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“shag Time”

Fat Harold's Beach Club
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Owner description: Dance Club where swing is king.
Reviewed June 10, 2018

My dancing partner
and I go here from time to time. Different Age groups. shag lessons on
Tuesday. Two dance areas to dance or watch people. No cover. People are very friendly but get there early on weekend to get good paking in the summer. Wear comfortable shoes. A very fun place

Thank John a
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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

If you have never been to this iconic place, you should go. The music is good, drinks are not overly pricey, and you can watch some amazing shaggers, and even learn the dance yourself.

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Reviewed August 30, 2017

Best bar dance floor for shag music and dance lessons. Watch, drink or show off your dance moves here.

Thank AlesiaA15
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Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

Fat Harolds is the quintessential shag club. It has character, atmosphere, and history that can be duplicated no place else. Other reviews speak of cover charge. That is only for special events. We have been to Harolds many dozens of times and have never once paid a cover charge.
Free shag lessons on Tuesday are well attended. Just show up. Everyone is happy you're there. Kids can enter and dance during early evenings. Kids can take the lessons too, so it can be a family thing.
They play Carolina Beach Music with a little bit of other stuff every now and then. You haven't fully experienced the Grand Strand if you haven't at least dipped a toe into the shagging culture.

Thank Bill j
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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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