baltimoresun.com

« Video: A night in Baltimore with ... me | Main | Baltimore's Milkshake nominated for a Grammy »

December 3, 2009

The review: The Rowhouse Grille

the rowhouse baltimoreI still can't believe it's the same place.

Last Saturday, I stopped by the new Rowhouse Grille (1400 Light St.) in South Baltimore for a couple beers, and was pleasantly surprised at how great it looks. I remember when it was the Light Street Station, a seedy joint with colorful characters.

When Rowhouse owners Patrick Dahlgren and Joseph Flynn bought the building, they gave it quite the facelift, from the oak bar to the cherry floorboards. They painted the walls a blueish gray inside and out, and installed eight taps behind the bar.

Of those eight taps, three were Clipper City. That's the highest ratio of Clipper City beers I think I've ever seen in a neighborhood bar ...

Granted, it's no surprise, considering Dahlgren's step-father is Clipper City owner Hugh Sisson. But it's still a treat. I ordered a Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA, which cost $5. 

The Rowhouse's first floor has a bar up front and a dining space in back. The second floor, which was closed the night we went, has also been remodeled.

I had no complaints with the service at the Rowhouse. The bar area was comfortably full, but I never had a problem getting a drink. I also liked the tunes, which weren't your average pub fare. Instead of Journey and such, we got A Tribe Called Quest.

The Rowhouse isn't overflowing with character yet, because, well, it's still brand new. But The Rowhouse is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, in a spot that helps bring much needed foot traffic south on Light Street.

(Photo by me)


Follow Midnight Sun on Facebook and Twitter @midnightsunblog
Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:58 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Bars & Clubs
        

Comments

I will have to check Rowhouse grill out, any place that plays a variety of good eclectic music instead of the typical fed hill generic playlist would certainly be an added bonus. Got to love the Clipper City brews!


Thanks for heads up

Dig the Rowhouse... Especially with Mikey P behind the bar. But I have to ask - It's 2009. Shouldn't 6 Day / 1 am licenses be antiquated? Why should such a thing even exist in modern Baltimore?

This sounds exactly like the bar on York Road where the Blue Gratto used to be, Seven West, on Chesapeake Avenue! They gave the inside a face lift as well. Most people don't know about it yet, but I'm sure with a little more advertisement and more word of mouth around Towson it would be great!

Even though it's done, they need to "finish" the upstairs because it's too crowded to actually enjoy anything, YET. Nothing out of the ordinary, just another bar closer to some Fed Hill/Riverside Park properties. Nice that one in that immediate area doesn't have to walk as far to get the first beer of the night. I will say that they seem to be doing a good business every night I go by. Congrats to them.

It was Angel's Grotto (not Blue Gratto) in Towson, no?

It was Angel's Grotto on York Road (long time) then Blue Grotto (didn't even make it a year) on Chesapeake.

Stopped in for a drink recently and ended up staying until last call. Staff was really nice and gave great drink recommendations! Definitely worth checking out.

"Of those eight taps, three were Clipper City. That's the highest ratio of Clipper City beers I think I've ever seen in a neighborhood bar ..."

'The Hill' has 4 of their 6 taps devoted to Clipper City. Just sayin'.

Awesome place!!! Food and service are outstanding. I would recommend this place to anyone.

I had a great time here! I even managed to get laid by a good looking young woman and I'm socially awkward

Everything was good until last call and the days following...when requesting my check at last call I ordered 3 shots along with it...The bartender poured my 3 shots and one for each he and his coworker and charged me for all 5!! Also I picked up the tab for a handful of people and their accounting software double draws your bank account for 3 days so I have over $200 in limbo for no reason whatsoever. Very annoying when bars find it necessary to do this, and it was a large enough sum that while already annoyed about it I have to juggle money between accounts which I would not have to do after visiting over 90% of the bars in the neighborhood...Probably won't be back...

@not impressed- its not the Rowhouse's fault about the hold on your card, the bank does that. I don't know exactly why, but certain banks put a hold on the double amount plus 20% for a tip. It usually happens if you are going to close out your tab and at the last second you order another round of drinks and the bartender has to reauthorize your card.
As far as putting all 5 shots on your tab, that doesn't sound right unless you told the bartenders that you would buy them a shot as well and they charged you. You should have said something to them.
Very simple explanations, just ask next time, not saying that u were wrong but could have saved you from a bad comment against a good establishment.

@not impressed- its not the Rowhouse's fault about the hold on your card, the bank does that. I don't know exactly why, but certain banks put a hold on the double amount plus 20% for a tip. It usually happens if you are going to close out your tab and at the last second you order another round of drinks and the bartender has to reauthorize your card.
As far as putting all 5 shots on your tab, that doesn't sound right unless you told the bartenders that you would buy them a shot as well and they charged you. You should have said something to them.
Very simple explanations, just ask next time, not saying that u were wrong but could have saved you from a bad comment against a good establishment.

@anon;): I have to disagree with you saying it's the bank's call on how much money a bar holds. I have bartended at several bars where they purposefully hold the money for fear of people walking out on their checks. $200 does seem high for a hold, but not out of the realm of possibility.

@KGM801- I am "assuming" that his check was either $200 or $165 plus the 20%. I have worked at places where they pre-authorize the cards for fifty up to a hundred dollars. Two hundred would then seem high.

If the bar authorizes the credit card for the amount of the check then they swipe the card again to close it, the bank will hold the money times two.

Hence it really isn't the Rowhouse's fault.

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Please enter the letter "w" in the field below:
About Erik Maza
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 erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
-- ADVERTISEMENT --

Most Recent Comments
Recent tweets
Sign up for FREE nightlife alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for nightlife text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Weekend Watch newsletter
Plan your weekend with baltimoresun.com's best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV picks and more delivered to you every Thursday for free.
See a sample | Sign up

Photo galleries
Stay connected