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February 29, 2008

Soft opening tonight at Fort Charles Pub

The old sign's still there, but it won't be for much longer.

Soon, the new sign -- Taps Baltimore -- will go up in its place.

Taps Baltimore (formerly the Fort Charles Pub) is under new ownership, and has a soft opening at 7 p.m. tonight.

Construction crews have worked around the clock the past couple of weeks renovating the inside of the place.

And in the near future, co-owner Dave Holter plans to install 40 draft beers and -- get this -- draft wine.

Yes. Draft wine.

The wine is dispensed through taps using a nitrogen injection system that preserves the wine's freshness, Holter said.

"It's a pretty slick system," he said. 

And Taps will be the first in Baltimore to have it.

But for now, Holter is focusing on the soft opening and getting some feedback from neighborhood folks.

So if you're in the area and want to stop by, tell him what you think.

He told me he'll be the shortest of the three bartenders tonight. 

Talking to him over the phone, I could tell he's pumped.

"It feels good," Holter said. "It feels really good."

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 4:50 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Hopefully Dave will be able to see over that bar... Good luck!

Are there taps yet at Taps? It's been almost three months since they opened and I wouldn't mind checking the place out if they have some good drafts.

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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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