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The Ottobar

Rock Club, Bar, and Nightclub
Charles Village, Baltimore
49 Tips and reviews
  • upstairs
  • balcony
  • cheap drinks
  • dancing
  • trivia
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  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunDecember 4, 2013
    Baltimore's Best Bars 2013: "We appreciate when great acts grace the Ottobar stage, but we cherish the upstairs bar and its frequent 2-4-1 drink deals as well."
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersNovember 5, 2015
    "Sit in the area that stretches to the back of the stage. That way, you'll be right above the band as they play and you'll have no distractions." - Roy LaManna, Music Entrepreneur Read more
  • Mæry S.
    Mæry SpirøSeptember 12, 2012
    I had my wedding and reception in the downstairs concert venue. Ask to host your private event! (Photo by Zachary Morehouse)
  • Digital Tour Bus
    Digital Tour BusJune 15, 2011
    "There are #'d beer holsters near the door so you can stash your drink while you smoke. The balcony is accessible near the bar & band merch is in the back room across from the bar." -We Are The Union
  • Richard R.
    Richard ReichAugust 3, 2010
    Killer live venue. Decent bar upstairs. Sometimes a bit pretensious but no to hampden standards! Metal Monday all you can drink for $9.00!
  • Julie
    JulieOctober 2, 2010
    Balcony's the best place to watch from - stage is tall so being on the floor is uncomfortable. 10/2/10 Sam Adams Oktoberfest on tap.
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunDecember 7, 2012
    Baltimore's Best Bars 2012: "The bands, Ravens games and dance parties are all great, but The Ottobar earns this spot because of its versatility."
  • MissionTix
    MissionTixJanuary 30, 2012
    Ottobar is the place to be if you like cheap drinks, quality live alt/indie music, gritty dancefloors & a damn good time!
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunAugust 19, 2011
    Super Art Fight: Cutting-edge artists compete, and a 'Wheel of Death' gives them new topics that must be used in their work, Saturday. Read more
  • Robert C.
    Robert CollinsNovember 19, 2013
    Great bar, two stories, live music, pool tables, cool crowd, reasonable drinks, need I continue??
  • Amnesty International B.
    Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
  • Tina H.
    Tina HaiserNovember 23, 2009
    Forget your ID. The poor door guy will feel sorry for you and stamp you anyway, because he understands that old people start to lose their memories. :P
  • James C.
    James CampbellJanuary 18, 2010
    Great music venue - the sound checks are usually really good so it sounds awesome. Check out the balcony!
  • Jenna D.
    Jenna DooleyNovember 9, 2010
    2 for 1 on tuesdays. kinda grimy but I still love the atmosphere. been going here since I was 15
  • Nicholas F.
    Nicholas FryeDecember 10, 2009
    The best place to see live music in Baltimore. Downstairs to rock, upstairs to chill. Read more
  • MissionTix
    MissionTixFebruary 21, 2012
    Neck aching from staring up at your favorite artists? Grab a beer and head to the balcony to enjoy the show from above.
  • lorraine d.
    lorraine dooJune 8, 2013
    School of rock doing pink Floyd. Love this place for what they do for ALL music and all kids.
  • Peyton B.
    Peyton BeardAugust 14, 2014
    Be sure to snag a spot on the balcony for shows. Great small venue!
  • Chachung C.
    Chachung CruzAugust 24, 2011
    Bring your own food! Wednesdays at 7pm trivia night upstairs! Prizes!
  • justin A.
    justin AstafanousJuly 6, 2010
    Sit on the upperdeck to get the best pictures, and best view! Plus the seats are cushioned!
  • Britt A.
    Britt AntonySeptember 2, 2014
    Gotta love Twofer Tuesdays; 2 for 1 drinks all night! Plus dancing downstairs!
  • Jesse 제.
    Jesse 제이슨April 9, 2013
    Every Monday night from 9pm-11am it's $9 all you can drink.
  • Jonnie B.
    Jonnie BakerNovember 14, 2010
    Make sure you catch Honor Bright any time they swing through here on tour.
  • Winston "Stone" F.
    Winston "Stone" FordSeptember 25, 2011
    Some of the cheapest beers I've ever purchased at a nightlife venue. $3 Natty Boh's!
  • Nikolai O.
    Nikolai OgoraFebruary 1, 2013
    Nice, small and personable. Drinks are expensive though.
  • Anni A.
    Anni AFebruary 14, 2011
    Tiny, dirty, and cramped. Hands down best venue in Baltimore.
  • Askia
    AskiaAugust 24, 2011
    Awesome place to listen to some local tunes and play some pool.
  • Krista C.
    Krista ChesterJune 15, 2010
    Ask for the Ottobar Margarita Especial. Trust me.
  • David L.
    David LlewellynOctober 17, 2010
    a new mayor may be in town? prob not but wtfe mayor reigning is decent.
  • Jerome P.
    Jerome Price, Jr.December 14, 2013
    Nice little chill spot to see indie local artist shine
  • Justin M.
    Justin MichaligaOctober 21, 2009
    Go to Ottobar on a Tuesday and get 2 Budweisers for $3
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MorganFebruary 27, 2011
    Only a crybaby prefers the balcony. Hit the floor or the bar.
  • Catherine W.
    Catherine WillisAugust 8, 2011
    Bring a flashlight to the bathroom because its dark.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LassiseJune 15, 2012
    Regular soda refills aren't free... not a big deal... but really...
  • Mark
    MarkApril 3, 2013
    2fer beers can't be brought down to a show
  • Rose B.
    Rose BakerFebruary 4, 2014
    Go upstairs and see Chris at the bar.
  • Lynn C.
    Lynn CrosbyFebruary 10, 2013
    Great venue to see bands up close.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WunderlickAugust 16, 2014
    Live concerts are great at this small venue.
  • ✨Song✨
    ✨Song✨June 8, 2012
    Do not drink too much and fall down the stairs.
  • Chrissy A.
    Chrissy AbbottAugust 7, 2012
    Bring some fuckin quarters and play some fuckin Fish Tales!!!!!!
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MossNovember 1, 2015
    Super cool room to play
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelNovember 13, 2014
    Fun mid size venue
  • Brad B.
    Brad BennettDecember 13, 2013
    Great show!! Great venue
  • Brendan B.
    Brendan BarkerJuly 11, 2012
    Hey hey new pool tables but now it's not free ;-(
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha MuccioloApril 5, 2013
    The security guys were hot
  • Hhh F.
    Hhh FffOctober 21, 2009
    watch the bands from the balcony
  • Heather S.
    Heather SpanglerJanuary 23, 2011
    The floor ftw!!!!
  • Googje N.
    Googje NiggheMarch 2, 2014
    It is cool
  • Matt M.
    Matt McOskerApril 2, 2010
    Music I like Read more
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