10 Phoenix Dance Clubs for Late Nights in the Arizona Desert

There’s no better way to shake off a bad day than by getting on the dance floor. Fortunately, Phoenix has several choice spots to dance your cares away. 

For lovers of the increasingly vibrant downtown club scene, Bar Smith offers a hot dance floor and one of the best rooftop bars in the Valley of the Sun.

GypsyBar, a nightlife venue located in the sprawling CityScape complex, is part arcade and part nightclub for a fun night of lounging, playing and dancing.

Monarch Theatre, located conveniently off the light rail on Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, regularly hosts DJs and national dance music headliners. 

If you're looking for a more casual place to get down, head to some of the city's midtown blues clubs. The Rhythm Room is the city's venerable roots and blues club. It has a small dance floor, but it's always swinging on a Saturday night. 

For a fun, laidback atmosphere with live music, karaoke and game nights, head to Rip's Bar on 16th Street. Soak up the quirky retro vibe at this neighborhood venue. 






Charlie's Phoenix is a friendly and popular central Phoenix country-themed gay nightclub that's known for it's hot dance floor, fun karaoke nights, and a sprawling patio where the good times go on (nearly) all night. Out front, you'll find one...  Read More



If electronic dance music and fashion are your twin passions, it's time to hit the dance floor at the Monarch Theatre. The dance floor throbs at this downtown Phoenix dance club, located right off the light rail on Washington Street. The club...  Read More



This sleek downtown nightlife venue features over 10,000 square feet of space to roam, drink, meet and be merry. Drinks are served at a three-sided island bar surrounded by plush lounge sofa sectionals, perfect for sipping on your hand-crafted...  Read More



Part concert venue, bar, and kitchen, the Crescent Ballroom is one of downtown Phoenix's newest hot spots. The Crescent Lounge hosts free nightly music, while the ballroom sees some of the country's top touring acts perform on the intimate...  Read More



This low-key "old school" bar is family owned and operated and a good place to find yourself on a Saturday night if you're in the mood to dance. The original pop art on the walls and diverse clientele offers a nice cross-section of Phoenicians...  Read More



Situated in the scenic open desert just south of downtown Phoenix in Chandler, the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino offers top-notch nightlife entertainment. Live music from legendary artists happens in the Ovations Showroom, and the resort...  Read More



Char's (pronounced with an "sh," not a "ch") promises an unpretentious evening of good music in cozy environs. Most of the audience isn't more than a few steps from the stage, so the immediacy of the blues is right there in front of you. A...  Read More



Begin with a cozy, no-frills venue, add in top blues and jazz acts from the area and around the country, and toss in fans of great tunes and lively performances, and you've got one of Phoenix's best-loved music venues. The Rhythm Room draws...  Read More



The Duce is one of those downtown Phoenix spots that has earned a special place in many people's Saturday nights. "Where Pretty Meets Gritty" is the tagline on The Duce's signage, a description that captures this warehouse-meets-vintage-market...  Read More



Downtown Phoenix scenesters crowd the small but busy dance floor at Bar Smith, a hip downtown bar, lounge and club located steps away from major attractions such as the US Airways Center and Chase Field. Swanky couches let you take a break from...  Read More


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Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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