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July 6, 2009

The Blue Hill Tavern is open

Last week, I people started e-mailing me about the Blue Hill Tavern in Brewer's Hill (938 S. Conkling St.). They wanted to know if I'd been there yet. I e-mailed them back, and they told me it hadn't opened yet. I guess I'm supposed to be able to walk through walls.

Anyhow, my pal Evan and I made the trip out there last Thursday. My jaw dropped as we drove by. If I'm not mistaken, this building used to be a scruffy-looking little lesbian bar called Gallagher's. These days, you'd never know ...

The Blue Hill Tavern's owners must have invested a boatload of money into the space. It's one of the sharpest new restaurant/bars I've seen in a while. Wood beams stretch up the front of the building, and the stone bar back had its own little waterfall.

We weren't able to stay and have drinks, because it was friends and family night (as in, friends and family of the owners). But I'm definitely going to have to go back soon. I want to see more of that place.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:17 AM | | Comments (27)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Sam, I drive down Conklin on my way home every night and it has caught my eye too. I wonder if its worth all the $'s invested given the area?

Sam, walked by yesterday, saw someone smoking outside. When are they supposed to open?

I believe they are open now. At the very least, they have one of those red, white, and blue banners that say "Open" hanging outside.

Sturmy, I dunno. It definitely stands out in that neighborhood.

Good gravy, according to the people that e-mailed me, the place was supposed to open last Friday, July 3.

have you made the left down Dillon Street? the top level features balconies w/seating. we walk doggy-21224 past there on a daily basis. will try to snap a pic and email it your way...

I hope it does well, but I do have my doubts. It seems like they sunk a TON of money into that place. I'm just wondering if the location is right. It looks like a place that belongs somewhere like Harbor East, not Brewer's Hill.

My girl lives right next door to the Blue Hill Tavern, and it did open on Friday the 3rd. The nights before that, it looked like they had a soft opening as well. The place is gorgeous, but I'm afraid the prices will prevent it from being a place to stop by and get a quick drink after work, as I was hoping. Still looking forward to trying it as a special occasion place, though.

Just checked out their website. Wow!

Their menu is all over the map, from $7 grilled cheese to $60 Chateaubriand. There doesn't seem to be any focus at all and it's expensive.

Reminds me of another place that opened recently, Miss Irene's.

It is a $52 and it is for 2 people...

Chateaubriand for Two "Sous Vide"
16oz center cut filet, roasted asparagus, horseradish mashed potatos, bearnaise.

Did you think the bar was scruffy or the lesbians?

Hahah moondoggy, I was talking about the bar. I actually wrote a nightlife column remembering Gallagher's when it closed. Is Port in a Storm still open?

Th grilled cheese is a soup for $7

Ate their Saturday night. Food was excellent, service staff still had opening night jitters though.

I look forward to dining in this restaurant. The East Side needs a place like this to have a great drink and good food. How much nachos and Miller Lite can one consume?

Loved it. Been there twice since the opening on Friday. It is a little nicer than your average corner bar/.restaurant but I think Canton needed something like that. I hope it does well. The place is beautiful and the outside seating is amazing.

Pretty amazing.

What's the bar like?

Yet another place that has an unfinished web site.Such a wasted opportunity.

Did anyone notice there is 25% off of your entire bill for happy hour? There are also low priced snacks in the $3 to $5 range, as well as appetizers. Talk about a high end place to go for a really nice happy hour!!! You can relax in elegance, get quality "snacks" and save money. PS- The soups aren't priced any higher than any other upscale bistro. I can't wait to check it out!

Blue Hill Tavern is exactly what our neighbor needed! My boyfriend and I ate their Saturday. The food was phenomenal and the service was great. After our meal, the owner introduced himself to us and asked how our experience at BHT was. We were so curious about his story and the concept of the restaurant. He explained that he wanted anyone to walk in, have a few local beers and an entree for under $30. However, the same person could come back for their 50th anniversary and have the "Chateaubriand for two" and pick from the impressive wine list and make it a special evening.
The specialty drinks are as cheap as a pint of import beer and the menu is creative. The upstairs patio has couches and a panoramic view of the city skyline. From what we saw on the second day it was open, the place has already caught on with the neighbors. The restaurant's semi-formal decor has a lot of class for the same Baltimore price tag we are all accustomed to.

The shills have arrived

JD, I was gonna post the same thing, but you beat me to it. We are now approaching Shill City.

Just wanted to say congratulations to Blue Hill Tavern for such a successful opening. Cahill Studio is proud to have designed it and hopes the tavern brings nothing but great food and wonderful experiences to the whole area.

Swung by for a drink last Fri night and it was happening!! Gotta say i've impressed, i hope it has staying power. Drove by late last night after softball, and every table outside was full.

We went last night for Restaurant Week. Pretty great is all I have to say. Some of us chose the RW menu, some right off the regular menu. Either way, everything was delicious. well seasoned and perfectly portioned. I hope they do well, because it is gratifying to go somewhere, pay a decent price, but get food that goes well beyond expectations. They need to put the black bean soup on the regular menu...because it was delicious. Service was terrific also.

I was there also last night. The food was very decent, but the place is the best looking restaurnat in the city. The atmosphere is amazing and my server was very good. I did there regular menu, it wasn't overly priced especially after you realize how much money they put into the place. The drinks were very reasonable.

i've been there twice and unfortunately, like Canton Square, i think it's going to be a weekday-only place for me. too bad, because the food, beer, building, and bartenders are great. the crowd last saturday night seemed to be the drunk spillover from Pure Aqua at Merritt. i'm glad to see an upscale place make a go for it in Brewers Hill, but i just hope they don't have to rely on Miami/Jersey-wannabe's to keep it afloat.

There are Jersey wannabes?

i guess Jersey transplants would be more accurate. i don't think anyone wants to be from Jersey.

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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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