Whether you like to salsa, nae-nae, or leap into the air hoping Patrick Swayze will catch you, these are the best spots in Melbourne to get a healthy dose of vitamin D while shaking bums.
The crown for Melbourne’s finest outdoor dance floor surely goes to the simple and beloved Section 8. Tucked away in Chinatown, this hangout is nestled between sister-venue Ferdydurke and cheap eats institution Shanghai Dumplings. The concrete dance floor is loaded with multi-level wooden pallets that can quickly switch from seating to groove podiums if the vibe is high.
Brown Alley Rooftop Garden
Mega-venue Brown Alley has carved itself a reputation as one of the city’s most musically adventurous nightclubs, but for many people it’s the day parties that remain the most memorable. The club boasts four indoor spaces over three levels, but the crown jewel sitting atop it all is the Garden Terrace. This outdoor area is one of the best places for a sunshine dance in the CBD, and during summer you can find it brimming with regulars.
Rod Laver arena isn’t the only Melbourne venue with a retractable roof. The Gaso (as it’s affectionately known) can also let the breeze in when required. A couple of years ago this Collingwood live-music institution had a facelift, and can now peel back its roof on those hot summer days and balmy nights so punters can boogie under the stars. The band room regularly hosts local and international acts, and is also host to the legendary Daydreams parties, for which even Roger Federer would have to line up.
The Third Day
The newest dance floor on the list comes via a burned-out-warehouse conversion in North Melbourne. Bringing some of that abandoned-Berlin vibe to Melbourne, TTD has consistently booked of-the-moment house and techno acts from the international club circuit.
This Abbotsford bar and eatery features a delightful backyard beer garden. You’ll find it pumping most Saturday evenings when the tables are cleared for wiggle room. Make sure you keep an eye out for special Sunday events, when the dance floor really comes alive to Balearic selectors such as CC:DISCO or Umut.
British DJ Floating Points said it best: “Can’t imagine a better use for a velodrome.” Nor can we as it turns out. The unique event space is garnering quite the reputation, with Melbourne party throwers Freedom Time setting up camp there three times and counting, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard throwing Gizzfest there last year. Head north to experience the hype and remember: bike paths for cycling, velodrome’s for dancing.
The Deck at Circa, The Prince
Just when you thought Southside wouldn't get a gig … Circa, The Prince comes along with The Deck. Usually reserved for weddings and swanky cocktail parties, The Deck is known to open its doors to the public from time to time for some daytime shindigs.