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There’s always been a great divide between DC and Baltimore. The two cities, so close to each other, eat different foods, root for different teams and drink different beers (Natty Boh v. DC Brau).  In fact, the only connection the cities have is the newly designated weekend MARC trains DC to Baltimore ($7 Baltimore-Washington, $6 BWI-Washington, $5, Odenton-Washington). The MARC train was one of few commuter rail lines in the country that didn’t have weekend service. Now, that is all gone and Washingtonians can finally experience all things Baltimore; crabbing in the Inner Harbor, throwing Old Bay on EVERYTHING and Natty Boh. Tourists typically stop in Baltimore and see an Orioles game, visit the Baltimore Aquarium and eat an overpriced crab cake at Ruth’s Chris. There’s more than the inner harbor.

EAT: Right in the heart of Fell’s Point, John Steven Tavern has been a historically tasty hop spot for years. Owners believe John Steven’s original site provided “soft drinks” during the Roaring Twenties. If you’re hungry, dig into some bangin’ “Jumbo” Maryland crab cakes, steamed shrimp, mussels and clams. Lunch and appetizers ($4-16) are reasonable; dip deeper in the piggy bank for entrees ($24-29).

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DRINK: If you’re not buzzing hard enough after some Natty Bohs and crabs at John Steven’s, head over to The Horse You Came In On just blocks down Thames Street.

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The Horse You Came In On is rumored to be one of Edgar Allen Poe’s favorite drinking spots and the location of his last drink before he died. Demolish rounds of their infused Jack Daniels liquors (recommendation: Cinnamon Jack Daniels) before hitting the dance floor.

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HAVE-A FUNZA: Let’s be real, if you haven’t been to the Baltimore Aquarium, go. If you have, visit Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum. The museum exceeds formal art with permanent exhibits and unique temporary shows including Human, Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity. The building is captivating from the inside and out. American Visionary Art Museum hosts nearly 70 weddings annually. Groupon is currently having a 50% off deal to the American Visionary Art Museum.

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SHOP: One man’s Killer Trash is another man’s killer treasure. After drinks and food, shop at Killer Trash, a vintage and retro clothing store with a smorgasbord of totally awful and fucking awesome clothes. Get swagged out with 80’s prom dresses, wonderfully awful Christmas sweaters and everything in between. Ideal for costume parties or your everyday costume.

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