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By Bob Graham and Bob Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 31, 1998
Long Bar Harbor, a community of about 900 homes hidden in a nook along the Bush River in Harford County, has just two entrances between Edgewood and Belcamp along U.S. 40. That seclusion, its proximity to the Bush River and its wide range of home styles makes it a favorite among those who can find it.Each of the two entrances to Long Bar Harbor offers a different picture of the community of about 2,500 people.A flashing yellow traffic light marks the main entrance to the peninsula, bound by the Bush River, a tributary to the larger and more widely recognized Gunpowder River.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Smoke 'em if you got 'em. That might as well be the motto of the team at Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern, the year-old restaurant where the smoke master tinkers with everything from fruit to duck. Opened in the Bay Ridge Shopping Center in December 2012, Annapolis Smokehouse is a fun place to hang out - the staff is friendly, and during our visit the bar was crowded from the time we got there until we left, when a band was busy setting up for the evening. But the real reason to visit is the smoky, interesting food.
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March 22, 1991
Bernard S. Longley, a retired automobile body and fender repairman, died Wednesday of cancer in his home in Long Bar Harbor. He was 76.A memorial service for Mr. Longley was being held today at the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa.He retired more than 10 years ago after working for many years for Scott Pontiac, a Bel Air dealer.Born in Glen Echo, he was reared in Baltimore and in Long Bar Harbor, which was developed by his great-grandfather.He served in the Army during World War II.He was a member for many years of the Abingdon Fire Company and also belonged to the Abingdon Lodge of the Elks.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
The Arthouse Pizza Bar and Gallery may be the ultimate Hampden eatery: It encapsulates what's great about the funky neighborhood - and what can be annoying. A deep, narrow building with a rough urban vibe including brick walls, weathered wood and vibrant, expressionist paintings by local artists? Great. But wait staff who seem a little too cool for their own good? Annoying. Fortunately, the tiebreaker goes to great. The Arthouse's thoughtful, casual food looks and tastes good enough to forgive an hourlong wait for appetizers.
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By Robert Benjamin and Robert Benjamin,Beijing Bureau of The Sun | December 31, 1991
SHANGHAI, China -- The Long Bar is long gone. Say hello to the Colonel.During the decadent decades preceding the Chinese Communist Revolution, when Shanghai was known as "the Paris of the Orient" or more accurately "the whore of the East," legions of Western adventurers, traders and taipans (foreign business owners) drank themselves into a stupor over the Long Bar, a 110-foot-long slab of wood in the old Shanghai Club.More than a mere watering hole, the Long Bar symbolized colonial Shanghai -- a time when China's largest, most industrialized city was carved into profitable, vice-ridden concessions controlled by Britain, France and other Western nations at the expense of the suffering of millions of Chinese.
NEWS
November 2, 2003
Bohemia Manor story needed newer photo In regard to the article "Finding Bohemia on the Chesapeake" (Oct. 26): I grew up spending the summers in Hack's Point on the Bohemia River. This is the "small stream" that separated Herman's estate, but you failed to mention its name. Also, I notice that the picture you show was taken in 1954. If this is in fact the "house that stands today" belonging to the Bayard family, why such an old photo? Also if it is, you did not mention the remains of, what we knew as, the original manor house; which lays just to the southeast of today's manor house.
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By SAM SESSA | February 1, 2007
The Red Star Baltimore lore has it that in years past, Fells Point pubs that doubled as brothels advertised their wares by drawing a red star outside the building -- hence the name of this bar. Where -- 906 S. Wolfe St. Call -- 410-675-0212 Web site -- redstarbar.us Notable -- With huge wooden support beams, high ceilings, a long bar and tons of worn bricks, this spacious place is really a beauty. There's also no smoking inside. Vibe -- If you like a step up from the average rough-around-the-edges pub and don't mind paying a buck or two extra for it, Red Star is your bar. Crowd -- Almost entirely yuppies -- some from the surrounding neighborhood and others from across the city.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
If you're searching for gameday atmosphere in Federal Hill but looking to avoid the foot traffic of the Mother's Purple Patio, check out its relatively new neighbor, Cowboys & Rednecks Pub. Unattractive name aside, the C&R Pub wears its country-western theme lightly, at least compared to the over-the-top yee-hawing of other "down-home" establishments. (There is no mechanical bull.) And it's a hit: Walk by C&R on a Friday or Saturday night and prepare to wait in line. Most important for Sundays, C&R Pub has more than enough flat-screen TVs to satisfy any die-hard Ravens fan. Whether you're in a booth or standing in front of the long bar, you likely won't miss an interception by Ed Reed or a flex-a-thon by Ray Rice.
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By Mike Guiliano | March 29, 1991
Johnson's Bar & Grill has replaced a well-known name on the crowded stretch of downtown Calvert Street bars with its own innuendo-laden name.This new bar occupies the site of the defunct Schaefer's Pub. Alas, it has been a bad year for the Schaefer surname in Maryland.But if Schaefer's Pub helped give this strip a reputation for drawing the young and the restless, Johnson's Bar & Grill so far has been pulling a more settled, post-collegiate crowd.As for its suggestive name, well, if Harborplace could accommodate Hooters, I suppose Calvert Street can survive the much-hyped Johnson name.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | April 2, 2009
I had no idea Howard County was so thirsty. Only a couple weeks after the new Looney's South opened in Fulton, the Irish pub was absolutely swamped. Advertising? Who needs advertising? The place didn't even have a sign outside yet, and it was still stuffed with people. Looney's South is the third location of the successful franchise that started in Canton as Looney's Pub. There is also Looney's North in Bel Air, which opened in September 2002. Looney's South opened in Howard County in mid-March.
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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 | May 29, 2013
Last Wednesday, as New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda pitched to the Orioles' lineup, All Stars Sports Bar failed to live up to its name. The downtown bar, located to the right of the gentleman's club The Goddess and 1/8 of a mile from Camden Yards, looked the part at first glance: There was a long bar with more than 15 seats, three mounted flatscreen TVs above the bar and framed Ravens posters lining the walls. But after a few blinks, the problems became apparent. Before going any further, let's make this point clear: My expectations were not of a jam-packed bar such as Pickles Pub or even Pratt Street Ale House, an underrated spot to watch a game.
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Wesley Case | May 8, 2013
Owner Haluk Kantar has big plans for his pizza-focused sports bar. Last April, he opened the first HomeSlyce Pizza Bar in Federal Hill. Six months later, a second location came downtown to North Charles Street, next to Mick O'Shea's. Kantar - who also owns the Turkish restaurant Cazbar in Mount Vernon - recently said Canton and Hampden are likely the next neighborhoods to get their own HomeSlyce. After the city, he wants to expand south to Columbia, College Park and eventually D.C. Kantar has ambitious plans for HomeSlyce, and based on a recent Saturday night at the downtown bar, it made sense why. The atmosphere was approachable and laid back, and never boring.
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Wesley Case | December 19, 2012
These days, one of the hardest reservations to make in Baltimore is a table at Ouzo Bay, the eye-catching Greek restaurant that opened in Harbor East in September. Boosted by reviews from critics and devoted Yelpers, Ouzo Bay has quickly become a new favorite among Baltimore foodies. Talk to people who've dined at Ouzo Bay and they'll quickly list their favorite aspects - the South Beach-like decor, the attractive outdoor patio, the attentive servers, the wild-caught fish. Even the intricate work of pastry chef Akis Anagnostou rightfully earns raves.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
If you're searching for gameday atmosphere in Federal Hill but looking to avoid the foot traffic of the Mother's Purple Patio, check out its relatively new neighbor, Cowboys & Rednecks Pub. Unattractive name aside, the C&R Pub wears its country-western theme lightly, at least compared to the over-the-top yee-hawing of other "down-home" establishments. (There is no mechanical bull.) And it's a hit: Walk by C&R on a Friday or Saturday night and prepare to wait in line. Most important for Sundays, C&R Pub has more than enough flat-screen TVs to satisfy any die-hard Ravens fan. Whether you're in a booth or standing in front of the long bar, you likely won't miss an interception by Ed Reed or a flex-a-thon by Ray Rice.
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By John Lindner, Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2011
Driving around looking for a place to park can cut into a lunch hour, and Mama's on the Half Shell , at 2901 O'Donnell St. in Canton, happens to be in a neighborhood where parking is at a premium. Our recent visit required a five-block hike, and we felt lucky to get as close as we do without having to cruise the neighborhood watching lunch minutes tick by. It really helps that Mama's, a tavern for seafood lovers, is worth enduring that inevitable city-life hassle. 12:45 We enter a packed Mama's, jammed upstairs and down, and learn we're looking at a 20-minute wait for a table for two. We note a handful of tables up front and a long bar, every chair filled, and a few people standing along the wall behind the bar. We're later told that this is an exceptionally busy time of year for the tavern.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
The Arthouse Pizza Bar and Gallery may be the ultimate Hampden eatery: It encapsulates what's great about the funky neighborhood - and what can be annoying. A deep, narrow building with a rough urban vibe including brick walls, weathered wood and vibrant, expressionist paintings by local artists? Great. But wait staff who seem a little too cool for their own good? Annoying. Fortunately, the tiebreaker goes to great. The Arthouse's thoughtful, casual food looks and tastes good enough to forgive an hourlong wait for appetizers.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
Two were just not enough. It was inevitable: After the Epic Dundalk Bar Crawl Parts I and II, there would have to be a third attempt to unlock the mysteries of Dundalk's bar scene. Thus, I am pleased to unveil the Epic Dundalk Bar Crawl Part III: The Return of the Midnight Sons. It was a homecoming and a new adventure, all rolled into one. A small group of friends and readers of my nightlife blog, Midnight Sun, set out to explore the colorful, welcoming bars in and around Dundalk.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
Two were just not enough. It was inevitable: After the Epic Dundalk Bar Crawl Parts I and II, there would have to be a third attempt to unlock the mysteries of Dundalk's bar scene. Thus, I am pleased to unveil the Epic Dundalk Bar Crawl Part III: The Return of the Midnight Sons. It was a homecoming and a new adventure, all rolled into one. A small group of friends and readers of my nightlife blog, Midnight Sun, set out to explore the colorful, welcoming bars in and around Dundalk.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | April 2, 2009
I had no idea Howard County was so thirsty. Only a couple weeks after the new Looney's South opened in Fulton, the Irish pub was absolutely swamped. Advertising? Who needs advertising? The place didn't even have a sign outside yet, and it was still stuffed with people. Looney's South is the third location of the successful franchise that started in Canton as Looney's Pub. There is also Looney's North in Bel Air, which opened in September 2002. Looney's South opened in Howard County in mid-March.
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