Shake Your Groove Thing at Philadelphia's Best Dance Clubs

Dance clubs in Philadelphia have come a long way from the days of pounding music, flashing lights and dubious attire. While some die-hard clubs still revel in their thumping beats and laser light shows, others take pride in offering refuge from the noisy street with plush seating, expertly mixed, fresh cocktails and a comfortable perch from which to serenely take in the action. Whether you enjoy more of a Top 40s kind of vibe, or come alive when the music swings more towards the Latin side, you'll find a place that allows you to relax, let loose and enjoy a night of fun out with friends, coworkers, a special someone or even if you're solo and looking to widen your circle of acquaintances. Clubs like Rumor deliver when it comes to high profile guests, top notch music, great drinks and a convenient, attractive, upscale location. If you're not in the mood for fancy, take a trip over to Silk City Lounge and enjoy more of an eclectic, creative vibe. It's up to you what makes the perfect night out. No matter where you end up in this city, you're sure to find great drinks, music, and the chance to let your hair down, which is really what it's all about.



Built on to a trolley-car diner/restaurant and a funky beer garden, the long-time Northern Liberties hipster hangout brings DJs, live bands and special events like comedy showcases to a simple, single-room space. Home to an exceptionally diverse crowd of 20- and 30-somethings, this is the place to catch surprise sets by ?uestlove of The Roots. Since its beginnings as a true dining car, its always attracted the offbeat, the eclectic, the creative and the interesting. The place came under new management in 2006 and was remodeled and a warmer-weather beer garden was added to keep up with changing tastes and preferences.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar


At this fun and vibrant restaurant and club, professional costumed dancers lead the crowd in a floorshow that spotlights a Cuban master percussionist, singers, and a Latin DJ spinning Tropical Dance, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Latin House music. After watching, the mojito- and sangria-drinking audience at this Old City Cuban resto-club gets to join in on the dance floor. Bottle service includes offers dozens of spirits, including a 21-year aged rum you might want to sample. The tropical atmosphere, Caribbean decor, and upbeat Latin music make this a great place to let loose with fun-long friends, or join in on a salsa dancing lesson or two.



From Thursday to Saturday night, the city's best-dressed party-goers ride an elevator to the second-floor club, where six bars, a light-show, and two elevated VIP platforms await them. Private bottle-service areas overflow with sparkling wines cognacs, and cocktails conceived by skilled mixologists. Technically, this is a private club � which allows it stay open until 3 a.m. � but memberships can be purchased at the door. Head here if you're in the mood to dress up, dance, enjoy deliciously mixed drinks made by staff who really know what they're doing. It's a hot club, and anyone who appreciates being a part of that kind of happening vibe knows to put this place at the top of their list.



For more than 15 years this Old City hotspot has been pumping out Latin beats for dancers shaking it to salsa, rhumba, cha-cha and tango. On certain nights, live bands take the place of DJs, and every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday professional instructors teach drop-in salsa classes. These lessons are also available privately for groups if desired. This establishment is a great place to cut a rug, and experience a night out for those whose idea of great music leans more towards Latin than pop or Top 40. All levels of dancers congregate here to get their dance on, so don't be intimidated if you're a beginner, and certainly come strut your stuff if you've got skills you'd love to show off.



This Delaware Avenue club complex offers up 4 rooms in which to party and groove to the music. There's a 2000-person capacity at this place, so it's not some time little lounge tucked away in a corner of the city. This place is huge, and offers parking as well, which is a huge advantage in any city establishment. You'll like the bottle service, ability to wander from room to room for a change of pace, and the presence of a large waterfront deck. This is a serious destination for serious partiers, bachelorette parties and promoters throwing themed events like swimsuit competitions, and it's not to miss.



The Barbary is Fishtown's in-your-face answer to the dance club. DJs spin great music upstairs at this 200-person venue, and patrons are free to tear it up on the floor till late into the evening. Downstairs often showcases up-and-coming local and indie touring bands, and is the perfect venue for relaxing with friends or a date. A recent renovation upgraded the sound system and climate control here, so it sounds and feels even better than ever. Karaoke is frequently featured here, although their main focus is on dancing and live music. The place is cash-only, so remember to bring your billfold if you're headed this way.

Tavern on Camac


One of the standard-bearers of the gay nightlife scene, this Gayborhood club offers showtunes in the Piano Bar seven days a week for those taking a break from boogying. Showtunes also take center stage at the second-floor Ascend nightclub every Sunday, though disco, karaoke, DJs and a Wednesday ladies night populate the weekly calendar. Considered one of the most welcoming and least pretentious gay bars in town, T.O.C. also serves a full tavern menu in the downstairs Tavern Restaurant should you get hungry either before or after arriving. Come here for great conversation, good food, upbeat music, the chance to dance, or sing along to your favorite show tunes. What could be better?



This Northern Liberties hipster staple distinguishes itself for its lack of a cover charge and its history as the former home of a poultry butcher � whose kitchen now serves as the upstairs bar and whose bathroom, though now the DJ booth, still contains remnants of a bathroom. Dancing happens upstairs on the second floor on weekends, though from Sunday to Wednesday, DJs spin in the narrow bar downstairs, where bartenders pour 12 draught beers, 80 beers from bottles, absinthe and artisanal gin. Comfortable couches and chairs allow patrons to comfy-up and enjoy the setting, and guests have commented that it feels like a really awesome party your good friends threw in their house with all of the music you like. You be the judge.



These days, the place to spot celebs is this glamorous pink-lit underground club where hallways carry travelers seamlessly from room to room. Different styles of club music differentiate the dance floors � with some DJs spinning Top 40, hip hop and house and others broadcasting trance and global. Reviews call the staff very attentive, which they'd have to be to keep the popular Vault VIP room limited to VIPs. Visit here to showcase your best club wear, your cutting-edge dance moves, and to see and be seen. City visitors must know this is the place to get down, as many popular A-listers have been known to pop up here when they're in town.

Penn's Landing


At this place, you certainly won't be bored with the same-old, same-old. Start off with shrimp and crab cocktail, enjoy sophisticated cocktails and take advantage of a bottle service menu that lists nine sparkling wines, including Cristal and Dom, and ten vodkas, including Belvedere and Ketel One. Professional acrobatic performances enhance the DJ lineup at this high-end spot, where membership applications are taken at the door. The two-room club opens from Wednesday to Saturday and stays open until 3 a.m, so you're sure to get your fix of nighttime entertainment. Drinks, dancing, good music, entertainments and the chance to mingle with friends makes Zee Bar a great option.