10 Best Scottsdale Dance Clubs: Where to Party the Night Away

When it comes to nightlife, nothing quite says fun like a large dance floor throbbing with people and good music. Scottsdale dance clubs offer impressive variety when it comes to ambiance and music. Whether you come to people-watch or shake your booty, Scottsdale dance clubs run the gamut from cozy lounges to multilevel dance emporiums. For the classic Scottsdale club experience, head to The Mint, a popular dance club featuring a champagne bar, an al fresco lounge, and resort-style cabanas. Another popular Scottsdale dance club is The Roxy Lounge, a magnet for Scottsdale scenesters who come dressed to impress and to enjoy the bar and huge dance floor. This is a good place to scope out the crowds and even make a Scottsdale celebrity sighting or two. For a more relaxed night out, try Red Revolver Lounge and make yourself at home on the spacious dance floor, or relax with friends on one of the plush couches spread throughout the club. Martini Ranch offers another alternative to the trendy Scottsdale club scene, offering a fun and relaxed spot for dancing with friends and hearing great live music. If you feel like dancing, head upstairs to the adjoining Shaker Room and dance the night away. If you want to dress to impress, put on your best clothes and head to Jackrabbit Lounge, where the VIP tables are nearly always crowded and the dance floor is always open for one more.

10 Red Revolver Lounge
Dark and cozy, Red Revolver Lounge in Old Town Scottsdale manages to be both elegant and hip. Two bars, large dance floors, and a lounge area make this the ideal Old Town Scottsdale destination to dance the night away, or enjoy a relaxed night out with friends. The club is roomy and the DJ spins a variety of music. Expect to hear everything from house and trance to 80s rock. Friendly, attentive bartenders and a roomy dance floor have made this one of Scottsdale's favorite spots for the night crowd. While there's plenty of room for dancing, the Red Revolver Lounge is a good place to stop in for a nightcap. ((480) 946-2005)

9 Rogue Bar
This low-key bar may not be as fashionable as the dance clubs up the road, but rest assured it's just as much fun. Pool, greasy bar food, big comfy booths, and live music are just some of the more enticing aspects of Rogue Bar. The dance floor is a great place to boogie down after a hard week's work. On most Saturdays, you can find a DJ spinning records and reigning over a dance party on the main floor. The Rogue Bar is also one of the best place to catch up-and-coming live music acts in town. Check out the website for the show schedule. ((480) 947-3580)

8 Smashboxx
Smashboxx is an upscale sports lounge and restaurant by day, and a dance floor-thumping, girls-dancing-on-the-tables nightclub at night. Voted the best dance club in Scottsdale in 2011 by Arizona Republic readers, the lounge is a sports fan-magnet featuring as 65-foot-long bar and forty flat screen TVs. Lasers, disco balls, and geysers from the ceiling are standard here. Not surprisingly, every seat offers a great view of the sports action. Make sure to dress to impress before you head out for an unpredictable night out at this lively lounge and night club: Smashboxx has its very own staff photographer, so get ready to pose. (480-294-9186)

7 Maya Day and Nightclub
Maya Day and Nightclub, named for an ancient deity that is known for spinning illusions and dream, is one of the most popular dance clubs in Scottsdale. The nightclub is known for elaborate dance floor shows, including dancers swinging from the rafters, fire breathers, and other high-octane tricks of the trade. The crowd is young, energetic and dressed to impress. The Maya is known for hosting minor celebrities and attracts A-list DJs from around the globe. There is a $10 cover charge for females and $15 for males at the door for non-ticketed days and nights. The dance club frequently holds special events, so make sure to check the website for upcoming attractions. ((480) 625-0528)

6 Pattie's First Avenue Lounge
Eminently laid-back during the day, this no-frills joint transforms into a lively club in the evenings. Locals flock here daily for inexpensive drinks, a comfy heated patio, pool tables, and of course, plenty of room to dance. DJs spin on Friday and Saturday nights, and Pattie's also functions as a favorite site for get-togethers and special events. The absence of a cover charge adds considerably to the appeal. And if you need a break from dancing, sit at the bar and chat it up with the locals. Come to Pattie's for an inexpensive yet still fun night out on the town. Just be warned: smoking is permitted inside. (480-990-0103)

5 Jackrabbit Lounge
Jackrabbit Lounge is one of Scottsdale's most popular lounges and nightlife spots. The lounge features live acts, local and international DJs, a full service bar, VIP lounges, and a dance floor. Jackrabbit Lounge has been a staple of the Scottsdale night life scene since October 2006, making this one of the go-to spots for locals in the know. The rotating club nights means that the lounge offers something for everyone. "Island Saturdays" features reggae, dance hall, soca and hip hop. Surge Saturdays at Jackrabbit Lounge is the place to go for hip hop and Latin beats. Of course, house and pop play at all times. (480-429-4494)

4 The Mint
The Mint is one of the most glamorous places to dance the night away in Scottsdale. The 7,000 square foot space - formerly a bank - was designed to evoke the Hollywood Regency style. The DJs play eclectic house and pop music, and the dance club is always crowded. There is also 4,500 square feet of al fresco drinking and mingling, featuring resort-style cabanas. Need a break from the crowd? You and your group can reserve one of the private dining and wine rooms for VIPs. The club also had a luxurious 30-feet bar, custom dynamic LED light installation, and a specialty champagne bar located in its co-ed restroom. ((480) 947-6468)

3 The Roxy Lounge
The Sunset Strip lands in downtown Scottsdale in the guise of the Roxy Lounge, a Hollywood-inspired night club, lounge and live music venue. This strictly 21 and over venue plays host to a weekly roster of popular national live music acts, as well as some of the world's most popular DJs. The crowd here is young, hip and dressed to the nines. The small club features swanky private VIP tables and a small outdoor patio. House music, hip hop and pop-rock mash-ups dominate the playlist here, so get ready to dance. The bar features a menu of unique specialty cocktails, and even a drink menu specifically designed to please female clientele. ((480) 970-1222)

2 Martini Ranch & Shaker Room
Sleek, swanky Shaker Room sits atop hard-rocking Martini Ranch and is an oasis of animal-print sofas, cherrywood pool tables, and signature, hand-blended martinis. Come early to avoid lines for a snug dance floor that tends to fill up quickly. DJs lay down a stylish mix of electronica and disco in the always-crowded space, making it easy to lose yourself in the beat. High ceilings, exposed brickwork, and a faintly hallucinatory projection of colors and patterns lend a dreamy feel to the venue, and eager revelers happily submit to the vibe. If live music is your thing, Martini Ranch is a must. (480-970-0500)

1 Degree 270
Degree 270, located on the 14th floor of Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort, rewards visitors with its amazing views of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and iconic Camelback Mountain. Live jazz music, dancing, incredible city views, and regular vodka tastings make this one of Scottsdale's most chic and memorable lounges. Regular drink specials also make this a great spot to spend your happy hour. Degree 270 now features VIP Table-side bottle service. The drink menu carries champagnes from France's best vineyards, and there are also spirits. Spirit service includes your choice of a premium bottle as well as a selection of three mixers and garnish. (480-85256)

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. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.

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Rogue Bar 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Dance Club, Live Music, Venue
Smashboxx 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Dance Club, Late Night / After Hours, Lounge, Sports Bar
Jackrabbit Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Dance Club, Live Entertainment, Lounge
Martini Ranch & Shaker Room 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club, Live Music
Neighborhood: Old Town
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