In 1977, the original Hammerjacks venue opened in downtown Baltimore and operated until its closure in 1997. Through the years, Hammerjacks hosted artists such as Guns n’ Roses, The Ramones, Dave Mathews Band, Iggy Pop, Blondie, Joan Jett, Iron Maiden and more.
The venue was featured in popular culture through band album art, music videos and in films directed by Baltimore’s own John Waters.
The iconic hammer & bolt logo comes from the original owners’ experience as an electrician for Baltimore’s famous Struever Brothers Developers.
In 2020, Hammerjacks Entertainment Group will complete construction of a new facility in Baltimore’s Southern Entertainment District. The iconic entertainment facility will be re-introduced to Baltimore as its premier entertainment destination. The two-level facility will include two live entertainment performance spaces, a full menu tavern, an outdoor beer park, retail space for multiple tenants, 30,000 square feet of modular private event space and Hammerjacks’ HQ.
Baltimore’s Southern Entertainment District is rapidly transforming into a national entertainment destination featuring two professional sports franchises, gaming, live entertainment and multiple food & beverage possibilities. Hammerjacks is an independently owned entertainment organization and will be the catalyst for the next wave of development in South Baltimore. The BSED is conveniently located directly off Interstate 95 and features ample inexpensive / free parking options. Additionally, the Baltimore Light Rail & MARC has stations centrally located within the district.
1977 – 1981: Original Hammerjacks facility opens on Charles Street
1981 – 1997: Hammerjacks facility relocates to Howard Avenue in the Southern Entertainment District of Baltimore
1992: Camden Yards, home to the Baltimore Orioles, opens in the Southern Entertainment District of Baltimore
1997: Hammerjacks closes and is demolished to make way for M&T Bank Stadium, home to the Baltimore Ravens
2014: Caesars Entertainment’s Horseshoe Casino opens on Russell Street, in the Southern Entertainment District of Baltimore
2016: The new home of Hammerjacks, located on Russell Street, is purchased in the Southern Entertainment District of Baltimore
2018: TopGolf announces plans to construct a facility in the Southern Entertainment District of Baltimore