Spring in Houston means warmer weather and spring fashion. As dance halls and clubs experience a surge in attendance, you may find yourself caught up in all the excitement and looking for a place to cut loose. With so many places to go in our vast metropolis, it can be a challenge finding the right place to enjoy yourself. Don’t worry! We narrowed it down to a few gems to choose from so you can choose the right beat for your feet.
You can’t live in Houston, Texas and not know about the Wild West. Not the John Wayne kind, of course, but the dance saloon situated on Richmond and Fountainview. Wild West is a lively Western Bar featuring country and pop music with a couple of billiard tables on the side for anyone who fancies themselves a deadeye with a pool cue. This two-floor watering hole with an expansive dance floor is a quaint homage to a more rural Texas. If you and your boots are looking for a good Texas Two-step, Wild West is sure to have a merry crowd for you to dance the night away with.
If Latin dancing piques your interest, or it happens to be on your bucket list, look no further than Club Tropicana. It resides a little further down the road from Wild West, and, it’s arguably Houston’s top Latin dance bar featuring a wide variety of live music such as bachata, salsa, merengue, and more. Newcomers need not be shy as Tropicana welcomes all levels of dancers, from novices to seasoned vets. And should you choose to get a few practice sessions in before making your grand debut on the dance floor, Tuesday and Friday nights host free salsa lessons.
Lately, Midtown is the place to be in Houston and Gloria’s Latin Cuisine is no exception, especially if your feet like to dance to a salsa rhythm. The one in Houston is actually part of a chain of restaurants spreading across Texas like wildfire. The secret to their success? Great food and great dancing! At 10 PM every Friday and Saturday, these restaurants turn from a dining experience into a dancing fiesta. Gloria’s hosts a dance floor which welcomes all skill levels and ages with live music until 2 AM. Ideally, get there to take advantage of their excellent happy hour and stay for the festivities.
There is no place quite like Barbarella in Houston. Love of music is what drove owners, Harvey Graham and John Gardner, to open Barbarella’s doors and their diverse selection of music certainly supports their claim. With a variety of theme nights cycling through the week, it isn’t hard to see why any given night can bring a crowd. Thursdays and Saturdays seem to be huge hits as this is one of the few places in Houston you get a chance to dance to the tunes of the 80s & 90s. Surrounded by TVs playing music videos with a lit floor on a retro stage, the only reason anyone gets off the dance floor is to grab a fresh drink.