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April 2, 2008

The next Fab Five Friday

We've never listed the best bars with live music around town -- and there are a bunch of 'em.

The bars I want for this week's Fab Five list have to be places that consistently host live music.

I'm thinking about places like the Red House Tavern, the Cat's Eye Pub, Leadbetter's (pictured) and Bedrock Baltimore.

Got some suggestions for moi?

(Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:33 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


The Waterfront Hotel

The Red House Tavern not only has live music with no cover every Friday and Saturday but also hosts open mics on Tues. Wed. and Thurs. nights for anyone who would like to sign up and play.


Cafe Hon slash Hon Bar, sometimes
Brass Monkey - is it even still called that

The 8x10 is the greatest venue in Baltimore. They have the BEST sound system around, a 3/4 balcony providing TONS of sight lines, friendly bar staff (and Resurrection on tap!) and really do alot for young bands.

Another cool feature they offer is a "high rollers" pass. It's a ticket for every show for the next year, at an awesome discount.

I'm sure some of y'all will hate on the place because it's in Federal Hill or because they don't feature Pitchfork/blog-hyped bands...but you're wrong.

Amen, Bowling Ben!
The 8x10 gets my vote too for attentive staff, awesome owners who give slots to local bands, pre-music bar specials, and great sight lines for taking photos.

Bowling Ben,

No we won't hate on you for 8x10 being in FH, but we will hate on you for saying "y'all". Ah Bama, so many recipes, so few squirrels.

Charlottes in Fed Hill.
Mum's (but I dont know the frequency, Kenneth)

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