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October 15, 2007

The unlikely beer bar

I've talked to more than a few beer geeks in the past week or so for a story I'm working on.

The geeks have told me about some of the beer bars they frequent -- mostly the usual suspects, like Max's Taphouse.

None of them mentioned the Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Federal Hill.

I'm not sure why - maybe it's because they don't know about Metro's big beer list or regular tastings.

Their service can be spotty, and their beer list is in a state of constant flux.

But the selection of bottles and drafts is usually strong. You won't see Coors/Budweiser/Miller on tap at the Metro.

(Lloyd Fox/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:50 AM | | Comments (1)


I've been to the metro several times. The beer selection is in fact pretty good (not great, but they usually have 6 or 7 interesting beers on tap), as is the wine selection.

That being said, the staff there are just, just, kind of clueless. Aside from not being very attentive, there was a night I was there and they had some signs up about a wine tasting that night. When I asked our waiter about it, her response was "wine tasting; what wine tasting?" I then pointed to the flyer taped to the wall. She had no idea there was a wine tasting taking place that evening (in fact it was going on upstairs that very moment).

I know it can be difficult to get good help, but I blame the owner for some of this. I can't believe he didn't prep the staff about the event, just so they could respond to this kind of question.

This is a good place, but the apparent indifference on the part of the staff and owner keep me from getting very excited about it, or visiting more then every so often

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