Last updated February 22, 2013


Hampden Village Merchants Restaurants, Bars, Shops & Services in our neighborhood

Other Baltimore Shopping

The Children's Bookstore - Oldest independent bookstore in Baltimore, and it's for kids!
Normals Books - They are collectively run. We think that means they are commies or something 
Shananigans - An indy toy store
Sound Garden - The go-to spot for affordable antiquated media

Film and Television

Bengies Drive-In Theatre
Charm City Cineaste - a blog about films screened in Baltimore
Charles Theater - When we're not drinking across the street at Club Charles we check out an art film now and then at this theater.
Creature Feature with Count Gore De Vol - One of Scott's favorite shows when he was a kid... that and Captain Chesapeake
Divergent Thinking Productions - Home of Alvin Ecarma's film "Lethal Force"
Maryland Film Festival
Planet Krulik  - Jeff Krulik created the classic "Heavy Metal Parking Lot"
Matt Porterfield 
Michael Tully/Hammer To Nail
Trashy Travels - John Waters Movie Locations and Divine Dirt
Video Americain - the best video store in town 

Baltimore Bands

Beach House - atmospheric
Big Mouth
Caleb Stine And The Brakemen 
Carpark Records
Charm Offensive
Dan Deacon
Dope Body
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Fan Death Records
Mickey Free
Friends Records
Garage Sale - Atomic TV's House Band  
The Jennifers - guitar pop perfection
June Star - rootsy
Lexie Mountain Boys
Monster Museum
Morphius Records
Old Lines
Pig Destoyer
The Pilgrim
Pure Junk 

Temporary Residence
Thank You
The Ubangis    
Wye Oak 

Festivals & Events

Artscape - come for the art, stay for the scape.
Baltimore Book Festival - party time. With books!
Baltimore Comic-Con - Excelsior, true believers!
Charm City Rollergirls - Our own roller derby league
HampdenFest - Our neighborhood festival
High Zero - experimental music
The Intertribal Pow-wow - it's behind a Wal-mart
Maryland DeathFest! - death metal in a festival setting
Maryland Film Festival - "I like to watch."
Mayor's Christmas Parade
Miracle on 34th Street in Hampden - crazy lights!
Night Of 100 Elvises - so many Elvises - it's now 2 nights!
Otakon - people dressed funny
Preakness - horses!
The Sheep & Wool Festival - mmm... lamb burgers....
Small Press Expo - for some reason they insist on having this in Bethesda.
Sowebohemian Festival - AKA Sowebo.
Transmodern Festival - better than Post Modern!
Videopolis - kinda like if Slamdance was literally across the street from Sundance, but, like, in Baltimore
Virgin Mobile Festival - our monsters of rock

Nightclubs & Bars

The 8x10 - It had a weird name-change phase, but it's back.
The 930 Club - Legendary DC club
The Black Cat - DC area club
The Club Charles - the quintessential Baltimore bohemian bar
Floristree - shhhh... don't tell anyone
Illusions - magic bar & lounge
Ottobar - the Baltimore landmark
The Sidebar - You think the Ottobar used to be fucking small? Go around the corner from where the Ottobar used to be to this joint.
The Wind Up Space - bar/gallery/space in "Station North"

Local Zines/Blogs

Artichoke Haircut
Baltimore Brew - Local politics and culture
Bmore Music - a good local music blog
Eight-Stone Press - Creator of Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore
The Filth
Gutter Magazine - this zine is online only

The Hungover Gourmet - The journal of food, drink, travel fun
Leeking Ink - Visit Davida's zine empire
MobTown Shank - politics and culture
Monozine - This anti-medical magazine has proven that you really can have fun at the expense of others    
Tales of Blood And Roses

Local Comics

Bendependent - Ben Claassen III's comic world
Mark Burrier - Whatever You Love, The Pitch, and more.
Closed Caption Comics - a collective making awesome minis!
Do The Math Comics - Wham City's Robby Rackleff writes comics about video games
Important Comics - home to Wham City's Dina Kelberman
Eamon Espey - we love the way he draws worms!
Daniel Krall - has done work for Oni Press, Image Comics, etc.
Mutant Funnies - our humor house organ
Jeff Sharp - Flummery and more!

Newspapers & Magazines

Baltimore Business Journal - weekly business news
Baltimore's City Paper - our alt-weekly
Baltimore Independent Media Center 
Baltimore Magazine - the monthly
Baltimore Messenger - Benn writes a column about Hampden in this paper.
Baltimore Sun - Baltimore's major newspaper
Johns Hopkins Newsletter - a local university paper
Towson University Towerlight - a local university paper


American Visionary Art Museum - Outsider & Visionary Art, Art Brut
Baltimore Tattoo Museum
Beatbots - an online review community
Charm City Art Space
Creative Alliance 
Current Gallery
Dr. Sketchy's - the Baltimore Chapter  
Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Great Blacks In Wax Museum - It's as awesome as its name
The Metro Gallery - gallery/performance space in Station North
The Johnny Eck Museum - The online museum to one of Baltimore's finest!
Publishing Genius Press
James Taylor's Shocked & Amazed! On & Off the Midway
Wham City

Eats & Drinks

Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ - one of the best BBQ/Pit Beef in town!
Berger's Cookies - sweet heart attack!
Brewer's Art - Resurrection and Ozzy
Clementine - mmm... homemade sausages
Dangerously Delicious Pies - rockabilly pies that are to kill for!
George's at the Peabody Court Hotel - Happy Hour comfort food Wednesdays, which feature the Bacon Explosion a few times a year.
Joe Squared - we don't go out for pizza, but when we do we go squared.
Paper Moon Diner - some of Benn's toys are there.
Peter's Inn - tell Bud and Karen Atomic sent ya!
Pizza Johns - another one of Scott's fave Essex hangouts. Closed Mondays!
Poncabird - where else can you get a hot dog with salami?
Red Emma's - Infoshop Coffeehouse collective


Atomic TV Links - A lot of cool sites to check out.
Baltimore or Less - All Things Baltimore
The Green Mount Cemetery
H.L. Mencken House
The Poe House - closed now, but still worth swinging by

Baltimore Museum of Industry