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April 24, 2008

Drifters reopens with big changes

Drifters Raw Bar in Federal Hill (1024 S. Charles St.) will reopen tonight after being closed for two weeks of renovations.

I haven't been able to reach anyone at the bar for comment, but MS reader Trouble has the scoop.

The changes include a revamped sound system, new dance floor and extended bars.

I'm hoping they keep the pirate mannequins and that infamous all-you-can-drink $10 special, though.

We shall see.

Thanks for the tip, Trouble. 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:27 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


i don't think you are going to be seeing the pirates anymore. they drove away in the back of a truck yesterday.


Magerk's 2 the revenge

good for them though, the beer pong league will benefit pretty heavily as well!

Shouldn't that be:


Walk the plank Sessa!

A raw bar with a dance floor? Wha?

Seriously, Drifters?!?!? You devoted time and space to this "establishment?" C'mon, Sessa.

The crotchety old man in me comes out: I liked it a lot better when it was a bar and restaurant called Bandaloop's.

Dance floor? I can't take any more of it.

I like to dance, JJT. Don't you like to dance? Dancing is fun!

I don't mind dancing, but I try not to embarrass myself in doing so. That said, I find dancing at a place calling itself a "bar" to be a bit of a stretch.

I'll know who to look for and laugh at, though.

The pirates gone??? bill, say it ain't so.

I'm afraid to ask, JJT, but why the Drifters hate?

My understanding is that it is also called Noble's or something now. I can't confirm that until I ride past it... in 30 minutes


Keep us posted. Take a photo if you can, too.

Whoops, sorry. I would have snapped a photo with my phone but it for some reason didn't occur to me.

Anyway yeah it's definitely called Noble's and it definitely looks more 'pub-ish.' The outside appearance is somewhat similar to Ryleigh's (but no open air seating) and/or Dog Pub.

(but I have to admit I'm a bit hesitant to give it a try because if it turns out to be like say, Stalking Horse is now I'd rather not.)

heck, Evan, come on, give it a try.... the worst they can do is throw you out for wearing bowling shoes....

Don't you guys know bars in Fed Hill (with the exception of Magerks and Mothers) have to reinvent themselves every few years or they go under. i have a feeling Mad River will make a change in a year or two.

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