Best Dance Clubs in San Antonio

DJ Grooves, Chart Toppin' Tunes and San Antonio Dance Moves Await You!

Steamy nights in San Antonio can be had whether it's summer or winter. Lush, balmy evenings are the perfect time to explore the dance club scene here which runs the gamut from country-western to the hits list. Grab your friends and get out there and start dancing till the morning light (or until the club closes, at least)!

For a true taste of the local dance scene, hit up Moses Rose's, a restaurant which transforms itself into one of the most popular dance clubs on the weekends. Located near the Alamo, Moses Rose's is an easy walk or scoot from many of the downtown hotels. Their DJ has developed a following over the years, so be sure to get in early, for his chart-topping dance tunes that make you feel like you'll be forever young. 

Kick up your cowboy heels at Blue Bonnet Palace, one of San Antonio's famous country-western dance clubs, that once hosted stars like Garth Brooks and Clay Walker. Still a concert venue as well, it's a fun place to meet new people, dance the two-step, and listen to live music, if you just want to sit back with a brew and relax. 


Go to Cowboys Dancehall for some boot-stomping fun and authentic live Texas music! They are located on the northeast side of San Antonio and are probably the largest and most impressive music venue in the city. Besides great music and country dancing, Cowboys sports an indoor rodeo arena where you can see live events, such as professional bull riding. You'll want to plan ahead so you can buy your tickets early because many of their concerts feature well-known artists of all genres so they sell out fast. If your shy or out of practice, be sure to take advantage of Cowboys' dance lessons.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Cowboys Dancehall provides the ultimate venue for true Texas-sized fun.

Kimberly's expert tip: Wednesday night is College Night, so bring your most daring friends to ride the mechanical bull!

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San Antonio

The Brass Monkey is a club that seems to appeal to all types, from young, old, hipsters, former ravers, the bike culture, clubbers; in other words anyone and everyone. Located on the popular St. Mary's strip, this mid-sized dance club is a fantastic place to go to with friends or even on a date. They have a nice patio section with a bar and the main room, complete with bar and sizable dance floor. Besides dancing and just generally getting your groove on, The Brass Monkey is known for putting on events such as a tribute to the music of The Smiths and Morrissey. With disco balls and often 80's music playing, this campy, fun club is everything you need to have a blast to the past. Drinks are very reasonably priced. - Mixed drinks are particularly inexpensive for this part of town. The bartenders are professional and on the ball, but as the place gets packed, you will have to wait your turn!

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: The Brass Monkey is the perfect place to get your retro groove on!

Kimberly's expert tip: They put on fun events such as 90's parties to pay homage to those "fly memories of neon fashion and party dance music." Check out their Facebook for upcoming events.

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Sparky's Pub caters to all of the LGBT community but is a favorite among professionals. It's a great place to go for a nice glass of wine after a long day. Their wine selection is impressive, and they have a little caf� attached to the bar that serves some pretty good food, including deli sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads and decadent desserts. They have a small, covered patio out front, so you can people watch to your heart's content. Another, larger private patio, is located in the back and the interior is spacious yet cozy. Sparky's Pub is a definite destination spot for a nice relaxing evening of good conversation and great drinks!

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: LGBT-friendly, Sparky's is open to everyone and has a great dance floor.

Kimberly's expert tip: They have a wine bar with snacks in the front of the venue, which makes it the perfect place to start your night out!

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Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant & Bar
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Azuca Nuevo Latino is not just a restaurant and bar, but an experience. It's a local's favorite for their happy-hour mojitos and caipirinhas. Located just south of downtown in San Antonio's arts district, Azuca offers fantastic drinks you can't find anywhere else in town in a vivid and vibrant atmosphere. Their outdoor patio makes you feel like you're vacationing in some tropical location and not only minutes from downtown. As for the food, Azuca's dishes are an exotic synergy of delicious flavors from South and Central America with Chef Rene's innovative touch. On Friday and Saturday nights, they clear the tables and turn it into a dance club with some sexy Latin beats played by a local DJ.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: If you're looking for a little Latin dance love, go to Azuca on the weekends.

Kimberly's expert tip: Azuca features the longest list of mojitos in town, from traditional to raspberry, strawberry, mango and more!

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HEAT calls themselves the #1 dance club in town. In fact, HEAT Nightclub is more than just a dance club. It is also a night time entertainment venue for San Antonio's LGBT community. The club is described as 'sprawling' and features a video room, dance area, large bar and an outdoor patio that is heated during the winter months. Open Wednesday through Saturday, you'll find entertaining shows and a talented cast of performers including the former Miss Gay USofA. They are known for offering great drink specials and are a popular place to go for eye candy. If you love watching hot guys dance, head to HEAT!

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: The HEAT is the best of the LGBT clubs in town but caters to everyone.

Kimberly's expert tip: The taco truck in the parking lot outside, which makes traditional street tacos, is the perfect place to grab a quick snack after a night of feverish dancing.

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Perhaps San Antonio's most unique dance club, the Bonham is housed in a building that is over 120 years old. The club is known for inviting everyone to come in and be whoever you are without fear of criticism. Founded back in 1981, the original owner had a dream to launch a nightclub that was welcoming to San Antonio's GLBT community. He succeeded and today The Bonham welcomes EVERYONE. The Bonham Exchange has been in business for over 30 years. This is quite a feat for any night club. Come prepared for large crowds on the weekend with a variety of popular music. There are three levels in the club and each day of the week promotes a different 'special.'

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: This historic dance club is probably the largest dance club in San Antonio and is always a great place to meet people and have fun.

Kimberly's expert tip: Although the Bonham tends to be an LGBT club, you can find just about anyone and everyone there on Saturday nights.

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Ivory Lounge
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San Antonio is a city full of casual hangouts, so it's nice to find an alternative to cheap beer at a local hole in the wall. Ivory Lounge offers that alternative with their upscale nightclub and lounge that showcases all-white decor as a backdrop to the hottest DJs, dancing and lighting effects. Ivory Lounge calls themselves San Antonio's premier Nightclub and Lounge because they specialize in VIP bottle service and also feature a full bar with signature martinis, drinks, and shots. The well-trained staff provides excellent service as you enjoy the evening surrounded by a wonderful crowd of your peers in a modern atmosphere. Some of the areas top DJ's spin a variety of today's most popular music along with stimulating visual elements. Go dancing, mingling and get entranced by a pearly white dance club as close to heaven as one can realistically get on earth.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Ivory Lounge is one of the chicest, modern dance clubs in San Antonio.

Kimberly's expert tip: Be aware that Ivory Lounge does enforce a dress code. No flip-flops or basketball shorts.

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Located on the San Antonio Riverwalk, club goers can actually use an entrance right off the Riverwalk. The Kremlin typically has a very diverse crowd that includes people in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s. Be sure to check out all levels of the club to find the right vibe for you and your friends. Each of the three levels plays a different genre of music. At the very top, the club also has a VIP room where you can cozy up to that someone special. Enclosed booths with orchestrated lighting provide an intimate setting for those who want a break from all that dancing! Do beware, the Kremlin has a dress code: no baggy pants, tennis shoes or work boots. They ask that you dress to impress, and why not?!

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: If you want to know where the local's go to get down, this is it!

Kimberly's expert tip: There are two entrances to the Kremlin - one off of the Riverwalk and one in an alleyway off of College Street.

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Just outside of San Antonio, right up IH-35 is Blue Bonnet Palace, which has a bar and two dance floors. Once upon a time, this dance hall was host to artists like Garth Brooks and Clay Walker. An indoor rodeo arena welcomes professional bull riders and rows of tables seated thirsty guests. It now has both indoor and outdoor concert stages and showcases a variety of concerts and up-and-coming bands. The music can vary so there is always something for everyone, but the club tends to cater to guests over 30. However, it can depend on who is playing that night. The club offers plenty of space to dance to your heart's content. Hang out and shoot the breeze with your friends while enjoying your favorite drinks and listening to live music. This is what Texas is all about!

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Blue Bonnet Palace is a country-western dance club with a full bar, drink specials, DJs and more!

Kimberly's expert tip: Check their website or Facebook page for details on upcoming concerts and special events.

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Moses Rose's Hideout
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This restaurant, famous for their delectable burgers for over a decade, turns into one of the most hoppin' dance clubs on Friday and Saturday nights. Go for dinner and stay for the nightlife! One of San Antonio's favorite DJs is in the house spinning a wide array of chart-toppers to move and groove too. The cover is only $5 after 10 pm. There's no doubt it's the best bang for your buck, and in the heart of the city, so a great stop along the way, if you're checking out the Alamo City scene in all its glory. Just plan to get there early, as the line can stretch all the way to the Alamo. Moses Rose's sports a full bar and features a specialty cocktail menu as well. A crowd pleaser is the Moses Candy cocktail, made with cucumber vodka, Watermelon Pucker, sweet and sour, Sprite and finished with a chamoy chile rim, which is a puro San Anto touch, as they say.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Moses Rose's is a hot spot for dancing in San Antonio on the weekends, with a fabulous DJ leading the charge.

Kimberly's expert tip: Try the brisket and bacon burger! You're going to burn off those calories anyway!

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