17 Unique Baltimore and Greater Baltimore Area Venues
Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland
Earning the nicknames: ‘The Greatest City in America’ and ‘Charm City’ Baltimore, Maryland has so much to offer. Being the birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, as well as home to the historic Fort McHenry the city is steeped in historical significance and charm.
Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore’s business district, The Grand spans over 45,000 square feet and boasts up to 19 enchanting ballrooms to choose from that span across five floors. The Grand is decked out with countless elegant marble staircases, stained glass windows, high ceilings, and so much more. The Grand can accommodate around a maximum of 325 guests and offers indoor seating, cleanup, event planning, lighting, and sound. An elegant and timeless venue for any occasion in Baltimore, The Grand is a great choice for those looking for something spectacular.
The 13th Floor
For elegance with, a modern edge look no further than The 13th Floor at The Belvedere. This rooftop bar and lounge sits atop the beautiful Belvedere Hotel right in the heart of downtown Baltimore. If you are looking for a great view then this venue is definitely one you should add to your list. The venue can host around 100 guests in a rehearsal dinner setting, and features a full restaurant and bar for guests to enjoy.
The Grand & Platinum Ballrooms
Of course one cannot mention Baltimore without exploring the rest of what the iconic Belvedere Hotel has to offer. The Grand Ballroom in particular according to The Hotel Belvedere, has hosted many historic events such as welcoming The Queen of Rumania to America in 1926, as well as serving as the place former US President Woodrow Wilson stayed for the Democratic National Convention in 1911 where he was nominated to run for president. It was also noted that The Grand Ballroom at The Belvedere Hotel was the famous author, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favorite ballroom.
The Platinum Ballroom at The Hotel Belvedere is located on the twelfth floor in the East Wing of the hotel and offers up to 2,424 square feet.
Located in Baltimore’s historic Pigtown, is The Mobtown Ballroom. What was originally a 19th-century church is now a fully functioning dance hall and venue with all the original historic Baltimore charm. One of the crowning features of this stunning venue is the 3,000 square-foot original oak dancefloor, a perfect centerpiece for any occasion.
The Owl Bar
An elegant and iconic local landmark, The Owl Bar is a great choice for those looking for a casual atmosphere full of that classic Baltimore charm. The history of The Owl Bar is a story that is especially unique.
The story according to The Owl Bar‘s website dates all the way back to December 14, 1903, when The Hotel Belvedere first opened. Some of the most influential people in the world flocked to The Belvedere Hotel including presidents, movie stars, world leaders, gangsters, and inventors.
The Owl Bar’s stained glass features a quote from a famous Prohibition-era nursery rhyme that reads “ A wise old owl sat on an oak / the more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard / why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?”
As previously mentioned The Belvedere Hotel is a venue that holds some of Baltimore’s best stories as well as parts of our nation’s history. Aside from the hotel itself, there are many venue options that the Belvedere has to offer from the previously mentioned Platinum and Grand Ballrooms, The 13th Floor, The Owl Bar, as well as The Palm Ballroom, The Charles Ballroom, and The John Eager Howard Ballroom.
Power Plant Live
A little different from the other venues on this list is Power Plant Live located around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area. Power Plant Live is made up a series of music venues, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants that come together and create one immersive experience perfect for casual get-togethers, launch parties, sporting events, and more.
Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
Located in the Druid Hill Park area of Baltimore is the unique and hands-on Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Gallery. The venue itself is a one-of-a-kind glass blowing gallery and workshop where guests can partake in workshops, enjoy one-of-a-kind glass works on display, or host their very own event in the unique space.
Skyloft Gallery Studios
Located between the Baltimore Highlands and Canton area is Skyloft Gallery Studios a super functional, super modern venue where one can rent out different event spaces within the venue depending on their needs. Whether it be renting out gallery space for an art show, space of a meeting or coworking office space, event space, Skyloft Studios is the venue to check out in Baltimore.
Right between the Rosebank and Woodbourne McCabe areas of Baltimore is Accelerator Space. Space which is a re-purposed 90-year-old auto dealership stands as a chich and modern event space with the main room that can accommodate up to 275 people seated for dinner or dancing and around 375 people for a cocktail party.
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
Located in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor area is the elegant and charming Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. This venue has one of the prime harborfront locations in all of Inner Harbor, Baltimore. The venue features up to 14 meeting rooms, each named after a famous estate in Baltimore. The venue offers over 12,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Assembly Room
Right in the heart of downtown Baltimore, above the Inner Harbor area, is The Assembly Room. Whether you need 4,000 sq. feet up or up to 24,000 sq feet of event space, The Assembly Room is your blank canvas for any Baltimore event large or small.
The George Peabody Library
The George Peabody Library located in the Mt Vernon area in Baltimore. The venue is formerly known as the Library of the Peabody Institute of the City of Baltimore, and now is the 19th-century focused research library of The Johns Hopkins University. The library itself is so stunning that is now gets rented out for special occasions and events.
The Cloister Castle
Just beyond the city limits of downtown Baltimore, in Lutherville Maryland, is The Cloister Castle. Built in 1930, The Cloister Castle, a now Baltimore City-owned property features over 52 acres of timeless and historic beauty. In the main amphitheater area of the venue, about 150 can gather for an intimate cocktail party, an elegant reception, and many more occasions.
The Historic Waverly Mansion
Just beyond the city limits of Baltimore in Marriotsville, Maryland is The Historic Waverly Mansion. This venue has been hosting spectacular events since the 1700s when it was home to Governor Howard. The main room in the venue can seat over 150 guests and the grounds outside of the mansion can host large events in the spring and summer.
Cat’s Eye Pub
A unique and unforgettably colorful venue is Baltimore’s Cat’s Eye Pub. In business since 1975, the Cat’s Eye Pub has been entertaining Baltimore for quite some time. Located in the historic waterfront area of Fell’s Point Baltimore this venue is a classic place to grab a brew in Baltimore or host an after-work happy hour.