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April 16, 2008

Taps Baltimore will have taps

Give Taps Baltimore some time.

Co-owner David Holter made it clear from the start: There will be plenty of beers on tap there soon.

Yes, the place has been open since late February.

And yes, that's a while to go without having draft beer when your bar is called Taps Baltimore.

But Holter is moving forward with his plans for the place.

This weekend, 17 taps should be installed -- though Holter said they'll probably still be working out the kinks in the system.

He has also started renovating the second floor, which has a live entertainment license.

Starting May 1, he plans to bring in acoustic music up there on a regular basis. 

"There are a lot of things involved in running a brand new tap system," Holter said.

I'm waiting to review the place until the taps go in and the live music starts. 

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:31 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Hey Sam - where is this place located??

Should have put this in the post -- it's at Fort Avenue and South Charles Street. 1439 S. Charles St. is the address, I believe.

Most definitely corner of Fort Ave and Charles St.

Guess that's how the original owners came up with the uber-creative Fort Charles Pub.

Sam, if the place is open to serve, then it's open to be reviewed. I sense more sun biased reporting :)But your to late, it was already savaged online. In a word, sux. There's nothing in there, I mean nothing, except for the poor little golden tee in the corner screaming to be played with :P. If you're going to charge $4 for a bud light, have something, SOMETHING! to do except painfully stare at the institutional white walls. That place was big inside, but now it is cavernous even with people in it!

I have a friend who went in there to buy a 6 pack to bring home and he was told "we don't do that".

Give Taps a chance to work out the kinks. Yes, when a bar is open; it's open to be reviewed. However, we are talking about Fort Ave, not Ocean Dr. Holter is a first time owner operator and opening a bar, especially for the first time, can be more challenging than expected.

This is coming from someone who has a less than stellar opinion of Holter's past marketing efforts and operational ability as exhibited during his tenure at Drifters.

People can, however, learn from their past mistakes. I am willing to give Holter a chance with Taps. From what I hear, it is a work in progress, but it still could turn out to be a great place.

You should also keep in mind that small owner-operators aren't working with corporate budgets. Many do have ideas they wish to materialize but lack the required capital to do so. At the same time, many are forced to open sooner rather than later, due to mounting bills.

Not saying this is the case regarding Taps, just throwing it out as a possibility.

You must have a license that permits package goods to serve beer to go. Not sure if they do or don't have this license, but could be the reason they didn't sell your friend that six pack.

Ginger, I think Mark Twain makes some good points that a critic needs to research and acknowledge before outright panning a place. Both sides of the story should be presented.

If I were to review Taps tonight, I would say something like, 'Owner Dave Holter has big plans for taps, and I hope he follows through on his promises, because right now there's not much to Taps."

I gotta agree with Sam and Mark Twain. Gotta give the new kids on the block a little bit of a chance. Both Taps and Mugsy's are owned by local slingers trying to step up their game.

If you have never owned a bar, you have no idea how hard it is to get your vision off the ground - especially if you don't have the capital to close for months to transform the space.

Remember - Zink Enterprises wasn't grown overnight. It took Jason two years to get No Idea and then Don't Know turned into the great joints they are.

Mr Holter will do just fine. As soon as he saves up some money or is granted another credit card, he will be able to afford the tap system, new floors and windows. Once that is underway, the place will have a brand new feel to it. I takes awhile and a lot of $$$. Good luck Dave.

Well, Taps may not have any taps, but they do have Bruschetta and Garlic Bread.

That's right, Taps is now an Italian restaurant. The food menu has been changed to what David Holter is calling, "A full Italian menu."

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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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