Sometimes you just want to dance. Whatever your jam, be it poppin’ pool parties, rooftop ragers, or getting down to ’80s bangers inside a Twin Peaks set piece, these exciting nightclubs in Houston give you the chance to paint the town red. Read on to discover the 10 best nightclubs in Houston.
Alternative music haven, Numbers Nightclub, has been an underground Houston fixture since 1978. Having staged the likes of legends – Siouxsie & The Banshees, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, and more – the nightclub continues to deliver new wave music to the masses.
On top of the music, Numbers Nightclub also hosts markets, alternative performances, and themed parties. Numbers is open from 9 pm to 2 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 9 pm to 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
With the tagline “nothing fancy just dancy” Barbarella is the dive bars of dance clubs. Located at 2404 San Jacinto St., the alternative Houston nightclub regularly attracts indie lovers for its dancy soundtrack of Daft Punk, Grimes, Lana Del Ray, and more. Barbarella features weekly themed nights such as Pop Off Thursdays, New Noise Fridays, and Footloose Saturdays.
3. Cherry Bar
See what’s behind the red curtains at the new, Lynchian-inspired nightclub, Cherry. It’s set in the two-story space formerly occupied by the Nightingale Room – which is rather appropriate all considering.
Featuring a dramatic interplay of deep red lighting, jet black furnishings, and serrated zebra patterned-floor, visitors are welcome to dance their way through the void.
Billed as “the largest indoor/outdoor space of its kind in the city”, Sekai Night and Day is elevating East Downtown’s nightlife with top notch DJs, dancing, lounging, and private events.
5. South Beach
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After four years and multi-million-dollar renovations, iconic LGBTQ+ club, South Beach, has brought the party back to Montrose.
Party goers will also notice one striking design change: the club has switched out its planet-sized disco ball centerpiece for an 8-foot, 450-pound, rotating crystal chandelier – what Armstrong calls “the mother of all chandeliers”.
Whether you’re tearing up the dance floor to ’80s tunes or chilling in the upstairs lounge, Etro offers sanctuary for synth-pop and new wave lovers. Immerse yourself in ’80s music dance culture at Etro from 9 pm to 2 am Thursday through Sunday.
House and techno and techno fans can find their jam at Bauhaus club. Located a block away from the Toyota Center, the indoor and outdoor venue is equipped with a top-notch sound system and hosts the top dance DJs in the world of electronic music.
Located at 310 Main St, Behind Closed Doors is an elevated new cocktail concept that comprises of multiple bars, including secret rooms, DJs, and all the vibes.
Inside this groovy den amid the far out light installations are three separate bars, each of which with its own designated design. Among these rooms visitors will find two DJs, one up front, and the other in the Red Room upstairs which starts at 10 pm.
9. Rise Rooftop
Rise Rooftop is a 13,000-square-foot entertainment venue in Houston. In addition to striking architecture, vibrant lighting fixtures, and soaring ceilings, the venue features a state-of-the-art retractable rooftop.
10. Pretty Liar
Open from 8 pm to 2 am Thursday through Saturday, Pretty Liar is a club, lounge, and sound garden in Midtown. Be sure to order its staple Butterfly cocktail while you’re there.