At the end of a pier in HarborView Marina, Tiki Barge has a small pool with its own bar and grill, as well as an upstairs bar. At dusk, the Domino sugar factory and city skyline can be quite a view. On the Fourth of July, the bar was relatively quiet. Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" played over the speakers, and clusters of people sipped their drinks by the pool or by the bar. A bartender told me it would have a bigger crowd later in the day. Tiki is plenty spacious, and if it gets as crowded as its owners say it will, it shouldn't have trouble accommodating big summer crowds. Service was swift. Though the crowd was small, there were two bartenders upstairs. In terms of beer, the bar serves the usual -- Corona, Heineken, Blue Moon, Red Stripe, as well as Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. Domestics cost $4 and imports are $5. While I was there, the crowd upstairs was older; lots of middle-age women in Chico's gear and straw hats drinking merlot. Downstairs, there were younger patrons as well as kids swimming in the pool, which is no bigger than something you'd find at a community center. There are two bouncers at the entrance checking IDs, a sign by the door that said minors aren't allowed past 8 p.m., and there's even a lifeguard by the tiny pool. It seemed like a casual spot to take a dip in the middle of the day and grab a beer while gazing out to a good-looking view.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun