Icebreakers offers room to dance



Where: 133 W. North Ave.

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Menu: Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Credit cards: Not accepted.

Call: 783-0080. One of the frustrations of urban bar life is that the cocktail mix of liquid refreshment and outgoing people may make you want to get up and dance, only to discover that the bar has a 29-cent-stamp-sized dance floor.

That's why a good-sized dance floor is always welcome news. At Icebreakers, an alternative dance club, the oak floor is ready to withstand plenty of hard black shoes and fashion statement boots.

Although Icebreakers has a mostly gay clientele, its progressive dance night every Thursday is pegged for the eclectic assortment of young trendies spilling over from nearby midtown bars like the Club Charles and the Depot.

Icebreakers opened last fall at the site of the Pump Room restaurant at Howard Street and West North Avenue. There's always lots of traffic whizzing by on North Avenue but the dance club's large glass front window transforms the auto activity into a vague moving blur. The club's interior decor features blue neon signs and trim, and small halogen quartz lamps, which make for FTC a cool atmosphere that stops well short of seeming like an icebox.

And, speaking of ice breakers, two telephones at opposite ends of the bar enable you to make phone calls so local you can see the other party.

Worthy of a double-take at Icebreakers is the gas-fueled fireplace that separates the bar from the dance floor. It's a cheering sight on these cold winter nights, but will seem weird come summer.

As it acclimates, Icebreakers has been programming less thump-thump disco and more -- go figure! -- country-and-western, which is now featured Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Free dance classes: Sundays at 7 p.m. and Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

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