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July 3, 2008

Tila Tequila opens Palma tonight

tila tequilaReality TV starlet Tila Tequila (pictured) will host the grand opening of the massive new club Palma tonight.

The club, formerly the Redwood Trust, sits at the corner of Calvert and Redwood streets.

Investor Jon Han (who founded Club Ibiza in Washington) oversaw the $2.5 million renovation of the building.

The 80,000 watt sound system is imported from England, the lighting rig cost $600,000 and there will be a dozen bars scattered throughout the three-story venue.

Whew. Got all that? Wait, there's more.

The Palma Management Group is also planning a sister club called Dubai right across the street.

I'm waiting to hear back from the management group. When I do, I'll fill you in on more details.

(AP Photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:48 AM | | Comments (19)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Huh. Be interesting if this incarnation of the "big club atmosphere" finally works in Baltimore. Is it cost effective really? Who's going to pay $200 for bottle service when low every other bar in town has $2 or less specials almost all nights, even in this economy. Clubs like these would literally have to corner the market on the entire town in order to compete in the long-term.

I dunno, we'll see.

what is worse, popped collar meatheads or shiny shirt cheesey clubbers? I think it's a push

I imagine it'll make a big splash then subside within the next 6 months. Baltimore lacks the demographic required to sustain such an establishment. The overhead of opening and operating a venue of that size 3 nights a week is certainly astronomical. No club is yet to succeed there.

I also heard they're going to be open to 4AM. Any truth to this rumor?

If Buzz could not make it there after being kicked out of Nation (for years they had a loyal following who would do anything to attend their events) ... then nothing can make it there.

tila tequila? ugh. she looks like Gizmo from Gremlins, no thanks.

Gizmo from Gremlins...funny....

Sam, if they are opened to 4am, I am assuming that they will not be serving alcohol. Is that right?

Jason and The Red, I spoke with Dee, who is running PR for the club. She said they have applied for the 4 a.m. provision, but it hasn't gone through yet.

They wouldn't be able to serve alcohol after 2 a.m. anyway -- just food.

There is a website for

Palma: Baltimore's Premier Megaclub:

if anyone wants to check it out

Went to the opening: NOT IMPRESSED!

#1: $50 for guys in VIP and $30 for girls in VIP! Good thing I know alot of people that work there because I would have been upset if I paid. VIP just means access to upstairs.

Powerplant is a couple blocks away and Mosaic and Babalu offer more for their VIP guests and at a better price.

ALSO THE 18 AND OVER! Completely unacceptable.

sexy cocktail servers and sexy bartenders...incredible trance DJs on sat nights. This weekend check out the ladies giving away the free shooters, and our specials all weekend long. New $10 fee at door or get on our email list and get in free! 707!!!! first 7 ladies and whoever your with come to the door and get free champagne with a hottie to accompany you to our VIP section.....enjoy ladies and gentlemen.....your nights will not be boring anymore...PALMA is here... @------{---------- Nadia

Oh jeez, Nadia, that sounds like a terrible time on so many levels. Guess the upscale angle didn't last long. This place will be taking Baja's place in the long run, if it makes it to the long run.

Yeah that killed it for me and my friends were not impressed either

a hard sale pitch here? must really trying to to hustle up business big time

Sessa, I thought you had a no shameless sales pitch/no overt advert policy...How'd that one get through?

Trouble, I couldn't help but publish it. Not only is it hilarious ("your nights will not be boring anymore"), it's indicative of the kind of people who go to this place and the kind of future it has. Already they've dropped the cover from $20 to $10. Palma appears to be cloaked in a mist of desperation.

Thank god! I was scared you were losing your touch.

I hate to trash a place without having visited yet, but Twain's most likely got it right when he says, "This place will be taking Baja's place in the long run."

I was wondering if anyone else caught the "new" cover dropping in half after being open for a weekend.

Also, the "first 7 ladies and whoever your with come to the door and get free champagne with a hottie to accompany you to our VIP section" is absolutely dangerous. I wonder if they thought that one out. FMEB...except for that.

i just wanted to put my 2 cents in... i've been there a few times since it opened and was one that actually got in opening night. it was insane that night and things have definitely changed since then. i haven't had to pay a cover because i came before 11. its been a bit slow but i'm planning on going this weekend to see danity kane on thurs 7/31 and charles feelgood on sat. its a big place with good music and i've always had fun. i think people should come check it out before hating...

Drunk Rant at 2:50 am. Will regret in the A.M. (Disclaimer)
ok...i gotta say that all this Palma/Club Aqua talk... IT'S TOTALLY ... STUPID!

I remember when I first moved to B-more from Annapolis (9 years ago). The music scene ROCKED. House music lived. People actually still spun vinyl. Music was the reason people went out. Not to be seen/scene. I just don't understand you kids today. I haven't been there yet, but I love the Wind-up Space already. Spank Rock was there! (I think)
Thats where you people need to go! Aqua/Palma are stupid flash in the pan craptastic boring wanna be clubs. It's where Ed Hardy and Affliction
t-shirts go to mate. Ok with that said...I should probably stop now. :)

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