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“The Epicenter of Beach Music”

Fat Harold's Beach Club
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Owner description: Dance Club where swing is king.
Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

Ocean Drive is the Beach Music Capital of the World and Fat Harold's is the epicenter of Beach Music in OD. This place is an institution. To experience real Carolina Shag dancing, come to Fat Harolds. There is plenty of room with Two dance floors.

The crowd here is older, say 50's and up. Much of the crowd appears to be local but everyone is very friendly. You feel like you're at a party rather than a dance club. I guess it's the fraternity of shaggers. Many of the shaggers are excellent dancers yet there are enough "basic" shaggers that you won't feel intimidated if you are not at competition level. Fat Harold's offers free beginners lessons on Tuesdays to encourage everyone to lean the Carolina Shag.

Harold's is a little divey, but it IS the beach and you are doing a dance that was originally done on sand or sawdust so actually, this is a step up. They serve food but I do not recommend coming here for the food.

If you grew up in the Carolina's you get it. If you're from somewhere else and want to experience real traditional Carolina beach nightlife, this is it.

Thank Jaking3
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Reviewed May 17, 2017

We have visited here many times but never on a busy Saturday night. Loved watching the shag dancers and did our own swing on the dance floor. So much dance history is posted on the walls in the form of photos of shag legends. Miss Fat Harold sitting at the bar.

Thank Travelerlynn4949
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Reviewed May 10, 2017

You walk into Fat Harolds Beach Club and you step into the history of the shag dance. It is not only a great shag club but a museum in its on right. You can learn how to shag for free or pay for group lessons. Shagging is every night of the week. If you are lucky you will see some great dancers when passing through.

Thank ScubaShag408
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Reviewed April 26, 2017

Fat Harold's is the place to go shag dancing in North Myrtle Beach. Live bands, DJ's, shag lessons, and people having fun!

Thank John D
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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

I am not a shag dancer. I visited the area with a group of three others for the weekend to listen to Beach Music, watch the dancers, and enjoy the coast line along Myrtle Beach.
On the second night of the kickoff of the SOS tour of Bands and dancers, a Saturday, this club was PACKED!!!! There are two separate dance floors and there were all experience levels of shaggers on the floor! It was hard to maneuver the crowd, but the crowd ranged from laid back to full of energy! There are several bars located within the building and all are around or near the dance floors. For smokers, there is a reserved area outside the back of the bar which is on a side street. The bar has nights which offer dance lessons and there are all areas of expertise for all. There is parking all around and along the streets. There were DJs playing music at night and there had been a band during the day. Lots of interesting people to talk to from all over the Eastern United States. The drinks were mixed well by a friendly and upbeat bartender. The plastic cups were slightly flimsy and a bit small for the price but it wasn't too far out of range from the typical prices. All in a fun place to visit!

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