Swing dance the night away in The City 

Rather than hopping on the New Year’s resolution bandwagon with something lame like, say, a newfound dedication the gym, why not learn to jump, jive and boogie instead? Sweating it out to swing tunes of the 1940s with classy dolled-up dames and gents sure beats running in place on treadmill … right? Check out these hip San Francisco hangouts to get into the swing of things:

Cat’s Corner

With its smooth jazz sounds and comfy atmosphere, Savanna Jazz may be one of the best places in the Outer Mission to get all lovey-dovey, but come Wednesday night, the intimate lounge is also a primo destination for hopping the night away. Rather than hiding out in a booth and watching everyone else cut a rug, join dancers as they Charleston and lindy hop with a little help from party hostess Catrine Ljunggren, who hosts the Cat’s Corner dance party.

Each week newbies are invited to learn basic swing steps just before the jazz jamboree gets under way at 9:30 p.m.

$8-$12 admission. Savanna Jazz Club, 2937 Mission St.; 285-3369 and www.catscorner.com

9:20 Special

Want to jump and jive with a twist? Well, then check out the 9:20 Special, where the sounds of swing and the highly addictive video game Dance Dance Revolution become one. The folks at 9:20 Special, one of The City’s longest and perhaps largest swing dance parties, have designed their own version of the wildly popular game with tunes from the 1930s and ’40s to wiggle to. Of course, if that’s not your bag, the 9:20 Special, which takes its name from the Count Basie jam, offers introductory to intermediate classes on Thursdays;at 9:20 p.m. there’s an open dance floor for all.

$8-$14 admission. Russian Center, 2460 Sutter St.; www.920special.com

Top of the Mark

Top of the Mark, an upscale sky-bar that boasts breathtaking 360-degree views of San Francisco, is undoubtedly one of the swankiest joints in town. Sure, it’s laden with tourists and the beverages are anything but cheap, but it’s the perfect locale when you feel like gussying up and having a night out in style. Dressed and ready to impress hepcats and swing sisters can travel to a bygone era at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays courtesy of rip-roaring swing sounds of hometown sextet Stompy Jones.

$10 admission. InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St.; 392-3434 and www.topofthemark.com

Verdi Club

Don’t let the elegant crystal chandeliers throw you for a loop —the Verdi Club’s Tuesday Night Jump! is a premier joint for flying feet and swingin’ kick steps.

The hipster hotspot is practically a second home for the venerable Stompy Jones, who not only dish out the tunes at the Top of the Mark, but also hold duty as the Tuesday Night Jump! house band.

The tunes start flowing at 9:30 p.m., but those hoping to brush up on their moves prior to the dance party, can pop into the beginner swing crash course or sign up for the four-week series. (Classes cost extra.)

$10-$12 admission. 2424 Mariposa St.; 861-9199 and www.oldtimey.net/tuesdays.html

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