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Best Places To Go Dancing In Orange County

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Clubbing is always chic. EDM (electronic dance music), hip hop, '80s and rock-n-roll tends to keep dancers on the dance floor. Many of Orange County’s dance clubs have a steady and loyal crowd. But the ones worth checking out offer 18+ admission, VIP lounge areas, no cover and masterful known DJs.

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Yost Theater
307 N. Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(888) 862-9573

A historic landmark and noted as the oldest theater in Orange County, Yost Theater, which was originally built for Vaudeville acts in 1912, is one of today’s hottest nightclub for dancing and partying in the OC. The 18+ dance club is busy all week with well-known DJs mixing EDM for sweat-worthy dancing. For those who want a more exclusive evening, party-goers can book a VIP lounge seating (this area is designated for 21+), which offers bottle service and late night nibbles. Live music concerts are also held here. Past performers include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 80s bands Flock of Seagulls & Dramarama, Joe Budden and more.

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Heat Ultra Lounge
400 West Disney Way, Suite 214
Anaheim, Ca 92802
(714) 776-4328

For intoxicating music and beats, Heat Ultra Lounge offers 10,000 square feet of space for mingling and meeting and dancing all night. With two different dance areas, VIP sections (offers bottle service), indoor and outdoor smoking patio, Heat can accommodate up to 900 guests. It light and sound system is state-of-the-art, which pumps the vibe of the entire club. Right now Friday nights bring guests for hip hop and Top 40, while the rest of the weekend DJs such as Matthew Koma, Lozci and We Are Treo are devoted to EDM.

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Muldoon's Irish Pub
202 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-4110

Muldoon's Irish Pub is a change of pace from the typical EDM dance clubs in OC. The Irish bar and club hosts live bands and dancing every week without any cover charge. Bands such as Diddley Idols (Irish American party music), The Droppers (pop and rock hits), Midnight Whiskey (classic rock), CC Stugino (blues, funk and rock n’ roll), and Identity Crisis (50s rock n’ roll) and Katelyn Marie (country pop) heat up the open air patio for dancing under the stars, and in the Celtic Bar for indoor dancing. Muldoon's is an energetic lively spot for a fun night of dancing.

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1870 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 722-7103

Premiere DJs and music in a state-of-the-art club make this modern nightlife spot a hit. Costa Mesa's Sutra is one of the best nightclubs in OC. Club-goers like the variety of dance music played at Sutra. The club offers EDM on Thursday nights, DJ and live performance party music on Fridays and Top 40, hip hop and electro on Saturday nights. In addition, they offer complimentary admission into the club before 10:30 p.m. and when guests sign up on the guest list. Table service is also available.

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VLVT Velvet Lounge
416 W. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 664-0663

Known in OC as one of the hottest LGBT-friendly entertainment spots, this place is part restaurant and part nightclub. VLVT always has something delicious going on. From DJs mixing tunes and dancing til it hurts to karaoke to drag queen shows, it's quite an experience. The dance floor heats up with the latest art video, lighting and technology Wednesday through Saturday nights. The featured DJs include Saratonin on Ladies Night, Erikson on Latin Night, Mike Bryant for Top 40 and Zach Moos for hip hop and house. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to enter the club, unless otherwise announced.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at

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