You’ve read about Boulder’s rocking nightlife here at YourBoulder before, and so you no doubt know how hopping our town gets after dark. Between craft beer, artisan cocktails, and beautiful outdoor places to have a late-night bite. You can’t beat Boulder for the nightlife, whether it’s downtown or up on the Hill. We’ve chosen these 6 best places to dance in Boulder to give you an idea of what the city’s diverse nightlife scene is all about.
Being such a city full of athletes and fit, beautiful types, it’s not surprising that one of Boulder’s favorite nightlife clubbing activities is to get gorgeous and go dancing. You might think that a long and pricey Uber ride to Denver would be necessary for a stellar night of moving and grooving, but oh how wrong you’d be—we’ve got a plethora of dance floors all over Boulder that are hopping on a weekend basis.
Now as you’ll be aware if you’ve been keeping up with our weekend lineup pieces here, there is so much live music going on in Boulder most days of the week (and especially on weekends) that you really could just take your pick of which band to go dance to, whether it’s Lazy Dog’s seasonally open music venue, or Laughing Goat coffee shop that has multiple bands a night every night of the week, to the big guns like Boulder Theatre and the Fox. But here are the 6 best places to dance in Boulder:
Tahona Tequila Bistro
By day, Tahona is the place to go for the biggest array of tequilas you’ll find in all of Boulder County, and a comfy patio on which to sample them all (along with their scrumptious Mexican snacks to pair with) while you people-watch the west end of Pearl Street. By night (that’s Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10), Tahona boasts one of the rocking dance floors in town, with homegrown and special guest DJs to help you rock the night away. There’s no cover to get in to the dance hall nights at Tahona, so go get your tequila-flavored groove on.
Located down under the west end of the Pearl Street Mall, Press Play is one of those super fun gaming bars that boasts skee ball, pinball, giant Jenga sets, ping-pong, pool, and of course (what Press Play is known and named for), the vintage arcade game cabinets lining every wall, still costing the quarter they used to in the ‘80s. And on Fridays and Saturdays, the rotating DJs and gogo dancers come out to rock the house down, and the red light specials mean you can keep yourself cooled off by inexpensive drinks all night long.
Japango Late Night Happy Hour
Japango serves some of the best sushi Boulder has to offer (and we’ve got quite a bit), with award-winning bartenders concocting delicious and original cocktails round the clock, as well as the largest selection of Japanese whiskeys you’ll find around. And on Friday and Saturday nights, they’ve got a bustling late-night happy hour, with deals on food and drinks, as well as a different DJ each night to spin the tunes you can dance that fish off to. Starting at 10 pm both nights each week, Japango becomes a hot spot for cutting a rug till the wee hours.
This huge gastro-pub was designed to echo the old school pubs of Europe, and with its giant selection of Bavarian beers and German-inspired delicacies, it’s easy to see why Bohemian Biergarten has become one of the places for Boulder to congregate since it first opened its doors six years ago. It has become one of the go-to concert halls in town and boasts its award-winning comedy night each Sunday that comedians come to add to their resume from all over the place. Bohemian Biergarten has dancing, too, though, and in spades: DJs, as well as live bands all, contribute to the dance nights that happen any number of days out of the week. Check their robust Facebook page for all the amazing activities happening there at all hours.
For a dance night out that’s a little more on the posh side, the T-Zero Lounge has you covered. Haven’t heard of T-Zero? Maybe not, but you’ve definitely heard of the classy and contemporary St. Julien Hotel and Spa, right? Well, the T-Zero lounge is St. Julien’s stylish cocktail bar, which offers the award-winning mixes of its top-notch bartenders, live music, and yes, an intimate dance floor to dance the evening away in swank style.
Of course, if you need help learning how to dance, there are plenty of classes to take all over Boulder, including Kakes Studios, Frequent Flyers, Alchemy of Movement, and more. But the Avalon Ballroom out on east Arapahoe takes the cake: not only do they offer an enormous selection of lessons in any and every kind of dance you can think of (and some you can’t), but their dance nights with live music are not to be missed—Boulderites who love to swing have been meeting at Avalon to their swing dance nights for a while now, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun.
Where do you like to go boogie in Boulder? Is your favorite night spot included in our 6 best places to dance in Boulder list? Let us know in the comments.