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Best Dance Music Club

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The best dance music clubs in Atlanta.

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Music Room

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best Dance Music Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best Dance Music Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best dance music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best 18 and up BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
Opera Nightclub (Permanently Closed)

Best dance music institution BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
MJQ Concourse (Featured)
MJQ CONCOURSE is Atlanta’s staple spot for all flavors of old-school, new-school, and worldly hip-hop. Want proof? Look no further than the legendary Fantastic Friday nights, featuring D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik, DJ Fudge, Majestik, and DJ Lord (when he’s not on the road with Public Enemy) every first,more...
MJQ CONCOURSE is Atlanta’s staple spot for all flavors of old-school, new-school, and worldly hip-hop. Want proof? Look no further than the legendary Fantastic Friday nights, featuring D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik, DJ Fudge, Majestik, and DJ Lord (when he’s not on the road with Public Enemy) every first, third, and fourth Friday of the month. Come back for Face Off Fridays with DJ Rasta Root and Jah Prince every second Friday. Trap, that old-school, up top sound, Caribbean inflections, EDM, and ’90s classics are all on the playlist. less...

Best 18+ dance club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)
RUSH LOUNGE AKA the IRIS is the quintessential spot for 18-and-up nightlife, and all things trap, EDM, and candy bracelets. This late-night Buford Highway haunt is a stomping ground for such lauded DJs and producers as Ployd, Skymatic, Eddie Gold, and many more. But this year's resident DJs Strangermore...
RUSH LOUNGE AKA the IRIS is the quintessential spot for 18-and-up nightlife, and all things trap, EDM, and candy bracelets. This late-night Buford Highway haunt is a stomping ground for such lauded DJs and producers as Ployd, Skymatic, Eddie Gold, and many more. But this year's resident DJs Stranger Candy and Syl-O set a high standard for electronic dance music, and they always know how to keep the people on their feet. The weekly ESP 101 Learn to Believe parties are the spot for those in the know. less...

Best dance music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best dance music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best 18 and up club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best 18 and up club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » After Dark
IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best dance music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best dance music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
IRIS aka Rush Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Legacy Live (Permanently Closed)

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Cresent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com/

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Runner-up
Opera
1150-B Crescent Ave., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
El Bar @ El Ponce (Featured)

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
MJQ Concourse (Featured)
Midtown nightclub MJQ CONCOURSE is the perennial favorite in this category because there’s no place more dependable on a weekend night. Each week hundreds of people go for the swirling disco lights, hot guys and girls, large dance floor, and music that’s commercially palatable withoutmore...
Midtown nightclub MJQ CONCOURSE is the perennial favorite in this category because there’s no place more dependable on a weekend night. Each week hundreds of people go for the swirling disco lights, hot guys and girls, large dance floor, and music that’s commercially palatable without hitting the lowest common denominator. A roster of capable resident DJs, special theme nights such as the “Saturday Party Sneak Attack,” and such out-of-town DJ stars as Flosstradamus and Girl Talk add to the unpredictable fun. less...

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
MJQ Concourse (Featured)
The predictably unpredictable nature of MJQ CONCOURSE keeps crowds rolling in. In theory, a “best dance club” has a huge dancefloor, but MJQ has a packed dancefloor, which is much more fun. Clubs don’t often age gracefully — in fact, most are lucky if they make itmore...
The predictably unpredictable nature of MJQ CONCOURSE keeps crowds rolling in. In theory, a “best dance club” has a huge dancefloor, but MJQ has a packed dancefloor, which is much more fun. Clubs don’t often age gracefully — in fact, most are lucky if they make it through the first year. But not MJQ. Between its regularly scheduled programming of Brit pop, hip-hop, reggae and rare grooves, the club manages to throw in weird theme nights like lingerie parties, blood wrestling, homecoming events and cowboys vs. ninjas (we can’t explain if you weren’t there). Plus, it books the hippest-of-the-hip DJs. No matter what the entertainment, though, a night at the Q, is almost always a damn good time. less...

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
D'jango Kitchen and Saloon (Permanently Closed)
Imagine hailing a gypsy cab on New York’s Lower East Side. Inside, the decorations are Bangladeshi-meets-Brooklyn and the cabby raps to Jay-Z in Bengali. And as the cab gets its swerve on, your body dances involuntarily. The DJANGO GYPSY KITCHEN AND SALOON’s bohemian burrow recallsmore...
Imagine hailing a gypsy cab on New York’s Lower East Side. Inside, the decorations are Bangladeshi-meets-Brooklyn and the cabby raps to Jay-Z in Bengali. And as the cab gets its swerve on, your body dances involuntarily. The DJANGO GYPSY KITCHEN AND SALOON’s bohemian burrow recalls that ride, where disparate cultures fuse sweat-drenched momentum into one undeniably funky juggernaut. Whether looking for hip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, flamenco, deep house, rare groove, soca, Afro-Cuban jazz or just a medley of people getting dirty and flirty in a post-modern Mediterranean/Latin/North African environment, Django offers a tight space under an even tighter groove. less...

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Nomenclature Museum (Permanently Closed)
Located in the little big house on 12th Street, Nomenclature just turned 3 and shows no signs of getting old. Nomenclature gets Best Dance Club not for offering a lot of space, but for offering a lot of options within a space. Some of the city's best house DJs, a strong sound system and ever-changingmore...
Located in the little big house on 12th Street, Nomenclature just turned 3 and shows no signs of getting old. Nomenclature gets Best Dance Club not for offering a lot of space, but for offering a lot of options within a space. Some of the city's best house DJs, a strong sound system and ever-changing props contribute to Nomenclature's intimate house-party vibe. And there's always a corner in which to make up and/or make out. less...

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Backstreet is Atlanta's members-only club open to everyone, provided you have an open mind. There's no guarantee it will have an open dance floor, though. It may have one of the largest, colorful, gay and straight floors in the city, but on the weekend, especially among the late-night crowd, it's prettymore...
Backstreet is Atlanta's members-only club open to everyone, provided you have an open mind. There's no guarantee it will have an open dance floor, though. It may have one of the largest, colorful, gay and straight floors in the city, but on the weekend, especially among the late-night crowd, it's pretty packed. But there's sure to be someone willing to share their space, which is part of the charm. Plus, it's probably the only place where it's acceptable, almost expected, that you enter at night and emerge bewildered in the daylight. less...

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