12 Places to Just Dance in Charlotte
Find your groove and dance the night away at these Queen City hot spots. Charlotte nightlife is bursting with energy, so when the sun goes down it’s no surprise revelers hit the dance clubs. Whether you like up-tempo salsa, wild EDM or laid-back beach grooves, there’s a dance floor here with your name on it.
by Dean McCain
Bakadi Lounge brings true international vibes with their regular offering of Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip-hop and Soca tracks. Hungry from all of that dancing? Fuel up on Caribbean and African food from the lounge’s menu.
Bazal brings a new concept to the Queen City as an art gallery and dance club together under one roof. One of Charlotte’s newer additions, Bazal offers a bright gallery with lounge feel upstairs, a dark mysterious nightclub downstairs, and an overall unique aesthetic sure to make your night memorable.
Neighborhood: Southwest Charlotte
Looking for a boot stompin’ good time? Look no further than Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte’s premier country nightclub. This no-frills dance hall has hosted an impressive lineup of country music legends, including Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Jason Aldean and many, many more. With live music every night and line dancing on most, Coyote Joe’s knows how to get a crowd moving.
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Petra’s Bar is a live performance space, cocktail bar and art gallery space in Plaza Midwood where guests can enjoy singer-songwriters and spoken-word artists in this small stage venue but locals know the best time to visit is for Hazy Sundays. This semi-regular daytime dance party is worth planning ahead for. Patrons are treated to rotating DJs spinning old school vinyl and playing some serious deep-cut house music. Enter from the back and claim your spot on the open-patio-turned-dance-floor for a Sunday Funday experience you’ll want to make a habit.
Located in the heart of the AvidXchange Music Factory, La Revolucion is known for being the Queen City’s top hotspot for Latin dance. Restaurant by day, La Revolucion transforms into a fiery dance floor at night, with DJs spinning your favorite Latin styles. Check the events calendar for their ever-popular Salsa and Bachata nights, special guest DJ parties and more!
Neighborhood: Southwest Charlotte
Looking to learn a new dance style like Shag, Tango or Swing? Or maybe you’re a seasoned pro ready to raise the stakes. For expert steppers, shaky beginners and every skill level in between, Lynn’s is the place to be. Lynn’s Dance Club regularly hosts themed events dedicated to a different style each night, complete with opportunities for lessons and even competition. Join the Carolina Shag Club every Thursday night for Shag lessons rotating through beginner, intermediate and advanced lesson nights.
Salud Cerveceria’s Noche Latina is a little-known party with a lot of flair. Once a month upstairs from Salud Beer Shop, a relaxed spot where patrons can pick from hundreds of bottles to enjoy in a casual environment, the temperature is turned up for a fun and energetic night of dancing. Catch Salud’s Noche Latina the third Saturday of every month, complete with free salsa and bachata lessons by local dance academy, Movimiento.
Neighborhood: South End
Resident Culture’s second location in South End is a far departure from the relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere of their flagship in Plaza Midwood. Here you’ll find the same crisp craft brews Resident Culture is known for, plus the addition of a full liquor bar and large open dance floor. Patrons can bump and grind the night away to throwback classics from the early 2000s on up to today’s hottest hits.
Looking for some serious throwback tracks? Strut your retro-lovin’ stuff at Roxbury Nightclub, Charlotte’s best 80s and 90s dance club, located in the heart of Uptown. The nightclub has two levels, walls filled with old school memorabilia and a large patio to dance the night away.
Discover what’s waiting around the corner at Tequila House, a large and winding Latin nightclub. Make your way through the up-tempo lounge area and onto the blazing dance floor where you’ll be treated to some of today’s hottest beats.
Neighborhood: Wesley Heights
The Scorpio is Charlotte’s oldest gay bar and one of the most consistent for big crowds and wild times. Guests can enjoy multiple dance floors catering to different musical styles, including a dedicated Latin room. Heads up: the venue is 18+ and cash only.
Catch some of the best EDM, hip-hop and pop music under one roof at World Nightclub. World brings Charlotte’s dance scene to a new level with a venue that feels like it belongs in Vegas. The expansive dance floor is bordered by multiple bars, an elevated VIP section that looks more runway than lounge, and a stage worthy of the internationally renowned DJs that spin here each night.