You might take offense if somebody called you a loafer during the workday, but after hours is another matter. You shouldn't have any qualms, anyway, about walking into a new Catonsville restaurant-bar called Loafers Lounge.
This haven for loungers recently took over the former site of Arthur's along the busy Route 40 commercial strip. Although the interior refurbishing has slightly softened the building's roadhouse look, it's still a no-frills place for casual loafing.
The bar side of the operation is dominated by a room-centered bar that is also nearly room-filling. This is a mixed blessing on a crowded night. Sure, it's nice that so many people can claim a bar stool of their own, but once all the seats are taken it can be a mighty tight squeeze making your way around the room.
You may find more breathing space on the adjacent restaurant side, where ample seating has replaced Arthur's pool tables. Lunchtime and happy-hour specials are appealing to area office workers, while the night crew is coming here for the bandstand and dance floor.
The musical mix of Top 40 and oldies also reflects the crowd composition: a recent visit revealed a clientele in their 20s and 30s, with a sprinkling of more mature people who refuse to go to bed at 10 o'clock. There is even live Dixieland music every Sunday night.
Nightly offerings at Loafers include reduced drink prices for Monday night football games, karaoke on Tuesdays, a disc jockey on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Performing tonight and tomorrow are Joey and the Jammers, with Sophisticated Swing on Sunday.
Where: 6518 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Menu: appetizers, sandwiches and chili fettucini.
Credit cards: AE, MC, V.
% Call: (410) 744-3434.