If you want to get down on the d-floor and wave your hands like you just don’t care, the Valley is the place to be. Home to Brisbane’s main nightlife precinct and top dance clubs, Fortitude Valley is the go-to spot to cut some shapes and dance the night away with friends. Here’s where to go:
 
Birdees
Beloved by backpackers, students and those out for a good time, Birdees packs them in seven nights a week with live DJs to get the party started. Don’t be surprised to encounter groups of med students in scrubs and glam girls alike on the d-floor.
 
Cloudland
Dance to salsa, reggaeton, bachata and merengue music from live DJs and bands at Cloudland’s Soul’sa event every Thursday night. Strap on your heels and step out for the Soul’sa Extravaganza across all three floors of the venue.
 
Ella Sabe
Brisbane’s newest and most exclusive dance club is open Friday to Sunday with live DJs, sophisticated décor and kaleidoscopic lights. Dress to impress and book the VIP room for a must-do experience with friends.
 
Laruche
Step into Laruche Bar & Lounge and straight onto the dancefloor. The stylish spot is open Friday to Sunday with a top-flight lineup of local and interstate DJs spinning deep house, progressive house and more that are guaranteed to get you up and dancing.
 
Press Club
If R’n’B tunes are your jam, Press Club is the bar/club for you. The popular Brunswick Street venue (on the Valley scene for 23 years) hosts the Brisbane RnB Jam night every Tuesday with live music and plenty of dancing.
 
Prohibition Brisbane
Open Thursday to Sunday, Prohibition is a large space on Wickham Street with bars and VIP booths that attracts a young crowd for live local house DJs, free entry and even a free sausage sizzle on Sundays.
 
Retro’s Cocktail Lounge
With a prime possie on the Brunswick Street Mall, Retro’s draws an eclectic crowd, thanks to its disco-inspired dancefloor and setlist of top tunes from the ‘80s to ‘00s. Open Thursday to Saturday, it’s the fun place to get loose with your crew.
 
Sky and Lotus
This rooftop lounge, bar and club brings international party vibes on Friday and Saturday nights with an emphasis on K-pop, R’n’B, hip-hop and house tracks spun by DJs with MCs. Expect a mixed crowd of party people.
 
Sub Rosa
For serious EDM fans, Sub Rosa is your club. Serving up a rotating menu of drum’n’bass, progressive and deep house, techno and good-time house music with local and interstate DJs, Sub Rosa is open Thursday to Sunday with regular events.
 
The Beat Megaclub
Most great nights in the Valley end up at The Beat – ever since 1983! Open every night all year round, this Brisbane club icon welcomes revellers to come as you are and dance to local DJs and drag shows – and that’s just a regular Monday night.
 
The Met Brisbane
Brisbane’s biggest club venue is the place to see local, interstate and international DJs take to the decks. The Met is open Fridays and Saturdays with a student night on Thursdays and top EDM, drum’n’bass and house DJs on other nights.


– March 2021