All Grown Up

The space at 1110 S. Charles Street has long housed a series of bars with a party-centric vibe, including Boomerang and Mad River. Now, as The Charles, it projects a much more adult, sophisticated feel.

It occupies a soaring two-level interior, originally constructed in the early 20th century, as a branch of the Provident Savings Bank.

Now, as one enters, there is a large bar along the left wall with a series of shelves that climb up to the open, second level. Interspersed with decorative elements are multiple TV screens for showing sports.

An open staircase leads upstairs to a series of booths on a mezzanine that overlooks the bar area.

Overhead, a black-and-white checkerboard pattern fills in the original skylight.

Toward the rear, there’s another bar and an open space for dancing to a DJ.

Clever neon script artwork adorns a rear wall.
The gastropub-based menu features globally-inspired small plates. Some of our favorites include Cobb salad deviled eggs, crab hummus, scallops & grits, and chicken & waffle sliders. Brunch options include a market quiche, a breakfast burger, and a dish called “The Hangover,” that includes cheese grits, eggs, and a choice of smoked turkey, country ham, pork belly, or breakfast sausage.

On the bar front, there’s a nice selection of spirits contributing to the cocktail program. Our choice was a straight-forward rye & soda. {The Charles, 1110 S. Charles Street, Federal Hill}

About Brian Michael Lawrence

Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.  In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.

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