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September 14, 2010

New Canton bar Parkside Sports Bar opens, attracts Ravens fans

IMG_0689.jpgParkside Sports Bar chose the Ravens-Jets game for their grand opening Monday night.

The new Canton bar takes over the spot on Fleet Street once occupied by Bleachers, which was sold in May. For an opening day, it was surprisingly full by kickoff, which could say something about its future, or just the city's obsession with the Ravens.

Eric Mathias, one of the owners, says they envision "a good, old-fashioned neighborhood bar." He's something of an expert on the subject. Mathias is also part owner of the storied The Horse You Came in On Saloon.

Before the owners settled on the name, Parkside went through several iterations. First, it was Goodfellas, which was discarded in favor of The Irish Horse, an awkward name since Mathias has little Irish in him.

His father is Israeli.

The bar hopes to attract the athletes and runners who practice at nearby Patterson Park, and also the pool league that used to reside at Bleachers. For now, they'll have ping pong tournaments and the Ravens.

The 1,500-or-so-square-foot space has eight TV screens and one mean-looking bouncer, a big-ol grizzly bear sweetly named Ian. PBR drafts are $1.75 every day, and pitchers go for $5.

As the Jets' offense nosedived, Mark Sanchez can at least be happy he gave a new Baltimore bar a good note to open with.

Parkside is at 2501 Fleet Street. They are currently without a Web site. 

Caption: Ian the Bouncer. Photo: Erik Maza

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Posted by Erik Maza at 7:04 AM | | Comments (28)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


just what canton needs... another sports bar.

just what canton needs... another sports bar.

I love bars that require big burly bouncers- not

I love bars that require big burly bouncers- not

@cdc - it was a sports bar before too - so I'm not sure what the issue is.

yeah when ever I finish a nice long run at Patterson Park I always look to replenish with an ice cold PBR.

Do you know - do they have food?

Seems like it is in a good spot for BSSC and kickball leagues that play in Patterson Park. Hope they have some decent specials other than the PBR!

I always find it strange that so many bars have bouncers when bouncers are clearly not needed at many bars.

Josh, I believe the "bouncers" are less about throwing out unruly patrons than they are just ID-checkers. We can eliminate that just as soon as we eliminate people trying to get into bars underaged.

Incidentally, it irritates me a bit that they swiped the name from the just-closed Parkside up on Harford Road. Not that they had a monopoly on the word, but......

it appears the new owners know more about running a bar than the previous owners

Let me clarify, ID checkers are a must when a bar is busy. Bouncers are not. In my opinion, bouncers create more problems than they solve. However, this is my personal axe to grind.

the owner wants to set up an old fashioned neighborhood bar. isn't that what Bleachers was?

@michael S - i just see it as an opportunity to see this neighborhood as something more than college kids playing games. and bleachers was only a sports bar when they decided to open.

The caption of "Ian the Bouncer" was/is misleading. I am Ian from the photo. I was the doorman at Parkside last night for the grand opening. On special event days, it is often appropriate that a doorman be on hand to help with the smooth, and efficient running of the establishment. The doorman's job is to welcome customers to the bar, with a friendly smile, and make them feel at ease. That's how I see the position of doorman.

Ian, I'm gonna stop by this week: DON'T TAZE ME BRO!

You need to stop by your sponsor bars after the BSSC games.


Feel free to go to your favorite bar after the BSSC games. This is America!

@Josh- totally agree, bouncers sometimes cause more problems just via their presence.

@ADMIV-it's just a name

"On special event days, it is often appropriate that a doorman be on hand to help with the smooth, and efficient running of the establishment."

Ian. No disrespect, you sound like a very nice man, but are you kidding me? In what way does a doorman "help with the smooth and efficient running of an establishment?" Also, assuming the role is so necessary and valuable, why is it that so few bars in Canton and Fells Point seem to employ such individual?

Maybe I just frequent the wrong areas of town, but invariably the bars I've seen with a "doorman" usually seem to be frequented by a very young, hard drinking and sometimes unruly crowd. In such circumstances, the value of a "doorman" is obvious. However, the distinction between what those doormen do and what a bouncer does, I confess, is a distinction that escapes me right at the moment.

I see the door guys in Fells do plenty, especially with the smokers trying to sneak away w/drinks and all the annoying out door seating that has popped up on Thames

I see them move tables, take out trash, help change kegs etc. They certainly do more then get drunk in the corner and card people.

*plus one shouldn't over look bum control this little turds are persistent some nights.

I went by at 5pm yesterday and the door was locked. Is it in fact a "night club"?

Josh, Complaining about bouncers says something worse about you than it does about them.

MMMM - - -BAR - - GOOD

Does anyone have a contact number for Eric? I am on one of the pool league teams that was in Bleachers prior to the sale.


How long before the white stuff gets into this place like the Horse. This ownership crew is pretty shady

How long before the white stuff gets into this place like the Horse. This ownership crew is pretty shady

Mike D, why don't u walk in there, have a beer and intro yourself? Wait - that makes too much sense.

Certainly appreciate the positivity and support. For all of the folks who don't care for the establishment, I can respect that as well. We have a great staff, cheap beer, nfl ticket, ping pong tables, and's nothing to write home about, but hey it's a start. Myself and Scotty Copinger who is the other partner are in there just about every night or so , please feel free to come by introduce yourself...that's what a neighborhood bar is all about....not some gossip column. And excuse you Jack, "white stuff", the only white stuff I've been involved with is pancake batter, I am extremely insulted, come in and settle this battle over a heated game of ping pong.....then i'll make pancakes. Be easy fellas, hope to see everyone at Parkside soon. ---Eric

Get a web site.


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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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