Baltimore's Dance Clubs Are Like the City: Everything from Quirky to Elegant

Dance clubs in the Baltimore area represent all ages and dance styles. They're just as diverse as the locals. One thing they do share in common is that they guarantee to show you a good time, whether you're in the mood for hip hop, country music, rock or southern rock – like at the historic Pop's Tavern.

The fact of the matter is that there used to be many dance clubs in Baltimore that are now closed. The olden days had discos, world-famous gay dance clubs, Russian hangouts, salsa dance venues. Even the most famous house music dance club is set to shut its doors this year. 

Baltimore does still have a few places that have mixed use – dancing and restaurant – aspects.

The city has a number of places that offer dance lessons before the main festivities, which gives people confidence if it's been a while since they've tripped the light fantastic. The Ministry of Swing and Mobtown Ballroom are among the places you can learn while you have fun.

Pop's Tavern
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Pop's Tavern got the second Baltimore County liquor license after the end of Prohibition in 1933 and they're the oldest tavern still running continuously. Check out some charming vintage Art Deco touches, such as the restroom sign lights. Its...  Read More

Hampden's Ideal Arts Space has been through several incarnations, starting out as an Art Deco era movie theater, through a couple of different vintage store markets. Though the markets were beloved and sorely missed, Hampden neighbors are happy...  Read More

Mt Vernon
Grand Central

From a dance club to a swanky video bar to a classic and classy polished wood pub, Grand Central effectively manages several dynamic operations. While awesome videos and billiards provide entertainment in the club's other sections, two bars, a...  Read More

South Baltimore
Mobtown Ballroom
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Right at the heart of "Pigtown" is a re-purposed 1870's church hosting all kinds of fun things to do that require lots of space. There's dancing at many of their special events, as well as EVERY Monday and Friday night – it's not always easy...  Read More

Offering something for everyone, this Southwestern themed club features both a country dance hall and a rock'n'roll deck. Line dancers, donning their cowboy gear, hit the indoor Cantina Bar, while "The Deck" packs in rock, top 40 and hip-hop...  Read More

The Windup Space
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Though not a "dance club" per se, The Windup Space's dance club nights are legendary. "Four Hours of Funk" is one of their regular events that features local musicians that's very popular with area college students. Special nights, such as...  Read More


Located in downtown Baltimore's Power Plant Live! entertainment complex, Mosaic is a sophisticated lounge and nightclub featuring chic modern decor, a lovely outdoor area and plush VIP couches, perfect for resting heel-clad feet after tearing up...  Read More

South Baltimore
Lithuanian Hall
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Not your typical dance club, Baltimore's Lithuanian Hall is a real local's insider secret. On the first Friday of each month is SAVE YOUR SOUL, a popular underground dance party: DJs spin the rarest Soul and R&B. Admission is $5 plus $5 for an...  Read More

North Baltimore
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Everything from cute local college garage bands to well-known names on their way up (or a shade past their prime) are booked at Ottobar. With a main stage downstairs and a casual spot with pool tables upstairs, you can hear your music anyway you...  Read More