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November 29, 2010

Christmas in November at Max's Taphouse

Last month, when I wrote about bars that repurpose architectural salvage to decorate, I didn't spend nearly enough time on Michael Metcalf, the guy who oversees interior design and construction at Max's Taphouse. To say Metcalf is just an interior decorator is to vastly understate what he does. He recycles useless junk and forges brand-new, incredibly creative decorative pieces. That old pick-up fender above one of the bar's doorways? That was him. Same goes for the miniature Maryland State Fair made out of beer cans and other refuse that was displayed on one of the bar's display windows in October. For the holidays, Metcalf has taken used translucent, spherical beer kegs, or key kegs, to create over-sized Christmas lights that might be seen from a distance.

Photo: Alexander D. Mitchell IV, aka Beer in Baltimore

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Posted by Erik Maza at 3:30 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Congrats to Trucker and Mitchell for going out to an actual bar in Baltimore and writing about it. Good work!

I've been the karaoke host at Max's for the last seven years. One of the things I've admired over that time is how creative Michael Metcalf is with all of the window displays and wall art. It's like being in an art gallery week after week, and he frequently changes themes so you're never board of the scenery!!!

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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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