Known for its crabs and seafood, Maryland is a cultural mecca for the arts, sports and tourism. Its nightlife is equally attractive, with a number of exquisite restaurants and nightclubs for a variety of musical tastes. This includes those with a love of the music of the '70s and '80s. A few nightclubs in Maryland embrace the music from these eras.
Located near Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Classics Nightclub is the place for the mature and well-dressed. Since 1981, the nightclub has catered predominantly to an African-American audience. Oldies music is a consistent theme, and "Oldies But Goodies" nights are offered on Wednesdays featuring R&B music from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Entry to the club is free on this night, and a buffet dinner is served. Saturday "Oldies Nights" are hosted by Magic 102.3 FM, an oldies R&B station out of Bethesda.
Classics Nightclub 4591 Allentown Road Camp Springs, MD 20746 301-420-5353
Open daily from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Club Charles is located in Baltimore. Though the music includes an eclectic blend of '80s pop, rock and oldies, the music is predominantly oldies, including classic country music and Frank Sinatra. Before dancing, enjoy dinner with a menu that features American cuisine. The club has been frequented by celebrities such as Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp.
Club Charles 1724 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-727-8815 theclubcharles.com
As its title suggests, Idle Hour is the place to spend down time talking or taking in the music of former years. The music is diverse but puts heavy emphasis on oldies, particularly music of the '80s, classic rock and '70s funk. A full bar is in place. Weekly events include "Turntable Nights" on Mondays, when locals and visitors bring in albums and do their best DJ impersonations.
Idle Hour 201 E. Fort Ave. Baltimore, MD 21230 410-468-0357 idlehourbaltimore.com
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