City Guide 2013
Published: February 28, 2013
When the sun goes down and you're achin' to strap on your dancin' shoes, there's only one thing that can be done: find a spot out on the nearest dance floor and start shakin' it. Channel your inner dancing queen (or king) and check out these discothèques sure to keep you groovin' and movin' in the Alamo city.
— Ashley Guzman
Smack dab in the middle of the North Main Strip, Heat is the ultimate dance haven for dancing divas and hot lads. With a video lounge, a main room, front bar, and the HEATed patio, there are plenty of ways to party and enjoy the ridiculous drink specials. The drag shows are undoubtedly extraordinary and feature a "showcast" of beauties that are guaranteed to dazzle.
1500 North Main, (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com
If an orchestrated fashion show set to blaring Top 40, hip-hop, house, and international music is your kind of thing, consider Nektar Lounge your dance club du jour, where designer duds and sky high stilettos dominate a dance floor laden with lights and fog. Expect to drop some cash, the drinks ain't cheap.
19239 Stone Oak Parkway Ste.110, (210) 833-5370, nektarlounge.com
With a history just as colorful as its patrons, The Bonham has undoubtedly paved the way for San Antone nightlife. The club attracts revelers from all walks of life, regardless of income, race, or gender-ptreference. Dance the night away to a variety of jams, play pool, or socialize on the patio. The drinks are hella cheap, but get there early because the lines get long.
411 Bonham, (210) 271-3811, bonhamexchange.net
This funky Monkey has proven to be the best dancing den deep in the heart of the N St. Mary's Strip. The usual Indie/Hipster suspects trickle in, mixing with dance enthusiasts and eccentrics alike. The sound is stellar, the dance floor always hoppin', and the impressive patio (with an outdoor bar) offers a nice break from the gyrating. Classic videos play onscreen, setting a quirky, 80s-tastic vibe meets hipster-club.
2702 N. St Mary's, (210) 584-0103
Everyone from record producer and trance DJ Paul Oakenfold, to Mexican pop-rock singer Julieta Venegas, have played Club Rio, creating an international club feel. It's roomy, loungy, and also equipped with typical club lighting and an abundance of pulsating sound. Expect a cover, pricey drinks, possible raver sightings, and a variety of house, electro, and trance tunes.
13307 San Pedro, (210) 403-2582, club-rio.net