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December 1, 2008

Back to the Laughing Pint

the laughing pintShortly after the Laughing Pint opened two years ago at 3531 Gough St., I wrote this:

It’s really tough to drastically change a bar without driving off its old clientele. When Shannon Cassidy bought an old Highlandtown corner pub called Casey’s, she wanted to find that middle ground.

Well, I went back to the Laughing Pint last weekend to see how Cassidy’s corner bar was doing.

And I’m happy to report that the Laughing Pint is flourishing ...

It now has a kitchen, new furnishings and about a dozen delicious beers on tap. I had a scrumptious Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and my friend Joe had a Guinness.

Cassidy was behind the bar serving drinks the Friday night we went. She said business has grown steadily over the past couple years. They’ve kept the local base and also attracted some newer neighborhood residents.

I’m not surprised.

Cassidy knows how to run a bar, and instantly makes you feel right at home.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:38 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Good for her! Shannon is prob the most unpretentious bar owner in town. Glad to see she's thriving in that area.
Don't get down there enuff :(

The place is just too expensive for Highlandtown, which is probably why most of her customers aren't locals. $5 drinks are not specials. $4 Clipper Citys aren't a bargain. She hasn't exactly dumped a ton of money into the place, either. It's basically a dive bar with a paint job. I'm sure she's making big bucks, but she ought to give the place a new look or drop the drink prices a little.

CheapDrinker -


Obviously you have no idea the amount of time and money Shannon has invested into making the Pint one of the best local bars in the city. She cares. I know of no other barkeep that works as hard to make the atmosphere OUTSIDE the bar as warm and inviting as the inside. Bars are for socializing. If you want a cheap drink, curl up at home with a $4 bottle of Thunderbird and choke on your own vomit.

I love the Laughing Pint! And Shannon. It's such a warm & unpretentious place. I've only been there a handful of times, but I'm starting to feel like a member of the family & the community there. I like that there is diversity among the customers; that can be hard to find in this city. There is such a social atmosphere. It's not just about drinking. It's like an old world tavern or pub - a meeting house. There are games, internet access, cheap pool tables, ping pong & so on. I have not been there once when Shannon or Beth hasn't introduced me to at least one new person, and then those new people introduce you to other new people. The art changes monthly, giving local artists exposure & exposing us to new artists. And I love that they just added a kitchen! Go check it out. If you smile & you're friendly, you'll meet people & want to keep coming back.
Here's a link to the website:

Quite a review by someone who has "only been there a handful of times"

Mark me down as someone who wishes inside endorsers (friends, family, owners) would be clear about their inside endorsing.

I've only been there about 7 or 8 times , but I can attest to what "insider" is saying because Shannon sends out emails (don't know how she got my address) at least weekly, if not more, and if you just ask a few questions while your at ANY bar, you can quickly ascertain what the deal is and what specials they have. I have friends who tell me about the place as well, but I wouldn't consider myself an "inside endorser". I hear the food is good as well....

Great bar, great atmosphere! I think the food there is fantastic, and very reasonably priced.

I honestly can't believe anyone is [griping] about the Laughing Pint or its prices who has actually been there! I have been all over the world and continue to travel (through BWI), but this place seems like home no matter where I go or how long I am away. The bar is made by Shannon who has turned this old drunk's corner bar into a respite for art, fun and free thought. I have only been there a few times, but the bar and Shannon certainly expanded my horizons and I wish I lived closer to be a regular and have my horizons expanded further. Trust me, the Laughing Pint is a great place to visit and Shannon an amazing person to know. R

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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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