August 18, 2010

Corkboard: Baltimore fantasy football draft bars?

eli and peyton

Finally, it's football season again. 

As an Orioles fan who grew up and went to games when the team was actually good, I can't bear to watch baseball now.

But football? I'm on it.

With real football practically upon us, it's also time for fantasy football. 

Since the best place to do a fantasy football draft is in a bar, not a bedroom, I ask you:

What Baltimore bar has the best fantasy football draft? ...


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August 7, 2010

Corkboard: Baltimore bars with the best karaoke?

In yesterday's paper, I did a quick roundup of three dive bars with great karaoke. Check it out. The bars on my list were Nevin's Cross Street Station, Frazier's and Walt's Inn.

I've been to all three and Nevin's is by far the dingiest. I've heard stories of people puking on stage while singing. But Nevin's is the only holdout from the old Cross Street corridor -- before places like MaGerk's set up shop.

In that piece, I was just looking for low key spots. But now, I'm opening it up to suggestions. What's your favorite Baltimore spot for karaoke, and why?

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June 2, 2010

Corkboard: Baltimore bars and World Cup specials

soccer time!A bunch of folks have e-mailed me in the past couple weeks, wanting to know which Baltimore bars are running World Cup specials.

Being a true American, I've heard of but never seen this World Cup thing. I hear it has something to do with soccer. Meh.

Ryan97ou sent me a note about a pretty killer sounding deal at Amicci's in Little Italy.

Dig this ...

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May 3, 2010

Corkboard: Who has the best Cinco de Mayo specials?

CINCO de MAYO!Little known fact: Wednesday is Cinco de Mayo, the fifth annual Mexican celebration of mayonnaise.

I jest, I jest. Well, only about half of it -- the part about Wednesday being Cinco de Mayo is true. And Midnight Sunners deserve to know what Baltimore bars and clubs will be celebrating Mexican pride and culture.

If you're a cbar owner/bartender/bar-goer and you know about a particularly pleasing special, post a comment. I'll be calling around looking for specials today, too ...

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April 7, 2010

Corkboard: Who has the best Orioles Opening Day specials?

look! orioles fans! inside pickles pub!Ah, April. Flowers and trees are blossoming, birds are tweeting and the weather is warm and sunny. All is forgiven in the springtime.

You can't help but feel optimistic -- even about the Orioles. Who knows? Maybe this will be the year the Birds will break their streak of 75 straight losing seasons.

If you're like me, you're going to want to see some baseball. You're also going to want to have a few cold ones, which will make the wins all the sweeter, and take the sting out of the losses.

Since Opening Day is this Friday, I've got to know: Baltimore bars have the best opening day drink specials? ...

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March 31, 2010

Corkboard: What bar has the best Preakness celebration?

this is a black eyed susan. looking at it makes me long for warmer weather.This morning, I got an e-mail from Paige, who is hosting a bachelorette party for one of her Preakness-loving friends.

She writes:

The bride-to-be is a huge Preakness fan and I don't want her to miss out too much over the weekend.

Do you have any ideas of bars/restaurants that have great Preakness celebrations? Or at least serve Black Eyed Susans?

That's a good question, Paige, and I'm afraid I don't have an answer myself. That's why I'm turning it over to the friendly crew of Midnight Sunners and bar owners.

Help, guys!

(Baltimore Sun archive photo)

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March 23, 2010

Corkboard: Who has the best spring drink specials?

if you have a martini, and I have a martini, and I have a straw that reaches acroooooooooos the room. i start to drink your martini. I drink your MARTINI! I drink it up! BAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAFrom this Saturday through April 11, Morton's The Steakhouse (300 Charles St.) is whipping up Cherry Blossom Martinis (pictured), in honor of Washington's Cherry Blossom Festival.

The martinis, which cost $13, are made with Bacardi, pineapple Juice, cherry syrup and maraschino liqueur (the full recipe is below).

Which brings us to the subject of this post: Are any other Baltimore bars slinging sweet spring specialty cocktails?

Since this is the Corkboard, any and all bar owners are encouraged to weigh in. Same goes for regular old commenters, who happen to know of some delicious spring drinks going on.

OK, now, here's that recipe for the Cherry Blossom Martini ...

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March 12, 2010

Corkboard: Who has the best St. Patrick's Day specials?

look at these silly people with their silly green hair! that's  silly!In today's Live section, I tossed out five solid St. Patrick's Day options, from food to family to falling-down-drunk.

I also wrote about the parade. Dig it.

Now, I'd like some Baltimore bar and club owners to weigh in:

What are your specials? What time do they start? What should people know ahead of time?

Please dish!

And happy almost-St. Patrick's Day, everybody!

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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March 10, 2010

Corkboard: Who has the cheapest Resurrection in Baltimore?

resurrection ale

Dear friends,

I'm giggling with glee as I type this:

Every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hon Bar pours draft Resurrection for $3.

My goodness, my Guinness Resurrection!

The folks at Cafe Hon are proudly boasting that this is the best Resurrection deal in town. So far, I can't refute it. 

I went straight to the source of the stuff -- Brewer's Art, which makes the delicious ale -- and asked co-owner Volker Stewart how much they charge ...

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March 3, 2010

Corkboard: Where's the best place to watch tonight's Maryland-Duke game?

vasquez himself, holstering his gunsI have decided to start a new semi-regular feature on Midnight Sun called the Corkboard.

It's a place where bar owners, bartenders and enthusiastic bar customers can post their specials for certain events. An all-shill zone, if you will. But that's not a bad thing in this case.

Right now, I'd like to know what kind of specials Baltimore bars are offering for tonight's Maryland-Duke basketball game. Tickets are in high demand, so I'm sure a ton of people will be watching it on TV.

Well, bar owners, whatcha got for us?

(AP photo)

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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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