The Baltimore bars open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve
Everyone's doing something special for New Year's Eve. The MTA will offer free public transportation until 2 a.m. and the Charm City Circulator will work until 1 a.m.
At the Inner Harbor, the city will have its annual fireworks spectacular.
Parking meters will be free on New Year's Day.
And, most importantly to Midnight Sun readers, many Baltimore bars will stay open past 2 a.m. (not that the MTA got that memo.)
In the interest of service journalism, here is a working list of those bars that are extending operating hours.
Most places don't have a set closing time - when called to confirm hours, bartenders usually answered with a variation of "whenever people stop getting bombed," which is 4 a.m. (Ale's Mary's) at some places or 6 a.m. (Dionysus) at others, depending on their clientele.
Several bars will even offer complimentary champagne toasts, while others - like Brewer's Art, for example - will just be open their regular hours. B&O American Brasserie is staying open past 2 a.m. for an after party, but all tickets have been sold out.
New Year's Eve is the only day of the year when bars can stay open past 2 a.m.
Bars can do this thanks to a state law that applies only to the city. Stephan Fogleman, of the Baltimore city liquor board, explains the law's history here.
Bars closing at 2 a.m.: Pratt Street Alehouse, Mama's on the Half Shell, Funky Buddha's bar, Explorer's Lounge, the Dizz, Birds of a Feather (closing at midnight), Brewer's Art, Nacho Mama's, Charles Village Pub.
Baltimore bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve*:
Ale Mary's will close around 4 a.m. No cover. 1939 Fleet St.
Butt's and Betty's Tavern: Reporter: when are you closing? Bartender: "We're not." 2200 Gough St.
Cat's Eye Pub will stay open "until people start drinking water," said a bartender, probably around 3:30 a.m. 1730 Thames St.
Club Charles will close at 5 a.m. No cover. 1724 N. Charles St.
Club Hippo is offering $10 cover all night long. Doors open at 10 p.m., close between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., though depends on the crowd. 1 W. Eager St.
Dionysus is planning on staying open until 6 a.m. Again, no cover. 8 E. Preston St.
Don't Know will close at 4 a.m. and re-open at 10 a.m. for bowl games. The bar has an all you can drink offer from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Shots are $3. 1453 Light St.
Down the Hatch is open all night. 1157 Haubert St.
Eden's Lounge will close at 6 a.m. 15 West Eager St.
Elliott's Pour House kicks off its NYE at 8 p.m. and won't close until 10 a.m. Special: Unlimited drafts all night long with $30 champagne flute. 3728 Hudson St.
The Get Down will open at 9 p.m. and close at 4 a.m. Cover for its party is $65. The bar will host DJ Joe Maz and an open bar from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. 701 S. Bond St.
The Horse You Came in On Saloon will stay open until 9 a.m. Tickets - $15 in advance, more at the door - include champagne and buffet. Loose Cannon Trio will perform. 1626 Thames St.
Joe Squared will stay open until 4 a.m. Its kitchen should close by 1 a.m. 133 West North Ave.
Kooper's Tavern will close at 2 or 3 a.m. 1702 Thames St.
Leon's will likely close at 2 a.m., unless there's a crowd. 870 Park Ave.
Looney's is surprisingly closing at 4 a.m., not later. 2900 ODonnell St.
Mahaffey's will close at 3 a.m. Bartender Jamie promised free jello shots at midnight. 2706 Dillon St.
Maisey's will play it by ear, said a bartender. 313 N. Charles St.
Max's in Fells Point is open until 5 a.m. 735 S. Broadway.
Midtown Yacht Club has no idea when it will close; no earlier than 3 a.m., said a bartender.
Mt. Royal Tavern will stay open until 4 or 5 a.m., depending on the crowd. As always, there's no cover. 1204 W Mount Royal Ave.
One Eyed Mike's is planning on closing at 7 a.m. 708 S. Bond St.
The Ottobar opens at 8 p.m. and will close at 4 a.m. Downstairs, there's no cover after 1 a.m. Taxlo's Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix will spin there from midnight until 4 a.m. Upstairs will host the Moustache party by DJ James Nasty. It stays open until 2 a.m., though it may stay open longer. There's no cover there all night long. 2549 N. Howard St.
Pazo will stay open past two depending on the level of business; in prior years it's closed around 3 a.m. 1425 Aliceanna St.
Red Maple will close at 6 a.m. 30 N. Charles St.
The Rowan Tree, the gay friendly bar in South Baltimore, is open all night. 1633 South Charles St.
Tony's Diner will close at 4 a.m. DJ Booman will spin. Free admission. 8 Park Avenue.
Turp's closing time depends on the crowd; "2-ish," said a bartender. 1317 N. Charles St.
Vino Rosina will close at 2:30 a.m. 507 S. Exeter St.
Note that this is a working list, and I'll be adding more names to it over the course of the week. Got other suggestions? Send 'em in.
(In addition, our FindLocal events database has a list of other New Year's Eve events.)
*All bars are in Baltimore unless otherwise noted.