One of the best perks of city living is the access to fantastic nightlife, including the best tiki bars in America, the toughest restaurant reservations to get in America and the best rooftop bars in America. After dining and drinking, heading to the club is a natural next step, whether you groove to classic soul or get down to more modern EDM beats. From a star DJ-studded Chicago space to a historic Hollywood hotspot, these are the best dance clubs in America.
Best dance clubs in America
Owned and operated by the same people who gave the world LIV, this two-tiered LED-explosion is a little edgier with a reputation for booking deeper, slightly more underground house acts. Nestled on the south end of Collins Avenue, Story is slightly expensive when it comes to drinks but features a pretty roomy dance floor.
Host to San Fran’s beloved sweaty Saturday Night Soul Party, this funky Mission dance club encompasses its native city’s best qualities: it’s a little bit hippie, a little bit grungy and a whole lot of fun. The well-attended soul nights, held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, feature DJs Paul Paul, Lucky and Phengren Oswald, spinning actual 45s of the best jams of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. On other weekend nights—when the club isn’t hosting live music acts, that is—look for different fun theme nights, like the This Ain’t No Disco ’80s New Wave dance party.
This five-level behemoth located inside the MGM Grand casino is Vegas glitz at its best: tacky, over-the-top and kinda irresistible. Top-tier acts regularly pack the dance floors, from Calvin Harris to Afrojack and Questlove. Wind down from the action in the chilled-out Ling Ling Club and, when the munchies strike, dip out to the Hakkasan restaurant next door, which plates excellent (though pricey) Cantonese fare.
Seattle’s not necessarily known as a club town, but its freewheeling population needs someplace to go to dance and, on many nights, Re-Bar is that place. A welcoming, no-judgment zone that attracts a lively mix of punk kids, hip hop heads, house fans of the gay, straight and everything-in-between persuasion, Re-Bar’s fun theme nights set it apart as a fantastic spot to get down. “Guilty Pleasure” nights harken back to ’90s raves; “Monster Planet” evenings screen B-horror movies in the background; and “Flammable” parties feature hot local house music DJs including Brian Lyons, Wesley Holmes and Xan Lucero.
It’s certainly no secret that gay bars are often host to some of a city’s best dance parties, and Minneapolis’ Saloon is no exception. Inclusive, low-key fun is the name of the game here: whether you’re gay, straight, man, woman or whatever, coming together on the dance floor is what the Saloon is all about. From karaoke to drag queen nights to contests and charity events, the club’s calendar is always packed: look for Sunday evening’s steamy shower contest (with a $300 grand prize); nightly DJ performances and a daylong happy hour—12 to 9pm—that features $3.50 well drinks and domestic beers.