308 University Avenue, Hillcrest
Even cowboys have a spot to kick up their heels in San Diego, at the always-happy Urban Mo’s Bar and Grill. The place fills up with good dancers almost every night of the week. Thursdays and Saturdays, Mo’s hosts Kickers Country Nights, spinning popular country mixes and dance anthems. Other evenings, guests can boogie to DJs spinning Top 40 from every decade — a fun mix of soul, funk, pop, and rock. Urban Mo’s is a great club to show off slick moves, in boots or otherwise. Sunday Funday at Mo’s is one of the few places in San Diego featuring a live DJ all day.
755 Fifth Avenue, Downtown San Diego
Voyeur is exclusively an electronic dance hall—dropping Top 40 trance, drum-and-bass, dubstep, house, and electro. The club is a tight, two-story Victorian-style castle with sexy go-go dancers tearing it up inside an enormous wall of lights. The DJ stage is the heartbeat of the dance floor, packed with electronic dance music fans that come to sweat. Drinks are expensive, but the cover is avoidable before 10pm. With a bar on both floors, drinks flow easily, so skip the bottle service — it’s available for private parties on the second floor, overlooking the crowd.