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Nightlife that sizzles: Top summer dance clubs

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From New York to Miami to Los Angeles, we have the scoop on some of the best dance clubs in the country.

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Pacha

Pacha is known around the world with locations in hot spots such as Buenos Aires, Ibiza and London. The glam club came to New York in 2005 and has been considered one of best dance clubs in the country ever since. If you like to dance and you love the crowds, Pacha is the place to be. The four-story, 30,000-square-foot venue is set between the Hudson River to the west and the Hell's Kitchen district to the east. Each level of the club has its own distinct character, decor and operation. From "Little Pacha" — the small attic hideaway up top — to the wide-open dance floor on the main floor, you'll love every inch of this place.

Location: 618 W. 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-209-7500

Mansion

If you are headed to South Beach and want to dance, you have a wide variety of clubs to choose from. One of our favorites is Mansion — formerly Level nightclub. This hot spot is popular among celebrities and locals alike with stars from Diddy to Nicki Minaj hosting parties here. Mansion features six bar areas, decadent decor, cozy seating areas and plenty of space to dance. Their famed dance floor features sky-high ceilings, performance stages, luxurious seating and more. Relax in the back or middle ivy room, or watch all the action from the mezzanine.

Location: 1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-695-8411

Boulevard3

Located on the site of the former Hollywood Athletic Club, Boulevard3 is considered one of the best dance clubs in Los Angeles. The club features three levels and a massive dance floor. When entering the club through the large iron gate, you'll come through the outdoor space that features an English garden courtyard with its own bar and two reflective pools. One of the pools ends with an amazing 20-foot-tall fireplace. Around the courtyard are canopied private garden rooms. If you want to chill out, head to the ornate manor library room. The mezzanine level is set three feet above the main dance floor and is decked out with plush velvet couches for posh comfort. If you get the munchies, don't worry — they serve chocolate dipped strawberries and free tacos.

Location: 6523 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-466-2144

Avalon Hollywood

Located at Hollywood and Vine in the historical building that was once the Palace Theatre, Avalon Hollywood features club nights on Thursday (Tiger Heat), Friday (Control) and Saturday (Avaland). With a big dance floor, some of the best DJs in the country and an array of live music, you are sure to have some fun at Avalon. This dance club is 18 and over on Thursday and Friday. It stays open all night Saturday and features a separate after-hours club on Friday. Bardot is a restaurant, lounge and dance club located above Avalon with a speakeasy vibe. The club features an indoor/outdoor lounge and balcony seating that looks over the dance floor.

Location: 1735 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-462-8900

Quick tip

Whether you are on vacation or in your home town, don't go to nightclubs alone. Grab one of your girlfriends (or guy friends) and have a great (and safe) night out at the club.

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