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July 27, 2009

A look at The Reserve

The ReserveHere's a photo of The Reserve (now with a fancy sign!) on Light Street in South Baltimore, courtesy of Midnight Sun Twitter follower sobojosie.

Thanks, sobojosie!

Did anybody get to The Reserve this weekend for the soft opening? How was it?

I wanted to, but couldn't just yet. But I'll probably be heading there this week.

Amie and I went to 13.5%, the new wine bar in Hampden, on Friday night. More on that later today.

Personally, I hope The Reserve prospers. It would do wonders for that stretch of Light Street ...

It's a shame The Bicycle closed, but The Rowhouse is supposed to open in the near future. If the economy picks up and the landlords ever finish rehabbing that place on the corner of Light Street and Fort Avenue, it would be huge for the neighborhood.

The Reserve. The Rowhouse. The Bicycle. What's with all the "The" bar/restaurant names? I Don't Know. Must be some kind of mini-trend.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:56 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Went to the reserve friday night. There was a pretty good size crowd inside but wasn't overcrowded as the space is fairly large. One problem- no AC.. It felt like a sauna inside and I was sweating profusely. We were not able to stay for longer than one beer and one shot due to how hot and stuffy it was inside. I heard they will be taking care of that soon which would make this place complete and worth visiting again.

I swung by for a quick draft on the way to the Chelsea match. Very nice inside, folks were still painting, and working on the outside as I walked in. Beer was cold, everyone inside was fired up for the match. I tried to recruit folks at the stadium to join me there afterwards, but no luck. I'll be back.

Odd, we were noting that the AC ducts ran directly overhead of the bar stools which was resulting in people getting dripped on. I was standing right under one of the vents getting blasted with cold air - then again this was early in the evening so maybe the AC ended up having problems later.

Place was really nice inside. Drinks were cold and service was great. Best new bar in baltimore for sure. Will definitely be back.

I stopped by on Sunday to check out the newest neighborhood bar and I was amazed with the renovation that was completed. The building is very wide and the materials they used to build the bars made the place really stand out. There are plenty of TV's throughout to ensure that you can see whatever game you want to watch, no matter where you are standing. The mens bathroom is by far the nicest bathroom in any bar/restaurant in the area and the rest of the building followed suit. The AC was working just fine, the selection of beer and liquor covers just about anything you can think of, and the service was great. I really hope this place can make it because I plan to visit them regularly. If you like Don't Know, you will LOVE this place.

I drove past The Reserve on Saturday night. A shirtless man who looked to be in his mid-30s was standing out front. Standing guard, perhaps.

Either way, it didn't make me want to get closer to the place.

It must have been hot in there because there was a guy standing outside, having a smoke, with no shirt on. (Or perhaps the AC dripped all over his shirt and he hung it out back to line-dry.) Then again, he had no shoes, either. Um, looks like a great place!

He was outside for a reason.

No shoes, no service.

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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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