The skinny on local clubs

THE VENUE

Tio Pepe Known for its upscale Spanish cuisine, the Mount Vernon restaurant has become a weekend haven for young aficionados of some of the city's best sangria and Tio's intimate atmosphere.

September 21, 2006|By BROOKE NEVILS

Venue Where -- 10 E. Franklin St.

Call -- 410-539-4675 -- weekend reservations are a must.

Notable -- Young conversationalists consume more than 100 pitchers of red, white and sparkling Tio Pepe sangria -- perfect for sharing -- each weekend night. If you're looking to avoid the higher-priced entrees, you can request an assortment of tapas or share the generous portions of Tio's famous oysters and champagne sauce. But an evening at Tio Pepe's is still an expensive one.

Vibe -- Elegant yet warm. White tablecloths and candlelight combined with the intimate nooks and crannies of Tio's underground dining room create an atmosphere ideal for relaxing with friends.

Crowd -- A mix of 20-something urbanites, families and longtime patrons.

What to wear -- Shorts or T-shirts are an absolute no. Think collared shirts and cocktail dresses: refined, but still trendy enough for the Mount Vernon late-night scene.

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