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July 17, 2008

The Gin Mill is lookin' good

Snapped this photo of the redone Gin Mill (2300 Boston St.) yesterday.

I dig the new window trimmings and outer facade.

Still haven't been inside yet to check it out.

As soon as I do, you'll be the first to know what I think.

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:40 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Thanks for the plug. Please stop by and say hello to us. Ask for Luke , Lester, Tammi or Melanie. Would be glad to buy you a Handcrafted Classic Cocktail. You will like the inside changes and the menus as well. By the way, love the WTMD and your show. Have been a fan for 5yrs or so of the station.
Luke Reeder

I went by last weekend and the place really did clean up. Good beer selection though. Watch out for the Ol' Bastard.

Watch out for their "classic cocktail menu" and only drink if they are buying. I think the cheapest of the classics was $9.

The food looked tasty, but I didn't have a chance to try because I got a classic sidecar and then couldn't afford to eat.

The renovations at the Gin Mill are nice. Their "handcrafted cocktails" are better than most, but not too handcrafted.

Traditionally, bars serving handcrafted pre-prohibition cocktails must make their own bitters and syrups, as well as use the proper ice, depending on what they are making (yes ice really does make a difference). This combined with fresh fruit equals a handcrafted cocktail.

Fee Brothers bitters and better for baking. If you want your drinks to stand out, you really need better bitters, or make your own. Same goes with simple syrups.

But, the place is pretty sharp.

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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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