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June 5, 2008

The next Fab Five Friday

In light of our rousing discussion about body odor and ciggy smoke, I'd like to make this week's FFF a list of the five stinkiest Baltimore bars and clubs.

You may tee hee, but I'm at least halfway serious here folks.

It's time we noted the bars and clubs that need to clean up their act so we can take the clothespins off our schnozes.

So give me your suggestions for stinky stinky Baltimore bars.

Hurry -- we don't have much time!

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:03 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


mother's on the alley was rank on saturday.

Stopped in J.R.'s on Hull Street a few days ago to grab a burger. The place smelled like a full ashtray that had been dropped in a bucket of sweat. No music on, no sound on the O's game. Just me and the person I went with, one lonely guy at the bar, and two employees playing pool. Needless to say...I got my burger to go.

My current fave bar in Fells,1919,smells like pee,but we don't mind really it's part of the charm!

Mount Royal Tavern.

With the countless bars in the city and surrounding areas, why would anyone spend time in a smelly one? That is worse than spending time in a line waiting to get into a crowded bar where you'll have to wait 20 minutes to get a drink.

Bertha's, either someone took a really nasty dump, or something is dead in the walls. Woo momma, it's stinky in there!

I think that the Red House Tavern in Canton smells like vomit and poo(only at the front of the bar). It's very overwhelming. So is their lack of service. The owner is super nice...but the bartender was the WORST. Sorry man just I had to vent. It's stinky and you can't get a drinky!

The Perry Inn (now called Smash Daddy's? - a rather lame new name.) Nothing like stale beer, mixers, and rot-gut booze to create the signature odor. Add in the lingering odor of stale and smoky air, resulting from an incredibly poor ventilation over the last 20 years. BO is not generally an issue because so few people visit this stank-hole anymore. So bad that $1 beers can't coax anyone but the most hardened alcoholics in to the place. Last time I went, my wife made me leave my clothes in the garage and take a shower before I could come into the bedroom.

Looney's in the Square was particularly rank a few Wednesday's ago, probably as a result of the BSSC crowd... the upstairs can get pretty smelly on regular weekend nights too.

The Horse you came In On always has some sort of strange odor... or it may just be the people in there.

Frazier's on the Avenue has a particularly unique smell. Amazingly, after five full months of the smoking ban, the bar still manages to smell of cigarettes. Add that to the natural effervescence, and you've got a FFF-er, no doubt.

speaking of stank -- does ropewalk still have that nasty nasty mens room under the stairs... that was awful

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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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