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March 2, 2009

A night in the life of a nightlife columnist

slainte baltimoreFriday, February 27, 2009

It started with dinner at Slainte (1700 Thames St., pictured), because I needed to review a dish for a Taste centerpiece. I went alone, sat and read a book while I ate. 

On my way up Broadway, I noticed Reefers (711 S. Broadway) was open, so I went inside for a bottle of Yuengling ($2). It was 8 p.m. and I was one of five people in there, including the bartender.

Reefers looked like it could have been fun 10 years ago, but felt seedy now. My feet stuck to the floor on the way out ...

Midnight Sunner Evan and his buddies were using up a gift certificate to Don't Know Tavern (1453 Light St.), and invited me to help them out. Owner Jason Zink(!) was there, but I Don't Know if he saw me.

El Basha was next. More on the new hookah bar later. In short: Nice little place, poor location. Hookahs were $15. Belly dancer was good.

With the review reported, a couple close pals and I went to Club Chuck (1724 N. Charles St.) to meet up with jmgiordano. Dropped off a friend in South Baltimore and made it to Idle Hour (201 E. Fort Ave.) just in time for a nightcap.

Home at 2 a.m. Bed immediately afterward.

(Sun photo by Monica Lopossay)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:00 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


You should have checked out the Izzys at the Talking Head Club. They were great!

I want my money back for the identification cameras that I had installed at the front door. The beard must have fooled me.


Haha. You should use an ID card scanner. Besides building your database and identifing regulars, you can pre-flag "Sessa, Sam" in your preferences and upon scan it will alert you.

Sorry Sam.

Haha Jason that's what you get! i almost flashed you the peace sign before rolling out but thought it wouldn't be nice. I camped out by the far end of the bar.

Twain stop trying to throw me under the bus! Are you coming to the shindig or what?


Yeah, I'm going to try and be there.

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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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