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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 Hip Hop Clubs in NYC

The Empire State has been solidified as the stomping grounds for hip hop gods and underground legends alike. Whether it’s Jay-Z cementing his Roc-A-Fella empire or a 17 year old Biggie Smalls killing the free style game on the streets of the Bronx, it is no question that New York is a hub for the hottest hip hop clubs, and that the City is the center for New York’s clubbing scene. Here is a list of the best hip hop clubs, both upscale and ratchet, in New York City.

Up & Down NY

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.”

Upcoming events at Up & Down

Avenue NYC

A trendy crowd, stunning tapestries and paintings as well as bottle service makes Avenue one of the most desirable nightclub/lounges in all of New York City.

The velvet rope, the guest list, the bouncers: it should feel like you’ve earned something when you make it past these gatekeepers. And give Avenue some credit: though it may not come off as inviting, it does make the 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. 

Upcoming events at Avenue

1OAK 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. 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 underlit 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. 

Upcoming events at 1 Oak

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. The stunning Hudson River views from the Roof are unparalleled, and the interior Roof Bar is ideal for a more intimate gathering.

Upcoming events at Jane Ballroom

Goldbar

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.

Upcoming events at Goldbar

Red Rabbit

Red Rabbit Club is the newest New York City nightlife hot spot located in the heart of the Meatpacking District. Once inside, patrons will embark on a surreal journey through a series of stairs leading them down the rabbit hole and into the subterranean club. The venue features an elongated bar and invites patrons onto a sunken dance floor enveloped with plush red velvet couches and booths. With a state-of-the-art surround sound system, smart lighting and LED screens, Red Rabbit Club will enrapture you in an underworld realm of fantasy.

Upcoming events at Red Rabbit

Playboy Club

This new iteration of the Playboy Club — New York’s original branch closed in 1986 — opened in September, just west of the theater district. With its velvet banquettes, black walls and Sputnik chandeliers it resembles a midcentury bordello. It offers food and drinks 6 PM – 2 AM Monday through Saturday. 

Upcoming events at Playboy Club

Hotel Chantelle

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 SGTs.

Upcoming events at Hotel Chantelle

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 and 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.

Upcoming events at Sky Room

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. 

Upcoming events at The DL

Best Hip Hop Clubs in Miami & South Beach

Miami is not known for its hip-hop clubs. Miami is is home of some of the most legendary EDM nightclubs, and hip hop has definitely taken a back seat. 

While we certainly have some work to do if we want to catch up to places like Atlanta or Houston, there are venues out there giving temporary and permanent homes to hip-hop acts, both local and national.

Many of the clubs on this list have a diverse array of programming that extends well beyond hip-hop, but all of the clubs below offer a haven for hip hop fans and rappers alike.

Rockwell

Founded by Chris Paciello, Rockwell aims to bring a unique entertainment experience to its audience. As Paciello said “Rockwell is bringing something different. We are not another megaclub. We are not DJ driven, we are focusing on the experience.” From a mixed musical format to a variety of live performances, the Miami Beach club have always tried to focus on bringing great experiences to a smaller, selective crowd with just a capacity to hold 450. Where quantity lacks, Rockwell’s quality surely makes up for it. One of the best Hip Hop clubs in town, Rockwell will give you a great night to remember. Get bottle service at Rockwell for guaranteed entry!

E11even

E11even is a one-of-a-kind 24/7 show, and night venue featuring alluring performances with stunning entertainers. During the day, E11even operates as a bar and lounge serving food and drinks. Every night during weekends, exotic acts and spectacular theatrics take the multiple stages at E11even. Essentially, this venue is a nightclub/strip club hybrid. Hip Hop and nightlife lovers, you do not want to miss out on E11even. We also have a free guestlist on certain nights. Click here for tickets, guestlist, and bottle service at E11even.

Mokai

With a capacity of only 220, Mokai is definitely one of the smaller clubs in town, but that doesn’t stop it from being  a great Hip Hop venue. While the venue is essentially a bar without a real dance floor, you will still find plenty of space for you to dance and have a great time. Mokai does not have big name DJ’s playing regularly but rest assured, the music gets pretty turnt. If you feel too sober to party on, a grand showcase bar will set you up with anything you need to loosen up. The line gets pretty long on busy nights so make sure you arrive early or get a table to avoid long waiting time.

Purdy Lounge

A local and tourist favorite; this off-the-beaten-path venue is a Hip Hop lovers gem. With no cover and best priced drinks in the area, many people flock to Purdy for a more conservative night out. Everyone is equal at Purdy and there is no VIP status. The crowd is a more laidback one but everyone there still knows how to have a good time. If you want a time out from the usually more aggressive and intense nightclub experiences, but still want to listen to some good Hip Hop and have a good time, Purdy would be your undisputed first choice.

Dream

A staple in the South Beach nightlife scene, Dream has regularly attracted celebrities such as Lebron James, Kim Kardashian and Usher since its opening back in 2007. The DJs spinning in the club are mostly locals that have made a name for themselves in the Hip Hop world, but occasionally major players like 50 cent and Memphis Bleek do fly in to take over the helm. A state-of-art sound system and LED lighting sets the perfect vibe for partygoers to dance the night away. As their website claims, Dream is “Exclusive yet unpretentious, sexy yet sinful, classic yet very contemporary.” Book your table for Dream and get ready for a memorable South Beach experience.

Story

While Story mainly plays dance music on most nights, they do occasionally feature some top tier Hip Hop talent. OT Genesis, Young Money president Mack Maine, Ne-Yo, Jim Jones, Bryson Tiller are just some of the names that have graced the club. A favorite for locals and tourists alike, Story offers a high-end experience and premium bottle service along with aerial dancers and a great sound system to set the perfect tone for you to have a great night out. If you’re in town and looking for special events with big names, be sure to check this venue out. However you need to double check on the artist or DJ though because most nights are going to be EDM at story. 

Bonus: LIV Miami

One of the best clubs in the city and probably the world, MMG Nightlife’s LIV is definitely a place you don’t want to miss out. While most nights do feature top talent playing EDM or Top 40, Sundays at LIV are lit with the best hip hop music. A lavishly decorated 18000 square feet venue with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting, LIV promises you a night to remember. The venue is undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation which will end by September 2017, multiple improvements will be made to enhance top quality technology and advancements can add to customers’ experience. Check out future events and book bottle service at Liv here!

Best Hip Hop Clubs & Pool Parties in San Diego

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.

Parq

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!

Fluxx

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

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!

Onyx Room

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

The Best Hip-Hop Clubs in San Francisco

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. And for the go-to hip-hop nightspots in every major city, check out the Discotech app or the Discotech website

Arena SF

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!

The Grand

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

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.

Raven Bar

A club for the people who aren’t that into clubs and the perfect place to drag the friends you can barely ever convince to go out with you. No one can resist a DJ spinning the best throwback 90’s tracks, not just limited to hip-hop. Even the most uptight friend will be getting sweaty on the dancefloor after hearing a few TLC songs at this laid back spot.

The ROC

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! 

Origin SF

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!

Empire Room

You’ll know your close to the Empire Room when you start seeing ladies and fellas dressed to the nines in Vegas-attire in the middle of Civic Center (you don’t typically see this in the area otherwise). The Empire Room brings the experience most crave when they go clubbing- big room equipped with chandeliers and lights, parties and events every weekend, and an emphasis on the VIP experience.

Migos Announces Drai’s Las Vegas Residency

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?

Find upcoming Migos events at Drais on the Discotech app.

Best Hip Hop Clubs in Chicago

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.