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July 2, 2008

I'm baaaaack!

coronaWhat's cookin' kids? Miss me?

I missed you too.

And before we get back to business, I just want to say thanks for keeping Midnight Sun alive when I was away.

Even though there were less posts per day, you guys kept some pretty hilarious discussions going.

Maybe I should go on vacation more often.

I brought y'all back this here picture of a six pack of Corona beer. Enjoy!

Also there's something I forgot to post about ...

I meant to link to last week's nightlife column.

Normally, I write straight-up reviews of bars. I rarely inject much of myself into my nightlife column.

A lot of nightlife critics around the country write about themselves and their friends, and I've always tried to avoid doing that.

But every once in a while I do a column like this one. What do you think of it? Wanna see more columns like it?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:29 AM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Random stuff


Dundalk Bar Crawl 2008!

Sam, you should have stopped it at the Poncabird on your way back into the city.

Welcome back, Sam.

Good stuff. It's like we were bar hopping with you guys.

$3 Johnny Walker Blue Label shots??? Something's definitely wrong there...and right. What a steal.

Please tell me you didn't do "shots" of Johnnie Walker Blue. That stuff is waaaay too good to slam. Though I suspect - at $3 each - that it wasn't actually JW Blue, which can easily sell for $180 for a 750 ml bottle at retail.

BA, it was most certainly JW Blue. Jmgiordano, who is my sidekick Joe in the story, inspected the bottle. And heck no we didn't shoot them. We sipped them.

And a label on the back of the bottle said $3. So it wasn't like they gave us a discount -- they had no idea we were reviewing the place at the time.

glad to see you're back, so we can get some good topics going again.

are you going to tell us where you vay-cayed at? i was actually in vegas myself last week. the only time i've ever seen more old people, was when i went to a cemetary.

Sam - I'm sorry, i only meant to suggest that something fishy was going on. Like that they were filling an old bottle of JW Blue with something cheaper. Otherwise, i can't see how they could make money -- let alone break even -- by selling $3 shots. Still, I hope my suspicions are unfounded.

BA -- No worries. Hop's Inn is a beer bar first and foremost, so I have a hard time believing they'd actually fill up an empty bottle of JWB with Dewar's. Maybe the bottle was accidentally included in a larger shipment and they held onto it. Who knows? I wasn't about to question it.

Hey Sam,
Good to have you back. I ran into Biff last night and he is doing well at Junior's. Charlottes closed down while you were gone. Heard a great rumor on who might go there but it's still unconfirmed. What's this Fab Five Friday?


You should go on some cemetary safaris if you are into curious, and some cases truly bizarre, art.

The following are mostly NJ locations, but I'm sure Maryland has a long and varied enough history to rival this selection.


I trust you enjoyed your vacation , maybe even came back refreshed.

It's been awhile, but has anyone imbibed in Anchor Steam Beer from San Francisco?


Hope you had a relaxing trip. I missed you and posting last week. It amazed me how much your blog has worked its way into my daily routine.

"Electricity Problems"

I want to hear more about the Mazda!!!

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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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