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May 8, 2009

BAR is closed (temporarily, I hope)

According to local brew guru (and Midnight Sun commenter) Alexander D. Mitchell IV, BAR (1718 Lancaster St.) has been closed for some time now. There is a yellowed sign on the front door which reads "Out of order."

Let's hope the place is just closed for renovations and not for good. But the signs aren't positive -- I called their phone and it was disconnected. Uh oh.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:07 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I cruised past there some time ago (in march) and the sign was up.

I even put a blurb online about it:

It always kind of reminds me of a scene from some sort of David Lynch film; really uncomfortable, you're not quite sure of what's going on and you feel like you need to get out very quickly. Currently the established sports a sign on the front door that simply states "Out of order," which could either mean the front door is literally out of order or "BAR" is defunct.

Evidence of renovations: I saw power tools, sawdust, etc . outside the place maybe six weeks ago, and also two guys walking a HUGE timber into the place--lone enough that they had to cross Lancaster St. to get it in the front door.

On the other hand, were they ever really open much?

And wasn't this the old Harry's Bar, the original music bar of Fells Point back in the 1960s or 1970s?

The bathroom sink was outside the front door last week. Must be doing somthing inside.

Doh, evan, now that you post this, yes, I remember reading your entry about it. Sorry for not linking to you.

There we go. That's better.

heh, no sweat good sir - glad to hear that ADM IV saw some evidence of a possible rebirth!


Why do you care if this place closes?
It, the last time was reported, was a place that didn't even seem to be on life support as no one apparently went there with a very few exception of regulars during it's irregular hours.

It's great that either the present owners have a new atitude to upgrade the the place to revive business or new owners that have a sincere interest in making a sincere effort at making it a vital player on the bar scene, either action to be championed.

Walked by today.

The door was open. The dirt under what had been the floor was dug out to a depth of three feet in places. It appears they're laying new plumbing and other niceties.

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