A bottle of hand sanitizer in her purse and two face masks on, Sydney Yelity-Paul walked up the stairs to the lounge above The Ottobar. It was the first-ever visit for the Pikesville 25-year-old. She took in her surroundings. A few clusters of people filed in, ordering drinks at a bar draped in plastic film. A paper sign laid out “apocalypse rules.” Downstairs, a bouncer checked IDs and took temperatures. “Hopefully people start dancing soon so I don’t feel awkward,” Yelity-Paul said. “Any more than I do right now.” Awkwardness and beer cans, face masks and rock music. It was a scene of almost-normalcy for Baltimore’s Ottobar, the nearly 25-year-old music venue, which has been mostly shut since the pandemic started last year.
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