Find Your Groove at Memphis' Best Dance Clubs

Everyone knows Memphis is way into the live music scene, but finding true dance clubs in the city is a bit like the proverbial needle in the haystack. While folks have been known to get up and dance at places like B. B. King's or Rum Boogie Cafe, most spots on Beale Street are live music, not dance, clubs.

Fear not, however; plenty of the clubs on Beale and throughout the city offer dancing - but aren't strictly dance clubs.

Downtown is the best for club-hopping to find your groove, with a number of clubs centered on or around Beale Street. Alfred's is a favorite, thanks to the cover band that's as good as any DJ for a mix of dance tunes. Club 152 is basically three separate dance clubs in one, with crunk and hip hop, techno/electric and top 40 DJs spinning into the wee hours on three separate floors. Just off Beale, the Silly Goose is a ultra-swank lunge with a gorgeous crowd, and is an after-party spot for the young and beautiful.

Out in the suburbs, the Electric Cowboy is where the country boys and girls come to two-step and line dance, boots 'n all.

There's always a place to move to the Memphis beat; your job is to decide just what that beat is - and will hook you up with the perfect spot.



The Silly Goose is really more of a hip bar with late night dancing Thursday - Saturday nights, and the occasional themed parties, but definitely worth the visit regardless of what's happening. With its dark, chic interior - think men's club...  Read More



When they say food / spirits on the Mollie Fontaine Web site, spirits has a double meaning - as in, the kind your drink and the kind who haunt old, Victorian homes. Mollie Fontaine is housed in a gorgeous Victorian mansion, stuffed with a...  Read More



Located in the heart of Memphis's nightlife scene (the corner of Third and Beale), Alfred's is one of those places that you need to stop in if you plan on telling people you visited Memphis. Known for its live music, Alfred's offers one of...  Read More



This gritty club, a former bordello and hotel, is the local go-to for late night drinks and an alcohol-absorbing Soul Burger, a tasty concoction of greasy burger with onions that helps one regain one's sobriety at the end of the evening....  Read More



Think Urban Cowboy, but with laser lights and bikini contests...although you'll still find plenty of tight jeans, cowboy hats and tooled belts at this country music-themed bar, part of a small chain with outlets around the South. The crowd...  Read More



Purple Haze is one block south of Beale Street, in what was once a celebrity-owned blues club across from the Gibson Guitar Factory. The 5,000- s.f. club isn't huge, as dance clubs go, but there's lots of flashy lighting and an amped-up sound...  Read More



If there's a must-experience dance club in Memphis, Club 152 may just be it. With three floors of dance space, each with its own vibe, there's virtually something for every dance taste. The first floor offers either live music or DJs...  Read More



With a menu of soul food and 40-ounce beers (or set-ups), Wild Bill's holds sway as the quintessential juke joint in Memphis. But what one needs to grasp here is that Wild Bill's is truly a juke joint – and that means folks sit together at...  Read More



The first salsa club in the city, Rumba Room is a little bit of a love letter to Latin culture. There's a swanky bar area, a colorful mural, a menu full of Cuban and Latin-inspired appetizers, and a large dance area that pulses with a salsa...  Read More



This is one of those spots your mom warned you about - and is, as we say in the South, a hot mess. And that's why we love it so much! For years, Hollywood Raiford entertained Memphians in a huge old building on Vance, just south of the...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally