THE MOST RELIABLE SWING DANCE VENUES IN LA/OC

Lindygroove 15th Anniversary
Swing dancing at Lindygroove

We are fortunate to have so many great places to swing dance in Los Angeles and Orange County. Here are my picks for the most consistent dance venues, where you’ll be able to find the most partners, the best floors, and the best music.


Venues with Tons of Dancers of All Skill Levels – Good for Beginners

These venues have plenty of dancers of all skill levels waiting to dance with you. No need for a partner, just show up alone! Most of these offer lessons before the dance as well. They’ll be folks waiting to dance with you!

  • Lindygroove happens on Thursday nights in Pasadena; it’s the biggest weekly swing dance event in California. If I only could recommend one place to go swing dancing, it would be here.
  • The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA) is another huge weekly event, with swing dancing on Saturdays with dancers of all skill levels and age groups.
  • Rusty’s Rhythm Club is the sole weekly swing dance venue on the West side, featuring lots of dancers of all skill levels and ages. It happens every Wednesday, except for the week of the first Friday when the dance is moved to Friday.
  • The Lindy Loft in downtown LA happens one Friday a month with a younger crowd in their 20’s and 30’s.
  • Third Saturday Swing has a friendly crowd every third Saturday in Pasadena
  • Atomic Ballroom in Irvine has tons of people to dance with on Tuesday and Friday nights.
  • Strutter’s Ball in Orange County happens on Wednesday nights.
Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association
The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association

Venues with the Most Advanced Dancers

If you’re an advanced dancer, check out these joints, where you’ll find folks doing Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Shag. There are no lessons at these events.

Happy Feet Monday at Joe's Bar
Happy Feet Monday at Joe’s Bar
  • Happy Feet Mondays at Joe’s Bar always has a great band and advanced dancers crazy enough to go out on a Monday night.
  • Swingtronic at Pour Vous features gypsy Jazz and New Orleans Jazz bands on the first three Wednesdays of the month. You should be proficient in Balboa and Shag if you want to go here.

Venues with Nightclub Atmosphere

These venues will have a lot of beginners along with a core group of veteran dancers in an elegant nighclub atmosphere. These are real bars serving alcohol and food. Please buy a drink to support swing dancing at the establishments!!!!!! These are 21 and over only.

Swing dancing at Clifton's
Swing dancing at Clifton’s
  • Clifton’s is an amazing restaurant and bar with swing dancing in the Brookdale Ballroom on Friday and Saturday nights. Mostly younger folks in their 20’s and 30’s.
  • Swingtronic at Pour Vous on Melrose has an amazing turn-of-the century Parisian feel and always has a great band.
  • The Edison is another amazing bar by the folks who brought you Clifton’s. This is steampunk heaven, with occasional swing bands once a month.

Formal Dinner and Dancing (BYOP)

The Cicada Club
The Cicada Club
  • The Cicada Club is an amazing vintage restaurant that will transport you back to the 1930’s. It’s pricey, and you should bring your own partner, but the atmosphere is unparalleled. Note, there is a dress code, so you have to dress vintage or at least upscale.

These are only the weekly and monthly recurring swing dance events. There are many more swing dance events to choose from in a given week! Check the Lindy Calendar.

Questions? Comments? Leave your thoughts below! – Brian


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Reader Comments

Natalie says:

Hi,

I’m wondering when the top picture with the caption “Swing dancing at Clifton’s” with the tuba in the background was taken.

Thanks!

Brian says:

Hi Natalie,

That photo was taken in the Brookdale Ballroom on the third floor at Clifton’s. More info on Clifton’s here:
https://www.swingdance.la/cliftons-downtown-la/

Best,
Brian

Jazz Lover says:

Thanks Brian, nice and informative! It’s good to see everything together with locations and descriptions. Swing on!

Jim clark says:

All the dates I see here are 2013
Doesn’t exactly breed confidence they will be there in August 2018

Brian says:

Hi Jim,

2013 is when I first published this article, but I’ve been continually updating it. These venues are still active.

Best,
Brian

Brian says:

I just updated the articles to show last modified date instead of creation date.

Best,
Brian

all the best !!

Jim says:

Brian, There has been great swing dancing at the Disneyland resort for years. Downtown Disney is no more, but the swing dancing just moved back inside Disneyland park where it was originally. Every Saturday night with a live band.

Oh and don’t forget Swing Pit OC for some of the best music and dancers in OC, oh heck, in So Cal! Always a good time!

Brian says:

Mike, thanks for the update! I have added the Swing Pit as one of the most reliable venues on second Saturdays! – Brian

Richard says:

Down town Disney is no more.
They have reopened a dance within the park itself so obviously do not want a free alternative.

Brian says:

Richard, thanks for catching that. I’ve removed Downtown Disney, although they do have occasional live swing dance bands. – Brian

Katrina says:

They have one every Friday night, I believe, based on their facebook page