Tampa is one of the hottest areas on the West Coast of Florida when it comes to dance clubs in Tampa.  Are you looking for a great place to dance, and a nightclub you will love? Are you ready to find a nightclub ‘where everybody knows your name'? When we compiled this list of the best nightclubs in Tampa, we looked for things they have in common. We started with nightclubs that have a great location, an active, fun crowd, and continuous, memorable entertainment.

Though at times we are big fans of the low-key neighborhood bar, we also love to get out there and dance! Tampa's best dance nightclubs have something for everyone in Tampa Bay, so we've rounded up a few of our favorites (in alpha order because we love them all!).

Aloft Tampa Downtown

Stay and play awhile at the new Aloft Tampa Downtown. Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, just steps from the Riverwalk, the Tampa Convention Center, and the Tampa Bay Times Forum this Tampa nightclub is in the heart of it all.

100 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa FL Phone 813-898-8000

American Social

Located on Harbour Island, American Social is a 15,000 sq ft waterfront restaurant that is constantly hosting the best parties in town. American Social is a popular bar and restaurant that is known for serving up classic cocktails, delicious meals, and fresh seafood for any occasion. By day American Social can be the perfect spot for a family lunch, a business meeting, or a special dinner. Late night American Social turns into one of the best dance floors around every weekend. Go any weekend and you will find yourself dancing to live music, a local DJ, or maybe a silent disco.

601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa, FL 33602

Club Prana

Club Prana is Ybor City's only 5 - that's right, FIVE - level nightclub, including a rooftop patio. Each level offers different entertainment options for visitors who are looking to dance at Tampa's hottest nightclub. Better yet, every floor has a VIP option and bottle service available to anyone who wants to hit Ybor City in style. Hip-hop, reggae, and dance are just a few of the musical styles you'll be able to dance to at Club Prana. It's one of Tampa's hottest nightclubs for a reason! Chill in the lounge, or get lost in the Sanctuary. When you're ready for some fresh air, head to the Sky Bar. A night at Club Prana with your friends is a night you won't forget! Be sure to look for us when you are out, our photographers took over Ybor City last weekend, never know where we might turn up!

1619 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL | 813-241-4139

Club Skye

Club Skye is a huge, happening nightclub also in Ybor City's Entertainment district. Skye has two levels of partying potential, broken down into three rooms, a VIP balcony area, an exclusive private champagne room, a beautiful patio bar, and two large dance floors. Check out hip-hop tunes and dance along in the main stage area, or splurge on a special night in the champagne room. Skye is all about VIP and bottles, so if you're looking for an exclusive place to party, this is it! Skye sits in a location that has been bringing music to Tampa Bay since the '90s and is proud to carry on the "1509" tradition with some of Tampa's most popular live music events.

1509 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL | 813-247-6606

Dallas Bull

The Dallas Bull was named Tampa's most popular nightclub by the Tampa Bay Times upholding their reputation by housing 20,000 unique visitors each month and catering to a variety of attendees. The Bull, known locally as the best Country Club in Tampa Bay, is Tampa's largest country nightclub.

3322 U.S. Highway 301, Tampa FL Phone 813-987-2855

Franklin Manor

Franklin Manor is a hopping' spot with a large walled courtyard in downtown Tampa, the hub of the bay area’s vibrant and spirited nightlife culture. Famous for block parties that turn into nightclub vibes, Franklin Manor hosts plenty of events in Tampa's downtown. Enjoy live music and DJs at this venue for both daytime brunches and nighttime nightclub fun. Craft cocktails are one of the Manor's signature things, so try one out and then hit the dance floor! They have the best happy hour downtown from 4 pm - 8 pm daily! The bar also boasts light fare and makes a point of having live entertainment every weekend. Franklin Manor never disappoints and is always a good time with friends! 

912 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL | (813) 487-9990

Hyde Park Cafe

The Hyde Park Cafe is a Tampa staple in the growing SoHo neighborhood. This upscale bar features a dance club, a large, open-air outside patio bar, and some of Tampa Bay's most beautiful people! Get bottle service, hit the back bar or dance in the nightclub, and enjoy the fresh air on the patio in between sets. Live music, class-act DJs, and everyone you'll want to hang out with is here on a weekly basis. HPC, as its known to the Tampa nightclub crowd, is the perfect place to dance until the early morn. Join Hyde Park Cafe for one of their legendary open bar, happy hours on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for around $10.

1806 W Platt St, Tampa, FL | (813) 254-2233

Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi

This venue also serving delicious food is a premier Tampa nightclub for dancing and DJ-style entertainment, too! Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi opened on Harbour Island in 1997 and is one of the only waterfront nightclubs in Tampa. Jackson's is a large and lofty restaurant and event space, with several rooms that play different types of music, from house to hip-hop, on certain nights. You can also rent a number of private rooms at the venue for special events. Stop by for a pumped-up Saturday night and reserve a great view and bottle service at a private, waterside cabana. Feeling saucy? Head to the Latin room and salsa the night away!

601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL | (813) 277-0112

The Castle

If you want to party at an Alternative Nightclub in Tampa, The Castle is your destination. Set up to look like a gothic castle of Eastern Europe, The Castle is truly an eclectic taste of Ybor City. The Castle has a diverse selection of malt scotches, aged tequila and a mix of beers from around the world. Every night has a theme, from New Wave to Punk to Goth to Rock. The Castle is definitely a full-fledged Ybor City dance club, so you will want to be ready to hit the dance floor when you visit this venue. Explore rooms like the Saloon, the Tower, and the Courtyard... or dance your way to the Dungeon!

2004 N 16th St, Tampa, FL | (813) 247-7547

The Honey Pot

Only open two nights a week for Steam Fridays and Tease Saturdays, The Honey Pot is located perfectly in the heart of Ybor City. The Honey Pot is one of the many popular gay bars located on the strip in Ybor City. Two nights a week The Honey Pot offers live music, a drag show on Saturdays, drink specials all night long, dancers, and a guaranteed good time. I love going to The Honey Pot with my friends for a great night of dancing in Ybor City.

1507 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

The Kennedy Soho

One of Tampa’s premier nightclubs, The Kennedy offers dancing, live music, good drinks, and fun 3 nights a week. Join on Hospitality Mondays for free entry and drinks for those in the hospitality industry. If you find yourself not in the hospitality industry, no worries. Mondays at The Kennedy include specials for everyone and live music. On Fridays, you can expect the hottest hip hop music along with free drinks for ladies from 10 pm - 12 am and free entry for those 21-plus until midnight. Spanglish Saturdays offer a variety of music from Latin, EDM, and hip hop music on the inside dance floors to tech and deep house outside. You can always expect to have a good time at The Kennedy.

2408 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609

The RITZ Ybor

The RITZ Ybor is actually a nationally historic and significant venue on famous 7th Ave in Ybor City. Acts like Lady Gaga have performed at this intimate and authentic special events and live music venue, located in the heart of the historic Ybor City nightlife district of Tampa, Florida. The venue boasts over 17,000 sq ft of event space for performances and a top of the line lighting system to take your Tampa nightclub experience to the next level. Get out and enjoy several full-service bars, take awesome selfies in the grand foyer, or host a brag-worthy private event in one of three distinct rooms. You can check out all their upcoming events right here online.

1503 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL | (813) 248-4050

Whiskey North

Whiskey Park North is centrally located on Dale Mabry in Carrollwood, so it's the perfect place for your group to meet up! On different nights, the bar hosts different themes to please every crowd! Do you love to shake it, shake it? Then come on out for Wednesday and Friday salsa! Into relaxing and humming along, or tapping your toes? Thursday is a Top 40s night. Ready to bust a move? Signature Saturdays are all about hip hop at Whiskey North. The bar also has great drink specials daily, so you can enjoy a hot Tampa nightclub scene while sipping on drinks from an Adirondack chair on one of two levels of the club. A note for patrons: Look sharp! Whiskey Park North does reserve the right to apply a dress code, so even though this club is made for lounging, you'll want to wear your dancing' shoes!

11921 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL | (813) 523-5483

Ybor City Jazz House

The Ybor City Jazz House is an upscale, tri-level complex including State-of-the-art sound and lighting, a rooftop bar and stage, and an exec Cigar Lounge on their 7th Avenue balcony.

1611 E 7th Ave, Tampa FL Phone 813 443 2105

Where do you head when looking to spend time in one of the best nightclubs in Tampa? Let us know in comments below!  We are always looking for new, up and coming clubs in Tampa. Connect with us on 813area, we're your free guide to things to do in Tampa

Cover photo was taken by 813area photography at The Ritz Ybor