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January 18, 2011

Delia Foley's, the new Taps, is officially open

Delia Foley's, whose development Midnight Sun has been watching closely since it took over Taps' former space in August, is officially open.

Blog The City that Breeds checked it out over the weekend, and came away impressed with the new decor and the menu. 

Chris Reda and Ropewalk Tavern's Marc MacFaul bought the nearly 5,000-square-foot property, which used to house the notorious Taps, in August for $450,000.

They have since re-listed it for sale on Craigslist, for $525,000. Reda has said they're "not actively" selling the bar, just taking a look at offers.

Credit that with the major makeover the location has received. Judging from the early review, the owners haven't just renovated the exterior, as Reda had said, but added new murals and updated the bathrooms.

The two-story bar was originally going to be called Catherine's Pub, and carry eight taps. But in December, Reda said the name had been changed to Delia Foley's.

It's been under renovation since early December, and opened Saturday. It is located at 1439 South Charles Street.

Expect a Midnight Sun review in print within two weeks, when the bar's had some time to settle into the Riverside, where it joins new neighborhood watering holes  the Park Bench and the upcoming Barfly's Pub.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:21 PM | | Comments (20)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


What' the story behind that name? 'Delia Foley'

If the bar was going to originally have 8 taps how many did they end up with?

Foo: Sixteen taps. And not that bad a selection either:


Could you please ask about the likelihood of replacing the windows upstairs? I'd love to know if they have any plans for that space. I've been up there several times and think it has a lot of potential... if they'd only get some light in there.

Step 2, bring in some upbeat live music and you've got a place for people to dance to something other than top 40 hits blasted over huge speakers.

Step 3 ???

Step 4. Profit!

Just a thought.

Went there Sunday, the wings were really good but the female bartenders were absolutely miserable. I don't think I saw any of them smile once unless they were talking to each other and one even acted irritated when we needed another round. Can't stand snobby bartenders!

@ADM4 thanks for the link - good job covering the topic

@matt- in order to go upstairs, you need to sprinkler the building. $$$$$

step 1 $$$$$
step 2 $$$$

Also Matt, from what I was told they don;t have a live music license and they share a common wall with a neighbor's bedroom upstairs.

...I thought SRB was going to do something so it was easier to get live music licenses in the city.... I seem to remember that, anyway. There are acoustic treatment that can be applied to walls to dampen or block any noise if that's the issue.

It would be sweet to put real windows in upstairs, the faux murals they have painted are terrible. With that said, I still look forward to a fresh start of this property, I still miss Fort Charles pub :(

and btw, there is no reason to sprinkler a 5,000 sq. ft. building, you don't need sprinklers until you reach 10,000 sq. ft.

The murals that are painted look great, in my opinion, they were actually painted, at first I thought that they were bought from the beer and liquor companies.

@anonymous-you are wrong! when you have a second floor and over a 100 person capacity, you have to sprinkler both floors.

Battle of the Anonymouses! I'm not sure if that's the correct pluralization (and is that a word?) or not, but now I will picture Anonymous as a mouse in my head when I read his/her comments. haha.

Also for what it's worth, Anonymous 2 is correct, if I recall correctly from my commercial real estate days. Although I would have maybe said it more nicely.... ;) More importantly, I can't wait to try all of the flavors of wings!!!

BTW, I was hoping to stop by the Mixer tonight, but it's my dad's birthday so I'm going to go have a steak at Ruth Chris instead. I know no one cares, but I just didn't want to appear spiteful. Hope all have a good time.

Is anyone going to the Mixer?

The bartenders were miserable because of the game outcome =(
No, they were just SEVERELY understaffed for the crowd. Poor Molly covered ALL the tables in the joint. Hope everyone tipped well since she never smacked anyone with her tray when they stepped in her way. I realize the bar was crowded, but the polo shirt with the bar's logo should have been a hint to let her though.
However, their wings are awesome. I recommend the parm garlic. (Delia Foley is the name of a McFaul relative in Ireland.)

DPwac, we were def understaffed. We did not expect such a crowd all weekend long. Be assured we will be over staffing from here out for a little while... And Molly did rock out

Was in there this past Sunday. Good atmosphere, good beer selection, decent food, bad service.

@FHT Hi, my name is Marshall and I am the artist who painted the faux murals. I agree they aren't my best work but I did paint them on shoddy scaffolding in below freezing temperatures. I appreciate the constructive criticism regardless though, swing by and say hi some time while I'm painting.

Marshall I thought your paintings were great. I like the ones at Ropewalk too. I like all your work.

Also that Molly waitress was really rude, kept pushing us out of the way when we weren't in the way, would yell "excuse me" when we were three feet away. I waited tables in college and I know how stressful that situation is, but you don't have to be extra rude just because you want everyone to be as miserable as you are. Being that busy equals making more money.

I think FHT's "constructive criticism" was WAY off. My friends and I were amazed at the quality of those outside murals and couldn't believe it when we were told they were hand-painted. Haters gonna hate I guess! Yes, the service has been kind of awful, but that seems to be the case with a lot of bars as they first open. I'm sure it will get better.

to my understanding you need a new fire escape to open the second floor, but maybe these new owners have a better pool with fire marshal, cough cough payoff cough cough

The upstairs is one of the nicest spaces in Fed Hill/ SoBo. It looks like a beer hall. Hopefully they have it open by St. Patty's day

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About Erik Maza
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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