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Patrick's of Pratt Street, one of Baltimore's oldest bars, to close

Patrick's of Pratt Street, one of Baltimore's oldest bars, to close

One of Baltimore's oldest bars -- one that claims to be the country's oldest Irish pub -- will close later this summer.

Founded in 1847, Patrick's of Pratt Street (934 W. Pratt St., Hollins Market) will soon be for sale, owner Patrick Rowley said on Thursday.

A final operating day has yet to be set, but Rowley -- who has owned the bar with his wife, Anne ("the boss"), since 1999 -- is looking to finalize an auction date soon. He expects the bar to close by September.

"I'm almost 70," said Rowley, who can be found behind the bar nearly every night. "I'm too old for carrying drinks."

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