Other than the fact that the Kitty Cat Klub is getting way too small to hold the crowds it attracts, Hipshaker's the perfect dance night for the non-clubbing set. Bearded flannel-clad dudes, hipster ladies in pleated skirts, and rad gender-queer folk all groove to a soul mix that starts off smooth and slow and gets funkier into the wee hours. A couple of regulars pack talc and slick up the dance floor to assist their Northern Soul slides and whirls. This is a dance night for people who came to dance, not to get laid. That's not to say it's a dud for singles on the make — there's a reason it was awarded Best Place to Meet Single Women in 2012. But the interactions are a bit more genteel than at other spots around town, as the casual dancers tend to eschew grinding for twirling their partners around the dance floor. No doubt New Year's will be packed to the gills, but buck up, grab a gin gimlet, and toast 2014 with your wiggling hips.
Tue., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2013