Orlando's Best Dance Clubs: Dress Down or Dress to Impress, Just Dance

Ah, to dance is to be free, yes? Few pursuits tap into the primal pleasures of nightlife and release that built up tension more than moving your body to the rhythm. Ready to release, are you? Then by all means, peruse our selection of Orlando’s finest. And since tastes vary, we’ve submitted a range of establishments for your consideration. Parliament House caters to the gay community (though everyone is welcome, to be sure); it’s a veritable historic landmark in gay tourism – and a hell of a place to dance. Body//Talk is an whole new kind of dance club, one that's rooted in creativity, social connectivity, IRL interaction. Blue Martini’s well known happy hour gives way to a sophisticated dance party as the night comes on while Aero boasts a rooftop space, as well, with pretty cabanas to match and folks looking to don their hats and boots – and maybe take in a little NASCAR or live music – will find the ample space at Cowboys to their liking. As always, old favorites like the Independent Bar welcome just about anyone who’s feeling the beat.

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Dance club don't just mean house music, y'all. Cowboys Orlando has been bringing country music to town for a good, long while, open Thursday through Saturday and featuring everything from live local and national music acts to state-of-the-art...  Read More

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Well known for its daily, half-price Happy Hour from 4-8 p.m., Blue Martini is one part upscale lounge and dining establishment with a vibe that morphs into club after sunset. Monday's Industry Night and Wednesday's Ladies' Night are both...  Read More


With a darkish, pub-like atmosphere, popular Saturday "Midnight Mass" dance party (the DJ spins indie, Motown, pop and more) and a stage that hosts national and regional live acts from roots to metal, Irish to hip-hop, blues to surf rock and...  Read More

No one, whether tourist or local, would deny that the look of the Parliament House complex has seen better days (after all this groundbreaking gay resort had its inaugural in the 1970s) but when they call the place "dirty" and "trashy," they're...  Read More


Few downtown Orlando venues take advantage of Central Florida's stellar weather like Aero, a striking and recently renovated rooftop lounge with cozy cabanas and twinkly lights all immersed in the cosmopolitan surrounds of the city skyline....  Read More


Vyce's posh interior evokes the lush life in an intimate downtown location. It bills itself as a "boutique nightclub," one that in some eyes may skew more lounge than dance club but the beats from its formidable sound system has patrons feeling...  Read More


Eve is a posh, elegant space with a design that incorporates elements both warm and sleek, pairing exposed brick with glittery chandeliers and walls and sumptuous lighting that comes together quite beautifully. Several distinct atmospheres – a...  Read More

This is not your mother's dance party. It may not even be your older brother's. Body//Talk is a living, breathing dance club, one rooted in musical transcendence, social connectivity, community and of course – fun. A regular thing down in the...  Read More

Vintage rock to top 40, indie to 80s new wave, the Independent Bar hits that sweet spot between dance club and dive bar, a place where patrons are welcome to dress to impress or roll in in Chucks and ripped jeans. Seriously man, no one's...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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