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The 20 Best Places to Go Dancing in San Antonio 

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If you totally felt when the woman outside the bar in the Selena movie said, "queremos bailar!" then you're not alone. Whether you're all about two-stepping, salsa or club music, here's some solid spots for when you just want to shake your moneymaker.
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Hi-Tones
621 E Dewey Pl, hitonessa.com
At the bottom of the St. Mary’s Strip you’ll find the revered Hi-Tones. As a spot known for pickle shots, it should come at no surprise that this is a spot for you to shake your ass. A live music bar, this beloved club brings a variet of acts – from rockabilly and punk to Latin fusion. Whether you start here or end up here, Hi-Tones is a dancing spot not to be missed.
Photo via Instagram / skylinedronetx
Midnight Rodeo
12260 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 655-0040, midnightrodeosanantonio.com
We’ll be the first to admit that Cowboys isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (or pint of beer) when it comes to a dancing spot for country lovers. As an alternative, there’s always Midnight Rodeo. The big Ds are all here: DJs, drinks and, most importantly, dancing. The racetrack-style dance floor will be hard to leave once you visit.
Photo via Instagram / zachary_french_
Shenanygans II
8827 TX-151 #106, (210) 257-9726, facebook.com/shenanygans2
Though not the biggest dance floor, drinkers over at this Westover Hills-area watering hole pack it in on the weekends. Cool off with a game of pool or out on the patio, but be sure to bump and grind on the dance floor – especially on the weekends.
Photo via Instagram / latinnationmedia
HEAT Nightclub
1500 N Main Ave, (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com
Though you might enjoy watching other people dance (especially during drag shows), shaking your ass over at HEAT makes for a hella fun night on the Main Strip. A staple in the LGBTQ nightlife scene, HEAT keeps it stylish with multiple bars, DJs, a video lounge and a patio. Think of the drink specials as the cherry on top.
Photo via Instagram / natetenneyphotos
Cowboys Dancehall
3030 NE Interstate 410 Loop, (210) 646-9378, cowboysdancehall.com
For all things country and the occasional Tejano band, Cowboys is the place to be if you’re 1) in college or 2) love two-stepping. You can even take dance lessons here if you’d like, but no matter what you’re familiarity, you’re bound to have fun all night long.
Photo via Instagram / cowboysdancehallsa
Cooter Brown’s Saloon
11881 Bandera Rd, Helotes, (210) 695-5200, cooterbrownssaloon-tx.com
If you’ve yet to visit Cooter Brown’s, this Helotes spot is worth the drive if you want to dance but want something slightly more laid-back. Western-themed decorations pair with the massive dance floor, which lets you enjoy nightly entertainment.
Photo via Instagram / kat.witwicky
John T. Floore’s Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes, (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com
A (quick) drive out to Helotes is well-worth a few hours of dancing at Floore’s. Packed with plenty of history, this honky-tonk is perfect for true country lovers that care more about the music than the dancing. But, it’s still hell of a spot for showing off your moves. There’s also a barbecue cafe and bar, so hanging here is time well-spent.
Photo via Instagram / ljean.1
Gruene Hall
1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com
Sure, this one is a bit more of a drive, being in New Braunfels and all, but it is also an institution in its own right. Take a daytrip to this hub of German culture and be amazed by the beauty of this 19th century dance hall. Expect a mixture of country, Americana and blues to be blasting, and be prepared to dance the night away.
Photo via Instagram / airbnbtexas
Brass Monkey
2702 N St Mary's St, (210) 480-4722, facebook.com/BrassMonkeyTX
If you have yet to hit up Brass Monkey, what is you doing?! Serious, for a hella fun night that’ll have you feeling necio/a, go out to this prize St. Mary’s Strip spot and drop it like it’s hot to some throwback tunes. The drink specials will have you feeling good, so go on with ya bad self.
Photo via Instagram / toddtarble
The Well
5539 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 877-9099, thewellsanantonio.com
Expect a big college crowd (it’s in UTSA’s backyard), but if you don’t mind you’ll get to enjoy Southern fare, a full bar and dancing in the evenings. With a space for dancing in and outside (this place is huge!), you can hang out here all night and be living the good life.
Photo via Instagram / chadcookeband
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Arjons International Club
8736 Tesoro Dr, (210) 804-1419, facebook.com/arjonclub
Do your hips not lie? Then you’re gonna love Arjons. With all types of Latin music at the helm – from salsa and merengue to cumbia and bachata – there’s plenty of types of beats for you to shake your hips to. Grab a partner (or be flirty and find one there) and head on out to the dance floor at this sexy club.
Photo via Instagram / https://www.instagram.com/latinnationmedia/
Bonham Exchange
411 Bonham, (210) 224-9219, bonhamexchange.com
There’s plenty in store for you over at the Bonham, including the prime place to dance your ass off. The three-story club has DJs on every level, letting you literally choose what type of music you want to get down to. With drag shows that make this spot extremely LGBTQ-friendly, the Bonham Exchange is super accessible to all kinds of partiers. But if you’re a little bit ratchet, you’re especially bound to love this place.
Photo via Instagram / deann30
Babio’s Night Club
527 W Hildebrand Ave, (210) 409-7245, facebook.com/babiosedd
Perfect for a girls’ night out, Babio’s is all about living your best life and dancing the night away to prove it. A favorite in the LGBTQ community, complete with drag shows, this ritzy bar has decor that’ll have you feeling like you’re in Manhattan sipping on a Cosmopolitan. With catchy music, decent drink specials and the posh aesthetic, this might just be your new spot if it isn’t already.
Photo via Instagram / bfodah57
Luna
6740 San Pedro Ave, lunalive.com
Sexy vibes can be found at Luna, which brings in a variety of live music, from Americana to funk. Perfect for a date night, this dimly-lit drinking spot is cozy enough to post up for the night with cocktails to sip on between bouts of bumping and grinding.
Photo via Instagram / carlalaceyhulcy
Thirsty Horse Saloon
2335 NW Military Hwy, (210) 348-1513, thirstyhorse.net
If you love country and all things western but aren’t a fan of DJs, this is your spot. With plenty of live music from up-and-coming bands, you’ll be supporting local musicians and have plenty of fun. It’s a win-win, y’all.
Photo via Instagram / therealdjocean
Wax Club Lounge
2211 San Pedro Ave, (210) 737-9191, facebook.com/WaxClubLounge
With dance parties for pretty much any type of event, you can bet on Wax Club being the place to go when you want to move your hips. Whether you want to dance from beginning to end, or need to take some breaks and end up people-watching, Wax Club all but guarantees a fun night out on the town. This San Pedro lounge is open to everyone, but be warned that the sexy dress code is enforced.
Photo via Instagram / thewavecharlie
Jack Rabbit
6322 San Pedro Ave, (210) 847-9488
With plenty of themed nights and fun events, this San Pedro dance spot is all about you having a good ass time. From drink specials to genre nights (we know y’all are all about the ‘80s), Jack Rabbit lets you get ratchet without feeling ratchet.
Photo via Instagram / sdgmitchell
Davenport Lounge
203 N Presa St, (210) 224-5635, davenportloungesa.com
With live music every night, it’s pretty clear that Davenport is a place to appreciate the tunes and let it run through your body. Local acts take the stage, so go out to support and unwind on the dance floor.
Photo via Instagram / hinescb
Industry
8021 Pinebrook Dr, (210) 374-2765, industry1984.com
For a dance club that lets you get down but doesn’t feel too overwhelming, Industry is defintely worth trying out. There’s always a DJ here, playing a variety from retro to indie electro. Whatever’s playing, Industry will keep you dropping it low and getting boozy with the drink specials there.
Photo via Instagram / annamaltx
Ivory Lounge
5152 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 340-4879, ivoryloungesa.com
You’ve heard all of the radio ads for Ivory Lounge. Most San Antonians either love or hate this place. All we’re gonna say is that this is a place to dance. The owner will most definitely clapback at you if you leave a bad review online. But if all you care about is dancing and having cheap drinks, you’re good at Ivory Lounge.
Photo via Instagram / djlightsout10
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Hi-Tones
621 E Dewey Pl, hitonessa.com
At the bottom of the St. Mary’s Strip you’ll find the revered Hi-Tones. As a spot known for pickle shots, it should come at no surprise that this is a spot for you to shake your ass. A live music bar, this beloved club brings a variet of acts – from rockabilly and punk to Latin fusion. Whether you start here or end up here, Hi-Tones is a dancing spot not to be missed.
Photo via Instagram / skylinedronetx

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