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November 9, 2009

Club 410 sets the bar for liquor license violations

police cruiserToday, I was skimming the schedule for Thursday's liquor board hearings when I almost spat my Coke Zero all over my computer screen.

Club 410 (4507-09 Belair Road) has an absolutely epic list of offenses. Except for Suite Ultralounge, I can't remember the last time I saw a bar get in trouble for so many violations all at once. Of course, this is nothing new. But still, it's shocking to read them all, one by one.

I went through and hand-picked the best offenses to post on Midnight Sun. I skipped the relatively mundane ones, like serving alcohol to minors and not framing their license.

Are you ready for Club 410's four worst offenses? Here goes ...

4. Violation of Rule 4.16 “No licensee shall allow his premises to be used for the purpose of possession, transfer or use of any narcotic drug” on January 11, 2009 (Re:  During investigation, police found three pink ziplock bags with plant substance, suspected marijuana);

3. Violation of Rule 4.02 “No licensee shall sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to any person under the influence of alcohol or narcotic drugs or who is disorderly in manner or to any person known to be a habitual drunkard or user of narcotic drugs” on January 11, 2009 (Re:  Two patrons appeared to be intoxicated) and on January 25, 2009 (Re: Police witnessed intoxicated patron leave establishment and stumble across the street to his vehicle)

2. Violation of Rule 3.06 “Licensees shall operate their establishments at all times in accordance with the requirements of the Health Department of Baltimore City, the Building Code of Baltimore City, and the rules and regulations of the Fire Department of Baltimore City” on January 9, 2009 and on January 11, 2009 (Re:  Coolers holding alcohol were filthy, wet, moldy and no proper washing stations were set up for washing glassware) and on February 5, 2009 (Re:  Establishment was over posted capacity)

1. Violation of Rule 3.12 “Licensees shall operate their establishments in such a manner as to avoid disturbing the peace, safety, health, quiet, and general welfare of the community” on August 26, 2008 (Re:  Patrons involved in dispute inside establishment, one patron left on a motorcycle and was chased and struck by another person in a truck), on December 6, 2008 (Re:  Man shot just as he left establishment), on December 12, 2008 (Re:  Patron shot as she left establishment) on January 11, 2009 (Re:  Two patrons refused to cooperate with lawful order from police officer and were verbally combative) and on January 25, 2009 (Re:  Police responded for fight outside club) and on January 27, 2009 (Re:  Bloodied patron forced outside club by bouncers) 

(Baltimore Sun archive photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:41 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I think "known habitual drunkard" will be the name of my first album.

Are they going to contest the charges?

Will the officers and inspectors show?

Take the license Mr. Chairman, assuming the evidence is sufficient.

Allthat said is a lie, that club wasn't bad at all.

Nice article.

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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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