A zoomed out photo of all the participants of the 2019 Urban Open outside of Urban Axes Baltimore

Urban Open Travel Information

We asked our Axeperts in Baltimore all the best places to eat, drink, and hang out to help us create....

The Official Urban Open BALTIMORE LOCALS GUIDE

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BEST PLACES TO EAT NEAR URBAN AXES

"Snake Hill - It's the 'Wurst' Bar is Baltimore (their menu is all sausages)." - Becs

"The Chasseur has a great brunch." - JD

"Our neighbors at The Boiler Room." - Eli

"Make sure to get mimosas with your all day breakfast at Iron Rooster." - Ailish

"They moved to bigger store in Brewer's Hill (with parking!) - so it's a few more minutes away - but DiPasquale's has the BEST Italian food." - Cody

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN BALTIMORE

"R. House - with 10 food awesome food stalls, there are tons of options for a large group." - Dena

"You'd never find Peter's Inn if you didn't know it was there. A new menu every week, it is some of the best food in Baltimore. The Helmand - authentic Afghan cuisine. Amazing." - Matt

"Koopers - broad menu and they do it all well." - Ed

"Clavel - Mezcal bar and taqueria." - JD

"Jong Kak - they serve korean BBQ until 4am." - Taylor

BEST CRAB CAKE IN BALTIMORE

"G&M" - Eli & half of the people who live in the Baltimore area.

"Jimmy's Famous Seafood - Baltimore area institution." - Cody

"Anywhere that isn't the Inner Harbor." - Taylor

"Can't go wrong with most places in Fells or Canton, though don't go to a tourist trap - and 'broiled' is the only acceptable way to order a crab cake." - Ed

"Faidley's in Lexington Market is the most famous and lives up to being the most famous. Koco's Pub has a large following as well." - Matt

BEST BARS NEAR URBAN AXES

"Snake Hill" - Becs

"Mahaffey's Pub for great beer and food options. Mr. NiceGuy Cocktails for great mixed drinks." - Ed

"Our neighors next door at Boiler Room" - most of the Urban Axes staff

"Venice Tavern - great dive bar with an amazing beer selection on the cheap (though their kegs can sit awhile). Old Line Spirits, too" - Matt

BEST BARS IN BALTIMORE

"W.C. Harlan - but it's closed. Try The Bluebird!" - JD

"Red Star - great vibe, good menu." - Ed

"The Chasseur - very cool spot with big windows." - Eli

"Butts and Betty's - best dive bar in Baltimore. Max's Taphouse is Baltimore's beer bar (100+ beers on tap)." - Matt

"Slainte - say hi to Brian." - entire Urban Axes staff

BEST PLACES TO BE OUTSIDE AND/OR EXPERIENCE NATURE

"Loch Raven Reservoir (hiking), Jones Falls Trail (biking), Patterson Park ("Best backyard in Baltimore" and close to Urban Axes.)" - All staff

"Fort McHenry is nice. If you are up for a little history and want to see the place that was bombarded by the Brits and inspired a captive Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem, that’s the spot. The National Acquarium is nice, too." - Cody

"Sandlot" - JD

"Druid Hill Park has great views." - Conrad

"Go for a beautiful walk at Cylburn Arboretum." - Ed

BEST LOCAL BUSINESSES

"Culitvated Creations in Fells Point. Community space with a wide variety of plants, terrariums and a curated collection of art from local makers." - Becs

"Urban Axes :)" - Eli, Axe Master General of Urban Axes Baltimore

"Monument Brewing!" - Ailish

"The 8x10 - concert venue in Federal Hill." - Ed

BEST HIDDEN GEMS IN BALTIMORE

"Patterson Park Lanes for duckpin bowling (which is a Maryland area thing)." - Ed

"The Wharf Rat - great bar, cool vibes." - Conrad

"Just try not wanting to support Ekiben after reading this story." - Matt

"Papermoon Diner is a unique spot." - Eli

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Hotel

Grab a room at Tru by Hilton in Harbor East: a neighborhood home to wonderful places to eat, steps away from Little Italy, blocks away from Fells Point, and a short car ride or scooter trip from Urban Axes.

The hotel block has been very popular, so at this point, there are only King bed rooms available.

Click here for your discounted room!