Get Dance Fever at these San Antonio Hot Spots



There's no doubt about it, San Antonio is a big city with a laid back attitude! You're going to have the most fun going to dives with chill vibes. The down home bars that turn into dance clubs on the weekends can be the most fun, although there's certainly other options, from Latin to country dancing. Ready to kick up your heels?!

To start, Tucker's  is a well-known local haunt that features awesome DJ's on weekends. With great drink options and always a lively dance partner on hand, get ready to kick it old school... or new school, depending on the DJ!

You can't visit Texas without a little two-step, so put on your boots (buy some if you have to) and head to Cowboy's Dance Hall. It doesn't matter if you don't know what you're doing - someone will surely show you how it's done. Besides, after a few beers, you won't care if you were born with two left feet.

For a special date night, take your sweetheart to Azuca for some passionate Latin music that will sweep you both away!



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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 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!


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Although Gruene Hall is located outside the city limits of San Antonio, it's worth the extra gas to get to what has now become an iconic venue. Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is considered the oldest running dance hall in Texas, and the Central Texas birthplace to many famous songwriters and musicians, including George Strait, Ace in the Hole, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Hal Ketchum, Bruce and Charlie Robison, and many more. This is the place to put your boots on (or an excuse to buy some if you don't already have a pair), grab your guy or gal and head on down for an evening to remember!


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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 a 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!


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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!


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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. The bar area is separate from the restaurant, and on Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy their electrifying live music of Salsa and Merengue until your feet get tired.


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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.


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If you're looking for the best local dive in town for some cheap beer and entertaining patrons, Baramerica is your destination. Located in San Antonio's arts district, Southtown, Baramerica is frequented by artists, musicians and other interesting folks and within walking distance of some equally interesting bars. You can expect to find primarily domestic beer but at prices you haven't seen in a decade, which is why this a favorite stop for late-night partying on a budget. The jukebox and pool tables add to the cool grunge atmosphere, making this an excellent place to go after a long day of walking around the city.


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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.


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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.'


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Tucker's Kozy Korner
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Tucker's Kozy Korner is an institution and has been a part of the downtown eastside for as long as most people can remember. It's been around since the 1940s. This restaurant and bar is a local's favorite for night life revelry. Throughout the week, you can enjoy a variety of music, including jazz, blues, old school and new school DJs. It's definitely on the weekends where this cozy bar turns up the heat on the dance floor. The DJ brings the beat and you can't help but dance. Tucker's slam daqs don't hurt either! Good news is, if you work up an appetite, you can also grab some late night eats here. With a new chef at the helm, this is the spot for some serious grub, but then it's time to get back on the dance floor to work off that double burger and fries!


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