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May 21, 2010

Despite the sign, Rare Soul isn't exactly open -- yet

rare soul signPay no attention to the big sign out front that reads "Rare Soul Now Open."

The new Canton lounge run by Yolanda Espinet isn't quite there yet.

When Midnight Sunner jmgiordano and I stopped by last night, the lights were on inside, but the doors were locked.

We pulled on one, and a friendly fellow who identified himself as a manager gave us a sneak peak ...

With its dark leather couches and deep tones, Rare Soul reminds me of the old GoodLove Bar, which used to be a few doors down (it turned into Pur, which is now closed).

The bar has a granite top and a pressed tin bottom -- inspired by so many Baltimore ceilings, no doubt. The one odd thing about the lounge's layout is the dance area, which is sunken into the floor near the back of the room. Taking a few steps up to hit the dance floor is fine, but taking a few steps down feels awkward.

According to Rare Soul's manager, the lounge will have its grand opening in June -- about two weeks from now. 

(Photo by me)


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:53 AM | | Comments (3)
        

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So whats the sign for?

@guy the manager sheepishly admitted that the sign was a little premature. they needed a few more things in order. At least people know the name of the place.
It looked super chill inside. I wish them well.

I heart a sunken dance floor-- invokes flashback to georgetown bar in college.. which probably doesn't exist any more-- but was the coolest place I'd been to at the age of 19... so anyway, I'm totally going there. I hope they have dance contests and and dance lessons or their sunken dance pit... err, floor.

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About Erik Maza
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 erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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