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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Blend Lounge

3606 B Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.812.9678
The 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. Get swept off your feet with the Mediterranean feel of Elegance and Class. You’ll find an intimate VIP Section with white contemporary leather seating positioned on the outskirts of the 5000 square-foot venue and three separate bar sections to service your every need.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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—Dallas bar and club reviews by Alanna Lee