Sir Duke Bar & Liquor Store to open in former Bad Decisions space

Sir Duke Bar & Liquor Store is opening July 12 in Fells Point.
Sir Duke Bar & Liquor Store is opening July 12 in Fells Point. (Courtesy of Bryan Burkert)

A new tavern and liquor store is preparing to open in the former home of Bad Decisions and the Get Down in Fells Point.

Sir Duke Bar & Liquor Store will open July 12 in the 6,000-square-foot space at 701 S. Bond St.


Bad Decisions most recently operated in the building after relocating from Fleet Street, which sits at the corner of Aliceanna Street, but closed in February after six months. That bar was preceded by the Get Down, a dance club Bryan Burkert owned that occupied the Bond Street space for five years. Burkert has owned the building since 1995, and now he plans to reclaim the space with his take on a tavern.

"I sort of went back to my roots," he said.

SIr Duke will operate as a bar and liquor store, with a small room in the back of the first floor dedicated to retail. The bar will offer drinks including $8 signature cocktails and spiked milkshakes.

Chef Rashad Edwards developed the menu, with items such as sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, street tacos and snacks like fried ravioli, edamame and crispy kalettes.

"It's just bar food — but like everybody else says, bar food with a twist," Burkert said.

The most expensive item on the menu is $12, "a price range that's a little bit underserved in Fells Point," Burkert said.

The space has seating for about 50 people between the bar and high-top tables Burkert installed on the first floor.

Both the Get Down and the Rockwell, which sits a few blocks away at 702 S. Broadway, were heavy on technology and displays. With Sir Duke, named for a Stevie Wonder song, Burkert said he wanted to create a spot that reflected neighborhood taverns of the 1970s and 1980s, "before all the technology had come into play."

Burkert said the building underwent structural renovations before Bad Decisions moved in, so most of the updates he made while transforming it to Sir Duke were cosmetic. The tavern will incorporate works from local artists.

"There wasn't a lot of heavy lifting to be done but there was just a tremendous amount of paint," he said. "You try to have something interesting no matter where people are sitting or standing."

Sir Duke will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The kitchen will be open until midnight daily, and the liquor store will also be open until 2 a.m. each day.