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May 12, 2008

My thoughts on Mosaic

Here's the new Mosaic in three words: What a letdown.

The recently renovated and expanded club in Power Plant Live was only a third full at 11:30 on a Friday night.

Keep in mind -- it's only open Fridays and Saturdays in the first place.

And yes, it had rained earlier in the evening.

But there was a line outside the Lodge Bar, MEX's deck was comfortably full, and Babalu Grill looked packed inside.

Speaking of IAFs, Mosaic's got plenty of them.

When I asked for an Absolut martini, I got some strange orange concoction with a slice of lime in a martini glass.

The glass that held Amie's well-made gin and tonic had a chipped rim. That's unacceptable.

The DJ and decor were the only high points.

I love the new mezzanine, with its plush, antique furniture and the upside-down lamps hanging from the ceiling.

And the DJ seamlessly jumped from Sade's "And I Miss You" to Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing."

But the question stands: Why would you spend time and money expanding a lounge you can't even fill twice a week?

(Photo by Colby Ware/Special to The Sun) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:51 PM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Bars & Clubs

Comments missed Iron Man for this? damn dude. oh well, when you're a hipster, there must be priorities I suppose...


I don't know what time you were there, but a few friends and I headed over Friday night around 1am and the place was packed!

Now, I'm not saying that I ever plan on going back there, not really my scene (wasn't too keen on the crowd), but every table was packed (not sure if they sold the tables or not) and there was limited standing room at best. I would even say they were over capacity.

We got there around 1am, literally did a walk through and were in the wind by 1:20.

I glanced inside at around 12am after the RHH show at Ram's Head and it looked pretty empty. I'm going to half-guess here and think that perhaps people who were tired of the very crowded other places at Power Plant Live decided to switch it up at or around that time and mosey into Mosaic?

I went there with som friends too. The place was dope and the beats were fresh. The awesome bar had very reasonable drink prices. I would mos def tk my posse back to Mosiac. It was dope.


You may be right. I was shocked as to how packed that place was. There has got be a rational explanation, and I think you may have discovered it.

Guess I'll head back next Friday, a bit earlier, and he what Mosaic has in store.

Oh [shoot], I'm an idiot. I was there Saturday between 1-1:30. Friday was LIVE at Sonar. Sheesh.

Anyone else there last Saturday around this time?

Saturday was DEAD DEAD DEAD in all of Power Plant, although, as much as I hate to admit it, looked like Rock Bar had a little something going for a while.

I didn't see Friday, I was in Federal Hill (err...South Baltimore).

I'm actually curious to see who was busy Saturday. I hit up some folks at various spots across the city, it seemed like a lot of places were slow.

The Saturday before Mother's day is always slow, but not like it was this past Saturday.


If you found Mosaic a letdown, what were your expectations beyond the right requested drink in an intact, if not perfect glass?

By way, their website is quite impressly designed.


Maybe that's the whole point as Mosaic. That explains why the tables were full.

Serve people the wrong drinks, thus forcing them to buy a table with a bottle to make their own.

Brilliant. Haha

my end of south baltimore was dead. I heard that Mothers was jamming and had a great crowd. Hoping it was Mother's Day and nothing else. Let me go drown my sorrows!!!

Yeah we were PACKED saturday night. It was sweet.

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