Dallas Dance Clubs


From red carpet clubs to country-western hangouts, the club scene in Dallas is clearly not afflicted by a shortage of places to show off on the dance floor. While dance clubs in other cities may seem limited to top 40 and hip-hop places, Dallas truly offers a style of music for every style of dancing. In true Texas fashion, there are plenty of country-western bars scattered about where line dancing and two-stepping carry on long into the night. There are also a variety of unique bars where a distinct European or Eastern European ambiance, euro-lounge DJs and sumptuous décor set the stage for slow moves and sexy drinks. Latin clubs, the newest addition to the Dallas dance club scene, are becoming incredibly popular for their classy, yet playful, atmospheres and incredible music that ranges from cumbia to merengue. Even rock & rollers have a place to slam into each other and head-bang in Dallas.
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Art Bar

2803 Main St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.939.0077
In Deep Ellum, the Art Bar is part of the Club Clearview Complex that features various nationally touring acts, local artists and Dallas bands. The Art Bar is an intimate club that invites Texas performers of all kinds—singers, songwriters, comedians, magicians and poets—to take the stage. On Friday nights the bar has a poetry slam with walk-ups welcome and Saturday nights are open mic with more walk-ups welcome. Art lines the walls and a hip Dallas crowd fills the bar. A live DJ spins dance music when other events aren't scheduled making Art Bar a great place to stop by just to see what's happening on any given night.

Buddies II

4025 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.526.0887
Dallas lesbians have found the best bar to hang out, dance and meet new people at in Buddies II. Drinks specials like one-dollar tequila shots are offered during the daily happy hour along with tons of other drink options. Buddies II is also boy friendly with a "Boys Night Out" on Thursday instead of a ladies night out. The Dallas bar in Oak Lawn also has a swimming pool during warm months, karaoke and volleyball. Saturday nights are for country music dancing but every night there is something special going on. If all else fails, Buddies II has friendly bartenders who know how to make a great martini.

Club Babalu

2910 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.953.0300
In the Uptown Dallas area, Club Babalu rocks the night with Latin music and hot bodies. A live DJ spins Salsa and merengue while men prowl between stops at the bar. At Club Babalu it feels like a Miami Latin club with the intimate dance floor and stage for those who want to show off their dancing skills. The bar makes great cocktails that are worth the price and the cocktail waitresses have amazing skill at navigating the club. Wednesday nights have free dance lessons and Sunday nights have rock en espanol but every night has great dancing.

Escapade 2001

10701 Finnell St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.654.9950
There's no better place in North Texas to dance the night away to Notenas, cumbias, duranguense and rancheras music than at Escapade 2001. The Mexican nightclub has great bartenders and a hot crowd that love to dance the night away no matter what day of the week it is. Dallas has notoriously beautiful women so it's no surprise that the dance club has a "Ladies Hottest Bikini Contest," but they also give love to the ladies by having a "Men's Best Chest Contest." Amazing drink specials—one dollar well drinks!—and superb events make the Dallas bar and club a great place to get some partying done at.

Gilley's Dallas

1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.421.2021
The original Gilley's that was in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy burned down in 1989 but was brought back to life somewhere along the line to again become one of the best country-western bar and dance clubs in Dallas. An enormous dance floor, full service restaurant and even bigger showroom make Gilley's one of the prime locations to host events. Plasma screens throughout, pool, video games and even a mechanical bull make the Dallas bar seem like a neighborhood bar magnified. Cowboys can mosey up to one of the many bars or take their cowgirl to the outside patio for a breath of fresh Texas air. Plan ahead when going to Gilley's because they host everything from country concerts to boxing tournaments.

JR's Bar & Grill

3923 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.528.1004
Old meets new—décor that is—in JR's Bar and Grill where Dallas gays and lesbians congregate to chow on pub grub and dance like there's no tomorrow. Each night has its own unique theme like Monday's "Queer Factor"—an eating contest—or the Tuesday and Thursday drag show. Pool tables and wireless internet are available for those who aren't feeling the bar vibe, but there's a lot to be felt. The multi-level Dallas bar and restaurant has plenty of places to hang out and people watch with a cocktail in hand. Regardless of orientation, the bar is a friendly place to make your neighborhood bar.

Kinki Lounge

3606 B Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.874.0400
As one of the membership-only clubs on Greenville Avenue, Kinki's Lounge makes the club worth the membership fee. Dallas elite who want to be seen or spend time out of the lay public's eye head to the lounge to mingle with upscale folks and to dance to the live DJ music. The VIP room of the club—isn't everyone a VIP already?—Taboo Room has a glass wall separating it from the rest of the club. Private valet at a separate entrance opens onto the Taboo room with its own bathroom and private bar plus leopard print rotating beds. Celebrities swing by the club to get some privacy in a Dallas club atmosphere and others enjoy the upscale atmosphere.

Kismet Lounge

3707 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.823.8883
Every night at Kismet Lounge ladies get in free to dance and drink at the bar and club. The Turkish décor of the club—supple folds of red material lining the walls lit by gold—make the relaxing lounge a classy place to sip a martini or enjoy a hookah. The weekly food, drink and hookah specials at the bar make Kismet Lounge worth a visit during the week to get away from the humdrum of downtown Dallas life. The best night for dancing is on Friday when a live DJ pumps out the tunes for Dallas singles to mingle. Try a mojito or a Turkish martini to liven up the night.

Lizard Lounge

2424 Swiss Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.826.4768
As one of the alternative clubs in Dallas, the Lizard Lounge has several nights that draw in rockers and Goths to see bands or dance the night away. The full bar slings drinks in the red and black club to hoards of people trying to dance and get their drink on. Friday and Saturday nights have electronic music spun by Dallas and international DJs while Thursday and Sundays have "The Church with neo-goth, industrial and electro. Special bands and DJs play at the bar occasionally to mix up the glamorous club's line-up. The name doesn't really do the Lizard Lounge justice to what's in side, so you'll just have to see for yourself.

Nine 7 Two

5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 410, Dallas, TX; Tel. 972.788.1928
Exuding sexiness, Nine 7 Two has red padded walls and black leather couches adorned with beautiful Dallas people. Becoming a karaoke bar on Monday nights, the beauties get up to sing their favorite songs and to kick the week off at the bar. Every other night brings in Dallas area DJs to spin everything from old school and urban to Latin and pop. The bar has nightly specials and offers complimentary valet for unescorted ladies—how gentlemanly of them. The bar gets packed with good looking Dallas singles ready to mingle, so the earlier the arrival, the better the choices around the bar.

Nine 7 Two

5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 410, Dallas, TX; Tel. 972.788.1928
Exuding sexiness, Nine 7 Two has red padded walls and black leather couches adorned with beautiful Dallas people. Becoming a karaoke bar on Monday nights, the beauties get up to sing their favorite songs and to kick the week off at the bar. Every other night brings in Dallas area DJs to spin everything from old school and urban to Latin and pop. The bar has nightly specials and offers complimentary valet for unescorted ladies—how gentlemanly of them. The bar gets packed with good looking Dallas singles ready to mingle, so the earlier the arrival, the better the choices around the bar.

Palm Beach Reggae Club

2816 Main St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.742.4743
All reggae music and Caribbean food make the Palm Beach Reggae Club a unique dance club and bar in Dallas. Local Dallas and international reggae artists and DJs perform at the club inducing dancing for all ages of customers. On the bar menu, appetizers like Rasta Fries—fried vegetable sticks—and specialty cocktails like the Palm Beach keep those at the club full and happy. Straw and palm trees decorate the bar while murals of Bob Marley are throughout the Reggae Club. Get away from the hip-hop music most Dallas nightclubs play and enjoy a Red Stripe at Palm Beach Reggae Club.

Round-Up Saloon

3912 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.522.9611
Six different themed bar areas have been rounded up to make up the gay and lesbian friendly Round-Up Saloon. Victorian décor makes the daytime Parlor Bar a comfortable place to sip one of the 25 martinis on the menu or stick around into the night when the Parlor becomes a karaoke bar Sunday through Thursday nights. Real Dallas cowboys saunter to the Tool Shed Bar that features two full bar stations and authentic Western tool shed decorations. The bar connects to the covered Chute 5 Patio Bar with several pool tables and video screens plus free peanuts! Chute 5 is a nice break from the other higher energy bars like the Lonestar Bar in the main dance hall, The Horseshoe Bar—shaped like a horseshoe—and the Tequila Shack with over 40 premium tequilas. The hottest gay cowboys in Dallas converge at the Round-Up Saloon, so hop into those leather chaps and giddy up.

Shade

2114 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.828.9889
Before the sun sets and the night gets started at Shade, it might be mistaken for a sports bar with well dressed businesspeople, but it soon becomes clear that when the party needs to get started, the clubbers at this bar know how to do it right. Dallas professionals and party animals converge over martinis and beer bottles for the hottest Dallas DJs spinning trance, hip-hop and club music all night long. The beautiful women are on the dance floor not lounging at the bar which means the men better be prepared to get down. Each night features a new DJ and theme for Dallas locals to keep their club nights fresh. Shade accommodates all kinds of people who want to dance, drink and have a good time.

Suede Bar & Grill

2008 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.828.1144
Unfortunately, despite what the name may denote, the Suede Bar and Grill doesn't mean that it's full of cowboys and cowgirls in suede chaps. Instead the suede in this Greenville bar and grill is the curtains that open onto the club. A DJ spinning hot dance and party music looks over the dance floor of attractive Dallas singles dancing and mingling over martinis. Other suede furniture like a bench running the length of the room balance the copper-colored metal bar that adds an ultra-modern vibe. Including even more dead animals into the mix—because the huge curtains and upholstery wasn't enough—several mounted animal heads.

TePheJez

2226 Elm St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 469.916.3703
A nighttime hot spot in Dallas, TePheJez (pronounced something like "Ta-fee-geeze") is a energetic dance club frequented by Dallas African-Americans among others. A live DJ spins some of the best R&B and hip-hop in Dallas to the upstairs dance floor while those looking for a different type of dance stay downstairs for live jazz. Classy lounge areas allow singles to mingle in the intimate club or couples to have a good time. Conveniently located between Deep Ellum and Club Blue, TePheJez is a great bar to hang out at and sip a martini or dance the night away in Dallas.

The Beagle

1806 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.824.8767
Two levels plus an outside rooftop patio at The Beagle allow for plenty of room to gallivant when it's not too crowded. The first floor offers a sports bar atmosphere with a full bar, TV screens, dartboards, foosball and a pool table to keep Dallas sports fans happy. Up the stairs on the next level there are seven more pool tables, another bar and a VIP lounge to kick it. To enjoy the downtown Dallas night air and a great view, the rooftop patio is the place to get a breath of fresh air. Before the bar gets packed with party people and sports fans, The Beagle offers a menu with appetizers, pizza, burgers and other bar food from hot off the grill. Happy hour is the best time to stop by and keep your wallet full.

Whisky Bar

1930 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.828.0188
Attractive women—and the businessmen they flock to the Whisky Bar for—stand in a smoky fog created by the heavy cigars being puffed on around the bar here. Other than the purple haze floating around, there is usually a DJ spinning great party music. The bar offers some drink specials during happy hour and special events throughout the week that keep Dallas locals coming back. Drinkers who enjoy the drink specials a little too much can get a bite to eat for only two bucks Wednesday through Saturday. Even without food and drink specials that only require shelling out a few dollars, the Whisky Bar is a sure fire way to enjoy the night in Dallas.

Zephyrs Patio Lounge

5628 Sears St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.826.8882
A moody dance area and sultry lounge area make Zephyrs Patio Lounge one Dallas bar that club lovers must see. The lounge provides more concealed conversation spots and the ability to watch the other people in the club. Different dance music is played throughout the week with drum and bass on Tuesdays, the best of the '80s on Thursday and the weekend brings with it the best of dance, top 40s and party favorites. Dallas dancers and club goers will love the drink specials at the bar with one-dollar well drinks from 9pm to 11pm. This is club to get your dance on any night out in Dallas.

Zubar

2012 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.887.0071
Thanks to supporting up and coming acts as well as local Dallas music, Zubar has earned a reputation in Dallas as one of the top places to go for live DJ music. World famous DJs and local acts keep the music at the bar and lounge fresh for the crowds that fill the warm space. Two full bars and a patio out front make plenty of great locations to enjoy a drink and the company of friends in Dallas. Vaulted ceilings, a polished concrete floor and stylish décor make Zubar a Dallas hot spot for attractive men and woman to dance the night away.
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—Dallas bar and club reviews by Alanna Lee