BAR may be renovated, but it's still BAR
The more things change ...
Earlier this year, BAR (1718 Lancaster St.) closed for several months for renovations. I was worried that when the longtime Fells Point dive reopened, it would be a totally different place.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
BAR is back in action, and you can hardly tell it was closed at all. The floor is new, there are some new beers on tap, but those are the only noticable differences.
The ceiling fan still only has two prongs, the wine list is still only two options (white and red), and, most importantly, the owner, Carol, is still atop her favorite stool at the far end of the bar ...
Carol is the heart and soul of BAR. If you removed her from the equation -- even with the same decor and everything -- BAR wouldn't be the same.
Of course, the (kind of) sad part about BAR is, no matter when you go, chances are you're going to be one of the only people there. That's one of the reasons I like BAR -- it's a great hideout. But it is a shame to think such a great little dive is going unnoticed.
(Photo by Shankman)