Tully's is the spacious restaurant and bar where Towson meets Essex.
Although sticklers for geographic accuracy might counter that this isn't exactly the case, the date-hungry young people who pack this 400-capacity club in Putty Hill Plaza know otherwise. Tully's location on Belair Road just above the Beltway means it's within easy reach of any twentysomething kid with wheels.
Opened as part of the national restaurant/bar chain O'Toole's in 1990, this place soon changed its name to Tully's while retaining the franchise tie, says manager Sandy Lang.
As far as visitors are concerned, virtually nothing changed in the basic O'Toole's layout and promotions. The restaurant and bar portions are deftly divided via a series of waist-high brick walls. Also typi cal of the chain look is the post and beam-style interior architecture that has rustic appeal even though it serves no structural purpose. Advertising memorabilia hanging everywhere reinforce the slight air of nostalgia.
But all that stuff is just so much interior design compared to the feature we really care about: a 100-foot-long bar with enough serpentine turns to ensure that nearly everyone can claim a barside perch.
Although there's no reason why you cannot simply pop into Tully's on any night of the week, this place is so theme-conscious that it's not a bad idea to keep in mind the tourist maxim that if it's Tuesday this must be Buffalo Wing night.
Menu specials include: pasta night on Mondays; 15-cent Buffalo Wings on Tuesdays; Mexican specials on Wednesdays; fajitas, ribs and steak on Thursdays; and seafood specials on Fridays and Saturdays.
There's also live acoustic rock by Roy Wright & Who Are These Guys on Sundays; 50-cent steamed shrimp, $1 draft beer and a free buffet for Monday night football games; two-for-one drinks, a DJ and dancing on the Tuesday college night; oldies music with lip synch, dance and talent contests on Wednesdays; half-price drinks for the ladies on Thursdays; and a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.
Where: 7934 Belair Road, Putty Hill Plaza.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.
Menu: Full lunch and dinner menu of pasta, ribs, steak, seafood, sandwiches.
Credit cards: AE, MC, V.
Call: (410) 665-9100.