Go nightclubbing in a historic bank
From its plush velvet couches to its ornately decorated cathedral ceilings and large Corinthian columns, the newly opened Redwood Trust is one classy place to get your groove on. There's a strict dress code, so leave those baseball caps, sneakers and sweats at home.
Located in a historic bank building, the nightclub has three levels, numerous bars and two areas for music. The main dance floor is a 38-foot circular space constructed with four layers of rubberized padding underneath - for low-impact dancing.
Above the main room is the mezzanine level, which offers great views of the action on the dance floor below and has a roped-off VIP area. Prices for VIP access, which includes line-jumping privileges at the front door and a drink allowance, range from $250 to $500.
Downstairs in the basement are a lounge area and cigar room with couches and overstuffed cushioned benches lining the walls.
If it's the music you're after (and who isn't at a nightclub?), Redwood Trust does not disappoint. With a state-of-the-art Phazon sound system, the tunes come out loud and clear. The main room features house and dance music by resident DJs Shawn Q and Leni K. The downstairs lounge is where you go to hear some good chill-out music.
If you're hungry, there's a sushi bar right in the club. For nondrinkers, there's a pretty decent coffee bar.
When Redwood Trust opened last month, its closing time was 4 a.m. on weekends. A dispute with city officials has resulted in a 2 a.m. closing hour for the time being. We'll keep you posted.
Redwood Trust, 200 E. Redwood St. (at Calvert Street), 410-659-9500; www.trustbaltimore.com. Cover charge is $10. Parking is on the street or in the garage at corner of Baltimore Street and Guilford Avenue. Also, valet parking is available for $10 at the front door. Hours are 9:15 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays (Latin dance lessons at 8 p.m.) and 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursdays (ladies' night) to Sundays.