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Best Dance Clubs in and around Boulder: Where to Party the Night Away



This mountain town knows how to get down, though you may see a few people kickin' it up in their hiking boots. With an assortment of bars, clubs, and restaurants who offer a variety of dancing and music from amazing local performers, 10Best had no trouble choosing the most exiting venues for you to cut a rug. The Absinthe House of downtown Boulder offers dancing five nights a week and provides liquid courage in the form of a variety of imported and domestic beers. Round Midnight offers a funky unique and atmosphere for cutting a rug. For a brew-pub feel with local brews to sip on during intermissions, Oskar Blues of Lyrons and Longmont offers large dance floors and a variety of local and national musicians who will strike a chord and set the mood to genres such as classic rock, blue grass, funk, and reggae. For something a bit more sophisticated and elegant, SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space offers the perfect venue for live music, dancing, and cocktails. No matter your dancing style or your musical preference, this list has something for everyone and will point you to the best spots in town so that you can unleash the dirty dancers within you.


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With two locations just 20 minutes from Boulder in Lyons and Longmont, this local brew-pub favorite if one of the best places around to grab a delicious burger, beer, and dance the night away. The Tasty Weasel taproom boasts a large dance floor and stage on the second floor of the building so that you can eat down below and then enjoy the after-party up above. Local live bands as well as national known acts play every Saturday and Sunday at a minor cover charge. Don't be surprised if one of Oskar's local regulars asks you for a dance, since there are many people who come every week to kick up their heals are not shy when it comes to meeting strangers.


Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
Photo courtesy of SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space


Locally owned and operated by three spunky and innovative sisters, SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space offers the perfect venue for building community, mingling, getting down to some local music, or just relaxing with a much needed cocktail at the end of the day. Their event room boasts a stage and hardwood floor with plenty of space for dancing. Local music can be seen on weekends and many of SHINE's delicious alcoholic concoctions can help you to relax and get your groove on. This venue is an elegant and swanky alternative if you're wanting something a bit more refined than the pub or club atmosphere.


The Lazy Dog Sports Bar


The All-American sports bar and grill offers up burgers and fries with a side of Football and, on the late night, dancing. Friday and Saturday nights offer live music from local and national bands. Their downtown location with a rooftop view is a spacious venue for dancing while marveling at the twinkling lights of Boulder. A hang-out for people of all ages, but you will generally find a younger, pup-crawlin', crowd later in the evening. Music genres range from bluegrass and classic rock, to punk and indie rock, so you are sure to hear a tune perfect for tappin' your toes.


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Conor O'Neill's


This lively and feisty traditional Irish pub is one of the most exciting ways to spend and evening in downtown Boulder. Lagers, Ciders, Ales, and Stouts abound, including Guinness on tap because what Irish pub is complete without it? In addition, several tasty micro-brews are available. Weekly live music is a staple at Conor O' Neills and includes slots for collaborative bluegrass pickin'. With plenty of space to dance, you'll be tapping your toes or doing an Irish jig. If you're a little rusty on your Lord of the Dance skills, the bar also offers classic rock to rock your body.


Country music fan? You've got to visit Grizzly Rose. In fact, it's won the Country Music Association's "Best Country Music Club" award. Boot scoot across its 40,000 square feet of fun including a floating hardwood dance floor, a 3,200 square foot private banquet facility, General Store, Aracade Room, Pool Room, Shoe Shine Shop, Smoke Shop with lounge and a 2,000 square foot dance room. Live music by regional bands featured 6 nights a week! Favorite acts like Willie Nelson Garth Brooks, Toby Keith & Chris LeDoux have appeared on its stages since it opened in 1989. More recent names like Jack Ingram, Clay Walker, Josh Gracin, Tracy Lawrence & Pat Green also appear on the roster of performers. Pool tables, a mechanical bull, and a video game room round out the entertainment options. Country-western duds are the way to go! Call ahead to find out when they offer free dance lessons. Live music six nights a week, and Sundays are family friendly.


Fox Theatre


This popular University Hill concert club features local, regional and national acts such as Martin Sexton, Hootie and the Blowfish, Disco Inferno, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Fat Mama, and ekoostik hookah. Look for alternative, standard rock, blues, folk, jazz, and jamgrass musicians. This former movie theater boasts a top-rate sound system and three bar areas. This hip spot is also known for hosting some of the best festivals in the area, including the Boulder Roots and Blues Festival along with the Boulder Brew and Music Festival; if the name doesn't say it all, this festival gives you access to over 25 different breweries set to music.


The Attic


The Attic offers excellent pubfare, dancing, and karaoke every week. Local bands keep the atmosphere hoppin' and a hardwood dance floor, offering seating during the day, is cleared for all of your dancing escapades in the evening. Take a break and enjoy their free pool tables or grab a drink at their ornate and fully stocked bar. Famous for The Fat Albert, ask for this purple concoction that packs quite a punch if you need a little encouragement getting to the dance floor. A variety of music is represented at this Boulder favorite, so you the dancing machine within you is sure to be satisfied.


The Walrus Saloon


The Walrus Saloon offers a unique, subterranean feeling in the heart of downtown Boulder. With live music, killer drink specials, and Reggae night you're sure to have a ball at The Walrus. A variety of local DJs frequent the Walrus to bring you the best of their jams and the open floor allows for plenty of room to get jiggy-wit-it. Weekly Reggae nights invite you to let out your inner Rastafarian featuring eclectic artists from all over the world, including the Sudan, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. So lively up yourself, Bob Marley style, and dance to the rhythms of the Walrus.


Round Midnight


As the name suggests, the night at this downstairs Pearl Street club kicks off starting at 10pm but doesn't hit high gear until "round midnight." Live music is featured on the weekends and includes acid jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, Latin, and reggae. A DJ keeps things hopping during the week. The extensive beverage menu features more than 50 varieties of single malt scotches and more than 40 beers to give you that shot of liquid courage. There's no cover charge, the drinks are rumored to be strong, and the atmosphere is alive and kickin' into the wee hours of the mornin'


The Absinthe House


Located in Downtown Boulder, Absinthe House features a true European style nightclub experience with International House DJs. A large selection of genuine absinthe is something that you will find in no other bar in the states, as well as a comprehensive list of over 40 import and domestic beers. Absinthe House serves European Bistro fare for lunch and dinner daily.The dance floor is expanded and boasts plenty of room for a wild throng of movers and shakers. House music blares from a top shelf sound system, and any of the 16 varieties of absinthe from Europe and America can be poured from table side fountains.


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