« Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Six Flags, Record Store Day, Privateer Day | Main | Photo Gallery: Wye Oak in concert at 2640 Space »

April 15, 2011

Final decision on Tiki Barge liquor license to come April 28; Tiki officially opens today

Thursday's hearing on the Tiki Barge was even more anti-climactic than the first on March 3.

That's when some neighbors of the bar asked that its license be revoked. The Liquor Board punted on a decision then and asked the involved parties to come to an agreement on their own.

That hasn't happened yet. If they haven't by April 28's liquor board meeting, the board would be forced to make a decision itself, chairman Stephan Fogleman said.

The hearing Thursday was instead to discuss a protest to prevent the barge's license from being renewed for 2011, a petition another neighbor had filed separately from the earlier petition to revoke. 

Because the license was already being discussed in terms of a revocation, the board dismissed that protest on the principle of collateral estoppel, Fogleman said.

In other words, the board had already heard arguments for and against the bar on March 3 on the petition to revoke, so that holding a separate hearing on the license's renewal would be redundant.

The next Tiki Barge hearing is scheduled to be held April 28, when if supporters and critics haven't come to a detente, the board would make the final decision on the bar's 2011 license.

The hearing has been set for the 28th because the bar's 2010 liquor license expires April 30 at midnight. 

That also means that the Tiki Barge can open today, as it has already planned, and stay open until the 30th if it's license isn't renewed, and for another year if it is. 

Fogleman said the hearing Thursday was less crowded than the first. Instead of Matthew Klaiber, who spoke for the critics of the Tiki Barge last time, the point person was Marie Washington. 

Washington had complained at the last meeting about the bar's patrons idling outside her house. 

"My problem is that it creates a safety issue for me," she said. She added that noise is also a problem: "I've been woken up by individuals on weekends late night who are intruding into my ability to enjoy my own home," she said last time.

Follow Midnight Sun on Facebook and Twitter @midnightsunblog
Posted by Erik Maza at 12:28 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: News


I know it's not hip to say, but this place just needs to close.

It's an outdoor bar that is set up very close to residential area and obviously has an impact. The old standby of "if you don't want to live near a bar, don't move near a bar" argument that gets tossed around doesn't fly here either, since the bar was opened after the condo building was there.

There's a huge difference between this and people who live near Cross Street complaining about loud people leaving bars. This bar, just by being open, causes issues. Liquor Board needs to just man up and take the action that needs to be taken.

And no, I don't live in the affected condos or know anyone who does.

This whole debate is ridiculous. The Tiki Barge is great spot for the locals to enjoy the harbor without having to deal with all the tourists. We're talking about an area in the inner harbor, not Pikesville or another suburbs. If you live downtown, you can't expect to hear a pin drop every night. The people of harborview sound like a bunch of stuck up old hags!

The complainers are such a small minority that I am surprised that there is even a debate. Jeremy I agree with your post (except for the name calling). We must always remain civil.

That being said, please Mr. Liquor Board, do not let the Puritans win. I think the solution is to ban anyone from frequenting the Tiki Barge except during normal Tiki Barge business hours.

The majority of the bars in the city are near residential areas. The issues are what? Safety? Have you seen the crowd that attends tiki bar? That's perhaps the safest drinking crowd you'll meet in the city.

Noise? That is a factor, but it is similar to every other bar's problems. It's not the bar owner making the noise, it's the patrons. The barge is at the end of a long dock and the place closes at Midnight. So people are talking about transient noise.

In reality, Little Havana is closer to Harborview than Tiki Barge is. I wonder if they are trying to close that too?

Just in case the prior submission fails

i have been to this tiki and never seen any problems actually it was quite nice and it is very far down the marina .

Thanks for the update Sam.,0,317223.story

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Please enter the letter "o" in the field below:
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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

Most Recent Comments
Recent tweets
Sign up for FREE nightlife alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for nightlife text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Weekend Watch newsletter
Plan your weekend with's best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV picks and more delivered to you every Thursday for free.
See a sample | Sign up

Photo galleries
Stay connected