Forget Troubles, Let The Music Move You At Top D.C. Dance Clubs

Stressed out over a job? Is a midterm paper due in the next few days? Need some time with friends to just let go? Well, put on a fashionable outfit and some comfortable yet stylish shoes and be ready to dance your cares away in Washington, D.C. 10Best has gotten past the bouncers and navigated the dance floors to discover the best spots to cut loose while visiting the nation's capital. (Really some water and rest are in order now.)

If you enjoy clubs with an exclusive feel with VIP areas, head over to Kabin Lounge or Heist. For those who prefer dancing to live music, U Street Music Hall or Tropicalia are your best bets for a good time. Want to dance yet find clubs are not your scene? Try New Columbia Swing which only serves water and teaches beginners to advanced swing and lindy hop routines. Try your moves out on the dance floor to a DJ after you have mastered the moves.

They say that music soothes the soul so a night of dancing is sure to help too in the nation's capital.






Pump your fists and get ready to shake your hips at Ultrabar which features five different floors of beat-thumping music and state of the art lighting. Housed in a former bank, the venue kept echoes from its past and incorporated them into its...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Tropicalia


Tired of listening to the same electronic music? Head to this underground venue which features a heavy AfroHouse music presence. Known as a 'dance club for grown-ups,' Tropicalia has live bands and well-known DJs to get you moving your body to...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Flash


Opened in June 2013, this venue brings in nationally and internationally known house music DJs every Friday and Saturday night. But if you don't like this genre, be sure to check other nights for different music beats. Ready for your close up?...  Read More

Soundcheck DC
Photo courtesy of Soundcheck DC


Many people think of a soundcheck as the time when a performer gets their voice and/or instrument ready in the hours or minutes before a concert. District residents may have to expand that definition to include Soundcheck DC, a nightclub on K...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Heist


Promising 'grandeur, fun and light-hearted delinquency,' Heist will take you into a world of 'sleek sophistication and cool.' This place really starts to come alive after midnight so be ready to dance when the DJ starts playing Top 40,...  Read More

New Columbia Swing
Photo courtesy of The Jam Cellar


If you are looking for a place to cut a rug but not have people bumping and grinding all over you to current music, head over to New Columbia Swing, a dance hall located inside a 19th century restored mansion. The hall was the former home of The...  Read More

Living Room
Photo courtesy of Living Room


With quirky décor, large couches and curtains throughout, this event space does live up to its name even though it's probably unlike most living rooms you have been in. Located in Logan Circle, this club and event space offers a place for...  Read More

U Street Music Hall
Photo courtesy of U Street


A DJ owned and operated facility, this basement dance club has one of the best sound systems in the district that will get you moving to the music. Featuring two bars and a 1,200 square foot dance floor, this venue hosts both amazing DJs and...  Read More

Kabin Lounge
Photo courtesy of Kabin


Playing the hottest Top 40, hip hop and house music, Kabin Lounge aims to provide guests with a premium clubbing experience. The 3,200 square foot space resembles a posh Aspen mountain cabin and includes 14 VIP Tables with bottle service. The...  Read More



Co-owner Farid Nouri wanted to establish a nightlife spot that he would want to go to himself. "Enough energy for a party but a place where people can socialize in an intimate environment." Known as "The Lounge," the club has five areas to...  Read More


Meet Gina Gallucci White

Gina Gallucci White is an award winning freelance writer with articles appearing in such regional publications as Frederick Magazine, The Daily Record, Montgomery Magazine and The Gazette. She...  More About Gina