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March 4, 2009

A look at the new Billabong Bar

billabong bar baltimoreYou've read the review.

Now, see the new Billabong Bar for yourself, high-definition digital cell phone camera style. Oh yeah, baby.

Look at that dark, mysterious coat of paint. Witness the rugged wood sign proclaiming to all the presence of Federal Hill's new Australian-themed pub.

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. Here is ... Billabong.

Can't you hear can't you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:52 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


drink till you chunder, mates!

Billabong? That's an odd name. I would have called it Chazzwazzers.

i wonder if their toilets flush counter-clockwise?

I would DEF go to a bar with an awesome name like Chazzwazzers, haha. "I'm headin' to the Chazz"...

Will probably check out Billabong anyway; it looks fun!

Sorry I'm off topic here, but I just saw the article by a B'more Sun staffer (you?) about next month's North Avenue Spring Music Festival. Spill it for the MS devout, Sessa.

bryaninbrisbane, any relation to your North B'more mate bryanintimonium (creator of the yet-to-be-opened Ful)?
Are you showing up at the MS shindig this Thurs? Hope so.

I don't know, Bryan. I think Billabong is a perfectly cromulent name.

Yes, Courtney - he will be there.

And BA, I was trying to embiggen everyone's vocabulary.

Please tell me they serve vagamite sandwiches???

If by vegemite you mean peanuts, then yes.
Also, I believe vagamite is something else entirely.

This that what it really looks like?
What a throughly anonymous looking establishment, zero curb appeal if don't hold the color choice against it. It does as effective job at being as inconspicuous as possible as I imagine a speakeasy in the Twenty's must of been. You could drive by it and miss it.

As an Australian-themed pub? A well kept secret that you wouldn't discover from the street.

I went in last night- a great stop in Fed Hill. Not too crowded, not too young, and really cheap. Go prepared though, they don't take credit cards. Hope this remains, as GDA put it, a "well kept secret" from the Cross St mayhem!

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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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