El Qbo, formerly known as Liquid, is the north side’s version of the Latin-American hotspot. The dance club’s music is loud and the mood is feisty. They’re only open late at night, so be sure to come in with lots of energy.
Keeping Downtown dancing into the wee hours, Blu is one of Indy’s hottest dance clubs, thanks, in no small part, to the great lineup of talent they’ve got providing the grooves every weekend. Check out the legendary DJ Lockstar each Friday for mashups, remixes, Top 40 and electro house. Saturday nights it’s DJ Slater Hogan doing the R&B, Dance, and Top 40 thing. And then there’s Sunday Funday with where not only is the music good, there’s also no cover.
The married couple who owns the restaurant met at DePauw University as a frat boy bartender and sorority girl waitress, and they’ve kept the party going by opening their own place, named after themselves, of course. The menu is pretty typical of a bar — wings, nachos, etc. — but they also have wraps and salads if you’re looking to eat a little healthier. On Sundays, since they’re only open during Colts home games, you know everyone there will be all about the football.
Last fall, The Vogue became affiliated with the House of Blues clubs and began bringing in even more show-stopping performances like Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. The place is always a good bet for solid concerts for bands that are not quite able to sell out Banker’s Life or Klipsch, which means that the house is packed for the good ones and tickets go fast. The Vogue is an obvious Indianapolis icon for live music, and it’s also become a staple for lovers of great cover bands, which come through the venue often. Tickets to a show sell out? You can always grab a latte from Hubbard and Cravens across the street and listen to what comes out the stage doors, or meet up with the band afterward at Vogue performer favorite, the Alley Cat.
Hyde opened as an expansion of Blu Lounge. Hyde offers a large VIP section, 360 degree marble bar and a great dancefloor. This top of the line club is great place to dance the night away!
Though it may look like just another two-story Downtown watering hole, Slippery Noodle is actually one of the top blues clubs in the country, if not the world. There you can find live blues seven nights a week, featuring a mixture of local, regional and national acts. The city’s oldest bar (rumor has it those holes in the brick were made by the guns of notorious Hoosier henchman John Dillinger and his boys), it was also one of the city’s first and most successful houses of ill-repute. Soak up the legend and believe the hype about the music.
This Broad Ripple hotspot is packed, and always seems to have a long line out the door. Originally an ‘80s-themed bar, it has expanded to include a more diverse music format (including one-off shows by everything from avant-techno to metal bands). The outdoor patio is never closed with garage doors open to the Lobster Lounge. Elsewhere in the bar is an upscale VIP room and a cool, speakeasy-style back bar.
The headquarters for the best drag in town, an amazing place to go dancing and great bartenders? Why would you ever go anywhere except Talbott St? We jest (but only kind of). They’ve won plenty of our Best of Indy readers choice awards for both Best Gay Bar and various dancing categories. We love the myriad of DJs who have kept Talbott St. bumpin’ over the years. Their Saturday night weekly is one of the best places to mix and mingle and groove in the city, too.
Indy's branch of the chain serves the down-home, All-American food that Cadillac Ranch is known for and comes complete with a mechanical bull. The mood is always upbeat rock ‘n roll, so you’ll likely hear pop and rock covers if you’re there for live music, but they showcase DJs at times as well.
Casba isn’t a place you’ll just stumble across, which could make you feel just a little bit hipper when you do happen to find it. A basement club below Usual Suspects in the heart of Broad Ripple, the reggae mix every Sunday and a regular schedule of events. Drink specials are the cherry on top of this dance club.
A Latin dance club near Lafayette Square Mall, Chispas features the best in Spanish music. Bring your dancings shoes - you'll need them!
Club Live brings an authentic Latin American vibe to Indy; for proof, just go to their Facebook page and you’ll see all of the posts are in Spanish. The club hosts salsa nights, hip hop dance parties and live musicians with Hispanic backgrounds. If you’re searching for a Latin-flavored dance club, head on over to Indy’s west side and stop by.
Venus is the Roman goddess of love, so that should give you a pretty fair idea of what happens inside Club Venus. Watch and enjoy as the strip club’s “exotic dancers” emulate Aphrodite.
The Continental Dance Club provides a place for everyone in Indy to learn to ballroom dance. Every Sunday at 5:30 p..m.. there’s a lesson (one session for beginners and a simultaneous one for more advanced dancers), and then everyone comes together from 7:15 p.m. till 10 p.m. and dances to the live music that’s playing.
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