1905 E. North Ave.
high-end cocktail lounge and dance club of the sort typically
associated with Downtown and the Fifth Ward, Decibel stands out on
North Avenue, where it offers a substantially more upscale alternative
to the casual college bars that neighbor it. This chic space is
outfitted with three bars, two DJ booths, billiard tables, plasma
televisions and a fireplace, and touts celebrity DJs and V.I.P. bottle
service on the weekends, as well as one of the city’s most prominent
service industry nights on Tuesdays. (Evan Rytlewski)
343 N. Broadway
in the Third Ward’s popular Wicked Hop restaurant, the Jackalope Lounj
makes a bold first impression with its juxtaposition of modernist metal
art against the natural wood of its loft space. The atmosphere is more
inclusive than many of the city’s other dance venues, too. With a
come-as-you-are mentality fitting of a bar that serves nachos and other
pub food, the Jackalope Lounj hosts live music and DJs several nights a
week, including regular gigs by hip-hop DJs E. Rich and Kid Cut Up.
533 E. Center St.
out the old dancing shoes: It’s party time at Mad Planet. This unique
Riverwest spot is not your typical dance club. With a variety of
featured bands and DJs and psychedelic artwork hanging everywhere, the
setting is prime for a funky evening. The dance floor is large enough
to get down even with a crowd. Don’t feel like dancing? Take a look
around and you’ll find lounge-like spots by the bar and in the back.
1230 N. Van Buren St.
you prefer to shake your booty, shake that thang, shake yo’ moneymaker
or simply shake what your mama gave you, there’s no place quite like
Victor’s to shake up your normal routine and strut your stuff out on
the dance floor. This long-running nightclub offers drink specials
every night of the week, along with “Ladies Night” Wednesdays, karaoke
Sundays and Victor’s “Saturday Night Dance Party.” No matter if your
style is a demure, leave-them-wanting-more shimmy or an all-evening,
all-out sweat session, Victor’s provides a comfortable atmosphere and
hit music from the ’60s to today. (Robbie Hartman)
818 S. Water St.
the warehouse district of the Fifth Ward is Wherehouse, a dance club
with variety. Forget the ordinary deep bass thumping that permeates
most such places. Along with a unique setting, it also offers a wide
range in music. Anything from salsa to swing to the Miltown Beatdown
hip-hop battles can be heard. Wherehouse even offers free salsa lessons
on Saturday nights. (E.W.)
Photo: Decibel | by Will Lincoln