The Best Dance Clubs in America

Steve Knopper
Rolling Stone

For the fourth installment in our series on great music venues, Rolling Stone polled 23 insiders and musicians – from top managers to superstar DJs like Seth Troxler and Carl Cox – and came up with a list of the nation's coolest dance clubs. Read on for our expert panel's picks, and visit our Venues that Rock page for an interactive map and much more.

Steve Angello (Swedish House Mafia)
DJ Harvey
Rob Swire (Knife Party)
Perry Farrell
Seth Troxler
Carl Cox
Daniel Pearce (Eats Everything)
Dillon Francis
Thomas Gold
Talib Kweli
Jonathan Davis (Korn/JDevil)
Jake Schneider (manager, Bassnectar)
Andrew Cook (manager, Deadmau5)
Daniel Glass (head of Glassnote Records)
Brian Ahern (agent, William Morris Endeavor)
Tom Windish (agent)
Pasquale Rotella (CEO and founder, Electric Daisy Carnival)
Matt Colon (manager, Steve Aoki and others)
Alastair Duncan (publicist)
Steve Goodgold (agent)
Gary Richards (HARD Events, DJ DESTRUCTO)
Clark Warner (executive creative director, Beatport)

10: U Street Music Hall, Washington, D.C.

There are no dress codes, VIP areas or bottle service at D.C.'s underground outpost, and the seats are mostly bar stools: "U Street Music Hall is for dancing, not sitting," reminds their official website. Come here for cool DJs like Juan MacLean and Boys Noize, plus super-high-energy parties spotlighting the buzzy local sound known as moombahton.

Capacity: 500

Fun Fact: The club runs its own charity foundation, giving grants to nonprofits and music-education programs.


9: Spy Bar, Chicago

A $1 million renovation a few years back made this intimate River North party paradise sweeter than ever. Top DJs spin here regularly, and during Lollapalooza weekend in August, big-name electronic bands such as M83 spill into nighttime club sets. "Great vibe," says Seth Troxler. "Basically the only place I play in Chicago."

Capacity: 300

Fun Fact: SpyBar made local headlines last year when a patron punched a sprinkler and drenched the clientele. The dude claimed it was an accident, but security cameras clearly busted him as a vandal.


8: Electric Pickle, Miami

Tired of South Beach's models-and-bottles scenes? Try the Pickle, where serious EDM heads get down. DJ Harvey praises the "epic mirrorball/lighting installation" on the upper level, and his fellow U.K. groove expert Subb-an loves the high-energy vibe. "When this place goes off," says Subb-an, "it really kicks."

Capacity: 300

Fun Fact: Ultra Music Festival ravers were bummed out when the Pickle closed for renovation this spring, but good news: It's back and better than ever!


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