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Getting Down on the Dance Floor
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Union Bar & Lounge Map It
2708 Bagby St.
281-274-1916
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The DJ spins Top 40 to a pulsing crowd of twenty-somethings. Those who want a break from the laser lights and stripper poles can sip swank cocktails on Midtown's largest patio. Get in the door quick on Fridays for the open bar (yes, meaning free drinks!) from 9:30 to 10:30. Perhaps even better than the free drink hour? No cover!

Don't scrimp on your outfit as this Midtown joint is strict on the dress code: no baggy pants, sneakers, or sportswear.

South Beach Map It
810 Pacific St.
713-529-7623
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Montrose is a hot spot for gay dance clubs, and South Beach is by far the hottest. The dress code? Underwear will do just fine! Show off your moves to dance, hip-hop, top 40 and electronic tunes. Don't worry about overheating — liquid nitrogen drops from the ceiling and lasers dot writhing bodies with rainbow light. If you're looking to sweat off the alcohol after hours, you can hit up this dance floor until 4 a.m.

Rich's [closed] Map It
2401 San Jacinto
713-759-9606
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This Midtown club is in a category of its own. The stunning lighting and sound system are unrivaled. World-class DJs spin sold-out shows. (Check in advance who's set up to play.) The house DJs aren't bad either, and racy costume parties make this a destination for any dance enthusiast.

Mercer Map It
3302 Mercer St.
713-627-1132
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This smaller River Oaks club is less crowded than the Washington and Midtown venues. But don't let "less-crowded" fool you as Mercer has rocking DJs. A 35-foot cascading patio waterfall create the perfect getaway for those weary of the dance floor.

Stereo Live Map It
6400 Richmond
832-251-9600
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There's room for you and 999 of your closet friends in this mega entertainment venue. Seven bars, a covered patio, and a balcony overlooking the first floor give rockers plenty of room to go wild. Regular live performances ensure that there's a reason for all that space. 

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