Originating in the early 1980s, the pop dance craze took the country by storm. Thanks to the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna, a pop music and dance culture was formed that continued well into the 1990s and beyond. While it has tailed off a little bit, artists and performers like Justin Timberlake and Usher have brought back the craze, but diehards will tell you it never stopped. Check out these Atlanta venues where you can experience pop dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

1029 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 898-1703

Located on Peachtree Street, Vanquish is one of the premier pop dance clubs in the region. Its decor is nothing that Atlanta has seen before. Think African safari meets the South. Vanquish has lots of space, 13 VIP areas and a modern DJ booth. The tunes keep playing and you can keep dancing as long as you want.

Sutra Lounge
1136 Crescent Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 607-1160

One of the best clubs in the country calls Atlanta home. It’s Sutra Lounge and here you will get some great music to go along with the patio, the three bars and the DJs that play what you want to hear. Sutra Lounge is not only great for a night out, but it’s the perfect place to host your large party or special event. Sutra Lounge is simple but sophisticated and it serves some of the best cocktails in Atlanta to go along with the great music.

45 13th St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 873-6189

CosmoLava is one of the original clubs in Atlanta and even though it has changed a little over the years, it’s still “the place” for many that like to take in the Atlanta club and pop club scene. It’s upscale, but you won’t feel out of place. It’s really two clubs in one, so try out both Cosmo and Lava and see which one fits your needs on a particular night. Try the patio at Cosmo for some open-air relaxing and then venture into Lava for music, bars and dancing. It’s two modern clubs in one, but that is what makes it fun.

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Electric Cowboy
1750 N. Roberts Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 420-1565

Looking to mix a little country pop into your night out of pop dancing? Everyone knows Electric Cowboy in Kennesaw and it keeps getting bigger and better than ever. Wednesday through Saturday, Electric Cowboy brings all types to the heart of Kennesaw for line dancing and pop dancing with some country thrown in to the mix once the evening gets going. It’s a favorite hangout of Kennesaw State students and locals looking for drink specials and a true dancing experience. Thursday night is “Chaps Night” so wear your favorite pair and try your skills on the mechanical bull. Electric Cowboy is a true country pop dancing institution.

Hole In the Wall
3177 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite #101
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-9801

A favorite dance spot of Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Emory students, Hole In the Wall is located right on Peachtree Street in Buckhead. Great DJs, inexpensive drinks and competent bartenders make this a destination bar and club, even for tourists. The dance area is huge but packed on the weekends. The music is pop and retro, but a little club-like later in the evening. Still, there is something for everyone and if you are a 20-something or like hanging with the college set, this is your place to dance the night away.

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