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March 26, 2010

The Hard Yacht Cafe is prime for rainy day drinking

the back deck at the hard yacht cafeNestled in at the end of a curvy county road sits one of my favorite summertime spots: the Hard Yacht Cafe.

At least, it was one of my favorite warm weather standbys until jmgiordano told me about their new indoor/outdoor deck out back.

Now, it might be one of my all-weather hangouts.

About a year ago, owner Art Cox renovated the space, installing some curtains and making it a bit bigger.

"It turned out pretty cool," Cox said. "It looks really Key West-y and tropical." ...

The Hard Yacht's only been around for two and a half years, give or take. But you'd be hard pressed to find a more fun waterside spot in these parts. In about a month, the big yachts will be docking for the summer, and weekends will start to get a little crazy.

jmgiordano enjoys a stogie by the stove"The bikers love it but the people in the big yachts love it too," he said. "On a Saturday afternoon we've got the boaters going out on the bikes and the bikers going out on the boats."

Jmgiordano was there for lunch today, enjoying some chili and a cigar by the cast iron stove.

Apparently, it's cool to smoke there when the flaps are rolled up, because it's technically not an enclosed space.


(Photo by jmgiordano)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:30 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


This place is a hidden gem. Went there for my stepmom's birthday last July and had a BLAST. I love it. Need a sober friend to drive though...

river watch in essex is also a great hidden waterside gem. sunday afternoon i was there once and they have this huge outdoor deck party with bands, etc. it's a great mix of bikers, boaters, locals and it's absolutely packed by 7pm.

when i was leaving i noticed that even the people that lived near by were renting out their front yards for people to park because the parking lot was full.

the River Watch is hardly hidden, it's always packed.

Sounds cool. But looking at google maps, it might as well be in Delaware.

Baltimore Chop -- how dare you insult the Hard Yacht in such a dastardly way. We all know Delaware could be severed from the rest of the country and cast off into the sea and no one would miss it. But we would all miss the Hard Yacht.

God forbid it is outside the lines of Baltimore City...

Come on now! Delaware beaches make the entire state worth visiting. If you can't have fun in Dewey Beach then shame on you! And if you aren't down with the party scene you have Rehoboth for the more family friendly scene and Bethany for the chill set.

Hi, I'm in ...Delaware.

Sam, love your blog but delete this post for good, this is by far my favorite place to hang out in Baltimore and I really don't want word getting out. PLEASE! I have nothing against young urban hipsters when I'm in a young urban hipster environment downtown, but I don't want them invading my space in the 'dalk.

As a side note, whoever mentioned the River Watch in the same breath as Hard Yacht is missing the point completely, they could not be any less like each other. River Watch is a nice place but the atmosphere is not similar at all.

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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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