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Members-only martini and cigar club opening in Hampden

Members-only martini and cigar club opening in Hampden
The Other Corner Charcuterie Bar, pictured prior to renovations, is being transformed into Elmwood Social Club, a members-only martini and cigar bar. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo)

The owner of the Other Corner Charcuterie Bar in Hampden is transforming the space into a members-only martini and cigar bar.

Bernard Dehaene, who also owns the adjacent Corner Charcuterie Bar, is putting the finishing touches on Elmwood Social Club, slated to open at 850 W. 36th St. for a limited preview on Feb. 14.

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The Other Corner and Corner Charcuterie Bar are still on the market. Dehaene has dropped the asking price to $450,000 from $750,000 and hopes to sell the properties by the spring, he said.

But in the meantime, he said he’s having fun creating Elmwood Social Club. The main section of the bar is dimly lit with red pendant lamps that hang over a standing bar. The space will seat about 25 at tables, and a back room with two-way mirrors overlooking the main bar will function as the cigar bar.

Dehaene expects to carry at 100 varieties each of gin and vodka. The bar will also infuse vodka and gin with custom ingredients and store them in ice blocks containing the same ingredients in the infusion.

Dehaene expects to offer about 36 custom infusions, as well as four cocktails on draft.

The club will have a separate menu from Corner Charcuterie Bar next door, with small plates under $15.

Members will be able to access the bar with a key fob and can bring up to three guests per visit. But non-members are only allowed one visit.

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Elmwood Social Club will not allow photos, excessive cell phone use or posts online that tag or review the bar. Any members that violate the policy will have their membership revoked.

The club has 300 members so far. Membership runs $25 annually — accepted in cash, credit or Bitcoin — and hopeful members can apply at elmwoodsocialclub.com.

“Not all will be accepted,” Dehaene said.

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