Get into the Groove at Dallas' Go-To After Dark Playgrounds

Itching to let loose on the dance floor? Then you’re in luck: Whether you’re into hip hop, the two-step, West Coast swing or something in-between, Dallas dishes up plenty of places to bust a move.

Those with a discerning musical taste head to Sandaga 813, a cool and cozy spot featuring live jazz, soul, reggae, hip hop, funk, and or DJs– most days of the week. Don’t worry about checking the schedule–there’s always something going on.

If you’re looking for a sprawling, quintessential dance club, look no further Station 4, one of the city's best and biggest straight-friendly gay dance clubs offering a gloriously eclectic line-up and crowd.

Speaking of sprawling, at 30,000 square feet– Cowboys Red River is ultimate place for boot-scootin’ to live country music. Oh, and there’s even a mechanical bull to ride for those who still have some energy to spare.   

And we’re just getting started. From sexy clubs to classic honky-tonks, here's where to go when you feel like dancing the night away.

The Church/Lizard Lounge
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Housed in a former trolley car repair station in the Swiss Avenue Historic District, this legendary nightspot shares a space with the Lizard Lounge. The latter hosts national and internationally known DJ's and EDM artists (think Crystal Method...  Read More

Taboo Lounge
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It's not much to look at from the outside. In fact, don't be surprised if you drive past this Design District hot-spot without noticing it's there. Inside is a different story, though. Here, you'll find a seductive, candlelit cocktail...  Read More

Cowboys Red River
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If you've got a hankering to down ice-cold Lone Stars and two-step your way across a massive dance floor-- then this behemoth honky-tonk is for you. Not only can you do some serious boot-scootin' to live bands Wednesdays through Saturdays, but...  Read More

Sons of Hermann Hall
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Dallas has plenty of honky-tonks, but few are as authentic as this century old Deep Ellum mainstay. Originally built to house several lodges for a fraternity of German immigrants, the hall now serves as a live music venue showcasing a variety of...  Read More

Sandaga 813
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Lovers of smooth jazz 'n blues can't do much better than at this Exposition Park live music venue, which has a reputation for bringing in top-shelf talent from around the globe. Even musical heavy weights like Wynton Marsailis and Erykah Badu...  Read More

Round-Up Saloon
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This legendary Cedar Springs hotspot has been hailed as the nation's best gay country western dance hall-- and with good reason. The saloon boasts multiple themed bars, a rooftop patio and a spacious hardwood dance floor with plenty of room to...  Read More

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The Dallas suburb of Plano may have a booming restaurant scene, though it isn't exactly the place you think of when it comes to nightclub action. That is, until now. Taking over the former Brixton space in the Shops at Legacy, this bi-level club...  Read More

Beauty Bar
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For those who like to multitask, behold the Beauty Bar, a retro-themed '50s beauty salon-- where you can drink, dance and have your nails decked out at the (almost) same time. Sure it's gimmicky, with antique dome hair dryers serving as seats...  Read More

Station 4
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Easily one of the city's best and biggest gay dance clubs, Station 4 (or S4 as locals call it) boasts late-night house and hip hop madness Thursday through Sunday, plus awesome drag shows and pageants in the Rose Room upstairs. Spread across...  Read More

The Nines
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Formally the Red Light Lounge, this 3000-square-foot multi-level dance palace is one of the only places in the Deep Ellum neighborhood where you can get your fix of electro-house, EDM and other hands-in-the-air sounds supplied by some of the...  Read More


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As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene