Five and Dime Ale House

Hampden is getting a brand new, two-level sports bar starting next week.

The Five and Dime Ale House at 901 W. 36th Street will be officially opening on Monday, Oct. 17, as first reported by the Sun. The owners have built the new bar inside the old G.C. Murphy five and dime space. While the property has transformed significantly, co-owner Donald Kelly said his team has tried to make sure their establishment fits the old space in the quirky neighborhood.

“We think the locals are gonna be happy with it,” Kelly said on Thursday. “We wanted to connect to the community and preserve the authenticity of the building.”

The new bar offers 40 tap lines and 18 TVs between the two floors. The space, built by Tri-Kelly Construction (owned by Donald’s triplet brother, Greg) has been 10 months in the making. They had planned to have it ready for business by opening day of baseball season last April, but experienced various delays throughout the year.

Kelly and co-owner Justin Dvorkin run Pratt Street Ale House downtown and other alehouses in the area. They also make some of the beer they serve at their brewery, Oliver Brewing Company. They moved production for Oliver Brewing Co. to a facility in the Claremont-Freedom neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore last July, City Paper reports.

Oliver Brewing Co. beers will be featured heavily featured at the new Hampden pub, Kelly noted. But local craft brew enthusiasts need not worry, as there will be plenty of others on tap from around Baltimore and across Maryland. The Five and Dime Ale House also contains a full restaurant and cocktail bar, as well as a private catering business, according to Donald’s wife, Kerry.

The alehouse has a soft opening “for family and close friends” from Friday through Sunday, Kelly said. Its doors will open to everyone next week.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...