Where to Drink Outside in Baltimore

by Jennifer Waldera on May 24, 2016 in Roundups

The kind of liquid we prefer to start off spring with (the fermented kind) is not exactly what has blessed Baltimore this spring. Instead, we’ve faced enough water from the skies that if we could turn it into wine, we’d be the most popular people in town. After a particularly dreary spring, we’re ready to start drinking outside, so here’s where to go if you want to start feeling like it’s summer.

Canton
 
BoatHouse Canton
Even in so-so weather, BoatHouse is the ideal waterfront spot, with a great view from nearly every table in the restaurant. This year, the outdoor Dockbar has changed up its menu, which now includes a perfectly prepared pit beef sandwich, one of the best recent renditions of creamy crab dip we’ve tried (with a more-than-generous amount of lump crab meat), and a decadent pimento cheese dip alongside plenty of raw bar options and other sandwiches and salads. The drink list includes plenty of cans and bottles and some glasses of wine, but we particularly love the Boatjito Crush and the Prickly Pear Margarita. (2809 Boston St.; 410-773-9795)
 
Bo Brooks Restaurant
Crabs and daily happy hour – what more could you ask for in Baltimore? (2780 Lighthouse Point; 410-558-0202)
 
Canton Dockside
Picnic-style tables line the outdoor waterfront patio where tons of crabs are cracked in the spring and summer months. (3301 Boston St.; 410-276-8900)
 
Mama’s on the Half Shell
Nestled in one corner of Canton Square, Mama’s is known for seafood, but the drinks are equally delicious. As a bonus, this outdoor seating offers some of the best weekend people watching in Baltimore. (2901 O’Donnell St.; 410-276-3160)
 
Plug Ugly’s Publick House
This Canton spot, located right on the Square in Canton, redid their menu in the last year and now offers specials like Natty Boh cheese dip and half off seafood steam pots while also featuring a reasonable raw bar. They also have an upstairs deck where revelers can enjoy a Pirate Juice (the bar’s specialty) or other beverages while outside, but away from street level. (2908 O’Donnell St.; 410-563-8459)
 
Downtown
 
Joe Squared
Serving some of the best pizza in Baltimore, this is one of the prime places to sip suds and grab a few slices while taking in either the outdoor music or the people watching in the Power Plant Live! area. (30 Market Pl.; 410-962-5566)
 
Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden
Even if you can’t sit outside, sitting in Leinie’s feels like you’re outside with its glass enclosed building. Fear not — there is outdoor lounge seating as well as a fireplace for those nights that get a little chilly. (34 Market Pl.; 443-208-3316)
 
Pickles
If it’s time for baseball, it’s time for Pickles. Pre-gaming before going to an O’s game is popular at this downtown watering hole. (520 Washington Blvd.; 410-752-1784)
 
Pratt Street Ale House
Close enough to walk to Camden Yards, get here early if you want an outdoor table on game day (or if there’s an event at the Convention Center). (206 W Pratt St.; 410-244-8900)
 
Sliders
Expect this spot to be busy on game day as well, with plenty of O’s fans ready to throw back some brews before and after the game. (504 Washington Blvd.; 410-547-8891)
 
Federal Hill/South Baltimore
 
Little Havana
Whether it’s Bloody Marys during Sunday brunch or mojitos for happy hour, we love sipping outside at this waterfront spot. (1325 Key Hwy.; 410-837-9903)
 
Mother's
Purple Patio during football season is the place to be, but this popular Fed Hill bar doesn’t reserve the outdoor spot only for the fall months. (1113 S Charles St.; 410-244-8686)
 
Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar
Nothing says summer like slurping oysters and sipping crushes in the great urban outdoors like you can at this favorite oyster spot in Federal Hill. (36 E Cross St.; 410-539-2093)
 
The Tiki Barge
Drink tropical drinks on the water or become a pool member and drink tropical drinks in the water. (500 Harborview Dr.; 443-695-2659)
 
Nick’s Fish House
Drinking and dining on the deck at Nick’s Fish House is a lot like kicking back at your buddy’s place - if your buddy had an amazingly large deck with an expansive water view. It’s one of the most laid-back waterfront spots in Baltimore, with a quality list of happy specials for both food and drinks. (2600 Insulator Dr.; 410-347-4123)
 
Wine Market
On Fort Avenue, the Wine Market offers a charming outdoor patio with lighting and foliage that serves as a classy backdrop to an evening of sipping and noshing. The cocktails are inventive, and the shop offers a wide range of wine that you can purchase and enjoy at your cozy outdoor table (or take home after your meal). (921 E Fort Ave.; 410-244-6166)
 
Fell’s Point
 
Kooper’s Tavern
Known for its burgers, this is a perfect spot to grab a burger and a brew at the tables situated right on Thames Street. We particularly love their burger night that features a variety of mix and match meats and toppings. (1702 Thames St.; 410-563-5423)
 
The Point in Fells
High top tables outside are a prime spot for dining and drinking at this corner bar overlooking the water. (1738 Thames St.; 410-327-7264)
 
Slainte
Grab some Irish food and brews here and you’ll also get a view of the renovations that are turning the old “Homicide” police building into Kevin Plank’s upscale boutique hotel on the waterfront. (1700 Thames St.; 410-563-6600)
 
Thames Street Oyster House
Lots of local beer and wine choices with a lengthy list of oyster options are the draw at this popular place in Fell’s Point that often requires a reservation to snag seating inside. (1728 Thames St.; 443-449-7726)
 
Waterfront Kitchen
Possibly sporting the most outdoor seating of any one restaurant in Fell’s Point, this spot’s newest executive chef, Chris Amendola, is creating impressive dishes while the bar creates innovative cocktails. (1417 Thames St.; 443-681-5310)
 
Admiral’s Cup
Right on the corner of Thames and Broadway, Admiral’s Cup’s outdoor seating overlooks the water in Fell’s Point. Enjoy local beer, wine and cocktails, and even enjoy the indoor live music from outside at the comfy outdoor tables. (1647 Thames St.; 410-534-5555)
 
One Eyed Mike’s
This popular Grand Marnier bar sneakily hides its outdoor seating in the back of the restaurant, making it a great location to enjoy cocktails without the street noise that urban outdoor dining and drinking can bring. (708 S Bond St.; 410-327-0445)
 
V-No
Situated right along the water in Historic Fell’s Point, wine lovers can enjoy a glass or share a bottle of their favorite white or red and choose from an array of snacks or sandwiches from the menu. (905 S Ann St.; 410-342-8466)
 
Highlandtown
 
The Laughing Pint
On a cute corner near popular DiPasquale’s, The Laughing Pint offers several outdoor tables at which to enjoy the popular cocktails. (3531 Gough St.; 410-342-6544)
 
Inner Harbor
 
Hard Rock Cafe
Sit waterside and enjoy new cocktails alongside great live music as well. (601 E Pratt St.; 410-347-7625)
 
McCormick and Schmick
Right on the pier, there are tons of tables for outdoor diners to enjoy seafood and cocktails. (711 Eastern Ave.; 410-234-1300)
 
Tir Na Nog
This Irish joint at the Inner Harbor is a perfect place to sip on favorites like Guinness and Smithwicks (or maybe some Jameson) while taking in the gorgeous water view. It’s also within a stone’s throw of the USS Constellation. (201 E Pratt St.; 410-483-8968)
 
Harbor East

James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant
James Joyce’s patio features many tables in a garden-like setting separated from the street and sidewalk by stylish rail fencing. (616 S President St.; 410-727-5107)
 
Mount Vernon
 
City Cafe
This award-winning mainstay in the area has an impressive list of signature and classic cocktails as well as a wide array of beer and wine choices. (1001 Cathedral St.; 410-539-4252)
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