Hot Spots for Cool Guys in Charm City
When your buddies from grad school descend on Charm City for a weekend of brotherly bonding, make sure that, as the host, you’re setting the bar high. Sure, there are hundreds of dive bars and chain restaurants that’ll take you back to your days at the “U,” but now that you’re all grown up, it’s time to broaden your horizons. Short on ideas? Not to worry. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on planning the ultimate guys’ weekend. Let the bonding begin!
Center Field Roof Deck at Camden Yards
Nothing screams Baltimore like a night at “the Yard.” So, grab your crew, don your orange and black, and get ready to cheer on the O’s. While there’s no shortage of great seats at Camden Yards, we’re partial to the rail seats in the center field bar area, where you can kick back and catch up with your buds, and you’re never more than a few steps away from a refill.
Tip: The stools on the rail overlooking the field offer a great vantage point to watch the game, but you can’t access them without the proper tickets. (It gets complicated, but trust us, it’s worth it.) Tickets for these seats are only available for the upcoming homestand. Purchase tickets on the first day of the road trip preceding the homestand you want to attend and you’ll be good to go. Prices range from $28-54, depending on who the Birds are playing. MLB.com
Waverly Brewing Company
Tucked under the Jones Falls Expressway in Woodberry-Hampden, this is the ideal spot to kick back and savor some of Baltimore’s tastiest and most imaginative craft brews. Walk inside this compact, repurposed industrial building, and you’ll find yourself in a rustic tap room that The Baltimore Sun recently named the city’s best. Paneled with salvaged barn board and decorated with a hodge-podge of old sports memorabilia, hunting trophies and vintage photos, you’ll feel more like you’ve entered a cabin in the hill country than an urban beer hall.
Waverly puts out small batches of its five mainstay beers and rounds out its lineup by introducing a new flavor every few weeks. At any given time, they have up to 14 beers on tap, of which a half dozen are likely to have been brewed on-site. Many of their small batches sell out within a few days, and you can only buy them on-site. Try the Local Oyster Stout with XYZ, or order a flight of four and sample the broader portfolio. Picnic tables and corn hole are set up outside, and food is available from local restaurants that set up and serve on a rotating basis. WaverlyBrewingCompany.com
Greystone Golf Course
Just 20 miles up Interstate 83 from Towson lies Greystone Golf Course, one of the finest, most picturesque public courses in the area. Set in a valley and surrounded by sprawling farms, this 18-hole championship course was designed by Joe Lee, the same course architect who designed the famed Blue Monster at Doral, and the spectacular courses at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Originally built in the 1970s as a private club, and taken over by Baltimore County Golf in 2007, this is a country club-caliber course without the country club prices. Greens fees range and the club offers a variety of membership options that let you play all of the county’s five courses. After your day on the links, head back to the clubhouse for a cold beer and a burger, and savor the sweeping views from the outside deck. BaltmoreGolf.com
Sagamore Distillery and Rye Street Tavern
When Under Armour founder Kevin Plank announced he was going into the whiskey business, smart money was on his succeeding. And succeed he has. Opened in 2016, his Baltimore-based Sagamore Spirit is already winning accolades for its traditional rye whiskeys, and building a loyal fanbase among enthusiasts. You can tour the company’s gleaming new waterfront distillery to get a firsthand look at the production process and sample some of their award-winning whiskeys. SagamoreSpirit.com
After your tour, grab some swag in the gift shop, then head next door to the recently opened Rye Street Tavern, where the menu features locally grown ingredients, farm-raised meats and sustainable seafood. The trendy two-story space offers indoor and outdoor dining, live entertainment and views of the Patapsco River. As the sun sets on a memorable weekend, kick back with your posse, order a round of cocktails and start planning your next big adventure. RyeStreetTavern.com