While technically and metaphorically a chain restaurant, Houlihan's bedazzles its chain with glitter and winsome intrigue, boldly preparing every last bite of its savory fare by hand. Hosts of diverse ingredients culminate inside one open kitchen where professional food handlers slice, sauté, marinate, and arrange food to its tasty and aesthetic best, allowing each meal to display its individuality before being broken down into individual nutrients for absorption in the body. Casual dining is elevated by meticulously designed restaurants that pepper a patron's experience with a playlist of hand-picked tunes and customer-designed coasters that give a voice to condensation-catchers.
Luckie's menu is filled to the page brim with salads, sandwiches, and pizzas for sporty Sunday brunch-goers and late-night libationists. Sip an after-work brew and pass around a plate of buffalo, barbecue, honey mustard, or Old Bay wings ($9), or settle in for a bigger evening meal with a full rack of baby back ribs ($16), which you can pile on top of one of six pizzas ($9–$12) like the margherita ($9). Sandwiches and burgers anchor the rest of the menu with two-handed tastes such as the tuna melt with aged cheddar, sliced apples, and strips of bacon ($9).
A glistening all-glass pavilion located just inside the entrance of Power Plant Live!, Leinenkugel's Beer Garden treats visitors to a 360-degree view of the city surroundings. Guests find space at long wooden tables that stretch beneath a retractable glass roof, which opens on clear days and closes when it feels shy. At the bar, taps house more than 30 draft selections made up of Maryland craft beers and several of the titular Wisconsin brewery's own brews. To pair with these pours, the kitchen churns out fresh interpretations of classic pub eats, such as fried mac 'n' cheese, soft pretzels topped with crab dip, crispy haddock tacos, and authentic German bratwurst. In warmer weather, the festivities spill out into the adjoining plant-lined patio and beer garden.
From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, the streets of Fell's Point come alive as crawlers hop from pub to pub, enjoying specials on food and festive drinks such as Absolut masquerade punch and Malibu hurricanes. A commemorative button, which can be picked up at Woody’s Rum Bar starting at 6 p.m. the night of the crawl, unlocks the special prices at each location. Each crawler also receives a map that shows the locations of all 15 participating pubs—including The Greene Turtle, Kooper's Tavern, and The Wharf Rat—ensuring they find each venue without having to spend all their doubloons on a GPS.
The crawl is one of the many events hosted by Fell's Point Main Street, an organization dedicated to revitalizing local commercial and historical areas.
It's hard to stand still at The Get Down, where top DJs spin energetic dance tunes and a full bar keeps guests coming back for more. Lauded as a top nightclub by reporters from USA Today, the swanky lounge abounds with LED lights of every color, plush furniture, and funky eco-friendly décor. A diverse crowd inhabits the dance floor, shaking their hips to underground, house, and old-school mixes, all while attractive servers dart about behind the multiple bars, doling out mixed drinks.
Throughout the month, the lively club plays host to special events, from art shows to pole-dance exhibitions. The trendy establishment asks that guests dress appropriately, reserving the right to turn away patrons dressed in scruffy shoes or frightening lion costumes.
Nestled in historic Fells Point, The Point in Fells' seasonal menus of seafood, pizzas, and delicate small plates enchant visitors with choice ingredients such as applewood-smoked bacon, artisanal cheeses, and Maryland blue crab. Two floors enshrine visitors in a canopy of beveled ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and a floor of rich mahogany. Chefs prepare fresh local oysters and Prince Edward Island mussels, supplementing their nautical feasts with views of the harbor and the waiters' perfectly pitched 19th-century sea chanteys. Diners toast glasses of craft beer and cocktails on the ample outdoor seating area, taking in the vista of the city at night as they enjoy the strains of live music from the ground floor.