By Amy McNeal
Charm City has an array of options for a fabulous Girls' Night Out. From spas to dancing, you can find everything you're looking for in Baltimore's character-filled neighborhoods. Whether your girls lean toward the traditional or crave the unusual, Baltimore's got your Girls Night Out covered.
Hours: Museum & Gift Shop 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Price: Adults, $10
Get your party started with culture - and shopping - at the American Visionary Art Museum. It's a perfect place to meet up with your besties, with great exhibits to look at while you're waiting for everyone else in your gang to meet up. Then pop into the gift shop to buy some of the most eclectic treasures in town. Finish up the pre-game portion of your evening with an absinthe cocktail at Mr. Rain's Fun House before heading out.
Hours: Monday 8 a.m. -10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Or if you prefer, start your evening with coffee, tea or cocktails at one of Baltimore's smartest cafes. Recognized by Elle Décor and The New York Times as a standout neighborhood meeting spot, Teavolve's open floor plan, comfy furniture and modern décor will help you start the night off on a relaxing note. Dozens of teas, coffees and a cafe menu are available. Happy hour prices on wine, cocktails, sangria and a delicious small plates menu starts at 4 p.m.
Hours: Dinner Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday Noon to 11 p.m.
Take your taste buds for an exotic treat at one of Baltimore's favorite Thai restaurants. A multi-year Best of Baltimore winner, Thai Arroy promises delicious food and excellent service. Reservations are only accepted for parties of 8 or more. The place fills up fast because the food is amazing, so get there early, and remember it's BYOB. Make a quick stop at nearby Federal Hill Liquors for some wine on the way in and save some cash. Bonus: no corking/pouring fee.
Hours: Tue-Fri 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Weekends 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Not in the mood for a big meal? Small plates lovers rejoice! You and your girls can sample the realm of flavors with the delicious hot and cold plates, seafood, salads and cheeses at Tapas Teatro in the historic Charles Theater. Order a variety of delicious tapas and share while you chat in this modern, fun setting. Sidewalk seating is available in the summer months. The house sangria is not to be missed. A full bar, varietal wine and craft beer list will take you into the late night party hours.
Hours: Weds - Sat 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Add some glamour to your Girls' Night Out with classic cocktails and martinis in a beautiful speakeasy setting at Baltimore's famous Illusions Magic Bar in Federal Hill. After a few excellent drinks, relax on the plush couches and enjoy an hour-long comedy and magic show performed by bar owner and renowned magician Spencer Horsman on their newly built stage. There's modern music and table service before and after the show. Don't miss the delicious chocolate martini.
Disco: Wednesday - Sunday 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Get out your party shoes and dance the night away at Grand Central, a legendary gay dance club in Mount Vernon. A slick modern atmosphere without the attitude, featuring a spectacular laser and intelligent lighting show, a sunken dance floor and plenty of great drinks. Some of the city's best DJs pump an eclectic mix of dance music that keeps you moving all night. For an edgier evening, check out Elektroshock twice a month on Saturdays.
Amy McNeal is a writer and journalist living in Bowie, Md. A Baltimore native, she's constantly intrigued by her city's vibrant and unique culture.
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