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December 31, 2008

Keep an eye out tonight

happy new year's eveI'm curious -- do you think the recession is going to hurt New Year's Eve parties at bars and clubs around town?

Do me a favor: If you're going to a bar tonight, see how packed it is and report back to me tomorrow.

I feel like less people are going out tonight and more (like Amie and me) are throwing dinner parties. 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:25 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Fewer people.

Don't fail to consider that you are a year older than you were last time we celebrated the new year. Your choice of entertainment may be drifting toward adult activities.

We left my friends Federal Hill rowhouse around 8-9 and Cross St, seemed a little dead. Maybe it was the severe cold, I don't know. We didn't make it to a bar until 3 AM and it wasn't crowded.

Well.... there was only one person on my couch last night. I hate working when nobody else is! humbug...

I was at Red Maple last night. It was kind of busy at first then died off around 2 AM. To me it seemed that Baltimore was not as busy this NYE and the cab drivers seemed to notice that fact as well.

I for one was at a bar party which was packed right up until about 2am, I ended up running into people to hang out with right up until about 6am. It's to be expected that things would die down around the same time that bars normally close I guess. I can't speak for every other bar in the city but in years past I've had pretty much the exact same experience elsewhere - you just gotta keep moving until you find the right people and place - and after 5 in the morning you can have some really... interesting experiences.

we sold out early at Mosaic, Mex and Luckie's in Power Plant Live...Howl at the Moon was really busy early as well. it was a really good night for us

I will second what Evan said about seeing some interesting people. At 430 when I was venturing back to the safe and boring suburbs - we saw a dude taking a leak off his front porch in Federal Hill. Not just relieving himself but standing on his porch turned to the side, thus giving all passersby a nice profile shot.

No Shame Award of 2009 goes to the Federal Hill Porch Peeing Dude.


Went to 3 canton bars on New years eve. All were dead, even at midnight. Very surprising.

Hey everybody, thanks for reporting. Julie B. and Stephen K. did a really nice piece which ran a couple days ago.

Check it out:,0,419617.story

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