Bohager's lives as Parrot Island

Scene: clubs, bars, nightlife

May 20, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

After nearly five years of foam parties and college nights, Bohager's shut its doors yesterday for the last time. And though the club is closed for good, its loyal crowd needn't lament: Nightlife at the Eden Street location hasn't come to a halt just yet.

The 30,000-square-foot space, which housed a tropics-themed bar known as Parrot Island in the late '90s, will officially re-open tomorrow as Parrot Island at Bohager's.

But don't get too fond of this laid-back, Jimmy Buffett-style nightclub either - it, too, will be closing.

The venue, now pastel-painted and without its famous domed roof, will operate Thursdays through Sundays as a combination open-air dance club/bar/restaurant until this fall, when the building will be demolished to make way for high-rise condominiums.

Despite the imminent close of business, owner Damian Bohager is enthusiastic about his new themed venture and says he's "pulling out all the [stops]" for the bar's last hurrah.

"We want [patrons] to feel like they're in Jamaica. We're looking forward to recapturing that [Parrot Island vibe] this summer," says Bohager, whose crews have worked "round the clock" over the past several weeks to transform his urban dance space back into the beach-inspired nightspot that it was when he purchased the club in 1999.

To get the look and feel of the islands, Bohager has created waterfalls and added thatched-roof structures, brightly colored murals, tiki torches and large fish tanks. He's also planted dozens of palm trees and spread 150 tons of sand on the veranda, which faces Lancaster Street and the harbor.

Bohager believes the waterfront bar's new environment will be a hit. And he's confident that the summery, tropical theme will leave regular patrons feeling good about the end of an era in Baltimore nightclub history.

"Both places [Bohager's and Parrot Island] are going to go out on a high note," he says.

Parrot Island at Bohager's is at 701 S. Eden St. Hours are 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Call 410-563-7220 or visit www.bohagers.com.

Parrot Island at Bohager's

Grand opening: From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, enjoy a celebratory open bar and buffet while reggae band Living Proof performs. Dueling conga players Jumoke & Salim will also take the stage during the grand-opening party.

Take note: If you can't make it out for the club's first official event, then take note of PIAB's food specials for future nights out. For $19.95, you get all the crabs you can eat, plus corn on the cob and french fries.

For more club events, see Page 31.

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