J.A. Murphy's turns 1, celebrates with free drinks
Wow. It's hard for me to believe that J.A. Murphy's is a year old already.
It feels like the Fells Point haunt (which replaced Lulu's) just opened yesterday.
Baltimore Magazine's Jess Blumberg wrote a nice heads up about J.A. Murphy's birthday bash, which features all kinds of free shots and such from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight.
If there was a No. 6 on my Five Best New Bars of 2009 list, it would have been J.A. Murphy's.
A few Tuesdays ago, when a couple friends and I stopped in and had a few rounds there, I was reminded of how much I liked the spot.
It seems like the owners are trying really hard to make J.A. Murphy's a solid neighborhood spot. For the most part, they've been successful ...
I've never had bad service there, and have always been surprised by the silly bar games. For a while, they were doing a Word of the Day, and whoever said the word of the day won free drink.
When we were there earlier this month, customers could have the bartender spin a wheel labeled with various drink outcomes -- some good and some bad. A guy next to me spun the wheel and had to buy everyone in the bar shots at $1 each. Good thing the place wasn't slammed.
My friend Tom spun the wheel, and had to buy someone a shot. He picked me, and ordered a Shave and a Shower, which was a mix of Rumplemintz and espresso vodka. It sounded awful but was actually not bad.
If you haven't been to J.A. Murphy's yet, check it out sometime. I've been two or three times, and have always had a good time.
(Photo by me)