December 15, 2005|By SAM SESSA



Copra is one sharp restaurant and bar. Its use of wood, metal and stone creates a chic dining and lounging atmosphere.

Where --313 N. Charles St.

Call --410-727-6080

Notable --The rock-face walls, metal-topped bars, high-backed wooden chairs and gigantic mirror leaning against one wall are straight-up swanky.

Vibe --Copra's mature setting is relaxing. Just be careful - if you're in the right mood, you could spend more time there than you planned.

What to wear --You don't have to put on the ritz, but this is not the place for shorts. You can get away with jeans during the day, but if you're going to Copra for dinner, at least wear business casual.

Crowd --For lunch, expect a business crowd stretching from the late 20s to early 30s on up to senior citizens. It's the same scene at dinner time, but young professionals start to filter in for late dinner and drinks on the weekends.

Music --Starting in the spring and running through late fall, Copra features live jazz from local acts Saturday nights. The restaurant removes the sofas from its lounge area by the bar, and the bands, usually trios, set up there.

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