The Venue

The skinny on local clubs

April 27, 2006|By BRITTANY BAUHAUS

Stone Cellar

Located under Ellicott City's Blue Point Grille, the Stone Cellar is an unlikely live music hideaway. Even though there's casual dining upstairs, the stone-walled basement pumps up the volume and rocks way past midnight.

Where --9445 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

Web site --stonecellar.com

Call --410-461-4990

Notable --Be prepared to get the boot at least 30 minutes before the usual 2 a.m. The bartenders close up shop for the night immediately after the music stops about 1:30 a.m. This may be a blessing to those who've had a little too much to drink or an annoyance to hardcore partiers. The guys behind the bar are prompt and jovial. There's almost always a great show, and the crowd is fun and receptive, especially after a few rounds.

Vibe --Warm and friendly. Most people are there for the music and conversation. Later in the evening gets a little bit crazy with the majority of the younger crowd pouring in about 11:30 p.m. Expect the tiny dance floor in front of the stage to be packed with young women while men at the bar down a pitcher or two.

What to wear --Depends on who's playing. Could call for anything from tight blue jeans and Under Armor T-shirts to cowboy hats and lime green Mohawks.

Crowd --21 and older with a strong emphasis on middle-aged customers experiencing their second childhoods.

Music --Coming live shows include: Anamide, Acoustic MoJo, Pratt Street, Driven and FarCry. DJ Kode Bleuu hosts GROOVE Wednesdays with a mix of hip-hop beats, R&B and reggae. Karaoke is every Sunday night.

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