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Wesley Case | July 24, 2013
Dirty Oars Tavern was dead at 11 p.m. on a recent Saturday. It wasn't just slow; there were no patrons in the new Riverside bar. Some bartenders might have used the downtime to pack the bar up early or to fiddle on their smartphone. But not Larry, the middle-aged owner sporting a Cal Ripken Jr. jersey behind the bar. He warmly engaged our group from the moment we entered the former home of Lime, a tequila bar that closed a couple years ago. Retaining the same layout as Lime, Dirty Oars is quaint without feeling cramped.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
For years, Silks, the bar at the corner of Hudson Street and South Lakewood Avenue in Canton, was mostly overlooked. It was just another corner bar you'd walk past on the way to someplace else. But now, after a two-and-a-half-year renovation, Silks has reinvented itself as a welcoming neighborhood spot. With a good, revolving beer selection, an appealing menu that focuses on pub-friendly food and smiling faces behind the bar, it's giving local residents a reason to do more than walk on by. Scene & Decor Aesthetically, Silks has cleaned up its act, transforming its run-down space into something fresh and attractive.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Staff Writer | October 7, 1992
Something strange is happening inside Marie and Ellie's.Ellie Wilcox is in back, standing next to the pool table. Her excited eyes run along the bar until she spots Vicky."
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Jacques Kelly | May 16, 2014
The old-fashioned corner store is thriving on a quiet Southeast Baltimore cross street. The neighborhood institution has been repurposed as the Highlandtown Gallery, a place where local artists show their works in a well-lighted, clean place within an atmospheric Baltimore neighborhood. At the corner of Gough and Conkling, two blocks north of busy Eastern Avenue, the gallery has some traditional neighbors — a corner bar (the Laughing Pint), a funeral home (Joseph Zannino), a Roman Catholic church (Our Lady of Pompei)
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By Mike Giuliano | October 5, 1990
The Corner Bar is not your average corner bar. For one thing, the corner it occupies at Fayette and Hanover streets makes it part of the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel. For another thing, its swank decor owes nothing to the Formstone and Formica corner bar tradition.This spanking new bar wants to be a corner bar in the sense that the local business and legal community can casually gather here to discuss hanging files and hanging judges."I hate the word 'lounge' because I picture Tony Las Vegas in a place like that," says Omni food and beverage director Steve Henderson, explaining the nomenclature.
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 27, 2004
A large satellite dish and an inflated Ravens player share the roof of Dizzy Issie's, a Remington corner bar and restaurant that has a knack for catering to everyone from barflies to families with young kids. On a recent Monday night, baseball fans watching the playoffs filled the bar, a harvest of pumpkin lanterns dangled from the ceiling and a sinister spider web covered the fireplace and the beer sign above. Lavish-looking cakes and puddings revolved in a well-lit dessert case. Inexpensive and newcomer-friendly, Dizzy Issie's, we decided, is a fine specimen of the Cheers-style corner-bar species.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | January 8, 2009
Less than a minute after setting foot inside the Knotty Pine Inn, we knew we were at the right spot. My friend Joe and I were on the hunt for a charming corner bar near Brewers Hill when we spotted the Knotty Pine. A longtime hangout for neighborhood residents, the Knotty Pine was ravaged by fire last February. Unfazed, business owners Fred and Alice March helped renovate the bar and reopened it five months later. Joe and I had just walked in the place when Fred March leaned over the bar and asked us for our IDs. That in itself is nothing special.
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Wesley Case | December 5, 2012
In October, the Admiral's Cup in Fells Point opened its storied doors for the first time since 2007. On the Saturday of its opening weekend, the renovated bar was packed with patrons, most clutching Bud Lights and watching college football on the multiple flat-screen TVs illuminating the dark room. A group of us - all who had missed the former dive bar's heyday of the '80s and '90s - noticed the scene from the street and were lured inside. After a couple of rounds, we couldn't figure out the appeal.
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Wesley Case | September 19, 2012
The beauty of a good neighborhood bar usually lies in its simplicity. Serve some interesting drinks in a low-key, approachable atmosphere, and patrons will have a hard time finding reasons to complain. Frederick's on Fleet - which opened in late August on the corner of South Duncan and, appropriately, Fleet streets in Canton - followed this formula on a recent Friday night. It's a solid addition to an area that cherishes comfort - Kisling's and Johnny Rad's are within walking distance - over stuffiness.
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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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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Nearly two decades ago, Rob Coyle helped his friend Rich Mackey open an Irish pub in Washington. It went well - Mackey's Public House is still open on L Street - and the two friends agreed, back then, to open another bar should they ever get the chance. The right opportunity finally came, 18 years later, when the Canton corner bar Geckos closed last year. In October, renovations began to turn the old Geckos into Fleet Street Tavern. It was not a complete gutting, Coyle said, but it needed the upkeep.
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Wesley Case | April 16, 2014
For years, Silks was a mysterious eyesore in Canton. In 2009, Midnight Sun contributor Evan Siple painted an unusual picture of a previous visit. While Silks appeared to be a sports bar from the exterior, the inside was an “extension of the owner's house.” The main door was locked, stacks of mail were scattered and the owner wore pajama pants and slippers behind the bar. A friend in search of a bathroom mistakenly entered a living room. The writer's verdict? Silks, seemingly a semi-private hangout, was “crazier than crazy.” Unsurprisingly, that business plan did not last.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
“Sit at the bar. It's more fun,” greeted our bartender, slightly smirking on a recent Tuesday night in Upper Fells Point. We had just walked into Cockey's, the new neighborhood corner bar that moved from Hollins Market and opened in the former Shed Row space in January. With only one person seated at the time, we bypassed the five unoccupied high-top tables and settled in at the bar. It did not take long to realize Cockey's makes a strong addition to the area, filling a void for Upper Fells Point customers in search of an instantly comfortable bar, lacking frills and pretentions, in walking distance.
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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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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Cardinal Tavern owner Larry Rohleder Jr. says Canton has responded well to his corner bar since its December 2011 opening. But, Rohleder said, customers weren't completely satisfied. "People kept telling us, 'I love this place, but you gotta serve food'," he said. Soon, they'll be getting it. Rohleder said that Cardinal Tavern will add a dining room and small bar on its currently unused second floor. The tavern is working on its menu design and concept with a restaurant consultant, Rohleder said.
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Wesley Case | July 24, 2013
Dirty Oars Tavern was dead at 11 p.m. on a recent Saturday. It wasn't just slow; there were no patrons in the new Riverside bar. Some bartenders might have used the downtime to pack the bar up early or to fiddle on their smartphone. But not Larry, the middle-aged owner sporting a Cal Ripken Jr. jersey behind the bar. He warmly engaged our group from the moment we entered the former home of Lime, a tequila bar that closed a couple years ago. Retaining the same layout as Lime, Dirty Oars is quaint without feeling cramped.
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Wesley Case | April 16, 2014
For years, Silks was a mysterious eyesore in Canton. In 2009, Midnight Sun contributor Evan Siple painted an unusual picture of a previous visit. While Silks appeared to be a sports bar from the exterior, the inside was an “extension of the owner's house.” The main door was locked, stacks of mail were scattered and the owner wore pajama pants and slippers behind the bar. A friend in search of a bathroom mistakenly entered a living room. The writer's verdict? Silks, seemingly a semi-private hangout, was “crazier than crazy.” Unsurprisingly, that business plan did not last.
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By Sam Sessa | March 6, 2008
The last episode of the last season of the HBO series The Wire airs Sunday. You can toast the occasion by having a taste at one of the bars featured in the show over the years. Here are two spots where characters from the show spend their evenings slamming back shots and beers. New Haven Lounge 1552 Havenwood Road, Northwood Shopping Center, 410-366-7416 This is the bar where Detective Lester Freamon meets state Sen. R. Clayton "Clay" Davis to threaten him with a federal indictment in the fifth season.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
The Americana, a restaurant and bar at the corner of Kenwood Avenue and Hudson Street in Canton, will close in July, according to owner Alex van Breukelen. The announcement was first made on the bar's Facebook page Wednesday morning, where van Breukelen wrote, " The facts are very simple; the restaurant and bar industry is not what I am meant to do. " As of now, the Americana (900 Kenwood Ave.) will remain open until the weekend of July 20, van Breukelen said. The kitchen will close for good on Monday, but the bar will continue to serve alcohol until the doors close for good.
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Wesley Case | December 5, 2012
In October, the Admiral's Cup in Fells Point opened its storied doors for the first time since 2007. On the Saturday of its opening weekend, the renovated bar was packed with patrons, most clutching Bud Lights and watching college football on the multiple flat-screen TVs illuminating the dark room. A group of us - all who had missed the former dive bar's heyday of the '80s and '90s - noticed the scene from the street and were lured inside. After a couple of rounds, we couldn't figure out the appeal.
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