Located in the historic Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore, MD, the Cat’s Eye Pub has a cheery blue exterior, a scenic waterfront location, and a colorful history. Years before the bar opened in 1975, it allegedly operated as a brothel, complete with the notorious red lights that the ladies used to indicate if they were…well…busy or not. Years later, when the building was renovated, the light switches for the red lights were covered up with drywall. To this day, visitors to the pub say they can hear the switches loudly being turned on and off. Some people say they’ve seenbottles and glasses flying off shelves and shattering on the ground. One patron even claims to have been sold a t-shirt by a former owner…who died many years before her visit to the pub. Thankfully, the ghosts here seem to be the friendly sort. Based on the nightly crowds, and the fun, upbeat vibe inside, they have not scared anyone away from the place!
The Cat’s Eye is known for its live music, which is featured 365 days a year at 9:30pm every night, and 4:30pm on Friday through Sunday. The stage area is cramped, so you’re sure to meet new friends, in addition to enjoying some of the best live music around. You can hear everything from blues to jazz fusion to funk to folk to indie rock and on and on, and you’ll share the experience with eclectic people of all ages. There is a cover charge after 9pm.
The Cat’s Eye doesn’t serve food, but with over 30 beers on tap, bartenders who can whip up any drink your heart desires, and great drink specials, there are other things to focus on here! This place is small and cozy, so you’ll have plenty of chances to talk to some of the funniest bartenders you’ll ever meet. The pub also has a friendly group of regulars, who often sit at the end of the bar by the window. The Dive Bar Tourist, who is an avid Oakland A’s fan, spent an entertaining afternoon here chatting with Doc, a local who was Reggie Jackson’s childhood neighbor, and listening to stories about the baseball legend as he grew up. If you’re not in the mood for chit chat, there’s the decor to check out, from the dusty old flags that are hung all over the ceiling to the random collection of art covering the walls. Or you could always visit the bathrooms, which are known for their lively and constantly changing graffiti. Whatever you choose to do with your visit to the Cat’s Eye Pub, it’s sure to be a fun time!
Location: Baltimore, MD
Be sure to try: Live music 7 days a week