Posts

aerial view of South Beach, MIami

Top 10 Best EDM (Electronic Dance) Clubs in Miami

Are you having severe No-chella and “No Miami Music Week!” withdrawals and missing all the “UNTZ UNTZ” due to this pandemic quarantine? No worries, we’re here to help you out, and to prepare you for that glorious day in the near future when your favorite nightclubs reopen. Check out our guide below to the hottest electronic music nightclub venues in Miami, updated for 2020.

What are the best EDM clubs / venues in Miami in 2020?

Miami has rightfully earned its reputation as a must-visit mecca for electronic dance music fans.  Its annual Ultra Music Festival, one of EDM’s crown jewel festivals attended by 200K+ revelers, is to millennials what Woodstock was to Baby Boomers: a music-infused experiential touchstone that defines an entire generation.  Additionally, the city’s aerial, social, and economic proximity to Latin America – where EDM has surged in popularity over the last 5+ years – has strongly influenced the owners of Miami’s upscale entertainment venues to cater to the tastes of these visiting wealthy pleasure and business travelers.

Looking to go on an epic bass-dropping bender at one (or more) of the most happening EDM nightclubs in the Magic City? We’ve got you covered like an umbrella in a South Beach thunderstorm. A city of international influence and global meeting point to blend together the best of world’s diverse cultures, Miami is home to some of the top electronic nightclubs in the nation. Here are the best ones that you MUST make time to visit while in town.

1. Space – Downtown/Brickell

dance floor & DJ booth at Space Nightclub, Miami

This downtown Miami all-night rage fest is one of the most well-known electronic music meccas on the planet, and your parents probably partied here and won’t tell you the story about it until you have kids of your own. Space Miami originally launched on South Beach in the mid-’90s, but the scene was such a sh*tshow (in a good way) that its owners soon moved it to downtown, in effect revitalizing that entire part of the city for after-hours entertainment. Today Space Miami might be aging ever so slightly, but it’s still the de facto mothership of today’s mainstream electronic music generation. III Points, Link Miami Rebels, and other world-famous electronic music promotions groups board the Space craft every weekend to breathe alien-level electricity into the cavernous venue. Open from 11PM until ???? (legit though, 6AM is early), Club Space brings world-class house and techno DJs to perform fantasy marathon sets every. single. weekend. Bonus: their VIP bottle service is a stupendous experience, with some of the most professional venue management and service staff we’ve seen across ALL of nightlife around the world. They say you’re not a real EDM clubhead until you’ve seen the sun rise on the famous Terrace of this venue… so are you ready for an out-of-this-world experience? All aboard the mothership!

2. LIV – Mid-Beach

Arguably the best nightlife venue in the city and indisputably one of the best in the world, MMG Nightlife’s LIV is definitely a place any serious nightlife aficionado needs to visit at least once in his/her life. While some nights – Sundays for example – do feature top talent spinning hip-hop and even some of rap’s biggest superstars gracing the stage for live performances, most Fridays and some Saturdays at LIV are reserved for electronic house music… and the venue’s world-class reputation surely draws world-class EDM talent, including the likes of Steve Aoki, Cedric Gervais, and even an icon like Tiesto if he’s swinging through town. A lavishly decorated 18,000 square foot venue with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting, LIV promises all visitors a night to remember regardless of music genre.  As an added bonus, the venue completed a multi-million dollar renovation in 2018, with multiple aesthetic improvements and technology advancements to enhance customers’ experience.   

3. Story – South Beach

dance floor at Story Nightclub Miami

While LIV’s sister property Story plays hip-hop on most nights, several times a month it features some top-tier and up-and-coming EDM talent. A good rule of thumb is this: when Story’s big sister property LIV is playing hip-hop, little sister – it’s roughly have the size – goes with the electronic music…. and vice versa. Nervo, Krewella, and even megastar Calvin Harris are just some of the marquee names that have graced the stage of this coveted venue. A longstanding 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, just make sure to double-check on the artist or DJ in our app before you go, to make 100% sure your beloved EDM tunes are on deck. 

4. E11even – Downtown/Brickell

E11even Nightclub Miami dance floor

E11even is a one-of-a-kind 24/7 show and nightlife venue featuring alluring, pulsating performances with stunning live entertainers.  During the day, E11even operates as a multi-level bar and lounge serving top-quality food and strong cocktails.  On weekend evenings, exotic acts, spectacular theatrics, and big-name music artists of both the hip-hop and EDM variety – it’s about half and half among the genres, so check the schedule before you plan the trek! – take the multiple stages to whip the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd into a frenzy.  You might have already heard, but E11even is a nightclub/strip club hybrid, a novel concept that has to be seen in person for its greatness to be fully understood and appreciated. EDM lovers – they do book monster acts especially on big weekends like Ultra Music Festival Week – and nightlife lovers in general around the world will love this spot. You do not want to miss out on E11even on your next Miami vacation, and Discotech offers a free guestlist on certain nights, in addition to presale tickets and of course the VIP experience.

5. Wynwood Factory – Wynwood

DJ booth at Wynwood Factory, Miami

The new-ish Wynwood Factory, which conducted its much ballyhooed Grand Opening during Art Basel 2018, is composed of four different event spaces and nightclub concepts, open air creative spaces for concerts and food and art festivals, and a 20,000 square foot terrace overlooking the Wynwood Arts District, Downtown Miami, and the glistening shores of Miami Beach. Run by Space Miami and the now defunct Heart Nightclub founder Louis Puig, this massive electronic music complex is a favorite among locals for its polite and accommodating service staff. More importantly though, “The Factory” has become a driving force behind the Wynwood art, music, and entertainment scene that has taken the entire world by storm. Its recurring EDM events such as Relic and Ethics draw international heavy hitter DJs, but it truly earns its worldwide acclaim during big event weekends such as Yacht Week, Swim Week, and the aforementioned Art Basel when out-of-towners flood the Magic City streets in search of that unforgettable Miami magic.

6. Treehouse – Mid-Beach

DJ &dance floor at Treehouse Miami

Miami’s army of loyal EDM heads have their childhood fantasy fulfilled: having a multi-room Treehouse perched up right in their backyard. Nominated as a TOP 100 Club Worldwide by DJ MAG and Best Dance Club by Miami New Times in 2018, Treehouse Miami sports quite the ironic sky-high moniker, given that it’s an epicenter of the worldwide underground deep house and techno movement. The “Come as you Are” venue has no dress code and is a dark, dank, unglamorous meat-grinder of with a sweatbox of a dance floor…. in other words, perfect for all Deep House, Tech-house, industrial house, and dark techno lovers to enjoy. Would’ve thought that the most low-key spot in South Beach would put you so high above the treetops, electronic music lovers?

7. Basement – Mid-Beach

Dance floor of Basement NIghtclub Miami

Basement is truly one of Miami’s best-kept secrets. I mean… where else can you drink, party, bowl, and roller-skate (or ice-skate) as a breather from rocking out to hard electronic and Top 40 radio rhythms on a pulsating dance floor? The place is so fire that none other than Drake once rented out the entire place to skate laps with his celebrity crush Rihanna during Ultra / Miami Music Week. It’s a rather intimate space with not too much room so things can get VERY cramped; we recommend you and your crew cop VIP table service and get there early enough (before midnight) to avoid the long line. Dubbed one of Miami’s most exclusive clubs by the Miami New Times, this adult playground is not to be missed.

8. Mynt Lounge – Mid-Beach

mynt lounge miami

You’re so mint, baby…. and you’re ready for the Miami nightlife scene to feel just how fresh you are. So, sport your finest duds and mosey on over to the newly renovated Mynt Lounge, one of the most chic hangouts on South Beach. Boasting “the strictest door policies in the cityI – sorry gents, unlike other SoBe nightclubs, you REALLY do need to dress to impress here – Mynt is fast becoming one of those Miami spots with its fair share of celebrity sightings. No need to be famous to get in with no hassle though: all you need to do is either grab a bite next door at Mynt’s sister restaurant/lounge hybrid, Myn-tu, or else book VIP bottle service – arguably the most reasonably priced of the cadre of high-class Miami Beach nightclubs – to be living that movie star lifestyle. A VIP table among the elite is a great investment here, because the decor and seating arrangement at Mynt are ultra-lush, plus a thick velvet rope and a set of burly bouncers divide the purely fabulous from the wannabes, hangers-on, and hoping-to-be-minted (pun intended). And of course, house music is the soundtrack of choice to whip the crowd up into a frenzy under flickering lights and mesmerizing balloon-like light fixtures hanging from Mynt’s opulent ceiling.

9. The Ground – Downtown/Brickell

 For all the wonderful venues the Miami entertainment district boasts, the one thing it might have a shortage of – outside of the Latin-infused Calle Ocho, of course – are those quality live music venues. That’s why The Ground makes our Top 10 list: this darling little sibling club to Space – located on the same premises and run by the same management – is one of those PHENOMENAL live music hotspots. Be forewarned, though: the unique vibe at The Ground is a complete curveball from the predictable nightlife fastballs that South Beach deals on a nightly basis. Brick arches and dark mood lighting give this tiny room an intimate cocktail-bar feel that’s super-rare in Miami. For such a small venue, the sound system punches way above its weight, which makes electronic music concerts here – along with the hip-hop, metal, and Latin concerts that rotate through its doors – a true treat to the ears. Those looking to cut a rug in addition to hearing their favorite up-and-coming artists won’t be disappointed either, because the talent bookers are the same folks behind Space and are true professionals when it comes to matching artist sound with the venue acoustics to get the crowd swaying. If your favorite EDM artist happens to be playing here, drop what you’re doing and score cheap tickets on our app for an experience you won’t regret.

10. Hyde Lounge – South Beach

EDM concert at belasco theater, Los Angeles, CA

If you’re looking to celebrate at one of South Beach’s best pool party spots, look no further than Hyde Lounge at the super-swank SLS Hotel on Ocean Drive. During the daytime, this venue – known in the morning and afternoon hours as Hyde Beach – is the closest that Miami comes to an all-out, Vegas-style mega pool party. At night though, Miami’s craziest party people opt for wilder nightclub scenes around the city, and so the scene at Hyde resembles, a cool, hip, chill, European-style electronic-music infused ultra-lounge. Between the luxurious retro-inspired indoor area and the sprawling pool deck, the entire venue has more than 8,000 square feet for partygoers to get their party vibes on no matter the time of day. We suggest you give Hyde Lounge a go if you’ve gone too hard or taken in too much sun during the day, and you want a relaxed but not sleepy evening atmosphere that still gives you the option to turn up to EDM if the alcohol suddenly grabs a hold of you.


For more information on bottle service, guestlists, and presale ticketing for any and all nightclubs in Miami, download our free Discotech mobile app! Or, if you’re on desktop, try our webapp!

Disotech app screenshots

Los angeles skyline at sunset

Top 10 Best EDM (Electronic Dance) Clubs in Los Angeles

Are you having severe No-chella and No-EDC withdrawals and missing all the “UNTZ UNTZ” due to this pandemic quarantine? No worries, we’re here to help you out, and to prepare you for that glorious day in the near future when your favorite nightclubs reopen. Check out our guide below to the hottest electronic music nightclub venues in the City of Angels, updated for 2020.

What are the best EDM clubs / venues in Los Angeles in 2020?

Looking to go on an epic bass-dropping night out at one of the best EDM nightclubs in Los Angeles? We’ve got you covered. A global destination and meeting point to blend together the best of world’s diverse cultures, as well as one of the music industry capitals of the world, Los Angeles is home to some of the top electronic nightclubs in the nation. Here are the ten best ones that you MUST check out.

1. Academy – Hollywood

Academy Nightclub dance floor

The former home of Create, Academy’s neon hue, sleek lounge areas, and glossy finishes make sure it is one of the most modern and elegant warehouse-style nightclub designs in all of the world. It is the Hollywood home of Insomniac – the same company that brought you the biggest Las Vegas EDM festival: Electric Daisy Carnival / EDC. The 20,000 square feet venue can hold over 2,000 partygoers, and the recurring presence of A-list DJs along with a giant LED ceiling (yes, we said ceiling not wall) means Academy is a can’t-miss venue always spinning out the best tunes and vibes. An Asian-themed outdoor patio area behind the main stage allows guests to take a breather whenever things get too hot on the floor. Book tables and sign up for guestlist at Academy! We often have Academy promo codes for certain shows. 

2. Exchange LA – Downtown LA

Dance floor / stage @ Exchange LA Nightclub

Since its reopening in 2010 after being the former home of the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, Exchange LA has established itself as one of the top EDM clubs in the world. A multi-level venue that has a 1500 capacity, six bars spreading over four floors and reportedly the most restrooms in a nightclub in the city, many top DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin and Don Diablo have graced its stage. The GA line stretches long around both sides of the building on a good night, so we usually recommend getting on the guest list and arriving early, or getting tickets in advance. We often have promo codes for Exchange available here. Book tables and sign up for free guestlist at Exchange here.

3. Sound Nightclub – Hollywood

Sound Nightclub dance floor - Los Angeles / Hollywood

Sound Nightclub showcases a variety of EDM genres, from deep house music to techno to industrial to progressive house. Set in an intimate, dimly lit, and meticulously decorated space, Sound brings in house music promotions companies to throw parties regularly For example, Tuesday nights features weekly Space Yacht event with an eclectic mix of sounds incorporating more bass, while Friday and Saturday nights bring more deep and tech house to Sound. Discotech frequently has guest list for Sound events before 11:00PM. Sound stays open until 3 or 4am on the weekends and until 2am on Tuesdays – you can sign up for the free guestlists and book tables directly on our webapp or mobile app.

4. Avalon – Hollywood

Avalon Nightclub DJ & dance floor

Avalon’s major makeover in 2003 has turned the club from a musical performance theatre to one of the best dance spaces in town. Regular 18+/19+ nights attract a younger crowd than most other clubs in the area, and lines form deep into the Spanish colonial facade almost every night. A long bar offers drinks on either side of the room to keep it going for partygoers. DJ rosters are getting better by the week with its ever growing fanbase. Be sure to check out the place if you’re in town, especially after its million dollar renovation. Use promo code DISCO to save 10% on all tickets purchased at AvalonHollywood.com. Book tables and sign up for discounted guestlist for Avalon on our mobile app or webapp.

5. Raspoutine – West Hollywood

Raspoutine Nightclub dance floor - Los Angeles, CA

First established in Paris in 1965, the Raspoutine brand boasts locations in Rome, Marrakesh, Monaco, and – as of 2018 – Los Angeles. Each location takes on the same dark, mysterious, Russian parlor theme; Hollywood A-listers have been attracted to the high-end charms of each venue for decades, from the Rita Hayworths of the 1970s to the Ariana Grandes of the 2020s. Unlike the European locations, the Los Angeles chapter of Raspoutine serves no food: it is purely a Euro-house nightclub and drinking destination with cocktails, vodka, and French champagne. The 1,600 square foot split-level room oozes blood red walls and floors, banquettes, accented tables, plushy walls, with large matroshka dolls scattered throughout. In fact, Raspoutine is so all-in on the Russian spirit that it feels as though a double-spy character from a Tolstoy novel might burst in at any moment to order celebratory shots of vodka at the bar.

6. Nameless – Santa Monica

Nameless Nightclub dance floor. -Santa Monica, CA

Not much has been written about this place… just yet. Nameless is a relatively new techno bar/lounge in Santa Monica that’s rapidly growing in popularity. Why? First off, few places in LA truly cater to crowds searching for underground sounds: some of the best deep house and underground scene DJs in LA have spun here with little fanfare. Second, there are few house music spots west of the 405, and none as classy or as spacious as Nameless (although TBH it’s still much smaller than any of the Hollywood house spots). Nameless has a dedicated dance floor space for househeads and offers bottle service and cheap entry on most nights. However, it’s best perk is that it is located on the same Main Street drag as many other popular bars in Santa Monica, which makes it a great place to start, continue, or end a barhopping night on the Westside. As a result, the crowd at Nameless usually skews younger, drawing in the college and recent post-graduate scene.

7. Palladium – Hollywood

dance floor and stage of Palladium nightclub

One of the most iconic concert halls in all of America, the Hollywood Palladium is a large concert venue that hosts EDM artists but also features artists from countless other musical genres. It was built in a Streamline Modern, Art Deco style and includes an 11,200 square foot (1040 m²) dance floor with a roomy mezzanine and second-floor level with room for up to 4,000 people. The theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, and chances are your concert-loving parents (and even grandparents) can regale you with stories of catching a show there once upon a time. The Palladium does offer bottle service on their VIP balcony for electronic music shows, and you can reserve a prime-view table for your favorite artist’s upcoming show in our app here.

8. Shrine – Downtown LA

shrine los angeles nightclub facing dj crowd

 The Shrine Auditorium is a concert hall right next to USC in downtown Los Angeles. They have top talent performing regularly from EDM DJ’s to Hip Hop artists. It’s a huge venue that packs a ton of people and throws one heck of a party. There is no bottle service here, but there are four bars spread out around the place – two on the main floor and two more upstairs on the balcony section. The lighting production is state-of-the-art here and is definitely a sight to see.  Check the Discotech webapp for a list of upcoming events and DJs at The Shrine.

9. The Buffalo Club – Santa Monica

 A decade or more before the speakeasy fad, gourmet comfort food craze, London private club vogue and mixology ubiquitousness…. there was The Buffalo Club. Ahead of its time and now perfect for the times, The Buffalo Club remains above the fray yet magically still under the radar. Numerous film, TV, music, and tech companies in L.A. have moved into their now-gentrified Santa Monica neighborhood, driving business upward and thus allowing the restaurant/lounge to extend its primary restaurant dining format into late-night house music ultra-lounge on weekends. Still, The Buffalo Club has steadfastly maintained its intimate Prohibition-era allure, all while adding modern amenities like plush seating and VIP bottle service to introduce a younger, hipper generation to its timeless L.A. charms.

10. Belasco – Downtown LA

EDM concert at belasco theater, Los Angeles, CA

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Belasco is a spectacular multi-room event and entertainment complex. Thanks to a recent $12 million restoration, the Belasco Theater was able to retain most of its original dramatic architecture and detailing, and management has invested in putting on numerous show dates with mid-tier and top-tier music talent across all genres. The venue houses the largest D&B Audiotechnik Sound System in Southern California as well as a state-of-the art lighting system, which makes its live production creative potential for large-scale electronic music gatherings immense. For this reason – and because it is a ticketing-friendly 18-and-over venue – some of the notable EDM genre event production outfits with cult followings (e.g. Bassrush, Desert Hearts, Minimal Effort) host their touring events here when they drop in to the City of Angels.

Honorable Mention: Avalon Bardot (Hollywood) – afterhours

Avalon Bardot is the after ours spot located above Avalon Hollywood. The after party starts at 2 AM. Book tables and sign up for discounted guestlist for Avalon on our mobile app or webapp.


For more information on bottle service, guestlists, and presale ticketing for any and all nightclubs in Los Angeles, download our free Discotech mobile app! Or, if you’re on desktop, try our webapp!

Disotech app screenshots

Techno & House in Las Vegas

Wondering where you can find Techno / House in Las Vegas?

Less than a week after announcing most of the lineup for the second edition of house and techno-fueled mega-weekend Art of the WildWynn Nightlife has added some of those names to its 2019 residency lineup. XS, Intrigue and Encore Beach Club will see additional performances from Bedouin, Black Coffee, Fisher, Guy Gerber, Jamie Jones, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Nicole Moudaber and The Martinez Brothers throughout the year, along with productions from club and festival music brands elrow, Paradise, Rumors and Saga. It’s not clear yet if any of these residents will perform at Wynn venues before Art of the Wild weekend March 22-24 at XS and Encore Beach Club, but with EBC opening for the season on March 1, anything could happen.

It’s definitely nice to see Vegas embracing some less mainstream forms of electronic dance music!

Best Electronic Dance (EDM) Clubs in San Francisco

Looking for the hottest clubs playing electronic dance music (EDM) in San Francisco? While the City by the Bay may not be known for its night life (yet), it’s a favorite stop for DJs, so there’s plenty of EDM shows to catch! Check out the Discotech app to view event calendars, sign up for free guestlists, buy tickets, and reserve tables. Here are some reliable electronic dance clubs in San Francisco to burn up the dancefloor any given weekend:

1015 Folsom

Bigger than you’d think once you get inside, 1015 Folsom is a bustling, multi-room ragefest where the crowd tends to be in their early-to-mid 20’s and the off-the-walls energy continues into the early morning. Not one to be predictable, 1015 features a diverse roster of DJs from Alesso to Duke Dumont to Trippy Turtle on any given night. Check out their calendar on the Discotech app to make sure you don’t miss your favorite act, and bring cash for the bar!

Audio

Upstairs from the craft cocktail lounge Bergerac, Audio SF is a trendy club that appeals to underground electronica fans and scenesters alike. Probably because their speakers and ambiance are world class. Not to mention the most amazing crepe truck in town next door that’s open til 4 in the mornin’!

Love and Propaganda

Run by the same people behind Audio, Love + Propaganda is the revamped ex-Vessel. The modern art decor is Instagram-worthy and the beats are bangin’. Make sure to bring ear plugs if you plan to be front and center on the dancefloor.

Halcyon

Recalling the Greek goddess of the same name, Halcyon is a fitting title for San Francisco’s freshest entry into its burgeoning house and techno clubbing scene.

Located next to fellow house haunt Audio SF—and around the corner from the city’s iconic Eagle club—Halcyon exists as a portal that transports revelers right to the revered black boxes that Ibiza used to be known for, with a laser-tight focus on delivering top-notch musical offerings and even greater vibes to its patrons. For many, the club provides the sort of clubbing experience that has yet to be offered in the Golden City, which historically has offered more low-key, intimate vibes than the show-stopping ones being served up in the new SOMA hotspot.

Thankfully, while Halcyon emulates the spirit of Ibiza megaclubs of yore, it does so without being addled with the uptight attitude and bottle-dominated economy that have plagued so many new clubs before it. Put simply: it delivers what made you fall in love with dance music the first time you heard it.

Upon arriving, guests are sure to be struck by the club’s easy-to-understand layout consisting of a single room, rather than the multi-environment labyrinths that had become the seeming standard in past years. The end result of this design choice? A uniform musical experience for all patrons, who don’t have to worry about how to find the bathrooms, who is playing in another room, or where their friends may be making out. At its end, clubbing is about making shared memories, and Halcyon is designed from the ground up in order to do so.

 

Monarch

Monarch is not for the meek.  You’ll notice that as soon as you roll up to their block. But that’s probably so they can weed out the imposters. The first act is the ground floor cocktail room that oozes boudoir Moulin Rouge vibes, acrobats and all. But for the second act, traverse downstairs to the dark, intimate basement where you’ll catch the kind of lineups you’d typically see in Berlin.

Public Works

Part-time club, part-time art gallery, Public Works is a wooden warehouse that draws Burners year-round to their Distrikt events. Bring cash, dress down, and grab a dirty dog on your way out!

Temple

If you like the showmanship and glamour of Las Vegas clubs, Temple SF is your spot. Girls in high heels and tight dresses with their hair and nails did get down to headliners like the Chainsmokers. The line to get in can be long, so plan accordingly. Temple also features a hip hop room downstairs – a little something for everyone!

The Great Northern

Brought to you by the owners of Monarch, the Great Northern is the renovated ex-Mighty! The lineup hasn’t changed much (read: John Digweed, Guy Gerber, etc.), but the interior has morphed into a cavernous art deco space featuring a custom designed Void sound system. We like what we see, but more importantly, we like what we hear! Check Great Northern out and let us know what you think.

Verso

Verso is chic and spacious. Whether you want to get lost in techno tunes or mingle at your own private booth, Verso has it all. Not to mention the gorgeous cocktail lounge next door, Forgery, if you want to start your night out on an upscale note.

Ruby Skye (Now Closed)

Ah, Ruby Skye – it’s an SF dance club institution at this point. Don’t be fooled by the exquisite crown molding in this converted theater – Ruby RAVES. Wear your trance pants and see DJs like Ilan Bluestone and Cosmic Gate here, among other more mainstream, big-room acts. Look out for those laser beams!

Make sure to check out the ever-growing list of electronic dance clubs in San Francisco on Discotech… another night out, another dancefloor!