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.
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.
One of the hottest new dance clubs in town is Livewire, a live music venue that also happens to have a spacious dance floor. The venue frequently brings in well-known DJs to make the dance floor come alive.
If you're looking to party with Scottsdale's young and beautiful people, head over to Maya Day + Nightclub. The club is known for its elaborate dance floor shows. Fire-breathers, dancers swinging from the rafters and caged go-go girls fill the club with an air of high-octane ambiance that will get you moving on the dance floor.
Blur Nightclub is a high energy dance club in Scottsdale with a sleek industrial decor and ambiance that offers clubgoers a dazzling nightclub experience. The club changes themes frequently to keep the scene fresh, bring a dash of spontaneity and unexpected fun to the event schedule. Popular national and international DJs make an appearance on the stage, pumping out the hottest new EDM music. The club features unisex bathrooms, fog machines, foam machines and plenty of strobe lights for a sensory experience that you won't soon forget. No covers on most nights, and the bar lines move quickly here on most nights. ((480) 662-5959)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Paris of Scottsdale
Paris of Scottsdale brings a sexy edge to the Scottsdale dance club scene. The club frequently hosts popular DJs from around the country and the international EDM scene. The music pouring out of the speakers is eclectic, but the club has been known for its emphasis on hip hop, reggaeton, salsa and other Latin-infused beats. Bottle service and the VIP treatment is available. But even if you don't pay for the VIP treatment, the Paris bar staff is fast and nimble, so lines move faster than expected during prime time at this busy club. Come dressed to impress - this is Scottsdale after all! (602.418.6969)
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)
Livewire is a south Scottsdale live music venue with room for 1,100-plus music and dance lovers. The state-of-the-art venue was master designed from the ground up with the latest in sound and video technology and plays host to touring national acts, acclaimed club DJs from around the world, and even comedy performers. The two-story club features a spacious dance floor, built-in stage, wrap-around LED screen, VIP lounge and green room. There are also two full bars and an outdoor patio. A grand staircase, crystal chandelier and tufted seating lend vintage glam touch to the ambiance at this popular new nightlife venue. (480-361-9783)
Wasted Grain is a laid-back restaurant, bar and dance club that has something for everyone. Want to play a round of corn hole with friends while drinking your favorite beer? Check. Looking to burn up the dance floor with your hot moves? Head to the second story, where a DJ is pumping out the latest EDM hits. Or maybe you just want to relax on the patio and enjoy a cocktail with friends? Wasted Grain is a nightlife destination that will appeal to most people looking for a fun-filled night out with friends. Come as you are to Wasted Grain: there's no cover charge and no dress code. ((480) 970-0500)
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)
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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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