Shake Your Groove Thing
Whenever people ask us where to go dancing in Philadelphia, we have to first ask them a question back: what kind of dancing are they looking for? Hip hop? Electronica? House? Pop? Latin? Rock? Punk? You see what we mean? There are so many places to dance in Philadelphia, so many types of music, so many varieties of club, lounge, bar and venue, that it's impossible to steer someone generically toward "a place to dance." And you know what? We like it that way. Here's a sampling of the top spots for each genre.
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Local Expert Tip: "If you plan on knocking back a few, buy a VIP open bar package in advance. It'll save you money and move you to the front of the door line."
Local Expert Tip: "Contact the staff in advance to secure VIP table service that adds to the European bottle service, private bathrooms and an exclusive lounge with a concierge who will help your party secure dinner reservations, transportation and a room at a posh hotel."
Local Expert Tip: "If you're a newbie, salsa etiquette requests that you take small steps on a crowded dance floor. Men, it's your job to keep your partner from bumping into people; ladies, don't turn down an invitation to dance unless you don't know the dance, you need the rest or you've promised the dance to someone else."
Local Expert Tip: "Woody's has embraced the craft beer movement like no other gay bar. With 32 taps pouring locals and domestic favorites, your flatfooted friends will be happy sitting at the bar."
Local Expert Tip: "On Saturdays, staff opens the doors that connect Cuba Libra to next-door nightclub, 32 Degrees, for a diversity of dj music and vibe."
Local Expert Tip: "This is one of the only nightclubs in downtown Philly where you'll find a free parking lot."
Local Expert Tip: "This club is best saved for last: you can get in until 3am and dance until 3:20."
Local Expert Tip: "Check the website to get a feel for what's going on the night you plan to go -- this place is so eclectic that one night you might get hipsters and another night stumble into a crowd of Furries."
Local Expert Tip: "Be prepared for the unisex bathrooms."
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