New York City, the birthplace of hip-hop music and the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, has been Ground Zero of the rap/hip-hop musical genre for four decades and counting. Grandmaster Flash and SugarHill Gang in the 70s. Run-DMC and The Beastie Boys in the 80s. LL Cool J, Jay-Z , Notorious B.I.G., and Nas in the 90s & aughts. A$AP Rocky, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B in the twentyteens. With the turn of the Roaring 20’s Part Deux seeing electronic dance music tapering off slightly and hip-hop demonstrating a resurgence, it is no surprise that New York will continue to enjoy another decade as the shining lighthouse beacon for the freshest and hottest hip-hop nightclubs on the planet.
Without further adieu, here is our updated list of today’s top hip-hop venues – both the upscale and the ratchet ones – in the city that never sleeps.
1. Tao Downtown
Tucked away within the grandeur of the downtown location of Tao Group’s eponymous restaurant is a hidden nightlife gem and “in the know” oasis (not so surprisingly) called… Tao Downtown. Separated from the restaurant, the 2500 square foot drinks-only nightlife space has steadily kept a low-key profile while attracting wealthy Manhattanites and celebrities for late night/wee-hour cocktails, music, and dancing. A lot of newbs don’t even know there is nightclub there, as it is tucked away in the corner of the huge Tao complex away from the larger dining area. The opulently decorated club room is located one staircase down, and the ambiance is so intimate and dark that the place almost feels like a speakeasy. For those in the know, Tao Downtown remains one of the Meatpacking hotspots these days – especially on Tuesday nights when the fashion models come out to play – and it is a grand undertaking to gain entry on weekends. It is important to note that dining at the restaurant does not guarantee entry into the club; only a VIP table reservation or a personal invitation from Tao Group’s management team will suffice.
2. Avenue NYC
Tao Group has done it again. A trendy crowd, stunning tapestries and paintings, and of course luxurious no-expenses-spared VIP bottle service makes Avenue one of the most desirable nightclub/lounges in all of New York City.
Meet Avenue, its velvet rope, its guest list, and its polite but firm bouncers: it should feel like you’ve earned something when you make it past these burly gatekeepers. And give Avenue some credit: although it may not come off as inviting, it does make the door rigmarole worth it. The self-described gastro-lounge is festooned with wood paneling, aristocratic portraits, tarnished mirrors and other trappings. Guests sashay on the enormous dance floor downstairs while a DJ spins pop and Girl Talk-inspired remixes up top. There’s a surprising menu of eclectic comfort food—everything from waffle fries to Kung Pao Chicken Satay to Pretzel Dogs. It’s oddly homey for a place like this, but don’t let the menu fool you: although reservations aren’t required, signing up for bottle service makes it a lot easier to get in, you can book bottle service at Avenue NYC here.
3. Up & Down NYC
Every floor of Up & Down is an adventure, night by night and room by room. The upstairs maintains a high energy club atmosphere, while the downstairs takes on the role of a chill lounge that has the ability to go from chill to wild in 0-60, creating a back alley club feel. Balance is key when programming the club so that both floors are both vibrant.
“The music upstairs provides the atmosphere of a modern day nightclub, a mixed format of current hits and surprise performances while the downstairs is more of a musical scavenger hunt, covering all spectrums, from classics’ to music that is just a bit ahead of the curve.” Make the night special and easily book VIP bottle service reservations at Up & Down.
4. The Blond
A lot of clubs in the Meatpacking District and downtown are full of college kids and tourists who want to get plastered. The Blond started as one of those cool, super-chill spots for locals and has blossomed into a hotspot for well-heeled regulars and celebrity sightings. It’s got a good-looking fashionista crowd and everyone dresses the part, and hip-hop is always on the record. The venue boasts modern décor with burnished mirrors, velvet couches and bronze sculptures of people wearing masks in homage to the iconic “Eyes Wide Shut” movie. Atop the long bar are mushroom-shaped lamps made of copper, and coasters are printed with portraits of famous blond celebs like Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman and Candice Swanepoel.
After 11:30pm, the lines to get into The Blond typically spill around the corner, overseen by a couple of intimidating but professional bouncers. Though there’s no official dress code, it’s typical NYC: guys will get turned away for wearing shorts and t-shirts, while pretty girls in skimpy dresses and tight ripped jeans can magically move to the front of the line. The crowd there is a common NYC sight well: younger well-dressed model types trying to make it in the concrete jungle against older well-dressed gentlemen throwing around money and on the hunt like they’ve already figured out the law of that same jungle. While other exclusive ultra lounge in NYC can feel super stuffy, packed, and claustrophobic, the Blond is refreshingly spacious and airy, and decorated in comfort-inducing exquisite tones and textures.
5. Jane Ballroom
The Jane Ballroom, with its grand and eclectic décor, has hosted countless events and film shoots. The Ballroom is versatile and can accommodate smaller events on the Mezzanine level or larger functions in the entire space. Fridays and Saturdays are lively and the line can be long, but Thursday nights here are one of the best nightlife scenes in Lower Manhattan. The stunning Hudson River views from the Roof are unparalleled, and the interior Roof Bar is ideal for a more intimate gathering or to take a break from the heat on the dance floor. VIP bottle service requests for Jane Ballroom can be submitted here.
6. 1 OAK NYC
After passing through a coat-check anteroom where lines of cursive are engraved in the wall, patrons find themselves in an expansive room with a ceiling of raw oak slats and a zigzagging black-and-white floor that sets an El Morocco tone. It’s official, you’ve made it to 1 Oak. The room is divided by a central black lacquered bar doling out $20 mixed drinks, and, in one corner, a VIP-type area with a roaring fireplace and giant artwork by Roy Nachum (designer of Southern Hospitality and Saucy) of a sexy nude flanked by buffalo. Beyond that area is a cruise-y outdoor smoking lounge partially enclosed by mirrored walls. Ostrich-leather banquettes line under lit brick walls covered by metallic gold curtains, offsetting a bizarre centerpiece—another large artwork of a young blindfolded boy with two horses. In the front of the room there’s a D.J. podium outfitted with what looks and sounds like a very pricey sound system and in the back, risers for those happy to sit without silver Dom Pérignon buckets in front of them. Be sure to make a VIP table reservation and book bottle service at 1 Oak NYC here.
Not actually a hotel, Ravi Patel’s LES spot is named after a French World War II safe house. Hotel Chantelle is retro in design as unmarked doors transport you into Patel’s version of 1940’s Paris. The room exudes warmth as dark mahogany wood panels blend with the black leather pin tucked banquettes under the glow of flickering exposed bulbs, candles, and a gold floral pattern that bounces off dark wallpaper. Cozy up in the banquettes or sit at the bar, where friendly bartenders are happy to explain the cocktail list, which features modern twists on old-school classics. They’ll lead you towards three concoctions: The Pineapple Express (jalapeño-infused tequila, pineapple, and pomegranate), Libertine (gin, cucumber, lime juice), and the Kir Yvette (sparkling rosé, lemon juice). Mix up your night with the attached rooftop restaurant or underground dance club. Be sure to book your VIP table and bottle service reservations at Hotel Chantelle here.
For over a decade, Goldbar has been a top nightlife destination in New York City. Famous for it’s golden skulls, 12’ vaulted gold leaf ceilings and crystal chandeliers, Goldbar embodies sophistication. The standout team behind Goldbar is dedicated to offering an exceptional and genuine nightlife experience. The décor, fit for royalty, sets the mood for lavish indulgence. With an impressive cocktail menu, created by renowned mixologist Tim Cooper, Goldbar is devoted to innovative drinks, with only the freshest ingredients and top-notch spirits. You can book bottle service at Goldbar here.
9. The DL
The DL is one of the friendliest, least pretentious, and high-energy nightclubs not just in the Lower East Side, but across all of New York City. This bass-rattling multi-level venue is fully equipped with an outdoor rooftop wood deck patio with retractable roof where the main dance floor congregates around a DJ spinning popular open format tunes.
Down below, the second level of the DL is a darker, grimier no-frills hip-hop sweatbox that has become the calling card for LES nightspots over the years; the entrance level first floor is an inviting bar/lounge with modern tunes playing in the background. Views of the New York City skyline, strong drinks, great music, and a younger crowd full of college students – mostly from NYU, Hunter, Baruch, & the Manhattan fashion schools – early twentysomething Tri-State area professionals looking to blow off steam, and visiting tourists gone wild make the DL a must-visit option for weekend fun. Be sure to book this hot spot in advance, you can submit a bottle service request for The DL here.
10. Sky Room
Occupying the 33rd and 34th floor of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Times Square by Marriott and the Four Points Times Square by Sheraton, the bi-level ultra lounge transports guests to a high energy oasis atop 40th Street. Sky Room offers five distinct spaces: the North Terrace with its retractable roof, the South Terrace with its private cabanas, the Times Square Lounge, the Cube Balcony, and the Candlelight Lounge.
The North Terrace on the 34th floor provides a comfortable environment all year round with a fully retractable glass roof cover and panoramic glass walls, offering stunning views of the Times Square area. One standout highlight of the venue is the South Terrace on the top level, which features plush furniture and soothing ambient lighting amidst a lush landscape, set up to offer a luxurious space where guests can truly enjoy being in the heart of Manhattan, with views of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building. Enjoy sweeping city views and book bottle service at Sky Room here.
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Toronto – home of one of the worlds greatest rappers – Drake. Naturally, hip hop rules the music scene – the selection of hip hop nightclubs in Toronto is top notch. You will find packed crowds of partiers nightly, getting down on the dance floor and having a great time. Regardless of the hip hop club you’re at, one thing is for certain – you can expect to hear a lot of Drake. To make the most of the hip hop scene in “the 6”, it is important to know the hot spots and the DJ’s that are playing. Use the free Discotech mobile app or discotech website to see who’s playing, book table service, and buy tickets to all of the clubs below.
Everleigh is widely considered one of the top hip hop nightclubs in Toronto. This club is housed in a unique industrial space outfitted with stunning lighting and artwork. The large space accommodates large crowds nightly and boasts one of Toronto’s best party atmospheres. This club plays a particularly large amount of Drake music! You can track the events, order bottle service, or sign up for the guestlist at Everleigh on the Discotech app. You can sign up for guestlist at Everleigh – discounted admission!
EFS Social Club
EFS Social Club is another top hip hop club in Toronto. With a high-end 5000 square foot space, rooftop patio, and prime location in King West’s bustling fashion district, EFS is one of a kind. EFS has huge hip hop parties regularly and also draws some of today’s biggest hip hop names such as ASAP Ferg to play on occasion. You can track events and order bottle service at EFS through the Discotech App.
Cake Bar provides a more intimate hip hop option in the Toronto nightlife scene. This is a local favorite spot. The venue has two levels with a main dance floor downstairs and a more private, VIP section upstairs. The DJ is always spinning hip hop and party anthems here. Cake Bar is great for a group of friends lookup for a night out but not interested in the chaotic atmosphere of Toronto’s bigger clubs. Drinks here are pretty cheap as well! You can track events and order bottle service at Cake Bar using the Discotech app.
While Rebel isn’t purely a hip hop club, it does feature a mix of top 40 and hip hop and is too important in the Toronto nightlife scene not to include in this list. Rebel is a 45,000 square foot mega club on the Toronto waterfront. Rebel draws huge crowds and top artists to play, creating a concert-level atmosphere on any regular club night. Rebel is a must-see if you are looking to party in Toronto. You can track events, order bottle service, and buy tickets at Rebel using the Discotech app.
Luxy is Toronto’s most pure hip hop club. You will almost never hear a non hip hop song here and some of the music is not as mainstream as most clubs. Luxy is located a little outside of Toronto in Concord, but draws large crowds nightly and turns into a rowdy dance club when the night hits. You can track events, order bottle service, and buy tickets at Luxy using the Discotech app.
If you want to keep updated on upcoming events in Toronto, be sure to download the Discotech app, which provides you with an easy way to find all upcoming events in Toronto. This guide to nightlife in Toronto 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 – 415-735-6716.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
EDM might have dominated nightlife over the past few years, but hip hop is definitely making a comeback. Hip Hop lovers, be sure to check out our list of the best hip hoop clubs in San Diego. For more information on upcoming events, bottle service, guestlists and ticketing, download our free mobile app! Or, if you’re on desktop, try our webapp.
Designed by the renowned Davis Ink, Parq spans across an area of 40000 square feet. Guests can meander through vertical gardens in park-like atmosphere, replete with raw, organic elements, yucca trees and other foliage. In the restaurant, high beams open up to the sky, allowing for fresh San Diego air to enhance the garden scene. You can get into Parq for free if you spend over $25 on food (not including drinks) at the restaurant. If you want a quick drink, do visit the mini bar instead of the two main bars to avoid long waits. Parq features some of the hottest Hip Hop talents like DJ Mustard and Karma regularly so check their events and reserve bottle service for guaranteed entry. On occasion Parq does feature EDM DJs, so make sure to check upcoming events to see who’s spinning / performing!
Ever changing and evolving, Fluxx aims to provide its patrons with the best possible nightlife experience using a synergy of exquisite designs and full sensory stimulation. Vibrant color lasers and a pulsating sound system complements each other perfectly to create a tantalizing atmosphere which elevates your experience to a whole new level. Shifting themes and style ensure guests will never be bored will this venue, just as their love towards Hip Hop is. Whether you are drenched in an underwater fantasy with a real life mermaid, or riding a psychedelic rainbow next to giant mushrooms, there is one thing that is for sure…you never know where Fluxx is going to take you next. Sign up for the free guest list at Fluxx!
Side Bar, an intelligent combination of both ultra lounge and nightclub, provides a dynamic aesthetic with classic sex appeal. A mismatched array of leather booths and velvet couches lend themselves to be both lounge seating and bottle service tables. A cluster of maroon birdcages dangle from the lofted ceiling above the front lounge. The caged theme continues to the focal point of the club; a life-size birdcage that houses the DH and doubles as a stage for go-go’s to climb in and tease the high-energy dancing crowd that gathers below. Get on the free guestlist for Sidebar!
With Hip Hop and Latin music playing all night long, Onyx Room is truly heaven for Hip Hop lovers and Latin music lovers alike.. Featuring local and international talent with great service and atmosphere, Onyx Room aims to create a high quality nightlife venue for all. What really makes a dance club are the people. It is here that Onyx has captured something special as it attracts an open minded, up-for-anything and above all, incredibly friendly crowd. Onyx brings something different to the culture of San Diego’s downtown nightlife. It is a nightclub at ease with all the details that make a club really work, and an unusually tight synergy in the music. Join Onyx’s nightclub in the Gaslamp district for a great time! Check out bottle service deals here.
Sunburn (pool party)
What is summer without great pool parties? San Diego may be famous for its beaches but a proper pool party is always need to complete your summer. Sunburn at Hard Rock offers the best pool party in town featuring a laidback pool, tasty BBQ eats, VIP daybeds, and cabanas with lounge seating and flat screen TVs. Grab your sunnies, your swankiest pool gear and your crew and meet us poolside for some hot fun at the coolest spot in downtown! Sunburn typically plays Open Format music – you’ll find a mix of Top 40, EDM and Hip Hop on any given Saturday. General admission is a little steep here – we recommend bottle service for the best VIP experience.
There is something to be said about the Bay Area’s hip hop presence. Sure- it isn’t the ATL or Chicago. San Francisco might not have “hip hop soul” but it does know a thing or two about pleasing everyone. And in the words of Tupac- “California, knows how to party.” Hip-hop has a definite presence in SF. Here is a list of the hottest clubs in the city for the people who would take some solid lyrics and a beat over a synthesizer. So if you’re more of a twerker than a first bumper, read on to find out the best hip-hop nightclubs in San Francisco.
Mission statement: “I DO IT FOR THE RATCHETS”. Imported straight from Ktown LA, this new Mission hotspot is bumping Thursdays – Saturday nights. No cover at Arena SF – but the line can definitely get long. Bottle service is recommended – and prices are quite reasonable. Bottle service tends to sell out here so we recommend reserving a couple days in advance!
Between Latino Fridays and Freestyle Saturdays, you are all set at The Grand. A large Vegas-inspired nightclub, The Grand takes the cake for the big and bold when it comes to hip-hop clubs in the city. It isn’t too far from AT&T Park and close enough to Uber quickly to one of the other SoMa hip-hop hotspots. Sign up for free guestlist or book tables at the Grand using the Discotech app!
Holy Cow is a total retro Los Angeles feel club. Polished oaky wooden tables and thin industrial-feel rails perfect for holding on to while you drop it low characterize this Folsom street club’s renovation. Just a heads up- Holy Cow is said to be overpriced, but sometimes you can’t expect to put a price tag on a wild night out. Guestlist and table service available on the app.
If being surrounded by families and tourists on the Alcatraz tour just won’t cut it (we don’t blame you), head over to The ROC. This Alcatraz-themed bar and club brings the naughty to Fisherman’s Wharf. Expect a line out of the door on their most popular event, The ROC Fridays, drawing in tourists and locals alike who want to enjoy hip-hop music blaring from their state-of-the-art sound system. Browse upcoming events on the Discotech app!
You may not have known, but the owners of The Grand have brought another gift to San Francisco’s hip-hop scene, and it’s name is Origin. If you love the aesthetic of a stylish lounge and you don’t want to go all the way to SoMa for a nightlife experience, this Western Addition/ Fillmore venue is spot on. The decor is trendy, much like the boutique hotels of SF, which could be why they often refer to Origin as a “boutique nightclub.” They host fun talent and bump hip-hop, top 40 and EDM. RSVP to get on the guest list or book bottle service at Origin SF using the Discotech app!
As the newest and the most anticipated nightclub in San Francisco, LUV has delivered a breakthrough experience to the San Francisco nightlife scene. Whether you are a dance junkie, an avid party goer, or an occasional clubber; they have everything you could want or need to fall in LUV with their venue! Those with more exclusive tastes are able to take in the sounds of the DJ from one of our VIP tables in 3 different sections – either in the elevated section overlooking the dance floor, across from the DJ, or in front of the massive 15 foot LED screen. Enjoy a VIP experience like nowhere else in the Bay Area. Browse upcoming events on the Discotech app!
Vanity is the premier San Francisco nightlife destination with all of the elegance and class you could think of. Vanity offers deluxe amenities including VIP Bottle Service with VIP packages and varying themes to satisfy every indulgence. With 12,000 square feet of space, sensuous ladies on staff and all the VIP amenities you could dream of. RSVP for our guest list or reserve your table for upcoming events here!
Las Vegas has been making noise in the music world in recent years thanks to an update of its entertainment model. The Strip’s resident headliners have gotten younger and more relevant, with several different pop artists proving you don’t have to be a legacy act to fill a big theater throughout the year. Gwen Stefani just debuted at Zappos Theater, and Lady Gaga will do the same at Park Theater in December.
But there’s a different type of headliner that’s being overlooked—chart-topping artists who typically don’t get categorized with their fellow Strip stars. They’re selling out a smaller but still big entertainment venue, and they’re as musically relevant as the others—quite cutting-edge, in fact. These are the residents at Drai’s Nightclub and no, they’re not DJs. They’re the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B, and they’re performing full concerts on a weekly basis.
At the moment, there’s no name bigger than Migos. Even among Drai’s stellar resident roster of rappers (Big Sean, Future, G-Eazy, Rae Sremmurd, T.I., Wiz Khalifa and newest additions Pusha T and Meek Mill), the ubiquitous Georgia trio of Offset, Takeoff and Quavo stands out. Migos didn’t just take over hip-hop with viral single “Bad and Boujee” in late 2016. As Pitchfork put it, Migos “infiltrated the mainstream without going pop; instead, pop had gone Migos.” The group reached a new level of cultural saturation in May, when Donald Glover, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd portrayed them in a riotous Saturday Night Live sketch called “Friendos.” If you missed it, hit YouTube immediately.
In the past week alone, Migos won the Best Group Award (and performed current hit singles “Stir Fry” and “Walk It Talk It”) at the BET Awards and snagged the Vanguard Award at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards gala. Sprawling January album Culture II—its 24 tracks clock in around 105 minutes—has been hailed as an experimental evolution of the Migos sound, and if that isn’t enough output for you, there’s also a constant stream of guest appearances. Two of the year’s most epic hip-hop tracks contain direct Migos contributions and even more influence: Glover’s “This Is America” (as Childish Gambino) and “Apesh*t,” the lead single from Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s surprise album, Everything Is Love.
Next month, Migos will kick off a combo tour with Drake that promises to be one of the hottest music events in the country throughout the summer and fall, even though it’s a more expensive ticket ($189 vs. $178) than the Beyoncé-Jay On the Run II tour, according to a recently released TickPick list.
That demand makes Migos’ shows at Drai’s an even more significant experience. After all, isn’t the current Vegas headliner model based on the opportunity to see favorite artists who can sell out arena-sized facilities in a more intimate and exclusive environment?
Which dates are Migos performing at Drai’s Las Vegas and Drai’s Beach Club?
The most common answers one might hear to the question of the “best hip-hop nightclub in Chicago” are the upscale venues that shell out the most money to bring in the biggest hip-hop performers – Studio Paris, Shay, and Cuvee (as of the date of this post, at least). However, the best and hottest nightclub in the Windy City – in terms of how much fun YOU personally will have – will of course depend on your music preference and budget.
In General, River North is the best area in the city for nightlife at the moment, and the three aforementioned venues have steady clientele and will be packed on any given weekend regardless of who’s performing. Sound Bar is also the longest running club in Chicago and still attracts the younger local college crowds, and although SB plays predominantly electronic music they do have a hip-hop room that gets crowded later in the evening after 1am.
However, the most happening clubs in Chicago change seasonally, sometimes monthly, and even a second-tier club can become hot for a night if the right hip-hop act is in town. You can use the Discotech app to search nightclub events by the specific dates you’ll be in town and buy tickets, sign up for guest lists, or even reserve tables if you’re feeling super-fancy. Our app gets updated weekly, sometimes daily, with the latest events and performers as soon as they are announced by the Chicago nightclubs. If you’re not quite sure where to start, check out our nightlife guide to Chicago. Don’t hesitate to ask a local for advice based on your budget or music preference, or you can reach out to us on our help line for this same guidance.
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