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September 5, 2008

The Dizz is open

the dizzDropped by The Dizz last night. It just opened up where Dizzy Issie's used to be, at 300 W. 30th St. in Remington.

It looks less cluttered than Dizzy Issie's, but plenty of the old tchotchkes are still on the walls.

I had the naive idea of reviewing the Dizz, but quickly scrapped that plan when I realized last night must have been someone's birthday or the bar's grand opening party.

I never, ever review bars on their grand opening nights -- or even their grand opening weekends.

Here's why ...

First off, it wouldn't be fair to the bartenders. I stood at the Dizz's bar for 10 minutes and wasn't even acknowledged by the server. But I can't put too much blame on her -- she was swamped. The Dizz was stuffed with people and she couldn't get to them all in time.

You can't judge a place's popularity on a grand opening, either. Of course it's going to be packed. If it's not on the opening week and weekend, something is horribly wrong.

I like to give a bar or club a week or two for the buzz to die down some. Then you can get a real gauge for how good the service is and how popular the place is going to be.

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:20 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs



Thank the sweet driven gods. i needed my living room back. See y'all there, Dizzy's crew.

me and the girlfriend were there on Sat. night, and the place was packed as well. also this was at 6:30, and by the time we left, around 10:30 or so, it was pretty much the same. sam, your experience was pretty on point. it took us a couple minutes to find a bartender, however he was really swamped, so we cut him some slack. once he got to us though, he was attentive the rest of the night.

went on friday and was loving it. the service was a tad slow, but i was sympathetic when the bartender told me that they hadn't been trained on the new computer system and she was learning as she went along. a small price to pay for a small price to pay!

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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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