Dudas

Dudas, Fells Point, Baltimore Maryland

Dudas

Duda’s tavern, located at 1600 Thames St., is one of the many buildings in Fells Point that have been around for more than a century. It has been many things before becoming a bar and holds a lot of history.

Duda’s History

The building that is now Duda’s was built originally for sailors. The corners of the building were rounded out due to the sailors belief that evil spirits were hiding in them. The place was first documented to be Union hotel in the 1850s. In the 1880s it was the Maryland Bay Pilots Association headquarters and then was a rooming house. The building finally became a bar once the prohibition ended and was opened as Duda’s in 1949 by Walter Duda. The business was taken over by Walter’s wife and son after Walter was killed by a drunk cab driver on the steps of Duda’s. The bar was taken over by Walter’s daughter and son-in-law in the 1970s which is when the place started serving food.

Doc

Dudas has one known spirit named Doc. Doc was a man that once lived in the upstairs apartment and enjoyed playing polka music on the jukebox. Doc passed away in 1980 with no known family. The bar owners wanted to pour Doc’s ashes into the bay but were stopped by a psychic who told them to keep them at the bar. Within a few days, Doc’s long lost brother came to the bar looking for Doc’s ashes to have them buried with family. A few weeks after Doc’s death the jukebox started playing polka music, but the bar owner could not find a polka record in the jukebox. Doc has been seen by an electrician who ran out of the bar when Doc vanished in front of him. Other hauntings at Dudas include footsteps, chairs being moved, and a sailor being seen in the basement by the bartender.

The bar is currently owned by Scott Curlee (a member of the Duda family). It celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009 as well as having the preservation society create an honorable holiday ornament for the tavern.

Resources

Macken, L. (2004). Haunted Baltimore: Charm City Spirits.Black Cat Press. Forked River, NJ.

Walker, Mark (2009). Only in Fell’s Point-XXIII: Historic Duda’s Tavern Began Beside the Point. Retrieved January 30, 2012 from http://www.fellspoint.us/digging-deeper/only-in-fells-point/188-xxiii-historic-dudas-tavern.html