A panel of certified instructors is ready and waiting to instruct students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your three lessons, or fly solo and dance with your instructor. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing. These lessons are ideal for a betrothed pair prepping for the big wedding dance or a fledgling fitness-seeker looking for a fun new way to get in ship shape. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. Whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands, the lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio offer bountiful, dance-based benefits.
Wolfies nourishes packs of roving diners with a menu of fresh crawfish, burgers, wings, and ribs. Wings ($7.99/10 wings) are available in a range of spiciness from little red to howling hot. Dip Wolfies' signature crawfish (market price) in the savory sea of your choice, such as butter or seasonings. The catfish platter comes fried or blackened with hush puppies ($9.99). Well-built tongues can absorb protein while bench-pressing a half rack of St. Louis–style ribs ($9.99), or a flame-grilled 14-ounce T-bone steak ($15.99).
Tuscany-inspired stone arches soar over leather chairs clustered around candlelit tables where diners tuck into Crescent Moon Wine Bar and Restaurant's compilation of tender Italian meats, pizzas, and paninis. During dinner rendezvous, 8-ounce braised beef short rib steeped since sunrise in Shiner Bock gravy falls from bones to plates piled with mashed potatoes, broccolini, and fried brussels sprouts ($24). A sheen of pomegranate glaze glistens like a diamond ring fresh from the rock tumbler atop pan-seared salmon fillets ($18). The lunch menu accentuates lighter fare with noshes such as the merlot panini, a sizzling herbed chicken breast and bacon with mushrooms and swiss cheese clamped in the vise-like grip of a white or wheat bun ($10). Marco pizzas hoist arugula, apples, and truffle oil spread across swiss and brie cheese to new homes in mouths ($12, add shaved prosciutto for $2) or the secret compartment of a magician’s top hat.
From above, the cluster of red umbrellas on GenuWine Tasting Room’s patio looks like grapes, an homage to the cabernets that flow from the selectively curated bottles inside. A wealth of specialty and boutique wines await the curious, and the store's racks of bottles display vintages both accessible and challengingly unique. A weekly tasting helps to introduce patrons to the shop’s wares, delivering a palatable tour through varietals ranging from sparkling proseccos to pinots smoother than a dolphin’s saxophone solos. The sounds of live music, aquatic or otherwise, draw passersby through the tasting room's doors on many nights, filling ears with sounds as sweet as the elixirs the venue uncorks. Sippers hankering for solid nourishment peruse a menu flush with salads, pizzas, and flights of aged cheese. Before they leave, patrons can stop into the boutique, where wine-themed T-shirts and aprons entreat visitors to flaunt their passion for fermentation.
For all the poshness of its sleek two-level interior, SWAG Sports Lounge's menu is a stars-and-stripes salute to soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Snack on jalapeño poppers ($5.95) and honey barbecue wings ($15.99 for 24 wings) without ungluing your eyes from the 32 HDTVs broadcasting the day’s top live sports and political roundtable knife fights. For something more in an entree size, indulge your inner werewolf with a hearty 10-ounce rib eye steak ($9.95), or idle away long commercial breaks by demolishing Big Bob's fish basket ($8.95) piece by battered piece, with occasional tartar sauce slam-dunks. SWAG’s many dartboards, pool tables, and video games let interactive eaters supplement their snacking with as much needle tossing, ball clinking, and barrel jumping as they like. Challenge friends to a game of darts, then steal fries from their buffalo chicken sandwich plate ($7.95) after “accidentally” hitting them with the game’s designated tranquilizer dart. Otherwise, cap a game of blindfolded pool with an equally befuddling chocolate confusion cake—a mocha-tornado of Oreos, fudge brownies, cream-chocolate mousse, and chocolate-chip cake topped with swirling fudge frosting and chocolate chips ($3.95). Along with a respectable array of beers on tap, SWAG stocks its full bar with many high-end liquors—allowing sports fans to upgrade to stiffer drinks every time their team’s quarterback runs off the field in tears.
Santikos has kept up with the latest advancements while still preserving the pleasures of the movie-going experience, though the establishment is still fine-tuning an electro-magnetic pulse that will disable phones from texting. Each theater features curved screens and digital projection and sound, ensuring a crisp, clear image with no more blinking black dots in the corner or irrational fears that the film will jam and release its CGI monsters into the real world. The only thing to worry about is achieving perfectly timed restroom trips. Before, during, or after the flick, take advantage of the impressive concession area, replete with classic theater fare as well as more elegant options such as coffee, gelato, and complete restaurant-prepared meals. Afterward, burn off some calories by bustling your thumbs in the game room.