Bet you say that to all the guys, or girls

ON NIGHTLIFE

September 29, 2005|By SAM SESSA

One goal of a good pickup line is to make a guy or a girl laugh a little. The right one can be perfect kindling for a good conversation. Bad ones -- and there are thousands -- can totally blow your chances or, at worst, earn you a slap in the mouth.

When it comes to pickup lines around Baltimore, there are plenty of the standard eye-rollers and jaw-slappers you hear told everywhere. Most of them aren't worth retelling, or are too obscene to print (this column is, after all, PG). I spent a weekend in Canton, Fells Point and Federal Hill gathering them from various people in bars and on the street.

This will be the first of two columns packed with pickup lines. Because I can't get to everybody, I'd like for you to e-mail me some of the wildest, weirdest and lamest ones you've heard. More details below.

Here's the first few from my end:

Matt Fowler, a 29-year-old construction worker who lives in Overlea, has a salivating story.

"I saw a guy lick his fingers, touch a girl's shirt and say, `Hey, why don't we go home and take those wet clothes off?'" he said.

Did it work?

"No!"

Britt Riley, a 23-year-old graphic designer who lives in the city, said he hears the same two lines all the time. While they're not that funny, he said everybody uses them and they get old quick:

"Do I know you from somewhere?" and "Didn't I see you here?"

"I get that all the time, and it annoys me," he said.

While the average person might know or use a handful of pickup lines in a lifetime, bartenders hear them every night, over and over and over.

Kelly Harrison, a 25-year-old bartender at Blarney Stone in Fells Point, offered up these nuggets:

"Do you believe in love at first sight, or do you need me to walk by again?"

"Did it hurt when you fell out of heaven?"

"Can I borrow your phone so I can call my mom and tell her I met the girl I'm going to marry?"

"Tomorrow, should I call you or just elbow you in the ribs?"

Bill Linzey, a 21-year-old bartender at Blarney Stone who lives in the city, remembers hearing these:

"Are you from Tennessee, because you're the only 10 I see."

"Your pants are so shiny, I can see myself in them."

Andi Cawley, a 23-year-old bartender at Ryleigh's who lives in the city, said she had a guy come up to her one time and say: "What's your deal?" She said, "What's my deal? What's your deal?" "Then he asked for my phone number," she said. "I thought that was funny and rude at the same time. I guess he wanted to get straight to it."

Did she dole out her digits?

"No."

Gin Mill in Canton features Ladies' Night on Wednesdays, where women can drink all rail liquor and draft beers for a $5 cover. Danielle Diblasi, a 29-year-old bartender there, said one line she hears bounce around a lot on Ladies' Night is:

"Well, I'd offer to buy you a drink, but they're free."

So there's a few lines for starters. Now I want to hear yours and the stories behind them. Shoot me an e-mail, and I'll give you a call (I promise that's not a line). I'll print the best ones in next week's column. Make sure to include your name, age, occupation, where you live and daytime phone number so I can prove you really exist.

Got all that? Pickup Lines: The Sequel will run next week.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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