Q: I'm new to the city. I love to dance when I go out to bars, but I'm just not into places like Mad River and Finnigan's. What are my options here?
A: You gotta pick the right night at the right bar. Upstairs at the Khyber (56 S. Second St., 215-238-5888) usually has good stuff going on; try Driz Horse on Wednesdays or go on a Sunday night for a $10 open bar. The second floor at the 700 Club (700 N. Second St., 215-413-3181) is set up a bit like a living room, with lots of homey couches that, somewhat strangely, make it feel more like a house party than a club. The dancefloor at Silk City (435 Spring Garden St., 215-592-8838) gets packed on the weekends and on Thursdays, when Steven Bloodbath spins; you might have to wait awhile for a beer, but there's no cover. Best of all, you don't have to go somewhere else for your post-booze munching — just hop up the stairs to the diner side. And definitely don't miss out on the multifloored Making Time parties, which are held monthly at either Pure (1221 St. James St., 215-735-5772) or Transit (600 Spring Garden St., 267-258-1321). Ask 10 people what they think of Making Time and you'll get 10 opinions, but just know that these things feature dancey (sometimes British) bands and rotating DJs. And now, for something completely different: Take in a night of Latin dancing at the lovely Tierra Colombiana (4535 N. Fifth St., 215-324-6086).