Maybe the future of heavy industry in Baltimore lies in theme bar treatment. Steeltown, the new entertainment complex in eastern Baltimore County, pays tribute to the nearby furnaces of Bethlehem Steel and airplanes of Glenn L. Martin Airport. For go
If that seems like a lot of industrial and sporting history to acknowledge under one roof, hey, they do it here with room to spare. That's because Steeltown isn't just big, it's enormous. We're talking about a three-in-one complex -- Sports Bar, Bomber Cafe and Blast Furnace -- occupying 32,000 square feet. Steeltown easily accommodates 1,500 blue-collar, white-collar and no-collar pleasure seekers.
The Sports Bar includes pool tables, dart boards and basketball toss games, memorabilia such as newspaper headlines about the Baltimore Colts and a Bookmaker's Corner complete with pay phones and barbershop chairs.
From the Sports Bar you pass into the Bomber Cafe, a warehouse-like room with large model airplanes hanging from the ceiling. Things are a bit slow here because the kitchen has not yet opened, but there is a happy hour featuring dueling pianos.
From the Bomber Cafe you enter the Blast Furnace, which features a large stage that could turn this into a significant concert venue. Monday nights on this stage are reserved for major regional and national acts, including "Bobcat" Goldthwait on June 24. Cover for national acts is expected to range from $5 to $20.
Oldies bands play on Tuesdays, High Energy Dance Night is the common denominator for the bands on Wednesdays, with AOR bands on Thursdays and Top 40 bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Playing tonight and Saturday is De Pow. Incidentally, there is a $3 cover Friday and Saturday nights after 9.
Rock bands play on Sundays with discounts offered for the "industry," with industry here meaning hospitality, hair care and service workers. Pat Travers plays this Sunday.
Its heavy metal-connoting name to the contrary, Steeltown is for the most part staying away from heavy metal, according to club spokeswoman Cindy Wick. Accordingly, biker attire and ripped jeans are not allowed.
As a new club, Steeltown is still finding out what'll work in terms of entertainment. Under consideration are wrestling and boxing matches.
Where: 2401 North Point Blvd., North Point Plaza Shopping Center.
Hours: 6 p.m.-2 a.m. daily.
Menu: Happy-hour buffet. Kitchen opening soon with a pub menu.
Credit cards: AE, MC, V.