While we’re all about binge-watching Netflix, sometimes you just need to your boogie on. And, whatever kind of night you’re after, we guarantee Auckland has a spot for you. Put on those dancing shoes, channel your inner Baby or Johnny and head to one of these best places to dance in Auckland.
A ridiculously cool space ready to cater to your every whim, REC is the place to be on a Saturday night. Transforming into a night club, you won’t want to miss a chance to have a boogie. From the grand metallic bar to the sky blue DJ booth, you’ll be in for a night to remember.
You can’t call yourself a true Aucklander until you’ve cut shapes on the dancefloor of 1885. The Britomart club has a busy events calendar and is no stranger to hosting events and live DJs. You’ll defs be a touch sweaty and tuckered out after this outing. Luckily, you can refuel next door at Better Burger. Their burgers taste even better (pun intended) when you’re a few bevvies deep.
If you’re a bit of a hipster, you’ll want to make Golden Dawn your local. Located on the corner of Richmond and Ponsonby Roads, this gem is hard to find because of its lack of signage (signage is sooo mainstream). Stumble through the green wooden gate and you’ll find all things quirky—people, music and drinks. The outdoor courtyard is decked out with haphazardly draped coloured lights and big shared tables, making it the perfect pozzy to dance the day (or night) away.
All good nights lead to Danny Doolans. Located in the Viaduct, this iconic Irish pub has live music every night of the week—madness! The nightly parties kick off at 9pm (sometimes earlier) and go into the wee small hours. Leave your dignity at the door and get set to dance and sing yer heart out. Being a good Irish pub, there’s Murphy’s Irish Stout on tap and Jameson at the ready. It's one of the best places to go dancing in Auckland.
Not only is Orleans good for food (shout out to their fried chicken waffles), it’s equally good for live music. Weeknights are about artists performing a selection of mellow blues, R&B and jazz classics. Things get turned up a notch on the weekends with rockin’ blues and booty shakin’ New Orleans classics. Keep an eye on their events calendar because they hold regular jazz sessions guaranteed to get groovin’.
Just because it’s Sunday needn’t mean you put away your dancing shoes. Every second Sunday Flight 605 host Kingsland Folk Club (aka KFC), showcasing live music from both established and up-and-coming talent. You’ll discover a smorgasbord of sounds with everything from R&B and country to modern folk and indie. Expect friendly neighbour vibes and good times all around.
Family Bar And Club
Everyone’s family at K' Road’s much-loved Family Bar And Club. If you’re after cheap drinks, wild dancing and drag queens, this LGBT-friendly bar is the place to be. Everything and anything seems to go at this Auckland institution. Rest assured, no one will be judging your whack dance moves—in fact, they’ll be encouraging you to go harder. BYO glitter dance the night away in Auckland.
Fun times are a’plenty at Auckland's Impala. This free house club is all about the latest innovations in production and DJ gear, with their badass sound system blasting tunes from both local and international DJs. What’s more, there’s a top-notch selection of wine, craft beersies and cocktails available for the taking. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, try your hand at nabbing a VIP booth to make it a night to remember.
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Image credit: REC, Orleans, 1885, Impala, Andrew Wilson