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December 9, 2008

Bourbon Street scales back

bourbon streetBourbon Street, the semi-new mega club on Guilford Avenue, will no longer hold regular weekend hours in the near future, according to owner Jim Temple.

Temple said the club will be open for live music shows, such as the performance by local group Kristen and the Noise.

"We anticipate some major changes in the next few months," Temple wrote in an e-mail. "Until then we are going to book just local bands."

Thanks to MS commenter Eutaw Street Historian for the tip.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:32 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


wow. didn't see THAT coming...time to blame B-more. Again.

That was a shoret run.
These "megaclubs" don't seem to survive in B-more.

Yeah, you guys know Balto. . isn't that what they said in the articles a few weeks back??? You cannot have a major night club in Balto. no one goes out there, "If you build it they will come" does not work in low l class , low life Balto. nd if something does get a little popular the Balto. City Police and Balto. City Govt. will harass you out of business!

Are these megaclubs chosing low traffic or undesirable locations?
don't know how to manage or market themselves?
over estimated how much clientele Baltimore has to offer?
or do people really prefer a more intimate setting to hang out at?

Are they just cutting Saturday nights? Their web site still has Thurs and Friday nights listed.

THEY ARE OPEN THUR & FRI. I guess they are doing the Band thing the other nights

How does a business make money only being open 2 days a week?

Mega clubs are primarily a thing of the past. They have never thrived in Baltimore. They thrived in DC for the longest time (think Nation) but even there the mega club scene is dead.

GDA, I think it's a combination of a couple of those reasons.

I think Bourbon Street was run well, but opened at a time when megaclubs are falling out of favor with the general public. For the past couple years, lounges have been the destination of choice for clubbers.

But it's never just that simple.

It can be done. I don't recall any advertising on this place. People open these bars and expect the masses to flock to them. Not going to happen. They fold. then blame the city. for their mis management.
who would open a big bar with palm trees on a terrace in the middle of autumn.

This place is open every Thursday and Friday, seems to be very busy both nights with a good looking crowd too. I think they are saying "Live Entertainment is slated for Saturdays based on availability of acts.

Good looking crowd??? Have you seen the pictures on "the club's" website? Looks like a bunch of crack ho's and yo boys.... no wonder no one ELSE went there.

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