Baltimore, Maryland The Wire Tour of Baltimore Mini Guide by Andre Williams

Fans of The Wire! Want to see the down and dirty, gritty side of Baltimore? Check out this Mini Guide to see Avon Barksdale's territory, where Omar lurked in the shadows, Bubbles holed up, Carcetti cleared his head and so much more. Many of these sights are just filming locations but the restaurants, bars and diners are all well-known establishments in Baltimore. Take a drive through the seasons of The Wire and grab a bite when you're done. (Please Note: It is advisable to drive for most of this tour as public transit isn't extensive enough and there may be neighborhoods tourists shouldn't casually walk through.)

 
Not only can you get great views of the city from here, but the basketball court was the site of the East-West game in season 1, managed by legendary characters Proposition Joe and Avon Barksdale. The park was often used as a location for various meet ups and drug deals throughout the series.

Collington Square Park

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The American Brewery is a historic brewery that was left abandoned and therefore used as a location for many TV shows including the Wire. With an overgrown lot filled with weeds and the three domineering towers, many a drug deal took place here.

American Brewery

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The Rim Source

 
This high-end car accessory store (rims and more) was used as a backdrop for many of Marlo's deals. You'll recognize the blue lights instantly.

The Rim Source

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Amsterdam

 
In season 3, this was the site of 'Amsterdam' - a cordoned-off part of town the police chose to ignore allowing drug deals and other illegal activity to take place. It's a large field now as the row houses have been torn down but this derelict neighborhood was one of the best backdrops for all the grit and crime in the Wire.

Amsterdam

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Murderland Alley

 
The wall here on Bethel Street between Federal and Oliver wall used to feature the graffiti "bodymore, murderland" that appears in the Wire's opening sequence. Known as “Murderland Alley,” it was used often as a drug hangout location. Today it's been painted over.

Murderland Alley

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Bubble's Garage

 
Here is Bubble's garage, home to the Wire's favorite TV junkie-come-snitch.

Bubble's Garage

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The Terraces

 
Inspiration for the Franklin Terraces was taken from this public housing complex. Franklin Terraces was controlled by Avon Barksdale's crew.

The Terraces

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Mr. Boh

 
This neon sign from National Bohemian Beer is one of Baltimore's famous icons and the area around the sign and former brewery is where McNulty famously crashed his car while drunk driving.

Mr. Boh

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Featured in Season 2 of the Wire when the police and the Polish feuded over the stained glass windows.

St. Casimir Church

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Famous hangout for The Greek and where many a deal took place.

Johnny's Restaurant

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Seagirt Marine Terminal

 
The dockside location for many scenes in Season 2.

Seagirt Marine Terminal

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This wonderful park with sweeping views of the city was a location Tommy Carcetti often walked through to clear his head and escape politics for a bit.

Federal Hill Park

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This is probably South Baltimore's nicest option for a dinner (or lunch), with a full restaurant, cafe, wine bar, and wine shop rolled into one. Fans the Wire may recognize this as a personal favorite of one Senator Clay Davis and Stringer Bell.

Wine Market

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This classic Art Deco diner was a popular spot for the politicians to meet up in The Wire. (For fans of the House of Cards - this diner is also used as a backdrop)

Werner's Restaurant

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The Sidebar Tavern

 
The Sidebar is a sophisticated bar by day, punk bar by night and was the filming location (both inside and out) for Kavanagh's - the favorite local bar of the Baltimore PD, especially McNulty.

The Sidebar Tavern

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