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June 29, 2009

Chilling at Clutch

clutch deckMy second stop on yesterday's Sunday afternoon mini-crawl was Clutch, the new sports bar and lounge in Canton.

I had a Victory Pale Ale ($5), one of six beers on tap. The building, which used to house Tiburzi's, has been repainted, and the walls inside were oddly bare of decorations. I hope the owners will fill the place out in time.

I never went upstairs when it was Tiburzi's, but as Clutch, the upstairs has a lounge area with sofas and a brand new roof deck (pictured).

The roof deck is key for sipping cold beverages on a sunny day. But I can also see it getting loud and rowdy out there on a Friday or Saturday night. I'm glad I'm not one of Clutch's neighbors ...


I didn't try any of the wine, but judging from the number of bottles on the bar, Clutch appeared to have a fairly solid selection. The service was friendly, too, though I was one of the only people in the place at the time. 

Tennis was on the flat screen TVs behind the bar, and surprisingly, I wasn't the only one there interested in watching it.

Would I go back? I don't know. Probably not. Clutch didn't appeal to me as a destination bar. But if I lived in the neighborhood, I'd consider it -- at least on a Sunday afternoon.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:08 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Why did they name a sports bar after a type of purse?

The roof deck looks nice, but I'd hate to be the person walking by when a drunkard pukes on them

please tell me that as a sports bar they had the orioles game on too.

That deck isn't brand new, it was there when Tiburzi's was open and had been used as a smoking area. If I remember correctly, Tiburzi's was adamant about no drinking out there since their license didn't cover outside.

Clutch sucks, and yes, the deck is extremely noisy, but not just on weekends.

Whoa wait! Another neighbor on the boards...glad I don't live near that place.

Absolutely terrible food and terrible service. It's a shame, because the interior is really nice and the outside deck has quite the appeal too. Definitely NEVER going back!

The venue is nice and I love the outside patio, but the service was horrible and the food wasnt that great either.

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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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