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pomme de terre Mar 4, 2009 02:17 PM

Some friends and I have a New Year's Resolutionto try a different bar every two weeks, starting with A and working our way to Z. We need a good 'E' place.The only ones I can think of so far are El Patron in Mt. Vernon (which I think is more of a restaurant than a bar), Elvis in Fed Hill (might be just a carry out?) and Eden's Lounge (also in Mt. Vernon).

We can go further afield than Baltimore, but that's our home base. Bonus points for places with Monday or Tuesday night specials.

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    jaskah117 Jun 11, 2009 10:36 AM

    So Did You Try Elliott's Pour house?

    Elliott's Pour House
    Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD

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    1. re: jaskah117
      FoiGras Jun 11, 2009 12:16 PM

      jaskah117--I think that pomme de terre and group are into "K" bars. They may even by now be looking towards the "L's." FoiGras

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      hotel Mar 31, 2009 05:56 AM

      Great idea! Just out of curiosity, what were the bars you've tried so far?

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        pomme de terre Apr 1, 2009 08:06 AM

        I've been to Asahi Sushi, Bartenders, Cinghiale, Diamondback Tavern and El Salto thus far. There's more info in the link in my profile if you're interested.

        I ended up at El Salto for a bunch of reasons, and I do hope to get to Elliott's sometime soon. My go-to Canton buddy is pregnant, so I couldn't really lure her to a bar that doesn't serve any food. :)

        I'm set for F, G and H as well, but if anyone has any "I" ideas, please let me know.

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          abovethewaves Apr 1, 2009 08:11 AM

          Illusions (it's a "magic" bar, never been there before)

          1. re: pomme de terre
            hon Apr 1, 2009 10:31 AM

            Idle Hour

            1. re: pomme de terre
              BaltoPhilFood Apr 1, 2009 11:02 AM

              Idle Hour is a good one. Oh but your friend needs food! Ixia is delicious, and fancy. If BYO is an option you could head to Iggie's Pizza? casual, great pies and you get to choose how to stock your bar!

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                pomme de terre Apr 1, 2009 11:16 AM

                I've been to Ixia and Illusions before (both fun!) but Idle Hour sounds like a good option. I have a buddy who lives in that neighborhood. I was also considering iBar in Lower Charles Village/Station North/Made-Up Gentrification Name.

                I am a big fan of Iggie's, and pretty much all BYOB places.

                The pregnant friend isn't my ONLY drinking buddy, just the go-to girl in Canton. The Fed Hill friend is so very not pregnant and happy to have a drink or two.

              2. re: pomme de terre
                KAZ Apr 1, 2009 12:20 PM

                Where you going for H?

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                  pomme de terre Apr 2, 2009 06:56 AM

                  I was thinking Henninger's Tavern.

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                    KAZ Apr 2, 2009 07:48 AM

                    Not a bad choice, but do you need an additional reason to go to Henniger's? The place is great on its own merit. If this trip through the alphabet is designed to expose you to places you may not go to otherwise, may I humbly suggest the Haven. A jazz bar in northeast, no food, bad recent publicity (to put it mildly) but still a Baltimore institution. The chicken box in the neighboring Sonny's Subs could make a nice double dip.

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                      pomme de terre Apr 7, 2009 09:48 AM

                      KAZ, do you mean the New Haven Lounge?


                      If so, I'll keep it in mind for N!

                      1. re: pomme de terre
                        KAZ Apr 7, 2009 12:29 PM

                        That's the one. Colloquially just called "the Haven" but it could work for N as well. Have fun.

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                          kimmer1850 Apr 7, 2009 07:19 PM

                          Just FYI...for a real "Haven" bar try the Haven Place on Haven street. It's a strip bar(and a dive at that) but it fits the bill. Why not step out of the comfort zone?

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                            pomme de terre Apr 8, 2009 01:04 PM

                            That would definitely be out of my comfort zone, I'll say that! I've never been anywhere on the Block. How dive-y is it? Would a woman be hassled for showing up on her own?

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                              FoiGras Jun 11, 2009 12:12 PM

                              I missed your comment in April. STAY AWAY FROM THE "BLOCK!"

                              Many years ago, when the Block was more substantial, a girlfriend and I ventured onto the Block. We were in our late teens, but appeared to be much older. No issues with being carded. We simply weren't allowed to even go into any of the bars unescorted by a male. I suppose they thought we would interfere with their in-house gals. FoiGras

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              igrowveggies Mar 11, 2009 09:33 AM

              once again, i LOVE this idea! i third elliott's pour house and add ellicott mills brewing company in ellicott city. have fun!

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                LuLuBlaubugunder Mar 30, 2009 11:07 PM

                elliott's is the way to go. chill atmosphere, cheap drinks. when you get to L, M, T, and P, let me know. I second the creative idea. wondering, where did you go for I and A?

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                pomme de terre Mar 11, 2009 09:13 AM

                Is El Salto in Brooklyn a carry-out or sitdown place?

                1. BaltoPhilFood Mar 6, 2009 06:38 AM

                  Not a bar special, but Tuesdays is the all you can eat sour beef and dumpling special at Eichenkranz :)

                  The only other bar I could think of was the bar at Eggspectation in Ellicott City.

                  I still love this idea, and I hope you post your final A-Z when you are through!

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                    LGood Mar 5, 2009 07:50 PM

                    Elvis is sit down and carry out, but no liquor license.

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                      abovethewaves Mar 30, 2009 04:16 PM

                      BARS!!! not take-out mexican food!

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                        LGood Apr 8, 2009 07:26 PM

                        You're point being? I was telling the OP that Elvis isn't a bar.

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                      hon Mar 5, 2009 12:54 PM

                      The Emerald Tavern on Harford Road

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                        casper28 Mar 5, 2009 11:03 AM

                        If you want a great neighborhood bar try Elliott's Pourhouse in Brewers Hill.

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                          hawaiigrl2003 Mar 7, 2009 12:40 AM

                          Second Elliot's Pourhouse! Somewhere between a dive bar and indie cool. Good guys running the place, Decent beer selection, and a fun spot with a pool table and popcorn machine located in brewer's hill. Get a black and tan with Dale's and Murphy's. Prices are a steal!

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                            rmunson18t Mar 30, 2009 03:46 PM

                            Elliott's Pour House is definitely the E bar you should try. Lots of goodies on tap & in a bottle. Great neighborhood bar. Always something going on. Good people & cold brew. The bartenders aren't afraid to throw a couple back with you either.

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                          nmurawsk Mar 4, 2009 03:59 PM

                          I live in Ft Lauderdale so unfortunately I don't have any suggestions for you - but I just had to say that I love that idea! Good Luck!

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                            jes Mar 4, 2009 03:56 PM

                            el patron does have a full bar sorta separate from the restaurant with some happy hour specials so could probably work for you.

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                              KAZ Mar 4, 2009 03:36 PM

                              Is Edgar's pool hall still around?

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                                pomme de terre Mar 4, 2009 05:26 PM

                                Nope, no more Edgar's. Hmm, where IS there a good pool hall?

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