Shake Your Groove Thing

Tara Nurin

By , Travel Expert at Large, Philadelphia
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Dance clubs have come a long way from the days of pounding music, flashing lights and dubious attire. While some still revel in their thumping beats and laser light shows, others take pride in offering refuge from the noisy street with plush seating, expertly mixed fresh cocktails and a perch from which to serenely take in the action.

  • 1

    Whisper Club

    • Type: Dance Club
    • Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square

    Six bars, skilled mixologists, a light show and a crowd of beautiful people make Whisper the most desirable club of the moment.

    Local Expert Tip: "An "upscale casual" dress code is enforced."

  • 2

    Zee Bar

    Luxury surrounds DJs and professional acrobats at Zee Bar, located next to the city's most upscale gentleman's club.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be prepared to purchase an annual "membership" for $20 at the door."

  • 3

    G Lounge

    A top-notch mixology program combines with an LED wall and the most exclusive VIP room in the city to make...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Pedigreed mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim makes this the place to go for serious cocktail enthusiasts."

  • 4


    Rumor's various dance floors and DJs surround patrons with various musical moods and styles.

    Local Expert Tip: "Resident DJs have spun for DJ Jazzy Jeff, Beyonce, Jay-Z, John Mayer and Kim Kardashian. "

  • 5

    The 700

    Sneakers and tattoos are encouraged at this hipster house-turned bar/nightclub alternately called "The 700" and "The 700 Club."

    Local Expert Tip: "Though it's not widely known, The 700 prides itself on playing international soccer matches and Philly's own Union team on the telly."

  • 6


    Brasil's, one of the city's most long-running clubs, pumps out Latin beats and free dance lessons in Old City.

    Local Expert Tip: "To avoid potential embarrassment, brush up on the website's salsa tips before going."

  • 7

    Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden

    Converted trolley dining car Silk City now pumps out eclectic beats for an eclectic crowd of dancers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Prep for the trip by watching Silk City's episode on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.""

  • 8

    Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

    Professional Latin dancers set the mood to prime the audience to take to Cuba Libre's dance floor themselves.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start the night with dinner and a wake-up coffee cocktail."

  • 9

    Tavern on Camac

    : One of the city's original gay bars gives the community a dance floor, tavern, piano bar and stage club.

    Local Expert Tip: "With "Chopped" winner Mackenzie Hilton helming the kitchen, pre-dancing dinner at The Tavern is a worthy stop."

  • 10

    The Roxxy

    Three nightclubs in one, The Roxxy hosts famous DJs to its crowded dance floor but provides a reprieve on the deck and in the separate bar area.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sign up online to win a free open bar for your friends."



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