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February 5, 2008

The next Fab Five Friday

I am not a hipster.

But I have friends who are.

I'm glad Baltimore doesn't have too many hipsters, because there is a certain pretentiousness most hipsters have.

And thankfully, Baltimore is largely an unpretentious place.

But I think it would be fun to do a Fab Five Friday on the city's best hipster hangouts. 

Got any suggestions? 

(Photo of the Mount Royal Tavern by Elizabeth Malby/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:35 AM | | Comments (31)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


"Baltimore doesn't have too many hipsters."

You're nuts. Have you BEEN to Rocket to Venus? Or Taxlo? Or that dance party at Lithuaninan Hall? Or Tensday?

Baltimore's hipsters don't hold a candle to New York City's hipsters.

Brewers Art? Is that on the list?

What is a hipster exactly?

Yes, I agree with JTK. Are we talking 60s hippies? Or like that bearded guy in the picture wearing the dark glasses?

Don't worry -- I'm planning on posting an official definition either later today or first thing tomorrow.

Please do tell us what a hipster is.

good luck on that official definition sam.

here is my list:

taxlo, club charles, lithuanian hall, the depot, rocket to venus, brewer's art (downstairs), ottobar, talking head, floristree

So are your friends pretentious or do you happen to be friends with the only unpretentious hipsters in town?

They flock in droves to FüL.

Like salmon of Capistrano.

I guess you will be spending the rest of the week in Hampden with all the hipsters?

dude, you're so right!
B-more hipsters got nothing on NYC hipsters! And our service sux!
We're soooo uncool that my friends in Brooklyn NY want to move here (don't believe me? Ask Shankman).
anyway, lets see, how can I make this a list that most of your posters would understand ( I kept in mind ur Faderal Hill prefs):
1) Mad River
2) The Dog Pub
3) ANY Power Plant Live venue
4) Looney's
5) Ropewalk

Depot, depot, depot, ottobar, talking head - in that order. I definitely agree with Sam's assessment of the state of Baltimore hipsters (that they're not nearly as bad as NY's).

Sam, I think you need a Fab Five list of place that have tools (and not the ones at Home Depot).

I could probably come up with about 50 of those bars.

Of course Baltimore hipsters aren't as bad as NY...cause B-more is a pale shadow of NYC. Size alone, they'll be a smaller contingent here.

Uh oh, did someone hit GM's Achilles heel? Pot calling the kettle? Hmmm?

(<--LOVES to be the devil's advocate!)

I hope the definition involves shoes! And color of clothing!

For this week, I'll name the places where I saw big flocks of hipsterpotamus:
1) Mt. Royal Tavern
2) Rocket To Venus
3) Taxlo

... the other candidates haven't made the cut since the smoking ban came into effect. I definitely noticed a change in the clientele at Club Charles.

Can the next Fab Five Friday be about Baltimore venues that don't know how to use an umlaut correctly? FüL and Pür, or should I say, "Fool" and "Poor," could be on the list.

I think a hipster is one who dislikes everything you like, but who cares very much about shoes. Bam!

FüL is on everyone's list!

Joe Squared is kind of the anti-hipster unpretentious spot. Not that hipsters don't come there. Anyone can let their hair down there.

Are you kidding me? Hipster's wouldn't be caught dead at Power Plant Live! And I can't remember the last time I saw someone in Federal Hill or Canton with enough nerve to look any different than the guy standing next to him. Everybody looks the same! No hipster style there.

I was at Golden West's long bar a couple of weekends ago and was amazed at the assortment of beards the hipsters wear, there. There seemed to be some spillover into Holy Frijoles. And there's lots of interesting hair at Rocket to Venus.

But to encapsulate true hipster street cred, wouldn't this list have to mirror the dive bar list?

"Are you kidding me? Hipster's wouldn't be caught dead at Power Plant Live! And I can't remember the last time I saw someone in Federal Hill or Canton with enough nerve to look any different than the guy standing next to him. Everybody looks the same! No hipster style there."

i think he was being hipsters have a tendency to do.

the beatles?

Coincidentally happened upon Time Out New York article (who doesn't love magazine subscriptions as Valentine's gifts??) titled, The Hipster Must Die.
"Rumors of their demise have been greatly exaggerated. How can anything in New York be cool again as long as these cultural zombies are fourishing?"

Heather, that's an old article!

Bmore hipsters aren't as bad as NYC hipsters because they're not as pretentious and trust-funded as the ones in NYC. Which makes them better, because, believe me, the ones in NYC are really incredibly irritating. I'll take the kids at Floristree any day over the wannabe artists running around Bushwick in their skinny jeans while their parents foot the bill. Ugh.

That being said, I love the basement at Brewer's and I will be parked there a lot more often now that it's smoke-free.

I woke up in the middle of the night with a realization...Giordano is 100% right.

There's no "real"
definition of hipsters, other than...mindless followers. And Fed Hill is full of em!

I'm not saying these other venues AREN'T for hipsters...but you have to look at both sides of the coin.

JMG, i apologize if i offended you, and now i couldn't agree more!

Ben, it's glad to know youre thinking of us in the middle of the night.

Bowling Ben, if you are waking up in the middle of the night thinking about Giordano and Midnight Sun, then Sam Sessa truly has won. I'm not sure I can live in a world like that...

When I think hipsters, I think black striped shirts, dark sunglasses, bongo drums, a single plum - floating in perfume- served in a man's hat, and berets.


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I smell a neighborhood war - yups v hips

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