William Fernando Martinez
Just go dancing. This is Boulder — fancy gold shoes not required.

Boulder isn’t harboring the danciest dance scene around.

But there are still places to get that groove on — especially if you’re willing to drive.

We’ve got some suggestions here on where to bust your move. Never fear. Between Boulder and Denver, you’ll find ample places to shake that ass.

Absinthe House

1109 Walnut Street, Boulder

A place with many a reputation. But no matter your thoughts, its thudding bass, strobe lights and club feel draw in even the most skeptical, anti-dance folks (after a few shots, at least). With a loaded bar just above the dance floor, those avoiding the fray have a view of the movers and shakers below. Friday nights, DJs battle it out for the best beats, while Saturdays bring the house party to downtown Boulder. Don’t let the line discourage you, it’s worth heading in for a quick dance session.

Walrus Saloon

1911 11th Street, Boulder

A block away from Absinthe is the Walrus, infamous for its grungy feel and night-ending fishbowls. It wasn’t built for dancing, but it certainly gets the crowd moving on a busy Friday night. So if the pool tables are busy at this basement bar, never fear. A dance party always starts up, with plenty of seating nearby for those too tipsy to move.

Tahona Tequila Bar

1035 Pearl Street, Boulder

This bar gets a dance crowd when the DJs arrive at 10 p.m. Restaurant by day, Tahona’s margaritas become lethal by nightfall. And with everything from hip hop to house to funk to reggae, the dance floor’s got you covered. And in this half-bar, half-dance setting, there’s something for everyone, so your non-dancer friends have nothing to fear.

Club Vinyl

1082 Broadway, Denver

Tucked away south of Colfax, the beauty of Vinyl is its variety. Four floors with four different types of music should be able to appease anyone in your club-hopping group. And when the dance floor’s a little too hot? Their rooftop patio offers a great place to enjoy that crisp Colorado air. (Heaters, fire pits and Denver skyline views are all part of the package.) Latin Night hits on Fridays, for the 18 and up crowd. Saturday, electro, progressive, hip hop, house and top 40 hits blast from the speakers. With a $5 cover most nights, it’s definitely worth a stop.

Beta Nightclub

1909 Blake Street, Denver

Here’s a club that advertises going green with its DJ lineup. Beta’s known for technical flair, coordinating audio and lighting to create an all-consuming club experience. But for you environmentally conscious folk, it boasts sustainability throughout its design. The cover is generally $10, but its massive dance floor and quality club feel can help amp up any night out.

The Church

1160 Lincoln St., Denver

Talk about a twist. Built in 1865, this nightclub inhabits a church with a history of its own. From the stained glass to Gothic build, it’s a place you go for the experience. The Church is open Thursday through Sunday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; it’s 18 and up Friday and Saturday, 21 and up on “Sin Sundays,” as they call it. Each night has its own feel — Global Fridays, Latin Night Saturdays and a mix of dark techno with electro and industrial on those sinful Sundays. It’s something new for your weekend.

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