Set to the warm, soaring treble of carefully selected ballroom music, Ballroom East’s certified instructors, Linda Jackson and Charles Jones, glide across straw-hued expanses of hardwood before the towering mirrors in their studio. The maestros, who have studied in the United States and Europe for more than 20 years, introduce duos to rug-cutting fundamentals in lessons that last between 45–60 minutes on Wednesday or Friday night. Pupils mingle with up to 55 fellow dancers or recruit potential stars for their bubble-wrap-stomping team. After instructors guide male and female students through respective steps, they pair them up to practice. Students can twirl closely with their accompanying partner or chatter with new friends as they switch throughout the class. Each month, curriculums explore a new dance, supplying students with plenty of new moves to whip out during weddings or after procuring a coveted parking spot.
The Bard's Town blends two households, both alike in dignity, yet separate all the same. A theatre on one side, and a restaurant on the other, The Bard's Town is not a dinner theatre, as dishes never find their way into the staging space. Contrary to what the name might suggest, The Bard’s Town Theatre chooses to pay homage to Shakespeare not by performing his plays, but by following in his footsteps and creating new work. This mission has resulted in the performance of several world premiers, short plays, and the Obie-award winning A Bright New Boise.
In the self-contained restaurant, a raucous menu full of hearty dishes and Shakespearean puns abounds. Prologues (appetizers) include dishes such as Titus Nacho-nicus, while main course dishes include The Mushroom of Venice burger with Swiss cheese and mushrooms, and The Steakspeare—an 8-ounce Shell Island steak coated in original rub. Epilogues (desserts) include homemade gooey butter cake and key lime pie.
Chef Harold Baker and his team transform classic American steak and seafood dishes with upscale, contemporary flourishes including rich provençal sauce, seasonal produce, and local cheeses. Their attention to detail led the Courier-Journal to hail the menu as "concise, well thought out—with consideration for local products—and tastefully executed." In addition to elegant entrees of New Zealand lamb loin, bison rib eye, and sea scallops, they assemble half-pound burgers and sandwiches to please more casually minded diners or those contractually obligated to consume a bun with each meal.
The restaurant resides in the old Spring Street Meeting House, but Leo Weekly notes that they've remodeled the 19th-century building into "a stylish dining room with exposed brick and mocha colored walls … [and] historic Louisville photos." Leather couches gather around the fireplace's hearth, and cream-colored tablecloths help accentuate the banquettes' matching stripes. Diners can also venture outdoors for al fresco dining and to the upstairs bar, where bartenders pour an extensive selection of whiskeys, vodkas, and cordials to supplement wines by the glass or bottle.
The Vernon Club, nestled in a historic building dating back to 1886, rolls out eight gleaming lanes with automatic scoring, a new Internet jukebox, and tasty comestibles for fueling competitive appetites. Players don borrowed footwear and the letterman jackets of league-player ghosts before hurling three-holed spheres toward pins poising themselves for the welcomed whack of a spare or strike. Bowlers can rest their pin-striking biceps of fury with a gooey 12-inch pizza or maintain concentration while grasping a bratwurst in non-bowling hands. On select nights, rock bands set up shop beside the lanes and churn out foot-tapping ditties until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.
With more than two decades of dance experience, instructors Alex and Svetlana Ioukhnel lead a seven-person team that nurtures students’ toe-taps in a variety of group dance classes and parties seven days a week. Groups of 5–25 practice sultry swings in two hardwood-floor ballrooms, while others swivel popular Latin nightclub dancers in salsa sessions, or mimic the rhythmic steps of the forest's slyest steppers and best big-band dancers in the foxtrot classes. In progressive waltz gatherings, Alex imparts graceful steps that illuminate dance floors at weddings and black-tie events. Meanwhile, themed parties let students showcase their new moves and make friends, with exhibitions, games, refreshments, and prizes. Pass bearers mix and match Bravo Dance Studio’s class and party offerings so they can study one discipline in depth or meld numerous steps into one celebratory dance for successfully finding the TV remote.
With weekly entertainment and nightly televised sports action, Jock's Sports Bar & Grill activates patrons’ fun sensors while enticing their taste buds with a classic grill menu. Invite a date, best bud, or favorite teddy bear to join in an appetizer such as Jock's nachos piled high with beef, gooey cheese, and jalapeños ($5.95). Entrees, including the half-pound deep-fried fish sandwich ($6.95) and the grilled ham-and-cheese ($4.50) become even more indulgent beside sides such as the beer-battered onion rings ($3.50).