Dance clubs in LA: The best places to dance every night of the week

We've tapped into the best dance clubs in LA at which to get your groove on every night of the week.

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Thursday

Bachata Tropical Thursday Nights

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Bachata, a slinky partner dance from the Dominican Republic, has exploded in popularity in recent years, giving salsa a run for its money and earning dedicated dance nights around town. The Granada was one of the first places to host these parties and arguably still runs the hottest. This isn't your grandparents' bachata: young adherents at the club infuse the dance with fancy footwork and even elements of hip hop for a modern/urban twist. Guys sport jeans and sneaks, while the ladies can get away with tight dresses and stilettos since the turns involved aren't too treacherous. Even beginners will find bachata accessible—and addictive.

Afro Funké

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This East African-inspired lounge is the perfect backdrop for the deeply rhythmic world music buffet on offer every Thursday. The rotating roster is like an ingathering of the African diaspora, with DJs and live music acts playing everything from Afrobeat and samba to cumbia and makossa. Translation: It's impossible not to move—the thunderous percussion invites hip-quaking abandon. Though there are certainly African expats in the mix, the patrons tend to be as diverse as the music. It all adds up to a night where "one love" seems possible (and not just a euphemism for a post-club hook up).

  1. Zanzibar 1301 5th St, at Arizona Ave
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Friday

Culture Clash

  • Free

A young, multi-cultural, Eastside-cum-Filipinotown crowd flocks to this free weekly party for the smackdown of high-energy hip hop versus sultry reggae. In the high-ceilinged back room, you can jump around to Golden Era hip hop gems and current hits (albeit no song seems to get more than 30 seconds of play from the flip-happy DJs), while in the lounge's eclectic, gothic-inspired front room (think deer antler chandeliers), couples grind to reggaeton and classic dancehall. Guys wear ball caps, ladies go faux upscale-casual, and someone's always smoking something skunky. Arrive early (pre-11pm) or you'll get stuck in a long line outside.

  1. Medusa Lounge 3211 Beverly Blvd
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Akbar Fridays

  • Free

This North African-themed Silver Lake haunt is known as an indie/hipster gay bar with straight-friendly vibes, and its dance floor is a rollicking extension of the fun, fluid mix. On a typical Friday, DJs spin everything from indie rock and techno to '80s pop, inviting bop-around-type dancing that's accessible even to newbs. Don't be surprised if you spot a dude in a bow tie busting out disco moves next to a straight couple slow dancing and a group of girlfriends gettin' jiggy in pleather shorts. Everyone's welcome, and no one's shy.

  1. Akbar 4356 West Sunset Blvd
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Saturday

Funky Sole

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This raw soul party will transport you straight to Funkytown. The DJs dig deep in their crates to bring you unique, obscure grooves from the late 1960s and early '70s (many so rare that your phone app won't even recognize them). But even if the tunes are vintage, the moves on the floor are up-to-the-minute. A critical mass of b-boys and b-girls show up to break on the funk beats, making the music seem as fresh as ever. The mood is buoyant, the dancers are gawk-worthy, and the journey's sure to funk you up.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
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The Room Saturdays

  • Free

It's tough to find the entrance to The Room, as the door is in back, through a parking lot, and down some stairs. But on Saturday nights, the effort pays off, when you enter what seems like a dark, underground, boogie-down speakeasy. There's no central dance floor; people just groove wherever they happen to park themselves in the jam-packed, oval-shaped bar, coaxed along by the contagious hip hop/R&B bangers (new and old school) courtesy of DJ Wyatt Case. The crowd of hip Westsiders is super congenial, even while they're inadvertently elbowing you in the throes of dance ecstasy.

  1. The Room Santa Monica 1323 Santa Monica Blvd
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  1. Sunday - Wednesday
  2. Thursday - Saturday

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Sara Jane
Sara Jane

I had a great time at Exchange LA for Insomniacs Event. A bit pricey but I guess most clubs are charging this much now. The drinks were well made and the line was super easy, unlike most clubs in LA. Sarah http://lalovesedm.com/nightlife

Aleksay
Aleksay

No mention of Underground... tsk, tsk..It's one of the funnest nights ever and it is every Friday in Chinatown.

 Aleksay V.
Aleksay V.

Missed by far one of the most fun events in LA's storied club history and that is Club Underground. It is a weekly Friday dance party that has been host to so many great shows and even a visit from Morrissey himself. It is the best Indie/PostPunk/Britpop night in the States. So much cuteness and zero attitude. Come on Time Out, get with the program and bring up your cool points. =P

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