Ropewalk Tavern gets a smoking ban exemption
It is now legal to smoke cigarettes and cigars inside Ropewalk Tavern (1209 S. Charles St.).
Ropewalk recently received an exemption from the statewide smoking ban.
It's technically called an economic hardship waiver, and to get it, they had to show sales losses of 15 percent over the course of two months.
I went there last night and enjoyed a fine cigar, a fine beer and some fine company -- just like the old days.
But the McFaul clan, which runs the place, reinstated smoking in a smart way ...
Instead of allowing people to smoke on the first two floors, where it would stink up the room, they are only letting customers smoke on the third floor.
I didn't even know Ropewalk had a third floor. Come to find out, it's a pretty nice space, with leather sofas and chairs and Ronald Reagan memorabilia (Ropewalk is a Republican-themed bar).
Oh, and I got a kick out of all the signs warning patrons about the smoke, too.
Ropewalk isn't the first cigar bar to get an exemption. The Havana Club (600 Water St.) received its waiver last June. Max's Taphouse (737 S. Broadway) reopened Max's Tobacco Company so that patrons could smoke cigars indoors.
That means there are now about as many cigar bars in Baltimore as before the smoking ban started.
(Top, Sun photo by Gene Sweeney. Bottom photo by me.)