pre-concert dinner and drinks near inner harbor
A friend and I, in our late 30s, are coming to Baltimore for a concert at Pier 6 on a Sunday night. We're looking for a fun, lively, and delicious place to have dinner and drinks before the show. Not looking for a long three-course meal, but we don't want bar food either. Pretty open on type of cuisine and walking distance is preferred. Also, any thoughts on places for a drink after the show and non-chain shopping/eating areas or neighborhoods (can drive to these) for sunday and monday afternoons would be appreciated! Thanks!
Ten Ten (modern American), Vino Rosina (wine bar, but I think their food is great), Cinghiale (northern Italian), Lebanese Taverna (Middle Eastern), and James Joyce (Irish bar, food is okay not great) are all in Harbor East, within walking distance to Pier 6. James Joyce is better suited for after show drinks.
Hampden is a neighborhood in driving distance (just north on 83) with good food and drink options - people rave about Woodberry Kitchen (I do think the food is very good) and there are some cute stores. Woodberry is off the beaten path in Hampden but you can eat there and then drive to the Avenue for the shops.
Mount Vernon, Canton, and Federal Hill are all places that have a mix of restaurants, bars and shops. I love Mama's on the Half Shell, Nacho Mama's, and Saute in Canton and Regi's, Ryleigh's, Sobo Cafe, and Spoons in Federal HIll. I'm not as familiar with Mt Vernon, but I've enjoyed Sammy's, Sascha's, City Cafe, and Marie Louise Bistro there.
When you said fun & lively I thought of Talara, which is also in the same area as the restaurants mentioned above. Pabu is also great (albeit expensive) and has fun sake cocktails. That actually might be a place to hit after the show; it's pretty much adjacent to Pier Six, across from the Marriott on Aliceanna.