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Baltimore Nightlife

Frank Klein

Best Bar Bathroom: 1919

Best Bar Bathroom

1919

1919 E. Fleet St., (410) 276-9484

The place isn’t a total dive, but it’s definitely a mostly dive, so you wouldn’t expect much from the bathrooms here. In fact, it seems at first like one of those places where you might save up to go in for a quick surgical strike, possibly holding your breath and trying not to look around too much while you’re inside. But then there we were, standing there well after the deed, engaged in an involuntary slow pan for a good five minutes, aroused from our reverie by the next guy who came storming in. We’d been transfixed by the oddly engrossing collection of photos plastering the walls. There’s something about those photos, like you’re in a stranger’s house and have found his or her photo album, which we guess is actually the case here. We hear the women’s room is similarly adorned. Some photos are artsy, others vacation snapshots, and still others more intimate portraits. Perhaps it’s the juxtaposition, haphazard placement that somehow forms composition, that speaks to . . . ah, whatever, it’s probably all those shots we just had. But seriously, cool photos in the shitter.

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