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Top 10 Best Nightclubs in Boston in 2020

Boston has somewhat recently begun to make a name for themselves in the clubbing world. With huge clubs, lots a popped bottles, and world-renowned DJs like the Chainsmokers and ZHU, nightclubs in Boston have really done the absolute most to join the ranks of the top club cities. And as far as we can tell, it’s been working. Here are the top 10 nightclubs in Boston right now.

1) Big Night Live

Dance floor and DJ at Big Night Live Boston

An Epic, Luxury Music Hall

Big Night Live is a top tier luxury music hall unlike any other venue in Boston. The multi-level performance and event space offers 30 VIP tables with bottle service for those truly looking for the next level of nightclub partying. LED walls surround the stage as a state-of-the-art supersonic sound system, three expansive bars, and luxurious private suites overlook the stage while coming together to give party goers an unforgettable experience.

2) Memoire

Chainsmokers event at Memoire Boston

A Nightclub Big Enough for 650

Mémoire is one of the top clubs in Boston, and encourages patrons to come make memories like never before. With tons of space, comfortably accommodating up to 650 people, it dramatically improves nightlife on every level, creating a nightclub and an experience very few will get the pleasure to enjoy. With 20 luxurious VIP bottle tables, VIP bars and private areas, this club and event space is the ideal setting for wild nights! 

3) Bijou

LED lights and dance floor at Bijou Boston

A Top Tier Dance Club in the Heart of Boston

Bijou Nightclub is one of the best nightclubs in Boston. The club really is for the experience as the music, great lighting, smoke, visuals and a huge dance floor come together giving those going a hard to forget night out. The club attracts huge DJs like Martin Solveig and ZHU and continues to outperform rival clubs on a weekend nightly basis. For music lovers, this club will soon become a favorite.

4) Venu

Dance floor and tables at Venu Boston

An Elegant Nightclub Built to Create Great Memories

Since opening in 1999, Venu has undoubtedly maintained its position as the most sought-after cosmopolitan nightclub in Boston. The secret? Venu provides unequaled customer service, as Venu’s management goes all-out in an effort to guarantee that all the club’s patrons leave with an exceptional and memorable experience. Simply put, this elegant and sought after club is one of Boston’s most preferred places to party.

5) Empire

Bar area at Empire Boston

A Sleek, Asian Inspired Nightclub

Empire sends you into the mystic realms of Asia as their stunning Imperial Chinese design meets contemporary Asian ambiance. The sexy, modern space was made to give guests an old world feel with a touch of Hong Kong mystery. Empire is divided into nine aesthetically distinct rooms known for their exquisite detail, three private dining rooms served by a private bar, and an Asian awe-inspiring open kitchen at the center. Empire is an experience that stands alone and will have you eager to return. 

6) The Grand

Dance floor and bar view at The Grand Boston

A Huge, Multi-level Nightclub Known for Their Sleek Design

Upon walking up the master staircase or taking the private elevator, guests are brought into a luxurious ambiance that blends old Hollywood glamour with modern technology and design. The Grand aims to set the new standard in event space and nightlife. With a full venue capacity of 800 people, elevated platforms and multiple levels offer every guests the best view in the house. The Grand is an exceptionally fun place to party and let loose. 

7) Icon

High-Energy dance floor and dancers at ICON Boston

A High-energy Nightclub Meets an Ultra Exclusive Lounge

ICON Nightclub blends the appeal of a high-energy nightclub with an ultra exclusive lounge. With over 7,000 square feet of extraordinary design and extravagant décor as well as a state of the art sound and lighting system, ICON promises an exciting and over-the-top experience for the discerning dance music enthusiasts. You’d be hard pressed to find a better place to party than ICON. The place has hosted wild events and will continue to do so. 

8) Tunnel

Crowded bar and dance floor at Tunnel inside W Hotel

A Hidden, Underground Nightclub

The W Hotel’s trendy underground nightspot features DJ beats, bottle service & pulsing LED lights. Tunnel has been known to attract a very diverse crowd, with older Boston party lovers as well as younger crowds on the weekend. The bar at Tunnel is always fully stocked, and ensures the party keeps rolling with quick bartenders moving drinks fast.

9) Royale

DJ and dance floor at Royale Boston

Boston’s Mega Club

Royale is known as Boston’s mega club. At Royale, beauty and modern elegance come together to create a unique nightlife experience. The gorgeous people within are eager to dance so be ready to do so with your drink in hand because once you are on the dance floor you won’t want to come off. Throw in a friendly staff that can accommodate your every desire when organized in advance (and of course for a price) and you’re ready for a next level night out. The goal at Royale is to make your evening at Royale the best night of your life.

10) HAVA

Table reservations and booths at HAVA Boston

The New Kid on the Block

HAVA Lounge is a very unique nightclub. Don’t be fooled by the last placed ranking, as HAVA just recently joined the Boston nightclub scene. Although they have much to prove, it won’t be long until they climb up the list, as the interior design of HAVA alone is gorgeous, inviting and unique. The luxurious atmosphere coupled with retro modern feel gives this nightclub an atmosphere that’s hard to forget. The party at HAVA is always on and it won’t be long until the line starts circling the block, so be sure to check out HAVA! 

It’s nearing 2 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and hundreds of bodies are undulating on the fog-covered dance floor. Arty, a Russian EDM heavyweight DJ, is spinning trance music when suddenly the beat drops and hundreds of pulsing lights emerge from a custom-built kinetic ceiling, right on tempo. Partiers seated in the wings knock back Grey Goose and Red Bulls under gilded chandeliers. Every 180 seconds or so, the bottle-service brigade emerges: Playboy Bunny–esque servers in knee-high boots and black-thong leotards hoisting iridescent bottles of Luc Belaire—all arriving on the shoulders of bartenders who are in tiny prop cars or, one time, inexplicably dressed as Star Wars Stormtroopers. This is “I Love Mondays,” a series of DJ nights at the Grand, the over-the-top glittering crown jewel of nightlife in the Seaport District—which, according to owner Ed Kane, represents the gloriously decadent and debauched future here in the City That Definitely Sleeps. For the first time ever, it seems, Boston’s party scene has some real international swagger.

From the moment I walk in, past the state-of-the-art security system and army of security guards, this does not feel like a Boston club. The previous decades were gritty, with overcrowded dance halls and bawdy behavior. “When I first started working in nightclubs in the old days, people used to go out at 7 at night and they would stay all night,” says Frank DePasquale, who once owned and operated the Ocean Club in Quincy and Umbria downtown but ditched clubs for restaurants. There was the rocking psychedelic scene at the Ark, then the wild disco parties of the aptly named 15 Lansdowne, and, later, the punk-centric Rathskeller. By the 1990s, the seediness and notoriously lax safety standards of the club scene provoked the ire of then-Mayor Thomas Menino, who spent his 20-year tenure famously at war with the city’s nightclubs. To many, the idea of clubbing conjures up college memories of unwelcome advances and drinks that couldn’t be trusted. Like much of Old Boston, though, those days seem to be coming to an end.

The Grand’s owner claims to be “reinventing”—not reviving—the city’s club scene. Kane and his company, Big Night Entertainment Group, which also owns Empire, the Scorpion Bar, and nine other locations, have adopted a so-called Las Vegas–style model that thrives on ticketed events for big-name international DJs and traffics in luxury rather than scorpion bowls and grab-assery. The whole vibe is explicitly exclusive. It can cost $200 just to get past the door; a bottle of vodka can run $750; and if you want to kick your heels up in the VIP lounges, you’d better come thirsty and be ready to hit the $3,000 mark. “We’re not cheap,” Kane says. “I want it to be a cut above.”

So why has Boston suddenly gone glitzy? Mayor Marty Walsh ended the war on nightlife, for one thing, and “it’s tech, it’s finance, it’s young professionals,” says Randy Greenstein, Kane’s business partner (along with Kane’s brother Joe). As the second-largest startup-funding hub in the country after Silicon Valley, and the home to companies such as DraftKings and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it can feel like the new rich are everywhere in Boston. “If you can offer an amazing experience,” Greenstein says, “they’ll spend their money.”

If Kane has anything to say about it, the Vegas-ification of Boston is only getting started. His company is adding exciting new projects, including a music hall in the Hub on Causeway development next to the TD Garden and a smaller nightclub in the new Encore Boston Harbor casino, all in the same vein of opulence. Whether the glitz and glam ushers in a new era of nightlife, with waves of club kids to boot, or leaves us wistful for the bad old days of gritty dives, only time will tell. In the meantime, well, bartenders in tiny prop cars or dressed as Stormtroopers never hurt anyone.

Boston Nightclubs FAQ

What time do Boston Nightclubs typically open?

Most nightclubs open around 10-11 PM.

What time do Boston Nightclubs typically close?

Most close at 2:00 AM.

What is the dress code like at Boston Nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form-fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button-down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer to. Of course, guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to nightclubs.

How can I book bottle service for Boston Nightclubs?

You can book table service using our free mobile app. Or, if you’re on desktop you can use our webapp.

How much is bottle service at Boston Nightclubs?

Table minimums can get pretty expensive, but every venue is different. The best way to find out is to use our app.


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