« So I reviewed Harbor East Deli and Byblos | Main | Gutter Magazine's Glitterball is tomorrow »

June 18, 2010

Introducing Tiki Barge, South Baltimore's new tiki bar

tiki bargeOh. My. Goodness.

Tiki Barge, a floating barge with a swimming pool and two tiki bars, has opened at the end of a dock in Harborview Marina, at 500 Harborview Drive.

Take a second, have a look at the photo, and digest what I just told you. OK.

Bud Craven, who, with his daughter Shawna, helped run the tiki bar outside Bo Brooks in Canton, took over a swimming pool barge a couple months ago and started renovating it ...

They built two bars and set up real palm trees. Tiki Barge officially opened Memorial Day weekend, using the marina's liquor license, Craven said. 

Beers are about $3.50, and rail mixed drinks are $3.75. Swimming in the pool costs a $10 fee, which includes one free drink.

The whole setup is pretty killer, according to Midnight Sunner ryan97ou, who is currently chilling down there in the pool as I type this. Consider me jealous.

Tiki Barge is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The pool opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Vickie Frazier)

Midnight Sun on Facebook and Twitter @midnightsunblog
Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:49 PM | | Comments (31)
Categories: Bars & Clubs



Can someone please call my office and invent some sort of personal emergency that I need to attend to at the Harborview marina?

Awesome!! Looks like a good party boat!

Great Idea- you gotta admit!

How many people do you think could hang there comfortably? It looks like it doesn't really hold many people from the picture.

Looked at renting a place in Harborview - that barge was an "amenity" for residents w/ grills and a pool ... glad I found another spot.

"Yes, hi, office? Yes, I'm looking for kateebee. No, I'm sorry that's all I have to go on. Well, you see there's this floating pool bar outside..."

ugh, there goes my not so secret barge pool :(

but it does look 1000x better than it did before!

I like the idea and may have to check it out, but I too wonder how many can even fit on the thing. Will Sam's post give it the tipping point exposure to make it so popular that you have to wait in line and be pretty in your bikini to even get in? Well I can make that judgement call and I need a weekend job anyway.

"Swimming in the pool costs a $10 free"

What a deal if it really is free.

@LEC -- I meant to write "fee" instead of "free." Fixed.

Was there last night with said ryan97ou and the bar could get pretty packed pretty easily. I think if word got out too quickly it could pretty easily devolve into a sh*tshow, but for now it's a pretty great spot.

we can see it from our office and were wondering what it was. agree with Montag, there's probably a line right now.

Fabulous. First the new marina owners put up a gate with key-card access to keep out the riff-raff. Then they open the gate so the whole world can get to the tiki bar.

I have heard about this place for a few weeks now but I was sworn to secrecy be fellow men not to tell others about it. As of right now the female to male ratio is 4-1 after this blog and other positive reviews it will soon be 1-4.

Please don't every get televisions or have drink specials.

Sam, you might have ruined a good thing!!!

Jason Z is exactly right.

I'm just doing my job, folks. You've had it to yourselves for almost a month now. It's time the masses knew about it. And who knows? Nothing might happen. It might stay exactly the same.

If this blog post does blow it up, maybe I'll go there, give it an awful review and drive everybody away. That way I can have it all to myself. Muhahahaha! Just kidding, of course.

Congrats to Richmond and Shawna. The Canton location was cool while it lasted. Good to get away from Bo Brooks, its ownership harassment, and its clientele. I was checking out the new location from brunch at Little Havana. Looks great! I will be stopping by to add a little maturity to the crowd.

Midnight Sun Swim Party!?!?

Congrats Richmond!

That place is super chill but some the guys are so ridiculously pretentious. "Oh my yacht this, oh my yacht that....lets get on my yacht and go over to power plant"


I'd love to do a Midnight Sun swim party, Jason, but I'd worry the weather wouldn't be great and we'd have to reschedule. But seriously, though, I'd consider it.

If it rains, we move the party to Havanas! very simple.

I'll spin the tunes for any Midnight Sun swim party...

Since we haven't had a Midnight Sun party in awhile, we should have eCommerce spin some tunes and kateebee model some two pieces at the pool. Good times had by all!

Sounds good to me. Lemme see what I can put together.

The flabongos are summering in Dewey, but I'll bring them home for the partay. And Jason, if this was a ploy to get me in a bikini, you could have just asked ;)

I have to check this place out on Sunday if the weather is nice. Who wants to go?

I would love to spin some music here!

So it sounds and looks better than both Merrits and it costs LESS, with a free drink? Hmm...and the downside is what?

I'll have to put in some extra gel to keep the hair spiked. Is that barge big enough for the egos?

hey everybody yea the barge sucks. Don't come. :-)

it's like jersey shore in baltimore, quite entertaining actually. lots of DBs

My partner and I visited on Labor Day! Very impressed. Since I bike the route between Guilford and Fort McHenry, I'll be making this a midway stop for sure!!

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Please enter the letter "b" in the field below:
About Erik Maza
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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

Most Recent Comments
Recent tweets
Sign up for FREE nightlife alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for nightlife text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Weekend Watch newsletter
Plan your weekend with's best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV picks and more delivered to you every Thursday for free.
See a sample | Sign up

Photo galleries
Stay connected