Virginian’s like to party. It’s a little-known secret that we’re letting out of the bag. Not only is Virginia for lovers, but dancers, too. On your visit to Virginia, when you just want to get your dance on, make sure to check out any of the following 10 dance clubs for a night of letting it all hang loose.
A Virginia Beach staple since 1967, Peabody’s Nightclub is known for the live music, good food, and its famous HAMMER TIME happy hour. Ladies night is a regular event. Peabody’s is usually 18 and up, but check the website for regular youth nights. When you’re down at the Ocean Front, you can’t do better than a night at Peabody’s.
The one and only Rainbow Cactus is an LGBTQ mecca. Billed as Virginia Beach’s Premier Gay Bar and Nightclub, the Rainbow Cactus has live performances, regular DJs, and all kinds of special events. Members of the LGBTQ community and beyond are all welcome to get their party on.
Nick’s in Old Town, Alexandria is the go-to place for live country music. Billed as “Northern Virginia’s Premiere Live All-Country Meeting Place,” Nick’s has regular live music, karaoke with DJ Heather, and offers private events. Come by for line dancing and for dance lessons. Check the website for more details.
The Colvin Run Dance Hall in Great Falls, Virginia is less of a club and more of a dance studio, but we’ve included it on the list for those who are a little less inclined to get jiggy with it. Dancers-in-training can take lessons, but dancers-extraordinaire are invited to come for the regular dance socials. Get your foxtrot on.
Fallout is a special kind of club for the alternative lover in your life. Fallout caters to those of us who feel more at home in black leather and chains than a white t-shirt. Expect heavier music here, make sure to check the website for their other events, like the self-defense class and costume contest.
Visions is a full-service restaurant and dance club, offering menus from around the world to kick off your all-night dance-a-thon. Tickets for couples can be a little pricey, but if you’re interested in a sophisticated way to celebrate a special occasion, then come see Visions for yourself.
The Clarendon Ballroom hosts events, caters, and moonlights as a nightclub. The club is in the Woolworth Building, “a historic Art Deco Moderne property that has long-anchored the streets of Clarendon.” A recent refurbishing brought back the original maple wood floors, pressed-tin ceiling, and crown molding. The rooftop pavilion offers a unique perspective of Arlington for when you’re dancing the night away.
The Rapture restaurant and nightclub offers southern cookin’ done right, with the best local ingredients. When you’re done with dinner and cocktails, check out R2, the “chic Dance Club with architectural elegance, mod furnishings, and state-of-the-art light, sound, and video.” The clientele are usually young professionals come to blow off some steam with the best local and regional DJs around.
The Breakers Sky Lounge is a restaurant and bar that also offers billiards and nightlife. It is Herndon’s go-to place for entertainment. Stop by the smoking lounge if you are so inclined before heading to the VIP room and checking out the latest, hipped local DJ on the dance floor.
Club Infuzion is 21 plus only, and offers “the most elaborate dance facility in Richmond.” The facility has three dance floors, state of the art sound and lighting, video projectors, flat screen TVs, and an outside smoking area. If you’re a VIP, you’re invited to the five elevated areas. Stop by for an infusion of awesome to any Richmond trip.