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December 10, 2007

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Saturday night, I made a triumphant return to the Idle Hour following my debacle there last weekend.

The same bartender was working, and one of two things happened:

1) He didn't recognize me


2) He did notice me but let me stay anyway this time around.

Either way, it was a good move, because I rolled deep Saturday night.

Me and about a dozen friends (it was my birthday party) strolled into the place, automatically doubling the size of the crowd.

If the bartender jumped the bar at me again, we could have taken him.

(Elizabeth Malby/Sun Photographer)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:39 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


For some reason I get this odd Road House imagine in my mind of you and your cronies getting all Patrick Swayzed by the cooler.

Happy B-Day, S-squared, you bring me countless minutes of joy, dithering away the work day!

Happy belated birthday!
The Idle Hour is an awesome place to celebrate.

Happy b-day Sam! I had a similar incident happen back in college while out for a female friend's birthday celebration at the Greene Turtle in Fells. Nearly got into a fight with the bouncer (and I'm a lover, not a fighter) but settled for flipping off his backwards sweat-stained South Carolina "Cocks" hat instead. That got some laughs from passers-by. That was about 7 years ago and I still haven't been back to the Turtle...and don't feel like I'm missing out on anything!

Sam. NO ONE cares about your Birthday. Just tell me about the bar. I don't log into the internets to hear about your life! DO NOT elaborate on anything. Just the facts!
PS: do a fab five Best bar story in 60 words or less

Thanks for the kind words, guys.

Especially you, JM

i bet JM doesnt get invited to many birthday parties..... :o)

Oh, so that was your crew asking the bartender what he had "that was cheap"? $2 Boh, $1.50 PBR.


Heh, yes, it must have been.

I have a friend who only likes to drink Boh, and he ended up buying us all a round of Boh bottles.

Were you the bartender or a patron that night?

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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