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Now, We Dance

Dennis Malcolm Byron | January 10, 2013 | Articles

Remember when Atlanta’s beloved hip-hop group Goodie Mob lyrically called out stiff partygoers with their 1998 hit, “They Don’t Dance No Mo’”? No? Well, almost 15 years later, the city’s hip and restless are flocking to these 10 venues, which flaunt incredible DJs, eclectic music and jaw-dropping interiors designed to make us sweat all night long (so much for the Mob mentality).

Opera Nightclub
The line outside of this Midtown palace showcases Opera’s attraction of Atlanta’s sexiest. Inside, the grandiose ballroom, glistening chandeliers and globetrotting DJs collectively make this one of the most popular dance clubs in Georgia’s capital. @operanightclub

HALO Lounge
Midtown’s HALO is one of the most dance-inducing venues on Saturday night. The evening is called Dopeness, and for good reason—after partying with three different DJs (who rotate every 30 minutes, spinning everything from rock and house, to hip-hop, ’80s hits and soul), you’ll be hooked. @halolounge

MJQ Concourse
Only true Atlantans would know that the lowly shed in the middle of a Virginia-Highland parking lot is really the entrance to the city’s most storied subterranean nightclub. MJQ’s not for the superficial: If you don’t dance, you don’t belong. Themed nights throughout the week embrace disco, rock, house, electronica and real hip-hop. @mjq_concourse

At Midtown’s dual-personality hot spot, the chillaxing Cosmopolitan and upbeat Lava combine to give clubbers four dance floors, three DJs, state-of-the-art lighting, swanky decor and an incredible Turbosound system blasting the latest in pop, house, funk and hip-hop all under one roof. @cosmolava

The Hole in the Wall
Consistently reaping awards as the best place to dance in the city, The Hole in the Wall’s wallet-friendly drafts and shots—and consistently sexy clientele—keeps this Buckhead party zone going Monday night through Sunday morning. @hitw_atl

Reign Nightclub & Vanquish Lounge
After recently celebrating its first anniversary in grand fashion, the lavish Reign and neighboring upscale Vanquish maintain a rep for attracting a diverse mix of celebrities and A-Town elite. Located at the beginning of the Midtown Mile, both offer RSVPs online for free admission. @reignatlanta

The Mansion Elan
The latest in hip-hop and R&B—plus lavish hardwood floors and a signature grand staircase—make Doraville’s The Mansion Elan the ultimate house party. Ladies get in free—and there’s no seating on purpose, to guarantee dancing is what you come for. Don’t be surprised to find T.I. and Rick Ross in the house. @mansionelan

The Sound Table
A hipster’s refuge during the day and an all-out dance-a-thon by night, The Sound Table hosts some of the nation’s top sound selectors, who rock Old Fourth Ward till the wee hours of the morning. Grooves ranging from Afrobeat to “Thriller” house remixes leave no space on the dance floor unoccupied. @thesoundtable

Tongue & Groove
Pumping everything from techno to hip-hop makes this chic Buckhead discotheque the go-to spot for setting off your weekend—especially on Southern Hospitality Thursdays, Atlanta’s most popular industry night to dress and impress. @tongueandgroove

The Red Door Tavern
Proudly peddling cheap drinks (including their famous Slush Puppy), no frills and a separate space to dance the night away, The Red Door Tavern in Buckhead is ideal for letting your hair down. Check your attitude at the door, and boogie to pop, hip-hop and dance hits.


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