A stalwart of the Baltimore gay and lesbian club scene since it opened in the early '70s, right in the heart of the city's hip Mt. Vernon neighborhood, Club Hippo
(1 W. Eager St.
, 410-547-0069, 410-576-0018 for events hotline) continues to be one of the hottest clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region. An expansive spot comprising several sections, including a dance floor, video bar, and cocktail saloon, the Hippo draws a genuine mix of revelers - plenty of folks wander between the club and Grand Central
, a similarly fun gay bar nearly across the street.
Club Hippo is open nightly and features top DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, and a variety of events throughout the week, from showtune parties to bingo to ladies' tea dances to country-western dance parties. Drag shows are also a top event here, especially on Fridays.