Dance the Night Away at these Atlanta Bars and Nightclubs

Discover your dance destiny in our neighborhood guide of the best spots to get your groove on.
  • The Basement is EAV's go-to destination for visceral vibes and non-stop dancing. (The Basement Facebook/Oh Snap Kid)
    The Basement is EAV's go-to destination for visceral vibes and non-stop dancing. (The Basement Facebook/Oh Snap Kid)
Hey you! What's that sound? Everybody knows it's going down in ATL. With a never-ending supply of places to pop, lock and drop it, Atlanta has always been a go-to haven for uncompromising nightlife with our dance club scene as the main attraction for rowdy revelers. From bass-heavy EDM hot spots and salsa houses to underground mosh pits and vibe-filled venues, these are the ATL destinations where you can't help but move your body.

Best Places to Dance in Downtown Atlanta

Believe Music Hall

Believe Music Hall - Best Places to Dance in Downtown Atlanta
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The Vibe: The minds behind eye-popping EDM wonderland, Imagine Music Festival, bring the same high-energy atmosphere year-round to a three-story, 15,000-square-foot cathedral. Cue bass-heavy beats, fog machines, lasers and confetti galore. 
When to Go: Hosting a who's who of live EDM DJs, Believe's weekly I <3Heart Friday's with iHeart Radio party is an excellent gateway to the vibrant venue.
Where: 181 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta, Ga. 30312

Best Places to Dance in Buckhead Atlanta

Johnny's Hideaway

Johnnys Hideaway - Best Places to Dance in Buckhead Atlanta
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The Vibe: With a reputation as cougar central and a nightclub for "Big Kids," Johnny's Hideaway is where your mom and dad go to have a good time and forget that they're actually grandparents who still know how to have a good time.
When to Go: With live music on Sundays and spinning oldies but goodies from the '50s to today, set your sights on Ladies Night Wednesdays to experience Johnny's to the fullest.
Where: 3771 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30342

 

Tongue & Groove

Tongue Groove - Best Places to Dance in Buckhead Atlanta
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The Vibe: With more than 20 years on the nightclub scene, Tongue & Groove is iconic ATL nightlife attracting a younger crowd of partygoers with its sleek interiors and musical variety from hip-hop to Latin to EDM.
When to Go: T&G is all about variety whether it's Latin Wednesdays or the weekly kickoff party Hyde Mondays, but you'll want to get the ultimate experience at the Signature Saturday party.
Where: 565 Main St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30324

 

Buckhead Saloon

Buckhead Saloon - Best Places to Dance in Buckhead Atlanta
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The Vibe: While the name may give visions of honky-tonk heaven, Buckhead Saloon ain't no wild west situation. A diverse crowd opens the doors to a high-energy dance party
When to Go: Friday Ladies Nights is a must for you and your besties to wind down the week with a night of dancing and probably shots with Wet & Wild Sundays being the crazy weekend party that will make you call in sick on Monday.
Where: 3227 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30305

 

Havana Club

Havana Club - Best Places to Dance in Buckhead Atlanta
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The Vibe: Havana Club is another ATL nightlife OG bringing a diverse assembly of patrons to live it up in one of their neon-adorned environments spinning everything from Top 40 and old school hip-hop to reggaeton and dubstep.
When to Go: It's only open on Friday and Saturday, and we're a bit more partial to the amped-up variety in musical genres Saturday has to offer.
Where: 3112 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30305
 

Best Places to Dance in East Atlanta Village

The Basement

The Basement - Best Places to Dance in East Atlanta Village
Photo courtesy The Basement Facebook

The Vibe: Whether it's mouthing the words to your favorite hip-hop, R&B and soul bangers or banging-your-head raucous rock or '80s hair bands, know you'll be crammed up against hundreds of other eager patrons ready to leave it all on the dance floor.
When to Go: We're partial to The Basement's Intowners Dance Party featuring a multifaceted mash-up of all their monthly parties rolled into one ultimate night.
Where: 1245 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30316
 

Graveyard Tavern

Graveyard Tavern - Best Places to Dance in East Atlanta Village
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The Vibe: Dive bar on the outside with an energetic dance party at its creamy center, Graveyard Tavern's curated "no genre" dance parties have been known to make the dead walk.
When to Go: Graveyard's monthly Scaryoke party is like Halloween meets karaoke every last Thursday with prizes for best costume and performance.
Where: 1245 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30316

 

Union EAV

Union EAV - Best Places to Dance in East Atlanta Village
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The Vibe: Alt POC rock, old school hip-hop DJ sets, live R&B tunes and underground rap cyphers form the heart of Union filling a niche EAV didn't even know it needed.
When to Go: Frisky Firsts dives into laid-back hip-hop DJ sets, or if mosh pits are your thing, monthly Punk Black parties bring the rock and soul.
Where: 485 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30316
 

Best Places to Dance in Little Five Points

Star Community Bar

Star Community Bar - Best Places to Dance in Little Five Points
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The Vibe: Think a dark and mysterious discotheque from the '80s but with live music pumping nightly and less big hair... occasionally. Little 5 Points' beloved Star Community Bar delivers from rock and bluegrass to jazz and R&B.
When to Go: Every Tuesday, Star Bar brings the no cover, Little 5 Points Love Dance Party playing the best in funk, disco, '80s, '90s and retro-soul.
Where: 437 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307
 

Best Places to Dance in Peachtree Hills

District Atlanta

District Atlanta - Best Places to Dance in Peachtree Hills
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The Vibe: A new kid on the block to Atlanta's thriving nightlife scene, District is a color-filled bastion of EDM, dubstep, and trip-hop sounds that wash over a sea of sweaty, party-craving millennials cooled by billowing smoke machines. It's a party.
When to Go: With new acts every week, it's players choice at District with a pick-your-own-EDM-adventure Fridays and Saturdays. 
Where: 269 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30324
 

Best Places to Dance in Old Fourth Ward

The Sound Table

The Sound Table - Best Places to Dance in Old Fourth Ward
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The Vibe: As an Edgewood nightlife mainstay, The Sound Table was one of the original ATL "club-staurants" offering brilliants eats under the enigmatic industrial vibe of an underground nightclub.
When to Go: While the recent Rum Punch Brunch has been essential to our Sunday Funday with tasty eats and hip-hop vibes, the monthly Distinctive party series every fourth Friday gives us a different theme to anticipate. 
Where: 483 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30312
 

Noni's Bar & Deli

Nonis Bar Deli - Best Places to Dance in Old Fourth Ward
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The Vibe: Your favorite Italian restaurant filled with meatballs, pasta and overloaded sandwiches, Noni's is hiding a secret. It's secretly a trippy dance cave orchestrated to the tunes of disco, retrowave, synth and trap. Don't tell anybody.
When to Go: A late night favorite, the good times go until 2:30 a.m. with weekend DJ sets unlocking the dance party achievement.
Where: 357 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30312
 

MOTHER

MOTHER Bar - Best Places to Dance in Old Fourth Ward
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The Vibe: A mix of funky art gallery and an exposed brick-adorned Brooklyn nightclub, MOTHER invites a diverse selection of patrons for late night dance parties under the glow of live performances, underground house tunes and hip-hop DJ sets.
When to Go: While most venture onto Edgewood on weekends, we're all over MOTHER's Monday dance party to get the week started right.
Where: 447 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30312
 

Best Places to Dance in Midtown Atlanta

Ravine

Ravine - Best Places to Dance in Midtown Atlanta
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The Vibe: A wood-clad, multisensory experience of light, sound and touch, Ravine is the ultimate EDM destination, bringing the big budget festival experience to Midtown weekly.
When to Go: Ravine is solely a live concert venue bringing in the top EDM acts from around the world. Go when you want your mind blown.
Where: 1021 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309
 

Koo Koo Room

Koo Koo Room - Best Places to Dance in Midtown Atlanta
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The Vibe: Post up. Take a selfie. Party. The diverse vibe of Midtown's Koo Koo Room offers something for everyone with a variety of house, hip-hop, reggae and R&B sounds sure to make you move.
When to Go: Bassment Friday at the Koo Koo Room takes the party one level down for truly underground DJ sets of deepest cuts around. Trust us; you will hear something you've never heard before.
Where: 1140 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309

 

Opera Nightclub

Opera Nightclub - Best Places to Dance in Midtown Atlanta
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The Vibe: Domed ceiling, ornate furnishings, with character on tap, Opera is an anchor in Atlanta's club scene promoting a multitude of monthly events attracting patrons of EDM, house and hip-hop. 
When to Go: Opera Fridays is a grab bag of vibes for locals and visitors with musical variety for all tastes.
Where: 1150 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309

 

Opium Nightclub

Opium Nightclub - Best Places to Dance in Midtown Atlanta
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The Vibe: Looking to mingle in Midtown under a blanket of bass-filled hip-hop and trap music? Then slide into Opium and be the central character in your own ATL movie.
When to Go: Opium Saturdays. Open bar until midnight. Nuff said.
Where: 960 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309

 

Loca Luna

Loca Luna - Best Places to Dance in Midtown Atlanta
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The Vibe: It's like taking a trip to Latin America without going through customs. Immersed in traditional cuisine, cocktails and lively Latin vibes, Loca Luna keeps things fuego in Midtown.
When to Go: Any night is a good night for live music, but you'll want to explore the culture thoroughly through dance with free salsa lessons every Wednesday.
Where: 550 C Amsterdam Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306
 

Best Places to Dance in Virginia-Highland

The Warren City Club

The Warren City Club - Best Places to Dance in Virginia-Highland
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The Vibe: Cozy country club-esque event space meets bustling nightclub on the weekends. The Warren is one of Virginia-Highlands' top party destinations bumping DJ sets including house, hip-hop and more. It's like a mullet, but cooler.
When to Go: Warren Fridays bring out a vibrant crowd of locals at the ready to display their latest dance moves.
Where: 818 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306

 

El Bar

El Bar - Best Places to Dance in Virginia-Highland
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The Vibe: Hidden behind El Ponce, El Bar is Ponce's best-kept secret. A hole in the wall with legit dance club vibes, you'll be hard pressed not to move and groove after a night at this underground hot spot.
When to Go: Fridays at El Bar takes us there. Combined with loaded margaritas and a steady stream of DJs that know what the crowd wants, it's essential ATL.
Where: 939 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306

 

MJQ Concourse

MJQ Concourse - Best Places to Dance in Virginia-Highland
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The Vibe: No pretense and iconic ATL, prepare to sweat and dance like you never have before at MJQ. A diverse variety of music offerings from rock to Top 40 and everything in between, this literal hole in the wall is an underground institution where you probably won't remember what transpired the next day. It's probably a good thing.
When to Go: We've got a thing for the timeless hip-hop vibes of Fantastic Fridays every third Friday of the month.
Where: 736 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306
 

Best Places to Dance in Westside Atlanta

Compound

Compound - Best Places to Dance in Westside Atlanta
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The Vibe: As the name states, Compound is a literal compound when it comes to clubs and stands as the most prominent hip-hop nightclub in Atlanta. It's where industry movers and shakers link up with the hottest rappers gracing the Billboard charts.Getting lit on the dance floor is required.
When to Go: Saturday night is the time to go when hip-hop moguls and trap stars turn the party up even higher when they finally arrive at 2 a.m.
Where: 1008 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30318
 

Chris Watkins is an Atlanta-based writer and photographer and serves as the voice of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (@DiscoverAtlanta) on social media. You can follow him on Instagram @christopherbw.

 

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