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Where to dance to disco in Melbourne

Here are the city's top spots to dance to disco. Can you dig it?

Written by
Phoebe Humphrey

We might be 50 years on from the start of the 1970s, but disco is ‘stayin alive’. It’s the dance music that made Donna Summer ‘feel love’ and got the Bee Gees ‘jive talkin’, but disco never really died in Melbourne so get your bell bottoms out. From the vinyl revival to the NGV, there is proof all across the city that groove is in fact still in the heart.

Check out where in Melbourne to listen (and dance) to disco below.

For a taste of the '20s (the 1920s that is) check out the best places to hear jazz in Melbourne.

Places to hear disco music in Melbourne

  • Bars
  • Fitzroy

Come here if you like: An unapologetic disco night in an inclusive scene .

This cabaret and cocktail bar is home to an array of queer events as well as disco. Saturday nights at the bar are regularly turned into a boogie wonderland with the party group Piu Disco taking over. The queer disco party focuses on original disco from the mid 70s to mid 80s. Don't come expecting disco cut with house or techno – this is pure and unapologetic old school disco. With free entry before 10pm, this club night books DJs with eclectic tastes that get everyone moving right from the start.

Come here if your like: Big events playing purely disco.

Burn City Disco remains dedicated to providing Melbourne with disco beats. From activewear dance sessions that make you "burn, baby, burn", the group is expanding to numerous events held across the city, particularly Brown Alley and Bourke Street Courtyard. They know the venue wants disco, the people want disco and they give them, you guessed it, disco. Keep your eyes peeled for events featuring DJs synonymous with disco-inspired music that capture the golden era.

  • Music
  • Collingwood

Come here if you like: Getting up close to some of Melbourne’s top disco acts.

The Night Cat is a Fitzroy institution that is always up for opening the dancefloor to disco. The Cat hosts a variety of disco DJs across multiple events that are always quick to fill up. With the stage being right in the middle of the venue, you can experience the likes of Evelyn Champagne King and Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir from every angle while you dance the night away.

Come here if you like: Pairing your cocktail with your music taste.

This three-level venue serves up everything from fried chicken sandwiches to photogenic monstera plants, with the first level saturated in a monochromatic blush tone. Lined with retro diner booths and a modern take on art deco furnishings, Peaches’ ceiling is filled with scattered lights and a huge disco ball that will put anyone in the mood to boogie. Here you will find a cocktail menu inspired by music genres, with one of them being disco. So order yourself a Heart of Glass and get dancing.

  • Bars
  • Melbourne
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Come here if you like: Listening to disco classics in the CBD.

Although the obscure animal decor might feel a bit "le freak", the Bourke Street mall watering hole is no stranger to 'Saturday Night Fever'. The club remains an easy spot to hear a disco classic, having hosted dance parties dedicated to the illusion of disco and even vinyl nights. Keep an eye out for the club’s events for disco specific nights.

Keep dancing till the sunrise

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