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June 23, 2010

Downtown Lockerroom and other out-of-the-way gay bars

gay pride flag time!Have you heard about the Downtown Lockerroom? It's Baltimore's newest gay bar.

From the outside, the Downtown Lockerroom (aka the DL), looks downright sketchy. It's at 839 W. Cross St. in Pigtown -- not to be confused with Washington Village -- and has dark wood slats covering all the windows.

Inside, the DL was dimly lit on a recent Thursday night, and scarcely populated. Our party of three almost doubled the number of people inside.

The regulars gave us the eye -- not the stink-eye, but The Eye -- as we plopped down on a couple bar stools ...

All of the kegs were kicked, which meant we had to order bottles. We went with Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, which cost $4 each. I wonder how the shoe store feels about a gay bar copping the name. Hmm.

The DL might have been quiet when we were there, but things get crazy during the drag show Monday nights, the bartender told us. Then he went into the backroom and popped us some popcorn. I'm serious -- he microwaved some buttery popcorn and set a couple bowls in front of us, which we greedily devoured. Nice touch, DL.

The DL was one of a couple gay bars we'd hit that night. I put together a little roundup of three off-the-beaten-path gay bars, including Port in a Storm and the Rowan Tree.

Check it out.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:47 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Been there once when it first opened. Stank eye upon walking in, not an unfriendly vibe, more of the "holy crap we are in the hood and they have painted lockers on the wall" vibe. Yes, it really is designed to look like a locker room. Also the fact it is a cash-only bar kinda kills it. Noone was overtly rude but the atmosphere was enough for us to kill a beer and go. Good luck, Downtown Lockerroom.

hrmm... haven't even heard of dl yet! thanks for the info, i'm a bad gay. been to the other two before, they are more bar-like than the clubs in mt vernon, so usually a good time :)

Why is cash only a killer?

the funniest thing is that they already have a change of ownership liquor license sign on the front door. one of the neighbours said it's going to be a sports bar. hmmm? i really object to their brightly lit sign which has a big burly arm, with no hand, holding a tray with a martini. it's horrible looking.

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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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