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May 11, 2010

Baltimore's most ornate urinal

rumba club urinalI have discovered Baltimore's most ornate urinal, which resides in the men's room of the Rumba Club.

Last week, I led an expedition into the bars and clubs of Upper Fells. One of our first stops was the Rumba Club, on the corner of Pratt Street and Broadway.

Before we left, Midnight Sunner ryan97ou had to relieve himself, at which point he spotted this elaborately tiled urinal. It is everything you would want in a urinal, from the colorful patterns to the manual spigot.

Hee hee.

Also of note: The outer bathroom door had a large window in the middle of it. If you were curious about what happened inside, there was no need to open the door -- you just have to peer through the glass.

Most convenient! ...

Yes yes, I know all about how the Tremont Grand's bathroom was voted one of the Top 10 in the country. But that was the women's room, and didn't have urinals. So there.

Rumba Club is #1! Rumba Club is #1!

The urinal looked so nice, I almost felt bad about using it. Almost.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:45 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Spending your day hanging out in men's rooms scoping out the urinals? Not the first time is it Trabek?

Does that really meet the specifications of a "urinal"? To me, that looks like a drain in the floor with a tile backsplash (and I do mean backsplash in every sense of the word!).

Well I just found my happy place in Baltimore

Oh, hell, I have LOTS of interesting restroom photos, many of which I thought about submitting to "Name That Bar," but it just seems unfair to purposely exclude a potential half of your readership. The one you did run was a unisex rest room, so........

Is it just me, or does that spigot get peed on all the time?

In Germany where I was stationed that was the norm. Tiled wall, piss channel going out. Pipe caps coming out the wall had slits in them to spread a fan of water acrossed the wall every few feet. very little maintenance, less privacy.

Backsplash is right! That tile work would definitely not be ideal for a urinal.
This reminds me of a urinal experience I had about 10 years ago at Gin Mill. I was using the urinal and probably reading one of those bulletin boards over top and noticed my leg was getting warm. I looked down and noticed a big, fat horizontal bead of caulk that ran the width of the urinal. "It" was running down the urinal and splashing back at the caulk bead and getting all over my pants.
Needless to say, I always check the urinal now for anything that might create a splash back!

Has to be the most seriously ugly tiling jobs I've ever seen and they obviously spent the least possible on the faucet.

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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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