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Pole Dancer’s Guide to B’more, Hon

Welcome to Charm City, and equally as important, PoleCon’s 2019 East Coast Intensive!

It’s B’more, Hon

We know you’re super excited to meet your favorite stars, learn all the cool tricks and floorwork, and get in on some of the amazing swag and deals this weekend has in store for you. While you’re here, you might want to get out and about and explore the city, and this guide is to help with exactly that. We’ve scouted out some of the best places to eat, drink, neighborhoods to explore, and the weekend’s goings-on just for you!

Eats (and Drinks)

  • Clavel: Tucked away near Maryland Institute College of Art (“MICA”), don’t be put off by this mezcaleria’s plain exterior and single neon sign. Inside, you’ll find some of the most unique cocktails (smoked black salt, anyone?) and best tacos the city has to offer.
  • Ekiben: What started off as a capstone project by two UMD students has turned into one of the best Japanese street food restaurants in the DMV. (Gauntlet thrown.) This hole in the wall nestled between Fells Point, the Inner Harbor, and Highlandtown, right on Eastern Avenue offers steamed buns and rice bowls featuring options fit for vegans and omnivores alike. I personally recommend the “Tofu Brah” (try to find crispier tofu within a 100mi radius. I dare you.) or “The Neighborhood Bird” (a gigantic piece of curry fried chicken)
  • Miss Shirley’s Cafe: While I’m not saying it’s a requirement to go to Miss Shirley’s Cafe, there IS a location in the Inner Harbor, so there’s really no excuse not to go. Not to mention, the brunch is amazing.
  • Paper Moon Diner: This knick-knack laden diner over in the Charles Village area is a great blend of whimsy and delicious food. They offer standard American fare, great burgers, all-day breakfast and several vegan options.
  • The GruB Factory: For my plant-eating polers, I have three words: Vegan. Comfort. Food. Need I say more?

 

Other Things to Check Out

  • Mobtown Ballroom: Friday nights at Mobtown Ballroom are meant for dancing. Swing dancing, that is. For $10, you get a swing/lindy hop lesson at 8pm, and then the party begins at 9pm. Bar opens at 7:30pm and stays open through the night. Don’t have a partner coming with you? No worries. You’ll find someone there. Tip: leave the Pleasers at the hotel room.
  • Creative Alliance: Django Jazz Fest: This intimate artist’s space on the Highlandtown/Patterson Park cusp is hosting “{t}wo nights of blazing guitar runs, accordion virtuosity, clarinet insanity, and jazz heat all in the spirit of the great Django Reinhardt!” The festival runs Friday 2/22 – Saturday 2/23, so jazz fans should definitely check this out Friday, or after the Saturday afternoon workshops.
  • Fells Point & Federal Hill: If you’re looking for Baltimore’s nightlife, you’ll find it in these two neighborhoods. Fells Point can be best described as one square block of bars with a pizza joint conveniently located right in the middle. You’ll find a pretty decent crowd there, and it stays lively until the nightlife shuts down at 2am. Federal Hill (“Fed Hill”) is slightly more “upscale” and has a historic-downtown charm to it, with several great bars and restaurants.
  • National Aquarium: I would be remiss if I hadn’t mentioned the Inner Harbor’s best attraction: the aquarium! If you’re a marine animal lover and don’t live near an aquarium, come get your fix here.Skip the line and pick your entry time by buying tickets in advance.
  • Walters Art Museum: This Mount-Vernon gem is a must-go for art enthusiasts and artists alike. Not only is the museum free, but its collection spans more than seven millenia.
  • Hotel Indigo- Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats: Whether you stay here or not, you should check out the bar inside the hotel. It features nifty cocktails and Instagram-worthy decor.
  • George Peabody Library: You don’t need a library card to appreciate the architectural beauty inside this museum. Probably best not to do any floor flow, but who knows? It might inspire some movement ideas to take back to your studio.

See you B’more soon, hon! Don’t forget to grab your spot in one of the amazing workshops!

Bella B.

Bella is a DMV local, and has been pole dancing since 2016. When not at the pole studio (or at work), you’ll find her in the gym, hiking, finding new music, or hunting for a great cappuccino. Currently, Bella works in DC, and is working to become an AFAA-Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer. (Instagram: @thepersianpolerina)
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