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April 3, 2008

Today's column

Here is this week's nightlife column, about the Kitty Kat Bar in Remington.

I went back to the bar a week after I reviewed it to talk to the owner, a guy named Jeff.

Jeff wasn't there, and the bartender told me he didn't want to talk to me and he didn't want me to review the bar because he didn't want any yuppies to show up.

I really liked the quirky neighborhood bar, and hope that you check it out.

Especially if you're a yuppie. 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:09 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Does that happen a lot Sam? It wasn't a bad review for the bar. I wonder why they wouldn't talk to you.

The owner wasn't there and the bartender didn't have his phone number, which I was kind of surprised to hear.

It doesn't happen a lot, thank god. But I do get bar owners who are leery of talking to me once I tell them I'm a journalist.

I'll do a post about my first conversation with Jim Quigley, which was possibly the most awkward conversation I've ever had with a bar owner since I've been writing here.

You really didn't get any sort of vibe from the Kitty Kat (the scene, specifically, which I'm surprised you didn't mention) to give you a clue as to why they might be leery?

Yuppies, in Remington, yeah I don't think he's got much to worry about.

To the Kitty Kat Bar! gofreescout, I'll drive! C'mon!

No, that's cool -- I'm in pretty easy walking distance.

sam, we need a place to talk about happy hours that can be consistently updated. metromix and bmore live have them, but they are lacking in sessa cred.

Bill, the problem is, it takes way too much time to stay on top stuff like that.

Even Midnight Sun's staff would be stretched thin to undertake such a daunting task.*

*The straight answer: I'll do it if they pay me more. But it's not fun calling bars all day. I'd rather be patronizing them.


Not to pimp my own site here but since it came up I guess I will. For the past couple months i've been working on

Several bar owners/managers have been providing me with updates via the site. The rest I've gotten from visiting the bars and typing them in or from their respective web pages.

This is not a money making thing for me. I'm just trying to find where the specials are too.

I was at the Federal Hill spring block party yesterday, and this kinda dirty hippie looking guy came up to a group of us with a Polaroid and wanted to take our picture. I thought "Eh, good way for him to earn a buck or two" - well he takes our picture and just says "JUST GIMMEE SOME BEER" and picks up a floater cup of the ground, pours that beer out, takes some beer from my friends, and says "Hey thanks guys, come to my bar." Hands everyone a business card for the Kitty Kat Bar.

I couldn't make this up if I tried.

Evan, City Paper music editor Michael Byrne also had a weird run in with that guy.

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About Erik Maza
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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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