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August 19, 2008

Bad Decisions is open

fancy drinkOK, so here's the (live, local and late-breaking) news:

There's a new bar at 1928 Fleet Street in Fells Point called Bad Decisions. It opened Friday June 13 in the space formerly occupied by Island II Bar & Grill (right across from Ale Mary's), and features a number of hand-crafted specialty drinks.

John Reusing, formerly a bartender at Chiapparelli's and Sammy's Trattoria, is the man behind Bad Decisions.

"I've been pouring drinks for more than a couple years at this point," Reusing said. "I do all kinds of fun drinks, depending on what kind of mood I'm in."

We're talking, S'mores martinis with marshmallow-infused vodka, Godiva Liqueur and graham cracker crumbs around the rim. We're talking martinis with little edible beads in 'em (modeled after Orbitz soda).

Bad Decisions is open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. The Web site, which should be up in a couple days, is 

"I'm envisioning a relaxed neighborhood bar, with a very unique drink menu," Reusing said.

(Photo by Mary Hartney) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:49 PM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I went to high school with John. I hope his bar is a big success.

Is that you Mark Twain? Is this me?

John Reusing -- Following in a distinguished line of Archbishop Curley High School graduates to open a successful bar in the Baltimore area. The other ones? I know of the Della Roses and Manhattan Grill in Perry Hall. Any others?

I know one or two that went to Perry Hall.

Walked by there last week as they were painting the sign on the awning. First thought: I much prefer a Dominican place. Second thought: possibly the worst name for a bar in Baltimore. After reading this blurb, third thought: just what I don't need, another place attracting meat heads to my neighborhood. I'm pretty sure that "relaxed neighborhood bar" = drunk college girls. Woo hoo!!!

JM: Nope, not me. We started doing demo about a month ago in Harbor East. We are on a timeline to open Spring 2009.

Those drinks are a bit too fancy for me.

When is Midnight Sun getting a snazzy blog header ala Ring Posts or Schmuck Stops Here?

JD, I'm not sure. It was supposed to switch over Monday, but nothing happened. I'll check with the powers that be and let everybody know.

If they are going to have fancy drinks like that, they need a nicer sign to go with it. It looks like someone used a stencil to paint the name on the awning. I’m curious to see what they have done inside.

Mark Twain - weren't you touting a bar with drinks that would "blow your mind" and such? But these are too fancy? I'm confused.

Marshmallow infused vodka?? Who knew?? I can't express how excited I am to check this place out!!

(although I'm not sure this is as juicy as yesterday's teaser implied....)

Also, yay for another bar within 2 blocks of home that isn't chubby's. Love it.

I'm another Curley graduate.......met John nice guy....I can throw a stone from my house and hit bad decisions...pretty cool place

BA: I'm sure the drinks at Bad Decisions will "blow your mind." The focus of our drinks has more to do with ingredients, perpetration and overall quality.

It's difficult for me to explain in detail without compromising the concept. However, there is nothing "gimmicky" about our drinks. I don't want to imply that the drinks at Bad Decisions are gimmicky, because I haven't tried them; they may be great.

The S'mores martini lived up to my expectations :D

Passed this bar last week on my way through town. Has to be one of the greatest names EVER! Wanted to stop but it wasn't open. Hope business is good - will get there sometime!

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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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