Whether it's shaking your ass to house music with the spring breakers on the beach, or guzzling domestic barley waters while taking a spin to line-dancing music, you need somewhere to dance. In anticipation of New Times' Best of Broward/Palm Beach 2012 issue in June, County Grind has assembled a list of five of the best dance clubs in South Florida. Got a nominee for the list? Leave your suggestion in the comments.
Readers, over the years, have shown love for this Davie country bar, naming it Best Bar in 2010 and identifying it as a comfortable place where you can "go out with your buds and drink." You don't even have to be a country fan to take a spin on the dance floor; enjoy the people-watching and cheap drinks and eventually you'll find your feet moving along to the music, whether you're in cowboy boots or ironic boating shoes. Boasting one of the largest dance floors in the county, this is a place to line-dance with singles and two-step until the cows come home.
This is a slick, multilevel, multifunctional club with a huge dance floor and a stage that often plays host to local and international music acts and the occasional burlesque show. An art gallery showcases works by local up-and-comers, and the sound system is sure to rattle your fillings and move you up off the white couches. This spot has many of the trappings of an über-trendy club -- a VIP section, bottle service, etc. -- but with the approachability of a neighborhood hangout.
A stylish new addition to the Riverfront, with an open layout and minimalistic décor (exposed brick walls, a wall behind the DJ adorned with literary quotes). Lots of thought and money was directed to the club's state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Open until 4 a.m., things generally start to pick up around midnight, when partygoers converge on the bar/lounge/club. Special events include video and art shows and themed holiday throwdowns, like a mustache party for Cinco de Mayo and Friday the 13th celebrations.
The West Palm Beach ode to decadence and debauchery hosts a mix of resident DJs and headliners from around the world with an emphasis on house music. The interior is a playful take on French Revolution shabby chic with ornate fixtures that have been given just the right touch of grit to keep it from seeming too fussy. Open till 4 a.m. on weekends, with bottle service available by reservation.
From the crew that brought Respectable Street and lots of other cool spots to life, this stylish club plays host to pretty people in a pretty setting. Lounge around on a day bed or a sofa or move out onto the dance floor and shake it to a mix of '80s, house, and hip-hop with a few other styles thrown in. Special events include fashion shows and themed fetes, like an LED party and other niche happenings.