Texas dance clubs range from country bars where western bands accompany you to the two-step, to modern lounges where DJs play Top-40 songs and control colored light displays. Austin has its share of both. Here are some choices.
Underground club that can be hard at first to find. Stylish place with a wide variety of loud music and loud colors to accompany the energetic dance crowd.Club De Ville, 900 Red River St., (512) 236-0900 map website
Unusually laid out place with an outdoor amphitheatre-like patio surrounding the bar. Inside stage has a rock wall behind it, giving the place a cave-like atmosphere. Live and DJ music.Copa Bar and Grill, 217 Congress Ave., (512) 479-5002 map website
Combination restaurant and bar with a distinctive Latin flavor. Serves Mexican and Latin American entrees with authentic recipes and quality ingredients. Offers lively dance floor with salsa lessons each evening. Stays open on weekends into the early morning hours.Donn's Depot, 1600 W. 5th St., (512) 478-3142 map website
A country bar with many long-time regular patrons, couples two-stepping on the dance floor, friendly clientele and attentive service. Live country music every night, sometimes by Donn himself and his son.Plush, 617 Red River St., (512) 478-0099 map website
A small, dark, but high-energy bar. Plays a wide variety of dance music with a strong drum and bass and pulsing beat. Although it has an upscale atmosphere, casual dress is acceptable. Small place that gets very crowded.Rebels Honky Tonk, 305 W. 5th St., (512) 472-5288 map website
Country bar with cowboy hats, boots, and jeans crowd. Nashville country music and Texas two-stepping dance music by DJs. Mechanical bull is available for rides for a fee.The Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe St., (512) 302-1470 map website
Neighborhood bar next to the University of Texas. Inexpensive beer, loud jukebox music, live bands playing at night. Arcade and pool tables.The Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces St., (512) 373-8306 map website
Nicely laid out with downstairs live stage and a rooftop bar that has a good view of the city skyline. Live music every night.
A country bar with many regular patrons doing the two-step or salsa. Music includes salsa, merengue, cha-cha, and other Latin styles as well as hiphop and country. Salsa and country lessons offered on various nights of the week. Dance floor is large but still gets filled up. Inexpensive drinks.Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, 5434 Burnet Rd., (512) 407-8557 map website
Neighborhood bar atmosphere with straight-back chairs and tables, pictures on the wall, inexpensive drinks, friendly patrons, and a well-attended dance floor populated with two-steppers. Live country band plays every night. Sometimes has free chili cheese dogs. Smaller place that gets crowded early; sometimes sitting outside on your own lawn chair is the best you can do. A quirky tradition one night a week is chicken s* bingo: 50 or so people get to buy tickets to bet on which square a chicken will leave a dropping on.
An Austin institution and one of the few original central Texas honkey-tonks remaining. Although a blue jeans and boots type place, shorts and flip-flops are also welcome. Dance lessons offered. Some well-known acts play here. Go around 7 or 8 because the activity winds down around midnight.Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave., (512) 441-0202 map website
A historic holdover from Austin of days gone by. Friendly bar staff, lively dance crowd, and live music, with often nationally known artists playing here. Place can fill up quickly though and parking is hard to find in that area. Next door is the Continental Club Gallery, where you can gaze at local art, listen and dance to live jazz and blues music, admire the city skyline at night, play pool or ping pong, and have inexpensive drinks.
Large bar area and back patio with a food trailer out back. Friendly bar staff and inexpensive beer. Live music every night of the week, with a lively dance crowd. A strange, unpleasant odor pervades the place, but despite that, it gets crowded on the weekends.