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January 14, 2010

Who has the most expensive Miller Lites in town?

IT'S MILLER TIME, BABY!Midnight Sunner Jason e-mailed me a great idea for a blog post at 5 a.m. today. You always know if it's someone in the service industry by the time stamp.

Queen Colleen, is, of course, the Queen of Late Night, One Eye Closed To Prevent Double Vision Commenting.

Jason had this question: What Baltimore bar/club/lounge has the most expensive Miller Lite bottles in town? Strip clubs and ball parks don't count, because they would automatically win.

I'm trying to think of the last time I was charged a ton of money for Miller Lite, but honestly, I can't remember the last time I ordered a Miller Lite at a bar. Does that make me a snob?

I don't think so -- I just haven't binge drank at any bar recently. When you're on a tear, drinking seven or eight Resurrections can tear a hole in your wallet (and your liver). That's when $2 bottles of beer sound the most appetizing.

That's when ... IT'S MILLER TIME, BABY! ...

I'm going to make some calls today, to various bars and fancy restaurants like the Prime Rib. Feel free to offer suggestions, and place your bets on who will have the most expensive Miller Lite, and how much it will cost.

Jason said in 2000, he paid $7 for a Corona in Miami.

"I bought two, threw down a $20 and drank water for the rest of the night," he wrote.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:34 AM | | Comments (23)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


if someone can back me up on this, i actually paid $4.50 for a Boh at the 8x10 a few weeks ago, so i can't imagine what the Miller price would be

Try James Joyce? They are the most expensive place I drink.

Not in Baltimore, but back in 2003...I paid $12(!) for a can(!) of Amstel Light in Miami. That was a sad, sad day.

I'm betting Grand Central is up there. I can't drink Miller Lite, but Yuenglings are around $4.75 there. It's ridiculous.

A number of years back I remember reading a comprehensive article about bars in Baltimore and their prices. They used the "Bud Index" for comparison sake, since almost every bar in the city sells Bud. They are probably the same cost as a Miller Lite. I think at the time the most expensive was $4.25 for a Bud. I think it might have been someplace like Red Maple.

Try the Mt Washington Tavern

Went to the Crease in Towson about 5 years ago. Ordered a Gin and Tonic (rail) and a double jack and coke. Gave the bartender a $20 and he asked for 4 dollars more. Ridiculous!

Neighbor, I think I did the same thing in the same city around the same year. May have been $10, but that was still a lot, and I'm not even a big fan of Amstel Light. I think it was at the Delano.

To piggyback Allan's idea, how about a post about the most expensive/cheapest Natty Boh? And if we're talking Boh, I guess you would have to differentiate between bottles and cans (bottles and cans. Just clap your hands!)

I'm thinking Dave's been upping his prices at Mother's to pay for the addition in back. I was in the new section not too long ago, ordered two Boh's, handed the barmaid a ten and got 3 back. $3.50 for a BOH??? In Federal Hill?

Not bars, but easily M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards. They know how to hose you.

Not seeing complaints about prices for any beers I would actually drink except maybe a Yuengling if I got stuck somewhere with such a bad beer selection that they didn't have something at least as decent as my usual fallback plan of Sam Adams.

Yea, I paid that at 8x10 once by accident, when the prices jumped up at the beginning of the show. Boh was within 25c of Yuengling.

I was in some 'dive bar' in DC last weekend that had $4.50 pints of PBR or $4.25 Miller High Life bottles as the cheapest option. I think I'll stick with the $1.75? at the Dirt Church.

Thanks greg!

read the whole post!

@ Anonymous - My bad. Thanks for pointing that out.

What about the prices in Harbor east. Pazo charges an arm and leg for a drink. If they serve Miller then it has to be expensive.

Welcome to the rest of the United States people...

FHT- I was at the Shore Club, right down the street. I made sure that was the best Amstel Light ever, as it was the most expensive, and my last.

Not in Baltimore but relevant. I paid $6.50 for a ML in Providence, RI last weekend while I was there for the Ravens game. Blech...

The OceanAir in Harbor East has to be up there, I got a rail vodka tonic there for $10 a couple months ago.

Rams Head (?) -Think I paid 5 bucks for one a few years back.

$5? I found the web site for Milan and $5 for a Miller Lite was the bargain there compared to the $12 frou-frou martinis.

The food prices look kind of insane. Who wants to drop $37 for a drink and an app? $8 for San Pellegrino water? $17 for an Italian "sushi" roll? Calling Dr. Bombay.

I don't know how uber-loungey it is but its uber-preciousness is already giving me acid reflux. Listing prices for food in Euros? Zut alors!

I just checked with my boyfriend, and he's sure that his ML bottle was between $6.50 and $7.50 at Morton's when we were last there a few weeks ago.

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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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