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Best Pop Dance Clubs In OC

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When many people think of Orange County, a vibrant nightlife is the last thing that comes to mind. In fact, Orange County is well known for its sunny days and warmer temperatures so a buzzing nightlife may appear a little far fetched. You'll be surprised to know that Orange County is home to some of the hottest dances clubs around though. From Anaheim to Huntington Beach, each locale has it own super-charged dance spots. Whether you're looking to have a good time with some friends or just want a nice spot to dance your heart out, here are the best pop dance clubs in Orange County.

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

Sutra welcomes club goers to the ultimate party experience where every night is a party at this Costa Mesa location. With its energetic vibe, contemporary establishment, world class music and packed house, Sutra stands to be the best dance club in all of Orange County. Upon entering the club, patrons describe the atmosphere as electrifying with pop music blasting from state-of-the-art speakers. Those 21 and over can enjoy a drink or two at the open bar and other club heads can make the the most of their clubbing experience with the fun and varying nightly themes including Element Thursdays, Sutra Fridays and Social Saturday where you can jam to the tunes of Dance, Hip Hop, Electro and the Best in Top 40.

Bar Lounge & Bistro  Hotel Huntington Beach
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Bar Lounge & Bistro
Hotel Huntington Beach
7667 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 891-0123

With its beautiful furnishings and a nicely lit bar, Bar Lounge & Bistro is not your average pop dance club. Located in Huntington Beach, the Bar Lounge & Bistro is in an area just inside the Hotel Huntington Beach. This prime location is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day or extended work week. There is a dance floor right by the lounge where DJs mix it up playing the latest top pop hits. After you've given it a go on the dance floor and are feeling a bit worn out, you can retreat to the cozy lounge bar and sip on cocktails to cap the night off. The Bar Lounge & Bistro operates six days a week, closing on Sundays, and you must be 21 and over to get in.

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Proof Bar
215 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 953-2660

From Tuesday to Sunday, patrons hit the Proof Bar for a little taste of nightlife with an Orange County twist. Located in Santa Ana, Proof Bar is a bar that doubles as a dance club where guests 21 and over go to dance, hang out with friends and enjoy the latest drinks from a well-trained staff of bartenders. The bar has an up-to-date decor setting with screens above the dance floor, leather lounge seats and a smoking patio. On any given night, DJs play a mash up of pop hits that include hip hop, EDM and Top 40.

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The Press Box
6471 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 893-5005

Located in Westminster, The Press Box is a dance club where patrons of all ages go to have fun and hang loose. The Press Box differs from the typical night club scene in that its area of specialty is its dedication to dance. This dedication begins with the club's various dance schedules available to those looking to learn a new dance or brush up or their dance routines. The Press Box also features special dance nights with a variety of themes that include Latin Social Dance, West Coast Swing and more. While on the dance floor, the hits just keep coming as the maestro on site spins popular hits and other genres of music to the satisfaction of listeners. The Press Box is open seven days a week.

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The Copper Door
225 1/2 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 543-3813

The Copper Door is a hidden gem among Orange County's best dance clubs. Tucked away beneath Santa Ana's historical Pacific Building on Broadway and 3rd is The Copper Door. Voted Best Live Music Bar by Orange County Hot List for 2013, The Copper Door has more than its fair share of enthusiastic dancers revving it up on the dance floor. The most unique attraction about The Copper Door is that in addition to pulsating pop hits spun by local DJs, there is also live music on site. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, The Copper Door is Orange County's original Hipster Beer Bar.

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Barbara Akowuah is a freelance journalist based in Southern California. As a fashion examiner who is privy to style, Barbara loves to write about fashion and how it relates to the Los Angeles scene. Barbara loves to dish out the latest trends, style tips, and inside scoop. Her work can be found on


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