Mount Vernon needs a sports bar
Yeah, that's right. I said it. Heck, I'll say it again: Mount Vernon needs a sports bar.
Don't write me off just yet. Hear me out on this one. I lived in Mount Vernon for a time, and I used to get so frustrated at how impractical that neighborhood is.
Why isn't there a good place to go watch a game? More importantly, why is it that every time I ask this question to someone who lives in the neighborhood, they sniff at me and say, "If you want to go to some meathead sports bar, go to Federal Hill or Canton, jerk."
What they don't realize is that in addition to the meathead joints, Fed Hill/Fells/Canton have some of the most unpretentious neighborhood bars in the city.
And by looking down their noses at these other neighborhoods, all they're doing is furthering the stereotype that Mount Vernon is full of snobs ...
That's not true, either. Not everybody in Mount Vernon listens to obscure music/goes to MICA. I know there are people who live there who would like to see a cheap spot to get breakfast, more convenience stores open 24/7 and more regular bars.
I remember going out on a Saturday night and being so frustrated at the lack of bars I could patronize that weren't high-end clubs or gay bars. I remember waking up on a Sunday morning and being so frustrated at the lack of cheap breakfast joints I could patronize that weren't uppity/expensive cafes.
I'm not saying they should turn the Peabody Library into a Hooters. Having one or two low-key sports bars wouldn't ruin Mount Vernon. Far from it.
But aside from Mick O'Shea's and maybe Midtown Yacht Club, there are no places where you can chill and watch a sporting event in Mount Vernon. That stinks.But I doubt change will come anytime soon.
Also, thanks to Midnight Sun commenter ryan97ou for suggesting the topic.
(Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby/Sun photographer)