J.A. Murphy's Tavern, the Fells Point bar on Aliceanna Street near Broadway, will be celebrating its first birthday tonight. In its inaugural year, the bar has become known for its generous happy hour ($1 shots, anyone?), its down-to-earth staff, and its tasty but affordable pub grub.
Tonight from 7 p.m.-2 a.m., the bar will hand out free jello shots, free drunken gummy bears, and free Grand Marnier while supplies last. There will also be raffles and giveaways.
Opening a bar in 2009, defying the recession, and remaining open a year later is quite an accomplishment. "Was it a smart decision? Probably not," says Keith Murphy, co-owner (and Top Single featured in our February issue). "But we've done everything we can to make it affordable. In the recession, most bars only get one strike. The last thing we'd ever give is poor service, and we go out of our way to provide fun."
[Image: courtesy of jamurphys.com]