The Top 25 Clubs in the U.S.

The Top 25 Clubs in the U.S.

by Clubplanet
01.31.2012

Here at Clubplanet we take our clubs seriously, but covering so many hotspots all over the country can be a little exhausting at times. With that said, we’ve decided to look at the bigger picture and take note of what we think are the top 25 clubs in the U.S. From Miami to Los Angeles, New York to Las Vegas, we’ve selected 25 nightclubs that we think are the top hotspots deserving of your attention should you be in their vicinity. If you’re a big clubber like we are, you’re definitely going to want to take some notes.

Did your favorite hotspot not make the cut? Stay tuned for next month's edition of our Top 25 Clubs.

#1 Top Club in the U.S. – LIV
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

LIV nightclub is quite possibly the biggest club that Miami has to offer, but it’s also one of the most elegant. It’s all about rubbing elbows with Miami’s A-list socialites at this venue, and prepare to spend some serious cash at the bar. The VIP experience at LIV is the quintessential party experience for anyone looking to build great memories, making this one of the best clubs in the U.S.

#2 Top Club in the U.S. – Marquee LV
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Fans of dance music were treated to a phenomenal surprise once Marquee opened their doors early this year - a club truly built for the DJ. Not only did they knock it out of the park by signing up one of the world's most prominent DJs to a residency - Kaskade - but the consistency in their artist bookings is by far one of the best in the nation. It's only the beginning for this young club, but we're excited to see what they'll bring in 2012.

#3 Top Club in the U.S. – The Pool After Dark
777 Harrah's Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

If you're not into the prototypical nightlife "club" experience, this is one nightlife destination that combines the best of a hotel pool, with the characteristics of a top-notch nightclub. The Pool After Dark at Harrah's is the venue that we recommend to every one of our readers. The combination of their pool, music and massive glass dome that ensure the same temperature year round, makes this one of the best nightclubs in the nation.

#4 Top Club in the U.S. – Boom Boom Room
848 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014

If you're the type that really likes to be in a nightlife space where you can rub elbows with A-listers in a candid environment, it doesn't get much better than New York City's infamous Boom Boom Room. Not only does it boast one of the best views that the Big Apple has to offer, but their signature cocktails are made with precision and attention to detail. Unless you have a black AmEx or are well connected, don't expect to frequent this place.

#5 Top Club in the U.S. – XS
3131 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

There’s something about cabanas that really gets the nightlife crowd interested in a club, that’s why when the makers of XS in Las Vegas decided to put in 30 cabanas, it was just a recipe for success. Now one of the top clubs in the nation, XS is a common stop for anyone looking to have a great time in Sin City.

#6 Top Club in the U.S. – TAO
3355 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Las Vegas receives an insane amount of visitors on a daily basis, and it’s pretty fair to say that a majority of these guys want to visit TAO, one of the best nightclubs in the U.S. There are an insane amount of options in Las Vegas, but TAO sets itself apart in service and décor. The 10,000 square foot club is nothing but nightlife energy, enticing options to indulge in any mood.

#7 Top Club in the U.S. – Pacha
618 W 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

With locations around the world, Pacha already has a reputation for hosting the best big-name DJs, so it comes as no surprise that Pacha NYC gets great talent and packs the house week in and week out. The 30,000-square-foot nightclub is split into four levels, each decorated in their own unique way (dancers grinding in showers, for example). When the night falls and the DJ takes the stage, Pacha turns into a maze of crazy characters all geared-up for a night of dancing until the early morning hours.

#8 Top Club in the U.S. – Rain
Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas, NV 89103

There’s nothing like a big nightclub in Las Vegas, and Rain always comes to mind first for us. First brought to fame by MTV’s The Real World, Rain is the quintessential nightclub, big, lavish, great sound, awesome lighting. They bring in some of the best entertainment in the world, as well as some of the biggest crowds on a consistent basis.

#9 Top Club in the U.S. – Tryst
3131 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

There’s a waterfall inside of this nightclub, if that isn’t enough to get you interested, then pair it up with the lagoon that sits below collecting all of the water. Tryst is truly a magical club, with 84 VIP tables inside and outside catering to the true party people that are looking to make their Las Vegas experience top-notch.

#10 Top Club in the U.S. – SET
320 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

SET nightclub is without a doubt one of the most attractive nightlife venues in all of Miami. While it may not stack up in size like other clubs in South Beach just around the corner, it makes up for it in its aesthetics. The décor at SET nightclub is impeccable and transports you into a chic atmosphere like none other, which is why we chose it as one of the best clubs in the U.S.

#11 Top Club in the U.S. – LAVO NYC
39 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022

Talent buying can make or break the reputation of a nightclub, especially in New York City. That's where LAVO shines. They've already booked some of the best talent in dance music from around the world, and continue to do so on a consistent basis. The fact that it's prominent name also carries massive weight on the west (LAVO Las Vegas) truly makes it a nightlife powerhouse on the national scene.

#12 Top Club in the U.S. – Nikki Beach Club
1 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

If you’re looking for a globally known name in entertainment, then look no further than Nikki Beach Club. Even locals that frequent this venue week in and out feel like they’re on vacation once they step foot onto their sandy cabanas. The staff always makes sure to deliver superb service, and the drinks and menu are always at their best.

#13 Top Club in the U.S. – Surrender Nightclub
3121 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Vegas is known as having one of the most popular stables of nightclubs in the world, but we hadn't seen the level of anticipation reached when whispers of Surrender first began. If there's a centerpiece to the madness at Surrender, it's the 120-foot long silver snake - a symbol that balances ludicrous imagination and grandiose sophistication. The VIP area is plush, but you don't have to go all-out to have a good time here. The dance floor's energy always provides a multi-sensory experience that everyone should be a part of at least once.

#14 Top Club in the U.S. – Playhouse
6506 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Los Angeles’ nightlife scene is as unique and diverse as any in the nation, but when it comes to a great club that can stack up to the best around the world, it’s all about Playhouse in Hollywood. This isn’t your typical small hotspot, but a 13,000 square-foot palace that brings in some of the best DJs from around the world.

#15 Top Club in the U.S. – Webster Hall
125 E 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

Webster Hall is commonly said to be the first modern nightclub in America. Since it first opened its doors in 1886, Webster Hall has grown to become a staple in nightlife and live music for some of the biggest club DJs in the world. In 2004, Prince declared Webster Hall “The Best Stage in New York City” and who are we to argue with Prince? Don’t be alarmed if you see stilt-walkers, trapeze artists, fire-breathers or go-go dancers roaming around one of the parties at Webster Hall. It’s all common for this historic nightclub.

#16 Top Club in the U.S. – Mansion
1235 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

It may have lost a bit of the fire that it once had, but Mansion is still a powerhouse of a nightclub on the national scene. They still bring in some of the biggest names in dance music, and continue to attract A-listers. Word on the street is that they'll be making some major renovations to compete with their crosstown rival, LIV.

#17 Top Club in the U.S. – Beta
1909 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

When guys like Steve Lawler and Pete Tong say that Beta is one of their favorite places to play in the U.S., then you know there's something special about the Denver, Colorado nightclub. The sound in the place is absolutely crushing, combine that with the A-list talent they bring into the booth and you have one of the best nightclubs in the U.S. This is the kind of club you'd typically find in Europe, but it's nestled right in the heart of Denver.

#18 Top Club in the U.S. – Cielo
18 Little W. 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

For years, Cielo has been one of the toughest doors in the NYC scene. But having a tough door isn’t the reason why this place is ranked on our list of the top 25 clubs in the world. From 2004 – 2009 the posh party haven has racked up tons of titles, including “Best Deep House Club” (New York Magazine, 2006), “Best Club” (ClubWorld, 2008) and “Best Party” for Dance.Here.Now (ClubWorld, 2009). Perhaps it’s the world-famous DJs this club attracts or perhaps it’s the reputation that continuously propels Cielo’s success. Either way, the nightclub has gained a reputation that makes it easily one of the best clubs in New York. And you know what they say, “Once you’ve made it in New York City…”

#19 Top Club in the U.S. – Spy Bar
646 N Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Spy Bar is considered by many (including us) to be the best club in Chicago. Just last month the club brought in incredible and diverse talent including A-Trak, Treasure Fingers, Damien Lazarus and Peanut Butter Wolf, and even the off-nights with resident DJs Kalendr, Inphinty and Dino G have the crowd tearing up the dance floor. Friday nights get the big name guys, but they never forget to show the Chi-town talent some love, which is why we consider Spy Bar to be one of the top 25 nightclubs in the U.S.

#20 Top Club in the U.S. – Avalon Hollywood
1735 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

If there’s one place where everyone in Los Angeles could agree is a great nightlife venue, it’s Avalon Hollywood, one of the biggest nightclubs in California, and one of the top clubs in the U.S.  It’s a big face that packs in a lot of bodies, but most importantly it brings in the best talent in the city, from bands to world class DJs.

#21 Top Club in the U.S. – mur.mur
One Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The name says it all. In Atlantic City mur.mur is the closest thing you can get to an actual New York City club. What we like best about mur.mur is that there isn’t anything cheesy to it, like a strobe light or neon lazers zapping into your eyes. Instead you get soft shades that create a mood in the club that screams sex.

#22 Top Club in the U.S. – Club Space
34 NE 11th Street
Miami, FL 33132

Club Space is known throughout the world by house music heads and one of THE best clubs in the U.S. for club music, and it definitely is. Week in and week out they bring in the biggest names in electronic music and create memories for locals and visitors that they take with them for years to come. Their Terrace is without a doubt one of the best places to be on a Sunday morning when the sun creeps up on downtown Miami.

#23 Top Club in the U.S. – The Highlands
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Two words come to mind when someone brings up The Highlands to us, spacious and classy. While a majority of places around the country are smaller and seem to bring in that aura of class, this place has the space to do it. There’s something for everyone at this Hollywood hotspot, so whether it’s hip-hop, house or classics, this place has it for you, making it one of the top club in the U.S.

#24 Top Club in the U.S. – 1 OAK
3400 S. Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

It's been less than a month since 1 OAK has opened up shop in Sin City, but if their New Year's Eve bash is any indication of what's to come, then we expect this to be one of the most popular hot spots out west. Fergie helped ring in the New Year along with some help from the one and only Kanye West. One thing's for sure...this place is putting their east coast sister club to shame.

#25 Top Club in the U.S. – Muse Lounge
717 6th Street
Washington, DC 20001

When it comes to nightclubs everyone wants the best experience that they can find in town, when in DC that experience is at Muse Nightclub and Lounge. The sultry venue brings in great entertainment and the sexiest faces in the Washington area. Their VIP area is one of the best and continues to strive to bring its customers unparalleled service.


Updated January 2012


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