Best Places to Find Your Dance Groove in Berkeley

If a friend, family member or total stranger said they were looking for some great dance clubs in the Bay Area, what would you tell them? Most of us would recommend that famous "City by the Bay," San Francisco, and its world-famous neighborhoods and hotspots: classic jazz clubs in the Fillmore, or hot Latin spots in the Mission, or maybe some psychedelic spots in the still-funky Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

Or maybe you'd recommend heading across the Bay to Oakland, where many big time rap stars and club DJ's got their start.

Most likely, though, you'd forget to mention Berkeley, the eclectic college town best known for its famous protests in the 1960's. Contrary to popular opinion, though, Berkeley is not stuck in the 60's. This young college town has kept up with the times and offers just as varied and fun a mix of dance clubs as anywhere in the Bay Area, like the vibrant and unique 924 Gillman. So, when a friend asks where to direct her dancing feet, don't forget to recommend Berkeley.



Although it's taken locals awhile to warm up to Tupper and Reed - the bar took over the space of the beloved Irish bar, Beckett's - making fantastic cocktails is a good step towards winning anyone over. Housed in the former music store of John...  Read More



Old-school Berkeley bar that also features some killer live music and an ample dance floor, Nick's is the perfect late night spot to head to when all you want to do is let your hair down and let your feet dance. The always popular Karaoke night...  Read More

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Marked by hardwood floors, two full bars, and comfortable couches and booths, this converted basement space proves to be ideal for both live performances and DJ led dance parties. Yards of fabric drape doorways and walls, while colorful lighting...  Read More



Live music comes in many form in Berkley, to the 60's traditions of a couple with flowers in their hair cooing into microphones to wall-to-wall heavy metal headbangers who would love to smash their guitar to pieces. If you prefer your music to...  Read More



In addition to having some excellent craft beers on top, Beta Lounge also has the space to host DJ's and outstanding live music. With he capacity to seat 55-60 people and leave plenty of room for dancing and mingling, this lounge is only growing...  Read More



Bet you didn't know there was a short cut from Berkeley to Merry Olde England! It's called the Albatross Pub. The oldest pub in Berkeley is also the most British. You'll find all the traditional Brit activities pool, darts, board games plus a...  Read More



Freight and Salvage Coffee Hosue is a lovely holdover from the 1960's for those who like their music with a heavy dose of nostalgia. A Berkeley music and dance institution since 1968, it's heady-hippy pledge is to stay "deeply rooted in that...  Read More



Housed in what was once a stable, Jupiter has taken full advantage of its unusual location by creating a unique modern day Gothic ambience. Pews and Gothic-style chandeliers were scavenged from an old church, bronze-colored pressed tin panels...  Read More



How many dance clubs have a four-hundred page book written about them? And how many dance clubs can say they are a non-profit and run by volunteers who absolutely love their jobs and feel like the club is their home? 924 Gillman can claim both,...  Read More



Ashkenazi has kept its doors open for dancing Berkeley feet since 1973, and it's probably a "must-visit" in Berkeley, whether or not you want to dance. But just try to not dance once you're in this funky space with as many Berkeley characters as...  Read More


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