Retro Baltimore: 50 things we miss

I love New Bar Smell

You know what I'm talking about: sawdust, fresh paint and polyurethane. I read a piece in Esquire that said the new car smell is a cocktail of various vapors from the new vinyl and carpeting. New Bar Smell is probably the same thing ...

It's the smell of optimism -- of hope that the place will prosper. After a few months of spilled beer, vomit, and depending on the place, urine, New Bar Smell becomes Average Bar Smell. But if you've been in a handful of brand new or recently rehabbed watering holes, you never forget that smell.

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