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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
Baltimore Taphouse in Canton looks just fine when you walk in. It's a long, narrow hall, with plenty of beer on tap and a pool table at the back. But the first sign that you might be in better hands than you thought is found above the cash register. There, owner John Bates has propped up a dog-eared copy of Michael Jackson's "Great Beer Guide. " Jackson is the elder statesman among beer and whiskey writers — the Julia Child of beer lovers. His place above the bar suggests that the Taphouse serves one master: beer.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
On Thursday, The Crown will host the next KAHLON, a branded concert with a party vibe and an open-minded attitude. While the artists performing can seem disparate sonically, they often have similar do-it-yourself ethics and positive spirits. A segment of the Facebook description reads, “The purpose: To induce escapism without having to run … a musical moovemeant [sic] based in BMORE.” When people talk highly of the independent, forward-thinking music scene that has been bred in Baltimore, it is events like KAHLON that provide the evidence.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
The naming of a bar might seem like the simplest task on the new bar owner's to-do list. But it's one of the most delicate. The name sets expectations, conveys intent and establishes an owner's taste. With a name like Cowboys & Rednecks, the new Federal Hill country-western bar/restaurant is at a disadvantage from the get-go. The name is tacky and sophomoric, more suitable for a Jeff Foxworthy-themed chain of restaurants than a place where adults might spend an evening. That's a shame, because Cowboys, which replaces Tavern Corvino, is not as tasteless as its name suggests.
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Wesley Case | November 20, 2013
Walk down 36th Street in Hampden and you could easily miss it. Even a stroll down the less busy Elm Avenue, where the inconspicuous entrance is located, could lead to a missed opportunity. But while the Other Corner Charcuterie Bar, an adjoining bar-meets-cafe companion to the adventurous Corner BYOB restaurant (which opened in March 2011), may exist quietly in the shadows, it was well worth uncovering last Tuesday night. The space charms you from the first step inside. Behind the bar, aged meats hang from the ceiling on oversized hooks, as if Ron Swanson had decorated a Christmas tree.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
In February, Spike TV announced "Bar Rescue," a design makeover show, would take up the cause of J.A. Murphy's in Fells Point. The show was coming at the request of owners Keith Murphy and Joel Gallant. Theirs was one of more than 200 bars to apply for a guest spot on the show, the network said. Two months later, a new J.A. Murphy's, now dubbed a cliched Murphy's Law, quietly reopened. You could be forgiven for not knowing about it. While the bar got a new draft system and upgraded look, it seems the show's producers - or the owners - forgot to fix some things.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
With a name like Heavy Seas Alehouse, you might expect that the new bar and restaurant in Little Italy/Harbor East would be a shrine to the esteemed Baltimore craft brewery. Hugh Sisson, the brewery's founder, said before the opening that licensing the name was meant as a showcase for the brand. And the beer list that was previewed underscored that point — all Heavy Seas, all the time. But for all the Heavy Seas love, this isn't a venue that appeals to just fans of the beer. In fact, it is the first great new bar of the year, more than meeting the expectations set by the Heavy Seas name.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
It's Wednesday night in Upper Fells Point and I'm sitting at the bar of the restaurant Salt. The restaurant has entered its chilled-out mode; dinner service ends in a half-hour at 10:30 p.m. A jazzy score - Charles Mingus and Roy Hargrove - murmurs in the background, and a mute TV is ignored in a far corner. A dozen or so green-colored lamps that look like a squadron of flying saucers give the bar a cool, moody glow. Though the atmosphere is serene, the bar, which seats about 12, is full.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2011
On Friday, there will be a pingpong tournament in Baltimore. It won't take place at an arena or a YMCA. It's at a bar. The pingpong tournament is one of the distinguishing features of Parkside Sports Bar and Pub, which opened in Canton late last year. Parkside is a sports bar with modest ambitions. Its casual setup and fairly small beer selection suggest it wants to just be a neighborhood hangout. But its size, its pool and pingpong tables, its gregarious bartenders and customers make it an upbeat place to watch a game - or play one - after work.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
Bars at malls don't have to try as hard. The venue doesn't expect them to, and neither does the clientele. Unlike at destination bars, people just want a place to linger after shopping, a variation on a T.G.I. Friday's. Some light lagers, bright lights, maybe an arcade machine. It is the measure of a great bar to have ambitions that go beyond, and Punk's Backyard Grill steps up to the challenge. This Westfield Annapolis mall bar and restaurant, celebrating its third anniversary this year, is casual to a fault - its premise is an indoors American cookout.
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By Evan Siple, Special To The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
When Brad Keevan and Marka Browning took over the space formerly known as Reefer's in June, they had a lot of work on their hands. Reefer's — an often shuttered dance club that had been on the skids for years — was, in a word, scuzzy. In order to bring in a regular crowd, the property needed a major face lift. From the looks of it, Marka — a former bartender a JA Murphy's — and her partner Brad have done a pretty impressive job. They've transformed the space from a dingy and, frankly, weird Caribbean-themed dive to a warm, friendly after-work hangout.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
In February, Spike TV announced "Bar Rescue," a design makeover show, would take up the cause of J.A. Murphy's in Fells Point. The show was coming at the request of owners Keith Murphy and Joel Gallant. Theirs was one of more than 200 bars to apply for a guest spot on the show, the network said. Two months later, a new J.A. Murphy's, now dubbed a cliched Murphy's Law, quietly reopened. You could be forgiven for not knowing about it. While the bar got a new draft system and upgraded look, it seems the show's producers - or the owners - forgot to fix some things.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
It's Wednesday night in Upper Fells Point and I'm sitting at the bar of the restaurant Salt. The restaurant has entered its chilled-out mode; dinner service ends in a half-hour at 10:30 p.m. A jazzy score - Charles Mingus and Roy Hargrove - murmurs in the background, and a mute TV is ignored in a far corner. A dozen or so green-colored lamps that look like a squadron of flying saucers give the bar a cool, moody glow. Though the atmosphere is serene, the bar, which seats about 12, is full.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
With a name like Heavy Seas Alehouse, you might expect that the new bar and restaurant in Little Italy/Harbor East would be a shrine to the esteemed Baltimore craft brewery. Hugh Sisson, the brewery's founder, said before the opening that licensing the name was meant as a showcase for the brand. And the beer list that was previewed underscored that point — all Heavy Seas, all the time. But for all the Heavy Seas love, this isn't a venue that appeals to just fans of the beer. In fact, it is the first great new bar of the year, more than meeting the expectations set by the Heavy Seas name.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
Bars at malls don't have to try as hard. The venue doesn't expect them to, and neither does the clientele. Unlike at destination bars, people just want a place to linger after shopping, a variation on a T.G.I. Friday's. Some light lagers, bright lights, maybe an arcade machine. It is the measure of a great bar to have ambitions that go beyond, and Punk's Backyard Grill steps up to the challenge. This Westfield Annapolis mall bar and restaurant, celebrating its third anniversary this year, is casual to a fault - its premise is an indoors American cookout.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
For almost as long as the Senator Theatre has been in operation, so has Swallow at the Hollow. The bar/restaurant has been a holdout in Belvedere-Govans since the 1940s, when it was called the Hollow Bar and Grill. Little changed at the corner bar over the years, which prided itself on its modesty and approachability. Until last year, the interior still looked "very '70s," says Aaron Reinhart, a longtime customer. He bought it in February 2011 with the goal of refurbishing the old bar. He's succeeded in some respects: The restaurant does have a fresh coat of paint; there's even a new electronic jukebox.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
The naming of a bar might seem like the simplest task on the new bar owner's to-do list. But it's one of the most delicate. The name sets expectations, conveys intent and establishes an owner's taste. With a name like Cowboys & Rednecks, the new Federal Hill country-western bar/restaurant is at a disadvantage from the get-go. The name is tacky and sophomoric, more suitable for a Jeff Foxworthy-themed chain of restaurants than a place where adults might spend an evening. That's a shame, because Cowboys, which replaces Tavern Corvino, is not as tasteless as its name suggests.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
For almost as long as the Senator Theatre has been in operation, so has Swallow at the Hollow. The bar/restaurant has been a holdout in Belvedere-Govans since the 1940s, when it was called the Hollow Bar and Grill. Little changed at the corner bar over the years, which prided itself on its modesty and approachability. Until last year, the interior still looked "very '70s," says Aaron Reinhart, a longtime customer. He bought it in February 2011 with the goal of refurbishing the old bar. He's succeeded in some respects: The restaurant does have a fresh coat of paint; there's even a new electronic jukebox.
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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,Sun Staff Writer | September 9, 1995
As if taking the Maryland Bar exam hasn't caused enough gray hairs, law school graduates soon will be confronting a new and potentially confusing array of choices when picking a bar review course.West Publishing Co., the largest publisher of legal materials in the United States, is the latest entry in the hotly competitive bar-review arena. The company plans to launch its course in Maryland next summer, according to Stanley D. Chess, chairman and CEO of West Professional Education Group.Unclear for now, however, is who West will be competing against for lecturers and students.
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By Evan Siple, Special To The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
When Brad Keevan and Marka Browning took over the space formerly known as Reefer's in June, they had a lot of work on their hands. Reefer's — an often shuttered dance club that had been on the skids for years — was, in a word, scuzzy. In order to bring in a regular crowd, the property needed a major face lift. From the looks of it, Marka — a former bartender a JA Murphy's — and her partner Brad have done a pretty impressive job. They've transformed the space from a dingy and, frankly, weird Caribbean-themed dive to a warm, friendly after-work hangout.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2012
Federal Hill already has Metropolitan, the Abbey Burger Bistro and Bluegrass - bars that are known for their ample beer lists. Even the Don't Know Tavern has 30 draft lines. Until last summer, there had also been Muggsy's, Danny Young's cozy beer outpost on Light Street. But because of the competition and a limiting six-day liquor license, Muggsy's closed. To replace it, there's now Brewer's Cask, which if you couldn't tell from its name, has the slogan, "Love Thy Beer" to let you know exactly what kind of bar it is. Leave it to a beer bar to beget another beer bar. If you hadn't been to Muggsy's, this new bar looks deceptively small from the outside.
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