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The Best Dance Clubs in America

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.

By Steve Knopper




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)

Beta, Denver

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Beta, Denver

Everything about this place is huge, from the headlining DJs (Skrillex, Deadmau5, John Digweed) to the liquid-nitrogen-fueled fog machine (they go through 1,000 liters a night) to the monster 72,000-watt sound system – which you can hear booming from blocks away. "We get so much shit from our neighbors because it's so loud," says one of the club's execs. "The bass just bounces off the concrete." Opened five years ago by Brad Roulier, who co-founded EDM download giant Beatport, Beta has become a major mecca for serious dance music heads and casual partiers alike. "People who have never partied in Denver don't really understand how hard they go here," says rapper Talib Kweli.

Capacity: 950

Fun Fact: Beta is an easy drive from Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which our panel voted the coolest amphitheater in the country. For a truly memorable weekend, rock out at Red Rocks, then head here for the afterparty of a lifetime.


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