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April 14, 2008

Shoes thwart Mosaic visit

Wondering when I'll get around to reviewing the recently revamped Mosaic in Power Plant Live?

Me too. 

I swung by there Friday night after the Spoon show at Sonar (side note: I'll post the review of that later today) but wasn't allowed inside.

I was wearing white bowling shoes with black stripes, and my buddy Mike had a pair of All Stars on.

The bouncer apologized but said he couldn't let us in.

No sneakers allowed.

Well, no All Stars allowed. The bouncer said my bowling shoes would have been OK. 

Still, it was silly of me not to think Mosaic would have a dress code -- and would actually enforce it.

I remember when I reviewed Kamp, they let me in wearing Birkenstocks.

Oh, well.

Maybe next weekend. 

If one of you has been there and wants to tell the rest of us how it is, go for it.

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:17 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


That is the attitude that will lead to Mosaic's downfall.

I haven't been to the revamped Mosaic yet, so I can't comment on that. It's one of those places I only go to with a gaggle of girls for a birthday or something. Not into the dance scene as much anymore.

On the "no sneakers" rule... what's the problem with All Stars really? Why are bowling shoes OK? It's obnoxious. They can be selective about clientele without blanket apparel restrictions.

Long ago, I went to a club down in D.C. (The Bank/Platinum) and a bouncer held me up saying "no sneakers". I had just gotten back from France where I picked up some Campers, you could call them "urban wear", but not quite sneakers. I don't believe they were being sold over here yet so the guy probably didn't know what to make of them.

Another bouncer spoke up and said they were "cool" so I could go in, "thanks guy" I said. I ended up getting rufeed an hour later after two beers, left the bar for air, fell and hit my head on the sidewalk and passed out against the building. The next day my friends explained that they came outside after they noticed I was missing for a while and they had to carry me home.

Sorry, Mr. Twain—PS: loved the raft book, hated the King Arthur one—but I'm siding with Mosaic. There are reasons that Red Maple is Red Maple and MaGerk's is MaGerk's, and dress code is one of them. The people inside are as much a part of a venue's brand as the decor and the drinks. When you're packed in tight with the likes of Howl at the Moon and The Lodge Bar, attracting better-dressed clientele is one way to set yourself apart.

(Note also that the bouncer apologized, and pointed out what was and wasn't up to snuff. A classy move that says, "Please don't be discouraged; we want you to come back.")

grooann.. it PAINS me to read when things like this happen in baltimore.even ibiza in DC has a loose dress code now.EVERYONE has a losse dress code now.

The dress code thing was something that started a long time ago that caught on, faded out, and like everything club/music wise in baltimore took a couple of years to reach here and when it did was enforced with gestapo like agressiveness.

And now ,because baltimore got into the dress code late,they are still enforcing it a year after everyone else has abandoned it.I remember when i DJ'ed the Club X Lounge when it first opened up and asked the local record store owner if he'd been there yet.He told me he showed up and they turned down one of the main DJ and record owners in town because he was wearing tennis shoes!

Bad idea.He refused to promote them afterwards.You gotta loosen up if you want that bammatown dollar folks.Oh and they really should let you look at the pictures on their website WITHOUT having to give your email in return.Like i dont have enough spam in my email.I wanted to look at the place to see if i would go there sometime.Guess ill wait it out.

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