Want to dance the night away at the best dance spot or the best club in Fort Lauderdale? If so, you’re in luck! Just about 30 mins north of Miami, this vibrant city is home to a variety of nightclubs, dance spots, and lots of lively bars that are sure to get you moving.
As a Fort Lauderdale local who loves absolutely loves to wine (not the kind you drink), twerk sum, shuffle, and fist pump with the best of them, I’ve put together a list of my favorite spots in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County to bust a move.
My Favorite Nightclubs and Dance Spots in Fort Lauderdale
Whether you’re looking for an exclusive Fort Lauderdale nightclub scene or a more relaxed and casual vibe, I’ve got you covered. As an actual Broward County local, these 9 hotspots are where to go dancing in Fort Lauderdale!
Best Dance Spots in Fort Lauderdale
My personal favorite spots — bars, lounges, and day clubs to go dancing in Fort Lauderdale…
While it’s not a nightclub, The Warf is definitely one of the more popular places to go dancing in Fort Lauderdale, especially on the weekends. Located in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas Riverfront, The Warf is a huge outdoor patio-like venue with a casual vibe and features live music and DJs playing Top 40, Hip Hop, and EDM.
There is usually no cover charge and the dress code is casual, however, make sure to bring your I.D because they will certainly check for it at the door (and anyplace else you go in Fort Lauderdale really).
The Warf is not only a great place to go dancing in Fort Lauderdale, it’s also a great place to socialize, hang out, and even play games like ping pong and cornhole. One of my favorite things about The Warf is that they have some pretty good local food trucks where you can grab something savory or sweet to eat. The drinks here are also reasonably priced.
FYI: This place is open from the afternoon and goes right through til late night/early morning. There’s also another Warf in Miami that’s very, very similar.
YOLO (You Only Live Once) is another spot that doesn’t necessarily belong on a list of Fort Lauderdale nightclubs — it isn’t one. YOLO is an excellent restaurant in Fort Lauderdale that’s open for both lunch and dinner.
The reason this made my list is that, on a Friday or Saturday night between happy hour and after-dinner hours, their outset patio area gets pretty popping. They even have a live DJ spinning really good music to dance to.
The outdoor patio at YOLO is pretty big and can accommodate a good number of people. If it’s not too packed, you can find yourself a seat at one of the tables or couches and enjoy the music as you sip on a handcrafted cocktail.
For a more true Fort Lauderdale nightclub experience, located directly adjacent to YOLO in the heart of Downtown Las Olas if O Lounge. This is the perfect place for cocktails, lite bites, live entertainment, and special events. O Lounge boasts a sophisticated, micro club, lounge vibe atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a place to party during the day or night in Fort Lauderdale, La Playa is your spot.
Nestled atop Bos Beach Restaurants rooftop on A1A just south of Las Olas Boulevard, the beautiful decor and rhythmic vibrations of this spot are certainly worth experiencing.
As you walk into this space you’re surrounded by beautiful greenery and a unique ambiance inspired by the Mayan jungle and the peaceful beaches of Tulum. On the east side of La Playa, see beautiful views of Fort Lauderdale beach. On the west side of this spot, take in beautiful sunset views of the marina.
With an array of guest DJs passing through, the music here is mostly a mix of deep house, EDM, and electronic. Additionally, there’s typically a cover charge of around $10 to enter.
Best Bars & Lounges To Go Dancing in Fort Lauderdale
Traditional bars with great music and dance vibes…
If you’re looking for a more bar-type Fort Lauderdale nightclub experience, then American Social is the place to be. This popular spot is also located on Las Olas and is known to get more than a little rowdy on a good night.
The setup here is very typical of a regular bar, with large booths and tables around the perimeter of the space to accommodate large parties. All the dancing here happens on the tables and chairs.
Don’t have a table reserved? If you don’t mind a lack of personal space, worry not — you can cram yourself amongst the other patrons in the narrow walk space around the bar as you dance and mingle.
The music here is usually Top 40 and Hip Hop. The dress code at American Social is pretty lenient, but I would recommend avoiding anything too casual like athletic wear or tank tops (for guys).
Piazza Italia is a bit of an anomaly on this list because it’s not a Fort Lauderdale club or bar, but rather an Italian restaurant that doubles as a dance spot late at night.
What makes Piazza Italia kinda cool as well is that the space has different spaces within it (if that makes sense). There’s a regular restaurant section where patrons sit and dine. Right next to it (and sprinkled throughout) is plenty of room where people dance and enjoy themselves.
On the other end of Piazza is a small bar area with a typical bar section (the music isn’t as popping in this space). There’s also an outdoor patio where you can sit and chill.
FYI: I had a really excellent expresso martini the last time I went here and would definitely recommend you try it.
A plant-filled rooftop lounge with a stunning communal fire feature, Rooftop @1WLO offers craft cocktails, light fare, and sweeping views of the city. This rooftop bar is perfect for those looking for a where to go dancing in Fort Lauderdale (and don’t mind taking in the stunning views).
The music played here is mostly Top 40 and House. Additionally, The vibe is good and the staff is always friendly and aims to please.
While it’s not a nightclub, this Fort Lauderdale hot spot is the perfect place to move it move it!
Located on the top floor of The Dalmar hotel, Sparrow Rooftop is an intimate urban hideaway designed with adventure in mind. This place is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a night under the stars.
Outside of Sparrow Rooftop, you can sit for bits and drinks with a date or friends. Inside of Sparrow Rooftop, is where you will find a chill Fort Lauderdale nightclub vibe, a live DJ, and plenty of space for dancing.
8. The Wilder
The Wilder is a speakeasy-style lounge that is perfect for those who want to sip on some cocktails and listen to some live jazz. This place doesn’t usually have a cover charge, but the drinks can be a bit pricey.
What you’ll find when you walk into The Wilder is an intimate setting with dim lighting and a live jazz band.
The music played here is a mix of blues, soul, and jazz. And, if you get hungry, be sure to check out the small food menu that they have.
Best Nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale To Go Dancing
Bottle service, flashing lights, and strict dress codes — these are traditional nightclubs…
9. Blue Martini
If you’re looking for a place to really let loose and dance the night away, then Blue Martini is your spot. This high-end Fort Lauderdale nightclub is located in The Galleria on Sunrise Boulevard and usually charges a $20 cover.
What you’ll find when you walk into Blue Martini is a large open space with plenty of tables, chairs, and couches to lounge on. There’s also a long bar that takes up the majority of one wall.
The music played here is usually a mix of Top 40 and Hip Hop. And, if you’re feeling thirsty, Blue Martini has one of the most extensive cocktail menus in Fort Lauderdale.
The dress code here is pretty strict, so make sure you’re dressed to the nines before walking through the door.
10. DAER Nightclub
DAER Nightclub/Dayclub at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is a high-energy, Fort Lauderdale nightclub (though technically located in Hollywood) that offers guests a unique and sophisticated nightlife experience.
The vibe here is what you may find at a nightclub in Las Vegas, but would you expect anything less from the Hardrock?
The moment you walk into DAER Nightclub, you’re immersed in an atmosphere of contemporary luxury with Pakistani overtones. The walls are adorned with beautiful tapestries and intricate carvings while the ceilings are painted with exquisite murals – reminiscent of the grand palaces of the orient.
The music played here is a mix of Hip Hop, Top 40, and House. Cover charges for DAER Nightclub usually start at $30.
11. Club Euro
Club Euro is the quintessential Fort Lauderdale nightclub that has been a staple downtown for over a decade. This place is perfect for those who want to let loose and dance the night away.
This place is usually pretty packed, so be prepared to push and shove your way through the crowd if you want to get to the dance floor.
The music played here is a mix of Top 40, Hip Hop, and Euro. And, if you get thirsty, be sure to check out the bar as they have some of the most affordable drinks in all of Fort Lauderdale.
12. The Manor
The Manor is one of the most popular gay nightclubs in all of Fort Lauderdale. This place usually has a cover charge and is open until the early morning hours.
What you’ll find when you walk into The Manor is a large dance floor, plenty of bars, and a lounge area.
The music played here is mostly electronica and house music. And, if you’re looking to take a break from the dance floor, there’s usually a drag show happening in one of the side rooms.
The dress code here is pretty lax, but be sure to leave the saggy jeans and tennis shoes at home.
Round-Up Night Club is a country-western nightclub that is perfect for those who want to party like they’re in Nashville. This place usually has a cover charge and is open until the early morning hours.
What you’ll find when you walk into Round-Up is a large dance floor, plenty of bars, and a lounge area.
The music played here is mostly country-western, but you’ll also hear some pop and rock mixed in. And, if you’re looking to take a break from the dance floor, there’s usually a line dancing lesson happening in one of the side rooms.
The dress code here is pretty strict, so make sure you’re dressed to impress.
Some More Fort Lauderdale Worth Mentioning
As I’m not a huge club-goer, the aforementioned dance spots, bars, lounges, and nightclubs I listed are some of my personal favorites or spots recommended by local friends.
Here are some more dance clubs in Fort Lauderdale that although I can’t personally vouge for, are certainly worth mentioning are:
So, there you have it! Fort Lauderdale is a great place to let loose and dance the night away. Whether you’re looking for Top 40 and Hip Hop, a country-western bar, a gay nightclub, or just a place to listen to some live Jazz, there’s something for everyone.
Do you have any favorite places to go dancing in Fort Lauderdale? Let us know in the comments!