Repeatedly deemed Best Rock Club and once voted Best Drunken Hookup Bar by City Paper readers, Ottobar hosts an ongoing calendar of local and touring bands, DJs, and comedians. With bars on both floors of the two-story venue, guests can sip on mixed drinks and beers while listening to live music or pumping quarters into an award-winning jukebox. The venue also hosts special nights including spelling bees and underground dance parties, wherein guests shake their hips to the sound of shoveling.
Dionysus satisfies Olympian appetites with a menu loaded with seasonal dishes and an extensive wine and beer list, served in a cozy and artistic atmosphere. Ascend stairs to a painting-lined dining room and reward well-behaved beaks with a juicy steak sandwich on a crisp baguette ($10), complemented by caramelized shallots, goat cheese, and peppery arugula that possesses subtle bite, like a tentatively penned satire. The house-made veggie burger of the day ($10) lassos a saucy bun into a prairie of free-range fries, and customizable 14-inch pizzas ($10) show off toppings such as pancetta and crab ($2/topping), or artichokes, spinach, and mushrooms ($1/topping). Patrons can also disregard the main menu entirely in favor of daily specials, which rotate synchronously with the sun.
If you're looking for a soulful trip to the past, Phaze 10 offers a "sufficient reproduction of what made the jazz clubs once dotting Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue so famous," according to Baltimore City Paper. The sumptuous scents of Eastern Shore gumbo, shrimp and grits, and roasted chicken waft through the dining room until midnight on weekends, and bartenders keep cold drinks flowing into the night. The restaurant's brunches (unlimited mimosas or sangria optional) are wildly popular, as are the live musicians and comedians who draw crowds onto the dance floor or into peals of laughter.
The New Orleans–themed Bourbon Street has played host to international and local acts alike, now welcoming England's UFO for a rollicking all-ages show at The Quarter, its 600-capacity venue. Ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock by Vh1, UFO has enjoyed more than 40 years of successful albums, live shows, and reported but unconfirmed sightings. Hits such as "Too Hot to Handle" and "Doctor Doctor" paved the way for commercial success in the '70s, establishing a hard-rock credibility that carries through to UFO's most recent studio album, The Visitor, released in 2009. Though the lineup has changed over the years, the chemistry of original members Paul Raymond on guitar and keyboard, drummer Andy Parker, and frontman Phil Mogg is reignited by 2003 transplant guitarist Vinnie Moore’s dynamic energy, powerful riffs, and blood kinship to the Norse gods.
Before Bell Biv DeVoe warned that girl was “Poison,” Johnny Gill “Just Got Paid,” Ralph Tresvant boasted his “Sensitivity,” and Bobby Brown declared it was “My Prerogative,” all six new jack swingers strutted across stages as teen sensation New Edition. Fully reunited and dressed to the nines, the soulful sextet packs the 1st Mariner Center with decades of accumulated Top 10 classics and liquid dance moves. The nearly two-hour set spans the group’s entire career, from falsetto-laden classics such as “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now” to later hits such as “If It Isn’t Love,” all mixed with stacks of tracks from their successful solo careers. This tour finds them putting on a show that's "loose, fast-paced, high-spirited, loaded with hits and personality, and thoroughly entertaining," according to the NJ.com review of a recent concert, bringing to life a catalog of songs that sticks to ears like honeycomb earmuffs. El DeBarge kicks off the evening as the opening act, coloring seductive synthesizers with his smooth tenor during dance hits such as “I Like It” and “Rhythm of the Night.”
With the clink of glasses and fizz of champagne barely audible beneath the danceable beats of top-flight DJs, Mosaic Nightclub and Lounge sets an electrifying tempo for its chic clientele. Beers and cocktails emerge from the bar as bottles of top-shelf liquors alight upon tables reserved for VIPs such as former presidents and future presidents. An outdoor seating area allows groups to commune beneath the stars and cool down after frantic hokey-pokeying sessions.