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25 Nightlife Hot Spots

Whether you’re looking for a family fun night, a girls' or guys' night out or a romantic date night with live music, Maryland’s got you covered. 

By Amanda DiGiondomenico

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Get your groove on with some Maryland nightlife.
Get your groove on with some Maryland nightlife.

In Maryland, a night out can mean anything from sipping cocktails at a casino to swing dancing to catching a drive-in movie. Whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find a fun-filled night at these cafés, clubs and casinos.

This entertainment hot spot is home to restaurants, nightclubs and music venues, including Rams Head Live. Photo By: Maryland Tourism Office

1 Power Plant Live, Baltimore

If you’re looking for action-packed fun—we’re talking everything from dueling piano shows to gourmet pizza to hip nightclubs—look no further than this marketplace across from the Inner Harbor that just may be the epicenter of Baltimore’s nightlife. On the weekends, live music surrounds the square’s outdoor bars. Go indoors for a varied selection of clubs, bars, live music venues and restaurants.

Cancun Cantina West in Hagerstown

2 Cancun Cantina West, Hagerstown

For a wild night out, check out this venue with four bars, a restaurant, pool tables and an outdoor seasonal party deck. Daily food and drink specials plus weekly game nights and dance parties mean there’s something for everyone every night of the week. If you work up an appetite with all that dancing, nosh on something from their late night menu.


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Type:
American


Location:
901 Dual Highway
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-797-4422


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The MoonShadow Cafe

3 MoonShadow Café, Accident

MoonShadow Café, located on Accident’s Main Street, not only serves farm fresh food, but also carries locally crafted beers you can savor while perusing the art on display in the gallery. Also on tap: frequent live music, with local bluegrass, jazz, blues and acoustic rock performances plus open jam nights.


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Type:
American


Location:
110 South Main St
Accident, MD 21520
301-750-5094


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Break Away II Sports Lounge

4 Breakaway II Sports Lounge, Hagerstown

This full service bar, restaurant and liquor store has some truly unique events like Zombie Prom and the “Day Before the Day Before Christmas Party,” and you can also take in a concert by rockers like Slaughter and Bo Bice. From late night happy hours to DJ nights (complete with drinking games and prizes), this spot is way more than a sports bar.

Cafe Nola

5 Café Nola, Frederick

For tasty food and eclectic late-night live music, visit this trendy hangout, which serves gourmet coffee and espresso so you can stay up late enjoying the nightlife. Come back often to see the latest decor which changes monthly to showcase local art.

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

6 Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Listed on the National Historic Register, this 1938 concert hall hosts performances of live music that, in addition to blues and jazz, include orchestral, rock and even burlesque. The chic setting and high-end menu make this a perfect spot for a leisurely, romantic date night.

FM Karaoke Photo By: FM Karaoke

7 FM Karaoke, Rockville

Round up a big group of friends and head to FM Karaoke, where you can sing the latest songs in languages ranging from English to Indonesian. Make a reservation because this place is popular with visitors and locals alike. Best of all, it’s not an “open” karaoke bar—you get your own private karaoke room, so the only people you’ll embarrass yourself in front of are your friends.

Martinis Restaurant and Lounge Photo By: Martinis Restaurant and Lounge

8 Martini’s Restaurant and Lounge, Fort Washington

Take in a Monday night football game, hit Comedy Tuesday or dance to DJs and live music at Martini’s Restaurant and Lounge, a modern bistro in Fort Washington with entertainment that goes until 2 a.m. every night of the week.  Arrange for VIP service with designated high-top tables, leather couches and personalized wait and bottle service for a truly unforgettable night out.

Bowlmor Lanes Photo By: Bowlmor Lanes

9 Bowlmor Lanes, Bethesda

Forget everything you think you know about bowling alleys: these lanes take bowling to a new level, with their swanky décor and extensive food and drink menu. Savor the adult fare (you can order from the lane-side servers so you don’t have to miss your turn), but also the feeling of being a kid again when you try to beat your buddies at arcade games or bowl on glow-in-the-dark lanes.

Enjoy a drink at the bar while playing at the Maryland Live! Casino Bar. Photo By: Maryland Live! Casino

10 Maryland Live! Casino, Arundel Mills

With all the food and entertainment at your disposal—even at 1 a.m.— it doesn’t get more “nightlife” than this 24/7 hot spot. Grab a burger and frozen cactus pear margarita at celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace, try your luck at the slots, and check out the table games. You don’t have to go far to enjoy the live music, either—acts perform right in the middle of the casino floor.


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Type:
Gaming & Casinos


Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
443-842-7000


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Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge - Annapolis Photo By: Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge

11 Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, Annapolis

Dine on this trendy restaurant’s farm-to-table offerings, then head to the rooftop deck for an after dinner drink or two. Discriminating Annapolitans regularly give the Metropolitan top rankings in categories such as best lounge, best signature cocktails, best live music venue, best martini and best nightspot.

Magooby's Joke House - Timonium Photo By: Magooby's Joke House

12 Magooby’s Joke House, Timonium

If you’re in the mood for a laugh, this club should do the trick, with the likes of well-known comedians such as Kevin Nealon and George Lopez gracing its stage. Multi-tiered seating ensures you’ll have a great view, and food and drinks are also on the evening’s menu.

Ocean City Brewing Company Photo By: Ocean City Brewing Company

13 Ocean City Brewing Company

Grab a pint at this family-owned brewery and restaurant to start—or finish—your night out at the beach. If you’re in the mood for munchies, snack on Irish nachos made with tater tots, egg rolls or fried pickles.

New Embassy Theatre - Cumberland

14 New Embassy Theatre, Cumberland

The original Embassy Theatre opened in 1931, and today the New Embassy has been renovated to return it to its classic art deco glory. Since opening as the New Embassy, the theatre has hosted dozens of plays, comedies, musicals, films, rock bands, touring acts and symposiums, so you’re sure to find something to fit your tastes and mood. 


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Type:
Arts & Culture


Location:
49 Baltimore St
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-722-4692


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Bengies Drive-In Theatre

15 Bengies Drive-In Theatre, Middle River

Motor over to Bengies Drive-In for some good old-fashioned family fun. What better way to catch that new movie than as part of a triple feature on what may be the biggest movie theatre screen in the country—all from the comfort of your own car? Feel like you’ve stepped back in time at the classic snack bar. In-car heaters keep you toasty warm in the cooler months.

Burley Oak Brewing Company - Berlin Photo By: Burley Oak Brewing Company

16 Burley Oak Brewing Company, Berlin

A sustainable brewery that prides itself on using both modern and traditional methods for brewing tasty beers, Burley Oak in Berlin offers brew tours, live music, game nights, and “guest bartender” nights.


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Type:
Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries


Location:
10016 Old Ocean City Blvd
Berlin, MD 21811
443-513-4647


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The CD Cafe and Next Door Lounge - Solomons Photo By: The CD Cafe and Next Door Lounge

17 The CD Café and Next Door Lounge, Solomons

This Southern Maryland restaurant serves up fun, unique cuisine with dishes like savory cheesecake and a southwest catfish salad. But even more exciting is the Next Door Lounge, not actually “next door,” but tucked away right behind the café, with its array of live music and its own eclectic menu.

Cafe des Artistes - Leonardtown Photo By: Cafe des Artistes

18 Café des Artistes, Leonardtown

In historic Leonardtown, the Café des Artistes specializes in classic, upscale French country cuisine. But as the sun goes down, this unassuming bistro comes to life with live jazz cabaret and dancing after hours.


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Type:
European


Location:
41655 Fenwick Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-997-0500


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Honi Honi Bar - Deep Creek

19 Honi-Honi Bar, Oakland

Home to notable local events including Deep Creek’s Got Talent!, the Honi-Honi Bar on the shores of Deep Creek Lake makes the most of its scenic location with lots of outdoor seating and activities. This tiki-themed complex really comes to life at night, even in the cooler months, with skiers, snowboarders, locals and tourists co-mingling to hear live music in genres ranging from acoustic to pop, reggae to classic rock.

Vera's White Sands Beach Club - Lusby Photo By: Vera's White Sands Beach Club

20 Vera’s White Sands Beach Club, Lusby

Sit on the dock and take in the water view while you feast and drink to your heart’s delight at Vera’s Beach Club in Lusby. Don’t miss one of the many events—from holiday parties and poker runs to live music and bikini contests—that keep this Saint Leonard Creek hotspot hopping year-round. 


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Type:
Seafood


Location:
1200 White Sands Drive
Lusby, MD 20657
410-586-1182


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Westlawn Inn - North Beach Photo By: Westlawn Inn

21 The Westlawn Inn, North Beach

The Westlawn Inn has been serving residents and visitors in North Beach a classic American menu since 1926. Each Saturday (and some Fridays), stay after dinner to listen to the sounds of live jazz, rock and folk music that fill the restaurant, or come just to hear the band—no cover required.

Bollywood Masala - California Photo By: Bollywood Masala

22 Bollywood Masala, California

At this hidden gem in St. Mary’s County, enjoy delectable North Indian cuisine (with many gluten free options), then head over to The Lounge to see what’s in store that evening. Depending on the night, you could see anything from free salsa lessons being given to live comedy to karaoke to an up-and-coming band, all while sipping on one of their creative martini concoctions like Peanut Butter Cup and Swedish Fish.


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Type:
Asian


Location:
22576 Mac Arthur Boulevard
California, MD 20619
301-862-7735


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Red Eye's Dock Bar - Kent Narrows Photo By: Red Eye's Dock Bar

23 Red Eye’s Dock Bar, Kent Narrows

If the weather’s warm, pull right up to the seasonal Red Eye’s Dock Bar in Kent Narrows for waterfront dining, drinks and entertainment. Watch the boats go by while enjoying the sounds of local country, rock and pop music all summer long.

Great Slates Billards Cafe - Cambridge Photo By: Great Slates Billards Cafe

24 Great Slates Billiards Café, Cambridge

Whether you’re a beginner or pool shark, you can work on your game when you rent a table at this local billiards café, which is also home to leagues and tournaments if you prefer watching the pros. Open until midnight on the weekends, Great Slates also offers a small menu and is known for its delicious hot dogs and chicken salad.

Echelon SBY Lounge - Salisbury Photo By: Echelon SBY Lounge

25 Echelon SBY, Salisbury

You may not know how to pronounce this place (which drops the vowels from its namesake town of Salisbury), but that won’t get in the way of all the late night fun this Southern bistro and lounge offers, including live music, karaoke, swing dance lessons and more. Did someone say dessert? The housemade selection of sweet treats includes a popular sweet potato pie.

Featured Places
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Location:
901 Dual Highway
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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Location:
110 South Main St
Accident, MD 21520
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Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
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Location:
49 Baltimore St
Cumberland, MD 21502
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Location:
10016 Old Ocean City Blvd
Berlin, MD 21811
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Location:
41655 Fenwick Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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Location:
1200 White Sands Drive
Lusby, MD 20657
22
Location:
22576 Mac Arthur Boulevard
California, MD 20619
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