What it is: A style of swing that developed in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, with an emphasis on close contact and turns usually accompanied by soul, R&B, Motown and blues music.
What the name means: “I have absolutely no understanding why [it’s called hand dancing], and I’m not crazy about the name, but I am crazy about the dance, so I have to take the bitter with the sweet. When I first learned hand dance in 1956, we just called it ‘fast dance’: You danced fast or you danced slow, and it was just that simple.”
When to do it: July 3, with Urban Guerrilla Orchestra. Get nice and tight with your partner when the Philadelphia nine-piece plays ’60s and ’70s soul, R&B and Motown. Qool DJ Marv opens with an era-appropriate set.
This pub brings the convivial spirit of the Emerald Isle to the Flatiron district. And like any good Irish bar, The Storehouse has Guinness on tap, in addition to a selection of craft beers from breweries like Brewery Ommegang and Founders Brewing Co. Looking for something a bit stronger? The Tullamore Mule made with triple-distilled whiskey, house-made ginger beer and lemon juice might do the trick. For dinner, you can order fish and chips ($16) or shepherd’s pie ($15), of course, but Irish favorites aren’t the only dishes on the menu. Snack on appetizers like fried pickles with basil aioli ($9), sliders with balsamic marmalade and aged cheddar ($12) or crispy Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon and orange zest ($7), or go for heartier dishes like a classic reuben ($15) and steak frites with au poivre sauce ($18).
Venue says: “$4 Bud Light Draft, $5 Wine, and $1 OFF EVERYTHING ELSE for our DAILY HAPPY HOUR. Come on in and grab a drink, 3-7pm!”