What's billed as "the all new Christopher's" is really the same old Christopher's, but a recent renovation involved enough of a make over to keep this night life mainstay in tune with the '90s.
"We wanted to soften the look of the room with cosmetic changes," said manager Rusty Williams. "This club has been here for more than 10 years and times change."
Before, the front lobby greeted visitors with what he describes as "chrome, neon and blinking little star things in the ceiling." It was a lobby that shouted: Disco! Disco! Now, the effect is more subdued, making this a club that wants to appear more grown up.
And yet, Christopher's is still a big and busy place to meet people. Why, just open up one of the club's matchbooks and you'll find lines provided to write a new-found friend's name and phone number. Arbiters of political correctness might wince at the cigarette girls walking around with promotional handouts. And PC-zealots will surely grimace at the mention of a June 27 bikini contest with a $500 cash prize.
But hey, Christopher's has always prided itself on being a pleasure palace where all those young and single Baltimore County professionals can libidinously interface on the dance floor or around the five service bars.
The club's continued success is due largely to targeting its crowd on a nightly basis. The latest lineup features special events or classic rock bands on Mondays; progressive dance bands and two-for-one drinks on Tuesdays; dollar drink night and a DJ on Wednesdays; half-price drinks for the ladies on Thursdays; and a happy hour buffet featuring a 36-foot-long food spread ($1 for all you can eat) Fridays from 5-8 p.m.
Also, live bands perform on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Playing tonight and Saturday is Cry Monday, with the Michael Latham Band on Thursday, next Friday and June 22, and Tiffany on June 27, 28 and 29.
Let's not forget Sunday nights, which for the past year have hosted a teen night introducing the next generation to Christopher's.
Where: York and Padonia roads, Timonium.
Hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday teen night 7-11.
Menu: Sandwiches and finger foods. There is a full menu at the adjoining Padonia Station.
Credit cards: Major cards accepted.