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March 17, 2010

Eating Lucky Charms at No Idea at 7 a.m.

sam sessa enjoys a bowl of lucky charms at no idea tavern's cereal  bar. he felt fantastic for an hour, before the sugar high wore off and  he crashed.


No Idea Tavern opened at 6 a.m. today, with a complimentary cereal bar and one-cent Guinness drafts (as long as you bought the $5 plastic cup).

While Editor Tim frowns on pre-work drinking, he couldn't keep me from my free breakfast. 


By my informal tally, there were about 15 folks drinking cheapcheapcheap Guinness drafts -- most from the suburbs, I hear.

Silly suburbanites, always after me Lucky Charms ...

I spotted No Idea owner Jason O'Zink behind the bar (surprise, surprise), pouring beers. He looked cheery, given the hour. Come this afternoon, we'll see if he's still so upbeat.

Since I couldn't drink anything, I decided to buy one of the other folks a beer. I set a shiny penny on the bar -- and a nickel tip. 

"Wow, that's like, a 500 percent tip," O'Zink dead-panned.

What can I say? I was feeling flush.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kim Hairston. What was Kim Hairston doing at No Idea at 7 a.m.? Taking photos of me, of course.)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:48 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


You know, there are certain bars in town that open that early every day.

I thought you newsroom types had 2 happy hours every day.

@The Baltimore Chop -- I know, I actually did a nightlife column where I hit up two South Baltimore spots at 6 a.m. Drinking that early in the morning is an interesting experience, to say the least.

hahahahahaha love the picture!!!

Still cheery Sam, but called it a morning at 10am, nice and subtle crowd when I left. Hiding in Canton now til I go around 4pm to pass. Gotta wake up early for NCAA's.

Early morning drinking is my favorite. Don't do it often, but it is pretty awesome.

I went to Don't Know at 6:15am on the Saturday before St. Patty's day last year. We had a great time but my friends and I were the only ones there for an hour. Having done it once, I'm glad to say I don't need to do it again.

Sam did you check the weather forecast? It's 70 degrees outside and was 50 this morning - Why are you dressed like Brando in "On The Waterfront"?

Status update: Séasan O'Zink still looked pretty cheery & upbeat when he left here @ about 3.30-4. He had, however, enabled the Hulk-hand, so no promises on his future state.

Good to see you, O'Zink!


@Frankie -- I coulda been a contenda.

Dude, if you'd seen my crazy morning hair, you woulda understood.

Chicago has breakfast bars on the south side.

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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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