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January 12, 2008

Come down here!

Last month, I did a story about how bars are preparing for the Feb. 1 statewide smoking ban.

To find some of the places for an article, I cold called a bunch of bars I knew were havens for smokers.

The Mount Royal Tavern was one of them.

But the call didn't last long. Once I told the bartender who I was and what I was calling about, he said:

"Then instead of sitting at your desk and calling me, why don't you come down here!?!?"


So, frustrated but intrigued, I went down there. ...

As I walked in, the bartender was telling the story to one of his patrons.

"There he is!" he said when I saw him.

"Ha, ha, very funny," I said.

"It's hilarious," he said.

Though I didn't use the Tavern for the article, the employees did give me a couple good tips. So the trip over there was worth it, in the end.

(Photo by Elizabeth Malby/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:53 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Best bar in Baltimore hands down. And Mick is the best bartender..just watch out for the cherry bombs..WHEW!!

get a glass of the Pikesville Rye. $2
compare that price with a place like Club Charles

Wasn't Baltimore City's smoking ban supposed to go into effect Jan. 1? Was that trupmed by the statewide ban? Smoking still in full force in Federal Hill bars

Sam, when they going to publish this article?


They published it in December. That's why there's a link on the word 'story.' It takes you to the story I wrote.

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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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