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“Nice, intimate concert venue with a great restaurant attached”

Rams Head Tavern Annapolis
Ranked #1 of 11 Nightlife in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed July 29, 2011

Rams Head Tavern (which is connected to Rams Head On Stage, the concert venue), is a great place to go for a concert/dinner combo. My wife and I have eaten there three times and each meal has been excellent. The restaurant even gives discounts when you have dinner before a concert and wait service will escort you from the restaurant directly to your seats in the concert venue. Nice.

One of the things I like best about the music venue is its intimacy. None of the tables (individuals are seated at assigned seats at tables, so be prepared to meet strangers) are particularly far from the artists. The venue has a VH-1 "Storytellers" kind of vibe, and musicians seem to talk more (tell stories) between songs than when they play other venues. Some people may not like that, but I enjoy gaining the insight/background behind the music/lyrics.

The crowd can be a little stuffy/older. I am in my mid 30s and my wife in her late 20s. At all the concerts we've been to there (half dozen or so), we have usually been the youngest or one of the youngest people in the room. You do not have to get dressed up, but people don't show up in tank tops and shorts either. The shows we have been to have been in the pop/folk/jazz genre.

Tips: Some tables have limited views in that they are blocked by posts holding up the ceiling. You can clearly see these posts on the seating chart. Try not to get behind one! Also, try to not be on the left side of the stage (per the seating chart). All the artists I have seen perform there face forward, so if you are off to the left, you are looking at their right sides and butts. Finally, try and get a table that is away from the main aisles. There is table service and the waiters are constantly walking around. If they walk right in front of you all night, it can be distracting.

With some careful planning on seat selection, this is a top venue to see an up-close, intimate performance from quality musicians.

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Reviewed July 7, 2011

If you want a great place to relax in the afternoon/early evening and have a few brews and a bite to eat this is a great place to go. Well taken care of building and nice beer selection. The concerts are also excellent but they tend to sell out pretty far in advance.

Thank holyguac
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

This is a review of the OnStage portion of Rams Head, where the music is.
Everyone gets a seat. Waitstaff deliver food and drinks, all really reasonably priced for a club...food it as good as the regular Rams Head Tavern, which is to say, good.
Club is not too big, so even if your sitting in the back corner, you're maybe 50 feet from the stage...not too shabby.
There are some weird support poles throughout that can block the view, but at least they're thin.
Billy Bragg was phenomenal.

1  Thank rbarna1
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

I generally go to the Rams Head Tavern to attend music shows there. (Theres's a 300-seat music club as part of the facility). But when I do, I sometimes eat dinner at the Rams Head as well.

I have been surprisingly pleased with my meals there. For example, I had grilled swordfish with side of rice & veggies plus house salad for only $14 -- and the swordfish was excellent, just the right consistency and attractively prepared and super-fresh (none of that "fishy" smell), and even the side order of veggies was delicious -- a generous portion of nicely-cooked (NOT over-cooked and NOT greasy) green veggies.

Maybe I'm just used to the high prices of everything in DC, but at this Annapolis establishment I also found the beer and liquor prices a couple bucks lower than what I'm typically charged here in DC.

The place can get real packed on nights when a popular music act is playing in the adjacent club, but the servers are real high-energy and efficient.

All in all, a very pleasurable dining experience, at very reasonable prices.

2  Thank SteverinoJH
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Reviewed February 5, 2009

Great food, Entertainment, and Micro Brews

Thank skinsfan1369
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