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January 27, 2011

Baltimore's bars and clubs unaffected by snowstorm; offering snow day specials tonight

Last night's snowstorm disrupted air travel, shut down some schools early, and generally made it a dogfight to get home, even if you lived inside the city.

But, as always, if there was one sector that was seemingly unaffected by the multiple inches of snow it was nightlife. Few venues closed, and others even offered snow day specials.

That will continue tonight, when it seems the only the only canceled nightlife-related engagement is the Liquor Board hearing. 

On Wednesday, the only show I saw canceled was O Pioneers!!! at Charm City Art Space, which notified attendees via Facebook a half hour after 3 p.m. But Red Maple was closed, Club Hippo also canceled its bingo night, and in Columbia, Victoria Gastro Pub closed early.

Still, Joe Squared, Mothers, the Falls, Rocket to Venus, Roy's, Talara and Crush all stayed open.In Hampden, Golden West status updated: "Open for all your thundersnow burrito needs."

In Bolton Hill, people still flocked to the Tavern. And in South Baltimore, Elliot's Pour House wrote on Facebook: "Snow makes us all feel like boozin.'" Crude, but true. 

No Idea's Jason Zink tells me only Restaurant Week was hurt because of canceled reservations.

"Last night was good," he writes. "Most of the bars were open and pretty crowded."

For tonight, here's a list of some of the bars offering specials and venues that are staying open: 

Bars and venues staying open despite snow:

Cat's Eye Pub has its regular 3 - 7 p.m. happy hour. 1730 Thames St.

The Charles will host a screening of "Alien" for Gunky's Basement. 1711 N. Charles St.

Charm City Art Space will be open, and host the awesomely named Irish band Chewing on Tinfoil. 1729 Maryland Ave.

Elliot's Pour House has $2 domestics; ladies get half-priced drinks. 3728 Hudson St. 

The Get Down is hosting Crush, a no cover dance party; $3 Miller Lites and $3.50 Smirnoff cocktails

Less than Jake will still play Sonar. 407 E. Saratoga St.

Mother's is offering $2 Bud and Miller Lite; $3 Blue Moon and Heineken. 1113 South Charles Street.

No Idea is offering $1 drafts all night long, and three drafts for $7. 1649 S. Hanover St.

Rocket to Venus will hold their regular 5-7 p.m. happy hour: $3 for three glasses of beer, excluding Brewer's Art Resurrection. 3360 Chestnut Ave.

Ottobar is offering $4 snowball shots, which consist of "Bailey's, a splash of Vanilla Vodka and a splash of Rumpleminze," write owner Craig Boarman. 2549 N. Howard St. 

Got any others? E-mail me, or tweet me @midnightsunblog. Will be updating the list through the night and into tomorrow if there are more snow day specials.

Photo: Mother's (via twitter)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 5:22 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Elliott's Pour House has it's normal Thursday Acoustic Karaoke with Tony Durante also

Looney's in Canton last night was the only Bar opened on the square due to power outages..They offered Happy Hour all day & Night. Place was jammed packed until their power went out arond 12:30. Same special today..Happy Hour All day & night!

Joe Squared is open again tonight and they have some great music for free by The Manly Deeds.

Less Than Jake gave big props to the crowd for coming out.

Is anyone else thinking, "Damn! This boy really does not get our city." if he's posting about the number of bars/clubs open and offering drink specials.

I understand that you're coming from Florida and this is most likely your first snow storm in Baltimore, but this is neither news nor blog fodder. It's standard practice. Check last year's blizzard posts by Sessa.

News would be that one of these bars wasn't open.


I was actually thinking that exact same thing but decided not to post anything. It's not exactly groundbreaking information. Of course the bars are open, Fells/Canton etc have tons of foot traffic.

Heck it's a tradition to trudge out in the snow to the closest watering hole around here.

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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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