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June 12, 2008

Stop the presses!

taps baltimoreTaps has taps!

And a new sign!

And it only took three months.

But co-owner Dave Holter is slowly and steadily making improvements to the building.

I just wish he would return my calls and lemme know how many taps Taps has.

But I can't say I blame him for ignoring me. They don't call me Sessa the Pest for nothing.

(Photo by me) 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:50 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


From the taps website:

"Welcome to Taps Baltimore. We have 17 beers on tap with over 50 more planned which range from international brands to local microbrews."

New sign, yet no new taps. Same old story.

Just go there and count. I was the last week and they have a pretty decent draft selection, so it's worth a trip if you're in the neighborhood.

A vist to the Taps Baltimore website found this piece of information.

"Currently, we have the best happy hour in all of Baltimore, which includes a $9 all you can drink rails and domestics. Additionally, we are a live entertainment establishment and have plenty of floor space to book your next party or private event. Check out our extensive menu and drink options in our “menu” section."

If that makes for better decision making.

Drew from Greektown wrote: "New sign, yet no new taps. Same old story."

Might have glossed over that one, Drew. They've got 17 beers on tap, which is new. We know that because they didn't have any taps at all before.

Dropped in for a beer the other day, the draught selection is actually pretty respectable, especially for a South Baltimore bar. Stella and 3 Philosophers are the two that stick out in my mind. Talked to the bartender, who told me they have Resurrection coming shortly to round the current list out to 18.

They have Resurrection coming? Really? Someone should tell Brewers as they are unaware.

Interesting that they chose $9 for the Friday Happy Hour. Perhaps to compete with Nobles, Dave Holter's former employer? Also, at Nobles, the pirate is back.

Holter: You heard of this thing, the $10-Happy Hour?
Sessa: Yeah, sure, $10 Happy Hour. Yeah, the drinking happy hour.
Holterer: Yeah, this is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this: $9... Happy... Hour.
Sessa: Right. Yes. OK, all right. I see where you're going.
Holterer: Think about it. You walk down Charles Street, you see $10 Happy Hour sittin' there, there's $9 Happy Hour right down the street. Which one are you gonna pick, man?
Sessa: I would go for the $9
Holter: Bingo, man, bingo. $9 Happy Hour. And we guarantee just as good a spot as the $10 Happy Hour place.
Sessa: You guarantee it? That's - how do you do that?
Holter: If you're not happy with the first $9, we're gonna send you the extra dollar free. You see? That's it. That's our motto. That's where we're comin' from. That's from "A" to "B".
Sessa: That's right. That's - that's good. That's good. Unless, of course, somebody comes up with $8 Happy Hour. Then you're in trouble, huh?
[Holter convulses]
Holter: No! No, no, not $8! I said $9. Nobody's comin' up with $8. Who's drinking for $8? You won't even get your booze goin, not even a mouse on a wheel.
Sessa: That - good point.
Holter: $9's the key number here. Think about it. 9-Elevens. 9 doors. 9, man, that's the number. 9 chipmunks twirlin' on a branch, eatin' lots of sunflowers on my uncle's ranch. You know that old children's tale from the sea. It's like you're dreamin' about Gorgonzola cheese when it's clearly Brie time, baby. Step into my office.
Sessa: Why?
Holter: 'Cause you're [bleepin]' fired!

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