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BEST Dance Club

2011 BEST Dance Club

Middlesex Lounge

Cambridge

The Middlesex proves that a night out dancing needn’t devolve into bachelorette-party debauchery. There ;will be a line—but with music ranging from old-school hip-hop to funk to electronica, and a solid cocktail menu to keep joints limber, even the hippest… read more»

2010 BEST Dance Club, Grownups
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Tango By Moonlight

Somerville

A cool dance night that comes with instruction? That’s what you’ll get when you try Tango by Moonlight, a 14-year-old tradition that takes the passion of the Argentine dance and dips it in the sheen of Cambridge moonbeams. Dancers will… read more»

2009 BEST Dance Club
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Middlesex Lounge

Cambridge

Don’t be put off by the lines for just about everything here (entry, drinks, the lav): When you’re ready to get low, there’s always room on the dance floor. This minimalist club has the feel of a house party, with… read more»

2008 BEST Dance Club
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Gypsy Bar

Boston

The average reveler out on the town cannot avoid certain pitfalls: long lines, jerk doormen, megaexpensive drinks. And so we mean this in the most complimentary of ways: At Gypsy, a bumpin’ dance haven full of celebs (both quasi and… read more»

2006 BEST Dance Club
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Rumor

Boston

Step into Rumor on a Saturday night—assuming you can get in at all—and enter a world where women dance on platforms, curtains billow from the ceiling, and DJs seamlessly mix Shakira, Kanye, and the Black Sheep. VIPs frequent the club’s… read more»

2005 BEST Dance Club

Swing City

Cambridge

Not into urban clubs filled with grinding torsos and ear-splitting music? Check out Swing City. Don’t let the ’70s-era orange carpet or dark wood paneling fool you: This Friday-night dance spot’s live bands and jiving jitterbugging make up for the… read more»

2005 BEST Dance Club, Gay

Avalon, Sunday nights

Boston

Many area nightspots sponsor weekly gay nights, but none satisfies the masses quite like Avalon Sundays. Beautiful players sip cocktails and get groovy in superlative style to pumping tunes spun by local DJ heavyweights, while drag queens take advantage of… read more»

2004 BEST Dance Club

Avalon

Boston

Even after all the new additions to the roster of Lansdowne Street clubs, Avalon remains the life of the dance party. It’s consistently packed, spotlights an endless supply of internationally renowned DJs, and pours some of the city’s most potent… read more»

2004 BEST Dance Club, Gay

Buzz

Boston

You could go to Buzz just for the bartenders—they’re pure eye candy, completely unpretentious (nice, even), and they pour a stiff drink. Or, you could go for the DJs, who spin a hip-pulsing blend of pop, dance, and techno. You… read more»

2002 BEST Dance Club

Avalon

Boston

This mammoth Fenway space is more than just a place for catching concerts. Come midnight most nights of the week, the venue transforms into the dance club of choice for Boston collegians and techno lovers alike. With an outstanding lineup… read more»