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Best Hip Hop Clubs in Washington D.C.

Today, we’re heading off to Washington DC. Home of acclaimed national monuments, museums, performing-arts venues and now political drama. In America, no place perhaps needs more of an outlet for relaxation then here. Partying and good times are need more than ever for those wrapped up in the political stress that weighs down on the U.S. capital. So today we’re going to check out the hottest Hip Hop clubs in Washington DC to help those looking to relieve some stress or enjoy a fun night out. FYI, this list is alphabetical and not in a ranking order.

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Abigail

Abigail recently completed a $1.5 million renovation to take advantage of their 5,000 square feet club. It re-opened for an official unveiling in late October and since then, weekend parties have already attracted Redskins and Wizards players who happily drop serious cash on bottle service.

The massive overhaul, done by a local designer who is now with luxury conglomerate LVMH, included adding a new bar and DJ booth, updating bathrooms with shimmering graphic wallpaper, elegant bottle service tables, wild electronic artwork across the club and a trippy, immersive light wall near the entrance. This is a hot spot in Washington DC. If you see neon letters spelling, “Abby if you’re dirty,” frame the DJ booth, you know you’ve arrived. But before arriving, make sure to check out who’s performing by clicking upcoming events so not to miss your favorite DJ/Hip Hop artist.

Heist

Welcome to Heist. When descending into the most pimped out nightlife prison you will ever see, you quickly notice a bar area ahead/to the right with a VIP alcove around the corner. Bow tie-laden bartenders serve a variety of beverages from the typical favorites to Heist DC mixology specials like The Bearcat (rum, fresh blackberries, lemon juice) and Robert the Bruce (12 year-old Scotch, yellow chartreuse, green tea). The golden, bullet hole-filled bar and crystal ceiling design are eye-catching and spectacular. Moving through the venue to the DJ area, you’ll find the booth to the right, next to the bar. The club is truly striking so check upcoming events at Heist and reserve your table!

But that’s not all. On the other side of the DJ booth is another slightly raised VIP alcove. Another VIP corner exists across from the booth. An intimate dance floor ties it all together. Long-time DC resident and Heist co-owner Charles “DJ Dirty Hands” Koch made sure to have a DJ booth he could be proud of. It features a 24-karat gold buffalo skull and is an invitation-only VIP booth in and of itself. To appreciate the intricacies of Heist’s interior design one must examine them up close and personal. They really did spare no expense. From the mirrored ceiling/floor designs in the bar area to the custom wall panels and barred, in-wall art. The place looks fantastic and feels very warm and inclusive.

The Living Room

Are you ready for a Washington hospitality upgrade? Get ready to change everything you think you know about the District’s nightlife industry. Step into The Living Room, a new club and event space in DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood that offers an upscale experience (without taking itself too seriously). So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in style and comfort. But trust us: this isn’t your mother’s living room.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of The Living Room is that the small compact club is able to create an atmosphere that makes the venue seem much bigger. They do this with loud music, high quality bottle service, some of the craziest lazers we’ve seen, and blasts of theatrical smoke and fog. The venue is fun and does an excellent job of pulling you into the wild experience they have ready for you. Check out upcoming events to catch your favorite Hip Hop performer!

Opera Ultra Lounge

The vision for Opera is simple: To create a cutting-edge multi-faceted entertainment venue utilizing the latest in technology and providing an above industry standard in service, design, and experience. In other words, taking the lounge/nightclub concept in Washington, DC to a new level of excellence and sophistication. Opera Ultra Lounge shatters the mold of DC nightclubs by offering a full entertainment schedule, including both club-driven DJ bookings and live entertainment from Jazz bands to acoustic performances. And all in the heart of downtown DC.

Opera provides guests with an unrivaled experience, incorporating the latest in custom-fabricated design elements, bottle service, and furniture in a unique venue that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Additionally, advances in Customer Relations Management technology, currently only featured in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Miami, capture all aspects of an Opera guest’s experience and ensures that future visits are tailored precisely to his/her individual tastes and expectations. Topped off with the latest in sound and lighting technology and the result is an environment that stimulates and defies the senses. Make sure to click upcoming events to see your favorite artists at Opera!

The Park at 14th

All at once, novel in concept and character, The Park at 14th perfectly fits the mold for your next gathering when you are seeking something “a little different.” From the inviting warmth of the wood-paneled walls and subtle glow of hand-blown chandeliers to the incomparable cuisine, fantastic bottle service and proficient staff that are ready to indulge your every whim, The Park at 14th aims to define a new standard in Washington, DC social diversion.

The venue is compact but warm, open yet inviting. The Park is the largest downtown lounge and nightlife destination. Tables are availible for reservation which includes bottle service from one of the largest and well put together menus we’ve seen. An award winning culinary excellence serving dinner on Thursday and Friday nights. You are not going to want to miss upcoming events at The Park at 14th.

Rosebar

At the Rosebar in DC, anythings possible. They have taken the liberty to create an exciting atmosphere, where the best drinks and an inspired decor create a feeling of unlimited possibility. Here, you’re night is what you make of it, where you’re free to live out the stories you’ll be telling the next week, meet a group of new people or even make that special connection.

Rosebar offers a sophisticated combination of fine dining with a sleek lounge atmosphere, equiped with lovely, glowing tables and bottle service. A staple for locals during happy hour and popular spot for after dark dancing and lounging, Rose Bar serves up both some of the city’s best sushi and nightlife vibes.

Rosebar isn’t a colossal venue but has plenty to offer. Entry is best recommended earlier in the night and after working up a sweat upstairs dancing, be sure to also check out the chill outdoor patio in back. Before all this can be done, its smart to see who’s performing at Rosebar before heading over, so make sure to see Rosebar’s upcoming events.

Soundcheck

Upon stepping inside the underground venue Soundcheck at 1420 K St. NW, it’s apparent there is little room for noise complaints. During Wednesday’s opening night, Soundcheck’s managing partner Antonis Karagounis explained the inspiration behind the venue is to mimic the acoustics of a recording studio in a nightclub setting. That called for installing 4,000 square feet of cork-hardwood floors and 4-inch-thick soundproof foam in the walls and ceiling.

The owner of Soundcheck is also the owner of Echostage which in 2012, was bringing in A-list artists like Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Lorde to D.C. About $1 million went into Soundcheck. One big-ticket item was the sound system, which Karagounis says cost $200,000 alone. The 4,400-square-foot venue, which fits 300 comfortably, along with tables reserved for bottle service, is a nod to the clubs of the ’80s and ’90s, Karagounis said. To see upcoming Hip Hop artists and events, check the upcoming events found on the Discotech app. Come see what the mind of Antonis Karagounis has now created.

Ultrabar

Ultrabar quite fittingly ends our list. The venue features 6 bars, 5 levels, and 4 different DJ lineups where each floor of the club will feature its own unique twist for the night. 5 levels and 6 bars. You definitely do not see those kind of options from your local bar. Ultrabar attracts large, fun crowds, and has enough room to emcompass the largest of groups.

Ultrabar is the go-to venue for any nightlife enthusiast fusing the appeal of an ultra exclusive lounge and a high-energy nightclub in the Nation’s Capital.  Ultrabar’s interior is unique in chic design, lavish décor and classic architecture that boast a modern look and feel while remaining both warm and inviting. To see who’s performing at Ultrabar this weekend, check upcoming events.

Ultrabar boasts five distinctive floors each with its own event options, state of the art lighting and sound systems, projection screens for large-scale video productions.  The space is also home to twelve HD televisions, six full service bars, four DJ booths, and twenty-six exclusive tables in total that come with bottle service

Honorable Mentions:

Although more dancehalls then clubs, these venues deserve special mention, as they’ve brought in the best of the best, and continue to do so. The shows are unforgettable, and we believe it’s only fair to throw them in here.

The Anthem

The Anthem is huge but still feels intimate. It somehow looks and feels like the 9:30 Club, which owner Hurwitz also co-owns, while giving off its own vibe. Thursday night, the sightlines on the two balcony levels — even the standing areas behind the boxes of premium-priced “Super Excellent Seats” — are remarkable for a venue of this size, and the floor is usually packed shoulder to shoulder.

The sound in this venue is excellent. Many say and believe The Anthem is going to change live music in D.C. for the better. We hope so. To catch your favorite artist doing his or her thing at this giant venue, make sure to see if they’re performing by clicking upcoming events.

Echostage

Echostage is DC’s newest and largest nightlife concert venue. Between a sprawling, 30,000 plus sq. ft. layout, top-tier sound design, and advanced LED visual displays, it’s no surprise that the versatile space – which opened in September, 2012 – has already attracted industry heavyweights such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and Tiesto.

Though the bulk of Echostage events originate from owners Antonis Karagounis and Pete Kalamoutsos’ preexisting entertainment repertoire – which includes Club Glow and Panorama Productions – the site was renovated to accommodate live bands, emcees and a myriad of other large-scale productions. Since its inception, high production values have been paramount at Echostage.

From the cutting-edge, German-imported D&B Audiotechnik V series sound system (the first of its kind on the east coast) to interior design that ensures unobstructed sight lines from any seat in the house, the sensory experience of an Echostage event distinguishes the space from other DC entertainment players. Concert-goers can grab a close-up glimpse of the stage from the photo pit, or take a breather at two 60-foot bars that line each side of the dance floor. Visitors looking to enjoy the show from up high can cozy up to seven of their closest friends in one of the 30 bottle service Mezzanines. At the back of the room, an expert production team orchestrates each show from a raised front-of-house booth.

“The permanent stage, the LED wall, the outstanding sound – these are what attract A-list acts,” says Kalamoutsos. “We built Echostage as a concert venue for high-caliber artists. And as a result, those artists are always impressed with the site and the quality of our production here.” Though the venue’s technical and spatial attributes easily accommodate the kind of crowds that accompany a superstar lineup, Karagounis and Kalamoutsos have established Echostage as a breeding ground for innovative local performers, too – and an integral contributor to DC’s evolving cultural fabric. You absolutely do not want to miss a big show here, so click upcoming events to see your favorite artists at Echostage!

Best EDM Clubs in Washington, D.C.

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10 Best US Venues for Every Dance Music Junkie

Whether you call it EDM or still categorize the different styles of dance music e.g deep house, tech house etc., dance music has taken over the nightlife scene and venues have recognized this by booking some of the hottest talent. Here’s our list for this year’s best venues for you dance music junkies.

#10 SmartBar – Chicago

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If you like your house deep, melodic and played ‘til the early morning, put Smart Bar at the top of your to-party-at list. Since 1982, the Chicago institution has been bringing the groove, earning a reputation as one of the best clubs in the world for house music. After all, it’s situated in the heart of the city that started it all. Residents have include: Justin Long, Derrick Carter and The Black Madonna are regular fixtures behind the decks, as was the legendary Frankie Knuckles until his death in 2014.

#9 Avalon – Los Angeles

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Avalon Hollywood has long featured on countless lists ranking the top dance clubs in the world. Since its christening in 2003, the hotspot has been booking an enviable roster of top artists from all corners of dance music – but each weekend is a near-guaranteed sell-out, no matter who’s on the bill. The club’s recent makeover includes a “totally transformed entrance and lobby,” an extended balcony, new VIP booths, multi-level lounges and the addition of 150 LED panels throughout the club. Whether you seek Skrillex’s bass barrage, Axwell’s big room euphoria or the genre-hopping underground sounds of James Zabiela, Avalon’s got you covered.

#8 Stereo – Montreal (honorary US venue)

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Up in Montreal, Canada you’ll find Stereo, the legendary after-hours venue and treasure trove for marathon sets. In the past few years, DJs such as Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Danny Tenaglia, Nicole Moudaber and DJ Koze have graced the Stereo stage; this week, German duo Ame are among the guests.

#7 Audio – San Francisco

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The world of Audio Discotech revolves around sound, and it is a danceclub that was created by sound fanatics. The layout of the nightclub, placement of the speakers, design of the 7 layered dance floor, and the Funktion One sound system were carefully crafted to create a revolutionary auditory experience. Combining retro décor with cutting edge music, Audio never sports a dress code and is an intimate venue to hear world class DJ’s without the pretension.

With great sound comes great dancing, and Audio was designed with a centrally located, spring loaded dance floor that keeps the faithful on their feet. The 1600 LED wall is custom programmed to visualize the music, and the thousands of square feet of tufted panels, drapes and acoustic paneling on the ceiling, absorb sound reverberation to create crystal clear mids and high, and punchy base. The result is a night club where the center of the dance floor sounds like a recording studio… just much louder. The innovative custom lighting incorporates thousands of LEDs, every single one of which can change into any color. 3D video projection, dancers, and disco balls round out the experience. Audio is a mecca for amazing DJ talent, focusing on underground house, techno and nu-disco.

#6 Exchange – Los Angeles

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Housed inside the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange building, Exchange LA serves as a clear indication of Downtown LA’s nightlife resurgence. With a multi level venue that fits over 1500, Exchange is Downtown LA’s go-to spot for electronic dance music.

The décor is a mix of restored Art Deco styles and distinctly modern touches, from the massive bronze doors out front to the intricately painted forty-foot ceilings and the eye-popping LED screen composed of more than one million bulbs. There’s a sofa-lined hallway and adjoining lounge at street level, but most of the trendy guests head straight up to the Trading Floor – so named because that’s what it used to be – where they let loose to trance, house, or whatever other dance-friendly beats the DJ’s spinning that night. Frequenters include Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, Chus & Ceballos, Carl Cox and more.

#5 Treehouse – Miami

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Treehouse is regularly visited by some of the leading names in underground house and techno. The club brings a downtown vibe to South Beach, with a stripped-back, wood-pannelled aesthetic that resembles, yes, a real treehouse. While this is one of the busiest spots during Miami Music Week, it’s buzzing all year ‘round, thanks to visitors like the Droog crew, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, DJ W!LD and Ben UFO. Treehouse was also voted the ‘Best Small Music Venue’ by Miami New Times a few years back, so you know the locals are behind it.

#4 Output – New York

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As they claim: “Output is open to anyone, but is not for everyone. Output welcomes individuals who value the communal experience of music over cameras and bottle service.”

With room for about 450 people in its darkened main room, Output is built for dancing. They bring in the right DJs for the job, too, via a staunch booking policy that favours the deep, dark and hypnotic. With underground heroes like Erol Alkan, Luca Bacchetti, Ame, Skepta and Tim Sweeney booked in the coming weeks, Output knows how to get the best out of its soundsystem. Throughout the summer months, you can also party on the club’s rooftop, as the sun sets behind the Manhattan skyline. Just be sure to keep the camera phone in your pocket.

#3 Light – Las Vegas

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Opening in 2013 with the involvement of Cirque du Soleil and ‘creators of multimedia environments’ Moment Factory, its look and feel is unlike any of its competitors on The Strip. As well as the promise of circus theatrics and high-tech visual walls behind the DJ booth, LIGHT has boasted a varied roll-call of residents, including Krewella, Sebastian Ingrosso, Baauer and A-Trak, and perhaps the jewel in the crown, Carl Cox. In the words of Cox himself, “Oh yes, oh yes…”

#2 Echostage – Washington D.C.

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Over a sprawling 30,000-plus square feet, Echostage has the world class sound and visual capabilities of a superclub with the down and dirty vibe of a warehouse. Or as Tommy put it, “You get the atmosphere of a ‘90s rave but the sound is fucking killer.” Want to hear that sound in action? Last year, Swedish mastermind Eric Prydz shared his NYE set from Echostage, belting out three hours of dancefloor-moving tunes. Listen to it here, then make a beeline to DC to experience Echostage in action for yourself.

#1 Sound – Los Angeles

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Sound nightclub is THE bastion of deep house / underground electronic music in LA. It’s a small, intimate venue with a sick Funkton One sound system that will rock your socks. As suggested in the name, the venue boasts an impeccable sound system and a killer A/V system so the visual elements are as stimulating as the audio portion. This is a great new place to go in Hollywood that actually books talents who play good deep house and more minimal/artful electro rather than your typical top 40 hits and popular house music bangers.

On occasion Sound will host some well known DJs (Kaskade, Afrojack, Markus Schulz, etc) but more often than not you’ll get the likes of Guy Gerber, Seth Troxler, EDX, Digweed, Carl Cox, Solomun etc.

To find out what’s going on at a club near you, download the Discotech nightlife app and dance the night away.