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.
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