En Pointe's dance instructors bring years of collective experience to the studio's schedule of classes, which edify groups of up to 15 students in nine styles of dance. A combination of barre and floor work hones classical techniques during one-hour ballet classes, which instill pupils with swan-like grace and a knack for tiptoeing down creaky staircases. One-hour tap lessons propel pupils to cultivate rhythm, coordination, and agility, and combo sessions inspire inner cadence in students ages 3–5 with split hours of jazz and ballet or tap. All classes convene on the studio's floating dance floor, which absorbs impact to prevent fatigue, injury, and yet another victory for the apathetic law of gravity.
Benny the Bum's 19-year-old local establishment offers an extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes that range from raw-bar specialties to pastas. Chefs arrange massive platters of steamed crabs, shrimp, and clams along with garlic sauce and potatoes, and pots of housemade chowder and creamy crab soups bubble on the stove. Servers tote plates and glasses of colorful cocktails into spacious dining rooms, where glittery silver pillars, nautical knickknacks, and flat-screen televisions catch the eyes of patrons seated at booths and tabletops. A lively, well-established local joint, Benny's was lauded by actor and Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper as his favorite restaurant in the city.
Bada Bing Sports Bar and Grille has a little something for everyone. Seafood lovers delight in the fresh Boncella's crabs. Sports fans love the TV screens tuned to the big game. And the late-night crowd can debut their new dancing shoes or dancing flippers to the tunes of live bands and DJs. Add to that an array of pool tables, beer-pong tables, and arcade games, and you've got the laid-back, brew-fueled atmosphere that keeps Bada Bing's customers coming back.
Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub brings the best of Ireland and the States together under one roof, thanks to its hearty menu of Irish and American fare. Patrons can gather around the bar to watch sports on a high-definition TV as they munch on everything from spicy buffalo wings and philly cheesesteaks to golden-fried fish ‘n’ chips or bangers and mash. Friday and Saturday nights encourage customers to take their draft or bottled beers to the dance floor, where they can burn calories to the beats of a house DJ, the live crooning of a local band, or the constant reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance that hasn’t left their heads since middle school.
At two locations, Top Hat Dance Studio's passionate team of nationally certified teachers inspires dancers of all skill levels to shuffle off to Buffalo while hustling, salsaing, and waltzing across the dance floor. During group lessons, skilled instructors teach guests to untangle left feet while performing intricate, stylized choreography in the Lancaster location's two-step, ballet, and West Coast swing classes or the Philadelphia location's salsa, bachata, and advanced-level chicken-dance classes. Fledgling fleetfooters can supplement group sessions with private lessons, during which feet will learn to tap out Morse-code messages to a far-away dance partner while sharpening skills with one-on-one instruction. In addition to these dance classes, instructors also specialize in preparing engaged couples for their first dance and offer a number of specially designed youth programs.
Call it fate, or call it mere coincidence. One day, Bobby Ray Harris happened upon an ancient wooden box inside his tavern. He was poking around in a crawlspace of the 105-year-old building when, buried beneath a mallet and a handful of corks, he found a recipe for a nameless beer. Bobby Ray sent the instructions to some local brewers, who proceeded to craft the first batch of a truly special beer they called Pennsauken Crick.
The brew is a highlight of the beer list at Bobby Ray’s Pennsauken Tavern, which is saying something—the selection includes nearly 30 drafts and more than 90 bottled and canned options. These pours complement the kitchen’s creative spins on barroom classics, from burgers topped with mac and cheese to ravioli doused in champagne sauce. As if the food and drinks weren't enough to draw in crowds, Bobby Ray’s regularly hosts open mics in which poets one-up each other with dramatic readings of the tavern's original beer recipe.