Make what you will of the fact that southeastern Baltimore County is home to several go-go clubs, but let the record state that there also are plenty of bars down there where the women keep their clothes on.
The nightclub Dreamers, which, incidentally, used to be a go-go bar, straightened up its act a couple of years ago. That's when Kitty McNeill says she and her husband bought the place, gave it a new name and a new image. Still, old customer habits die hard.
"Jeepers creepers, we've been a nightclub for a while now, but sometimes guys will still come in, stand at the door like they're looking for the go-go girls, and then they'll walk out at that point," says Ms. McNeill.
What you actually will find if you stand at Dreamers' door, just off a rather desolate stretch of Old North Point Road, is a bar that has been gradually renovating itself. Although it won't win any bar-beautiful awards, there seems to be a relaxed twenty- through forty-something crowd searching for nothing wilder than spin on the dance floor, a brew and a game of pool.
The dance floor and DJ booth, being relatively new, are more state of the art than one usually finds in similar suburban bars. There is a DJ on Top 40 duty Thursday through Saturday nights. And Dreamers has just started booking live bands on Sunday nights, with Control scheduled to play Oct. 21.
As for cover charges, Ms. McNeill says with a laugh, "Hey, you're in Dundalk. There's no charge for the bands."
The two pool tables quietly set apart in a back room see lots of action from a pool league on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Also on the sporting front -- and this sets Dreamers apart from the pack -- is an outdoor volleyball court that enjoys spotlit nocturnal use.
Other attractions that lure customers down that lonely road include a shrimp night every Wednesday, with reduced drink prices as well. Also alluring is the dollar special on domestic beers Thursdays from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Visitors to the bar this time of year will encounter a five-and-dime store's worth of Halloween decorations, among them a skeleton-inhabited coffin perched over the bar. Ms. McNeill says the annual Halloween costume party -- planned for Saturday, Oct. 27 -- is as big a draw here as New Year's Eve.
Where: 4000 Old N. Point Road, Dundalk.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday to Friday, noon - 2 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m.- 2 a.m. Sunday.
Menu: Lunch-only menu features shrimp salad sandwiches, chili, soups.
Credit cards: Not accepted.