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July 30, 2010

Johnny Rad's is open

Johnny Rad's, the new pizza bar which replaced Kelly's in Fells Point, is open for business.

"We are open, God help me," said owner Steve Ball. 

The bar's soft opening was Wednesday, and despite what the bar's Facebook page says, no date has been set for the grand opening, which should be sometime next month. Johnny Rad's is open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. every day. The happy hour, which features $3 drafts and rails, is 5 p.m.-8 p.m. weekdays. And the beer list is impressive ...

Johnny Rad's has 32 bottles and cans, everything from Pabst to Schneider-Weisse Wheat Doppelbock, Ball said. The draft list is small but mighty: 21st Amendment, Acme IPA, Victory Prima Pils, Oliver's Blonde Ale, Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat and others.

I haven't been inside yet, but Baltimore Magazine's Jess Blumberg has. Check out her post about the place.

If you've been, lemme know what you think of the place.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, News


I checked out the place while under construction about a month ago and the inside of the place looked great. Seems like a huge improvement from Kelly's- where most people I know wouldn't think of going. I haven't tried the food yet, but the owners were extremely nice and I'm sure they will be successful in that space.

Gonna go kill some time at Johnny Rad's after work, fer sho. You sure it opens at 5? Google says 4.

I stopped by yesterday, the HH prices were cool. $3 drafts, select wine, and rails if I remember correctly. The staff was cool, comped the table behind me a brew because the Acme wasn't tapped right. I want to try the pizza soon.

Love the sign...maybe Henry Rollins will come visit

Quite the URL they've got there

Do we consider a $3 draft a good happy hour price? Maybe it's just me, but that seems like the tipping point to where I consider prices a bit steep.

Come on Sam, JR's is across Chester Street. How does that qualify as Fells Point?!

Three bucks for a draft is fair -unless its PBR or Coors Light

any relation to Dr. Fad?

@Bathroom Painter - we still have the Fells Point zip code, so yes it's Fells. If you want to get technical, it's Upper Fells...

So Johnny Rad's was...rad. Had some cheapo PBRs & a small pizza. The Wurlitzer played a bunch of bands that I like...Hot Water Music, Hey Mercedes, Small Brown Bike, Lucero, Get Up Kids, etc. Happy hour is solid, place was packed, & it appears to be owned &/or operated by that guy Evan who recently owned Fletcher's, & who played drums in Baltimore bands Liars Academy & Cross My Heart. Johnny Rad's all day every day.

Being over 55, wasn't sure about feeling comfortable at Johnny Rad's, but I was so wrong! Everyone was so great, our group fit right in and stayed for hours. We sampled 4 of the pizza's and several of the Drafts. I felt like I was actually eating "healthy" for a change, no grease, just beautiful crusts and fresh toppings. Met the owners, Richard Pugh and Steve Ball. That guy Evan is just working there. All staff was hustling to please. Nice place for sure....I think they will do really well.

its not owned or operated by Evan, he works there. Rich Pugh and Steve Ball own it. It's a great place, the pizza kicks ass and the music and atmosphere are perfect!

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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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