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October 16, 2008

Help Ryan out

red brick stationHey gang. Ryan, an old buddy of mine from back in the day, sent me this email:

I’m actually emailing you to see if you had any recommendations for bars in the White Marsh area.

I’m planning my brother’s bachelor party and trying to find a good bar atmosphere (without the strippers, haha) ... thanks for any help you can give!

Not being too too familiar with the White Marsh area, I can only offer a few recommendations ...

I endorse Buffalo Wild Wings (8200 Perry Hall Blvd.) for lip-smackin' bar food, Della Rose's Tavern (8153 Honeygo Boulevard) for atmosphere and Red Brick Station (8149 Honeygo Blvd., pictured) for beer.

The plus side? They're all in walking distance of each other.

The downside? They're all in or around a mall, which can be kind of lame. But we are talking about the 'burbs, and that's where a good number of bars are in strip malls in the 'burbs.

So can you add to my list?

Ryan needs our help.

(Archive photo of Red Brick Station)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:18 AM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Not quite White Marsh, but in nearby Parkville, the Barn, The Firehouse Tavern (both in walking distance of each other), and the Emerald -- all are about 5-10 minutes from the dreaded mall.

Go up to Honeygo shopping center. It's like the Avenue. they have Manhattan Grill, Libertores.

Or you could go to Parkville, but I dread going to the Barn. Hate it more than anything and I flat out refuse to go to any others.

I highly, highly suggest taking 95 south 10-15 minutes (literally, I drive it every day) to Canton. walking distance of each other

Those would be long walks......

I meant to include Sentence 2 in my previous post:

wisegirl's choices are better, Sam. Last time I was in the Firehouse there was a lot of noise from the pool tables. (Oh, yeah! Guys like that stuff!) (The only time I was at the Emerald was a St. Patrick's Day, so I don't think that counts as having "been there")

i'm from Har. Co and we'd go to White Marsh all the time to find decent places to hangout, and actually Sam, you mentioned both places I would've suggested. If it's a bachelor party, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place to go for food. The inside bar (in this upcoming weather) is great, plus they have trivia games you can play from where you sit. For a fancier affair though, The Bayou Cafe (right across from Red Brick) is a great choice as well. If you're going to drink though, get thee to Red Brick Station. I know this is debatable, but I feel they have some of the best micro brews around.

the bar at the Olive Garden and Bertucci's are both Awesome.
Red Lobster, though no bar it GREAT for the seafood lover in you! is good to...there's also Chilis and Don Pablo's! Oh yeah, Della Rosa's and Starbucks! And that sushi place that's always empty has a bar too!
SO many to original choices to pick from in White Marsh. Almost makes me want to move there.

A safe bet is Della Rose's at the Avenue and when you go somewhere else, I recommend Excape which is on Route 40, just outside of White Marsh for some adult entertainment. Then you can head south and visit ECommerceConsultant at the Wagon Wheel. He's a VIP!

The old Wagon Wheel. I think it is now called the Manhattan Gentleman's Club now.

Sorry, I don't mean to be critical....but Olive Garden and Bertucci's bars for a bachelor party??!!? They just about suffice for a drink when I'm waiting on my mom for dinner.

Same goes for Chili's and Don Pablos. Typical restaurant bars. The only thing Buffalo Wild Wings has going for it, is that it's a sports bar and if you happen to be there when there's a game on it'll be crowded.

Red Brick isn't too bad, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's fun. Della Rose's, again, fun IF there's a game on.

All of this coming from a girl who doesn't even like sports.

Again, a cab is only $25 to Canton from White Marsh. JMO from living in White Marsh all of my life.

I see the subtleties of JM Giordano's sarcasm have eluded Carey.

She does have a good point, though. Don't go to Whitemarsh for a Bachelor Party unless the wedding reception is going to be in the club room of the retirement community.

White Marsh is weak. Columbia is way better for bachelor parties. Or better yet, hit Arundel Mills for some sweet bar hopping.


You never know on here. Baltimore is full of crazies. I have actually met people that would think these are good hang outs lol.

@ Carey. Nice. we all can't be elitist, now can we. Sorry if I'm not into "hipster" joints with character.
If you live in White Marsh, Bertucci's, Olive Garden et al... are perfectly safe and fine places for a bachelor party. Try getting all you can eat pasta as some upscale "hipster" joint in the city. I just don't feel like I'm family at places like "hipster" places Brewers Art and the Owl Bar.


You might get a better set of suggestion if can give people some idea what your brother likes about the bars and clubs he usually goes to, and an estimate of how many people are expected to come.

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