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July 27, 2010

Riptide by the Bay has decent specials, standard decor

riptide by the bayRiptide by the Bay seems to get lost amidst all the other Thames Street bars and pubs in Fells Point.

I've walked by Riptide plenty of times but never seen many people inside the bar/restaurant/crab shack. I've only been inside once myself, when I stopped by a couple weeks ago on a Friday evening.

Riptide's decor is largely unremarkable, aside from the nice, big wooden bar back.

The mirror behind the bar has a few bumper stickers with cliche slogans on them, such as "Breast inspection 20 feet ahead (please have 'em out). Har, har, har.

The drink specials are the real reason to hit up Riptide. On Fridays, they have $2 light beers and rail drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Here's a full rundown of the specials ...

These specials are all day Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Mondays: $5 margaritas made with 1800 Silver or Jose Cuervo Gold tequila and $2 Corona Extras and Corona Lights.

Tuesdays: $2 draft beers and crabs

Wednesdays: $5 select wines, $2 Yuenglings and Blue Moons, $4.99 half-pound hamburgers

Thursdays: $2 PBRs and Miller Lites, $5 flatbread pizzas

Fridays: $2 light beers and rail drinks

Saturdays & Sundays: $2 PBRs

(Baltimore Sun photo by Amy Davis)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:39 PM | | Comments (21)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Last time I was there we had some Habenero infused tequilla or vodka which was awesome.

The foods good and the bartenders are friendly. The also have a nice spot up front to people watch.

$2 Blue Moons -- unheard of!!! $2 PBRs -- I'm missing something there, unless they're those ones from China ;-) . . . . I've never even noticed this place before. Must be on the West side of Broadway?

Nansea -- Like I said, they're decent but not totally awesome. It's on the east side of Broadway, between Kooper's and Miss Irene's. See what I mean about it getting lost amidst all the other bars?

Food and drink specials are good. Service is fine but that bar is just too small, it's worse than Alexanders. I need my elbow room

What made you think to make a blog post today about somewhere you stopped by a few weeks ago?

@Anon -- Because I just remembered it today, and wanted to share. Hope that's ok.

Fine by me, snarky blog guy. Just wasn't sure if they had something upcoming that poked the brain.

Nah, just the usual assortment of specials.

Sam, riptide get's pretty lively on the weekend nights when this guy "Pat" is bartending. Many of his friends show up and get rowdy. As you mentioned, there are many good specials. Pat makes excellent bloody's and other drinks, but the regulars are what makes this bar special. One such regular, "Maamuedo," can often be found in the bar missing articles of clothing. What the bar lacks in decor, it makes up for in clientele.

Sam- The previous posts are true: There's an old salt that comes in this bar and is always up to the same tricks: Removal of clothing, eating of strangers food, stealing the stool from the men's bathroom(?). ... Future patrons beware.

The random bar-name generator didn't do them any favors.

Riptide by the Bay? Not really the Bay. Riptides not so common in harbors or bays. I guess it's better than the more accurate Semi-Stagnant Filth-Water Down Aways from Da Inner Harbor

Riptide is one of my preferred weekend spots in fells, yet it is often overlooked due to being right in between Waterfront, Cat's Eye and Morris Realty, which is a shame. It is definitely worth stopping in for the angry crab shot w/ Habanero infused tequila.
@Maam: I think I saw the gentleman you are referring to last time I was there, his behavior was borderline inappropriate for a public setting.

On Sunday's they have Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials. The Bloody Mary's are delish and spicy. We've been a couple times and the food was good. although not totally traditional, the Mahi Mahi and shark tacos are really good. The bartenders are very friendly. I would definitely recommend going if you've never gone before.

Ah, another one of my fave spots outed. :)

Earlier this summer 3 of my friends and I had more crabs than we could eat and a decent number of Bohs (They were out of PBR and subbed the special for us) for under $100 on a Sunday afternoon. It was early in the season and they were still the best crabs I've had this year. Excellent people watching spot if you can get a table outside.

Def a thumbs up from me.

The only place by the water in Fells to get crabs and the ones I have had were steamed perfectly. The cream of crab, (chipotle) nachos are great and different, as are the scallops and the crab cake appetizer and were enjoyed by me and a friend, yesterday. The food here is underrated. They often have live acoustic music and it can get rowdy on crowded nights.

@kateebee -- Any other secret bars you want to divulge on midnight sun? Share the love!

I have had many good nights at Riptide. Careful with the habanero infused shot. Thatsa a spicy meatballa.

Love the Riptide!

@OMG: At least they didn't name it......THE GET DOWN!

If this place ever needs to change its name, I suggest: Comma's Runon Sentence.


Yeah. Gotta pass on this one. I'm not sure what was worse, the waiter bro forgetting about us and then saying "sorry dudes (one was a woman) but I totally forgot about you. At least I got the food out right?", or the bartender bro getting wasted outside with the other employees.
And we're partiers, so it's not like I'm being a Debbie Downer. But c'mon. A staff getting wasted on the street and smacking each others a$$es is not what I'd call an ideal dining experience. It's just not professional and if I wanted to eat @ mad river I would have went there. I still can't beleive that waiter bro forgot about HIS LAST TABLE...
to be fair, the only good thing to come out of the experience was the chef. Awesome fish tacos man. You go somewhere else make an announcement, cuz we're not coming back to Riptides.

Went there the other night after seeing this post. Can't say I share Sam's enthusiasm. (sorry Sam).
Food and drinks were pretty yum, but the atmosphere and service...UGH. While there, we overheard a staff fight in the little 'alley-way' next to the bar, which was probably the reason our waiter dissapeared after serving us our main course (we actually had to hunt him down to be able to pay). He apologized, but added 'hey, i did get you your food'. hmmmm...yeah, thanks. Oh, and the loud, obnoxious and drunk crowd two tables from us? Turned out at the end of our stay that they worked there and were just hanging around after their shift. Should've guessed as their vocabulary matched the one used by the invisible fighting staff ... a great love of the word F**K seems a job requirement.
Riptide by the Bay? More like "Jersey Shore" South! :(

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