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In the summer, woman tend to wear sundresses or boating-wear while guys sport dress-shorts of assorted colors. Jeans rule in the winter, but some places are dressier and those are noted. Annapolis is a park-and-walk kind of place. Parking spots fill up quickly on weekend nights. Once you park, if you want to venture farther than you want to walk, flag down a trolly, cab, pedicab or the electric cart. See the Getting Around section. The harbor-front area contains a variety of restaurants with sidewalk seating during warmer weather. At night on weekends, many take the tables away as bands or DJs set up.
Bars tend to fill up by 10pm when the bands start and go until 1am. Some place stay open until 2am. The restaurant seating area goes to the edge of the water and bouncers standby on summer nights to keep people from falling in among the Chesapeake female for fun maybe more. Blackwall Hitch has a combination of live music and DJ. You can see the masts of the sailboats and a bit of water. The rooftop closes at 10pm. Inside, they clear the tables away after 10pm and pump up the music. Dock Street has either a DJ or band with a cover charge. It also has a cover charge, but 2-for-1 drinks until 10pm.
The next block up has two historic taverns. Middleton Tavern 2 Market Space was established in On Fridays and Saturdays, the tables are cleared away in the ground-floor bar for bands that range from oldies rock, to blues and reggae. The crowd tends to be older, 40s and up, and tends to erupt in hand-dancing or singing along with the band. On the second floor is a laid-back piano bar, across from a dining room. Get there early to perch on one of the stools that ring the piano.
Food is served until 10pm, then tables are pulled aside. There are two bars. The front bar is narrow with a tin ceiling; naval aviator helmets line the top of the dark wood bar. Go through side door in the back, and you find the oyster bar area, an open high-ceiling room with brick and wood-paneled walls and antique-tiled floor. At night, the oyster bar closes and the craft-beer bar takes the lead.
Turning the corner, on Chesapeake female for fun maybe more way to main street, is Federal House 22 Market Spaceestablished in They Chesapeake female for fun maybe more live music during the week and DJs on the weekend.
They card everyone, even old folk, but the bouncer makes it seem flattering. The main room is an atrium with stairs to a loft dining area. The atrium turns into a disco at night that has the feel of a big city warehouse disco. The DJs feature the latest dance hits, drawing a younger crowd, 20ss. The bar features micro brews on tap. Heading up the hill on Main Street are a variety of bars. Doors are pulled aside in the back room to reveal a DJ stand and a stripper pole. The pole is not connected on top, so words of advice — no flipping upside-down on the pole.
The front bar is square and surrounded by TVs for sports watching. Tables are removed from the back bar area. The room is big with a small bar to create a wide open dance floor. The DJ features an urban mix of techno and dancehall. The crowd is younger, 20ss, and women are a little more dressed up than other dance places in Annapolis. There is a cover charge, for guys only though. Beer is served in pitchers.
At night, a DJ takes over the long, narrow bar. Police and firefighter patches from across the U. Two dart boards can be found in the back. Tuesday is traditional music night. If you want to experience intimate, historic colonial pubs, the next two are the best examples:.
Continental Congress delegates stayed there when Annapolis was the temporary U. The bar is in the basement. It specializes in fine wines and cocktails. There is no loud music. It has a single flat screen TV and the sound is turned up for Ravens games. The next block up, across from St. You get to the pub by going down stairs at outside of the historic colonial home. It has stone and brick walls, walk-in fireplace, low ceilings, brick floors, and the original stairwell from the construction.
The pub features craft beer and has live music on weekends.
In nice weather year roundthey open the patio in back of the tavern. If downtown Annapolis hums, West Street swings. Most of the larger bars in this uptown area have live bands on the weekends and frequently on weekday nights. Starting at Church Circle at the top of the hillis Rams Head 33 West Street Chesapeake female for fun maybe more English pub often with a tour bus parked in front because there are two parts to Rams Head: On Stagewhich features live music nightly — often major acts stopping in Annapolis between gigs in major cities — and the Tavernwhich may have a small combo in the back garden or in the basement pub.
The building has been a tavern of various forms since s and current owners have maintained the original feel. On Stage is a open room filled with tables to encourage people to order food and drinks before the act begins. The Tavern is a combination of several bar and restaurant areas. On the left as you walk in are large beer vats.
Before it was Rams Head, the building was home to Fordham Brewing Company, one of the early craft breweries in Maryland. Fordham had to remove the roof to install the vats and left them behind when they moved. In the front of Rams Head is a small well-polished English bar with Chesapeake female for fun maybe more beer taps. The beer garden is in the back with an ivy-covered trellis providing shade. The casual pub is in the basement with bar seating for ten and table seating for maybe 30 if everyone squeezes and gets to know each other.
Pewter mugs hang from the low ceiling. In other words, very casual. It widens out just enough for a dance floor every night after 10pm. In the back, is a small, colorful outdoor beer garden with picnic tables and beers served in buckets. A crush machine stands at the ready. It has that smokey jazz t feel without the smoke. The first floor is given over to the restaurant specializing in farm-to-table local food. The second floor is the Met Lounge, a modern grunge bar featuring independent and alternative music, as well as DJs.
The Rooftop, on the third floor, an elegant outdoor bar with a mix of modern couches and tables. Long drapes flutter in in the breeze. A California-style glass wall lines the rooftop, opening up the view of West Street. It can be very romantic. It was deed and made in Ireland then shipped to Annapolis for installation. Patrons represent all age range. There are a of fine smaller places in between the big bars, including a wine bar, as well as Thai, Mexican and Italian restaurants.
Annapolis hums at night. No matter what season. People are constantly adventuring about, hopping from pub to pub into the wee hours. You can stroll into just about any establishment and strike up a conversation with the person next to you and become friends for 10 minutes or an hour.Chesapeake female for fun maybe more
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