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October 25, 2009

Happy 60th, Duda's!

Today, Duda's Tavern (1600 Thames St.) is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The Fells Point corner pub has been open since 1949. In honor of the occasion, owners Antoinette and John Flury are throwing a birthday bash today.

The party, which starts at noon, will feature $.60 Miller and Pabst drafts, as well as various rotating beer specials over the course of the afternoon. Nice!

I called Antoinette (her parents opened the place) and talked to her about what the bar and the neighborhood were like back in the day ...

"When we first started, the ships docked across the street," she said. "It was nothing but industry. You had a huge warehouse where DuClaw is now. ... We had trains coming down Bond Street and Thames Street. You had a lot of shot-and-a-beer bars."

One big difference about the clientele is the cussing, she said.

"The expression 'cuss like a sailor' and all that -- you hear these young ones doing more cussing than the sailors did," she said.

Happy birthday, Duda's. Here's to many more!

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:18 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Love the place. Excellent beer selection and some of the best burgers in town.

I [d]ucking love that place. (oops)

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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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