Philadelphia Dance Clubs

Philadelphia definitely isn’t lacking in the dance club scene. Locals love getting down on the dance floor, and Philly’s DJs keep the tunes going late into the night. These clubs are great for going out with a group of friends and mingling with singles. Some of Philly’s dance clubs have 18 and over nights, which can be either very good news or very bad news depending on your age. Fluid Nightclub is one of Philadelphia’s largest and, when he’s in town, ?uestlove of the Roots spins the hits for one of the dance floors. Club Flow is another popular dance club that has several floors full of Philly’s most beautiful people. The better nightclubs keep everyone happy by playing a vast array of music including techno, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and reggae. If this isn’t enough, grab an expertly mixed cocktail and kick back at the bar. Philadelphia has enough eye candy to impress even the hardest to please.
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32 Degrees

16 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.627.3132
Old City's 32 Degrees is known for being one of Philadelphia's hottest nightclubs and best places to meet hot young singles. Leather cube seating and black on red accenting add to the hip vibe at this Philly club. This may be one of the best places in the city to try out new top-shelf concoctions—the liquor selection at 32 Degrees is very impressive. This club features liquor lockers, European bottle service and a plush VIP area. 32 Degrees even accepts the Euro interchangeably with US dollars, making it an ideal bar for those far from home on businesses or vacation.

Club Flow

700 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.629.3569
A cavernous interior, plush lounge areas, the hottest music and gorgeous patrons make Club Flow one of Philadelphia's most popular dance clubs. For anybody who wants a night of pure fun, Club Flow is definitely the place to be. This massive building was originally a warehouse, but has been transformed into a multi-level dance club with several different rooms, each with a unique vibe. Dancers of all kinds will be accommodated by the vast array of music—techno, hip-hop, trance, R&B, Latin and reggae play all night. Club Flow is also known for its awesome drink specials, making it one of Philadelphia's best places for pre- or after-parties.

Fluid Nightclub

613 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.629.3686
Philly's Fluid Nightclub is the South Street district's best place to hear great tunes spinning all night by the city's top DJs. Fluid puts an emphasis on having quality music night after night, and with ?uestlove of the Roots as a resident DJ, it's easy to see how this is true. Fluid hosts some of the best club nights in Philadelphia, including TastyTreats (?uestlove's night when he's in town) and Fast, Cheap & Out of Control—Philly's original rock and roll, amateur go-go party and contest. Besides being known for its music, Fluid is also notorious for pouring strong drinks, making for a well-lubricated crowd of dancers.

Lounge 125

125 S. Second St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.351.9026
Lounge 125 is an intimate members-only club in the heart of Philadelphia's Old City. Non-members aren't allowed to purchase drinks, so cozy up to those with wristbands and make some new friends. DJs spin house, trance, hip-hop and soul to keep the crowds on the dance floor happy. Philly's younger partiers can be found here nearly every night of the week. Premium spirits and tasty cocktails are the drinks of choice at Lounge 125. Make sure to dress to impress, this premier Philadelphia club has many people worth doing it for. Lounge 125 is great for those who want to have a classy night out in Philly.

Pure Nightclub

1221 Saint James St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.735.5772
Pure is Philadelphia's premier gay nightclub in Washington Square West and offers dancing throughout its two enormous floors. With several bars throughout, specialty cocktails, beer and wine are always close by, but only members are allowed to make purchases. This makes Pure Nighclub have an incredibly open, social vibe. The main floor houses the huge main dance floor that is always action-packed with music spun by Philly's best DJs. Bottle service is available in plush booths surrounding the main dance floor—an excellent location for checking out the beautiful people of Philadelphia.

The Raven Lounge

1718 Sansom St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.840.3577
There's always something going on at The Raven Lounge, located a short stroll from Rittenhouse Square. Open mic nights, live music, standup comedy and even art shows are featured at this Philly bar. The two floors often have different types of music playing simultaneously, so patrons can choose whatever fits their moods. Sports lovers can catch games on huge flat-screen TVs downstairs while enjoying happy hour specials from 5pm-8pm. People who love action-packed drinking are sure to enjoy The Raven Lounge, one of Philadelphia's most unique bars.

Walnut Room

1709 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.751.0201
Located a block from Rittenhouse Square, the Walnut Room has a great location for beginning or ending a night out in Philadelphia. This hip hangout is hidden behind an unmarked door in the second floor above the Buttercup Bakery. The sexy décor, enhanced by large windows that overlook Walnut Street, make it a great place to bring someone special or perhaps meet a new one. Expertly mixed cocktails, domestic and imported beers, wines and champagnes are offered. Bottle service is available for those who tire of repeated trips to the bar. Whatever the occasion, Philly's Walnut Room delivers good times in an excellent location.
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—Philadelphia bar and club reviews by David Backes