Boston’s Best EDM Bars Or Clubs

August 7, 2014 5:30 AM

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EDM is shorthand for Electronic Dance Music, the sort of pulsing, beat-heavy club music which thrives upon heaving bodies, undulating rhythms and intense, sweaty nights out at Boston’s hottest night spots. There are a number of bars and clubs that specialize in EDM sets, whether it’s programmed or via a live DJ, with many of the genre’s passionate devotees flocking to these sets into the wee hours. Here are some of Boston’s best EDM bars and clubs.

Good Life
28 Kingston St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 451-2622

Never underestimate the benefit of an affordable cover. Good Life Bar — located on Kingston Street in between Bedford Street and Summer Street near Downtown Crossing — realizes this, and puts this adage to good use on weekends, particularly when respected Boston DJ Frank White comes to Good Life for one of his monthly EDM sets. What’s even better is that Good Life also serves up a yummy menu of eats to satiate tired dancers in between songs.

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Photo credit: Rise

Photo credit: Rise

306 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-7473

Rise Club has been a popular destination for EDM fans for some time now, particularly Back Bay Bostonians whose primary aim is to dance, dance and dance some more. Rise — located on Stuart Street in between Columbus Street and Arlington Street — services the night owls who want to dance until the sun comes up to some of the best EDM music the city has to offer by some of the hottest DJs around town. There’s plenty of fuel to burn here at Rise.

The Estate
1 Boylston Place
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 351-7000

The Estate is a place that specializes in electronic music, bringing in EDM fans to get their kicks out on The Estate’s dance floor. This is a crowded, busy place to hit up, so the earlier the better when it comes to earning a prime spot in line. The Estate also brings in a varied clientele from all across the Boston suburbs and area codes, a diversity that can sometimes bring with it clashes in personality. The Estate will prove memorable for everyone involved.

Royale Boston
279 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-7699

Royale Boston is another Boston dance club that often invites formidable and popular DJs to set it off with some of the hottest EDM sets around. This is an experience bolstered by the club’s penchant for included hired, costumed dancers of its own to kick up the party atmosphere on these nights. The Royale Boston has a welcoming decor and funky atmosphere, with plenty of room on the dance floor for everyone to dance until their hearts’ content, providing they can cover the door charge and steep drink prices.

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Photo credit: Machine (Facebook)

Photo credit: Machine (Facebook)

1256 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-1950

Machine is a popular gay bar located in the Fenway district of Boston that provides plenty of EDM thrills on its electronic music nights, while also offering plenty of other options for fun, such as karaoke and theme nights. DJ sets and EDM make up a lot of Machine’s party business, although this club’s cash-only policy may turn away a group or two. But if that isn’t a problem, head down to Machine for some EDM madness.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at