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February 24, 2011

The new Locust Point bar crawl: the Sly Fox Pub, Five Points Tavern, Barracudas Tavern

John Householder and Tom Pomroy, the owners of Five Points Tavern in Locust Point, opened the bar in November, taking over the space where Aloha Tokyo used to be.

They say the nightlife here is still sleepy, but that they see potential in the condo developments that have been buzzed about in recent years. 

"The neighborhood in general is growing and getting more populated," he said. "As more people come to the area, we'll see success."

In addition to Five Points, Barracudas Tavern also opened recently, giving the neighborhood some much-needed new blood. 

Though the definitive Fort Avenue bar crawl ran four years ago, when this paper still ran 5,000-word features, the new bars demanded another go of it.

For tomorrow's paper, I went to the Sly Fox Pub, Five Points and Barracudas Tavern.  Here's a part of the column:

Barracudas Tavern is the Buckcherry to Five Points' Creedence Clearwater Revival

It's loudly decorated, with stuffed sea creatures hanging everywhere inside. And, unfortunately, a big, bosomy novelty mermaid hanging above one of the entrances outside — not the kind of message you want to send out to potential female clients.

At about 10:30 p.m., a fight almost broke out between a couple of young men; I didn't overhear the reason but chances are it wasn't over the virtues of taxidermy. There were also no taps here, but prices were cheap: $4.50 for three Bohs; a 20-ounce glass of rum punch for $7.50.

The bartenders were casual and quick, but the restless crowd and the loud music — Usher, again — made me want to go back to the relative peace of 5 Points, or at least the better bars in the area, like J. Patrick's or Down the Hatch.

The rest of the column is here

Photo: Five Points Tavern (Colby Ware/Baltimore Sun)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 4:10 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


what's wrong with mermaids, of the bosmoy OR non-bosomy variety?

personally i think this town could use some more mermaids, or mermen for that matter.

"i'm a merman pop, a merMAAAAAN!"

There is a Locust Point/ Fort Avenue Snuggie Pub Crawl taking place this Saturday starting at Captain Larry's.

There is a Locust Point/ Fort Avenue Snuggie Pub Crawl taking place this Saturday starting at Captain Larry's.

I think we could use more Man-E-Faces. Because he has many faces.

hate to say it, but once you cross lawrence street, you aren't in Locust Point anymore. Sly Fox is not in Locust Point. City Limits would be more appropriate.

If Sly Fox isn't in Locust Point, then where is it, Riverside?
Surely not Federal Hill, or is it just, South Baltimore.

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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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