St. Louis locals know how to get down on the dance floor, and this vibrant city offers numerous booty-shaking dance clubs that keep it going all night long. The various dance clubs in St. Louis feature diverse genres of music to keep patrons of all kinds happy. Club Buca in the downtown loft district is the best place in St. Louis to go for the top R&B, hip-hop and rap. When in the central west end of St. Louis, Club Viva offers some of the best Latin dancing in the area. The St. Louis area is also home to several gay and lesbian dance clubs. Attitudes caters mostly to the St. Louis lesbian crowd, but gay and straight locals also frequent this popular bar and dance club. Bubby & Sissy's, an open-minded all-inclusive St. Louis club, features one of the best drag shows in the Midwest, along with Jell-O shots and great music. Whatever kind of dance club or dancing you're in to, St. Louis has it.
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621 Westport Plaza Dr., St. Louis; Tel. 314.205.8508
DJs at America's Pub are there to play top hits, mixes and entertain the crowd as well, something that doesn't happen at other clubs. At St. Louis' Westport Plaza, when the businesspeople leave, the club crowd comes in. Live music on the patio is a blast when weather is warm, but even when club people have to stay indoors there is plenty of entertainment from the DJs, over 50 TV screens and beer pong tables. Wednesday is ladies night at America's Pub and there are drink specials every night of the week. Every night is a party at this bar.
4100 Manchester Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.534.3858
Geared mostly toward a lesbian clientele, gay and straights are also welcome to this St. Louis bar. The club is sectioned off for a café, bar and dance area which makes it convenient to wander around to scope out the crowd without anyone knowing. Each night features a different activity from darts and pool to karaoke and country line dancing. St. Louis gays and lesbians come every night to enjoy the live DJ spinning great dance music after all the events end in the early evening. The drinks taste good and are strong at the same time, plus there's a cage to dance in. Those two things might not seem to go together, but give the drinks a try and it will make sense.
Baha Rock Club
305 N. Main St., St. Charles; Tel. 636.949.0466
Worth the drive from St. Louis, the Baha Rock Club is a killer venue to catch live shows from great rock bands. Downtown St. Charles is an unlikely location for the bar and club but nonetheless the Baha is packed every night. When bands aren't rocking the house at the club, DJs and karaoke still draw crowds of people eager to get down and croon a popular tune. Up and coming local bands play every week at the Baha Rock Club, so see them early and be able to say you knew them back at the Baha.
Bubby & Sissy's
602 Belle St., Alton; Tel. 618.465.4775
Bubby & Sissy's welcomes everyone through their doors with a completely open mind. The gay bar and dance club has one of the best drag shows in the Midwest on Friday and Saturday nights at its location right outside St. Louis. Each night has a different event going on at Bubby & Sissy's dance club but there are some staples customers can find every night. Jell-o shots, good music and friendly people are ever-present at the bar in a historic building in downtown Alton. The back patio is beautiful and worth the visit.
707 Clamorgan Aly, St. Louis; Tel. 314.231.2822
The downtown loft district of St. Louis is the number one place to go to in the city for a great nightlife. With the center of attention on Club Buca, they offer a night of drinking and dancing in the Laclede's Landing area. DJs spinning R&B, hip-hop, rap and even some good ol' rock 'n roll pulling everyone to the dance floor to bump and grind. If the dance floor isn't your thing, ladies are allowed to get up on the bar and shake their moneymakers to the cheers of the crowd. The St. Louis treatment for the ladies doesn't stop at letting them dance on the bar, Club Buca also has a ladies night and drink specials to draw everyone to the dance club. Those who want to get a little closer can wander to Club Buca's lounge area and grab a couch to get comfy or head to the outside patio and take in the St. Louis night air.
813 N. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis; Tel. 314.361.7857
Open seven nights a week, Club Elite is an ideal place to rent out for a party. When it's not rented out, the club is for a 30s and over St. Louis crowd looking to dance and drink. The lounge also serves up bar food for dancers who have worked up an appetite. Every Saturday night DJ Slick Rick spins hip-hop and R&B to the attractive crowd who keeps coming back.
526 E. Broadway, East St. Louis; Tel. 618.875.1623
Party people who are looking to dance all night long won't have to look past East St. Louis for a dance club that can quench their urge to boogie. Club Illusion usually has a middle twenty-something crowd up on the dance floor and at the bar. The dance club also has plenty of places to just hang out and relax or even find a little corner to get closer with that special lady or guy. The drinks are potent and the service is good at Club Illusion, plus you don't have to deal with the underage and barely-legal crowd.
200 S. Front St., East St. Louis; Tel. 618.874.5000
In the Casino Queen Hotel & Casino, Club Sevens offers entertainment for gamblers and locals every night of the week. East St. Louis bar crowds can fulfill their need to sing every Friday night at the bar with karaoke offered the whole night. Other events fill up the rest of the evenings and make Club Seven a fun bar all the time. The best part is there's no cover so even after going broke at the Casino Queen gamblers can still get in.
408 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.361.0322
In a space that used to be Churchill's in the Central West End of St. Louis, Club Viva dance club has now taken over featuring some of the best Latin dancing in all of St. Louis. A mature crowd usually fills the club that promotes multiculturalism and community along with music and dance in St. Louis. Specialty drinks and appetizers are served to those who need to take a break from dancing. Club Viva also boasts the only correctly made mojito in all of St. Louis, Missouri, a must try cocktail.
3515 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 3134.772.2645
The Complex is one of the most popular gay bars in St. Louis and has a prime location in the downtown loft district. A large dance floor attracts crowds who want to get down to the beats as a live DJ spins. The Complex also offers a game room for breaks in between dancing or people who aren't interested in working up a sweat. The St. Louis club offers five bars so even on the busiest nights everyone can still get a drink, and if just liquids aren't doing the trick, they also offer a menu for both lunch and dinner. The Complex also has a long list of special events often involving drag queens, dancing and music. All of which are too good to resist.
3207 Washington Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.533.4556
Three floors at Dreams nightclub are more than enough room to entertain St. Louis locals and out of town folks all in the same building. Dreams offers a chic lounge atmosphere for people to get a drink from the bar and listen to poets recite thoughts from their innermost souls or comedians bust the room up. Most often the club is filled with dancing while music from hip-hop to jazz is played. The age of the crowds change with the days of the week including a 30 and up night on Thursdays. Any way it's cut though, Dreams offers a good time in St. Louis.
Faces on Fourth Street
132 Collinsville Ave., East St. Louis; Tel. 618.271.7410
Easily one of the best gay bars on this side of St. Louis, Faces on Fourth Street offers three floors with four different environments. Down in the basement, a cruise bar for men only gives the guys a chance to meet one another without other distractions. Cherry is also in the basement and is open to men and women who want a bite to eat from the grill, coffee or one of the specialty liquors. The other two floors in this St. Louis gay bar are individually devoted to a dance floor and drag cabaret. For straights and gays who go for the drag show cabaret, take note the "female illusionists" only perform Friday nights. Faces on Fourth Street is worth the drive from St. Louis at the very least for the dancing and caged boys.
Fast Eddie's Bon-Air
1530 E. 4th St., Alton; Tel. 618.462.5532
Outside of St. Louis, Fast Eddie's Bon-Air is well worth the drive. The bar and grill style restaurant serves up only seven items, but half the menu is only 99 cents! Get a burger, fries or bratwurst for under a dollar, or get the peel-and-eat shrimp for 29 cents. That's unbeatable anywhere else in the St. Louis area. Fast Eddie's Bon-Air—that's with an 'ie' not Eddy—is the top volume bar in the world. The bar has over 400 chairs that live bands perform Thursdays through Sundays. Bands are local St. Louis bands or touring outfits from all over the nation. Get to Fast Eddie's Bon-Air quick because it's no average bar, it fills up faster than Eddie can blink.
700 N. 2nd St., St. Louis; Tel. 314.241.2008
With over 50 locations nationwide and a few in other party locations, the Mardi Gras themed Fat Tuesday bars must be doing something right. In St. Louis, Fat Tuesday on Laclede's Landing is the one and only spot to go for amazing frozen daiquiris and even the yardarm beers. Even New Orleans would be proud of the high ceiling, brick walls and DJ music that makes the crowd go wild. The St. Louis Fat Tuesday offers many specialty drinks—Banana Banshee or Redneck Lemonade—for those not looking to carry around a huge plastic souvenir cup. A word to the wise: don't try and drink a yard of daiquiri if you want to survive.
1204 Washington Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.436.8676
All the St. Louis party people know that the downtown loft district is the place to go for the hot club scene, and that's right where the Formula is located. The club's "formula" for fun has everything a good club needs to be enjoyable. A good atmosphere, well-made drinks, fantastic music by hot DJs and partying until 3am make the Formula a premier party place in St. Louis. Hip-hop, top 40, house, funk, even rock keep the dance club hopping all night long.
4112 Manchester Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.371.1333
The gay bars have taken over an area in St. Louis known as "The Grove" or Forest Park Southeast and Freddie's bar is an anchor of this area. The gay bar packs its weekly schedule with a variety of events from "Homo Bingo" to dance nights with show tunes or retro music. They have two nights of karaoke that are popular with St. Louis gays and the best part of Freddie's is the amazing drink specials. One of the best happy hours in this part of St. Louis, Freddie's has fabulous mixed drinks and cheap beer all night long. Men looking for all the good looking guys in St. Louis only have to go to Freddie's Bar to find them.
1551 S. 7th St., St. Louis; Tel. 314.621.2181
With one of the nicest sound systems in St. Louis, the Lafayette Pub knows how to make a party happen. A DJ spins hip-hop, top 40, house and more every night to keep the crowd dancing as a light show goes with the beat of the music. Happy hour in the Lafayette Pub offers fabulous deals on food and drinks after serving lunch and before dinner. For those who aren't into dancing, video games and TVs can keep the pub wild enough if a good St. Louis Rams or Cardinals game is on. The bar offers several beers, wine and liquors to take care of every thirst. If the pub and dance club still aren't doing it, the Lafayette Pub also offers a lounge with dim lighting and a more relaxed atmosphere. This hopping St. Louis bar and restaurant has every base covered and promises a fun and exciting evening.
3506 Hampton Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.352.5566
Live bands and DJs are the source of music for the dancing at Malle's. The St. Louis dance club has a full bar and offers all kinds of music throughout the week from folk to rock. The bar is a great place to meet singles or to go with friends and enjoy a show and some dancing. The drinks are cheap and there's always a good time to be had at Malle's.
16 N. Meramec, Calyton; Tel. 314.863.7888
Possibly the best sushi in St. Louis, Miso wows all their diners with fresh and tasty sushi and then invites a hip crowd in as they become a nightclub after the witching hour. Diners who aren't interested in the sushi bar can try one of the cooked dishes of cuisine combining Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese influences. In the evenings, the modern-style lounge has a DJ spinning and drink specials galore. Plush couches and loveseats provide the St. Louis singles a place to sit down and relax between dancing or to find a quiet corner to canoodle.
On Broadway Bistro
5300 N. Broadway, St. Louis; Tel. 314.421.0087
The after work happy hour is popular at On Broadway Bistro with local St. Louis factory and warehouse workers. In the bar, several TVs have the current sports games on for St. Louis Cardinals and Rams fans. Video games and a jukebox provide entertainment during the week, and in warm weather, two sand volleyball courts host tournaments. The stage at the On Broadway Bistro features local St. Louis bands on weekends or when a band isn't available, the bar area becomes a dance club with a DJ spinning. Each night has something different going on at the St. Louis bar so customers can come back night after night.
300 Monsanto Ave., Sauget; Tel. 618.274.1464
State of the art sound, light and video systems make Oz Nightclub worth the drive from St. Louis because it's one of the best bars and dance clubs in the area. Three rooms each have their own theme, dance floor and bar. The main room at Oz Nightclub features four bars, a huge dance area and dance platforms full of people shaking it to the latest house and club tracks. Patio Blue is an outside area in the club that features another bar, tables, and a dance floor. Those St. Louis folks with a taste for the lush life can make arrangements to get into the Emerald City VIP Lounge where plush couches, private booths and more bar service make a swanky environment with a private DJ's sexy, deep house music. The enormous club offers endless entertainment for a long night of partying.
1403 Mississippi Ave., Sauget; Tel. 618.274.6720
Don't you hate it when you wake up at 5am with an urge to dance, but nowhere to go? So does Pop's Nightclub, that's why they're open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Right outside of St. Louis, the club offers two venues in one as a concert venue and nightclub. The bar hosts some of the biggest bands in the St. Louis area with bands like Slipknot, Sugarcult, Andrew W.K., O.A.R. and many others. Local bands also have a shot at the stage as long as they stick in the alternative music genre. Pop's Nightclub usually has a crazy atmosphere and doesn't serve their drinks in glass containers because of it. The live music club is worth the trip from St. Louis for reasonable cover charges and big name acts.
4915 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis; Tel. 314.454.3530
Following in the trend of other major cities, St. Louis now has an old bank building renovated into a hot club, The Vault. The classic architecture makes the colored lighting and velvet ropes that much more sexy. Plush couches and gold accents top off the luxury in the lounge surrounding beautiful people on the dance floor at this St. Louis nightclub hotspot. A DJ keeps the beat going with hip-hop, house and top 40s all night long so the party never slows at the Vault. Experienced St. Louis bartenders service the full bars and won't stare at you blankly for any drink order, including one of the Vault's specialty fruit martinis. The Vault is the place to go on the Central West End to mingle with high-end sexy people.
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