COVID Nightlife Guide


The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated government lock downs have put the nightlife industry on pause since March 2020. As the situation begins to improve in different cities and nightlife venues start to open back up, we will keep you informed on re-opening dates.

Take a look at our dashboard below and start making future plans for returning to your favorite hot spots. Times have been hard for these businesses and they could definitely use your support now more than ever. Please remember to be safe and responsible when going out, wear a mask and follow other protocols for reducing the spread of Covid!

Venue Reopening Status and COVID Stats Top US Cities

City Open Now 432 Opening Soon 50 Temporarily Closed 211 Permanently Closed 135 COVID Risk Level New Cases
per 100k
Infection Rate Positivity Rate Vaccination Rate
Los Angeles 62 6 27 33 Yellow 9.8 0.91 1.3% 62.5%
Las Vegas 47 5 18 17 Orange 18.2 0.98 7.1% 48.8%
San Francisco 29 3 8 12 Yellow 8.3 0.84 1.7% 75.5%
Miami 44 4 39 21 Orange 14.4 0.86 3.8% 74.4%
Orange County 13 1 6 3 Yellow 7.2 0.83 2.9% 63.7%
San Diego 23 3 12 1 Orange 13.7 0.91 2.8% 65.8%
New York 56 8 46 22 Orange 15.6 0.95 2.8% 64.6%
Chicago 27 2 21 6 Orange 13.3 1.0 2.1% 56.6%
Dallas 33 2 3 7 Orange 22.4 0.85 7.1% 51.7%
Phoenix/Scottsdale 26 3 8 5 Red 30.4 0.93 9.5% 49.1%
Austin 20 6 5 2 Orange 15.3 0.95 6.5% 61.8%
Houston 22 3 10 3 Orange 15.2 0.8 8.3% 54.8%
Atlanta 30 4 8 3 Orange 12.7 0.82 4.8% 52.7%
COVID metrics from Covid Act Now

Other Cities

View venue re-openings in other cities.

Most Popular Venues Open Now

Nightclubs are slowly reopening in select cities, use our venue tracker to find out which venues are currently open.

Venues open right now

Here is a list of venues that are currently open for business.

XS
Las Vegas · $$$$
E11EVEN
Miami · $$$
Marquee NY
New York · $$$$
Temple
San Francisco · $$
Warwick
Los Angeles · $$$$
Riot House
Phoenix/Scottsdale · $$
Spire
Houston · $$$
Compound
Atlanta · $$
Truth and Alibi
Dallas · $$
Tao
Chicago · $$$
Academy
Los Angeles · $$$
LIV
Miami · $$$$

Venues opening soon

Here is a list of venues that have announced an upcoming re-opening date.

EDC
Las Vegas · $$$$
Avant Gardner (Mirage)
New York · $$
Banc of California
Los Angeles · $$
III Points
Miami · $$
Fontainebleau Miami
Miami · $$$$
Vanity
San Francisco · $$$
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
San Francisco · $$
Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles · $$
Wynn Field Club
Las Vegas · $
Petco Park
San Diego · $$

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COVID Nightlife FAQs

What should I know before going out during the pandemic?

Attending nightlife and daylife venues during the pandemic can be an uncertain and even daunting task, especially if you don't know the rules ahead of time. No one likes a bad surprise when entering the club, so that's why we're here to help you navigate the nightlife scene during the pandemic. After reading this, you should have a good grasp on the current nightlife landscape and what you should expect when attending the club.

First, almost all nightlife venues are allowed to remain open during the pandemic only because they serve food and have an outdoor area of some sort. At Discotech, we take out all the guesswork for you. You can see a list of all venues in your city that are either Open, Opening Soon, or Closed due to COVID.

Second, almost all venues are bottle service only and have a F&B (Food & Beverage) minimum spend required to attend. This means no general admission (GA), guest list, or ticket entry (more details in the sections below).

Lastly, you should be prepared to abide by all COVID guidelines set by the venue, including social distancing, mask enforcement, and capacity restrictions, among others.

Check out our Safe Partying Guide for an in-depth guide to partying during COVID-19.

Is it safe to go to these venues? Are there any other safety measures taken by venue?

Venues that are open right now have implemented very strict and comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to ensure safety and well-being of their patrons. While it varies per venue, most places have temperature checks at the door, and some even have quick COVID test kits available prior to entry.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are mandatory upon arrival - if you don't have one, the venue staff will provide you with one before you are allowed to enter. Once inside the venue, masks are not required at your table or when entering the pool. However, they are still highly encouraged when you leave your table area to use the bathroom.

What should I expect when attending these venues?

When attending nightlife venues during the pandemic, you should expect some level of capacity restrictions. It varies by venue, but most places are not allowing general admission and have reduced their capacity to anywhere between 25-75%.

Tables are spaced out to maintain social distancing guidelines. Bottle service groups are expected to stay at their table only. Mingling with other groups is frowned upon, and often closely monitored.

With the current state of affairs, most venues do not have a live DJ. Pre-recorded DJ sets are common, but sometimes a live DJ will be booked, if they are a native resident of the area and don't have to travel.

Music levels are kept at a lower decibel level due to state restrictions. Expect more of a relaxed lounge setting, instead of the raucous, full-fledged partying scene.

What is the maximum group sizes per table?

The max group size for bottle service reservations will vary based on a combination of state restrictions and venue discretion. As a general rule of thumb, the number of guests per table type is set in stone (eg. if you have 8 people and are trying to book a 6-person table, this will not be allowed).

The solution around this is to split your group up and book multiple tables. We will do our best to request for the tables to be sat next to each other. The same thing applies to larger groups.

How has pricing changed?

Due to COVID, bottle service minimum spends are significantly discounted compared to pre-pandemic pricing. In addition, tables are generally expected to prepay in advance now, in order for the venues to easily monitor capacity and inventory. A 20% deposit is common, and some venues even require a full prepay in advance. We will help guide you through the booking process.

Is there GA or free guest list?

No, typically VIP bottle service only. There is no GA, guest list, or ticket entry right now, due to capacity restrictions and social distancing enforcement. Venues are primarily bottle service only, unless you are a guest at the accompanying hotel, if applicable.

Is there still music?

Yes. Nightlife would be nothing without the music that keeps the party going. All venues are currently still playing music, albeit at lower decibel levels. Live DJs are less common, due to the travel bans and restrictions that still plague the industry.

Is there a dance floor?

Since most venues are bottle service only and have no general admission, there is no dance floor where people can congregate. Patrons are expected to stay within their table limits unless going to the bathroom or entering the pool. If you are itching to bust a move, you can always create a mini dance floor in your section with your friends, and even challenge neighboring tables to a dance-off. Show off those dance skills you've been practicing during quarantine!

Are there new restrictions on hours of operation?

A lot of venues now have restrictions on hours of operation. Some venues open earlier around dinner time (7pm) and close earlier (12am) due to state or country requirements. Others are still open from 10-11pm until 2-4am depending on the city. Please make sure to check our app or website for updated hours!