Where to dance in Porto: Top 11 places

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June 28, 2018
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Written by Rita Real

Written by Rita Real

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The top places to dance in Porto will give you a chance to practice your dance moves, meet new people and have a good time. Thankfully, there are many options in the city that are perfect for a friends night out or romantic dates. Also, there are places that give dance lessons for kids and adults.

So to help you navigate through the world of dance in Porto, we picked the top 11 places you should check out.

Before you get ready to dance in Porto, please consider our friendly advice: the nightlife in Porto starts VERY late for any foreign standards. First we have dinner (~21h), then we go for one (or three of four) drinks and finally we head to the dance floor… at around 1am. So don’t expect bars and dance clubs in Porto to be that exciting before 1am! But cheer up, this means that you get to dance until sunrise! ☺

Here are the top places to dance in Porto:

Muxima Bar

Rua Maurício Lourenço de Oliveira, 206 | Vila Nova de Gaia
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In Vila Nova de Gaia, you’ll find Muxima Bar, a great place to dance in Porto. The modern-looking bar has a wooden dance floor for attendants and a stage for different featured performances.

What’s cool about Muxima is that they have thematic nights each week with cocktails and snacks. On Tuesdays, they host African nights which include anything from Kizomba, Semba or Funana with free entry till 1am (if you don’t eat/drink). On Fridays and Saturdays, they have Afrolatin nights where they present a featured performance with Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba or Semba.

The atmosphere makes this bar perfect for couples or friends. And if you don’t want to dance, Muxima dance performances will surely entertain you. But be prepared to take an Uber because the location is a bit far away from Downtown Porto.

How to get there: take a taxi or an Uber.

Twins 19.74 Restaurant & Bar

Rua do Passeio Alegre, 1000
twins porto dance club

© Twins 19.74 Facebook

Twins 19.74 is a glamorous restaurant and bar in Foz which turns into a dance club at night. The restaurant has been recently renovated and it looks very chic and elegant. Twins 19.74 features a live DJ, a bar and a nice space to dance.

This nightclub is a great place to dance in Porto for those who like house music. Their main DJ is Ricci Ferdinand, but the club has guest DJs playing Pop, Kizomba, Afrobeat and more.

This is suitable for friends, couples and anyone celebrating a special occasion. It’s also a good place to meet new people. Just be aware that Twins 19.74 is known to be an expensive club to go to.

How to get there: take a taxi or an Uber.

Dance Floor

Avenida de Ramos Pinto, 710 | Vila Nova de Gaia
best dance floor gaia

© Dance Floor Facebook

Right in front of the Douro river, you’ll find one of the best places to dance in Porto. The place has a cool and colorful interior space to dance, but there’s also a stunning patio overlooking the river.

Dance Floor is specialized in Latin and African styles of dancing like Bachata, Salsa and Kizomba. And they also have free workshops – a huge plus for those who want to learn or improve their moves on the spot.

Thanks to its romantic atmosphere, Dance Floor is the perfect place to take someone (who loves to dance) on a date, or just have lots of fun with absolute strangers while enjoying the night view of the city.

How to get there: take a taxi or an Uber.

ALC Dance Studios

Rua do Alferes Malheiro, 42
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© ALC Dance Studios Youtube

If you’re looking for a place to dance in Porto that doesn’t involve drinking, ALC Dance Studios in downtown is the place to go. They have two locations; one in downtown Porto and one in Gaia, both with large and clean spaces to dance in.

ALC Dance Studios have styles which include Semba, Brazilian Funk, Belly Dancing, Kizomba, Latin, Rock N’ Roll, Burlesque, Bachata and more. Kids and teens have really fun classes including Hip-Hop, Dancehall and even Contemporary.

Lessons offered by ALC teachers are great for individuals, couples, teens and kids.

How to get there: take the subway to Trindade. ALC is a 2min walking distance.

Zoom

Rua de Passos Manuel, 40
zoom dancar porto clube

© Zoom Facebook

In downtown Porto, you’ll find one of the few LGBT bars to dance in Porto. The place is spacious and well decorated.

Zoom plays a lot of pop and house music. Not to mention, they have different parties and events happening like Drag got Talent.

How to get there: take the subway to Aliados station. Zoom is 4min walking distance.

Rua Tapas & Music Bar

Travessa de Cedofeita, 24
rua porto live music dance

© Rua Facebook

Rua is a great cozy space to eat and socialize while listening to live music. When you’re done, you can join the crowds on the dance floor. The place truly feels like you’re eating and dancing in a traditional Porto street.

There is a variety of music being played live at Rua. Sometimes they play Samba, Forró or Classic Pop music.

Rua is not only a great place to dance in Porto, but it’s also a great place to dine and enjoy good live music with friends. However, the place gets full and there’s not much space left but to move with the music. So don’t expect any wild dance moves here.

How to get there: take the subway to Aliados station. Rua Music Bar is a 9min walking distance.

Galeria de Paris

Rua da Galeria de Paris, 56
galeria paris restaurant dance porto

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In Porto’s historic center, you’ll find Galeria de Paris, a quirky and fun restaurant decorated with a trombones chandelier, miniature cars and old-school radios. Besides the fun decorations, Galeria de Paris is a nice option to dance in Porto.

Every night in Galeria de Paris is different. Sometimes they have Jazz, Fado or Piano nights. And at other times, they present performances such as Acrobatic Dance, Belly Dancing, Brazilian or Latin dances.

This place is great for eating with friends while enjoying the music. There’s a lot of sing-alongs and dancing happening.

How to get there: take the subway to Aliados station. Galeria de Paris restaurant is a 6min walking distance.

Fé Wine & Club

Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre, 1
fe dance wine club porto

© Fé Club Facebook

“I never made friends drinking milk”, is what you’ll read on the door when you get to Fé Club in downtown Porto. We believe that sets the tone for the rest of the night!

The club has two floors with different music. So if you’re not a fan of the music playing or if you want to dance to a different style, you can just move to the next floor. The most common genre played is electronic music including house and techno.

Fé is a good place to dance in Porto. A place where you can drink and hang out with friends or meet new people. However, it does get pretty crowded on the dance floor, so it’s important to keep that in mind. Also, the drinks are known to be on the expensive side, but you can find better options to drink for cheap.

How to get there: take the subway to Aliados station. Fé Club is a 1min walking distance.

Indústria Club

Avenida do Brasil, 843
industria night club dance porto

© Indústria Club Facebook

For electronic music lovers, Indústria is one of the oldest and well-known places to dance in Porto while holding a drink (or a cigarette) in-hand. The club has a modest space with interesting light shows.

What’s also cool about Indústria is that it brings in well-known national and international DJs and producers. So expect to hear all different genres of electronic music, mostly Techno and House with a great sound system.

Indústria Club is perfect for a friends’ night out and for losing yourself in the music while dancing. However, get ready to have a tiring night since most parties at Indústria start at midnight and continue until morning light.

Also, how good is the night at Indústria depends on the crowd and how well they’re responding to the music – some nights are more exciting than others.

How to get there: take a taxi or an Uber.

Café Ceuta

Rua de Ceuta, 20
cafe ceuta dance porto cheap

© Gooporto

Café Ceuta is not only a great place to dance in Porto and enjoy music, but it’s also a great place to drink and eat for a low price! The outside is inviting with its neon lights and the interior is traditional and cozy.

Ceuta hosts many music genres including rock and reggae. But there are also special nights of Forró, Samba or Swing dancing. You have to check out their Facebook page to see what parties or events are happening.

So bring your friends over to Café Ceuta for dinner, then enjoy a night of fun music and dancing. Just one thing to consider, some of their dance nights start pretty late, so you may want to take a taxi or an Uber home.

How to get there: take the subway to Aliados station. Café Ceuta is a 3min walking distance.

MXM Art Center

Rua do Ouro, 264
mxm art center dance porto

© MXM Art Center Facebook

Overlooking the ocean, there’s MXM Art Center, a great spot for dance lovers. MXM has a spacious studio and also a place to eat. There’s an urban/industrial vibe inside with windows offering an amazing view of the ocean waters.

In MXM Art Center, there are workshops in Break Dance, Contemporary Dance, African style dances and more. You can see the upcoming classes they offer on their Facebook page.

I suggest MXM Art Center for people of all ages who want to try something new, be active or dance in Porto. There’s also the option of coming in to watch some interesting dance battles.

How to get there: take bus 500 to Cordoaria Velha. MXM Art Center is a 1min walking distance.

Tendinha dos Clérigos

Rua Conde de Vizela, 80
tendinha clerigos dance rock porto

© Tendinha dos Clérigos Facebook

For rock music lovers, I had to include Tendinha dos Clérigos in our top places to dance in Porto. On the inside, red is the signature color in this club with cool touches of wood ceilings and metal accents.

This place is certainly dedicated to rock music, but don’t be hesitant because there are cool subgenres of rock to be discovered. Tendinha dos Clérigos plays punk rock and my personal favorite, indie rock. Sometimes they have a DJ, but at other times, the music is played live.

Tendinha dos Clérigos is a great place to have a drink with friends and jam to rock music. However, it opens from 12am to 6am (Wed – Sat), so you will have to take a taxi or an Uber home.

How to get there: take the subway to Aliados station. Tendinha dos Clérigos is a 4min walking distance.

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