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10 Scottsdale Dance Clubs for Partying in the Desert



When it comes to nightlife, nothing quite says fun like a large dance floor throbbing with people and good music. Scottsdale dance clubs offer impressive variety when it comes to ambiance and music. Whether you come to people-watch or shake your booty, Scottsdale dance clubs run the gamut from cozy lounges to multilevel dance emporiums.

For the classic Scottsdale club experience, head to The Mint, a popular dance club featuring a champagne bar, an al fresco lounge, and resort-style cabanas.

For a dance floor with Las Vegas-inspired views, try Degree 270 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. 

If you're looking to party with Scottsdale's young and beautiful people, head over to Maya Day + Nightclub. The club is known for its elaborate dance floor shows. Fire-breathers, dancers swinging from the rafters and caged go-go girls fill the club with an air of high-octane ambiance that will get you moving on the dance floor. 


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Paris of Scottsdale brings a sexy Latin edge to the Scottsdale dance club scene. The club frequently hosts popular DJs from around the country and the international EDM scene. The music pouring out of the speakers is eclectic, but the club has been known for its emphasis on hip hop, reggaeton, salsa and other Latin-infused beats. Bottle service and the VIP treatment is available. But even if you don't pay for the VIP treatment, the Paris bar staff is fast and nimble, so lines move faster than expected during prime time at this busy club. Come dressed to impress - this is Scottsdale after all!


Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon


This Scottsdale legend, a local favorite for over 30 years, caters to cowboys and townies alike with a lively bar, country and western music that gets your boots moving, and a down-home restaurant that dishes up hearty grub. The combined bar and patio allows you to take advantage of temperate weather as you knock back cold ones or chow down on a steak. Inside, take a turn on the dance floor, or just tap your toes to the house band who entertain with a variety of upbeat, country-flavored favorites. Handlebar-J offers live music seven nights a week, making this one of the best places in Scottsdale to go two-stepping with your favorite partner.


Rusty Spur Saloon


This casual, relaxed, C&W spot attracts a loyal following of locals and out-of-towners with live music most afternoons and evenings. Regional and local acts perform primarily country tunes with a little rockabilly and blues thrown into the mix. Peanut shells crunching underfoot and a collection of dollar bills tacked to the wooden walls are accurate indicators of the completely laid-back atmosphere of the Scottsdale favorite. Check out the renovated vault of this one-time bank; liquor, not cash, is now carefully guarded within. As one of the oldest bars in Scottsdale, this local institution has seen its share of celebrity visitors, including Clint Eastwood and Vince Vaughn.


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Rogue Bar
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This low-key bar may not be as fashionable as the dance clubs up the road, but rest assured it's just as much fun. Pool, greasy bar food, big comfy booths, and live music are just some of the more enticing aspects of Rogue Bar. The dance floor is a great place to boogie down after a hard week's work. On most Saturdays, you can find a DJ spinning records and reigning over a dance party on the main floor. The live music calendar is full of up-and-coming rock and indie acts, so this is a good place to catch the next hot thing before they make it big.


Degree 270


Degree 270, located on the 14th floor of Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort, rewards visitors with its amazing views of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and iconic Camelback Mountain. Live jazz music, dancing, incredible city views, and regular vodka tastings make this one of Scottsdale's most chic and memorable lounges. Regular drink specials also make this a great spot to spend your happy hour. Degree 270 now features VIP Table-side bottle service. The drink menu carries champagnes from France's best vineyards, and there are also spirits. Spirit service includes your choice of a premium bottle as well as a selection of three mixers and garnish.




Maya Day and Nightclub, named for an ancient deity that is known for spinning illusions and dreams, is one of the most popular dance clubs in Scottsdale. The nightclub is known for elaborate dance floor shows, including dancers swinging from the rafters, fire breathers, and other high-octane tricks of the trade. The crowd is young, energetic and dressed to impress. The Maya is known for hosting minor celebrities and attracts A-list DJs from around the globe. There is a $10 cover charge for females and $15 for males at the door for non-ticketed days and nights. The dance club frequently holds special events, so make sure to check the website for upcoming attractions.




Dakota is a popular Old Town Scottsdale food, drink and nightlife spot. The ambiance at this hybrid restaurant, bar and nightlife venue is casual and fun with a touch of glam. The venue features a large, four-sided white marble bar; distinctive white-washed wood accents; and birdcage lighting. There is also a comfortable street-side patio that offers great people-watching in the heart of the entertainment district. At night, DJs play the latest dance mixes, and bottle service is available. Hungry? The kitchen has you covered. Dakota offers a full kitchen menu featuring shareable appetizers, sandwiches (try the popular crispy chicken sandwich), salads, entrees and a fun cocktail menu with house specials like mimosa popsicles.


Wasted Grain


Wasted Grain is a laid-back restaurant, bar and dance club that has something for everyone. Want to play a round of corn hole with friends while drinking your favorite beer? Check. Looking to burn up the dance floor with your hot moves? Head to the second story, where a DJ is pumping out the latest EDM hits. Or maybe you just want to relax on the patio and enjoy a cocktail with friends? Wasted Grain is a nightlife destination that will appeal to most people looking for a fun-filled night out with friends. Come as you are to Wasted Grain: there's no cover charge and no dress code.




The Mint is one of the most glamorous places to dance the night away in Scottsdale. The 7,000 square foot space - formerly a bank - was designed to evoke the Hollywood Regency style. The DJs play eclectic house and pop music, and the dance club is always crowded. There is also 4,500 square feet of al fresco drinking and mingling, featuring resort-style cabanas. Need a break from the crowd? You and your group can reserve one of the private dining and wine rooms for VIPs. The club also had a luxurious 30-feet bar, custom dynamic LED light installation and a specialty champagne bar located in its co-ed restroom.


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