Winter is the perfect time to drag yourself out of the house and don your dancing shoes. More fun than the gym and the logical follow up to a warming drink, dancing is the perfect winter activity. And don’t assume Saturday night is the only time Melbourne puts her heels on either, because we’ve scoured the streets and found the best places to shake it down almost any night of the week.
The Buffalo Club
Open Monday to Thursday until 1am as a reduced bar, this former fraternal club ballroom turned music venue has a constantly rotating schedule of gigs. With an agenda to advance Melbourne’s live music and dance culture, The Buffalo Club is an artist run-initiative utilising the its full RSL club license to keep Buffalo open until the wee hours in celebration of Melbourne’s eclectic dance music scene. The result is a unique line-up of Australian and international talent.
22 Sutherland Street, Melbourne
For your late-week dose of dance, head to Miss Libertine to hear some of Melbourne’s best DJs and bands. From glitch-hop to trance, Libertine’s is the place for thumping beats. After a dance session in her huge undercover courtyard, head inside for a beer and some pizza while you recuperate and rest your tired feet. But don’t plan on remaining seated for long, the music inside will lure you back to your feet in no time.
34 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Dive bar Cherry is an institution where entry and drinks are cheap and you can dance unashamedly until the early hours. Don’t be shy at Cherry – someone will always be dancing harder then you. Soul Thursday’s are the highlight in which contagious Motown soul classics will give your feet a mind of their own. You might have to hitch your skirt and step down off the stage to make space for the band if there’s a live act that evening.
103 Flinders Lane (ACDC Lane), Melbourne
When you’ve been kicked out of everywhere else but your ready to rock on, Revolver is the place to go. It’s unpretentious and fun, with two rooms to accommodate your dancing needs. Live gigs complimented by wild DJs in the back bar make Revolver an excellent Saturday night destination. From Saturday until early Monday morning, Revolver doesn’t sleep. On more mellow weeknights check out the gigs in Revolver’s band room. If you're there early enough for pre-gig dinner, Revolver’s resident restaurant, Colonel Tan’s, is excellent for a spot of Thai.
229 Chapel Street, Prahran
The Night Cat
Fitzroy institution The Night Cat is like an old friend who’s always around and up for some fun. It’s usually packed, so arrive early to avoid a queue, especially on Sunday night when things get heated with their 10-piece salsa orchestra. On weeknights, music ranges from Afro-Cuban to reggae, funk and groove. The circular dance floor and central stage makes The Night Cat’s focus obvious, but there’s a little seating if you feel like sipping a cocktail and watching the action. If you’re intimidated by the pros, brush up on your style with Sunday salsa classes before the night kicks off.