My feet hurt. Breaking it down on the dance floor in high heels is no easy task. But in the name of journalism I boogied on and discovered a plethora of worthy dance clubs.
One of my personal favorites is Tangerine (729 N. Milwaukee St.), Thursday is Ladies Night at this two-story nightclub that usually gets crowded around midnight and stays hopping until bar close at 2 a.m. A recent addition of a $5 cover charge gets ladies free Absolut Vodka cocktails all night. The waiting time for drinks at one of the three bars can be a pain, but it gives you a chance to mingle with the friendly and well-dressed patrons. The club is famous for a strictly enforced dress code, especially for men, and Tangerine bouncers have no problem asking you to go home and change your baggy jeans or tuck in your shirt. Leave your sneakers and hats at home because this club definitely has a more professional and trendy style. You will find older businessmen, younger women and local sports celebrities mingling between the two bars on the upper level or on the small, but often-crowded dance floor. The lower level’s relaxing lounge area has brightly colored orange shaggy couches and unique, pod like restrooms that reinforce the vibrant atmosphere. Bottle service is available both for the regular scattered tables upstairs and in the VIP area.
Eve, 718 N. Milwaukee St., is conveniently located across the street from Tangerine. The night to shake it at Eve is Saturday, though. Eve is well disguised from the street. I passed by the door three times before I saw the small, inconspicuous nameplate. A bouncer will ask you if your name is on their list, but you can usually get in regardless. The $5 cover charge will not get you any free drinks unless you have a connection to get into the roped off VIP section. Drinks at Eve are expensive based on Milwaukee’s standards. Plan on spending around $10 for cocktails. The elegant red décor on both levels of the nightclub demands more sophisticated attire. The “dress to impress” mantra is rampant in this large venue. Although the dance floor upstairs is somewhat small, you can still find room to bust a move without grinding up on too many well-dressed strangers.
Rain (906 S. Barclay) is a large dance club with a stage and an outdoor bar. The elevated, circular dance floor gets crowded as one of their six regular DJs spins. Monday nights are Ladies Nights, with no cover charge and free drinks until 11 p.m.
If you want to change things up from the typical electronic bump and grind try Hot Water, (818 S. Water St.) for swing and salsa dancing. Thursdays are swing nights and Saturdays are salsa-dancing nights. You can watch and participate in a salsa lesson at 9 p.m. before the pros arrive later in the evening.
Other popular nightclubs are: Texture, 606 S. 5th St., which is good for drink specials and hardcore dancing. Cush, 1806 E. North Ave., which boasts no cover charges, diverse music selections and a rare Sunday special with their Service Industry Night (S.I.N.).
For more information on nightclubs in Milwaukee check out: www.clubmilwaukee.com.