Best Dance Clubs in Palm Springs

10 Best Dance Clubs in Palm Springs for a Night Out

If you love to dance your worries away, Palm Springs has a club for you. The desert's selection of dance clubs is as varied as the people who call the desert home. If you're looking to boogie in the desert, throw on your finest threads, grab your friends and get ready to party on the finest dance floors in the desert.

One of the most reliable dance clubs in Palm Springs is Zelda's. With more than 35 years of nightclub experience in the Coachella Valley, Zelda's is a local favorite for an authentic club experience. With a state of the art sound system, elevated DJ booth and special nightly promos, there's always a good time waiting at Zelda's. The club owners also bring in top talent, like Sky Blu of LMFAO, on the weekends to get the party started.

Across town, Toucan's Tiki Lounge is a popular gay dance club that welcomes all locals and out-of-towners alike. This tropical-themed joint features an ample dance floor, caged go-go dancers and a cabaret show on Sundays. With tropical staples like tiki torches and Mai Tais, Toucans is a fun dance club to let loose in. 

Another local favorite worth mentioning is The Nest in Indian Wells. While it's technically a restaurant during the day, locals know this unassuming spot on Highway 111 turns into one of the best dance floors in town after dark. The Nest tends to draw the 40-and-over crowd, but younger dancers are welcome to waltz and boogie the night away too.


While The Nest is technically a restaurant in Indian Wells, locals know this contemporary restaurant turns into a dance party every night. While the crowd tends to skew a bit older, the ambiance is hard to beat. One minute, you'll be waltzing and swinging the night away. Before you know it, you'll be dancing to the latest Lady Gaga single. And on other nights, the Piano Bar lights up with live entertainment that keeps the crowd shuffling all night. While The Nest might not be your typical dance club, it's definitely one of the top spots to boogie in the desert.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: The Nest in Indian Wells transforms into a dance floor by night, especially popular with the older crowd.

Marissa's expert tip: This restaurant slash dance club caters to the older crowd, but a good time is always had by guests of all ages.

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Hunters is a friendly and energetic video bar in Palm Springs. As a gay bar with a welcoming attitude, Hunters invites everyone to dance and let their hair down for a night. Videos light up flat-screen TVs around the dance floor, and the fun-loving bartenders keep the good vibes rolling late into the night. The dance floor tends to stay busy throughout the night, and the fun drink concoctions keep everyone laughing all night long. The DJs' music selections tend to keep patrons up on their feet, and as the night wears on, Hunters continues to pick up the pace. A night at Hunters is a sure bet for a night of good-natured dancing.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Hunters Palm Springs has an energetic, upbeat vibe that keeps the dance floor packed all night.

Marissa's expert tip: Head to Hunters for a budget-friendly night. With no cover charge and cheap drinks, Hunters treats your wallet well.

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Cascade Lounge at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs offers DJs and live music to keep dance parties pumping well into the night. Featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, this dance club provides the perfect atmosphere for a night of dancing. DJs and live bands provide entertainment and tunes throughout the week, though the best dance parties fall on the weekends. On Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Bri packs the dance floor while spinning the latest beats. On Sundays, Cascade Lounge transforms into the desert's largest Latin dance party. Go early to avoid the large lines that appear after 11 p.m. Want to let loose on a weeknight? Head to Cascade Lounge on Tuesdays, which is Dance Club Night.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Cascade Lounge is a popular dance floor on the weekends, when DJs and live music keep the beats going all night long.

Marissa's expert tip: Sundays nights are the best nights for dancing. The Latin band Quinto Menguante provides lively beats that will keep you on your feet late into the night.

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This sleek lounge can go from dance floor to concert stage on any given night. Removed from the hustle and bustle of the table games and ringing slot machines, The Lounge offers a relaxing spot to sit back with a drink and enjoy the night. Most nights, live music and tribute bands take the stage at this casino lounge. Other nights, you might find yourself doing your best rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" during a karaoke session. During football season, The Lounge turns into one giant tailgating party. An admission charge includes all-you-can-eat appetizers while you and your buddies watch the game.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: The Lounge at Agua Caliente often turns into a dance floor, thanks to free entertainment that spans the decades.

Marissa's expert tip: Dress up, bring your dancing shoes and pack a bikini, too. Agua Caliente often hosts pool parties and bikini contests on the weekend with cash prizes for the top ladies. Even if you're not entering the contest, don't miss the poolside parties.

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Opened in 2013, this Palm Springs supper club is a throwback to the desert's sultry past, when Hollywood's finest would slip into the desert for nights of martinis and cigars set to the industry's top lounge acts. Today, The Copa Room Palm Springs continues this storied tradition throughout the week, but on weekends, it's time to put on your dancing shoes to cut a rug all night long as DJs turn The Copa Room into one of Palm Springs' hottest dance clubs. Throughout the week, you may find The Copa Room is hosting a side-splitting comedy act or a disco night, but whatever the theme, you're sure to have a good time at this old-school find.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: The Copa Room Palm Springs embodies the desert's old school nightlife scene thanks to a sultry interior and a range of entertainment.

Marissa's expert tip: Start your night off right with dinner at The Tropicale, the Copa Room's sister property that sits right next door.

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Located inside the luxurious Desert Springs JW Marriott, Costas Nightclub is a popular dance club in the Coachella Valley. With ample space for dancing and a full bar, Costas can very well be the setting for a fun night of dancing in the desert. The club tends to attract birthday and bachelorette parties, and Costas is also a great place to meet new friends. The mix of popular dance hits keeps the large dance floor packed all night long. Featuring good music and a solid drink menu, Costas Nightclub is one of the best spots in Palm Desert to dance the night away.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Costas Nightclub at the JW Marriott Desert Springs offers plenty of space to spend the night dancing in the desert.

Marissa's expert tip: Keep your drinks off the dance floor and remember there's no re-entry to the club.

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From dance floors to foosball tables, the Village Pub has entertainment for everyone. Located in the heart of downtown, the Village Pub is the perfect spot to grab a drink and dance the night away on Palm Canyon Drive. The bar has 13 beers on tap, a loft area and a club room upstairs. Downstairs, live music will keep you dancing until the doors shut at 2 a.m. On the weekends, DJs and local artists set the mood for a night of dancing. Combined with a decent selection of food and friendly staff, the Village Pub is one of Palm Springs' more versatile nightlife options.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Village Pub has an intimate dance floor upstairs, with DJs spinning tunes all night long.

Marissa's expert tip: Take your pick of dancing upstairs or downstairs. The club room upstairs offers a more intimate dance floor with DJ-supplied beats, while live bands usually bring guests to their feet downstairs.

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North Palm Springs
Toucan's Tiki Lounge

Welcome to the jungle in the heart of the desert. This gay nightclub in downtown Palm Springs loves to party, and whether you're gay or straight, you're sure to have a good time in this high-energy club. With themed dance parties every night, no two visits to Toucans are ever the same. Nightly events include "Jungle Boogie" dance parties and "Double the Fun Thursdays," and on any given night, you might spot the "Go Go Boys" dancers taking the stage. While you can always count on Toucans for strong drinks, friendly atmosphere and fun dance music, you won't want to miss the Sunday night cabaret shows. At 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., the divas of drag take to the Toucans stage for their popular "Playgirls" performance.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Toucan's Tiki Lounge makes it easy to get your groove on with nightly dance parties, go-go dancers and drink specials.

Marissa's expert tip: Being that Toucan's is one of the most popular clubs in the Coachella Valley, it can get really packed, really quick. Arrive before 10 p.m. to avoid the long lines that form later in the evening.

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If you want to dance your cares and the night away, head to Zelda's for the desert's largest dance party. For more than 35 years, Zelda's has remained one of the only true nightclubs in the desert. Just south of downtown Palm Springs, Zelda's offers an upscale atmosphere, a state-of-the-art sound system and sets spun by the hottest local DJs. Club promotions include short skirt nights and bikini contests. With weekly appearances by an all-male revue show, Zelda's is a popular spot for bachelorette parties or a girls' night out. Whether you're ready to mingle or just looking to dance, a night out at Zelda's is sure to entertain.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Zelda's Nightclub is one of the desert's oldest nightclubs, offering an actual dance floor with local DJs nightly.

Marissa's expert tip: Book a private table or reserve the skybox for a private retreat between dance sessions. Bottle service comes with unlimited mixers and scores your party a private area where you can recharge after a few dances.

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