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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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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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By Kit Waskom Pollard,
For The Baltimore Sun
| May 22, 2013
For Baltimoreans of a certain age, the name "Admiral's Cup" conjures up images of boozy Fells Point nights and dirty bathrooms. The legendary dive bar closed in 2007, reopening last fall under the ownership of Kali's Restaurant Group, the company that oversees Fells Point neighbors Mezze and Kali's Court. Old fans looking to relive their youths at the bar might be disappointed; thanks to a face lift, Admiral's Cup has lost its gritty edge. With a focus on local beer and capable takes on bar-friendly food made with local ingredients, the restaurant feels fresh and current.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard,
For The Baltimore Sun
| July 31, 2013
The Swallow at the Hollow might be a dive bar, but don't let that scare you away from the menu. It's worth a try. The north Baltimore bar's history stretches back to the '40s, when it was a combo barber shop and bar. In recent years it has been a popular hangout for Loyola students and for a crew of regulars that keep the place lively, especially during Orioles' and Ravens' games. Under the ownership of Aaron Reinhart, who bought the Swallow in 2011, it's also blossomed into a good place for a casual bite to eat. Scene & Decor The inside of the Swallow is nothing to write home about - well-worn bar stools and neon liquor signs dominate the decor.
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Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
More often than not, regulars of the Baltimore bar scene will claim to know the best bar in the city. Whether it's a dive bar, megabar or something in-between, patrons have their own reasons for revisiting their favorite haunts. So, just as we did last year, Midnight Sun wants your opinion: Tell us your favorite bar in or around Baltimore and you could win a $50 gift card to the winning bar. Voting starts today and runs through Nov. 1. Click here to vote for your favorite Baltimore-area bar. (Don't stop there: Richard Gorelick wants your take on the best restaurant in the area, too. Click here to vote for your favorite Baltimore-area restaurant.)
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Wesley Case | May 1, 2013
There is no set criterion for a great dive bar. A dingy bar can have character. An unassuming exterior could hide a spectacular interior. Sometimes, the right jukebox is all it takes. But all great dives are unified by one factor: They possess an instantly comfortable atmosphere. That can come from a warm bartender, cheap drinks or an overall lack of pretension. The really good ones have it all. Coach's Rendezvous (which was called Rendezvous Lounge before new owner Ray Harcum took over)
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December 24, 2008
Changes tarnish Fells Point's charm I take exception to Elizabeth Large's article "Miss Irene's comes back as bistro" (Dec. 17). Most residents of Fells Point who have lived here over the period she refers to as the neighborhood's "gentrification" would disagree with that terminology. I, for one, moved here in 1979 because the neighborhood was a little bohemian, culturally mixed and somewhat seedy. It was a fine place to be. Folks were friendly, many were artistic and there were plenty of genuine characters.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard,
For The Baltimore Sun
| July 31, 2013
The Swallow at the Hollow might be a dive bar, but don't let that scare you away from the menu. It's worth a try. The north Baltimore bar's history stretches back to the '40s, when it was a combo barber shop and bar. In recent years it has been a popular hangout for Loyola students and for a crew of regulars that keep the place lively, especially during Orioles' and Ravens' games. Under the ownership of Aaron Reinhart, who bought the Swallow in 2011, it's also blossomed into a good place for a casual bite to eat. Scene & Decor The inside of the Swallow is nothing to write home about - well-worn bar stools and neon liquor signs dominate the decor.
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By Sam Sessa | July 10, 2008
With its chain restaurants and strip malls, Silver Spring has a serious lack of good bars. That's why it's such a surprise to find a fantastic beer bar like the Quarry House Tavern tucked into the basement of a nondescript building in the heart of the Washington suburb. Unless you're looking for the Quarry House, you'll probably drive or walk by it the first time. There's a sign on the side of the building that faces Bonifant Street, but that's your only indication. To get to the front door, you walk down 13 steps (one more than an Alcoholics Anonymous program)
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
Wiley Gunter's is an easy place to like. It has everything a great neighborhood bar needs: super-friendly bartenders, big TVs, walls covered with sports memorabilia and a menu stocked with well-executed takes on familiar bar food. With all that, it's no surprise that around 7 on a recent Thursday night, the place was packed. Groups of friends wearing matching Kickball League of Baltimore T-shirts filled both of Wiley Gunter's two floors, grabbing beers before heading to games near the bar's Federal Hill-meets-Locust Point location.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard,
For The Baltimore Sun
| May 22, 2013
For Baltimoreans of a certain age, the name "Admiral's Cup" conjures up images of boozy Fells Point nights and dirty bathrooms. The legendary dive bar closed in 2007, reopening last fall under the ownership of Kali's Restaurant Group, the company that oversees Fells Point neighbors Mezze and Kali's Court. Old fans looking to relive their youths at the bar might be disappointed; thanks to a face lift, Admiral's Cup has lost its gritty edge. With a focus on local beer and capable takes on bar-friendly food made with local ingredients, the restaurant feels fresh and current.
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Wesley Case | May 1, 2013
There is no set criterion for a great dive bar. A dingy bar can have character. An unassuming exterior could hide a spectacular interior. Sometimes, the right jukebox is all it takes. But all great dives are unified by one factor: They possess an instantly comfortable atmosphere. That can come from a warm bartender, cheap drinks or an overall lack of pretension. The really good ones have it all. Coach's Rendezvous (which was called Rendezvous Lounge before new owner Ray Harcum took over)
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By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com | March 24, 2013
Oh my god no, no, no!!! It didn't have to be this way The Walking Dead. Dammit! When I said the last few episodes were moving along slowly, I didn't mean that I wanted you to kill off my favorite character! Scratch that: my best friend. This Sorrowful Life indeed... If you're one of those people that doesn't watch The Walking Dead until like five days later, sorry, that's on you. When you make life decisions like that you're basically sacrificing your right to not have the shocking plot twists spoiled for you. And if you want to avoid those traps, it's your responsibility to stay off of the dang Internet!
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Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
More often than not, regulars of the Baltimore bar scene will claim to know the best bar in the city. Whether it's a dive bar, megabar or something in-between, patrons have their own reasons for revisiting their favorite haunts. So, just as we did last year, Midnight Sun wants your opinion: Tell us your favorite bar in or around Baltimore and you could win a $50 gift card to the winning bar. Voting starts today and runs through Nov. 1. Click here to vote for your favorite Baltimore-area bar. (Don't stop there: Richard Gorelick wants your take on the best restaurant in the area, too. Click here to vote for your favorite Baltimore-area restaurant.)
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
Wiley Gunter's is an easy place to like. It has everything a great neighborhood bar needs: super-friendly bartenders, big TVs, walls covered with sports memorabilia and a menu stocked with well-executed takes on familiar bar food. With all that, it's no surprise that around 7 on a recent Thursday night, the place was packed. Groups of friends wearing matching Kickball League of Baltimore T-shirts filled both of Wiley Gunter's two floors, grabbing beers before heading to games near the bar's Federal Hill-meets-Locust Point location.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Six months after its owner started a renovation, Barfly's Pub is finally open. The Locust Point bar, which has taken over Rafters' old space on Fort Avenue, had its grand opening last Friday and has been in opening mode for about two weeks. It has been remade as a casual neighborhood bar with an ample beer menu and several wine options. Already, it's drawing small crowds, even on the Monday night I went. Owner Michael Leeds bills it as an "upscale dive bar," but Barfly's still needs some time to develop the personality of a dive and spruce itself up to be "upscale.
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By SAM SESSA | October 12, 2006
Minutes before kickoff, I knew I'd picked the right place to watch the game. The New Orleans Saints were about to take the field against the Atlanta Falcons at the Superdome, and a small crowd sat at Mum's bar on Hanover Street watching the pre-game action on TV. Legendary R&B pianist Alan Toussaint was playing the national anthem - something definitely worth seeing. About two-thirds of the way through the song, Toussaint sneaked in a little blues riff - a taste of what you'd hear in a club down on Bourbon Street - and the Mum's crowd roared.
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By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com | March 24, 2013
Oh my god no, no, no!!! It didn't have to be this way The Walking Dead. Dammit! When I said the last few episodes were moving along slowly, I didn't mean that I wanted you to kill off my favorite character! Scratch that: my best friend. This Sorrowful Life indeed... If you're one of those people that doesn't watch The Walking Dead until like five days later, sorry, that's on you. When you make life decisions like that you're basically sacrificing your right to not have the shocking plot twists spoiled for you. And if you want to avoid those traps, it's your responsibility to stay off of the dang Internet!
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2010
Opened a couple weeks ago by two former skaters, Johnny Rad's pays tribute to the skateboarding scene without feeling gimmicky or patronizing. It's a neighborhood bar with a short but killer beer list, a solid happy hour and unexpectedly cool decor. If you went to Fells Point in the '80s and '90s, chances are, you'd see a pack of young skateboarders doing tricks in Broadway Square. It makes sense that years later, after the kids grew up, there would be a bar in the 'hood that celebrated skateboarding and underground culture.
NEWS
December 24, 2008
Changes tarnish Fells Point's charm I take exception to Elizabeth Large's article "Miss Irene's comes back as bistro" (Dec. 17). Most residents of Fells Point who have lived here over the period she refers to as the neighborhood's "gentrification" would disagree with that terminology. I, for one, moved here in 1979 because the neighborhood was a little bohemian, culturally mixed and somewhat seedy. It was a fine place to be. Folks were friendly, many were artistic and there were plenty of genuine characters.
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