I will be visiting Costa Mesa, CA. from July 6-13, 2012. Would like to go country line dancing while I am there.
Knott's Berry Farm theme park in nearby Buena Park usually has line dancing on summer afternoons in their Calico Square area. They begin with a lesson. I would spend the a day there and have fun.
Not much in OC these days. In Cahoots in Fullerton is probably your best bet.
Ever since the Marine bases closed in OC, the country bar scene has taken a nose dive. We used to have the Crazy Horse, The Barn, Neon Cactus and one by Disneyland whose name escapes me, all are gone now.
Oh I don't think the Marines killed country line dancing in OC. I think it just died a slow merciful death on its own.
No offense meant to the OP -- The diehards still have a few places to turn to.
Ha ha, no Cats, in the good 'ol days The Barn was hopping and kept alive by the guys from MCAS Tustin and you could always spot them in the Crazy Horse too.
Line dancing is alive and well :)
"Line dancing is alive and well :)"
That's in Nashville. Hopefully it will stay in the south.
I stopped going to my exercise class years ago because the instructor decided to incorporate line dancing into the routine. YUCH! My achy breaky back just wasn't into it. ;-)
Agree that In Cahoots is the country western bar in Orange County. There's also one in Long Beach called the Cowboy Saloon.
The place in Long Beach is called Cowboy Country and is on South Street at Downey Avenue. They offer line dance lessons at 7pm on Wed/Fri/Saturday nights. Friday nights have line dance lessons at 8pm also, and it's known as the night to go if you want to line dance a lot. Fridays also feature mechanical bull riding.
If you want to partner dance, they offer partner lessons of various kinds at 8pm on Wed/Sat. Those nights are also better for two stepping, and there is some line dancing as well.
Regulars get there before 7pm to avoid the cover charge. Great happy hour drink & food specials, too! There are two dance floors (three, if you count the one upstairs - which I don't!) Friendly staff.
Younger folks (21 to 25) start arriving around 9:30 or 10pm.
The Swallows Inn is in San Juan Capistrano, very close to the Mission. Fri/Sat nights are good, and Sunday afternoons. No cover, very disparate crowd of locals, regulars, cowboys, bikers, rockers. Friendly and fun.
The Elks Lodge in Torrance is good on Thursday nights. Nice crowd.
The Ranch is in Anaheim. Floor is not good - not suspended, and kills my back after an hour. High cover charge. Touristy crowd. Too many rules. Can't two-step around the perimeter while they're line dancing in the middle, even though there's usually plenty of room. Can't stand except in 'corral' areas - they nag you if you pause at the top of the short flight of steps to look for someone - even if there's no 'traffic' around you.
Guess you can tell which places I like and which one I don't like so much, huh?!
Ranch is the best spot in OC but it gets crowded . Wednesday nights the Derby in Mission Viejo Kaliediscope has it, gets a big crowd of the 21-25 crowd, no cover and cheap drinks, but everyone seems to just get water, good dancers they are all regulars