From one end of the country to the other, USA has places where you can definitely enjoy a great night with food, drinks and dancing (and a lot more). If you want to enjoy the nightlife, there is something out present for everybody’s liking and interest. There are a lot of US cities that take on a different vibe when the sun sets. Well, even though the list is exhaustive, we have taken the pains of exploring places which have the best nightlife scenes in the country. Check them out!
20 Best Cities To Visit In America For A Great Nightlife
1. Miami Beach, Florida
Who hasn’t heard about this city? Be it daytime or night-time, this place is always alive and awesome. When it comes to night life, this place has some of the world’s best club scenes with full of well-dressed boys and girls. You need to dress well and have a lot of money in order to have a respectful entry!
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
The city of Las Vegas is just not a casino lover’s heaven. This city literally lights up at night. Considered a place where fortunes are made (and lost), this city has the best clubs and casinos in the country. If you’re lucky, you might even bump into a celebrity playing cards on your table or enjoying a drink at the bar. Almost every hotel on the Las Vegas strip has at least one nightclub which will keep you engaged all nights with your new friends.
3. New York City, New York
The top shopping destination in the USA has also the best nightlife destinations in the world. Depending on how you want to spend your time here, the Big Apple can be overwhelming. Each neighborhood has its own brand of bars and clubs. It is also the most expensive city in America and ranked as the least relaxing city according to a recent survey. Well, who wants to relax when you can have fun all night?
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
Known for its European style architecture and mouth-watering cuisines, New Orleans is home to rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, blues and a lot of different types of music. You can always find a place to hang out in the night in this city any time of the year. Famous for its rowdy big event Mardi Gras, the city is home to the best bar scenes in the world.
5. Chicago, Illinois
Wondering why the Windy city is on our list? Well, this place definitely has some fantastic music scenes all night long. Famous for its pizza first, Chicago has a fair number of booming nightclubs and rooftop lounges. There are a few rocking places like Wrigleyville, Boystown and Wicker Park where you can enjoy lively parties till dawn.
6. Nashville, Tennessee
There’s so much to the city rather than just country music. This place has bars that feature live music, dancing parties, karaoke and a lot more that can keep you entertained all night long. There are all kinds of music in the restaurants and bars along Broadway in the 12 South area. Enjoy the city’s longneck bottles along with dancing to the grooves.
7. Los Angeles, California
A place where you can enjoy your nights in sports bars, comedy clubs, theatre performances and let’s not forget night clubs as well. LA’s nightlife has always had musical performances that stand out from the rest. If you want to explore more, you can visit LA’s five top outdoor ice skating rinks and have some fun with friends and family.
8. Key West, Florida
Duval street is the place to visit if you are going to Key West in Florida. This place is hot and happening with insane performances and magical music. It is often said that drinking and partying in Key West can be a full time job for many. There are a variety of options which can make you happy and let you have fun.
9. Austin, Texas
Who says it ain't the good life? Austin has one hell of a reputation for not only being the state capital and home to one of the biggest universities in the US, but also for its incredible nightlife and music scenes. Often called as the Live Musical Capital of the World, Austin is a true lively music destination, especially if school is in session.
10. San Francisco, California
This one was a very difficult place to explore! Why we say so? Every neighborhood here has its very own scene. Yes, that’s correct! Whether you are a starter or a party freak, there’s something in for you in this city. The nightclubs here have long held an important spot on the international dance floor by setting global trends.
11. Houston, Texas
This city is not just about oil! Coming from a long history of hard-partying Texas honkytonks, Houston over these years has developed a more sophisticated approach. Whether you’re looking for action packed sports pubs or high energy dance clubs or low-key wine bars, there’s something for everyone’s taste here. Houston’s busy nightlife scene is really fluid – one can weave from EDM palaces to gritty retro joints, all within the course of a weekend – if you feel like exploring!
12. San Diego, California
Concert venues, comedy clubs, dance clubs and busy bars – this place has got them all! And the sunny California weather just adds life to the lively rooftop lounges. With a variety of things to do and places to explore, you’ll have no problem finding a place where you can sit, relax and enjoy your cocktail. Most of the happening clubs and bars are located downtown San Diego, so if you’re looking for some night action, that’s where you would want to go!
13. Providence, Rhode Island
Big things come in small packages. This holds true for this city. You really don’t need a big state to throw an enormous and lavish party. Providence, which is popular for its diverse population (majority of them being college students), is a place where you can enjoy great art performances and live music. The best part is, it’s not that heavy on the pocket.
14. Denver, Colorado
This city blazes into life under a constellation of neon lights and to a cacophony of beats when the night falls (we’re not exaggerating!). The city has seen a boom in booze after craft beer caught on with experimental cocktail culture. If you are ready to explore the best beers, the Lower Historic Downtown District is the go to place.
15. Portland, Oregon
Portland has hundreds of bars and dozens of microbreweries – making you feel that its nightlife scenes are full with alcohol related activities. However in reality, with a “go out and play” attitude, it’s the energy of its residents that fuels the evenings all over the city. You can enjoy after work at these social clubs, performance halls and theatres all over the town to catch up with old friends and also make new ones.
16. Boston, Massachusetts
Catering not only to teenagers but eager hipsters as well, Boston is not quite the city that never sleeps but has a vast and varied nightlife. People here love to do things and have fun within controlled limits. There are various after-hours joints in and around the city where you can dance, play some Red Sox-Yankee darts or sit and share a drink with a friend while you enjoy a live band’s performance.
17. Seattle, Washington
Seattle was early to the club culture phenomenon mainly because of being a progressive and culturally open city. When electronic beats took over nightclubs, this city was already in forefront with clubs which were masters of that trend. Still there are dozens of rock dives with dance floors where you can groove all night. There is no shortage of valid venues for people with any particular dance-club preference.
18. Memphis, Tennessee
Nightlife at Memphis is all about live music – coming from a city that claims to be the home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Beale Street in Memphis is always crowded with visitors and locals as it is home of the most popular restaurants and bars in the town. Most of the clubs are open till 5am and covers are damn cheap.
19. Atlanta, Georgia
With numerous glossy clubs, laid back bars and fashionable lounges, Atlanta is one of the US’s festivity capitals where nightlife has an entire different meaning altogether. If you just want to drink and dance, there are a lot of choices. The hottest and happening location is Underground Atlanta where you can hang out at the city’s top nightspots. Atlanta's nightlife scene is full of options for those seeking dancing, entertainment, socializing & fun – all at the same time!
20. Tampa, Florida
From dancing clubs and Irish pubs to martini bars and microbreweries, you won't have to look too far to find the ultimate place to let your hair down and start mingling and mixing. This city has a very dynamic live music scene. You’ll find the best clubs and pubs, casinos and theatre productions in the city. In addition to bars and clubs, there are many tattoo parlors to check out or satisfy your taste buds with late-night pizza joints.
We’ve tried to cover the best spots. However, there are so many cities and places where the nightlife is just awesome! People, who are nocturnal, will never stop exploring new places to have fun and enjoy!
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