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June 14, 2010

The scary side room at O'Ryan's Pub

o'ryan's pubLast week, on a whim, a couple of us went into O'Ryan's Pub, an Irish bar across the street from Port in a Storm.

From the outside, we couldn't tell if it was open or closed. I pulled the metal handle on the front door, but it didn't open. Then I realized I had to turn the knob and then pull the handle. Tricky, that.

Inside, O'Ryan's was unexpectedly large, with a higher-than-normal ceiling and a tiled floor.

The bartender, a pleasant, pleasantly plump fellow, cheerfully served us a few Bud Light bottles, which cost about $2 each.

There were only a handful of other people in the bar -- probably because most of the regulars were at the Polish Festival, the bartender said.

I decided to do a little snooping, which is when I discovered the freaky side room ...

It's another whole rowhouse, from the looks of it, with a long, deserted counter and piles of random stuff. It was deadly quiet, with the only noise coming from a flickering light inside a cooler.

Bzzt. Zzzt. Bzzt. Zzzt.

I suddenly got the feeling I was in a horror movie. I hoped like heck I was one of the main characters -- too important to die, you know. But I felt like I was probably one of the movie's first victims. 

I could see the headlines in the next day's newspaper:

Veteran bar blogger and D-list local celebrity Sam Sessa disappears in Highlandtown/Greektown bar. His last drink? A bottle of Bud Light.


In real life, I slowly backed out of the room, and went back to my Bud Light, lucky to be alive.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:02 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


No editor would let a headline that long into a newspaper.

Still not as scary as Sid's.

Call me!


What are your boundaries of bars you decide to enter/not enter?

I have been there and know what you mean, but I am laughing after readiding your blog!!!


I really don't have any boundaries. I've gotten plenty of stink-eyes over the years, but, believe it or not, rarely do I feel unsafe going out in Baltimore. Of course, now that I've written this, I'm going to get karate chopped the next time I go out.


New monthly feature: "Hidden-Cam Sam". Readers vote on a bar they are too afraid to explore. You are equipped with a hidden cam and explore the voted upon bar. BAM! - "Hidden-Cam Sam". Approved or Denied by The Sun legal Dept?

D-list is a little optimistic, I think.

no kidding dave. i was wondering if anyone was going to address that. i wasnt going to waste the time gratify it with a response, but im glad someone finally did.

Alright Sessa...when are you going to get brave enough to venture to our side of town and check out the B&O Tavern and Opposite Sidewalk Saloon?

Can you say $0.75 beer, and day-hookers?

$0.75 beer? I'm in.

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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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