10 GREAT PLACES TO BOOGIE

Downtown Los Angeles is chock-full of awesome places to get your groove on. Dance clubs here start at 18 and up. So whether you’re feeling the funk, twerking dat a**, shaking a leg, slow grinding, line dancing or dancing the watuzi, be sure to check out these 10 Great Places to Boogie in DTLA.

The Belasco

If you feel like going all out tonight, look no further than The Belasco. A multi-purpose venue with everything from stadium seating to a secret vintage-style party room. Originally built in 1926, the Belasco evokes a roaring 20’s joie-de-vie at every turn. The space itself is gigantic, clocking in at 40,000 square feet — let’s just say there’s plenty of room to boogie. With DJs like Deadmaus and Skrillex gracing the turntables, space can fill up fast so be sure to get there early. The Belasco boasts three full access bars, a ballroom and a 2000 square foot outdoor patio, it’s just the ticket for a grand night out. EDM and house beats are the usual fare with the occasional 90’s throwback or soul night. 1050 S. Hill Street, 90015 http://thebelasco.com

Downtown Dance and Movement

Downtown Dance and Movement is considered to be DTLA’s ONLY public dance studio, meaning you don’t have to be a member to take a class. The great thing about DDM is that it accepts dancers of all levels and experience. Whether you are a social dancer or a full-fledged professional; there is something for everyone at DDM. Drop in classes are 16$ for yoga and 18$ for dance. There is a huge range of classes on offer so there is always an excuse to come back. Why not try “Bollywood Banghara Beats”, or how about “Argentine Tango Fundamentals”? Whatever your interest may be, there is a class to match. Slide on over to Downtown Dance and Movement and get ready to leave it all on the floor. 1144 South Hope Street, 90015 http://downtowndancela.com

Elevate Lounge

Elevate Lounge is the perfect picture of ultra modern-chic. An attraction for the young professional set, you won’t be finding any denim-laden hipsters here. This lounge-club hybrid brilliantly marries futuristic design with 60’s mod for a truly groovy set-up. Located about 21 floors up; Elevate boasts one of the best views in the city. It IS called Elevate after all. After you’ve taken in the sights of DTLA, there’s a bumpin’ dance floor waiting for you, equipped with flashing lights, computerized tiles and crystal chandeliers — how very chic. Up-beat Top 40 with an electronic edge is served nightly by DJs such as C.Mike and E-Kid. 811 Wilshire Blvd., 90017 http://www.elevatelounge.com/index/home

Five Star Bar

If you consider yourself more of an “aggressive mover”, why not head over to Five Star Bar and get your mosh pit on? Five Star Bar is known as DTLA’s favorite no-nonsense punky dive. Don’t expect any sort of dress code here, the more rips in your jeans — the better. There is a live band every night of the week with a drink special to go along with it. When you’re all hot and sweaty from jamming out to the band, take a seat and refuel with a tall can from their massive beer list. Bands such as Skeletal Remains and Lords of Beacon House can be found rocking their guts out onstage. Slamming in the mosh pit not your thing? No problem, there is a pool table and jukebox on site to keep you entertained. If you like it a little grungy, Five Star Bar is the perfect spot. 267 South Main Street, 90012 https://fivestarbardtla.com

The Music Center

The Music Center in DTLA is a multi-venue theatre which houses productions of varying disciplines including dance, opera, music and theatre. What you may not know about The Music Center is that it hosts some awesome dance parties after hours. Every Friday night from June-September you can expect a jammin’ dance floor under the stars with a new DJ every night. The dance party series alternates between “DJ nights” which are guest curated and “Dance Downtown” which is essentially a public dance lesson with an open dance floor at the end. The styles vary from salsa, to bollywood, to disco. Grab a partner and get busy at The Music Center’s dance nights. All ages are welcome. 135 N Grand Avenue, 90012 http://www.musiccenter.org/events/danceDTLA/

The Conga Room

1, 2, 3, kick. 1, 2, 3, kick. See, you’ve got it already! The Conga Room is everything you would expect from a downtown latin club. It’s tropical cabana meets disco inferno — dark, sweaty and so hot. The music varies from salsa and world-beat to pop and r&b. You will find only the most on-trend DJs at The Conga Room including DJ Nolo and Q Da Hype Man. If you’ve never done the cha-cha before, don’t sweat it. As long as you can unabashedly shake your hips to the beat, you will find yourself among friends. The dress code is classy with a downtown edge. Leave your sportswear at home or risk being turned down at the door. Head over to the Conga Room for a spicy night out you will never forget. 800 W Olympic Blvd., 90015 http://www.congaroom.com

The Resident 

The Resident is a hybrid bar, beer garden and music venue in the heart of DTLA. Stop in for a carefully curated craft beer and then stick around for the ragin’ live tunes. Although The Resident focuses mainly on live bands, there is opportunity to bust a move at their themed dance parties. Check the listings for an array of off-beat events including “That Big 80’s Party”, or “The Prince and Michael Experience”, both of which can only end in some serious physical expression. DJ Dave Paul is a regular at the booth as well as bands such as Funk and Waffles. There is even a Drake-themed yoga class called “Namasdrake” for all you yogis out there. Come to the Resident to experience some real music you can really let loose over. 428 S Hewitt Street, 90013

The Edison

What used to be an old power plant is now a swingin’ jazz bar doling out craft cocktails and vintage beats. Walking into the Edison feels like being on the set of a Gene Kelly flick. Wrought iron gives an industrial feel while cherry wood brings a refined old-world flair. The cocktail list is impressive with ingredients like lavender bitters, pear cognac and pineapple gum — how intriguing. I hear the drinks are stiff to say the least. Jazz musicians such as Phat Cat Swinger and real life pin-up girl Jennifer Keith are regularly featured as well as a myriad of burlesque and aerial artists. There will always be something interesting to look at when you’re at The Edison. Dress code is fancy; 1940’s costume attire is encouraged so long as it’s tasteful. 108 W 2nd Street, 90012 https://www.edisondowntown.com

La Cita

La Cita is a no-frills, down-to-earth neighborhood bar that doubles as a music venue. Hit-up this casual dive for some live music by local bands or a DJ dance night featuring latin/world beats. The dance floor itself is huge. There’s enough room to move even when it’s at full capacity. Events such as the punk-rock “Angry Hour” and DJ Paw’s Top 40 night will surely get you moving and don’t forget “Mustache Mondays”, DTLA’s most popular gay night. The drinks there are cheap as chips averaging at 3-4$. There is also a patio in the back for those more interested in watching the game than grooving with the other patrons. No dress code here, feel free to come as you are. 336 S Hill Street, 90013 http://www.lacitabar.com

Honeycut

Cut a rug at Honeycut, the grooviest disco bar this side of DTLA. Honeycut means business, and we mean serious dancing business. Retro vibes are met with pop-art inspired neon graphics which are projected on the floors and wall. The light up dance floor and disco ball only add to the endearing disco theme. The music style sits comfortably at retro; branching out into nu-disco, tropical house, funk, old school hip hop and R&B spun out by DJs such as DJ Rawn and Jack of all Tracks. The dress code is fashion forward with an artistic flair. Don’t worry about being turned away for wearing sneakers. The crowd at Honeycut doesn’t mess around when it comes to getting down. If you are serious about dancing, then Honeycut may be the place where you belong. 819 S Flower Street, 90017 http://honeycutla.com

The Mayan

The Mayan is one of the cities largest dance clubs boasting 3 levels of dance floors and 7 bars. What used to be an old L.A. theatre is now an ancient temple-themed night club in the heart of the DTLA. At The Mayan you will find live music as well as DJ nights. With three different dance floors to choose from, you’ll definitely find something to move your feet to. The main floor is spinning Hip Hop and Top 40, while the mezzanine is pumping Reggaeton and Salsa. DJ Oggy, Pedro and Saturn are the Resident DJs and hosts to special parties such as “Labor Day Weekend” and “IndepenDANCE”. Dress to impress. Just because it’s an ancient temple doesn’t mean you should wear your gladiator sandals. They say variety is the spice of life, get all styles under one roof at The Mayan 1038 S Hill Street, 90015 http://www.clubmayan.com