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November 29, 2010

Barhopping on the Charm City Circulator?

Recently, I went barhopping using just the Charm City Circulator, and I survived. It was for an upcoming story. And, mainly, I did it to see if it was possible. It is, depending on how much time you're willing to spend traveling.

Anybody else do this?

According to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, there are people who use the service at night, if not as many during the day. But with the bus active only until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, is it useful for people who don't have curfews? Or is it the kind of service that is more helpful in just getting you to your watering hole of choice?

Photo: Jed Kirschbaum/Baltimore Sun

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Posted by Erik Maza at 10:03 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


It's useless, it stops running too early and you can frankly walk to places faster.

I've done it, I have several friends that do it- we even have a song "It's time-it's time for the circulator" (parody of a club song)

@Dr. Cox- start early like a.m. Sat/Sun- hit Fed Hill then hit back up to Zodiac stopping everywhere along the way

I've used. Works well. And, frankly. I can't walk from Penn Station to Fed Hill faster than the Circulator can take me.

I use it to get places, then just suck it up for a cab home...cheaper than cab both ways! I live near camden yards, so I'll hop the orange to get to fells, and just walk to charles st. to get the purple to fed hill or mt. like a charm!

I personally know folks in Federal Hill who call the Purple Line "The Brewer's Art Shuttle." Conversely, I know folks in Mount Vernon who call it "The Metropolitan Coffeehouse/Ropewalk Tavern/Matsuri Shuttle."

I suspect it's an important point that these folks are middle-aged, not "party-until-2-A.M." folks or, as some refer to some Fed Hill drinkers as, "d-bags".......

Whats a curvew? Spell check works great Erik, and please more bar content and less music would be great.

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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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