The Venue

The skinny on local clubs

May 18, 2006|By SAM SESSA

Nevin's Cross Street Station

For karaoke in Federal Hill, Nevin's should always be your first stop.

Where --31-33 E. Cross St.

Call --410-468-4078

Notable --It's fun to sing karaoke, but even more fun to see. Watching other people warble their way through "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is hilarious - like a real-life American Idol. Believe it or not, a good deal of the regulars at Nevin's can sit through some of the weirdest and downright fingernails-on-a-chalkboard song renditions without batting an eye.

Vibe --Though it may seem a little intimidating at first, it's actually pretty laid back once you settle in.

What to wear --Something you don't mind having beer spilled on. For the most part, it's T-shirts and jeans in the summertime.

Crowd --Split half-and-half between older and younger, though as it gets late on weekends, you see more people in their 20s than their 40s.

Music --Whatever people punch into the karaoke machine. Don't be surprised to see someone singing Michael Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sugar Hill Gang or No Doubt.

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