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July, 18th 2013

Ocean City Bar Crawl

Baltimore magazine

Are you heading downy ocean this weekend? On July 20, Lindy Promotions and Coors Light are hosting the first ever Brews on the Bay. From 12-7 p.m., this event allows guests to hop between nine different bayside bars, enjoying all that the bay and the bars have to offer.  

Participating bars- including Macky’s Bayside, Fish Tales, MR Ducks, Angler’s, Harborside, Hoopers, Sunset Grille, Micky Fins, and Marina Deck- will have $2 Coors Lights, as well as food and shooter specials.

Pontoon boats will also be on hand to bring guests to each location, providing convenience and great views.

Ryan Evans, from Lindy Promotions, says that this should be a “fun, exciting time.” And since this is the first OCMD Bar Crawl ever, the excitement is especially high.

Tickets are currently $15 and, Evans says, they are “hoping to sell out.”

For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here

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July, 11th 2013

Meet Your Bartender at Wine Market Bistro

Baltimore magazine

Next week, from July 16-19, Wine Market Bistro will be giving guests a chance to meet their bartenders.

Jen Whalen, in charge of marketing at WMB says the inspiration for this event came from a desire to allow customers to get to know the new bar manager, Pam Hadel.

Nightly specials include bitter-infused cocktails on Tuesday for $7, and wine and food pairings on Friday for $9.

Specials will be offered at the bar only from 4-10 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, and 5-11 p.m., on Friday. For more information about the nightly specials, click here

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July, 3rd 2013

Natty Boh is 29th best cheap American beer.

Baltimore magazine

With Fourth of July festivities just around the corner, Deadspin came out with a ranking of 36 cheap American beers.

Natty Boh, which as all good Baltimoreans know is spelled B-O-H, was 29th on the list. The writer—who inserted clichés about Preakness and The Wire—said nothing about the beer’s taste, and only informed us that “there are other beers.” Eh, no thanks. We’ll sip on our cool Natty Boh this weekend with pride. 

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July, 1st 2013

Poptails make a splash

Baltimore magazine

This summer, the 21 and over crowd who dine at the Four Seasons’ Splash Pool Bar & Grill can enjoy adult versions of a famed cool treat: the popsicle. These alcohol-infused popsicles, deemed “poptails,” are the brainchild of Four Seasons beverage manager and master sake sommelier at PABU, Tiffany Soto.

According to Audrey Slade, director of public relations at the Four Seasons, Soto’s “love of ice cream and wine” inspired this grown-up spin on a childhood favorite.

Current flavors—which rotate on a daily basis—include raspberry Beaujolais cheesecake, Baltimore orange crush dreamsicle, pineapple MaiTai, ultimate white Russian, strawberry sage Sauvignon blanc, watermelon rum punch, and a perfectly patriotic red, white, and blue sangria, which will be available on the Fourth of July. Poptails are $9 each.

Later this summer, Soto will be holding a poptail making class. Details are still in the works.

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June, 26th 2013

Firefly Music Festival recap


This past weekend, I attended the second annual Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE—just a two-hour drive from Baltimore. One of the nicest things about the festival was its close proximity, and avoiding a plane ride or 12-hour road trip to get there.

The festival itself was extremely well organized. Signage and parking were easy to find. Additionally, ticket holders were allowed to bring in any empty water bottle or thermos and, once inside, could fill them up at free, filtered water stations. It was such a nice alternative to buying $4 Dasani waters all day to keep hydrated.

On the other side of the coin, there was a lovely, shaded DogFish Head brewery if attendees wanted to beat the heat and grab a brew (we loved the seasonal Festina Peche). Besides the brewery, there were several areas to rest in between acts, including a hammock hangout, a vineyard, and a coffeehouse. Anyone who's gone to a multi-day festival can appreciate these shaded, quieter areas. Another nice touch was a farmers' market for campers to buy fresh produce.

But onto the important part: the music. I enjoyed pretty much every act I saw, but there were obviously some standouts. Saturday kicked off with Vancouver duo Japandroids, whose noisy garage rock certainly woke up any bleary-eyed campers. The band had actually played The Ottobar the night before and concluded their U.S. tour at Firefly. While I had seen them a few times before, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, pictured, were pretty amazing. Though lead singer Karen O's voice is ethereal, her performance was anything but—as she swung the mic, jumped on amps, and generally proved to be a powerhouse.

My favorite performance was probably the Alabama Shakes. This southern rock four piece is led masterfully by Brittany Howard, whose bluesy guitar and vocals mesmerized the entire crowd. Of course, there was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who closed down Saturday night. Petty, who seemed much younger than his 62 years, stuck to the classics for the young festival go-ers. The super moon during his set was an added bonus. "You know we've got this crazy moon up there," Petty told the crowd. "That's got to be good for music."

It's abundantly clear after this weekend that the fast-growing Firefly Festival is good for music, as well.

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June, 25th 2013

Fourth of July bar specials

Baltimore magazine

Nothing says “Happy Fourth of July” quite like viewing the Harbor fireworks with a delicious drink in hand. The following places have the best of both worlds: great views and enticing deals.

Bars & Stripes
Start your festivities a day early with “Baltimore’s Official Independence Day Kick-Off Party.” On July 3, Lindy Promotions, Coors Light, and the Federal Hill Hospitality Association will host this fifth annual bar tour. Guests can walk the streets of Federal Hill from 5 p.m. to midnight, where 14 establishments will feature $2 Miller Lites, $3 Blue Moons, and $3 Leinenkugel Summer Shandys, as well as all-American food and shooter specials.

Guests must be 21 or older. Advance tickets are currently $11 and can be purchased here. Tickets purchased at the event will be $15. Ticket sales benefit the Federal Hill Green Fund. For a list of participating establishments, click here.

Bay Café
Drop by for drink specials, including $4 Coronas and $15 pitchers of Herradura margaritas. With prime views of the water, you’re sure to get a good look at the fireworks.

To celebrate, PABU will have featured wines and specialty cocktails available. Tickets for the evening, which include dinner from guest D.C. chefs and one complimentary cocktail, are $65 per person. To confirm reservations, contact Shannon Toback at 410-223-1464.

Little Havana
Manager Marc Gentile boasts that Little Havana has been called “the best view of the fireworks.” To decide for yourself, come in between 4-8 p.m. for half-price margarita pitchers. Then, mosey out to the big deck to take in the light show. Gentile also promises to have assorted beer and sangria specials.

Sláinte Irish Pub
This second-floor pub also features a view of the fireworks over the water. To celebrate, wine will be $5 a glass.

Woody’s Rum Bar
Upstairs from Sláinte, this third floor tropical-themed bar offers views of all three fireworks displays. In honor of the bar’s Thirsty Thursdays, painkillers, a rum drink from the Virgin Islands, will be at a reduced price of $4.50 each.

V-NO Wine Bar  
This waterfront wine bar is quick to fill up, especially on the Fourth of July, so V-NO is currently taking reservations for their outdoor tables. In true patriotic fashion, they’ll be featuring American-made wines for the evening and will remain open as late as they can.

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June, 25th 2013

Federal Hill bar gains opposition from residents

Baltimore magazine

Back in April, the owners of Ryleigh's Oyster in Federal Hill announced plans for a German biergarten at 12-18 E. Cross Street. Crossbar Der Biergarten would replace the former home of Turners/Billabong and expand next door into what was Lanasa Produce. The bar would feature a $100,000 kitchen, historical architectural elements, and have permanent picnic style seating, akin to an authentic German beer hall.

"If you go around the country in places like New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, you will find great German biergartens in neighborhoods just like Federal Hill," owner Brian McComas said at a community meeting. "We take a lot of pride in Ryleigh's and will do the same at Crossbar.  If Crossbar has a negative impact, it will affect us at Ryleigh's as well."

Since the announcement, Federal Hill residents have already predicted that negative impact, saying that the last thing Federal Hill needs is another "mega-bar." In an opinion piece published yesterday on Baltimore Brew, Federal Hill resident Diana Sugg wrote, "In the last several years, as many bars in Federal Hill have expanded, these [drunken] scenes have become routine. Families wake up to find cigarette butts, half-eaten pieces of pizza, and other trash on their stoops."

Sugg went on to list some facts: "Over the last decade, even though the number of liquor licenses in the immediate vicinity of the Cross Street Market has stayed the same (34), the capacity of these bars has grown from a maximum of 3,751 potential drinkers in 2003, to 5,025 in 2013—a 34 percent increase."

This writer and other residents feel that Crossbar is the latest example of this mega-bar trend. The Federal Hill Neighborhood Association is leading the opposition to Crossbar, with the support of four other neighborhoods: Federal Hill South, Otterbein, Sharp-Leadenhall, and South Baltimore. More than 400 residents have signed petitions against the Crossbar proposal.

The group will be heard before the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners this Thursday afternoon.

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June, 13th 2013

Peabody Heights Brewery open house

Baltimore magazine

This Saturday June 15, Peabody Heights Brewery (PHB) near Waverly will host a “Welcome to Summer Open House.”

The brewery—which is home to RavenBeer, Public Works Ale, and Full Tilt Brewing—is hosting the event from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. The cost of the ticket includes three craft brewed draft beers. Additional beers will cost $3 a draft.

Brian Funk from PHB explained that these are “not sample sizes.” Guests will be able to choose from six different beers, including Tell Tale Heart IPA, Red Cent Amber, and Baltimore Pale Ale.

In addition to great beer, the open house will have food from a few local vendors, as well as live music from jam band Willies Light, and blues-inspired Lazlo Lee & the Motherless Children.

“The event will be a chance to open the brewery up to the community,” Funk says, as the space is steeped in Baltimore baseball history—it’s the former site of Terrapin Park (later renamed Oriole Park IV) where the minor league Orioles played until 1944.

Guests can go on a tour of the brewery to see the tanks and the bottling line, and learn more about the brewery's exciting past. Brewers will also be on hand to talk about their beers. 

As an added bonus, the first 100 ticket holders will receive a free PHB glass. Guests must be at least 21 years old to enter the event.  Tickets can be purchased here.

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June, 6th 2013

What's New At HonFest

Baltimore magazine

Despite all of the Hon controversy in the past few years, the HonFest will go on. The festival will be held on Hampden’s 36th Street on June 8 and 9 to celebrate Baltimore’s, or shall we say, Bawlmer’s heritage.

Festival director Lisa Davis spoke with us about some of this year’s new additions, including the festival’s new partnership with Natty Boh, which will be on tap. Mr. Boh will also be there, mingling with the crowd.

And since Bohs go hand-in-hand with O’s, festival-goers can also say hello to the Oriole Bird, who will be swooping in on Sunday to represent a time-tested part of Baltimore culture.

This year, HonFest will feature the 20th crowning of Baltimore’s Best Hon. The competition spans both Saturday and Sunday, with the crowning taking place at 2:50 Sunday afternoon. Other competitions include Best Natty Boh Mustache and the Mashed Potato Dance Contest.

Davis also recommends coming to hear some of the fabulous local musicians. A few highlights include Rob Fahey & The Pieces, as well as students from The School of Rock.

Also new this year, the Hopkins-owned Keswick garage at 41st Street and Keswick Road is partnering with HonFest to make parking easier. The $5 you pay to park will be donated to a local charity.

So, if you’re looking to spark your inner Hon, click here for schedule information and directions. 

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May, 30th 2013

Artscape Lineup and App Announced

Baltimore magazine

On Tuesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the lineup for Artscape, held every year near MICA/ Station North in the sweltering summer heat.

This year, the festival will run from July 19-21, and will feature more than 150 artists, fashion designers, and craftspeople.

Headliners include R&B artist Kem, jazz group The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and reggae band The Wailers. Also look out for kid rockers Bad Seed Rising, and funk/jazz artist Lafayette Gilchrest & The New Volcanoes.

New this year, festival-goers can also download the free Artscape app. The app can be used as a resource for information about the festival and performance schedules, as well as a way to connect with other festival-goers. It’s all up-to-date, and conveniently available for Apple and Android users.

So, mark your calendars for this year’s Artscape, and be sure to check out the lineup.

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