1310 Russell St., 410/837-9110,
HOURS: Fri. 11 p.m.–5 a.m., Sat. midnight–6 a.m.
COST: Cover varies
In the always-mercurial after-hours industry, Paradox has managed to survive for nearly two decades; it has done so by figuring out what the hordes of young people (it’s an 18+ club) who head to this dark, industrial part of town want to do when their parents are asleep.
They want to dance (two floors, lots of lights, smoke, and lasers), they want to eat (there’s a full restaurant serving pizza, chicken, and more), and they want to hoop (a half-court basketball area is always packed, until the dancing gets going).
Depending on the DJ and event, crowds here can vary from googly ravers to intimidating thugs, so a drive-by is recommended to see who has shown up.