The Venue

September 14, 2006|By SAM SESSA


With some of the city's best martinis and plenty of elaborate decor, Ixia's late-night scene is steadily growing.

Where -- 518 N. Charles St.

Call -- 410-727-1800

Web site --

Notable -- The list of about 30 house martinis rotates seasonally but features some smooth, delicious and innovative drinks. Ixia's small plates make great bar nosh. Just be careful: It's easy to rack up a huge bill - especially if you have a few martinis and start ordering small plates.

Vibe -- Elegant and arty. White drapes hang from the ceiling, huge chandeliers and small mirrors hanging on strings glitter everywhere, and the walls are done in blue with gold trim.

Crowd -- Ranges from early-20s Mount Vernonites to those far older.

What to wear -- If you must wear jeans, make them designer jeans. Otherwise, go for khakis, black pants, nice shirts and the like. If you want to flex some fashion sensibility, Ixia is the place to do it.

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