Laugh at the clock and keep dancing

Despite what you think, city doesn't call it quits at 2 a.m.

Scene: clubs, bars, nightlife

April 17, 2003|By Lisa Wiseman | Lisa Wiseman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's 2 a.m., and the bars and clubs are all closing, but you're not tired, and you're certainly not ready to go home. Sure, you could go to some all-night diner and have the $3.99 breakfast skillet special, but what you'd really like to do is keep on grooving for a couple more hours.

Baltimore's liquor laws dictate that all bars must close at 2 a.m., but that doesn't mean you have to call it a night if you still want to listen to music or dance. There are a handful of places around town where the music doesn't stop at last call. Usually that means that the club is also a restaurant that serves food after hours or that the establishment is a private club. You won't be able to have another cosmopolitan past 2 a.m. at any of these after-hours places, (and quite frankly, you probably should cut the liquor consumption at that point)but you can still have fun. If you think you're up for it, here's a guide on how you can dance the night away.

2 a.m.

Instead of bacon and eggs, why not go for some sushi or tapas? Two area bar/restaurants serve food after hours along with the music and dancing.

At Kobe Teppan and Sushi, 1023 N. Charles St. in the lower level of the Belvedere, resident DJ Sun and DJ Kosta along with guest DJs spin house and dance music every Friday and Saturday night from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. The sushi bar also stays open until 4 a.m., so try the dragon roll made with fried soft shell crab to curb late-night munchies. Cover charge is usually $5, unless there is a special event. Call 410-685-0780. www.dcubed

At ultra-hip lounge Red Maple, 30 N. Charles St., the music goes until 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a resident DJ playing a mix of dance music on Fridays and another regular spinning deep lounge grooves, jazz, funk and percussion on Saturdays. The restaurant features an Asian-inspired tapas menu with small plates of items such as chicken and shiitake dumplings or crispy tofu with bean sprout salad. The kitchen is open until midnight on Fridays and 3:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Call 410-547-0149. www.

3 a.m.

You've danced, you've snacked, you've lounged, and now it's time to hit the dance floor again. Club Choices, 1814 N. Charles St., is open until 3:30 a.m. on Fridays and 4:30 a.m. on Saturdays. The club features house, hip-hop and R&B music along with the occasional "special event." This could include anything from a fashion show to a group of "male adult dancers" who call themselves the Ruff Ryders. On weekends, it's usually just DJs spinning the tunes, but it's best to call first, just to be sure. Call 410-752-4602.

4 a.m.

The Paradox, 1310 Russell St., is the place where the Basement Boys, Crystal Waters and Ultra Nate started their musical careers. Just one word can describe this club: massive. This 13,000-square-foot warehouse has two dance floors -- each with a separate DJ and lighting and sound system, a restaurant, a courtyard and even a basketball court. It's also home to some of the hottest house and hip-hop music around. The club is open late nights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Closing time is between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Cover charge varies. Call the club hot line for details at 410-837-9110. www.

5 a.m.

Club 1722, 1722 N. Charles St., is a private club, but on Fridays the doors are open to non-members from 2 a.m. until "the crowd disappears," the club says, which is usually around 6 a.m. Because it's a private club, they can dictate how they want their guests to look. So leave your jeans, sweats, tennis shoes, boots and T-shirts for an afternoon at the mall. In other words, dress to impress. Guys, wear a shirt with a collar. Ladies, wear something sexy. The crowd at 1722 loves to dance, bump and grind. Cover charge is usually $15. Once a month, the club holds a theme party. This month, on Saturday, come dressed like a character from the movie Chicago. You could be a gangster, flapper or a roaring 1920s floozy, the club suggests. At last, a chance to wear a fedora or fishnet stockings in public. For the Chicago party, doors open at 1:30 a.m. It's BYOB, but the drinking has to stop at 2 a.m. Call 410-727-7431.

6 a.m.

The sun is coming up, and it's the start of a new day. Don't go home; head to Plush, 504 S. Haven St., Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 a.m. until noon, relax and unwind with some down-tempo tunes and chill-out music while sipping a mimosa or bloody Mary (the house specials.) Call 410-563-4288.


What are you still doing awake? Put on your PJs, and go to bed. You've been dancing all night. Aren't you tired yet?

For more club events, see page 43.

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