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June 23, 2009

Name That Bar, vol. 7

DSC_0418.JPGThe Name That Bars keep getting harder and harder.

But so far, that hasn't stopped you from guessing them right off the bat.

Now, with the help of photographer Alexander D. Mitchell IV, I'm going to hit you with what is possibly the toughest, most obscure photo we've posted here yet. 

The first person to name this bar wins quite the prize.

(Photo by Alexander D. Mitchell IV)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:37 AM | | Comments (60)
Categories: Name That Bar


That looks like it may be a firkin, so I'm going to say upstairs at Max's. Tough one though.

The Warf Rat in fells

The old Sean Bolan's in Federal Hill?

pratt st. ale house

Chili's in Timonium?

Spirits Tavern?

HAHAH! I've stumped you all. There won't be another Name That Bar until somebody guesses this one.



Tavern on the Key?

Blarney Stone in Fells?

Red Brick Station?

Midtown yacht club?

J.A. Murphy's?



hand cask on bar?


No and no.

Bill is actually onto something here. Consider the cask a clue.

Cask of Amontillado??

= Annabelle Lee???

John Steven



One Eyed Mike's


Racer's Cafe in Parkville?

brewers art?


red brick station

wait, no, already mentioned RBS. teach me to read closer.

DuClaw Bel Air, maybe?

maybe a bit off the wall....

grand cru?

Ugh.... Franklins?

That's it im out

I have never been to these places but I believe they have casks:

Brewer's Alley or Friscos?

Hamilton Tavern?

The downstairs bar at the Mount Vernon Stable?! Ha...I have no idea this is impossible!


Baltimore Tap House?

Is it the bar inside the Clipper City brewery?

Dionysus? The answer better not be the bar in Alexander D. Mitchell IV's basement.

The Fells Point Wharf Rat.

MWHOOOOOO-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!!!! {rubs hands maniacally..]......... and just you wait until I start finding some REALLY hard places, too!!!!!!!

Life of Reily?

Yellow Dog Tavern?

Is that Ellicott Mills Brewing Co.?

The Laughing Pint?

Can we start asking questions?
Is it in Baltimore City?
Is it still in business?

Hmmm, how about Cat's Eye Pub?

I don't know if anyone has heard of this place...but is it Bad Decisions??

As the photographer, I'll answer:

Yes, still in business last time I checked a few days ago (but you know how fickle this business can be--see the obits Sam keeps posting).

The rule I set up for myself was that you had to be able to get a Baltimore Sun locally at regular price the same day in order for it to be eligible for this contest in MY book. In other words, Buffalo, NY or Phoenix: no; Frederick, Gibson Island, or Elkton, eligible.

Hmmm. Is that Rock Bottom??


Ellicott Mills Brewery? ?

Barely and Hops??? I'm digging deep.

Muggsy's in Federal Hill?

Err, I mean Barley and Hops. Damn.

I think I hear that Johansson's also tosses a cask around every now and then. With that, my good ideas have dried up.

Johansson's Dining House?

Peter's ?

or... is it Ale Mary's ??

Thirsty Dog?


Mike McGovern's

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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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