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October 15, 2009

Looks like Red Square is in trouble

Today, In a couple weeks, Red Square, the Russian-themed restaurant and bar in the Belvedere Hotel, will come before the liquor board to discuss all kinds of violations.

UPDATE: The hearing has been pushed back two weeks to Oct. 29 (coincidentally, the date of the Midnight Sun Social).

First (and perhaps most importantly), it looks like Red Square has run afoul of the community association. That's never a good thing -- especially since this is license renewal time. 

Then there's the charge that Red Square served alcohol past 2 a.m. And to top off the list, Red Square has some unpaid taxes.

Ouch ...

If memory serves, I only went to Red Square once. It was exactly what I imagined a real club would be like in Russia: There was a middle-aged lounge singer, crooning his way through stale pop hits like Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana's "Smooth" with a thick Russian accent.

To get the real Russian experience, I made it a point to try a shot of garlic and black pepper vodka. It was one of the worst things I've ever tasted.

You know those puddles of oily water on the side of the road? It tasted like I'd slurped one of those. I still gag when I think about it.

But I did like trying the Baltika beer. Good stuff all around, as I remember it.

I'll let you know what comes of the hearing. But it doesn't look too good for Red Square. 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:48 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


So let me get this straight, Sam: You're saying you've actually slurped one of those oily puddles along the side of the road.

This raises the question: why?

I thought Red Square closed years ago. I'm so out of it. A friend told me she went there and ordered a mojito that was probably $9-10. Vodka + green creme de menthe = mojito there. Ha.

If it closes will anyone miss it?

My only trip to Red Square about 18 months ago left me with the impression the club was more urban than Russian.

Is the Cheerleaders hearing being pushed back? They are supposed to finally go in front of the board after 6 months of delays.

Good luck with that outdoor seating request too!

HEY! I like Cheerleaders!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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