L.A. Dance Clubs Hit Every Unique Beat in Town

Dance clubs in Los Angeles offer up something for everyone. Hit one place, it's all electronic dance music (EDM); go to another and you'll find some sultry blues. There are salsa clubs and ballroom dancing, live bands and DJ-controlled tunes. Just about every neighborhood has a place to shake your booty, do the Cha Cha or simply bounce up and down to the beat. The clubs in West Hollywood and Hollywood often are filled with stars of the big screen and small, so if you're looking to find yourself boogeying down two feet from your favorite celebrity, it's best to head in that direction. No matter where you roam in the vast expanse that is Los Angeles, be sure to check out this list of the Top 10 dance clubs in places all over the Southern California basin and you're sure to find one that makes you feel like it is time to just dance the night away.

Teragram Ballroom
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Teragram Ballroom recently opened in downtown Los Angeles, giving music-loving Angelenos another intimate venue to see live music. This DTLA concert space is on 7th Street, just blocks from Staples Center and the Microsoft Theater (the former...  Read More

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Transforming the old Key Club space on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, 1OAK LA has brought serious sophistication to that formerly slightly seedy space. Now leather banquettes open to a dance floor and massive Brazilian-wood bar, stocked...  Read More

Bootsy Bellows
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Only being open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights helps make Bootsy Bellows a must-visit kind of Sunset Strip spot; it also helps that people like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and plenty of co-owner David Arquette's pals love to drop in. And...  Read More

The Abbey Food & Bar
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Located in West Hollywood, the center of L.A.'s gay community, the Abbey Food & Bar is a fixture in that neighborhood that's also known as "Boys' Town." The club is famous for its big martinis, sexy go-go dancers and slightly decadent vibe...  Read More

The Conga Room
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The Conga Room is a convivial place located in the heart of L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. A fixture in the nightlife scene, the club is owned by some famous names, including Jennifer Lopez, Will.i.am of the Black-Eyed Peas, Jimmy Smits, and...  Read More



Small, dark, and handsome, Harvelle's is one of L.A.'s favorites for live blues, rock and alternative music. In business since 1931, this Santa Monica landmark used to be a dark, smoke-filled dive, but nowadays it has gone sophisticated. The...  Read More



The Granada has something for everyone with a wide range of classes and styles, with a special focus on Latin dancing. Be transported back in time with their 1930s style decor and sign up for classes given every night of the week. Check out...  Read More



Zanibar, one of Santa Monica's liveliest nightclubs, has a different musical theme every evening. Monday is always salsa night, with lessons from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and a live band all night long. Other nights you will find EDM, Afrofunk, Reggae,...  Read More

Mid City
The Mint
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One of L.A.'s classic clubs, The Mint is a little place with a big sound. The music-filled venue has packed them in since 1937, with just a small stage, minute dance floor and long, convivial bar and booths. You can grab a bite to eat in the...  Read More

Create Nightclub
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There's no place that packs in the high-intensity crowds that love EDM like Create, where top L.A.-based DJs like the EC Twins draw capacity crowds into a space designed for musical and visual experimentation. Laser and LED lights explode around...  Read More


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Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny