At 91, Irv Koch keeps Maryland’s last basement bar going


By Zoë Read (Baltimore Sun, 11/19/2014)

If someone wants to grab a drink at Club Sunset Knoll for the first time, they better find someone who knows Irv.

For 51 years, the little establishment tucked into the basement of a secluded Pasadena house has been almost impossible to find without help.

When guests arrive, they knock on the front door and ask a cheerful old man to meet them at the bottom of his basement steps. Wait a bit, and he will open the heavy door and pour beer, wine and liquor from behind his exclusive bar.

At 91, Irv Koch runs his small business by himself. It may be the only licensed bar of its kind in Maryland.

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