If you’ve been wanting a definitive list of where to enjoy The Greatest City in America’s music scene, look no further. WJHU members offer their thoughts on the top venues at which to hear “moderately to very” lit sounds in the coming year. In no particular order:
- “No-frills bar & music venue with Asian cuisine & a full roster of late-night events”
- “Cool bar with two separate rooms, weekly karaoke, cool shows all around. Don't have a fake ID so I pretty much never go to shows here lmao. 3/5 rating” – Will Scerbo ,‘18 (All You Can Eat Sushi wit MC Clam)
- “Good vibes, options, me gusta mucha”- Mario Zampaglione, ‘17
- “Sweaty, usually lit”- Hana Chop, ‘18
- “Cheap, small, and fun depending on who is playing/how many people show up. They only let in a small number of people under 21. 3/5” -Paul Watson ’18 (Power Hour)
- “Rough-&-ready Indie-rock club hosting local & touring bands, plus DJ dance parties & special events.”
- “The go-to for small-to-medium-to-vaguely-large rock names in the area. Super close to campus (it's down on Howard Street in Remington), reasonable ticket prices. Probably my most frequently visited venue. Best show I've seen here is probably a tie between Dawn of MIDI and Oneohtrix Point Never. 5/5” - Will S.
- “Weird venue tbh and every show is at least $15 which is wack.”- Hana C.
- “Have to pay more if you're under 21, cool balcony thing. 4/5” Paul W.
- “Favorite/most frequented venue that I've been to since I've been in Baltimore. Lots of shows, very easy to get to from Hopkins campus, and the space is the perfect size. Security here has ramped up a bit since I was a freshman, which has its pros and cons (one of their employees got tragically stabbed so I get it) but overall it's provided a great show space. 5/5”- Jonathan Martinez ’17 (Age of Information)
- “A former warehouse, which has been converted into this venue, Floristreet is a DIY space”
- “Really unique venue in the H&H Building (over near Lexington Market) with an indoor skate ramp. This is one of those more "exclusive" venues but I've seen two amazing shows here. Highly recommended for the atmosphere. 5/5” – Will S.
- “Where Beach House got their start, so v important for Bmore music”- Hana C.
The Wind Up Space
- “The Windup Space, in the ever-developing Station North neighborhood, isn't pretentious at all. Members of Baltimore's artsy, diverse population love it.”
- “Big. Deceivingly big.”- Mario
- “Awful venue, poor layout, not conducive to performances- appreciate the Twin peaks references tho”- Hana
- “Pretty cool spot, the inside of the venue is decorated really well and there's some cool art inside. A bit on the smaller side but not a bad thing at all. I've only gone once but a few friends say that it's their favorite venue around here. 4/5”- Jonathan M.
- “The Metro Gallery is a multi-purpose performance space, art gallery, and bar…curates art shows with a focus on emerging artists. The Metro Gallery has also hosted esteemed touring and local musical acts, including Cass McCombs, The Antlers, Sea Wolf, Avey Tare, Fanfarlo, Andrew WK, the Dirty Projectors, Beach House, Mykki Blanco, Moss Icon, Turnstile, Rod Lee, The Queers, Dan Deacon…”
- “Another sweet venue, seen a few metal shows here (Gorguts at the end of the month, whaaaaat!!!???!??!). No-nonsense, accessible from the JHMI, all-around great. 4/5” Will
- “Super tiny and intimate, pretty sure there was art on the walls and there are these pillars in the middle of the room so there wasn't a lot of movement going on, but it's pretty easy to get to and the acoustics weren't awful so a solid 3/5”- Jonathan M.
- “Giant pillars in the audience make it hard to get a good view sometimes. 4/5” –Paul W.
“Prolly the coolest place I've seen a show at is The Soft House, the penthouse apartment of the Copycat building. Only been there once but it was sooooo comfy. 5/5”- Will S.
“Cozy, nice basement space focused on diversity within indie rock. Only place to watch a show while sitting in a blanket fort"- Casey W.
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