Top Places to Go Dancing in Minneapolis

Minneapolis may be best known for its live music, but our musicians aren’t always the center of attention—sometimes the dancers are the draw.

Whether you’re a seasoned salsera or have never done more than sway back and forth at weddings, the city has plenty of places to show off your stuff, learn some new grooves, or simply work up a sweat and shake it off. With so many dance halls and gatherings throughout the year, you could pick a different style every night of the week without retracing your two-step. Note: event calendars change frequently, so be sure to check with each venue’s website before you head out with your dancing shoes. 

Nightclubs

Pourhouse

Offering two distinct spaces—the Pourhouse and the Hideout at the Pourhouse—this Prohibition-inspired bar and dance club offers a variety of DJ styles, drink specials (like $1 sips on Thursday nights), and special events like dance fundraisers for LGBTQ+ causes and ABBA tribute bands. Some nights are 18+, and covers vary. 

Rouge at the Lounge

This lush, dark North Loop nightclub just a block from Target Field brings an eclectic selection of genres across three different dance rooms every week, Thursday through Saturday, from 10pm to 2am. Thursday nights lean Latin & Hip Hop, Fridays spotlight reggae and hip hop, and Saturdays are anything goes under the chandeliers.

The Exchange & Alibi Lounge

Picture 7,200 square feet of space begging you to come dance the night away to Top 40, EDM, and hip hop on Hennepin—including two full bars, excellent sound and light systems, reservable VIP seating, and different DJs Thursday through Sunday from 10pm to 2am. Check Facebook for special events, from touring DJs to Bollywood nights, as covers vary.

Swing Dancing

Rhythm Junction

Known as the spot “Where Lindy Hoppers go to Dance,” Rhythm Junction offers a different Monday night class series at Four Seasons Dance Studio every month (from Fast Lindy Hop to Slow & Groovy and Blues dancing), followed by an open Social Dance soundtracked by rotating DJs 8pm-11pm. The group also hosts workshops and Rhythm Royale dance events with live music. 

Aster Café Swing Brunch

Every Sunday from 11am to 2pm, dance to the swinging tunes of Patty & the Buttons, with musical inspirations ranging from New Orleans Traditional Jazz and Western Swing to Gypsy Melodies and Ragtime Piano Blues. Stop in and dance or simply enjoy the music from your table laden with corn flake-crusted French toast and malted waffles.

TC Swing

Turning the 301 on Main event space into a throwback dance hall with Late Night Swing every Thursday night from 10pm to 2am. New to swing? Head to a lesson beforehand and get into Late Night Swing for free. Lessons begin at 7pm and showcase East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. Check the TC Swing calendar for special guests on First Saturdays and other events.

The Wabasha Street Caves (Saint Paul) 

These caves may be in our sister city, but we couldn’t mention swing dancing in the area without tipping our hat to this totally unique experience. Every Thursday Night, natural caves with speakeasy history (the caves were used as hideouts for infamous gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson) become the dancefloor for lessons starting at 6pm and the social dance beginning at 7. Head to their website for the speakeasy password!

Plus, a few annual events to watch out for...

Check out competitions, classes, and happening swing dance parties at the Midwest Lindy Fest (April), The Uptown Hangout (June), and The Uptown Swingout (August).

Latin/Salsa Dancing

La Dona Cerveceria

Heat things up with a Salsa, Bachata & Beer dance party every Saturday at this North Minneapolis brewery and taproom that specializes in brews and events celebrating the local Latinx community. A $10 cover is your ticket, and the night starts with salsa lessons with experienced teachers at 9 pm, after which the dancing—from live bands and/or DJs—doesn’t stop until 2am. 

Loring Bar & Restaurant

Every Friday and Saturday Night, this Dinkytown restaurant clears the floor of tables and chairs to transform into a Latin nightclub with “Salsa Police” from 10pm to 2am. Fridays are strictly salsa, but Saturday’s DJ loosens things up with the addition of Latin fusion, reggaeton, and more.

El Nuevo Rodeo

A true Latin nightclub and concert venue featuring live bands from Mexico and Latin America, this Longfellow neighborhood institution’s spacious 3rd floor dance floor is the place to be on Friday nights for Paraiso Lounge—where DJs spin cumbia, salsa, guaracha, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton all night long, starting at 10pm ($10 cover).

Folk Dancing

Tapestry Folk Dance Center

Featuring classes and events most days of the week, Tapestry offers an international buffet of folkdance styles, from Scottish Country dance and Bollywood classes to Somali dance and Contra events. Got kids? Check out Family Dance on the second Saturday of the month, featuring British and American folk dances that are easy to learn for ALL ages (kid-friendly snacks included). Local tip: Most folk dances are social rather than coupled or solo, so it’s a great group activity—bring some friends!

Tango 

Tango Milonga at Dance with Lois Donnay

Dream of learning to Tango? This studio hosts beginner, intermediate, and expert group dance lessons available throughout the week. Classes are all drop-in, so you can go weekly or just once. (Private classes are also available.) When you’re ready to show off what you’ve learned, head to the studio’s Tuesday Milonga each week at 9 with talk, food, and wine with the local tango community for $5—BYOB and bring something to eat. For more Minneapolis Tango events, the Tango Society of Minnesota has the intel.