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Life Getting You Down? Shake Your Booty!

We all have to let loose every once in a while and dancing is a perfect way to do that. You don’t have to be a professional to swing your hips to the beat and love what’s coming out of the speakers. From dance lessons to night clubs, you can find it all right here in Sacramento.

You can find the Vegas glitz and glam at The Mix and The Park on Friday and Saturday nights. Playing mostly top 40s featuring a local and sometimes not-so-local mixture of DJs, they rule the top of Sacramento’s night club scene. With a sophisticated ambience and energy and excitement you can find nowhere else in Sacramento, you can spend a night in Vegas without ever leaving your hometown.

If you’re looking for a something a little more low-key but similar enthusiasm, District 30 is the place for you. Even though it is a smaller venue, it is anything but lacking. With elegant booths and liquor bottles adorning their walls District 30 is nothing shy of a night to remember (or not remember). During the summer months they host a “Block Party” on Wednesdays that feature half off drinks from 9PM-12AM after you pay full price for your first drink (this includes its attached venues Pizza Rock and Dive Bar).

Looking for more a little more country in your life? BULLS should be your next stop! Country music can be heard blaring from their speakers from around the corner. With bartenders adorned in cowboy hats and a mechanical bull (it’s harder to ride than you think!) to match its western décor, you’ll find yourself spinning and twirling with the rest of the crowd and line-dancing like you’d never thought before.

Don’t worry, though, for those of you into something a little more grimey we have a place for you too! Every other Tuesday, Townhouse Lounge on P & 21st hosts a dubstep night. Staying true to its theme, Townhouse is a hole in the wall lounge with cheap cover, no dress code and cheap drinks. This venue features two dance floors, each featuring a live DJ. Baggy pants and thrashing about are encouraged, making it easy to enjoy the dance floor with no pressure of normal club formalities and keeping to dubstep’s grimey roots. If you don’t believe me, feel free to ask Tony Hawk who made a surprise appearance there July 17th!

Right down the street from Townhouse Lounge, you’ll find the infamous Press Club. The Press Club caters to the locals in midtown with cheap cover and no dress code. Each night features a different era and/or style of music from 70s’ to Top 40, occasionally hosting live music and DJs. Press Club is the kind of place that relies on word-of-mouth and Facebook marketing to get them a little attention, which allows for it to keep its authenticity. You’re never know what you’re going to find at Press Club, which can make for an unpredictable night of fun if you’re a thrill-seeker like myself!

In Lavender Heights, you’ll find an entire block of night clubs and bars. Of the three night clubs you’ll find on the corner of 2oth and K street, Faces is the best. With a pool, three dance floors and male go-go dancers adorning the bartops, Faces has it all. Cheap cover, light dress code and strong drinks will make shaking your booty here easy. Each dance floor features a live DJ with different types of music, electronica/house, Top 40 pop/hip hop and everyone’s guilty pleasure bay area hip hop/hyphy music. You can climb into cages and onto platforms set above the dance floor if you’re feeling raunchy or just enjoy the outdoor pool if you’re looking for some good vibes and a chill time. Straight or gay, you’ll have a great time!

If you’re too shy to sway your hips on the dance floor, enjoy some lessons to help build your confidence! At Midtown Stomp, you’ll find swing dancing lessons every Friday night from 7:30-8:30PM. Right after the lesson, you can practice what you learned until midnight. Interested in attending? www.midtownstomp.com

Turns out… Sacramento does have it all.

Words Marissa Nicole

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