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January 30, 2009

What would your ideal basement bar look like?

basement barIf you took the time (and had the money) to build a basement bar, what would yours look like?

This photo is of a basement bar in Timonium, and has a hunting lodge feel to it, with all the wood and whatnot. I'm not sure how I feel about it, actually. Might be a little too ... earthy ... for me.

My basement bar would have a bar made of solid gold, with bacon-paneled walls and a bar topped with genuine buffalo leather. Instead of bar stools, I'd have giant, custom-made leather armchairs. I'd have champagne on tap, and everyone would drink out of pewter beer horns.


I dug through our photo archives and found some other basement bars in and around Baltimore. Check 'em out ...


This particular basement bar is too clean and streamlined for my tastes. I wonder how comfortable those chairs are, too.











Now this is more like it.

Check out the photo caption:

For several years Chris Bannister has been lusting for an original "Ren Clark severed head" mug for his  basement Tiki  bar and collection. Ren Clark was a magician who operated a famous, now-defunct, tiki  bar in Texas.

The wooden heads were part of the decor and now go for several hundred dollars apiece on EBay. Bannister, however, found a California sculptor who made reproductions for $30. The Ren Clark head will be the perfect addition to his  basement  bar, recently remodeled in tiki style.


Now, what would your basement bar look like?

(Top photo by Sun photographer Kenneth K. Lam. Middle photo by Sun photographer Algernia Perna. Bottom photo by Sun photographer Christopher T. Assaf)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:52 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


Yes, definitely a tiki bar. We have the makings of one off to the side of our dining room, but it sure would be nice to have a whole basement to devote to it. Put a little waterfall/fountain down there, lots of thatch and bamboo, live plants.... Maybe someday, but not in this economy!

the top pic looks like the upstairs at JD's!

Sam--Once you get married you will prefer the bottom picture. You'll be worried about property values and what the neighbor children tell their parents after playing with your kids.

You will also replace beer with $20 bottle of Syrah and brag about how you got those god awful bar stools cheaper on than what they cost at the store in the strip mall. Oh, and you'll be sure to point out the extra back support they have.

When do you turn 30 again?????

five years, steve. i've still got some time until then.

Thanks for the compliment. There are a few quailty home tiki bars around, look usd up @ the Fraternal Order of Moai. mahalo.

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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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