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Best Hip Hop Clubs in Boston

For the most part, luxury night clubs play a mix of top 40, hip hop music and EDM (electronic dance music). Hip hop clubs in Boston tend to draw a crowd of young people who get into the music much more than your typical club with house beats. If you’re looking for a night of getting down on the dance floor and having a great time, definitely check out Boston’s hip hop scene. To make the most of the Boston hip hop scene, it is important to know the hot spots and the DJ’s that are playing. Use the Discotech app or website to see who’s playing, book table service, and buy tickets to all of the clubs below.

Boston has hip hop clubs all over the city with the best ones being in the downtown and Boston Commons area.

Icon

Icon is widely recognized as Boston’s top hip hop club . With a packed house every night, wild crowds, and regular performances from top talent with names such as Marshmello, Shaggy, Jeremiah and more on a regular basis, Icon provides a unique atmosphere. You also are likely to spot celebrities here. Check out upcoming events and book/buy bottle service, guestlist, and tickets for Icon on the Discotech app.

Venu

The Discotech app will also let you track events at Venu, another popular hip hop club in the area that celebrities and high-profile DJs frequent, if that’s the vibe you’re into for the night. Venu is one of the most exclusive clubs in Boston and is a popular place for celebrities and hip hop to host afterparties. Venu is a relatively small club but the crowd is one you won’t find anywhere else in Boston.

Candibar

If you are looking for a newer Boston nightclub with a young, less mainstream crowd, you should check out Candibar. Equipped with a high-tech lighting system and DJ Booth, Candibar has a big space for dancing. Drawing a combination of local and globally-renowned DJ’s, Candibar features a variety of music with hip hop being the most common. Fancy Fridays are the most popular parties here. You can use the Discotech app to book bottle service and track upcoming events at Candibar.

Cure

Cure provides more of a high-end feel to the Boston hip hop scene. Originally designed to be the ladies lounge and orchestra area to a theater, Cure has a unique interior space for a hip hop club. The club may have a sophisticated interior, but the crowds still get wild. There is a live DJ almost every night that Cure is open. Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular hip hop nights at Cure. To track upcoming events at cure or to book bottle service, you can use the Discotech app.

Tunnel

Tunnel is the Boston W Hotel’s trendy underground nightspot featuring DJ beats, bottle service & pulsing LED lights. With a luxury interior, this is a place with great tables to bring a group and enjoy hip hop music from a live DJ.

If you want to keep updated on upcoming events in Boston, be sure to download the Discotech app, which provides you with an easy way to find all events in your area. This guide to nightlife in Boston is also a good starting point if you’re not sure what direction you want to take. If you’d like to learn more about our services or need assistance with anything, whether you’re new to the area or a local, feel free to hit our help line.

Best EDM Clubs in Boston

For the most part, luxury night clubs play a mix of hip hop music with EDM (electronic dance music). EDM clubs in Boston tend to draw a crowd of younger people that love to get crazy on the dance floor. To make the most of the Boston EDM scene, it is important to know the hot spots and the DJ’s that are playing. Use the Discotech app or website to see who’s playing, book table service, and buy tickets to all of the clubs below.

Boston has EDM clubs all over the city with the best ones being in the downtown and Boston Commons area.

Royale

Royale is a mega club in Boston. The venue is a nightclub on some nights and has concerts on others. The huge staircase and beautiful balcony create a grande interior fit for some of the world’s top EDM talent. Royale sees the likes of DJ’s such as Galantis and Tiesto on a regular basis. Check out upcoming events and book/buy bottle service, guestlist, and tickets for Royale on the Discotech app.

Venu

The Discotech app will also let you track events at Venu, another popular EDM club in the area that celebrities and high-profile DJs frequent, if that’s the vibe you’re into for the night. Venu is one of the most exclusive clubs in Boston and is a popular place for celebrities to host afterparties. Venu is a relatively small club but the crowd is one you won’t find anywhere else in Boston.

Memoire

If you are looking for another Boston Club with huge talent in Boston, definitely check out Memoire. This club is one of Boston’s newest and features a talent lineup reminiscent of the extravagant clubs in Vegas. Names such as Steve Aoki and R3hab play here weekly. You can use the Discotech app to book bottle service and track upcoming events at Memoire.

The Grand

Another one of Boston’s mega clubs, The Grand features top DJs on a regular basis. The crowd is hip and fun every single night but make sure to arrive early because venue will fill up! Tickets available on the Discotech app.

Bijou

Bijou is Boston’s spot for international club-goers. Featuring nightly sets from well-known International DJ’s, the venue has grown extremely popular. With an extremely posh interior, outside of the Boston norm, Bijou boasts a luxury lounge-like interior. If you want to buy tickets, book bottle service, or even see the list of upcoming events at Bijou, use the Discotech app!

Shrine

Located in Foxwoods, about 1.5-2 hours away from Boston, Shrine brings the energy of a Vegas club to woods of Connecticut. With a 21,000 square ft., cutting-edge space, Shrine has a quality lineup of top EDM DJ’s. Use the Discotech app to book bottle service and see upcoming events at Shrine!

If you want to keep updated on upcoming events in Boston, be sure to download the Discotech app, which provides you with an easy way to find all events in your area. This guide to nightlife in Boston is also a good starting point if you’re not sure what direction you want to take. If you’d like to learn more about our services or need assistance with anything, whether you’re new to the area or a local, feel free to hit our help line.

Memoire Boston Grand Opening – June 2019

The Encore name has been making waves around New England shores with the buzz surrounding Boston’s newest grand addition. We’re proud to share news of such a large project coming to a city very close to our hearts, as both Encore and a fancy new nightclub will be joining us in Boston.

Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG) is bringing Boston’s newest luxury nightclub, Mémoire, to the city’s brand new Encore Boston Harbor resort. The nightclub represents BNEG’s mission to bring world-class talent to New England and will host its kickoff on June 23rd with R3HAB. The forthcoming project will include a stacked opening lineup also featuring Steve Aoki, DJ Diesel aka Shaquille O’Neal, Cheat Codes, VICE, and Don Diablo. 

“We are beyond thrilled to introduce Mémoire and to be a part of the incredible Encore Boston Harbor project. Mémoire will offer a high-energy nightlife destination within the five-star property, regularly welcoming top DJs and nightlife talent from around the world. At Mémoire we wanted the guest experience to be unlike anything else in Boston, blending the most state-of-the-art technology available with glamorous and sophisticated décor. The result is a space that’s really high energy and captivating while still offering that luxurious and VIP experience.” – BNEG Principal Randy Greenstein

Mémoire oozes the epitome of a high-end nightclub, flaunting lustrous gold surfaces, plush accents, sensuous leather contours, custom marble tables, and glistening hand-blown glass chandeliers. Accommodating up to 650 guests in its 8,000 square foot space, Mémoire also holds 20 luxurious VIP tables, multiple bars, and alluring private areas. Set up for success, the space, of course, features the best of the best technology including a giant LED wall behind the DJ booth for captivating visuals. On the dancefloor, guests will look above to see a custom state-of-the-art chandelier showering them with vibrant light shows as they listen to the booming Funktion One sound system.

Mémoire is BNEG’s latest addition, joining the high ranks beside Boston’s award-winning club The Grand which has reinvented the city’s nightlife, particularly in the electronic music spectrum. Welcoming a weekly roster of the world’s top DJs and producers, The Grand has entirely dominated the Boston nightlife scene in a very short period of time. Stay up to date with Mémoire’s lineup and events, and book tables on the Discotech app.

Boston Nightlife’s Recent Revitalization

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.