10 Best Phoenix Dance Clubs: Dancing 'til Dawn in the Desert

There’s no better way to shake off a bad day than by getting on the dance floor. Fortunately, Phoenix has plenty of hot spots to shake a tail feather and dance away your troubles.

For lovers of the increasingly hip downtown club scene, Bar Smith offers a hot dance floor and one of the best rooftop bars in the Valley of the Sun.

Another downtown dance club is GypsyBar, an adult playground that is part arcade, part restaurant, and part racy nightclub. Come here for some of the best people-watching in downtown Phoenix.

Monarch Theatre, located conveniently off the light rail on Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, has a throbbing dance floor and hosts some of the best DJs around the country. 

If you're looking for a more casual place to get down, head to some of the city's midtown blues clubs. The Rhythm Room is the city's venerable roots and blues club. It has a small dance floor, but it's always swinging on a Saturday night. 

For a fun, laidback atmosphere with live music, karaoke and game nights, head to Rip's Bar on 16th Street. There is a retro vibe at this neighborhood venue that is appealing and fun, and a dance floor to show off your dance moves. 




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Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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