Dancing to Your Own Beat

Top spots for busting moves outside on steamy summer days and nights.

Paddy’s Beach Club

159 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, 596-2610, paddysbeach.com
Show off that bikini body you’ve been working on all spring while sipping frozen drinks and cold beers by the ocean. Misquamicut Beach is your backdrop: Hit the dance floor, work up a sweat and after all is said and done, cool off in the crashing waves.


WaterFire Music Stage on Steeple Street and the WaterFire Ballroom at the intersection of Westminster and Weybosset streets, Providence, waterfire.org
WaterFire is the best city-side dancing destination with downtown Providence’s beautiful architecture surrounding you. Expect jazz to Latin fusion acts performing on multiple stages during full lightings. The salsa dancing lessons get people moving and shaking on a sixty-one-foot dance floor specifically installed for the events. All skill levels are welcome — even if you only know how to do the lawnmower.

WBRU Dunkin' Donuts Summer Concert Series

Waterplace Park, Providence, wbru.com
When you just want to rock out in the great outdoors, this summer concert series at Waterplace Park is the place to be. Enjoy free live music Friday evenings from July 17 to Aug. 21, when you can experience some of the nation’s best emerging alternative rock acts and Providence’s own rising stars, including WBRU’s 2015 Rock Hunt winners, Public Alley.

The Landing

30 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 847-4514, thelandingrestaurantnewport.com
Looking for a chill vibe but also want to strut your stuff? The Landing on Bowen’s Wharf has a dockside patio that offers sunset views with acoustic guitarists strumming out to rock, folk and indie hits. Later on in the night, move it upstairs where a deejay spins today’s hottest tunes.

Atlantic Beach Club

55 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 847-2750, atlanticbeachclub.com
It’s like a private beach club experience, but with a Jersey Shore kind of vibe (in a good way, we promise). Slurp drinks that span the colors of the rainbow while scoping out a crowd of twenty-somethings crossed with the Jimmy Buffet set. Bare it all in your bikini, or slip on a cover-up to divert those wandering eyes.