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January 8, 2008

The next Fab Five Friday

This week's topic is the best bar names in Baltimore.

We're talking funny names, ironic names, etc. 

For example, if it was a bar instead of a carryout restaurant, Eat Must Be First, the Chinese place by Lexington Market, would top my list.

Got any suggestions for me? 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:26 PM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


Slainte because nobody seems to pronounce it correctly...

The Horse You Came In On
Holy Frijoles

Ocean City bar owners seem to be much more clever...who doesn't appreciate The Bearded Clam, Big Pecker's and Brass Balls?!?!

I'd have to think about the best names, but if "Don't Know" or "No Idea" make the list, I am never reading this blog again.

My favorite name belongs to a bar in a tiny town in Vermont. It was called "Third Base (Last Stop Before Home)."

Definitely "Don't Know" and "No Idea"

Don't forget "Nacho Mama's"

In college there was a bar that was called "No Names" because the sign fell down and no one replaced it. Genius.

Dego Dames amuses me for some reason.

I've never been to any of these places (and they might not be exactly 'in Baltimore') but...
I like Peter's Inn.
Dick's Halfway Inn.
Also Walt's Inn.

The name is pretty random, but I always enjoy seeing the Shark's Tooth in Brooklyn.

Hey Pants McFadden,

I'll list who I want to list whether you like it or not.

On a side note, which Vermont town was this? I had to go up to Chittenden for a wedding recently, and think I may have driven past this place.

I agree with McFadden...
"Don't Know"...Dont Care for bars that support anything besides Baltimore teams
"No Idea" why people go there...

Ale Mary's

Rodos, Hon. In a Baltimore accent of course.

Hull Street Blues
Midtown Yacht Club
The Duck Inn (Used to be off the Canton Square, but I'm not sure it's there anymore)

"Bar" (as in Lancaster Street)

Also - No Idea is a ripoff from a bar with the same name in New York. Maybe that doesn't DQ it from this list, but it's not an "original" name.

I believe that Jamie's Midtown Yacht Club suggestion is actually officially called "Mr. Beverage's Midtown Yacht Club," which is way better, but maybe that was a sign only the old owners had up. Perhaps global warming will one day turn Centre Street into a good location for a yacht club.

Maybe the bar is too small to count, but every time I really think about the name "City Cafe," I want to laugh. Can you get anymore generic or descriptive?

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