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5 Best Nightclubs In Dundee

5 Best Nightclubs in Dundee

How We Picked

Space

We looked at each nightclub’s overall layout, ambiance, and amenities.

Staff

We also gauged the responsiveness and demeanour of the staff.

Events

We reviewed the types of events each nightclub is known for to let customers know which ones would fit their style.

Prices

Additionally, we checked out the prices, fees, or packages of each nightclub to let you know which ones can provide the best value for your quid.

1. Kandy Bar Dundee

Kandy Bar Dundee's Homepage

What They Offer: Drag Shows, Drag Performances, Karaoke Nights, Contests, Dance Floor, Pool Table, Affordable Drinks

Website: https://www.facebook.com/KandyBarDundee

Address: 73-75 Seagate, Dundee DD1 2EH, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 1382 690403

Operating Hours:

  • Mon-Thurs: 1 PM–12 AM
  • Fri-Sat: 1 PM–2:30 AM
  • Sunday: 5 PM–12 AM
Google reviews score4.2/5
Tripadvisor reviews score4.5/5
Score consistency4.9/5
Total Reviews4.53/5
Space3.5/5
→Layout andAmbiance4/5
→Amenities3/5
Staff5/5
→Responsiveness5/5
→Demeanour5/5
Events5/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)5/5

Pros

  • Dundee’s biggest LGBTi-friendly bar
  • Open all week
  • Only a 2-minute walk from the Dundee Bus Station
  • Has a pool table
  • Stages special events
  • Known for their drag shows and performances
  • Offers affordable drinks

Cons

  • Not very clean
  • Nothing memorable in terms of decor

As Dundee’s biggest LGBTi-friendly bar, Kandy Bar Dundee is certainly making waves as one of the top go-to nightclubs in Dundee. We decided to visit this first since it is the most accessible, being open all week.

We appreciate that it is only a 2-minute walk from the Dundee Bus Station. This is convenient not just for those going there but also for those going home in the wee hours of the morning.

We had a couple of sets at their pool table, which we really enjoyed. With the eclectic music and friendly staff, we felt quite ready to party in this place!

Upon a little digging, we found that they sometimes host special events, which not all nightclubs do. Some of these include a Drag Idol contest and Karaoke Nights.

What they are really known for, though, is their drag shows. People from all walks of life flock over here to watch drag performances by the greats –  Rome Mosaic, Skinny Minnie, Cadenza, and Scarlet Diamonte.

We like that their drinks are also quite affordable compared to the drinks being served in other nightclubs. We recommend their gin and tonic, vodka, and beer.

Unfortunately, we did feel that the venue wasn’t as clean as we would have liked. Their floors were a bit grimy, and their toilets, though not outright terrible, were still not up to par.

Also, while we loved the vibe, the people, and the staff, we didn’t really like their actual venue. We thought it was a bit outdated due to its low ceilings and purple lights.

2. Club Tropicana

Club Tropicana's Homepage

What They Offer:  Student Wednesdays, Stag Dos, Hen Night Package,Premium Table Package, Spirit Table Package, VIP Birthday Package, St. Paddy’s Weekend

Website: https://tropicanadundee.co.uk/

Address: 31 S Ward Rd, Dundee DD1 1PU, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 1382 226836

Operating Hours:

  • Wednesday: 10 PM–2:30 AM
  • Friday: 10 PM–3 AM
  • Saturday: 10 PM–3 AM
Google reviews score3.5/5
Tripadvisor reviews score3/5
Score consistency4.8/5
Total Reviews3.76/5
Space5/5
→Layout andAmbiance5/5
→Amenities5/5
Staff3/5
→Responsiveness3/5
→Demeanour3/5
Events4/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)4/5

Pros

  • 80s and 90s retro-themed nightclub
  • Spacious dance floor and high ceilings
  • Holds special events
  • Has several party packages
  • Known for their Student Night
  • Also famous for their Hen Night offering
  • Has a VIP Birthday Package with several inclusions

Cons

  • Only open three days a week
  • DJ does not accept requests

Since some of us are 80s and 90s babies, we decided to try Club Tropicana as well. This 80s and 90s retro-themed nightclub seemed like something we’d enjoy, so we readied ourselves for heaps of nostalgia.

The club did not disappoint. They were blasting music that really gave us the feels while growing up, and we had a blast listening to these retro hits. 

We enjoyed dancing the night away on their very spacious dance floor – with its high ceilings and psychedelic strobe lights.

We also learned that this club holds special events such as gigs by well known and up-and-coming artists, local competitions, or special-occasion events, such as during St. Paddy’s Weekend.

We also learned about their various party packages available, for those looking to save money while celebrating special occasions. These include Stag Dos and Work Nights.

For bridal parties looking to celebrate their special event, they are particularly known for their £100 Hen Night Premium Package. It comes with a bottle of spirits, VIP Entry for up to 10 hens, and even a free bottle of prosecco!

For birthday celebrants, they also have an £80 VIP Birthday Package. This one includes VIP free entry for 6 people, reserved seating, a bottle of house spirits with 2 mixers, and a jug of cocktail or beer.

Sadly, you’d only get to enjoy this retro nightclub three days a week since they are only open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Also, we were informed that their DJ does not like accepting requests, which we thought was a bit uppity on their part.

3.  Duck Slattery’s

Duck Slattery’s Homepage

What They Offer: Lip Sync Battles, Disco Bingo, BIG Saturday show, Frat Wednesday, Party Packages

Website: https://duckslatterys.com/

Address: 31 S Ward Rd, Dundee DD1 1PU, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 1382 226836

Operating Hours:

  • Wed: 9 PM-12 AM
  • Sat: 8 PM-12 AM
Google reviews score4.1/5
Trip Advisor reviews score4/5
Score consistency5/5
Total Reviews4.36/5
Space4/5
→Layout andAmbiance5/5
→Amenities3/5
Staff3.5/5
→Responsiveness3/5
→Demeanour4/5
Events5/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)4/5

Pros

  • Biggest sing and dance-along party in town
  • Free admission
  • Holds Frat Wednesdays
  • Also hosts a weekly ‘BIG Saturday show’
  • Has special events
  • Discounts for advanced bookings online

Cons

  • Closed on on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
  • Dirty toilets

The next nightclub we visited was Duck Slattery’s, which is famous for being the place for a sing and dance-along do. Unlike other clubs, they offer free admission, which we thought was pretty decent of them.

We were impressed with the sheer size of this venue. We also liked their very long wooden tables that evoked a communal feel, making you feel welcome indeed.

They hold a Frat Wednesday event every week, which we think is great for students who want to let their hair down. It is not uncommon for students to end up dancing on their benches – in fact, we heard this behaviour is even encouraged!

They also host a weekly ‘BIG Saturday show’ wherein they feature UK’s best DJs, bands, or artists. This would definitely be something to look forward to after a long week at work.

For those who love unique contests and games, they also hold fun ones such as lip sync battles and disco bingos. One famous game they hold is Bongo’s Bingo, which is a crazy mix of traditional bingo, dance-offs, rave intervals, and audience participation.

If you are looking to do an advanced reservation, do yourself a favour and do it online. This is because they have discounts for online booking, which could save you around 15%-25%.

Sadly, this magical place is off-limits on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Also, we felt their toilets were so filthy that we had to hold it in and go elsewhere rather than use theirs.

4. Underground

Underground's Homepage

What They Offer: Project U, Juicy Tuesdays, Rubaduck Thursdays, Fri-Yays, Underground Saturdays, Sick Note Sundays, Booth Packages, VIP Deals

Website: https://dundeeunderground.co.uk/

Address: 25 S Tay St, Dundee DD1 1NR, United Kingdom

Contact Details: +44 1382 200399

Operating Hours:

  • Mon-Tue: 10 PM–2:30 AM
  • Thursday: 10 PM–2:30 AM
  • Fri-Sat: 10 PM–3 AM
Google reviews score2.7/5
Tripadvisor reviews score3/5
Score consistency4.9/5
Total Reviews3.53/5
Space5/5
→Layout andAmbiance5/5
→Amenities5/5
Staff4/5
→Responsiveness5/5
→Demeanour3/5
Events5/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)4/5

Pros

  • Has Project U on Mondays and Juicy Tuesdays
  • Also has Rubaduck Thursdays, Fri-Yays, and Underground Saturdays
  • Exclusive booth packages
  • Has VIP Deals
  • Hip, rustic vibe

Cons

  • Reports of rude and power-tripping guards
  • Closed on Wednesdays

For the young and the young-at-heart, Underground might be the nightclub for you. Located at the heart of Dundee, this spot is known for their awesome student nights and exclusive weekend booth packages.

For instance, students who go there on Mondays would experience Project U – this means listening to adorable, cheesy tunes and chugging £2 drinks. On Tuesdays, they have their Juicy Tuesdays, which include a free-entry guest list and £2 drinks.

For students who like to have fun on Thursdays, they have Rubaduck Thursdays hosted by a huge, adorable yellow duck. Students can have selfies with the duck while listening to the top of charts songs and hip hop.

Fans of cocktail trees could schedule a visit on Fri-Yays, while those who like booth bottle service can attend their Underground Saturdays.

Speaking of booths, they have exclusive booth packages that you can choose from based on your budget. Each booth booking includes VIP entry for your whole party, hostess-led table service, and one of the best seats in the house.

They also have various VIP Deals for those who want to have the best bang for their buck. For instance, their Friday VIP deal includes 1 Spirit + Mix for only £3!

Overall, we did like the club’s hip, rustic vibe – rough stone walls, wood floorings, and spacious booths.

We did find the bouncers to be quite rude, and upon speaking to other customers, we found out that we’re not the only ones. Several customers have experienced their appalling behaviour.

Also, do note that they are closed on Wednesdays.

5. Afro Beats

Afro Beats' Homepage

What They Offer: Cool DJ, Private Function Rentals

Website: https://www.facebook.com/afrobreatsdundee/

Address: Lower Floor, 3 Session St, Dundee DD1 5DN, United Kingdom

Contact Details:  +44 1382 782663

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday: 8 PM–3 AM
  • Thurs-Sat: 8 PM–3 AM
Google reviews score3.5/5
Facebook reviews score3.9/5
Score consistency4.9/5
Total Reviews4.1/5
Space3.5/5
→Layout andAmbiance4/5
→Amenities3/5
Staff3.5/5
→Responsiveness3/5
→Demeanour4/5
Events3/5
Prices(A higher score means better value)5/5

Pros

  • Authentic basement nightclub
  • Cool, Caribbean-inspired space
  • Has a younger, more energetic crowd
  • Great DJs that play house, techno, and rap music
  • Can be rented for private functions
  • Open until 3 AM

Cons

  • Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays
  • Flooded loo

We wanted to try an authentic basement nightclub, so we went to Afro Beats. We think this is one of the hidden gems in the Dundee night scene.

Upon entering, we really dug the cool, Caribbean-inspired vibe of the place. We especially liked the wooden bar which looked like a hip, beach bar somewhere in the Caribbean.

We also noticed that the crowd is a bit younger compared to the crowds in other nightclubs. Most of their customers looked like they were uni students, which we felt lent a more energetic vibe to the place.

As for the music, we loved the DJ’s set which is a cool mix of house, techno, reggae, R&B, and rap music. Near midnight, everyone was on the dance floor, dancing like there’s no tomorrow!

We talked to a couple of the staff, and they told us that the place is available to rent for private functions. We definitely think this would be a cool place to host your birthday or maybe have a singles mixer.

What’s unique about this basement nightclub is that they are open till 3 AM. Young and young-ish night owls would fit right in with this crowd.

Surprisingly, they are closed on Sundays, as well as Mondays and Wednesdays. If you feel like going clubbing on these days, we suggest you try the student nights of the other nightclubs we went to.

Also, their loo was flooded, so they might want to get that fixed.

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