Growing up in Baltimore, I remember discovering the night. Once we got our licenses and earned our parents' trust, my friends and I would roam from high-school parties to coffee shops to diners, feeling incredibly liberated by the idea that we didn't have to go home if we didn't want to. My favorite spots at the time (the early 90s) were Funk's Democratic Coffee Spot on Eastern Avenue and Steak and Egg in Pikesville. Neither joint served alcohol, but as with the dudes from Diner, those nights were more about spending long hours talking with your friends, growing up, and exploring adulthood and freedom from parental bondage. (And besides, the high-school parties usually had Coors Light or small doses of SoCo served in plastic cups.)
I moved to New York for college, where 24-hour life was the norm, and returned to Baltimore just last year to discover that, sadly, both Funk's and Steak and Egg are gone now. With two young kids, I don't stay out too late much anyway, but I'm curious to check out what late-night and 24-hour spots exist in the city these days.
This weekend I'm going to try and hit a few places and I'll report back on Monday. I plan on stopping by the after-hours Club 1722 in Station North (I figure drinking can be part of the equation at this point) and Michael Phelps' favorite, Pete's Grille on Greenmount Ave., which is open 24 hours, as is Sip and Bite in Canton. I know Papermoon Diner isn't open all night anymore, but we might stop there too.
I need suggestions: What are your favorite places to hang out at 2, 3, or 4 a.m.?
[photo courtesy of Michael (mx5tx)]