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The Cellar Door in downtown Frederick is one of many places you can find some fun nightlife like dancing or karaoke. 

Sure, it’s a brewery town, but Frederick has no shortage of things to do after 10 p.m. If it’s dancing you’re after, there are two sure bets: The Cellar Door and Cafe 611, both within walking distance of downtown.

The Cellar Door hosts acoustic sets every Wednesday, but things heat up on the weekends when the bar clears a dance floor and brings in a live DJ. Cafe 611 hosts dancing multiple times a week, and it’s also the only place in town where you can find live hip-hop and heavy metal. Next door is Guido’s, a newly renovated dive bar with punk shows and plenty of cheap beer.

For a hipster hangout, check out Cafe Nola four blocks to the south. The diminutive bar/restaurant has great cocktails and hosts some of Frederick’s best local bands. Just be prepared — the tiny interior gets loud, fast.

Outside the city, there’s a handful of dive bars where you can find karaoke and cover bands. Monkey LaLa, a street-level watering hole below Avery’s Maryland Grill, is among the most lively. Champion Billiards on Buckeystown Pike also hosts pool, darts, and jumbo-sized flat screens for your sports viewing pleasure.

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Kate Masters is the features and food reporter for The Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at

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First let me say, DO NOT GO HERE!!!! This "so called" sports bar is horrible. It is nothing more than a toothless biker bar. I cannot understand why any band, with any talent, would want to waste their time in this dump, masked as a sports bar. Crusaders is a poor reflection on anyone associated with their business. Without getting into any specifics regarding my experience there, I have to ask anyone this, "Would you want to go to a place of business and be escorted away just because one of their regular customers did not like you being there, and thought you were a police officer?" The "dumb-ass" security duo feels justified to toss people from their business solely because a regular customer feels threatened by an "average joe", trying to have a couple beers, enjoy the band, and watch "small-screen TV". There are too many other poor issues to list about this place, and my suggestion for EVERYONE would be to find some place else to spend your leisure time and money!

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