At the center of Baltimore’s contemporary art, theater, and cinema scene is the rapidly growing neighborhood of Charles North. Anchored by the ever-popular Charles Theater and several stalwart restaurants, bars, and clubs from Penn Station to North Avenue, Charles North exudes a youthful and creative vibe. One can dance the night away at The Depot’s “80s alternative tribute” or listen to hip tunes over classic cocktails at Club Charles. Every night of the week, patrons line up for must-see films at the Charles Theater, the region’s largest art-house cinema. Be sure to reserve a sidewalk cafe table at Tapas Teatro next door for delicious food, a great wine list, and the best people-watching in town. A visit to Charles North guarantees a great “night on the town” experience.
Across the Howard Street bridges lay the Maryland Institute College of Art. Founded in 1826, the college has expanded to become one of the country’s premiere art academies, with courses of study ranging from traditional fine arts to photographic and electronic media. As the campus has grown to include the Studio Center on North Avenue, so have the businesses that support its student body. New restaurants such as Joe Squared Pizza, new bars/concert venues such as The Wind-up Space, and several public studio spaces have started opening up all along North Avenue helping to breathe new life into this once grand commercial thoroughfare. The future looks bright for Charles North.