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The 10 Best Dallas Dance Clubs

Let's face it: Dallas is a hell of a city to go dancing. It may have been hurt in the past by the crackdown on raves, which flourished years ago, but a slew of young, up-and-coming dance clubs and a thriving DJ community means that there's never a shortage of places to go and get turnt, any night of the week. If anything, the hard part is figuring out which clubs are the best, but no need to worry there. We've got you covered.
10. Wits End

Wit’s end is best know as a rock club, but over the past few years it has been the spiritual home base for the drum and bass scene in Dallas. There's Two Tone crew’s Thursday residency and the occasional weekend road shows. Over the past year, they have brought legendary names like Grooverider, Dara and John B alongside the best of Dallas drum and bass talent. On the non-drum and bass side of things, infamous Dallas based techno and house promoters Soundslike throw a once-a-month rooftop party that is usually at capacity with some of the best house and techno talent in town. Throw in Edgar Blue’s hip night on Sundays and you have a diverse and popular line up of dance events taking place in the heart of Deep Ellum. Wanz Dover

2724 Elm St., Dallas,
9. Green Elephant

Although Green Elephant has gone through many changes over the years, it remains a popular spot for the SMU crowds to drink and dance. It is the definition of a college bar, but occasionally still becomes more than that. The venue has played host to key bass, house and U.K. garage parties over the years has played host to a long line of touring DJs that have gone on to international fame. Thanks to Dub Assembly, Green Elephant was the spiritual home of the old school dubstep scene way back before dubstep became blended into a slightly less adventurous EDM form playing host some of the originators of that sound. WD

5627 Dyer St., Dallas,
8. Candle Room

Opinion on this club is polarizing. So we may only state with certainty that if you belong to a particular one percent or happen to be a lucky member of the female population, Candle Room is a great place. The small and nearly hidden club off I-75 may be in Dallas, but it is oh-so L.A, exclusive and ritzy. The music is alright, but as told by a waitress a while back, "Only drunk people dance here." Not to worry; drunkenness comes easy. It's not uncommon for pretty girls to be offered a bottle of champagne upon entering, ending up with so many drinks they look like they've set up a side bar of their own. When you look over at the mystery benefactor, a suited-up gentleman merely nods discreetly with a Robert-Redford-in-Indecent-Proposal vibe. So, great for broke thirsty girls and men who want to feel like a big shot. Eva Raggio

5039 Willis Ave., Dallas,
7. Crown & Harp

Crown & Harp has gone through a major promoter change this year, bringing in Lily Taylor. Some of the residencies changed, but Crown & Harp remains one of the few dance floors open at least six nights a week. It’s small. The sound quality varies from night to night, but the curation of residences represents a wide variety of different genre niches. With nights like Nothing But Techno (gleefully self explanatory), Basshead Society, Too Fresh Productions, Disco’s Revenge, Faded DJs, Socially Correct’s Deep Inside and Global Digging, Taylor has lined up a schedule touching very facet of dance music from hip-hop to house to techno to breaks every night of the week. WD

1914 Greenville Ave., Dallas,
6. Red Light Lounge

Red Light Lounge has become the de facto destination for dance music in Deep Ellum proper. As the younger sibling to the much larger Lizard Lounge, Red Light provides a great dance floor, solid sound system and patio with a great view of the Dallas' most notable entertainment district — a neighborhood that has gone without a proper dance club for far too long. Respectable residencies like Ellumental, Movement, Panoptikon and Takeover Tuesdays have brought regular nights of house, Britpop, goth and EDM to the prime spot on Main St. becoming a go to spot in Deep Ellum to shake your shoes. WD

2911 Main St., Dallas,

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Dallas Observer Music Staff