The Venue

The skinny on local clubs

June 22, 2006|By LINDSAY KISHTER

The Spy Club

Tucked away on the second and third floors over the Midtown Yacht Club, the Spy Club has a "secret" entrance through a bookcase-disguised door, which is usually (disappointingly) propped open.

Where --15 E. Centre St.

Call --410-837-1300

Notable --The giant framed poster of Lenin over the bar, for starters. Living up to its name, the club employs a hammer-and-sickle-laden decor, with surreal paintings of communist leaders and anti-communist U.S. propaganda lining the walls. An interesting theme paired with a spacious third-level dance floor and a well-stocked bar give the place a lot of potential.

Vibe --On a recent Thursday, the scant crowd made it a bit awkward and left the dance floor unscuffed. A weekend crowd could give the Spy Club the happening scene it deserves.

Crowd --As the waiter put it, the crowd is "cultured," a diverse mix of mostly locals in their mid-20s to early 30s either looking to chill by the pool table or get their groove on.

What to wear --Jeans work, and so do classier get-ups.

Music --DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays, and they play everything from David Banner's grindable Play to a Killers remix to Britney Spears.

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