As the snow falls, plenty of bars and restaurants are open and ready to provide a warm setting for a tasty cocktail. So brave the cold and head out to a neighborhood spot to take advantage of these food and drink specials. A blizzard in Baltimore is just one big all-day happy hour, after all.
Avenue Kitchen & Bar: This Hampden hangout will be hosting an all-day snow party with discounted eats and drinks from noon to 7 p.m. Bundle up tight and head to the Avenue for cocktail specials (think the sweet frozen rosé or a smoky Paloma) and $20 crab cakes all day. 911 W. 36th St. 443-961-8515
Chez Hugo: There’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup when the temperatures start to drop, and this French bistro downtown is featuring a special soupe a l’oignon combo served with a green salad for $15 during lunch. Stop in to sample the aromatic onion broth topped with a crouton and hearty hunk of melty gruyère cheese. 206 E. Redwood St. 443-438-3002
Don’t Know Tavern: Forget your winter worries and pretend it’s summertime with a $5 Orange Crush at this Federal Hill staple. Don’t Know will also offer $3.50 draft beers and $5 orders of wings throughout the day. 1453 Light St. 410-539-0231
Lee’s Pint & Shell: This Canton hangout is always down for a party, and snow days are no exception. The bar will open early and offer $1 Rumple Minze shots starting at 11 a.m. Stick around for happy hour at 4 p.m. to fill up on $5 mini pizzas, quesadillas, and duck nachos. 2844 Hudson St. 410-327-2883
Lobo: Nothing says cozy like the toasty sandwiches and warm soups at this corner spot in Fells Point, which will be opening early at 2 p.m. Indulge in steamy bowls of pho, as well as happy hour specials on oysters, beer, cocktails, wine, and snacks from 2-7 p.m. 1900 Aliceanna St., 410-327-0303
Looney’s Pub: Discounted drinks will be flowing all day at this O’Donnell Square staple, which is celebrating the snow day accordingly with happy-hour specials starting at 11 a.m. Chow down on $2-off tacos while sipping $2 Miller Lites, $3 Blue Moon bottles, and $4 microbrews. 2900 O’Donnell St. 410-675-9235
Noona's: Settle in at this Midtown newbie to dig in to hot sourdough pizzas while sipping discounted drinks. The neighborhood gathering spot is highlighting $1-off all drafts and $2-off select wine and cocktails throughout the day. 1203 W. Mt. Royal Ave. 410-424-0857
Order & Chaos: Treat yourself to a frothy latte or piping-hot cappuccino at this Key Highway coffee shop, which is offering 15 percent-off all pastries with the purchase of any coffee beverage. Enjoy a fresh muffin, scone, or signature handheld waffle for a filling snow day breakfast. 1410 Key Highway. 410-244-1111
The Red Star: Both Red Star locations in Fells Point and Charles Village are taking advantage of the wintry weather with happy hour prices all day. Cozy up under the dim lights to sip $5 draft beers, wines by the glass, and well cocktails from lunch until close. Other deals include $9 appetizers (think fried Brussels sprouts and creamy crab dip) and $6 martinis. Plus, the special Connie’s Chicken & Waffles pop-up at the Fells Point location is still on for 5-10 p.m. Multiple locations including 906 S. Wolfe St. 410-675-0212
Vida Taco Bar: Pregame for National Margarita Day (this Friday) with half-priced pitchers at this taco spot in Harbor Point. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows are ideal for watching the snow pile up, and you can’t go wrong with the tacos—filled with everything from Buffalo cauliflower to tinga chicken. 1401 Point St. 443-835-3474
Wet City: In Mt. Vernon, the team at Wet City will be mixing up warm cocktails like a signature mulled cider (dark rum, amaro, mulling spices, and a clove-studded orange peel garnish) as well as a hot toddy made with local cinnamon-walnut Wight Tea, lazaroni amaretto, honey, and lemon. The bar is also highlighting tons of food specials, including cast iron hanger steak, a loaded chili dog, and Nashville hot fried oysters. 223 W. Chase St. 443-873-6699
The Waterfront Hotel: Avoid cabin fever by heading out to this Fells Point favorite for $1-off premium drafts, $2 Natty Bohs, and $4 rail drinks throughout the storm. Pair all of the discounted drinks with warm food specials including $8 pork belly sliders, crab pretzel sticks, curry mussels, and crunchy calamari. 1710 Thames St. 410-537-5055
The Wine Source: Hampden locals in need of provisions should look no further than this neighborhood spirits shop, which is fully stocked with plenty of bottles to hold everyone over until the storm passes. Shoppers buying in bulk will receive 10 percent-off of their purchase when they buy a half case of six bottles, or 20 percent-off when they buy a full case of 12 bottles. 3601 Elm Ave. 410-467-7777
Additional reporting by Skyler Aikerson.