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February 23, 2010

Old school hip-hop at the Ibis Tavern

ibis tavernYesterday and today, I've been tinkering with the nightlife column for Friday's Live section. This week's column is about our recent Harford Road bar crawl.

Turns out, I ended up writing too much, and we had to cut some from the final column. One of the bars we stopped by had to be cut out entirely. Here's what didn't make the column.

The Ibis Tavern is a small space with a decent drink selection; we ended up ordering a round of Rolling Rock bottles for $3 each.

Mirrors lined the walls, sports were playing on the three flat screen TVs and the tempting smell of spicy Caribbean food permeated the place ...

The Ibis Tavern has a wooden DJ booth, which is startling, considering the bar's size. More shocking was the DJ's play list: Mostly hip-hop from the '90s, such as DMX and Notorious BIG.

Old school hip-hop (sadly, yes, '90s hip-hop is now technically old school) is hard to find at bars and clubs, since so many DJs only want to play hot new singles.

And the crowd was loving it – one couple cleared a few square feet and started busting moves in the middle of the bar.

Jmgiordano and I want to go back there sometime and try the Caribbean food. It looked delicious.

(Photo courtesy of Ibis Tavern's Web site)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:26 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


They have a decent drink selection and you settled on Rolling Rock? Bleecchhh...

The Caribbean food does intrigue me though.

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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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