Houston Dance Clubs


Anyone who thinks that the dance scene in Texas is limited to the two-step and line dancing would do well to remember these two things: 1) youíre wrong, and 2) stereotyping is rude. Not only has Texas stepped out of the honky-tonk dark ages, the city of Houston is running a dance scene thatís on par with some of the wildest cities around. From clubs styled after upscale Vegas lounges to clubs styled after underground New York nightclubs, the dance clubs in Houston are rich enough in variety to please just about every toe-tapping yahoo that comes through their doors. The commonplace beats of Hip Hop and Top 40 are only some of the styles of music youíll find pumping out of the speakers around here. Almost every genre of music, from old school funk to seductive techno to Euro-lounge to Salsa, has a home in Houston.
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1415

1415 California, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.7066
With an accommodating main bar, a stellar rooftop patio bar and 2 mini-bars fueling the dance party, 1415 keeps the club kids jumping and boozy in Houston with style and flair. Plus, 1415 dance club pulls in the best mix of eager clubbers that we have ever seen. Seriously, the young hipsters mix well with the ravers, groovers and wannabe poseurs with scantily clad hotties and scandalous drag queens filling out the set. Heck, if dancing's not your thing, just kick back with one of 1415's ever dangerous cocktails and take in one of the best dance party scenes Houston has to offer.

Amazonia Discoteque

11449 North Fwy., Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.260.9885
Featuring 100-percent Latino fueled nightlife, Amazonia Discoteque gets Houston's feet moving and hips swaying nearly every night of the week with live music or DJs offering up the latest in scorching salsa-style dance revelry. Patrons get dressed to the nines and strut their stuff on the dance floor at this extremely popular Houston dance club and live music venue.

Azteca's Margarita Bar and Grill

2207 Richmond, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.1702
Definitely on of Houston's top Mexican restaurants on the main floor and quickly becoming the new dance club hotspot upstairs, Azteca's Margarita Bar and Grill plays host to the longest happy hour—and probably the best deal—in all of Houston running from 11am to 10pm, seriously that's 11 hours of cheap booze for the masses featuring $2 margaritas and $1 drafts. The fare at Azteca is down right delicious traditionally authentic Mexican, but with some well done upscale twists. Upstairs the Latin fueled dance party usually starts kickin' about nine complete with DJs spinning house, hip-hop, raggaeton and anything in between with a couple of nights devoted to the Houston karaoke crowd belting out their boozy renditions.

Blanco's Bar & Grill

3406 W. Alabama, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.439.0072
A true, if tiny, Texas dance hall, Blanco's Bar and Grill in Houston gets packed every Thursday and Friday with the Stetson and boot crowd for a rowdy Texas style hoedown. Authentic Texas country gets played loud and proud at Blanco's Bar and Grill with down home brews fueling the dance club—heck, what could be more Texas than slamming a Lone Star and twirling your lady on the dance floor to some two-steppin' Texas country?

Boaka Bar

1010 Prairie, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.225.6372
See and be seen club goers cross the Iron Curtain of a century ago to get pampered like a Czar at the opulent Boaka Bar, a Russian themed Houston dance club that is anything but ordinary. The slick resident DJs keep the crowds up and moving with the latest pop and hip-hop tracks while the bartenders keep the drinks flowing over the bar. The weekends see twenty-somethings crowding the bar, dressed to impress and looking for their own private Romanoff.

Clark's

314 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.237.8220
Probably the most energetic dance club in Houston, Clark's keeps the clubbers up with pounding beats that literally assault the eardrums. Trying to get a drink at the slammed bar is like waiting for your rich uncle to pass and leave you a butt load of cash, but then again, the boozing ain't the primary focus at this Houston dance club; Clark's is all about the beats.

Club Riddims

8220 West Bellfort, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.779.0033
The reggae nation in Houston collects at Club Riddims to groove to some serious live music on the weekends and resident DJs manning the decks dropping house and hip-hop. Club Riddims also pays homage to the fairer sex with ladies night every Wednesday, but even without that added incentive this dance club gets wall to wall.

Club Ultra

108 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.222.9108
This sleek lounge and dance club in Houston caters to those willing to pay for their hipness. Club Ultra works it with three floors, each with its own dance floor and bar, full of dressed to impress clubbers grooving or kickin' it on the designer furniture. The cocktails can get a little pricey, but you've got to relish in the decadent atmosphere that Club Ultra provides. Also, they offer bottle service so you and your crew can chill in some private seating and pour til your livers content.

Drink Houston

7620 Katy Fwy., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.290.0041
Drink Houston is a three-room dance club party multiplex where the beats from one room don't interfere with the grooves of the next. The clubber set can set their sights on the main room with DJs spinning hip-hop and the latest dance tracks, the sweaty Latin beat room or the retro 80s dance room each sporting a bar that really lets the cocktails flow for your drinking pleasure.

Elvia's International

2727 Fondren, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.266.9631
Elvia's International in Houston bills itself as a restaurant and bar, but this club is the hottest Latin dance party. Serious dancers strut their stuff to live Flamenco bands and salsa which can be somewhat intimidating to the novice, but the is a respite for dance rookies because Elvia's offers dance lessons early in the evening so you can polish your skills before getting blown away on the dance floor.

Empire Club

108 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.222.9108
With three floors sporting three different, but interconnected decadent themes, the Empire Club brings a decidedly international flavor to the Houston dance club scene. Well-heeled clubbers pack this ultra-stylish club for a night of dancing that ranges from hip-hop to Latin tracks provided by some of Houston's hottest DJs manning the decks. All the patrons at the Empire club are seriously dressed to impress so take that to heart if you're heading on down or else you're going to be kickin' it with the door man outside while your crew gets their dance on at this Houston nightclub.

Escobar

2905 Travis St. Ste A, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.701.4248
Plush suede booths and throbbing beats encompass the well-heeled and flashy set that frequents the Escobar dance club. The bar serves up some stiff if expensive cocktails, but you know velvet rope styled hipness isn't free and Escobar patrons are definitely dressed for the occasion. Resident DJs provide the beats piped through the blistering sound system commanding the dance floor.

Gatsby Social Club

2540 University Blvd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.874.1310
This upscale hip-hop oriented Houston dance club gets major style points for the interior, but the Gatsby Social Club gives them right back with their hefty cocktail prices and cover charges. Still, despite the bankroll, the Gatsby Social Club gets pretty packed nightly for their special themed high-fueled dance party nights with patrons dressed to impress. Take the insider tip though and get your butt down to this Houston dance club on Tuesdays which is industry night and the cover charge drops dramatically.

Grasshopper / Red Lights

506 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.222.1442
A sleek ultra-modern downstairs at Grasshopper in Houston with itslong sweeping bar and deep booths gives way to the bumping and grinding upstairs dance club of Red Lights where the dance competition can get fierce. The cocktails at the Grasshopper nightclub can get a little pricey and the lines can get long, but that seems to be the norm at places that bill themselves as upscale lounges and dance clubs so prepare yourself accordingly.

Havana Latin Grill and Bar

818 Travis St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.222.2254
We know that nearly every dance club that's been in Houston has claimed to be "The Hot Spot," but at Havana Latin Grill and Bar they've got the cred to back it up. First, the awesome Mexican, Cuban and Caribbean inspired menu is served until 11pm so you can fuel up before you get down. Second, Havana sports three bars that serve a variety of cocktails, but the real stars are their 14 flavors of mojitos—the absolute best cocktail for hot Latin fueled nights. And last, but certainly not least, Havana turns into one of the hottest Houston dance clubs with DJs that know how to keep the crowds on their feet and shaking those hips—oh yeah, Havana is also packed nearly every night with dancers and drinkers; that's what makes you a hot spot.

Heat Bar and Lounge

908 Congress, Houston, Texas; 713.226.7210
Thursday through Saturday the twenty-something clubber set packs into Heat Bar and Lounge for some ultra-throbbing dancing and drinking. Some slick resident DJs provide the slamming beats at this Houston dance club as the crowd lounges on the plush furniture, scopes the hot go-go dancers or struts their stuff on the laser-lit dance floor. Also contained within Heat Bar and Lounge's decadent walls is a late night Hibachi grill that serves sushi and grilled snacks in case all that dancing wasted your pre-party booze food a little quickly. The main floor VIP room is by reservation only, so if you really want to look the Houston player, call ahead.

Hue

202 Tuam St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.9393
An exclusive Houston dance club for the beautiful set, Hue sets the bar high for a night out of hot clubbing and trendy chic lounging. Despite the long wait for some in line to revel in Hue's decadence, this dance club and lounge is teeming with people that look as if a limo just dropped off hoards of model search contestants, and we're not talking the B-team model search contestants. Let's face it kids, hip and cool isn't free and the heavy handed mixed drinks at Hue reflect that, but once you're inside this posh Houston dance club and lounge, you really won't care how much you're dropping on your bar tab. Not only have they created one of Houston's hottest dance club scenes, but huge props go out to Hue for getting some of Houston's hottest chick DJs to man the decks.

Hush Nightclub

15625 Katy Frwy., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.330.4874
This Houston dance club is massive hosting a hot nightclub scene on three floors with chill out spots and semi-private booth seating, Hush is a must for any hipster that's comforted by ultra-lounge decadence. Resident DJs provide slick beats to the teeming masses on the dance floor and Hush also draws in some big name special guests to pump their already frenetic vibe up a level. The owners of Hush really spared no expense—seriously they must have had a budget to rival the GDP of some small nations—when they designed this hot and hip Houston nightclub, and once you step inside, you'll see the ultimate veracity of that statement.

La Cueva Tequila Lounge

2312 Crocker St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 832.203.8574
Over 50 varieties of tequila should be enough to get you heading on down to La Cueva Tequila Lounge in Houston, but if you're one of those finicky types that needs more; here ya go. This Houston local bar and dance club features themed nights full of dancing and revelry and the spacious dance floor is always crowded with strutters putting on a show. Also, La Cueva Tequila Lounge lives up to the lounge moniker by having a few chill out couches available to park your tequila soaked butt on.

Licor Lounge

2204 Louisiana St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.654.0869
Like they stole the set pieces from some imagined live action Jetson's movie and then the packages got mixed in with some of Kubrick's visions, the Licor Lounge is definitely one of the coolest Houston dance clubs to knock back some booze in, shake your groove thing and find your own personal space jockey or jockeyette. The club itself has raised cubistic areas for dancing or sitting and the Licor Lounge thankfully doesn't just cater to one type of music—you can hear everything from hip-hop and house to pop classics and rock, basically anything that gets the crowds moving. The atmosphere and décor at this Houston nightclub really defies definition, but we gave it our best and we'll sit by the phone waiting for the Pulitzer people.

Live Sports Café

407 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.228.5483
Live Sports Café is a decent place near the ballpark to catch an Astros game or to grab one of their many drink and food specials before you head on in. This Houston sports bar also turns into a burgeoning dance club on the weekends pumping the usual dance jams over the sound system. The food at Live Sports Café is pretty good and they do sport one of the best decks to hang out on in Houston.

M Bar

402 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.222.1022
The M Bar is a posh nightclub for Houston's chicer than thou A-listers to relax, lounge, drink expensive cocktails and dance in. A seriously lavish and decidedly upscale, see and be seen dance club that looks as if it belongs in Vegas or Milan, M Bar draws the beautiful and hip to its lush seating areas to enjoy bottle service and private conversations about who knows what. But don't think that M Bar is all monied superficiality because the bartenders pour the premium cocktails fast and strong, and the DJs start the night by spinning some decent loungy vibes that drop straight into some deep funky house tracks by the time the night starts rolling.

Mantra / Club Ice

711 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.225.3500
A two-floor Houston nightclub with the Mantra lounge occupying the bottom and the thumping beats of Club Ice reigning over the top floor, this nightclub caters to a hip see-and-be-seen set that packs both floors on the weekends to wallow in some chic hospitality. Some of Houston's slickest DJs man the decks to kick out some deep soulful house down in Mantra while their upstairs counterparts keep the crowds dancing with hip-hop, funk, house and anything that gets booties shakin'.

Maxwell's Club

9255 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.661.1915
A snazzy Houston nightclub for the 25 and up set that are tired of partying with the kids, Maxwell's Club drops some old school funk over the packed main dance floor for singles getting their groove on. Maxwell's Club also has two smaller rooms that offshoot from the main with pool tables and such, but if you're at one of Houston's hottest dance clubs, what the heck are you doing shooting pool? Also, those in the know descend of Maxwell's Club every Friday for one of the best complimentary happy hour buffets around.

Next

2020 McKinney, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.221.8833
Designed after the underground, but definitely upscale nightclubs in New York, Next brings all that swanky dance and lounge decadence to Houston. This modern dance club has plenty of private VIP areas for the discerning partier each with their own themes and featuring bottle service with as little or as much privacy as you want. The main events, however, take place on Next's dance floor that is continually packed from open til close with hipsters and beautiful people grooving to the hottest spinners in Houston manning the decks behind a highly polished metal DJ booth. Those in the know are flocking to Next and you could join them, but you've got to find it first—remember, underground—so park it in the Warehouse district and follow your dance party senses, and the gaggle of people you didn't know Houston had, to this hot nightclub.

Numbers

300 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.8338
The drinks are cheap and the music is always hot at Numbers, one of the oldest—and we guess most decorated—Houston live music and dance clubs. Numbers has seriously been around forever so when we say decorated the last thing we're talking about is the décor. Some of Houston's best up and coming bands have shaken the sound system at Numbers and this live music venue has also hosted some well-repped national acts. The scene is decidedly no frills and no attitude, a place where twenty-somethings not into hip-hop bravado can relax with 50-cent beers, cranked up rock, punk, rockabilly and emo, and dance the night away.

Opus

412 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.222.6787
The well-heeled beautiful set packs into Opus nightclub in Houston on the weekends to chill out in the lounge or rev things up on the dance floor while slick DJs provide the music and the libations flow freely from Opus' multiple bars. People-watching is taken almost to an art form at this Houston dance club for both celebrity spotters peeking into the vault-like VIP lounge and voyeurs scoping out Opus' hired dancers, who do their thing above the dance floor go-go style in cages. Opus lounge and nightclub sports what you'd expect from a sleek Houston dance mecca—a hefty, but not too hefty cover charge, a dress code and premium booze at premium prices.

Pink Monkey

709 Franklin St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.227.3422
Dancing and drinking are the only two tenets that the Pink Monkey, a new and ever-packed dance club in Houston, holds dear to its little simian heart. The drinks are good and reasonable, the slick DJs always spin hot tunes for the gyrating masses and a decidedly hip set spreads across this nightclub until the wee hours of the morning.

Red Star

2606 Fannin St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.655.7827
Decked out like a luxurious palace from Czarist Russia, the Red Star is a hip lounger and dancer's paradise filled with more cool topical design than the propaganda it was inspired by. This Houston nightclub hotspot has a couple of floors, one of the coolest VIP rooms anywhere, a dance floor that never stops and a rooftop patio giving drinkers a superb view of downtown Houston. Red Star, running against other Houston lounges, offers moderately priced cocktails and plenty of them from their partying bar staff and, seriously, if dancing in a crowd to eclectic DJs is your poison, Red Star has you more than covered.

Rich's Houston

2401 San Jacinto St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.759.9606
Serious clubbers that like options when they dance flock to Rich's Houston for three different rooms spinning their own music, five bars slinging drinks like there's no tomorrow and even a few chill out spaces scattered here and there for when the dancing gets too frenetic. This huge Houston dance club is packed to the gills with twenty-somethings rocking to the stylings of local, national and international DJs featuring rap and hip-hop, house and techno.

Ruby Room

509 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.222.1033
A chill lounge and hot dance club located above the Slainte Irish Pub, the Ruby Room is a favorite weekend hangout for the young and beautiful Houston hipster set. Resident DJs keep the crowds moving on the dance floor while those into people watching or lounging teem on the Ruby Room's balcony that overlooks Main Street. Also, the upscale environs are made just that much better by the excellent cocktails served by their ever-friendly staff that keeps the Ruby Room drinkers thirsting for more.

Rumba Club

11030 Kingspoint Rd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.947.8622
The dressed to impress dance party scene is flocking to the Rumba Club in Houston to get a heavy dose of salsa and merengue. This posh Houston nightclub is decidedly upscale and gorgeously decorated with a sound system that rivals any club. Rumba Club insiders know to get there early on the weekends for some free salsa lessons to hone their skills before the dance floor gets packed.

Shadow Bar

213 Milam, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.221.5483
Houston hipsters frolic in the deep red ambient glow of Shadow Bar nightclub to be treated decadently in its loungey space. Slick resident DJs keep the dance party moving for clubbers who are always dressed to impress and this incredibly spacious, yet wholly intimate, Houston dance club hosts some slammin' special events that turn its already hot scene up a few degrees.

Sky Club

2710 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.5100
Sky Club creates a good mix of sports, DJs and dancing for the partying Houston club goers to revel away a weekend in. When there aren't sports dominating the tubes, resident spinners take over the sound system and Sky Club begins its ascent into the nightclub stratosphere. On Saturdays, a local group of traveling party promoters, known as Chamito, takes over this Houston dance club for one of the cities hottest Latin dance parties.

Soho

908 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas
This newish Houston dance club and lounge specializes in visual eye candy for its hip and trendy crowd that come in for the stiff drinks and dancing, but stay at Soho because this lounge, hidden by an entrance in the adjacent Prive Lounge, is just so kick back cool. Besides the appealing drinks, slick DJ spinners and strobing lights, Soho also releases from their shells some of Houston's burgeoning wannabe strippers on the dance floors two stage level dance poles... talk about eye candy.

South Beach

810 Pacific St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.529.7623
Houston's premier gay dance club, South Beach has a definite lock on being the hottest scene around even though they blast the gyrating club crowd with dry ice every hour in attempts to cool off the vibe. There are two very busy bars catering to the hedonistic revelers at South Beach and plenty of eye candy to keep the orbs busy including male exotic dancers and some decidedly un-PG rated video projections. Don't think, however, that because South Beach is primarily a gay club dance mecca there's not a healthy contingent of women and straights soaking up the hot scene, Saturdays especially see about a 50/50 mix.

Suede Lounge

1000 Prairie, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.227.5500
Originally a low key hipster lounge for clubbers that liked conversation over cavorting, Suede Lounge has recently become one of downtown Houston's hottest dance clubs for those that like their swankiness with an edge. By that we mean, you have to check out the cocktail staff at the Suede Lounge; more entertainers than servers, these hotties are a little risqué, dancing on the bar in their high heels and fishnets. However, that's not to say that there aren't other great aspects about this Houston nightclub; the décor is art-deco cool, the drinks flow and the crowd has that "in the know" attitude, but, umm, have you seen the cocktail waitresses at Suede Lounge?

The Roxy

5351 W. Alabama St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.850.7699
Hedonistic dance club activities abound at The Roxy in Houston that gets the dance party raucously started every night with pumped up DJ stylings and drink specials. The dance vibe at The Roxy is infectious and this spacious Houston dance club hosts some of the best theme contests around—like being on a perpetual spring break, but it's only the weekend.

TOC Bar

711 Franklin St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.224.4862
TOC Bar is a busy Houston dance club for those just getting their bar legs under them creating a raucous booze fueled party that's a freakin' blast if you have absolutely no responsibilities nagging at you in the morning. DJs spin a mix of hip-hop, dance, Latin and reggae keeping the young clubber masses dancing at TOC Bar until closing at this hot Houston nightclub.

Uropa

3302 Mercer St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.627.1132
Uropa is a hideaway Houston dance club and lounge that has a separate room to fit any and every vibe. The packed dance floor, held in command by slick DJs, often spills over into the main bar and lounge areas, but it's all good because everybody is seriously just there to have a good time: read as "no drama." The drinks are poured fast and heavy at Uropa for the hip twenty-something crowds that bring their friends, but otherwise keep this chill Houston hipster retreat to themselves.
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