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January 15, 2008

Rocket to Venus

I can only take Rocket to Venus (3360 Chestnut Ave., pictured) in small doses.

If there is a see-and-be-seen bar for hipsters, it's Rocket to Venus.

Walk in there on a Saturday night like I did a couple days ago, and it's a who's-who of the city's indie rock scene.

Steve Hefter was there. Jason Dove was there. Half of J-Roddy Walston and the Business was there. I think I also spotted some of the Two if By Sea boys.

And I was only there for a couple hours. 

Though it's cool to have a place like Rocket, I don't know if I could handle that scene more than once a month. It gets a little intense for me.

(Photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:58 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I had dinner there last week. Worst service I have ever received. food was decent--prices were great.

The service is abominable. The food is not good enough to even bother.

OMG!!! 2f BY C are so HTTTTT!!!!! UR SO luky......

Food = great pub food. The cheesesteak and fries I got were ENORMOUS. Well worth the price.

Service = So-so. Our waiter was friendly, but did not check on his anywhere near as often as he should have. It took thirty minutes to get a drink refill.

Jukebox = great. Three plays for a dollar, and tons of music to choose from.

Rocket to Venus is out of my way considering where I live in Hampden, but I will probably go back once or twice to mix it up a bit.

I think the food there is excellent, especially considering the reasonable prices. I wouldn't recommend it if you're in a hurry. My strategy is to just order a drink every time a server is in the vicinity. By the time it's delivered, you'll probably actually need it.

People please. This place puts out better than decent food at reasonable prices. You should really try supporting places like this. If you don't want to bump heads with the annoying indie-losers, than try going a bit earlier in the evening, you'll find service is better earlier in the evening as well.

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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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