Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
For years, billiards was associated with smoke-filled pool halls, the dens of asthmatic hustlers and seedy habitués. At Hot Shots Westside Family Billiards, a charcoal-filtered HVAC system ensures the air—and the atmosphere—stays clean, making the establishment appropriate for players of all ages. Kids under 10 always play for free on the hall's 22 pocket billiard tables ranging from 7 to 9 feet, including three premium Chevillotte heated tables imported from France. At the Over the Rail Café, the staff prepares burgers and milkshakes, and an arcade room provides a healthier diversion with pinball machines, video games, and dart boards. Beyond recreational games of pool, Hot Shots also hosts charity tournaments throughout the week, and instructors impart the secrets of activating the powerful magnets under the table during private lessons.
Retro Rhythm culls memories from younger years with a playlist of danceable music from the '50s through the '90s, including rock, pop, soul, R&B, and Motown hits. Doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights. Retro Rhythm is located on the lower level of the Cedar Hills Shopping Center and ample free parking is available.
The Dublin Pub has been serving traditional pub fare and a large selection of brews for the past 27 years. The uninitiated may be overwhelmed by the 59 beers on tap and the innumerable cocktail combos staring defiantly from behind the polished wood bar; simplify and stay local with offerings from Oregon breweries such as Full Sail and Mt. Hood. After funneling down frothy brews, guests can delve into dining with a menu featuring a who's who of comfort food, such as fish and chips ($11.50), the corned beef sandwich ($6), and four different burger permutations, including the Irishman's Supper burger, topped with cheddar, egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, and Thousand Island dressing ($7.75).