10 best places to get your groove on in Dallas

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8. VNYL
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By Ilene Jacobs, Dallas Local Expert

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 Dancehall 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 intimate clubs to classic honky-tonks, here's where to go when you feel like dancing the night away.

10. High & Tight Barbershop
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This vintage barbershop in Deep Ellum offers haircuts by day and hair-raising libations by night in a cozy, prohibition-inspired lounge hidden in the back. And while the shop itself closes at 9 p.m. (11 p.m. on weekends), the bar keeps hopping until the early hours with free live music and dancing (think funk and jazz) plus some seriously delicious cocktails. Speaking of cocktails, the booze menu features everything from creative concoctions and prohibition-era classics to potent vapor shots that are inhaled through a straw. If you're looking for a cool, chill vibe and don't mind dancing elbow-to-elbow on the dance floor, this is your spot.

9. The Clover Club
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Dinner with a side of live music and dancing is what's going down at this swanky, 1960s-style supper club by local cocktail wizard Eddie Campbell, who also owns neighboring Uptown bars, Parliament and The Standard Pour. Expect to swing to Big Band tunes and Motown while dining on everything from lobster pot stickers to grilled quail and ribeye steaks. Reservations for tables to view the show require the purchase of an entree, though guests can also enjoy the entertainment from the bar. For something more casual, there's a rooftop lounge offering cocktails with a view.

8. VNYL
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Located in the Dallas suburb of Plano, this bi-level club boasts a swanky décor, bottle service in a VIP area and a high-energy dance party every Friday and Saturday night. Expect to find a state-of-the-art lights and sound system plus a revolving door of top local and national DJs spinning everything from EDM to hip hop. Also expect to find a variety of champagne selections, craft cocktails, and drinks offered by the pitcher and on tap. Best of all, there's not a charge to reserve a VIP table and there's never a cover to get in.

7. 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 heavyweights like Wynton Marsalis and Erykah Badu have played here. And Sandaga's roster of performers reads like a list of who's who on the local music scene, where regulars include Grammy Award-nominated artists, Shelly Carroll and Brad Leali. Not a fan of jazz? No problem, the club also brings in DJs that spin everything from hip-hop and house to R&B and reggae.

6. Sons of Hermann Hall
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Originally built as a fraternal lodge over a century ago, Sons of Hermann Hall now serves as a dance hall and live music venue, hosting everything from folk, country and blues to alternative pop and reggae every Friday and Saturday night. In addition to concerts, the Hall features an array of events during the week, including Wednesday night swing classes and a Thursday acoustic campfire jam. When you're ready for a breather, head to the bar downstairs where a jukebox, pool table and shuffleboard provide a nice diversion. Just be sure to keep an eye out for ghost sightings, this place is supposedly haunted.

5. 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 boot-scoot and disco dance the night away. It also cranks out a roster of weekly events, from drag shows to karaoke to dance parties. Speaking of dancing, if you need to tone-up your two-step, they offer free dance lessons Mondays through Thursdays every week. Did we mention the daily drink specials?

4. 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 on Friday and Saturday nights, while The Church caters to the alternative scene on Sunday nights. Laid out across five separate lounges, the club features multiple dance floors and 2 different DJs offering an eclectic lineup of music that spans everything from neo-gothic, industrial, electro and dark house in the main room to 80's retro and classic church tracks in the video bar. The best part? The club stays open until 4 am.

3. Cowboys Dancehall Dallas
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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 you can also cowboy up with everything from mechanical bull riding to games of Texas Hold 'Em, Blackjack and Craps. And if that doesn't get your toes a-tappin'--then free dance lessons, ladies' nights and the $3 drink specials certainly will. For an authentic country experience without having to get your boots dusty, this place is the real deal.

2. Station 4
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Arguably one of the city's best and biggest gay dance clubs, this cavernous, multilevel nightspot boasts an amazing sound and lighting system, not to mention an expansive dance floor in which to let it all hang out. When you're ready for a break, you can head to an outdoor balcony for a breather or watch all the action from a VIP lounge above. Cutting-edge DJs and a host of regular events, from gay bingo to costume contests, make Station 4 a perennially popular place for a mostly gay (and young) crowd, but it's just as welcoming to anyone who's looking for a good time. Not-to-be-missed are the award-winning drag shows that take place Thursday through Sunday evenings in the Rose Room upstairs.

1. The Nines
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Deep Ellum offers plenty of places to listen to music, but this two-level dance palace is one of the only places in the neighborhood dedicated solely for dancing to it. And there's plenty of area to do just that. Here, you'll find a lower level complete with two bars, a cozy lounge, a dance floor and some of the city's top DJs spinning everything from '80s hits to EDM. When you feel like coming up for air, take the back stairway to the rooftop terrace where you can enjoy more music with prime views of Deep Ellum. Keep an eye out for offbeat entertainment like costume parties, burlesque shows and aerial performances.