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Fall Weekends 2009: Art at Every Turn
Comments () | Published September 1, 2009
C. Grimaldis Gallery sells and exhibits sculpture by post–World War II artists. Photograph courtesy of C. Grimaldis Gallery

Stay for Dinner 

Sotto Sopra, 405 N. Charles St.; 410-625-0534.  Pasta is made in-house, and the risotto is divine, as are the murals. Ask about the Sunday opera-night menu. 

The Helmand, 806 N. Charles St.; 410-752-0311. Owned by Qayum Karzai, brother of Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, the Helmand is a white-tablecloth restaurant with deli pricing. Try the kaddo borawni appetizer: pan-fried and baked baby pumpkin seasoned with sugar and served on yogurt garlic sauce. The place also has a way with lamb and vegetarian dishes.

Have a Drink

The Brewer’s Art, 1106 N. Charles St.; 410-547-6925. Ranked the number-one bar in America by Esquire. Patrons come for Resurrection ale and the other house-brewed Belgian-style beers as well as for the rosemary-garlic fries with mayo.

Owl Bar, 1 E. Chase St.; 410-347-0888. Once a speakeasy in the 1920s, this watering hole is more than 100 years old. The long mahogany bar, brick floors and walls, stained-glass windows, and brass create a clubby ambience. Maryland’s governor and Baltimore’s mayor are frequently spotted here, sipping under a watchful owl statue. 

Grand Central, 1001-1003 N. Charles St.; 410- 752-7133. Readers of the Baltimore City Paper vote this the best gay bar year after year for its high-tech, industrial dance floor, karaoke, and resident drag queens.

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