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A velvet rope dresses up Montford Dr.

A new nightspot on Montford Drive is not a dive, like the neighboring bars.

Andrew Blair's opened about six weeks ago in the former Asian Bistro space.

Blair's, named for owner Andy Henson's grandfather, is a restaurant-turned-dance club after 10 p.m. on the weekends.

The Scene: A bouncer at the velvet ropes greets you Friday and Saturday nights. Not on the list? The cover is $5. “We don't have the list to keep people out, we have it to make people feel special,” Henson says.

Once inside, take a seat at the semicircular bar (strikingly similar to the one at Suite).

The dance floor (hidden by a curtain during restaurant hours) can accommodate about 70, but the night I went, no one was taking advantage of the ample boogie space.

A small patio out front was crowded, mostly with people getting a cigarette fix, since the bar-restaurant is smoke-free.

The Music: The music is mellow until about 11:30, when the dance hits start. The sound system could use some improving – a lot of the music sounded tinny and scratchy.

The Crowd: Very few people looked to be over the age of 25 – mostly young men dressed in visors and khaki shorts, and the girls in formal shorts, espadrilles and tank tops.

If you go: The party gets going late. It didn't fill up until around midnight recently.

On the menu: Berry Blair's, a Stoli Razberi-based martini.

The Details: 1600 Montford Drive; 704-525-8282. Kitchen: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; bar: 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

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