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August 29, 2008

Recapping the soiree

midnight sun minglersMy head hurts.

Last night's soiree was a smashing success! We had a great turnout -- the Idle Hour (201 E. Fort Ave.) was packed.

BA, Jmgiordano, Mobtown Molly, m, Crazy Joe, Roommate Patchen, Jeremy, gidg, Jason and Evan were but a few of the Midnight Sunners who showed up.

This was the first and last soiree that coincides with a Ravens game, by the way. That was a big mistake I shall not repeat. Parking was a nightmare!  

It was also a little awkward when the occasional random bar-goer would saunter in and I would be like "Are you here for the soiree?" and they'd go all deer in headlights on me. After a while, I just started slapping name tags on people.

Jason brought an awesome spread of ribs, crab cakes, chicken kabobs and vegetables. Thanks again, man.

Courtney took a bunch of photos, some of which I will share with you now ...

dr. vodka


Evan brought his glorious bacon vodka, which was better than the shot I tried at Captain Larry's. But bacon vodka sounds better than it actually is.













me with vodka


Here I am, bacon vodka shot in hand, toasting Midnight Sun and Idle Hour and God knows what else.













vodka aftershock


This is me and Evan after the shot. I can still taste it in my mouth, which is really nasty.














Roommate Patchen started dropping shots of bacon vodka into pints of Resurrection and chugging them.

He offered me one. I cringed, respectfully declined and watched from the sidelines. That was probably the best decision I made all night.

sneaky sneaky


I tried to confuse people by swapping name tags with Brendan, the bartender and co-owner. It worked on BA, who did a double take when he came in.

But I eventually gave up the ruse and stuck another sticker on my vest.

In case you're curious, the whole white shirt, vest and jeans is my tribute to Art Garfunkel.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:18 PM | | Comments (18)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Darn, sorry I missed it. And Patchen, how were the "bacon bombs"?

Sam, hopefully, there will be another one soon!

Looks/Sounds like it was a great time. I do wish I could've been there instead of pulling unruly Ravens fans off of each other because someone's girlfri... The story's not even worth it. Dumb drunks can ruin a working buzz.

Oh well, I'll be at the next one, especially now that you've added the Ravens schedule to the planning. One of us in here should've picked up on that sooner.

heh. You guys all earned a spot on the VIP list at FuL.

Hahaha! I love the shot of Patchen taking the bacon bomb. What an excellent idea. By "excellent," I mean "life threatening." It looks like it took 100% of his concentration to ensure it all went down.

Also, I'd like to note that we had three nightlife writers in one room: Mobtown Molly, JM "Nightcrawler" Giordano and yours truly.

I called Michael Byrne, who does a drinks column for the City Paper, but he said, and I quote, "Isn't 7 a little early to be drinking?"

Schedule another one so all of us that had other scheduled things to do (ravens game,conference,work,just cant hang.....)

ARRGGGGHHHH! I was stuck in traffic all night long!! I SOOOOOO wanted to be there. :(

Why didn't you just get the fiance to whip up some scrambled eggs this morning to take the edge off the bacon taste? Yum.

Yea Sammo... Get the schedule right next time. Although Senor Zink and I had a shot in your honor. BTW - I just left lunch at Mother's where it also looks like Colleen(sorry) had a pretty rough night.

In summertime, anyhow. Daylight is getting precious.

I for one made the massive mistake of having a Pigurrection / Pork Jesus / whatever Patchen was calling it - and normally I have a pretty high threshold for revulsion - but I definitely couldn't finish it.

But the whole thing was a pretty big and fun time!

Way to throw me under the bus Ethan! Yeah I'm pretty freaking tired and I gotta go back later tonight. $$$$$$
I love the pics! It looked like F-U-N. And I find it hilarious that the C.P. guy thought it was too early to drink. Maybe I should write that column!

Has anybody tried the cucumber vodka at Capt. Larry's yet? Do It!

I really wanted to try that bacon vodka! oh well, next time.

I would like to send a "HOLLA" to my fellow colleague and stellar democratic enthusiast, owner of the Laughing Pint in Highlandtown. I pryed myself away from Lagers and stopped over there (for the 1st time) last night. Loved it! She pulled out a retro TV(rabbit ears included!) so we could watch Obama's slam-dunk speech. The Laughing Pint is going to start offering weekend brunch sometime in October.

sounds like it was a blast! i'm disappointed i couldn't make it, but i'll be there for the next one.

For the recrod, I named my bacon vodka/Resurrection Ale concoction the Jesus Pig. But Bacon Bomb and Pigurrection are equally entertaining names. Good show!

For those wondering about taste, the results were piglicious. The pig was undeniable.

Looks like tons of fun! Can we arrange a Pippenza Extravaganza for when he breaks out of Hopkins?

Kate, believe it. We'll talk soon.


I take it that the devout Patchen's concoction was a potent unpotable delight, possibly nausea enhancing. Was it, by any chance, a gastric insult that you paid for the next day?

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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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