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Patrick's of Pratt Street owners Patrick and Anne Rowley pose for a photograph in March 2006. The couple will soon sell the bar.
Patrick's of Pratt Street owners Patrick and Anne Rowley pose for a photograph in March 2006. The couple will soon sell the bar. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

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.

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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."

Founded by Rowley's "great, great Uncle Patrick" Healey, the bar has been continuously owned and operated by the family since it opened, according to the its website.

Under the Rowleys, Patrick's has been known for many things, including its crab cakes, cappuccinos and wine selection. The small space also hosts live Irish music.

A Sun dining review from 2006 described Patrick's as "remarkably uncluttered, especially when one considers all the history it contains within its walls. It's also blessedly free of cutesy four-leaf clovers and dancing leprechauns, even in the days surrounding St. Patrick's Day."

Rowley said he's leaving the bar business but will continue his other job with his wife -- selling trips to Ireland.

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