Not everything has to be complicated and Mums in south Baltimore is anything but complex, a single name, a no-nonsense environment and a boxy location wedged into a stretch of rowhomes with little other commercial business nearby. Baltimore dive bars have a tendency to present themselves in a similar straightforward manner, a testament to the city’s ability to keep these neighborhood, local spots afloat. The name of the bar hangs on a black sign above the door in an almost renaissance faire-style script. Multi-colored neon signs hang in alternating windows surrounded by small black tiles, adding a little intrigue to what could otherwise be a basic storefront.
Inside, an L-shaped bar sits within narrow confines, creating exactly the kind of vibe that makes dive bars great. Mums is given its faint glow by a handful of string lights that line the bar back and ceiling above the bar’s nonfunctional fireplace. Live music makes use of a small corner of the bar cleared out during select evenings. Among the wood paneling that lines the space, keep an eye out for a spot or two of purposeful taxidermy, jackalope included.