South Baltimore’s No Idea Tavern Now Hair of the Dog Pub + Grub

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

No Idea Tavern at 1649 S. Hanover St. in South Baltimore is now Hair of the Dog Pub + Grub. Owners Jonathan “Ferg” Ferguson and girlfriend Stacy Lynch announced the new name at a block party last month. Ferguson and Lynch took over ownership of the bar, which has been open since 2005, in February. Ferguson was the general manager of No Idea Tavern before becoming an owner.

Ferguson told that they were thinking of new names for several months. When the phrase “hair of the dog” came up during a brunch, they thought it might be a good name for a bar. It was the name they kept coming back to and eventually chose as the winner. Ferguson noted that he and Lynch are also big dog lovers and have three dogs at home. He also said they wanted to keep a fun name.

Along with a new name, Hair of the Dog has introduced a new menu from Chef Kenya Butler who is now running the recently-renovated kitchen. Popular items including cheesesteaks, loaded tots, wings, house-made chicken tenders, and pickle chips remain on the menu, but many new items have been added as well. The menu now includes many new salads; an assortment of new quesadilla options, which was an original staple of No Idea; and a large selection of new sandwiches and tacos. Hair of the Dog will offer daily specials and will be adding soups to the menu.

Hair of the Dog offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm along with a $10 bottomless Bloody Mary, mimosa, and Miller Lite special. Other popular specials will remain including BINGO Night on Mondays, trivia on Tuesdays, and an all-you-can-drink special on Fridays. The bar continues to focus on craft beers with its 12 beer taps.

Ferguson and Lynch have spent the last few months completing renovations to the space. This includes installing new barn wood and sheet metal walls, and bringing the television total up to 20. “We like to say we play every game, every day,” said Ferguson.

Hair of the Dog is a Ravens, Orioles, and Capitals bar, but Ferguson said they’ll put any game on for its patrons. Hair of the Dog has a Penn State fan club and has hosted James Madison watch parties.

Artist Matt Mercer is currently adding a new Hair of the Dog Mural to the side of the building.

Hair of the Dog’s new logo was designed by Brian Walsh and Neal Moorhouse.

Hair of the Dog is open Monday to Friday from 430pm to 2am and Saturday and Sunday from 1oam to 2am.

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