For many years, gay and lesbian revelers have been venturing to Club 1722
(1722 N. Charles St.
, 410-547-8423) on Friday and Saturday nights after the booze-licensed bars and nightclubs around the city have closed (the establishment on the left in this picture). This diminutive but rocking space opens at 1:45, and the dancing (to a wide range of DJ-spun music) lasts for many hours - until the sun has risen, at the very least. For fans of the gay after-hours scene, this place is a must. The club is open to the 18-and-over set, and no alcohol is served. Given the crowd, timing, and tradition of after-hour clubs, rumors abound regarding the use by at least some guests of certain recreational mood enhancers - needless to say, the management has a strict zero-tolerance towards drug use.
Club 1722 is just around the block from Penn Station, just north of the city's main gay nightlife district, Mt. Vernon. It's right next door to Club Charles (410-727-8815), a raffishly endearingly dive bar that has an artsy, alternative following - you'll often see gays and lesbians at this 1940s-style art deco cocktail bar, although it's not a gay bar per se.