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Five Bars Perfect for a Weekend Boogie

Perfect your moonwalk and dramatic death drop on these buzzing Melbourne dance floors.
By Imogen Baker
August 29, 2018
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Five Bars Perfect for a Weekend Boogie

Perfect your moonwalk and dramatic death drop on these buzzing Melbourne dance floors.
By Imogen Baker
August 29, 2018
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FIVE BARS PERFECT FOR A WEEKEND BOOGIE

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Perfect your moonwalk and dramatic death drop on these buzzing Melbourne dance floors.

The best part about the nightlife in Melbourne is that there's always something new to try, with new wine bars and restaurants opening every other weekend. But no matter how the night might start, there's always a point where you want to leave your bag in the cloak room and have a boogie.

It's a special kind of establishment that can offer the dance floor you crave at those moments. One that's busy, but not too busy, dark but not suspiciously dark, and full to bursting with clientele who'll appreciate your attempt at a moonwalk without passing judgement. Not to mention a DJ who will seriously consider your 'Cotton Eye Joe' request.

So, when the dancing queen inside of you cries out, where do you go? Where do you turn when you want to get in formation? We've teamed up with Heineken to curate a definitive list of Melbourne venues with dance floors that are guaranteed to come to life on the weekend.

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    Head to The Emerson in South Yarra, grab a beer, some nibbles and sit on the roof to watch the sun go down. It’s dinner and a show. Once night has fallen, The Emerson gets a little cheeky and the dance floor — which spans over two stories — always goes off. The music varies: it’s a little club, a little techno, a little house, with some crowd pleasers thrown in. It can get a little squishy, but if you’re willing to carve out a little space on the d-floor for your more dramatic moves, you can dance all night — the bar stays open till 5am on Fridays and Saturdays. 

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    If you’ve ever found yourself itching for a boogie while on Smith Street, you’ve probably followed the hordes looking for salvation and been taken in by the angels at Yah Yahs. It’s a near-iconic northside dance floor and it’s free entry before 11pm (and $10 thereafter). The music at Yah Yahs could be best described as literally anything that will get you grooving. On Fridays, the DJs play indie mashups and on Saturdays they play all your guilty pleasures. Hello, ‘Friday’ by Rebecca Black, it’s been a while. Pro tip: the lines are long but don’t be put off — they move quickly.
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    If you can get in before the line starts to form around the block, Laundry Bar in Fitzroy is the perfect place to bump and grind to your favourite R&B tunes, beer in hand. It has a bunch of DJs that rotate weekly, so do your research and find your preferred flavour. But, generally, whoever is spinning always creates a killer vibe. The whole venue is just one big dance floor. From 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, the music is super grimy and very conducive to gettin’ low. And it gets extra points for the kebab shop right next door.

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    Look, not all of us are born dancers, some of us are a little more uncoordinated than others. And that’s okay because, at Persa, there’s no judgement — it’s all about having fun. Don’t leave it too late before you head over because the lines get a bit long and you don’t want to stand around waiting while you can hear all the chaos going on inside. Friday nights are perfect for a nostalgic boogie, with a foolproof lineup of 90s classics. While on Saturdays, well, anything goes. The beer is cheap and the d-floor is spacious. Really, what more do you need? Nothing. 

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    The Swan in Richmond, on the corner of Swan and Church streets, is always busy and the dance floor gets packed on the weekends. Let’s not pretend it’s going to be an elegant evening — the Swan is, after all, a good old-fashioned corner pub — but if you want a cold beer and a buzzing dance floor, it’s just the ticket. And the main benefit of going for a groove at the pub? You can treat yourself to some well-earned chippies afterwards. 

     

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Plan your next night out — all you need to do is rally the troops, choose a venue and order a round of Heineken.

For more suggestions on where to spend your night out, send us a message on Facebook to chat with the Heineken Insider.

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