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10 Top Dance Club Choices in St Petersburg and Clearwater

No matter how old you are and whether you're a regular club-goer or not, once in awhile we all like to go out at night to "kick up your heels." Fortunately for visitors to this once-sleepy "burg," the area has blossomed into a vibrant area offering visitors and residents alike an eclectic choice of bars, bistros and dance clubs where you can boogey into the wee hours of the night.

If you're a fan of lively clubs where the beat reverberates and the drinks flow till late, check out places like 260 First,  The Estate and Blur Nightclub. Ché, another one of the city's popular places, promises a Latin "ambiente," while MacDinton's Irish Pub is the place to "get your Irish on."

For a truly unique experience, add a ride on a mechanical bull to your line-dancing experience at One Night Stand. The choices are many, it just depends on your energy level!

MacDinton's Irish Pub
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Three Irishmen got together and a nighttime sensation was born! You don't have to be Irish to go to MacDinton's Pub, but it you'll feel right at home if you are. You'll find DJs, live bands and some solo acts seven nights a week in this lively...  Read More

St. Petersburg
260 First
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This lively downtown St Petersburg night club, located on the second floor of the popular Yard of Ale features three balconies, laser lights, video screens and lots of energy. Hip-Hop, Electronic, Techno, Mash-up, Pop/Top 40 tunes typically draw...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Ringside Cafe
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Drawing its name from it former status as an amateur boxing center in downtown St Pete, Ringside Café is tucked into an historic 1912 building. Today this American classic dishes up eclectic blues rock, funk, reggae and pop music drawn from the...  Read More

Clearwater Beach
The Wave Nightclub
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Clearwater's popular Shepard's Beach Resort is the scene of this popular nightspot - one of the few dance clubs in the area. You can boogey into the late night with topnotch live bands and versatile DJs, exclusive VIP booths and two bustling...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Ruby's Elixir
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What started as the Havana Room (where patrons could enjoy cigars from the area's large selection) in the late 1990s, has morphed into a vintage lounge - known to locals simply as "Ruby's" - one of the few venues in the area showcasing live...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Photo courtesy of Che


Tucked beneath the popular Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in downtown St Petersburg and opened in 2016, Ché is one of the newest addition to the city's "hot" nightspots. The underground lounge highlights live music and local bands with a...  Read More

St. Petersburg
The One Night Stand
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Touted as "the only country bar" in downtown St Petersburg, One Night Stand is indeed a novelty - as is their motto: "The best one-night stand you'll ever have." The mechanical bull named "Moustache" is sure to give you the ride of your life,...  Read More

St. Petersburg
The Bends
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Since 2012 this classy "dive" bar dishes up a hip, laid-back vibe which enhances the already pleasing touches such as upscale cocktail choices, craft beers and guaranteed music, both live and DJ hosted. Patrons rave about the "underground...  Read More

Blur Nightclub
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Located in downtown Dunedin, his popular nightclub has been drawing party-goers for the past decade. Tucked into a building with a long history of bars and nightclubs, this is a show bar offering myriad entertainment options with indoor or...  Read More

St. Petersburg
The Estate
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One of the newest premier night clubs to open in the Tampa Bay area, this high energy Las Vegas-style club and event space opened in April 2017 with a luxurious vibe along with high quality audio and high-end bottle service. Open Fridays and...  Read More


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