Does anyone else remember the Tom Tom Club? How about Metropolis? My crew and I definitely had our glory days in some of these now-defunct clubs, but I’ve since hung up my dancing shoes. However, if you’ve still got happy feet, and don’t quite know where to get dow here in Milwaukee, I can certainly still try and be of assistance.
For those looking to make a love connection, I can’t imagine many better ways to meeti Miss or Mister Romance than by scoping out the local salsa scene. Salsa dancing is sexy, fun, and allows you to check out how your prospective partner can move. Whew! And if you’re still worried about making a fool of yourself, fear not. Many clubs offer lessons, For example, hot spot Hot Water (818 S. Water Street) offers a 9p.m. lesson during their popular Salsa Nights from 8pm to bar time on Saturday nights.
The space that was once the aforementioned late 90’s sensation Metropolis, followed by the short-lived ParkBar, is now home to Club Belize (799 N. Jackson). Specializing in salsa, merengue, bachata, reggeaton, and duranguese music, Belize opens its doors Thursdays through Saturdays (and offers specials on all Mexican brews) and those boasting only one left foot pile in to get their salsa on.
I’m not the only one who loved the movie “Swingers.” I know this because after it came out, the world became re-obsessed with the swing culture. Dirty martinis, slicked back ‘dos, and of course…swing dancing. While this trend has since subdued, the Milwaukee Ale House (233 N. Water) keeps the nostalgia for the 40’s going with their Tuesday “Swing Nights.” Starting at 8p.m,, get tossed and twirled around the Ale House to the slinky sounds of swing.
While The Ladybug Club (618 N. Water) dedicates its Sunday nights to the Salsa set, the rest of the week allows you to shimmy, shake, or do whatever it is that you do to dance to top-40 tunes. Friday nights, Ladybug is the destination of choice for minors, as the club offers an “Under 21” night. The kids have to have something to do downtown, after all!
Milwaukee Street packs double-dance punch in the way of Three and Eve. Albeit a small one, the dance floor at Three (722 N. Milwaukee) gets filled up quickly on busy nights like Sunday’s “Pump!” (boy meets boy night) and Thursday SIN nights. Three lets the city’s best DJ’s take turns on the decks while you try not to spill that vodka Red Bull on everyone else as you shake it.
The super-sexy, well-designed Eve (718 N. Milwaukee) lounge has been going strong since its debut several years back. This is one of the premier locales to dress to impress, and test our your moves to dance and hip hop.
La Cage (801 S. 2nd) is out of the closet. Not only is this Milwaukee institution the most popular “alternative lifestyle” club in town, but it’s just as entertaining and welcoming to the straight set. Be prepared to dance until your legs become Jell-O at La Cage, where the crowd (particularly on weekend nights) is all about letting the good times roll.