Editor's Pick: Nine of the Hottest Dance Clubs in Ohio!

Gluten-schmuten: despite more folks giving up carbs, there are plenty of us who enjoy the smell (and taste) of fresh-baked bread. Or a sheet of still-warm cookies. Or a handmade cake with a melt-in-your mouth filling.

Baked goods have been around since the Roman Empire. Baking one's own bread was standard procedure, but in 168 BC, the first baker's guild was established in Rome. Since then, people have savored the experience ofstrolling into a bakery, taking a big whiff, then biting into whatever delicious creation was just taken out of a hot oven.

There are about 2,800 bakeries in America, but here are 15 that, from coast to coast, are keeping mouths watering.

1. Energy (Cincinnati)

Formerly Pulse, this club more than lives up to its new name with an emphasis on rockin' music, premium lighting and positive vibes. A full bar, pool tables, and dedicated VIP section round out the offerings.

Who: 18+
What: Dancing, Ladies' Nights, Special Promotions, Giveaways
When: Fridays & Saturdays 10 PM to 2:30 AM
Where: 700 West Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
Expect to Spend: $$

2. Chasers (Toledo)

Billed as "Toledo's Best College Bar," Chasers might just make you (in the words of one reviewer) "feel sixteen again." This venue promises plenty of popular music, a generous bar, and lots of events for those who love to mingle.

Who: 18+, 21+ (depending on event)
What: Ladies' Nights, Special Promotions, Dancing, Giveaways
When: Tuesday-Saturday 9 PM to 2:30 AM
Where: 3529 Dorr St, Toledo, Ohio 43607
Expect to Spend: $

3. Barley House (Cleveland)

Pub by day, hotspot by night, Barley House has the distinction of being the first establishment in Ohio to make Bar & Nightclub magazine's top 100. With a bevy of food, drink, and entertainment, as well as nightly dancing and "Sit Long,Talk Much, and Laugh Often" as a motto, Barley House is a versatile choice for those who may be looking for more than just a standard dance club.

Who: All ages, 18+, 21+ (depending on event)
What: Pub Fare, Craft Beer, Sports and Party Packages, Fundraisers, Dancing
When: Monday-Sunday, 11 AM to 2:30 AM
Where: 1261 W. 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Expect to Spend: $$

4. Axis Club (Columbus)

Billed as Columbus' largest dance club, Axis is an LGBT-friendly venue focused on dancing and entertainment. In-house DJs and entertainers, along with performers from around the world, complement the spacious dance floor and patio, along with a full bar.

Who: 18+, 21+ (depending on event)
What: LGBT-Friendly, Dancing, Drag Shows, Special Events, Corporate and Private Events, Cabaret
When: Friday-Sunday, 10 PM to 2:30 AM
Where: 775 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Expect to Spend: $

5. Liquid (Cleveland)

A multi-award winning club that's thrilled Clevelanders since 1995, Liquid offers a variety of events showcasing food, drink, and entertainment. "We throw dope shows," the owners claim. "If you're looking for the hottest place to be in Cleveland, you've found it." With a mix of nationally-known DJs, live performances, upscale pub food and drinks, and (of course) plenty of room for dancing, it seems they've got a point.

Who: 18+, 21+ (depending on event
What: Pub Fare, Dancing, Live Music, Special Events, Extended Happy Hour
When: Monday: 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Wednesday - Friday: 4 PM to 2:30 AM
Saturday: 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Sunday: 9 PM to 2:30 AM
Where: 1212 W 6th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Expect to Spend: $

6. The Mad Frog (Cincinnati)

This smallish (but still spacious) venue is built to accommodate the passions of music fans. With no cover songs allowed and an emphasis on supporting both the community and artists, the Mad Frog offers fans a place to get up close and personal with their favorite acts-both local and national. Special events include Salsa Nights and Electronica Nights. Four distinct areas offer plenty of entertainment, including TV and pool tables for when you need a break from dancing.

Who: 18+
What: Full Bar, Happy Hour, Local Talent, National Talent, Live DJ, Pool, Special Events, Salsa Nights
When: Monday - Sunday 8 PM to 2 AM (9 PM to 2 AM Wednesday & Sunday)
Where: 1 E McMillan St, Cincinnati 45219
Expect to Spend: $

7. Club Masque

One of the best-known LGBT clubs in the Midwest (and one of Out magazine's Top 200 Bars & Nightclubs in the World), Club Masque is famous for its drag shows and pageants. But it's also one of the hottest dance clubs in Ohio (and beyond), with two floors of dancing , special events nearly every night of the week, and an "everyone's welcome" policy that makes it a popular attraction with just about anyone looking for an amazing night of dancing, drinks, and entertainment.

Who: 18+
What: Dancing, LGBT-Friendly, Drag Shows, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Live DJ, Special Events, Fundraisers, Ladies Night
Monday-Tuesday: 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Wednesday: 8 PM to 4 AM
Thursday: 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Friday-Saturday: 8 PM to 5 AM
Where: 34 N Jefferson St, Dayton, Ohio 45402
Expect to Spend: $

8. Bretz Nightclub (Toledo)

Bretz Nightclub has been a Toledo favorite since 1987, and proudly claims the title of "Toledo's Hottest GLBT+ALLIES Nightclub." The crowd skews young (college through 30s), and this inclusive club is also justifiably famous for its wild and energetic dance floor, so no matter who you are, be prepared for a crazy time.

Who: 18+
What: LGBT, Dancing, Drag Shows, Special Events, Drink Specials, Live DJ, Bottle Service, Corporate and Private Events, Cabaret
When: Thursday-Sunday, 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Where: 2012 Adams St, Toledo, Ohio 43604
Expect to Spend: $

9. Julia's Nite Club (Dayton)

Those looking to escape the "kids' clubs" and enjoy an adult-friendly, contemporary dance club with maximum fun and minimal drama will be happy to step onto the dance floor at Julia's Nite Club. This club's fun, courteous environment, well-stocked bar, and special events help create the perfect accompaniment to a night out on the town for those who have outgrown the younger party scene but still want to kick up their heels.

Who: 18+
What: Dancing, Ladies Night, Live Music, Live DJ, Full Bar, Post-College Crowd, Karaoke, Private Events
Wednesday: 4 PM - 1 AM
Thursday: 4 PM - 2:30 AM
Friday: 5 PM - 2:30 AM
Saturday: 7 PM - 2:30 AM
Where: 8939 Kingsridge Dr, Dayton, Ohio 45458
Expect to Spend: $

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