Although nobody would ever mistake the banks of the Patapsco River for the Riviera, the condo and marina crowd are transforming miles of shoreline into a playground.
For nightlifers, another recent entry is the Dead Eye Saloon & Yacht Club. Located at the northeast corner of the Hanover Street Bridge in south Baltimore, this bar was set up last summer within a yachting clubhouse built a few years ago. It's not a large building, but the tidy size is offset by the high, rafter-crossed ceiling common to yacht clubs.
The yachting associations begin with the bar's eye-catching nautical name. Landlubbers like myself who aren't familiar with the boating term "deadeye" simply prove they've never grappled with lanyards and such. Oh, well, at least we can get a start on our sailing education by stepping onto the bar's Patapsco-perched outdoor deck and having a gander at the 185-slip marina.
It's typical of this place's priorities that although it is open until 2 a.m., it's not unusual on a slow evening for an early last call followed by an invitation for everybody to take a boat ride. Halloween night, for instance, last call came at 11 p.m. and folks were then invited to climb aboard a nearby boat for a late-night voyage to Fells Point and back.
And yet for all its boating enthusiasm, the Dead Eye Saloon also is something of a taxidermist's dream. Wild turkey refers to more than a booze brand in this regard; just take a look at the stuffed creature in the rafters.
Features at the Dead Eye Saloon include live entertainment Thursday through Sunday nights, and an extended happy hour for Monday night football. Of special note is the first annual We Cooked Our Chili On Our Boat Contest slated for Nov. 16, with a Sadie Hawkins dance planned for that night also.
Dead Eye Saloon & Yacht Club
Where: 2600 Insulator Drive, at the northeast corner of the Hanover Street Bridge.
Hours: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.
Credit cards: not accepted.
Call: (410) 539-7784.