBunnsBaltimoreMd This fun club offers an exciting and safe environment that caters largely to the African-American community and plays the latest hip-hop hits into the early morning hours.



apparel & accessories 16 Tons

1021 W. 36th St. 410.554.0101 Shop16Tons.com A comfortable, eclecticallyappointed shop is stocked with a variety of clothing, accessories, and accoutrements for men.

Brightside Boutique

1133 S. Charles St. 410.244.1133 BrightsideBaltimore.com Fashion-forward clothing, shoes, jewelry at vintage prices influenced by the tattoo couture and New York City fashion.


1013 N. Charles St. 410.467.1582 BaltimoresDreamland.com Crafty vintage clothes for him and her, plus jewelry and gifts.

Eye Candy

849 W. 36th St. 410.889.0607 EyeCandyOp.com Fashionable lenses and eyewear specific to each client’s needs.

Handbags in the City 840 Aliceanna St. 410.528.1443 HandbagsInTheCity.com

Must-have designer handbags plus clothing, shoes, and luxurious accessories for men and women.


Hunting Ground

3649 Falls Rd. 410.243.0789 ShopHuntingGround.com Small designers and brands, as well as wearable and affordable vintage clothing for men and women.

Jean Pool

92 Village Sq. 410.466.1177

art Area 405 Gallery 405 E. Oliver St. 410.528.1968 Area405.com

The primitive urban character reflects its long history and provides an alternative setting to traditional “white-wall” galleries.

A boutique denim store that caters to men and women with the goal of finding the perfect fit for everyone.

Art Gallery of Fell’s Point

Katwalk Boutique

Non-profit artists’ cooperative featuring original art and prints from local artists.

1709 Aliceanna St. 410.669.0600 Facebook.com/ KatwalkFashionShowroom One-of-a-kind designer clothing and accessories. Featured for six years in Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore edition.

Ma Petite Shoe

830 W. 36th St. 410.235.3442 MaPetiteShoe.com Boutique specializing in the world’s most fabulous shoes from some of the newest designers, plus vegan products and chocolates.

Urban Chic

801 Aliceanna St. 410.685.1601 UrbanChicOnline.com Men’s and women’s apparel and accessories from a mix of established and up-and-coming designers.

1716 Thames St. 410.327.1272 FellsPointGallery.org

Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Ave. 410.578.1919 BaltimoreClayworks.org

Non-profit ceramic art center offers classes as well as beautiful ceramics made from safe, natural materials from the earth.

Charlotte Elliott 837 W. 36th St. 410.243.0990 CharlotteElliott.com Fine art, antique furniture, jewelry, gourmet treats, books, and worldwide treasures.

Crystal Moll Art Gallery 1030 S. Charles St. 410.952.2843 CrystalMollGallery.com Watercolor cityscapes capture the essence of Federal Hill.

Fleckenstein Gallery 3316 Keswick Rd. 410.366.3669 FleckensteinGallery.com

Custom and archival framing plus a diverse collection of local and regional artists.

Gallery 788

3602 Hickory Ave. 202.210.8361 Facebook.com/gallery788 A new co-op gallery space in the heart of downtown Baltimore.

Load of Fun Arts 120 W. North Ave. LoadOfFun.net

A community based gallery presenting emerging and established artists.

Mark Cottman Gallery 1014 S. Charles St. 443.872.0943 MarkCottmanGallery.com

Exclusively featuring Mark Cottman’s work and his expressions of passion and humor.

Maryland Art Place Power Plant Live! 218 W. Saratoga St. 410.962.8565 MdArtPlace.org

Nonprofit organization committed to exhibiting contemporary art by Maryland artists.

Metro Gallery

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TheMetroGallery.net A multipurpose performance space, art gallery, and bar.

Mud and Metal

1121 W. 36th St. 410.467.8698 MudAndMetal.com Functional crafts handmade by amazing artists. Gifts for your home and the ones you love.

Museum Shop at the Baltimore Museum of Art

410.504.1902 TheBookEscape.com Extensive collection of new, used and rare books plus readings and events.

Cyclops Books

30 W. North Ave. 410.752.4487 Facebook.com/CyclopsBmore This anchor for the Station North Arts & Entertainment District scene also exhibits art and hosts live music.

The Ivy Bookshop

10 Art Museum Dr. 443.573.1844 ShopArtBMA.org

6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.2966 TheIvyBookshop.com

A wide variety of items exclusive to the BMA.

Baltimore’s “literary bookshop” plays host to many area book clubs and visiting.

s.c. lord design 440 E. Oliver St. 410.961.4597

Gallery and archival framing from oversized antique posters to threedimensional works, works on paper to vintage photographs.

Steven Scott Gallery 808 S. Ann St. 410.902.9300 StevenScottGallery.com

Paintings and works on paper by emerging, mid-career and established American artists, including works by Annie Liebowitz, Francesco Clemente, Nan Goldin, Tom Miller, Kiki Smith, and John Waters.

Sideshow Shop at American Visionary Art Museum

Normals (See Music & Movies)

Read Street Books and Coffee 229 W. Read St. 410.669.4103 ReadStreetBooks.com

New and used books, vintage paperbacks, and lesbian fiction as well as espresso, teas, Italian sodas, and desserts.

Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse 30 W. North Ave. 410.230.0450 RedEmmas.org

Baltimore’s collectively owned and operated infoshop, fair-trade organic coffeehouse, and veggie café.

home Arhaus Furniture 660 S. Exeter St. 410.244.6376 Arhaus.com

Eclectic international design meets quality, eco-conscious American craftsmanship.

Avenue Antiques/ The Ideal

901–905 W. 36th St. 410.467.0329 AvenueAntiques.com More than 60 merchants in two stores carry everything from fine antiques and art to vintage clothing and collectibles.

Mid-Century Modern furnishings at accessible prices.

Great Finds and Designs 1924B Greenspring Dr., Timonium 410.561.9413 GreatFindsAndDesign.com

Quality pre-owned furniture and accessories that express your individual style.


514 E. Belvedere Ave. 410.962.8248 NouveauBaltimore.com Furniture and accessories that are fun, funky, contemporary, and transitional.


Phina’s for the Home

Unique and beautiful objects for your home and hard-to-shop items for people and occasions.

Top-quality home linens and bath and body products and gifts.

David’s on the Avenue

901 S Bond St., #1 410.522.7010 SuCasa-Furniture.com

1000 Lancaster St., #130 410.727.6262 KatieDestefanoDesign.com/

914 W. 36th St. 410.467.8159 DavidsOnTheAvenue.com

This consignment shop offers a carefully curated collection of affordable used furnishings.


1021 W. 36th St. 443.759.6645 DenovaOnTheAvenue. wordpress.com High quality Danish and other

919 S. Charles St. 410.685.0911 Phinas.com

Su Casa

This flagship for a small, local chain is frequently named Baltimore’s Best Furniture Store.

Trohv Baltimore 921 W. 36th St. 410.366.3456 TrohvShop.com

Home goods and gifts that reflect a mix of urban grit and southern sensibility.

800 Key Hwy. 443.872.4926 SideShowBaltimore.com AVAM’s gift shop offers original art, books, scares, jewelry, souvenirs, and toys.

books Alliance Comics

904 Light St. 410.685.0021 AllianceComicsOnline.com Great selection and a welcoming staff.

Atomic Books

3620 Falls Rd. 410.662.4444 AtomicBooks.com Legendary, alternative, independent bookstore specializing in comics and graphic novels, as well as John Waters’ fanmail.

Book Escape

Shopping at Ma Petite Shoe

805 Light St.

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Zelda Zen

1634 Thames St. 410.625.2424

music & movies



Camp Bow Wow

Home décor, funky art, cards and jewelry.

425 E. 31st St. 410.243.6888 Normals.com


Overflowing with used books, records, and CDs.

Hampden Junque

Read Street Video

1006 W. 36th St. 410.889.6453 HampdenJunque.net

211 W. Read St. 410.728.8273

Buying and selling chic nostalgic antiques, collectibles and junque.

With a thousand movies, this tiny Mt. Vernon video shop fills a niche and does it well.

Lovelyarns ​​

Sound Garden

3610 Falls Rd. 410.662.9276 Lovelyarns.com Baltimore’s needlework community center specializes in locally hand-dyed and handspun yarns and strongly encourages “YarnBombing” (knitted graffiti).

Spirits of Mt. Vernon 900 N. Charles St. 410.727.7270 SpiritsOfMtVernon.com

Champagne, wine, gourmet cheese, crystal stemware, decanters, plus weekly wine tastings and Boris the wine dog.


7165 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia 410.964.2275 CampBowWow.com

1209 N. Charles St. 410.230.0410 PetValu.com

City Pet Center

Scrub-A-Dub Dog

Boarding, grooming, and doggie daycare with great prices, exceptional care, and up-to-date amenities.

A full-service dog-washing salon with top-of-the-line pet and dog care and products.

504 S. Haven St. 410.732.8292 CityPetCenter.com

Buy and Sell CDs, DVDs, LPs, vinyl, and video games at one of the largest new and used music stores.


The best selection of independent, local, foreign, cult films, and documentaries, plus extensive LGBT and adult sections.


One of the largest selections of pet toys and accessories.


400 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.243.2231 VideoAmericain.com

895 E. Fort Ave. 410.783.1590

Premier dog boarding and doggie daycare facility.

1616 Thames St. 410.563.9011 CDJoint.com

Video Americain

Pet Valu

5909 Falls Rd. 443.919.7909 ScrubADubDogBaths.com

1340-G Smith Ave. 443.708.4420 3600 Boston St. 410.276.3410 DogmaForPets.com Food, treats, products, and grooming services for cats and dogs.


3531 Chestnut Ave. 410.235.2469 HowlBaltimore.com Natural, high quality pet products, special food needs, and chemical/ filler/by-product–free foods.

trivia David T. Abercrombie, founder of the popular Abercrombie and Fitch clothing company, was born in Baltimore in June 1967.

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neighborhoods mount vernon Mount Vernon is beautiful, colorful, lively and like no other neighborhood in Baltimore. Mount Vernon historically has also been the center of gay life and gay celebration in Baltimore, and, in many ways, it still retains that role. Mount Vernon hosts the annual Pride Parade and Block Party for Baltimore in June, and the city’s best gay and lesbian clubs are along Historic Charles Street in the heart of the neighborhood. The LGBT community is strongly represented in the residents, business owners, and community leaders. Mount Vernon is filled with 19th-century mansions, charming workers cottages, and the city’s best entertainment, culture, and restaurants. From cafes to fine dining, from Afghan to Thai, and everything in between, it is all in Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is also home to The Walters Art Museum, Center Stage, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Modell Center for the Performing Arts, The Lyric, the Maryland Historical Society, the George Peabody Library, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. It’s easy to spend a day or an entire weekend in Mount Vernon trying to take in everything this gorgeous community has to offer. Mount Vernon also has many lodging options, of all which are gay-friendly. Pick up a colorful Mount Vernon Visitor’s Map at any of the cultural institutions, restaurants, and shops, and take the fascinating walking tour on the back for a quick introduction to the neighborhood. There is much to enjoy in this neighborhood that CNN once described as “more European than MidAtlantic.” For what’s happening now in Mount Vernon go to VisitMountVernon.info.

Photo by John Kardys

station north Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, more commonly called “Station North,” sits in the center of the City, near Penn Station (Amtrak and MARC) and historic Mount Vernon. The first Baltimore neighborhood to be designated an Arts and Entertainment District, Station North is filled with an eclectic mix of people, architecture, arts, food, and fun. Theaters, cafés, galleries, music venues, restaurants, and bars fill this residential and commercial area. Former industrial buildings have evolved into attractive artist studios and residential lofts. New, modern units have been constructed, though beautiful, three-story, early 20th-century row homes provide most of the Station North housing.

Photo by Ken Stanek


With creative types in abundance, entertainment is vital in Station North. Venues feature jazz, improvisational music and performance, dance parties, comedy, and film screenings. The neighborhood hosts the Station North Flea Market the first Saturday of each month featuring artists’ work. The community also celebrates the last Friday of every month with Final Fridays in which spaces in Station North are transformed into spectacular celebratory environments filled with musicians, performance artists, art installations, and food for all to enjoy.

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federal hill Baltimore’s historic Federal Hill neighborhood lies just south of the famed Inner Harbor. Known for its picturesque park—an oasis, with incredible day and night views of the Baltimore Harbor and skyline—Federal Hill enjoys a storied history. The hill was given its name in 1788 after thousands paraded there celebrating ratification of the new “Federal” U. S. Constitution. Having been used as a key “look-out” destination during the Civil War, Federal Hill maintains a large U.S. flag, cannons, and a monument honoring its history. Young professionals, affluent empty-nesters, and families who have lived in row-homes in the neighborhood for generations call Federal Hill home today. Pubs, restaurants, galleries and antique shops line the streets, where you can also find salons, boutiques, and the Cross Street Market—a 19th-century marketplace that continues to serve as the neighborhood commercial and social hub. The walkable neighborhood is close to Baltimore’s professional sports stadiums—Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium allowing many to patronize Federal Hill pubs and restaurants before and after games. Also, the full-service Horseshoe Casino, slated to open this year, will be adjacent to the Camden Yards sports complex. The Charm City Circulator makes it convenient to get to and from Federal Hill for free.

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harbor east Baltimore’s swanky Harbor East neighborhood is barely recognizable to those who knew it in the not too distant past. Filled with hotels, restaurants, shops, offices, condominiums and entertainment venues—all connected via wide sidewalks and open spaces leading to the renowned waterfront—Harbor East thrives, but with a much different vibe. Dilapidated warehouses from the Industrial Boom of the early 1900s cluttered the area until a major transformation got underway at the end of the century. Now, about the only thing stored in bulk in Harbor East is wine within trendy restaurants.

Photo by Ken Stanek

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Harbor East shines as an outstanding example of history and culture with business, recreation and fun. There’s something for everyone in this rapidly growing area between Fell’s Point and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Joggers share the sidewalks with bikers and leisurely strollers window shopping the upscale boutiques. Harbor East has also evolved into a restaurant lover’s paradise.


fell’s point Fell’s Point is a historic waterfront community just one mile east—a 15-minute walk, 10-minute water taxi ride, or 5-minute cab ride of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Established during the colonial era, Fell’s Point is a neighborhood rich in history, attractions, and colorful people. Known to many visitors as a wonderful place to eat, shop, and play, its diverse residents enjoy a very livable community where individuality is welcome. Fell’s Point is a mixed-use neighborhood, with many services and shopping opportunities within easy walking distance of the city. This neighborhood has a lot of character and options for all. Events vary throughout the year: you can watch Santa come in on a tug boat in December; shop local at the Farmers’ Market; or attend Fell’s Point Main Street’s Privateer festival. Come and make your own history.


Morgan State University

Hamilton-Lauraville is a neighborhood that enjoys its parks and open spaces. The Herring Run meanders through Morgan State University and the neighborhood’s many large homes nestled among mature trees. This area offers a variety of outdoor experiences such as hiking, cycling, and sports. Montebello Lake is a 1.37 mile loop that attracts runners, walkers, cyclists, and pet lovers for a little exercise around a beautiful lake setting. The neighborhood also has a strong and growing commercial district comprised of many business owners that live in the neighborhood. In addition to the many great restaurants and pubs, the Green Onion Market, a fresh locally-owned market, will open this spring. From June through October, Lauraville hosts The Tuesday Market at 4500 Harford Road, Tuesday evenings 4-8pm. This is a small community market with fresh farm produce, fruit, meats, cheese, bread and more. Prepared foods are available for commuters and community members to take home, or visitors can stick around and enjoy a meal, a little music, and artisan wares. 42

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hampden Traditionally a blue collar community, Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood has morphed into eclectic at its very best. Located just minutes from the Inner Harbor, young urban professionals now call the brick rowhouses and luxury condos home, but the “Bawlmer Hons” remain. Hampden celebrates its quirkiness, and people from all over come to join in the fun. In fact, one of the city’s most popular events is Honfest, named for the local term of endearment “Hon,” short for “Honey.” Honfest features the enormous beehive hairdos, cat eyeglasses, leopard print attire and language—“Balwmerese”—indigenous to this area. The neighborhood started in 1802 for workers in the new flour and cotton mills. While Hampden maintains a modest, small town atmosphere with its original structures and businesses that have been around for a long time, former factories are now artist studios, offices, wine bars and new restaurants and boutiques intertwined with new mixed-use development. Hampden’s combination of old and new, with its central location, makes it one of Baltimore’s most distinctive and desirable areas.

Photo by Ken Stanek

canton Just east of Fell’s Point lies Canton, a charming blue-collar neighborhood settled in the late 19th- century by Polish immigrants flocking to work at the local canneries. What were once factories are now condominiums, artists’ studios, offices, restaurants and stores. A quaint and lively village square rimmed with eclectic restaurants, pubs and shops along O’Donnell Street is the heart of this waterfront neighborhood, but wander off Canton Square to the surrounding blocks and find the heart of Baltimore, from the nearly-lost Baltimore art form of the painted screen to window shrines and rows of classic marble stoops on block after block of traditional Baltimore brick and formstone row houses. Canton is also buffered by the lush urban green space of Patterson Park, once the country’s largest urban park, and the expansive Canton Waterfront Park.

Information courtesy Visit Baltimore, Fell’s Point Main Street, Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street, and the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association. 2014 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide


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come get hitched! With the passage of the Civil Marriage Protection Act in late 2012, same-sex couples can now get legally married in Maryland. Not only is this great news for LGBT Marylanders (and the history of equality in general) but for out-of-towners too. Now, Baltimore is not just a great destination for your next vacation, but also for your special day! You’ll find everything you need from welcoming congregations and venues to every vendor under the sun: photographers, florists, caterers, bands, officiants, and much, much more.



Balance The Salon

Absolutely Perfect Catering

409 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.366.6169 Balance-TheSalon.com


803 W. 36th St. 410.235.1001 FlauntontheAvenue.com

Missi Kibelbek Licensed Massage Therapy 822 W. 36th St. 410.889.7107 Missikibelbek.com

Neal’s The Hair Studio

410.579.8777 AbsolutelyPerfectCatering.com

Biddle Street Catering 410.727.7777 BiddleSt.com

Black Tie Caterers

410.669.3500 BlackTieCaterers.com

Charles Levine Caterers 410.363.0900 CharlesLevineCaterers.com

856 Park Ave. 410.528.8100 NealsWebPage.com

Chef’s Expressions

Sprout Salon

Class Act Catering by Jim Britton

925 W. 36th St. 410.235.2269 SproutSalon.com

Zena’s Spa and Salon 1014 N. Charles St. 410.783.1971 ZenasSpa.com 44

410.561.2433 ChefsExpressions.com

410.521.0200 ClassActCatering.net

The Classic Catering People 410.356.1666 ClassicCatering.com

Copper Kitchen

Windows Catering

Dionysus’ Kitchen

Zeffert and Gold Catering

Mix It Up Cocktails


410.244.7152 CopperKitchenMD.com 410.744.4300 DionysusKitchen.com 443.857.0588 MixItUpCocktail.com

Putting on the Ritz Catering

301.725.4220 PuttingOnTheRitz.com

Rouge Catering

410.527.0007 RougeCatering.com

Simply Elegant Catering 410.484.4554 SimplyElegantCatering.com

The Spice Rack Catering 301.919.8078 TheSpiceRack.biz

Touche’ Touchet Bakery 410.997.9338 ToucheTouchetBakery.com

703.519.3500 Catering.com

410.944.4481 zeffertandgold.com

The Wedding Dance Specialists 703.626.7016


Beginning Ballroom

410.231.3262 BeginningBallroom.com

florists Candlelight Floral Designs

240.409.3635 CandlelightFloralDesigns.com

Crimson and Clover Floral Design

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Edge Floral Event Designers

Party Plus Rentals

Flower Box Events

Select Events Rentals

Flowers & Fancies


301.330.5232 EdgeFlowers.com

410.878.0373 MyFlowerBoxEvents.com 410.653.0600 FlowersAndFancies.com

Intrigue Design & Decor 410.571.3069 Intrigue-Designs.com

LV Creative Designs 301.392.6055 LVCreativeDesigns.com

Wessel’s Florist

410.465.0177 WesselsFlorist.com

furniture AFR Event Furnishings 301.362.4300 AFRevents.com

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Creative 410.244.0066 CCBBcreative.com

410.771.1997 PartyPlusRentals.com 410.653.6851 WeParty.com

Bobby’s Portable Restrooms

11435 Red Lion Road White Marsh, MD 410.679.7108 BobbysPottys.com

Christopher Schafer Clothier

Smyth Jewelers

825 Dulaney Valley Rd. Towson Town Mall Also in Timonium, Ellicott City & Annapolis 1.800.638.3333 SmythJewelers.com

Tuxedo House Inc. 2135 Greenspring Dr. 410.252.6220 TuxedoHouse.com

Woman’s Industrial Exchange

Gifts, Apparel, and Catering 333 N. Charles St. 410.685.4388 WomansIndustrialExchange.org

1400 Aliceanna St. 410.404.5131 ChristopherSchafer.com


Cruise Planners

410.761.1212 AbsoluteEntertainment.com

410.761.3554 BelleCruises.com

Gala Cloths (Linens)

12360 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, MD 888.737.1144 GalaCloths.com

Your trusted resource for planning the first day of the rest of your lives together.

DJ Paul Entertainment 443.742.4651 DJPaulEntertainment.com

Detour Dave Sandler 410.303.0096 DetourDave.com

My Deejay

888.438.6935 MyDeeJay.com

Nachibear DJ Services 410.337.8801 eedare@aol.com

Maryland Bagpiper — Piping For All Occasions 410.382.0200 MarylandBagpiper.com

The Music Man

Absolute Entertainment


410.484.7978 BialeksMusic.com


Sounds Good!

410.415.5199 Myspace.com/ bobjacobsonjazz

Somethin’ Borrowed

Claddagh Productions Entertainment Services 301.752.6607 CladdaghProductions.net

412.352.9491 SomeThinBorrowed.com

Rhonda Robinson Jazz

410.467.7814 Myspace.com/rhondarobinson

big or small, we do it all




planning, day-of coordination, officiating & much more. overthemoonspecialevents.com

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Young At Heart DJ Service

Spirit Unions


Weddings by Sandy

443.794.9832 Young-At-HeartDJs.djgold.com

Baltimore Ethical Society

410.279.0148 SpiritUnions.com 410.203.1113 WeddingsBySandy.com

410.581.2322 BaltimoreEthicalSociety.org


Ceremonies by Heather Saul

Altar Image Photography

410.207.1341 CeremonyByHeatherSaul.com

Donna Dallas, Ordained Celebrant

410.458.7677 DirectorDallas@aol.com

Malinda Davis, Officiant 410.375.0375


Rev. Alberta Eaton 410.256.5330 RevAlbertaEaton.com

Rev. David B. G. Flaherty Officiant Extraordinaire 443.691.9800 SaintSebastianCatholic.com/ Weddings&Unions/ weddingblessing.htm

Habanera Farm, LLC 410.873.2951 HabaneraFarm.com

Heaven’s Hands for Harmony

304.724.7919 HeavensHandsForHarmony.com

Rev. William E. Ingram

443.531.6933 Rev.William.Ingram@gmail.com

Robert Karp, Officiant 410.905.9877 EqualMarriage4All.com

Rev. Dr. Wayne Schwandt 202.583.2158

Legally Wedded

410.428.7742 LegallyWedded.com

Meetings and Events Unlimited 240.278.1905


Rev. E. Sean Penn

443.467.4263 ESeanPenn@gmail.com

SJB Ministries LLC

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443.987.8232 AltarImagePhotography.com

Balance Photography 443.904.6743 BalanceWeddings.com

Borrowed Blue

410.532.0679 BorrowedBluePhoto.com

Cassie Mulheron Photography

443.306.5407 CassieMulheron.com

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Maximilian Franz Photography

410.530.2114 MaximilianFranz.com

MPD Photography & Video 443.821.6998 MatthewDAgostino.com

Daniel McGarrity Photography

Sachs Photography


410.889.7854 ArtfulWeddings.com

Elaine Studley Photography

Shawn Hubbard Photography

301.670.1762 ElaineStudley.com

Eric Gerber Photography 410.335.8142 EricGerberPhoto.com

Garth Phoebus Photography

301.378.0510 GarthPhoebus.com

House of Red Bird

443.844.2352 HouseOfRedBird.com

Jay W. Photos 410.719.6721 JayWPhotos.biz

Jennifer McMenamin Photography

410.746.3843 JenniferMcMenamin.com

John Heredia Wedding Photography 404.895.6276 JohnHeredia.com

410.371.4775 ShawnHubbardphoto.com

Shinnamon Photography 410.336.1510 ShinnamonPhotography.com

Stoker Studios

443.504.4103 StokerStudios.com

Studio C Photography Imaging

240.446.6085 Studio-C-Photography.com

Visual Image Photography & Videography 410.378.2806 V-Img.com

photo booths Lovely Day Photo Works 410.207.0826 LovelyDayPhotoWorks.com

ShudderBooth Photo

JP Studios Video Production Services JPStudios.net

MPD Photography & Video 443.821.6998 MatthewDAgostino.com

Video Vignette

410.931.3224 VideoVignette.net

planners Adorned Events, LLC 301.379.1573 AdornedEvents.com

Boutique Events 410.292.1921 BEventsllc.com

Couture Events & Weddings, LLC 202.599.0824 CoutureLLC.com

Elizabeth Bailey Weddings 410.879.8984 ElizabethBaileyWeddings.com

Over the Moon Special Events

443.417.0101 OverTheMoonSpecialEvents.com

Plan it Perfect

410.685.4765 PlanItPerfectEvents.com

Regal Celebrations

301.774.5236 RegalCelebrations.com

John Kardys Photography

443.768.4695 ShutterBooth.com/maryland

Lisa Webb Photography


870.917.8861 VanLandinghamDesignStudio.com

Coastal Productions Studio

Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen


410.419.5927 LisaWebbPhotography.com

410.581.7733 CoastalStudio.com

Van Landingham Design Studio

301.775.3173 WolfsWeddings.com

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stationery Glyph Fine Press

101B N. Washington St. Havre de Grace, MD 410.939.0504 GlypHdG.com

It’s a Snap

410.583.7845 ItsaSnapMD.com

OutVite.com 866.688.8483 OutVite.com

transportation An Extraordinar Limousine, Inc 410.437.8200 BigCars.com

On The Town Limousines, Inc. 301.829.7999 OnTheTownLimousines.com

venues 1840s Ballroom

29 S. Front St. 410.385.1840 1840sBallroom.com

American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM)

The Cloisters

Gertrude’s Restaurant

800 Key Hwy. 410.244.1900 x228 AVAM.org

10440 Falls Rd. Pikesville, MD 410.821.7448 CloistersCastle.com

Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel

Elegant Settings of MNCPPC

Herrington on the Bay

30 Trevanion Rd. Taneytown, MD 410.756.6812 Antrim1844.com

Baltimore Ethical Society 306 W. Franklin St. 410.581.2322 BmorEthical.org

The Belvedere

1 E. Chase St. 410.659.5207 BelvedereBaltimore.com

The Black Eyed Susan

“Little Chapel on the Water” 2700 Lighthouse Point East 410.342.6960 BaltimorePaddleWheel.com

Chase Court

1112 St. Paul St. 410.727.1112 ChaseCourt.com

Historic rental properties, various locations 301.446.6802 PGParks.com/places/ elegantsettings.html

Entertainment Cruises

561 Light St. 866.845.7245 Entertainmentcruises.com/ Groups/city/Baltimore/home

Frederick Douglass– Isaac Myers Maritime Park & Museum

1417 Thames St. 410.685.0295 mjews@douglassmyers.org DouglassMyers.org

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum 301 W. Camden Street Baltimore MD 410.625.7068 GeppisMuseum.com

10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore MD 410.889.3399 GertrudesBaltimore.com

7151 Lake Shore Dr North Beach MD 301.855.8435 HerringtonOnTheBay.com


1708 Aliceanna St. 410.327.2610 LouisianaRestaurant.com This fine dining restaurant and special occasion venue (including same-sex weddings) offers American and French-inspired dishes with authentic Creole flavors.

Padonia Park Club 12006 Jennifer Rd. 410.252.2046 PadoniaParkClub.com For many more wedding venues see Accommodations, p. 8

additional resources Baltimore.org/LGBT-weddings

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activities communitybased activity groups Baltimore Area Gay Men’s Outdoor Adventure Group Meetup.com/BaltimoreWashington-Gay-MenOutdoor-Adventure-Group

Offering an alternative to bars and the internet, this social group organizes activities that include hiking, biking, camping, rafting, canoeing, and tubing.

Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers BaltimoreFrontRunners.org 410.662.2887

LGBT runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to join weekly Saturday morning outings along Baltimore’s waterfront, followed by brunch.

Charm City Roller Girls CharmCityRollerGirls.com

What began as a few girls meeting at a Skateland soon became an organized league of over 80 dedicated women. Four intraleague teams and two interleague teams make roller derby the most exciting thing to hit Charm City since the crab cake.

Charm City Volleyball

VolleyBaltimore.org cwulin@volleybaltimore.org LGBT volleyball organization offers weekly social and competitive volleyball events. All skill levels are welcome during social play, most Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm.

Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) League CapsSoftball.LeagueApps.com Team Hippo Coach Ryan Bos: ryanbos@yahoo.com

Club Hippo sends the local team to represent Baltimore in this DC-based LGBT league. League games are on Sundays beginning in May.

Chesapeake Squares ChesapeakeSquares.org

Baltimore’s premier square dance club for gays and straights offers “open house” dances at various times throughout the year.


Lucky Charms Football Club

for socializing, networking, host discussions, and/or dating.

Baltimore’s new LGBT soccer club provides a fun atmosphere for all people to enjoy soccer in the Baltimore area.

Baltimore Men’s Chorus


Out and About Bowling Leagues OutAndAboutBowling.com 410.426.0491

Cheer on Baltimore’s LGBT bowlers at three different league nights during the 32 weeks that follow Labor Day or at the Monday night league during summer.

affinity groups Baltimore Area Lesbian Social Club

Meetup.com/ BaltimoreAreaLesbianSocialClub Social group for all lesbians who want to network and meet new friends, while enjoying such activities as dinners, movies, festivals, potlucks and bowling.

Baltimore GLBT Social Group

TonyJBianca.wix.com/ baltimoremenschorus

The BMC is proud of its long tradition of providing the Baltimore community with a wide variety of exciting choral music and has performed in many locations including New York City, Seattle, and Philadelphia.

Chesapeake Country Crew Meetup.com/CheaspeakeCounty-Crew

Celebrating the Country Western subculture of the LGBT community, this group hosts events, dances, gatherings, concert outings, and house parties that center around the enjoyment of Country Western music and hospitality.

Chicks on the Run

ChicksOnTheRun-MD.com This women’s activity group welcomes “chicks” of all ages to attend concerts, theater, comedy clubs, sporting events, museums, dinner, movies, bowling, and more.



Friendly LGBT folks meet monthly for potlucks, cook outs, theme parties, day trips, and game nights.

Corps of Men Making a Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club sponsors the Mr. Maryland Leather contest, hosts bar nights and social events, and raise money and awareness for gay-related charities.

Baltimore Bridge Night

Meetup.com/Baltimore-GayBridge-Night Experienced LGBT and straight bridge players meet every other Monday night for dinner, socializing, and bridge play.

Baltimore Gay Couples/ Singles Social Group

Meetup.com/Bmore-GLBTCouples-Singles-Social-Group A new social group for LGBT and LGBT friendly couples and singles for fun times and social gatherings.

Baltimore Gay Professionals

Meetup.com/Baltimore-GayProfessionals-Meetup-Group Bringing LGBT Professionals together


Imperfectly Perfect Pairs Meetup.com/ ImperfectlyPerfectPairs

This social group is for committed gay and lesbian couples who want to share friendship and camaraderie with like-minded couples.

LGBTQ Humanist Council of Baltimore Meetup.com/LGBTQHumanist-Council-ofBaltimore

A forum for LGBTQ humanists from around the region to exchange ideas, find support, and speak out with one voice on issues of concern to the LGBTQ-humanist community.

MiGi Promotions

Meetup.com/MiGi-Promotions From LGBTQ to aliens; from nerds to geeks; from leaders to followers MiGi founders and friends are a group of professional GenXers who organize events and gatherings catered to eclectic and embracing lifestyles.

New Wave Singers of Baltimore

NewWaveSingers.org Maryland’s only GLBTS mixed chorus and one of only a handful of GLBTS mixed choruses in our region of the country, New Wave performs an eclectic repertoire of choral music from madrigal to pop, classical to jazz.

Night Out at Centerstage Centerstage.org

Centerstage welcomes members of the LGBT community who are subscribers to Night Out, a pre-show cocktail hour.

PozBaltimore Bit.ly/PozBalt

A social group for gay men living with HIV. PozBaltimore organizes restaurant outings, movie nights, and other events, often in coordination with HOPE DC, a similar group in the District of Columbia.

Prime Timers of Baltimore PTBalto.org

Prime Timers of Baltimore is social groups for mature gay or bisexual men and the men who admire them. Members are men who choose to have their social lives enriched by their diverse activities.

Straight Eights: Lambda Car Club Straight8s.net

The Washington and Baltimore chapter of Lambda Car Clubs International organizes monthly events, tours, and other activities for LGBT classic car enthusiasts and collectors.

Women of Color

Meetup.com/BaltimoreLesbians-of-Color A discussion/social group for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women

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of color from ages 20+. Topics range from current affairs, social issues, personal relationships, children, and the community. Meets at the GLCCB.

yoga classes

facility include cardio equipment, Cybex strength equipment, free weights, a rock climbing wall, and a four-lane, 25-yard indoor lap pool. “Stay-n-Play” child care and a community playground are also available.

Baltimore Yoga Village

Maryland Athletic Club

Locations in Hampden (410.662.8626) and Mt. Washington (410.377.4800) BaltimoreYogaVillage.com

BYV offers yoga for practitioners of all levels, in a variety of lineages and styles, as well as classes in meditation, kirtan, and more.

Charm City Yoga

Multiple locations CharmCityYoga.com 1.800.336.9642 CCY offers classes for beginners as well as Vinyasa, hot Vinyasa, Astanga, Hatha, pregnancy, restorative, and gentle yoga classes.

Gentle Beginners Yoga

The GLCCB 1000 Cathedral St., 3rd Floor 410.777.8145 Drop-ins are welcome every Sunday at 3:30pm for gay instructor Tim Hurley’s soothing and revitalizing yoga class. $9 donation requested.

Yama Studio

Ruscombe Mansion Hill House Community Room 4801 Yellowwood Ave. 410.464.9000 YamaStudio.com In addition to therapeutic yoga for practitioners at all levels, Yama offers individual Ayurvedic consultations, as well as teacher training programs in therapeutic yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation.

athletic clubs & fitness centers Federal Hill Fitness 39 East Cross St. 410.752.3004 FHFitness.com Info@FHFitness.com

This sister store to Mt. Vernon Fitness (below) offers the same high quality services and amenities in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood, a short walk from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y 900 E. 33rd St. 410.889.9622 YMaryland.org

Amenities at this central Baltimore

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Harbor East 655 President St. 410.625.5000 MACWellness.com

Daily guest passes are available for visitors to MAC’s newest facility, which features 10,000 square feet of cardio equipment, more than 70 strength training stations, free weights, a 25-yard lap pool, plus many other amenities.

Meadow Mill Athletic Club

3600 Clipper Mill Rd. 410.235.7000 MeadowMill.com Info@meadowmill.com This 40,000 square foot full service fitness club nestled between Druid Hill Park and the neighborhood of Hampden offers numerous amenities, including the largest indoor squash facility in the United States.

Merritt Athletic Clubs Downtown locations in Canton, Locust Point, and Mt. Vernon MerrittClubs.com

Full service fitness clubs offer a variety of trial, short and long-term membership options, as well as special promotions, such as a free seven-day fitness makeover.

Mt. Vernon Fitness 1016 N. Charles St. 410.878.2990 MVFit.com Info@mvfit.com

Personal training programs are emphasized in this elegant, fullservice club located in the heart of Mt. Vernon. Free trial memberships and other promotions are available.

the glccb The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) is proud to offer a wide range of free and low-cost programs, events, and services to the community. See schedule at right.

GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland Serving the LGBT Community of Maryland for 35 years

1000 Cathedral St. • Baltimore, MD 21201 • 410.777.8145 • GLCCB.org

All GLCCB programming is located on the 3rd floor of the Waxter Center building at 1000 Cathedral Street. For more information on meeting locations please contact info@glccb.org.

Trans Programs

Women’s Programs



A safe, respectful, confidential environment where all transmen can share their story and their journey. 2nd Wednesdays - 6pm vmillhouse@blacktransmen.org BlackTransmen.org


A support group for trans* men (FTM). 3rd Thursdays - 6:30pm BTMA@glccb.org


A support group for trans* women (MTF), but anyone who varies from traditional gender expression is welcome. 2nd & 4th Saturdays - 8pm Tranquility@glccb.org


Care-coordinators will offer recovery support services for LGBT individuals. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2-7pm Please contact Latif Karim at outreach.latifkarim@gmail.com

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS LGBTQ centered AA recovery groups, welcoming to all. Mondays - 7:15pm Thursdays - 8:30pm Saturdays - 6:30pm


SILhouette (Spiritually In-tuned Lesbians) is a spiritual community of women who love women desiring to discover, embrace and live as their spiritual-authentic self. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays - 7pm


A safe, confidential, and supportive space for LBTQ women of all colors. 2nd, 4th, & 5th Thursdays - 7:30pm WOC@glccb.org Meetup.com/Baltimore-LesbiansOf-Color


A support, social, and discussion group for LGBTQ teens and allies ages 13-19, in partnership with PFLAG Baltimore. Tuesdays - 7-9pm RYABaltimore@gmail.com Facebook.com/groups/ RYABaltimore


(QUEER YOUNG ADULT GROUP) A discussion, support, and social group for young adult LGBT identified or questioning individuals and their allies. Tuesdays - 5:30-6:30pm Facebook.com/groups/GLCCB. mixed.co

Men’s Rap group for men in recovery. Sundays - 11:30am

Community Programs

Health & Wellness



Gentle beginners’ yoga with instructor Tim Hurley, RYT. $9 Sundays - 3:30pm


FREE and confidential testing from the Baltimore City Health Dept. Wednesdays - 5-8pm

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A free, weekly, peer-led support group for HIV-positive individuals in the LGBT community. Wednesdays - 7-8pm POZpeople@glccb.org


A welcoming book club for LGBTQ individuals to discuss selected readings. This months selection is Local Souls by Allan Gurganus 3rd Mondays - 7pm Facebook.com/

The GLCCB is the publisher of Gay Life and the producer of Baltimore Pride


congregations welcoming denominations and faiths The Baltimore Ethical Society

306 W. Franklin St. Ste. 102 410.581.2322 BmorEthical.org

Beit Tikvah

5802 Roland Ave. 410.464.9402 BeitTikvah.org

Bolton Street Synagogue

210 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.235.5354 BoltonStreet.org

Brown Memorial Park Ave. Presbyterian Church 1316 Park Ave. 410.523.1542 BrownDowntown.org

Cathedral of the Incarnation

4 E. University Pkwy. 410.467.3750 TheCathedral.ang-md.org

Channing Memorial Church

3230 Bethany Ln., Stes. 3 & 4 Ellicott City, MD 410.203.0474 ChanningMC.org

Corpus Christi Church

110 W. Lafayette Ave. 410.523.4161 CorpusChristiBaltimore.org

Christ Lutheran Church 701 S. Charles St. 410.752.7179 ChristInnerHarbor.org

Divinity Lutheran Church 1220 Providence Rd. 410.823.8293 DivinityLutheran.net

Dundalk Church of the Brethren 2660 Yorkway 410.284.7081 DundalkCOB.org 50

Emmanuel Episcopal Church 811 Cathedral St. 410.685.1130 EmmanuelDowntown.org

Keepers of the Holly Chalice Assembly of the Sacred Wheel

Epiphany Lutheran Church

Wiccan Religious Organization SacredWheel.org/KHC

Faith Presbyterian Church

809 Light St. 410.539.0125 LightStreetChurch.org

4301 Raspe Ave. 410.485.7654 God-Is-Love.org

5400 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.435.4330 FaithPCBalt.org

First and St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ 6915 York Rd. 410.377.5224 First-StStephens.org

First & Franklin St. Presbyterian Church 210 W. Madison St. 410.728.5545 FirstFranklin.org

First Unitarian Church 12 W. Franklin St. 410.685.2330 FirstUnitarian.net

Govans Presbyterian Church 5826 York Rd. 410.435.9188 GovansPres.org

Grace United Methodist Church 5407 N. Charles St. 410.433.6650 GraceUnitedMethodist.org

Holy Comforter Church 5513 York Rd. 410.433.1801 ComforterBalt.com

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 1131 Mace Ave. 410.687.5531 HolyTrinity.ang-md.org

Insight Meditation Community of Washington Baltimore Yoga Village 6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.4800 IMCW.org

Light Street Presbyterian Church

Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore 401 W. Monument St. 410.669.6222 MCCBaltimore.org

New Ways Ministry

4012 29th St., Mount Rainier 301.277.5674 NewWaysMinistry.org

Old Otterbein United Methodist Church 112 West Conway Street 410-685-4703 OldOtterbeinUMC.org

SGI-USA Baltimore Two-Spirit Group

410.426.1002 StMatthias-Baltimore.org

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 226 Washburn Ave. 443.869.5548 SaintMichaelNewCatholic.org

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 120 N. Front St. 410.962.5078 StVChurch.org

Second English Lutheran Church 5010 Briarcliff Rd. 410.945.2350


Towson Presbyterian Church 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. Townson, MD 410.823.6500 TowsonPres.org

Towson Unitarian Universalist Church

LGBT Nichiren Buddhists and allies

1710 Dulaney Valley Rd. 410.825.6045 TowsonUUC.org


Unity by the Bay

St. Angela Merici Old Catholic Church 410.233.5555 3700 Greenspring Ave. AngelaMericiOCC.com

836 Ritchie Hwy. Ste 18 Severna Park, MD 410.544.7990 InJoyUnityByTheBay.org/ wordpress

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore

1900 St. Paul St. 410.752.5804 StMarksCelebrates.org

4007 Old York Rd. 410.244.0884 UFCB.org

St. Mark’s on the Hill Episcopal Church

Webster United Church of Christ

1620 Reisterstown Rd. (Pikesville) 410-486-3016 STMarksOnTheHill.org

St. Matthew Catholic Church

5401 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.433.2300 StMattRC.org

St. Matthias Episcopal Church 6400 Belair Rd.

4100 Webster Rd. (Havre de Grace) 410-939-1884 WebsterUCC.org

additional resources Interfaity Fairness Coalition of Maryland IFCMD.org Believe Out Loud BelieveOutLoud.com

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my baltimore lee johnson

jacq jones

How do you identify? Mr. Hospitality. I love Baltimore and have always been impressed with everything it has to offer: the arts, the museums, the history, the attractions, the dining, and much more. The only thing more exciting is finally being able to marry my partner of 10 years, Patrick, and becoming Lee Johnson-Lowe in April 2014.

How do you identify? I’m a femme lesbian, a sex educator, a pit bull mom, a store owner, a Ravens fan and a legally married wife! (I love saying the ‘legally married’ part).

director of sales & marketing, lord baltimore hotel

sex educator and the owner/princess/proprietress of sugar

When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: Hotel: Historic Lord Baltimore Hotel & the French Kitchen Restaurant, of course! Entertainment: The 13th floor at the Belvedere. Good food, live music, and great views. If you’re looking for a good mixologist, head to Tavern on the Hill in Mt Vernon. If you’re ready to relax, check out Jay’s On Read,the fantastic piano bar. Fun and Laughter: Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Way more fun than I thought it would be!

When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: One of my favorite things about Baltimore is that the whole city is pretty darn LGBT-friendly. I’d start by taking my friends to Hampden—­a great neighborhood full of fun shops (including my store, Sugar) and fabulous restaurants like The Food Market and Grano’s Pasta Bar, and The Charmery (for their handmade ice cream). I’d also take them to the American Visionary Art Museum (how can you go wrong with a two story tall sculpture of Divine?) and end the evening with a Kitty Club show. The Kitty Club is a collectively run cabaret that celebrates creative expression among lesbian, dyke, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and genderqueer individuals—so sexy and fun! Last, but certainly not least, if it’s football season, we’re going to catch a Ravens game!

pin-up happy jenn / jennifer newell baltimore’s premier lesbian pin up model

How do you identify? I am a happily married, gold star, lipstick lesbian pin up model! When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: Depending on who they are and what they are into, I may take them to Fells Point to check out the shops and grab some BOP Pizza or Shuckers crab dip. We may go on a thrift store scavenger hunt at one of Baltimore’s many second hand/vintage stores. If it’s a nice day we can sit on top of Federal Hill and hit up the American Visionary Art Museum. And or if they like to go dancing like I do we can shake our booty’s at The Hippo and Grand Central Station.

dj rosie / rosie hicks club dj extraordinaire

How do you identify? I am a dedicated wife, mother, daughter, special educator, DJ, and friend who happens to be a lesbian. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: First and foremost, you have to have one of the best crab cakes in Baltimore. We’d take a walk from our home in Hamilton down to Koco’s Pub for hospitality and the best crab cake I’ve ever eaten. From there we might head over to Charles Village, grab a coffee, and walk around the beautiful campus of Johns Hopkins, or head down to the harbor and see the sights, especially the National Aquarium. On a nice day it’s just fun to people watch and get some exercise! For dinner, we could make our way back up Charles Street and head to Mt. Vernon Stable before a night out at Club Hippo for dancing and fun. No matter what, if you’re in Baltimore and crabs are in season, you HAVE to have some! Don’t forget the Old Bay! 2014 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide


calendar may 2014 Transmodern Performance Festival

(early May) TransmodernFestival.com

approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films from all over the world.

Ride for the Feast (May 10-11) RidefortheFeast.org

A cultural phenomenon presenting radical, experimental, expectationdefying work from local, national and international artists representing communities and artists who defy cultural normative practices and disciplines.

A two-day, 140-mile bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore City raises awareness of nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.

Flower Mart

(May 17) Pimlico Race Course Preakness.com

(May 2- 3) Mount Vernon Place FlowerMart.org A colorful festival of spring featuring flower sales, gardening items, high quality crafts, food and music.

Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race

(May 3) Inner Harbor, Canton, Patterson Park KineticBaltimore.com

139th Running of the Preakness Stakes

Following the Kentucky Derby, the annual Preakness Stakes is run the third Saturday in May with a weeklong celebration leading up to the running (pictured above).

Sowebo Arts and Music Festival

(May 25) Hollins Market SoWeBoArts.org/festival.html

Maryland Film Festival

The never say die, utterly unique and always free arts and music Sowebohemian Fest offers four stages of live musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, a salon art show, and more.

This annual event presents

Charm City LGBT Film Festival

The American Visionary Art Museum hosts this unique competition for amphibious, human-powered works of art.

(May 7-11) MDFilmFest.com

(May 29-June 1) Creative Alliance at The Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave.) CreativeAlliance.com

Proceeds support Baltimore’s parks, environment and cycling groups.


Third annual film festival brings to Baltimore six feature films celebrating queer lives, offering insight into civil rights issues, and reveling in gay pride. These films, at turns hilarious, riveting, heart breaking and sexy, will delight and enlighten, no matter where you fall on the Kinsey scale!

(June 12-15) BMoreQueer.com

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Charles Village Festival (early June) Wyman Park Dell (Charles and 29th Sts.) CharlesVillageFestival.com

Enjoy continuous live entertainment on two stages, a variety of crafters, beer/wine and food vendors, plus entertainment for kids and a neighborhood garden walk.

Tour dem Parks, Hon (June 8) Begins at Carroll Park TourDemParks.org

Annual bike ride through Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods, including Carroll, Patterson, Herring Run, and Druid Hill Park, as well as some quietly tucked away gems.

Queer film and media festival whose mission is to bring quality LGBTQ film, media and unique art events from across the U.S. and around the world to Baltimore on an annual and monthly basis, while shining a spotlight on Baltimore’s LGBTQ filmmaking community.

(June 14-15) HonFest.net Annual celebration of all things “Bawlmer” pays tribute to the neighborhoods, distinctive dialect, and people of Baltimore. Live music, classic Bawlmer foods and Hampden’s eclectic merchants.

Baltimore Pride

(June 13-15) BaltimorePride.org Produced by the GLCCB, Baltimore Pride has celebrated the diversity of Maryland’s LGBT community in nearly than 40 years. Attended annually by an estimated 30,000 people, Baltimore Pride is recognized not only as the premier LGBTQ event in Maryland, but also one of the largest festivals in Baltimore City.

baltimore pride Baltimore Pride has celebrated the diversity of our community in Maryland and throughout the MidAtlantic for nearly forty years. The origins of Baltimore Pride date back to 1975 and the GLCCB has been the producer of the annual event since 1977. In the decades since, Baltimore Pride has grown to become Maryland’s largest LGBTQ visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Maryland community to experience and learn more about the LGBTQ community through a weekend of wonderful events and exhibitions. Attended annually by an estimated 30,000 people, Baltimore Pride is recognized not only as the premier LGBT event in Maryland, but also one of the largest festivals in Baltimore City. Learn more at BaltimorePride.org. 52

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African American Festival (June 21-22) M&T Bank Stadium AfricanAmericanFestival.net

Celebrate black history with an eclectic mix of regional and nationally-known entertainers, including top soul and R&B recording artists, educational exhibits, arts and crafts, foods and children’s activities.


(June 21-22) LatinoFest.org A fun-filled weekend of Hispanic culture featuring live musical performances, costumed dancers and traditional foods.

july 2014

features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits, outdoor sculpture, art cars, and photography; live outdoor concerts, performing arts, and family events.

august 2014

DC/Baltimore One Caribbean Carnival

A delicious week of Baltimore’s best eateries.

(July 12-13) Lake Clifton Park DCCaribbeanCarnival.org DC and Baltimore communities combine for a parade and celebration of Caribbean food, arts, and culture.

Hamilton Street Festival & Classic Car Show (Late July) BmoreMainStreet.com

Fourth of July Celebration

More than 80 vendors, great food, 16 bands and performers on two stages and a display of classic cars.

Celebrate Independence Day with a blast of vivid fireworks and live entertainment in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Playwrights Festival

(July 4)


(July 18-20) Mt. Vernon and Station North Arts & Entertainment District Artscape.org America’s largest free arts festival

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(Late July and August) Various Locations BaltPlayFest.org

BPF is devoted to the presentation of newly developed works by Maryland and DC playwrights.

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week

(August 1-10) BaltimoreRestaurantWeek.com

Chesapeake Pride Festival

(early August) Mayo Beach Park Edgewater, MD ChesapeakePrideFestival.org A family-friendly waterfront celebration of Maryland’s LGBT communities near Annapolis, MD.


(August 8-10) Baltimore Convention Center Otakon.com Three-day fan festival celebrates anime, manga, and all facets of Asian pop culture from Astroboy to Yu-Gi-Oh, and from the Seven Samurai to Spirited Away.

Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

(August 21-24) Baltimore Convention Center BaltimoreSummerAntiques.com Featuring more than 500 of the

world’s top exhibitors drawn from across the U.S., Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, South America, and Asia.

Maryland Renaissance Festival (August 23-October 19) Annapolis, MD RennFest.com

Visit a 16th-century British village complete with jesters, jousting, and jugglers for nine consecutive weekends.

Feast of St. Gabriel Italian Festival (Late August) Little Italy Baltimore.org

Live music, dancing, games, pizza, vino, porchetta, Italian sausage, cannoli, pasta, vendors, fried dough and good old-fashioned camaraderie between paesani.

september 2014 HampdenFest

(Early September) 36th Street and Falls Road HampdenFest.blogspot.com A neighborhood arts festival that draws visitors to enjoy the u


t community of merchants on and around West 36th Street with toilet races, mustache championships, and live local music all day.

Ukrainian Festival

(Early September) Patterson Park UkrainianFestival.net Capture the essence of Ukrainian culture with unique arts and crafts, customary songs and dances, a beer garden, an assortment of appetizing foods, children’s activities and storytelling.

Baltimore Comic-Con

(September 5-7) Baltimore Convention Center BaltimoreComicCon.com Baltimore’s annual comic convention features a long list of comic and graphic superstars, sellers, collectors, and other comicrelated services, plus a costume contest and The Harvey Awards.

High Zero Festival

(late September) Baltimore Theatre Project HighZero.org Baltimore’s festival of experimental improvised music also includes numerous satellite locations to enjoy related film, video, and dance

presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and more.

Star-Spangled Spectacular (September 6-16) StarSpangled200.com

O Say Can You See! Star-Spangled Spectacular is a free festival that celebrates the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner. Landside festivals include re-enactments, a family fun-zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage. Events crescendo on September 13 with a star-studded patriotic concert and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor.

Dining Out For Life

(September 18) Various Locations DiningOutforLife.com/ Baltimore Dine at one of the participating restaurants, and proceeds help feed hundreds of men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, and other life-challenging conditions such as breast cancer.

Baltimore Book Festival

Local and national authors, books sales, food and music.

Admire the architecture while guides regale you with the history and haunted lore of this striking neighborhood. Also available are the Original Fells Point Ghostwalk and Fell’s Point Haunted Pub Tour.

The Lauraville Fair

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

(September 26-28) Inner Harbor BaltimoreBookFestival.com

(Late September) BmoreMainStreet.com A great community fair with food, music, family-friendly entertainment and many vendors in a beautiful park setting.

october 2014 LGBT HISTORY MONTH Free Fall Baltimore

Citywide PromotionandArts.com More than 300 festive and free activities throughout the month, including dance and musical concerts, classes and hands-on workshops, lectures, history, and heritage tours, theatrical shows and art gallery/museum exhibitions.

Mount Vernon Ghost Walk BaltimoreGhostTours.com

Baltimore’s gayborhood may be more “spirited” than you think.

Take Pride in the Ride with Baltimore Water Taxi Day Pass Purchase includes Letter of Marque Booklet with discounts ranging from FREE beer to $ OFF at local attractions.

(October 10-12) Maryland State Fair Grounds Timonium, MD SugarloafCrafts.com

More than 250 top artisans display and sell unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography.

Baltimore Black Pride (Oct. 10-12) BlackPrideBaltimore.org

Baltimore Black Pride brings together the community to embrace and celebrate diversity with a full schedule of events, including workshops and town hall meetings, entertainment, and the annual Cultural Affair and Fall Festival.

Fell’s Point Fun Festival (Early October) FellsPoint.us

This two-day street party featuring foods, arts and crafts, and musical

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beer gardens showcases historic Fell’s Point and its charming 18thand 19th century residences,

National Coming Out Day (October 11)

Baltimore Running Festival

(October 18) Citywide TheBaltimoreMarathon.com

Russian Festival (October 17-19) RussFest.org

Traditional and delectable foods, live bands, imported crafts and more. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church.

Baltimore Open Studio Tour

(Late October) BaltimoreOpenStudioTour.org

november 2014 TransParent Day

(November 2) TransParentDay.org TransParentDay is a day to celebrate being a parent without concern of the stereotypes of gender. So whether you are MtF or FtM, this is a day for you and your children to celebrate.

The annual festival offers courses for runners of all abilities, including the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon, a fair yet challenging course that travels through diverse neighborhoods, including the Inner Harbor waterfront, historic Federal Hill, charming Fell’s Point—­even the Baltimore Zoo.

Step into the studios of Baltimore’s visual artists during this free, selfguided tour. Encounter fresh works right where they’re made.

School 33 Art Center’s Lotta Art Benefit

Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

An evening of fine art, appetizing food, and great fun, featuring a lottery-style drawing for works by more than 100 artists.

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Creative hand-made lanterns create a magical glow for this festive costume parade and celebration.

(October 13-19) Baltimore, MD to Portsmouth, VA SchoonerRace.org Benefitting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race was founded to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime heritage and encourage the preservation and improvement of the Chesapeake’s natural resources.

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(Late October) Patterson Park CreativeAlliance.org

Mr. Maryland Leather

(October 31- November 2) CommandMC.org/mrmaryland-leather Raise money and awareness for gay-related charities and coordinate with other Leather Clubs and nonprofit organizations that service the LGBT and HIV/AIDS community.

(November 8) Silo Point, 1200 Steuart St. School33.org

Greek Food and Cultural Festival

(Early November) Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation GOAnnun.org Three days of delicious homemade Greek foods, wine, beer, music, dancing, jewelry, arts, gifts, and groceries, plus tours of one of Baltimore’s most beautiful cathedrals.

Transgender Day of Celebration (November 19)

Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20)

Bazaart Holiday Marketplace

(Late November) American Visionary Art Museum AVAM.org AVAM’s annual sale of original creations by more than 50 regional artists and craftspeople, including painting, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, and other work that simply defies categorization!

december 2014 Miracle on 34th Street Hampden ChristmasStreet.com

Visit 34th Street on a December night after dark and learn about a beautifully bright Baltimore holiday tradition.

World AIDS Day (December 1)


Miss Gay Maryland America Competition 2013 Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade

Victorian streetscape and visit fine 19th-century homes decked for the holidays in this National Register of Historic Places district.

event to end violence against women and girls is the annual production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues at MICA.

Miss Gay Maryland America Competition

Holiday kick-off featuring marching Ravens, Harley Davidsons, Mummers, Boumi Temple performers, the Mayor, and, of course, Santa Claus.

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular

B’more Dance Mixer

Where the boys are boys and female impersonation is an art.

Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats

Ring in 2013 alongside family and friends with live music and dazzling fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

(Early December) Hampden–Medfield MayorsChristmasParade.com

(Early December) Baltimore Waterfront FPYC.net

Fell’s Point Yacht Club’s glittering annual holiday event to support Toys for Tots.

Merry Mart

(Early December) Creative Alliance at the Patterson CreativeAlliance.org A unique craft show featuring a diverse mix of art and craft from Baltimore and beyond.

A Monumental Occasion

(December 4) Lighting of the Wash. Monument Mount Vernon Place PromotionAndArts.com A spirited evening celebration of the holidays with live seasonal music and fireworks.

B&B Holiday House Tour (Early December)


The Better Baltimore Bed & Breakfasts welcomes participants with food, wine, and seasonal décor.

Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour (Early December) Union Square (Hollins and Stricker Sts.) Union-Square.us Stroll through H.L. Mencken’s


(December 31) Inner Harbor PromotionandArts.com

january 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade (January 17) Martin Luther King Boulevard PromotionandArts.com Celebration for the late civil rights activist features entertaining high school and community marching bands, decorative floats, civic organizations, high stepping fraternities and much more.

february 2015 Black History Month Absolutely Febulous (Early February) AbsolutelyFebulous.com

Enjoy a week of great deals at Baltimore restaurants, hotels, attractions and museums.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7)


(February 14) Maryland Inst. College of Art MICA.edu The anchor for Baltimore’s V-Day

(Late February) Baltimore Theatre Project TheatreProject.org This annual event organized by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance brings together professional dance companies from Baltimore in order to showcase the professional artists in an inviting, social atmosphere.

(Late April) Club Hippo MissGayAmerica.com

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival (Late April) Maryland State Fair Grounds Timonium, MD SugarloafCrafts.com

march 2015

More than 250 top artisans display and sell unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture, items for the garden, and photography.

Baltimore Dance Invitational

Charm City Invitational Volleyball Tournament

(Late March) Baltimore Theatre Project TheatreProject.org A week-long series of performances and dance-related events organized by The Collective.

april 2015 International WAMMfest (Early April) Towson University. WAMMtu.com

WAMMfest (Women and Minorities in Media) celebrates and encourages women and minorities to be involved in media production through a call for works and talks and screenings by WAMMFest guest artists.

CityLit Festival

(Mid-April) Enoch Pratt Free Library CityLitProject.org CityLit Project partners with Enoch Pratt Free Library for Baltimore’s daylong celebration of literature.

(Late April) Volleyball House Elkridge, MD VolleyBaltimore.org

Teams from across the country compete in Baltimore’s official North American Gay Volleyball Association tournament.


(Late April) BaltimoreGreenworks.com To kick off Baltimore Green Week, EcoFest annually promotes local organizations that provide sustainable goods and services, plus fun and great food.

Fell’s Point Privateer Festival

(Late April) FellsPointMainStreet.org Celebrate the rich maritime and privateer history of Fell’s Point complete with free live entertainment and music, children’s entertainment, a live sea battle, craft and food market, Grog Garden, Pyrate’s Ball, and Pyrate Invasion Pub Crawl.

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my baltimore carlton smith

executive director for the center of black equity—baltimore How do you identify? Same Gender Loving When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: For nighttime fun, I take friends to Paradox, Ziascoz, the Hippo and Club Bunns. During the daytime, a tour of the Inner Harbor, the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, and Charles Village. Living in Mt. Vernon, I would suggest visitors head over to City Cafe and Mt. Vernon Stable for great dining in an LGBT friendly environment and also make sure to stop by Spirits of Mt. Vernon for a great selection of American, European, and New World wines. You can also find me having lunch at Nancy’s by Station North owned by Downtown Kevin Brown and his partner William Maugahlin. Great place to have lunch and enjoy great art by MICA students.

jason hisley

julio hernandez

la cakerie owner

pnc bank manager

(two retail bakeries, a commercial bakery and two food trucks)

How do you identify? Diverse and bilingual Banker for the LGBT and Latino Communities

How do you identify? “That cupcake guy” and proud member of the gay community. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: Food is my passion and I always encourage random trips to try hole-in-the-wall restaurants, bars, and tasty treats. I’d take friends down a street I’ve never been on and grab a bite. No other city has the personality of Baltimore (a good thing, I promise!) and it comes through in the food. And, of course, we would finish our tour with a cupcake, pastry, or savory from my bakery, La Cakerie! For night life and fun, I love outings in Canton or Fells Point, bar hopping until the sun comes up. Find a local diner, chow down and pass out in good company. You can’t go out in this town without making a few new friends every time!

When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: A day of sightseeing to all of Baltimore’s historical landmarks. It’s great to take in our city’s rich history in Federal Hill while enjoying views of the Inner Harbor. Next, we extend our journey with a visit to the National Aquarium and be enchanted by its beauty. The day trip could not complete without a visit to PNC Bank’s Living Wall on Pratt Street—an 84 x 24 foot structure made up of year-round living plants. For dinner, Tio Pepe’s has extraordinary cuisine and some of the best sangria in the city. I’d top off our day by checking out the nightlife at The Hippo and Grand Central for some dancing and irresistible mixed drinks. Depending on the season, we may even go see an Orioles game or the 2013 Super Bowl World Champion, the Baltimore Ravens. Go Ravens!

kelly neel

deputy executive director of the lgbt community center of baltimore (glccb) How do you identify? I identify as a lady interested in all persons, who happens to be in love with one beautiful woman. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: My favorite places in the city typically involve the outdoors: The Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Druid Hill Lake, or WTMD’s First Thursday concerts at the Monument in Mt. Vernon. But my favorite way to experience the city is a bike ride starting in my neighborhood of Charles Village. In the warmer months it’s to die for! Plenty of beautiful multicolored row homes, a stop by Sherwood Gardens, a hidden gem a stone’s throw from JHU, followed by a jaunt up to the Avenue in Hampden; the perfect place to unwind. Ample food, shopping, drinks and my favorite thrift store Mecca - Avenue Antiques, where I can and have spent hours perusing knick-knacks, clothes, and old city maps. The evening is best topped off with a scoop of homemade “Baltimore” flavored ice cream from The Charmery, like Berger Cookie or Old Bay Caramel. In my opinion, there’s no better way to experience the real Charm City! 2014 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide


essentials transportation AIR BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport Information & Terminal Paging 410.859.7111 or 800-I-FLY-BWI BWIAirport.com Pricing estimates for transfer to Downtown Baltimore: Shuttle service $22 Individual taxi $35 Sedan, limousine or van $45+ Bus, metro or light rail $1.60

LAND Transit Services

The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates bus, Metro Subway, Light Rail and MARC train services. For fares and schedules, please call 888.218.2267 or 410.539.5000 or visit MTAMaryland.com. The Charm City Circulator is a free bus service with four routes that intersect downtown Baltimore; and connect to other transit like the Light Rail, MARC, Metro Subway and the Baltimore Water Taxi. Call 410.350.0456 or go to CharmCityCirculator.com Taxis Yellow Cab 410.727.7300 YellowCabofBaltimore.com Limousines & Shuttles A.S. Midway Tours, Inc. & Limousines 410.367.6900 Baltimore Trolley Tour 410.768.1148 Callaway Transportation 410.795.8300 An Extraordinar Limousine Company 410.437.8200 58

Charm City Connections 410.661.6033 E-Cruises, LLC 443.506.4107 Event Transportation System 703.503.5100

WATER Baltimore Water Taxi A fleet of 14 boats operates continuous service to more than 35 attractions. 800.658.8947 BaltimoreWaterTaxi.com

RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation 800.878.7743

Cruise Terminal Departures from the Port of Baltimore to various ports-of-call in Canada, New England, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Visit CruiseMaryland.com for a complete list of the port’s cruise offerings.

SuperShuttle BWI 800.258.3826


ZBest Limousine Service, Inc. 410.768.1148

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ExecuCar 800.410.4444 Hubers Bus Service 410.766.1108

Auto Rentals & Leasing

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 800.RENTACAR Enterprise.com Rail Amtrak 800.USA.RAIL Amtrak.com MARC (MTA) Train Service 866.743.3682 MTAMaryland.com

pet friendly To find dog-friendly locations in Baltimore, go to Baltimore.org/pets.

Paddleboats on the Inner Harbor

medical services & hospitals Concentra Medical Center with Urgent Care 410.752.3010 (Downtown) Johns Hopkins Medicine 410.955.2280 (Adults) 410.955.5680 (Children) Mercy Medical Center 410.332.9000 University of Maryland Medical Center 800.492.5538

city & state official contacts Office of the Mayor City Hall, Room 250 100 N. Holliday St. Baltimore, MD 21202 410.396.3835 BaltimoreCity.gov Baltimore City Services If you are not sure what agency to call, contact the City’s One Call Center at 311 or by dialing 443.263.2220. Visit Baltimore 100 Light Street, 12th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 410.659.7300 Baltimore.org Maryland Office of Tourism 401 E. Pratt St., 14th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 866.639.3526 VisitMaryland.org Office of the Governor 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401 410.974.3900, 800.811.8336

trivia Baltimore was the first city to implement 311 service as a hotline.

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