Texans love to have a good time, and Dallas is a hot spot for many types of dance clubs. Whether you're young and trendy and looking for someplace to dance until dawn, or you prefer a laid-back atmosphere where you can listen to old favorites, Dallas has it all. And, of course, no list of Dallas dance clubs would be complete without a few country-and-western clubs, and Dallas even has gay-friendly ones. There are dance clubs in Downtown Dallas, Uptown Dallas, North Dallas and the suburban areas, so you can find the perfect spot to burn off some calories no matter where you're staying. Some Dallas dance clubs have nightly drink specials, while others are posh and exclusive, so you won't even get a table to rest your weary feet unless you order bottle service. Check our list of favorite spots to find the best Dallas dance club to fit your own personal tastes and style.
10 Slip Inn
Certainly not the fanciest of dance clubs in Dallas, Slip Inn has carved out its niche by being a casual, hole-in-the-wall club. The crowded dance floor lends an underground club feel to the venue, and DJs spin the latest Top 40 and hip-hop hits that get the crowds moving. Nightly happy hours and drink specials are offered, but prime spots near the bar fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early. (214-370-5988)
9 Lizard Lounge
Despite the name, you won't find lounge lizards holed up at this eclectic, high-energy club, where the weekend calendar depends on who's manning the DJ booth. One Friday, urban and hip-hop may hold sway over dance-floor denizens; the following Sunday, the lounge may host a fetish ball. Indeed, all genres of music get the limelight. Goth, classic industrial, R&B, rock — if you're into it, Lizard Lounge is the place for you! And if the action inside gets too heavy, a rooftop deck is perfect for catching a quick breath. (214-826-4768, 214-826-4769)
8 Beamers Dallas
Beamers has one of the best happy hours among dance clubs in Dallas, complete with a 40-foot-long, $5 buffet (Thursday and Friday). Free, private parking welcomes guests, and a large dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system guarantee the ultimate dance atmosphere. Don't miss Old School night on Thursdays or the latest R&B and Hip-Hop hits on Saturdays. Bottle service is available for those special occasions. (214-902-6490, 972-620-5900)
7 Sambuca Uptown
Hip, popular Sambuca pulls in lots of business, thanks to its lively ambience and fun-loving clientele. A supper-club feel means that you'll be comfortable nibbling and drinking, listening to live music, showing off your style on the dance floor, or just relaxing with friends while jazz suffuses the place. Among the dishes you'll want to try are miso-glazed sea bass, Asian-style shrimp fettucine, and Jamaican pork tenderloin. (214-744-0820)
6 Round-Up Saloon
Two-stepping, tight denim, and 10-gallon hats attract Big D's best-looking cowboys to this country-western bar, which caters to a mostly gay clientele. Chipping in on the joint's popularity are great drink specials (Margarita Madness on Mondays, 22-oz. drafts for three bucks - every day - and a calendar full of fun weekly activities like karaoke, line dancing (lessons are free), and Friday and Saturday's Howdy Hour. Of course, the top crowd pleasers are "duded-up" events like Miss Gay Round Up, Miss Cinco de Mayo, and the Switch-Hitters Ball. (214-522-9611)
This Dallas dance club's lounge-like venue fills with a trendy crowd nearly every night, thanks to its reputation for spinning the latest dance music. Two bars and two DJs keep the drinks and tunes flowing and a rotating roster of DJs and special events keeps the energy fresh. Holla Back Sundays and AcoustiVibe Mondays offer a more laid-back atmosphere, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the local art adorning the walls. (214-887-0071)
4 Avenu Lounge
This Uptown-neighborhood lounge is a favorite spot for locals. The typical crowd is made up of twenty-something young professionals, and the place is usually packed. There's no cover charge, though the line is usually pretty long. As common with many Dallas nightclubs, shorts, hats and tennis shoes are not allowed. 21 and up only. ((888) 369-1411)
3 Cowboys Red River
This Dallas country bar's main draw is the huge horse rink dance floor, highlighted by the saddle/disco ball hanging in the center. Live bands and a DJ provide solid country music throughout the night, and if you get there early for line dancing lessons, you'll be ready to jump right in when the band starts. Five total bars give you plenty of ways to wet your whistle before braving a ride on the mechanical bull. (214-352-1796)
2 Glass Lounge
Glass Lounge is one of Dallas' newest additions to the club scene. Situated in the Uptown neighborhood, this lounge is a hot spot for the beautiful people in their twenties. It features over-the-top decor in shades of pink and purple, glass (of course) and a huge chandelier in the middle of the club. There are beautiful views of the downtown area from inside the club and from the rooftop pool areas, as well. Drinks are strong and there's plenty of room to dance. ((214) 740-1899)
1 Station 4
Formerly known as Village Station, Station 4 is one of Dallas' premier dance clubs. It is situated in the heart of the city's gay neighborhood along Cedar Springs Rd. It covers 24,000 sq. feet and features many areas, including the Rose Room Theatre and Lounge (complete with drag shows), a huge outdoor patio, an upstairs bar and a moving light show. Eighteen and up guests are welcome on Thursdays and Sundays, but it is 21 and up on Fridays and Saturdays. Cover charges vary from night to night. ((214) 526-7171)
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