If you're on Red River and you hear the siren call of the speakers, you must obey Barbarella's call to dance. Mixing everything from 80s to dub step to modern indie pop, the DJs here know how to keep the party going for the diverse crowd of revelers. Even though it's a bit of a hipster scene, everyone's welcome at this party every night of the week.
Here's where the hardcore pop-it-lock-it-drop-it dancing takes place in Austin. It's a small, intimate space that houses b-boys, crumpers, booty dancers and everyone in between. The bass is intense and the music is relentless once the party gets going. Bring your A-game because you're likely to get caught up in a dance battle at some point.
If you're looking for country line dancing, there's no better place to go in town than South Austin's famous Broken Spoke. With a featured honky-tonk band playing every night and regular special guests (like Willie himself), you'll always have a reason to get your boots tapping and your Wranglers wagging on the wide wooden dance floor.
With all of the gay bar offerings on Fourth Street, Rain is the most accessible to everyone, with a Top 40 focus on the turntable and three separate bars that will serve everyone equally. Plus, the multi-level dance floor is actually filled with inebriated and talented people dancing. And, of course... dancing cages.
Located on the East side behind Cisco's famous taco stand, The Eastern is filling a void left for hardcore dance parties on East Sixth. With a small interior and a large outdoor dance floor, you can hear the DJs mixes from a few blocks away. The dancing gets sweaty pretty quickly, but it's worth it for the chance to dance under the stars.
If you're looking for a place to escape into music, Elysium offers a direct shot of novocaine to your head to let you drop out and dance out your feelings to all the darkest, gothiest, metaliest music available to the non-German public. Everyone is welcome into this dungeon playground, just as long as you're willing to dance.
Cheer Up Charlie's is an increasingly popular dive bar and hangout joint that might just be the epicenter of chillness in East Austin. After drinking cheap beer or kombucha on tap, it doesn't take much for the fun-loving crowd to start dancing the night away to whatever band or musician decided to show up that night.
With the largest dance floor in the warehouse district along with six full bars packed onto three levels, Kiss & Fly has become the destination lately for Austin's gay community. On any given night it seems that all of Austin's gay community has shown up to party, so if massive dance mobs are you're thing and you want to dance with as many random people in one night, then you owe it to yourself to get here.