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February 3, 2010

In search of swanky spots

pratt swanky styleI knew Midnight Sunner Evan was a classy fellow -- but this classy? As it turns out, Evan is quite the jet-setter, sipping cocktails at a swanky event at the Pratt. On with the tale, Evan!

Despite the rather foul weather this past Saturday, the Pratt Contemporaries hosted their 3rd anniversary celebration at the Enoch Pratt Free Library (400 Cathedral St.) with a highfalutin masquerade.

For a mere $45 the celebration included complimentary masks, open bar, catered hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ spinning dance tunes.

Needless to say, with Black & White attire required, everyone was looking fantastic. ...

Not only was everyone looking fantastic, but might I say (as is kind of the point of this post in the first place) that the Enoch Pratt is an equally fantastic venue for an event.

With its marble floors, immensely high ceiling and general elegance I'm actually kind of surprised that the lobby isn't used more often for such things.

Which gets me to thinking: what are some of the nicest places in the city to have a swanky cocktail party that you might not normally think would have one?

I mean, "The Library" wouldn't have been my first thought.

Obvious answers like The Belvedere (at least, prior to its stabariffic bottle club days) come to mind but how about some lesser known venues?

(Photo courtesy of Evan)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:00 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


the roof of the science center is nice. the whole venue makes for a fun party at the puesta del sol gala in the summertime.

I used to cater parties all around town and the Peabody libary in Mount Vernon is about as cool as you can get. For my money, anyway.

Great time! On behalf of the Pratt Library and the Pratt Contemporaries, we want to thank everyone who braved the snow Saturday night. The Black and White Party was definitely a fabulous event. We hope to see more people at future events.


A Rat pack or earlier selection of adjectives,

Now you need to define the conventional or urban dictionary absent - "stabariffic"

Wow I thought it was Ixia at first glance.

The Peabody Library used to be a nice spot for swanky get togethers.

Were we beautiful, of course we were- we were young. Best night ever but it's all in the decor.
As far as other surprise spots to rock the swank, I would say all of dundalk

Another friend of mine suggested the conservatory over by druid lake. That would be fairly incredible for a spring/summer gathering.

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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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