Night clubs in fiction are always much cooler, bigger, and cleaner than the ones you find in the downtown of your town (unless your town happens to be [[BigApplesauce New York City]], UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}, Ibiza or {{London}}). Expect to see a [[WannabeLine line around the block to get in]] whether the club is full or not, though some people need only wink at the {{Bouncer}} or have a spot on the guest list and in they go (this seldom includes the main protagonist unless they're a sexy female). And as with the HighSchoolDance, expect ''everybody in attendance'' to be dancing around and having a great time (whereas, in RealLife, you're likely to see a lot of MoodDissonance among the attendees and more than a few people who just want to go home).

Clubs in fiction also seem to be packed no matter what night of the week it is, and the {{bouncer}}s seem to have no problem letting teenagers in the front doors (again, except the main characters). Furthermore, everyone of relevance to the plot will hang out at the same one. Despite the crowds, [[AcousticLicense you can hold an extended conversation in a normal speaking voice and have no problem being heard]].

Often a BadGuyBar and rarely a GoodGuyBar (because EvilIsCool and GoodIsBoring).

See also WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame, for the gay version.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdo21YrGfn8 Carlsberg don't do nightclubs...]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The club/bar where the criminal element makes its home in ''Comicbook/TheCrow'' is an excellent example, with far more people than a run-down dive like that place would expect, and much better live acts...though that could be explained by its being the home base of the city's criminal kingpin.
* [[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim Chaos Theater]]. The owner may be one of the worst assholes ever, and Ramona's 7th Evil Ex, but his club was still a nice place, with video games, music, stage for concerts, and a planned, but scrapped by the author, skate park.
* Adam Warren's ''ComicBook/DirtyPair'' has [[http://adamwarren.deviantart.com/art/Colored-DIRTY-PAIR-page-48339239 an interesting justification]] for nightclubs populated solely by attractive people; they have "hotness scanners" that compare incomers' bodies to a stored "aesthetic profile of body somatotype and facial symmetry", and only permit entrance to those that are "sufficiently hot".
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[[folder:Film]]
* The "End of Line Club" from ''Film/TronLegacy''. The name also doubles as a CallBack.
* The "House of Pain" in ''Film/{{Blade 2}}'' appeared to be a popular hangout for the young, beautiful Vampire crowd.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': The Merovingian's Hel Club.
* The "Retinal Fetish" club in ''StrangeDays'' features live rock shows, performance art, sadomasochism games, mosh pits, crazy lights, smoke machines, and of course an upstairs lounge where villains and thugs hang out. Bonus points for acting like it's totally independent - housed in an abandoned building with exposed cabling everywhere and wire fencing for secure areas.
* The unnamed club where John Travolta's character hung out in ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'' appeared to be populated exclusively by gorgeous models.
* In ''TheBreakup'', Vince Vaughn's brother takes him to a super cool club, making him feel intimidated and out of his element.
* ''ANightAtTheRoxbury'': Exit, which is dreamed up by the main characters, where the inside looks like the outside, and the outside looks like the inside.
* ''{{Hackers}}'' features ''Cyberdelia'', an appropriate 'cyber-nightclub that has a full complement of skate ramps, a video game console about as large as a mid-sized room, and of course, [[CyberpunkIsTechno techno music]]. It's also by invite only.
* The Ink & Paint Club in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', a speakeasy run by cartoon characters.
* One of these appear in ''Film/TheMask'', the Congo Bongo club where Tina is a singer.
* The Devil's Earthly HQ is in one of these in the ''[[Film/{{Bedazzled2000}} Bedazzled]]'' remake (slightly justified due to the club being in LA). When Elliot is first brought there, he is excited to have every club patron cheering him and knowing his name, being a social outcast of sorts. Naturally, the Devil uses this as an extra push to get Elliot to sell his soul. When he visits the club at the end of the film, he sees that everybody is exhausted and bored, as if they can't leave.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''WickedLovely'' brings us the Rath and Ruins. If you have read the series, you want to go there. No exceptions.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has a club called 0, run by the [[TheBeautifulElite White]] [[HornyDevils Court]]. Everywhere one looks, there are couples, threesomes, foursomes and nineteensomes, a variety of substances to snort, swallow or inject, and even biohazard bins to dispose of the syringes in. Just because they're a bunch of evil vampires doesn't mean they're irresponsible.
* ''Literature/MoonOverSoho'' has quite a variety of cool clubs, including the RealLife "Groucho Club", unfortunately they are all murder scenes due to the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monster Of The Book]] being a vampire that feeds off of Jazz musicians' brains (ItMakesSenseInContext).
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the fourth season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', terrorist leader Habib Marwan records a videotaped message in a nightclub that plays a remixed version of the show's title theme music, and is still open, even though the whole city was affected by a blackout from an EMP surge. If that's not dedication, I don't know what is.
** Must have been run by an expatriated New Orleanian. A number of our clubs and bars didn't even close for Katrina.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Bronze has an unending lineup of top quality bands, and is full seven nights a week. It is literally the only club in town though. They managed to score Cibo Matto, which is nice. (How's 90 can you get?)
** Well, Mayor Wilkins spared no expense to make his town attractive to homeowners so the monsters could eat them. The problem is that it's still open several years after Buffy blows him up. Maybe [[AWizardDidIt Willow did it?]]
** "Man, I hate playing vampire towns."
** The spinoff, ''{{Series/Angel}}'', had a Season 1 episode set almost entirely at Diabolique. Lampshaded by Doyle, who dismissed it as one of those "terminally-stuck-in-the-eighties" places.
* P3 from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' was a brilliant way for The WB to promote artists on the Time Warner label. One ep labeled Michelle Branch as a "Special Musical Guest" (WB shows her performing one of her songs, and then they show the three sisters talking at the club).
* ''Series/CSIMiami'' seems to have a new "coolest club ever" every third episode. The one that I remember most starkly is the club where hot men poured honey over hot women on stage (and the customers removed it using fruit).
** The original ''Series/{{CSI}}'', being set in Vegas, also had its share of memorable clubs, has did ''Series/{{CSINY}}''. ''Miami'' just uses the CoolestClubEver formula more frequently then its sister shows.
* Subverted (awesomely) in the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Okay Awesome", wherein the main characters excitedly visit a cool, new, and exclusive club, only to find that they really hate it and can't enjoy themselves, with Ted, the main character, eventually determining that ''everything'' one is traditionally supposed to like actually sucks.
* ''GossipGirl'' has the Chuck owned 'Victrola' and dozens of clubs all willing to let in any of the cast, despite them pretty much all being underage, often by half a decade or more.
* The club on ''Series/TheOC'' has top-tier indie bands playing most nights of the week - mostly ignored by the cast.
** Justified by the location.
* Babylon from ''QueerAsFolk''.
* Club Zer0 on ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', where Lex Luthor supposedly committed his first kill (they should erect a plaque), and Morgan Edge's nightclub in the Metropolis scenes of Season Three.
** Averted in Smallville as it's, well, a small ville. You'll have to settle for the hillbilly bar or the twenty-something coffee hangout.
* The Creator/CirqueDuSoleil series ''Solstrom'' revealed in its GrandFinale that the sun creatures stopped on Earth on their way to a planet that houses the Coolest Club in the ''Galaxy'', and the episode takes place there. The clientle, naturally, is mostly alien, but they have the same line at the door and the RunningGag of the episode has an "Inoffensive Crank" trying to get past the doorman and his robot bouncers.
* Ben's aquatic-themed bar, The Deep, on ''Series/SunsetBeach.''
* Used/parodied in an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', in which Tommy spends the entire episode trying to get past a bouncer and into a trendy new club. He succeeds near the end, immediately after which it is revealed that it lost its trendiness, and is practically deserted.
* The disco in Kenosha on ''Series/That70sShow''.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' seems to have one of these every other week. Granted they are in UsefulNotes/NewYork but considering how elaborate and expensive looking a lot of these clubs seem, it's hard to believe that the main characters, both being locals, had never even heard of these places before they were on the case.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' uses this trope on an almost weekly basis, although perhaps due to the age of the central characters there's an equal tendency for them to hit supposedly amazing restaurants instead of bars and clubs (see also ImprobableFoodBudget). It's usually justified as Samantha, who works in PR, is usually promoting the club and is able to get her friends in for the opening.
* Lily Langtry's cub, "[[MeaningfulName The Haven]]" in ''Series/KindredTheEmbraced.''
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has the Snakehole Lounge, which is surprisingly large, well-appointed, and well-attended considering it's in a small town in Indiana. At least there never seems to be a line to get in.
* On ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' Oliver spends most of season 1 converting an old warehouse into one of these. It's initially a subversion since he primarily wants it as a cover for his activities as a vigilante. He does not care that the construction drags on or that a crazed maniac set fire to it shortly before its opening. He even hired his best friend Tommy as the manager even though Tommy has no business experience. Surprisingly, Tommy managed to turn the club into a working business and it is revealed that the club's lost-and-found mostly consists of ladies' underwear.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' is SpyFiction and set in [[OnlyInMiami Miami]]. For them ''not'' to toss this in--usually when dealing with TheCartel or TheMafia--would practically be blasphemy.
* On ''TheNanny'' episode "Fran Lite", Fran and Val take Maxwell to a club, on the condition that he pretends he's gay and claims he doesn't know them, so that they can still meet guys. This backfires when he gets to go in (being a Broadway producer and all), and takes their advice literally and claims not to know them, leaving them in line.
* An episode of ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' sees the lads travel up to London to attend one of these, hoping it will impress some girls they know. Naturally everything that could possibly go wrong, does.
* An episode of ''[[Series/{{Jake20}} Jake 2.0]]'', Jake is sent to Berlin to infiltrate a hacker group as its leader [=DuMont=], who's in NSA custody. Himself being a HollywoodNerd, he fits in perfectly, especially since this is the first time the group has met (or even seen one another). After a brief hazing session (where the others pretend to be German cops and interrogate him until notices too many movie references), they take him to a club that fits this trope. Naturally, they are able to bypass the line by handing a bouncer a few large-denomination euro notes. After hanging out, they go under the club, where they have set up their temporary HQ for a major hack.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Almost every dance-pop song about partying by anyone, ever, will have a video full of this.
* About half of all dance-pop songs and maybe a quarter of all hip-hop tracks feature lyrics about dancing in a club with the opposite gender.
* {{Kesha}}'s "Take It Off" is about one of these places, and the second video takes this to an extreme by showing a club made up entirely of 80s video cliches.
* EltonJohn's "Club At The End Of The Street" and the B-52's "Love Shack" also come to mind.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Polyhymnia in ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace''. It's so exclusive that it ''doesn't'' have a WannabeLine, because the Wannabes never know where it is. It's constantly moving, and constantly changing who it's aimed at, but clever memetics ensure that the "right" people get drawn to it seemingly by coincidence.
* The ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' loves this trope. Super-cool nightclubs are popular hangouts for all sorts of supernatural creatures, perhaps most notoriously vampires. ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' has the Succubus Club in Chicago, probably the most famous and coolest club in the setting.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Asylum is a wonderfully enjoyable club in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' but it's dwarfed by the (human-run) Confession, which is a converted Gothic Church.
* The clubs in ''[[VideoGame/TwentyTwentySeven 2027]]'' are where you gain the majority of your missions.
* Club Solar in ''CallOfDutyBlackOps2''. Being located on Colossus, a floating city in the Cayman Islands and the wealthiest city in the world (Mason casually mentions that it would cost Harper more than he makes "in a year" for a weekend there), it's big and clean and features plenty of hallways and lounges before you even reach the dance floor. {{Skrillex}} is blaring throughout the entire place.
* The Malibu in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', the second-most expensive property up for sale. It's a pretty swanky place, apart from the Village People tribute band on stage.
* Jizzy's Pleasure Domes in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. Not a club per se, it's an illegal brothel sitting at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge (or its gaming equivalent, the Gant). Regardless, this is one of the posher interiors in the game, with a three-story dance floor and mezzanine. There are also a dance club to entertain dates in all three cities.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'' stars the bouncer, Luis, and the owner, Gay Tony, of the hottest nightclub in Liberty City: Maisonette 9. Most of the game revolves around Luis and Tony trying to pay off loan sharks so they can keep the club open. Gay Tony also owns Hercules, [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame the hottest gay nightclub]] in Liberty City.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': Club La Porte de l'Enfer in Paris, and Lucky Money in Hong Kong.
* The Hive in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' which isn't very big but is apparently the go-to place in Hengsha with even the city elite visiting it in the slums. Oh and if you don't have a membership card it costs 1000 credits to get in, each time. For reference, a ''fully-automatic combat rifle'' costs 1250 credits, and a sidequest found inside to collect a year's worth of debt adds up to ''5000.''
** In the [[VideoGame/DeusExTheFall spin-off]], Nightshades Club in Panama.
* The Devil's Dalliance in ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry''. It also serves as a front for the demons to seduce the clientle into becoming their {{Quisling}}s. After Dante gets inside (by punching the Bouncer out [[PrecisionFStrike and "adding" his name to the list]]), the interior winds up transforming into a [[DesignStudentsOrgasm Design Student's Gladiatorial Arena]] to entertain the demonic [=VIPs=].
* ''{{VideoGame/Hitman}}: Contracts'': The Sturrock Bros. meat packing plant (literally named ''Polio'' according to the trucks) doubles as a fetish club in celebration of the elder brother's acquittal on murder charges. Sturrock can be found reclining with his molls in a loft above his go-go cages. The second target, the lawyer, is busying himself in the opium den next to the bar.
* Afterlife in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' isn't particularly big or glamorous and because of the game engines limitations neither very crowded nor is the line outside very long (but it does have one, including people complaining to the bouncers), but it's probably the Coolest Club In Video Games Ever. It's in fact so cool that the big crime boss of the sector has her office on a balcony over the main floor where she receives visitors surrounded by her enforcers and hitmen. Since the entire decor is very industrial and low tech, lots of people keep repeating that someone should build that place for real, including the game's creators.
** Afterlife is fairly exclusive, but it's peanuts to its VIP section, which even Commander Shepard can't get in, even considering that she knows Aria herself. In this case, the VIP section's relatively few customers and small space makes sense, as it is extremely exclusive.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' brings us [[ThemeNaming Purgatory]], which like Afterlife, is run by Aria. Given that it is designed to better fit the Citadel's sensibilities than Omega's, and more importantly that she only has a club on the Citadel because she was [[TheExile forced to abandon Omega by Cerberus]], Aria considers it [[IronicHell her own personal hell]].
* Club Errera in ''HaloReach''. As a an EasterEgg, you can find a hidden switch and start up a Covenant dance party.
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' invokes this trope with a surprisingly realistic twist, combining actual cultural tropes of the day to make up what would genuinely be the coolest club in a coolest city (at the time). It's an ultra-suave music hall in the heart of Hollywood that features its own imported Nazi movie-babe\crooner singer, a band of hottest black jazzmen of the day who have just discovered both bebop and heroin, is protected by the chief of the local Vice department itself and caters exclusively to the clientele comprised of movie stars, fat cats and corrupt government officials. And has a French-Caribbean Negro butler.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'': Electrodrome is an absolutely enormous one which serves as one of the game's racecourses, with upbeat rave music playing from every wall of speakers, multiple crowded dance floors, and a giant disco ball with the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' logo on it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'' has Club Kyd, a colorful club where Music/FearFactory music plays and scantily clad girls serve food and dance on tables. It also happens to have a VIP section which connects directly to a top secret military base.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Dark}} Dark]]'' has the Sanctuary, which is a massive homage to the Old World of Darkness' Succubus Club.
* ''MaxPayne 1'' and ''2'' had Ragnarock (pun intended), a goth bar later bought by Vlad and turned into a Russian-themed restaurant. ''3'' opens the game at Club Moderno, featuring techno music by the real-life DJ collective Trouble and Bass.
* Cochise visits two of these during his prowl through Harlem in ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''. The level boss, Big Moe, is fought in a discotheque as the onlookers toss you health.
* Club Zodiac plays host to a dungeon in ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Persona 2]]''. In the first game, Lady Scorpio hangs her hat here along with the rest of the Masquerade doomsday cult. The club was converted into a mob-owned casino in the second chapter.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Opplopolis}}'' multi-person pop star Vesper Formicide takes Agnes to a secret club so cool that [[http://www.opplopolis.com/issues/5/14 two other versions of herself]] were already there.
* Sheila's bar in ''Webcomic/{{Bard}}''.
* The [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/doyoustilltrustus/ Cerberus Dance Club]] in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' is a rather cool place. Especially for Minnesota.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' Harper's S&M club the characters visit (And Chris and Alan do commissions for) is pretty impressive in both size and furnishings with a stage and a VIP lounge; it also hosts frequent S&M performances. WordOfGod is that the series is set in New York so the club isn't implausible.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* The club Phase takes Vox to in Miami, in the WhateleyUniverse. It has a ridiculously high cover charge, and so it's one of the only clubs around that can afford the insurance premiums to let mutants in.
* Parodied in HomestarRunner with Club Technochocolate, where [[TheBigGuy Strong Mad]] is the bouncer, the DJ is [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick The Cheat]] and [[HonestJohnsDealership Bubs]] tends bar. Bubs's drink creations are, like the rest of his merchandise (and in keeping with the trope) ridiculously overpriced; the "Pink Elephant Pants" is an eyedropper full of green fluid which Strong Bad happily buys for $17.50.
* The oxygen bar from ''Literature/NextBreedOfThief''.
-->As gaudy as I thought the neon of the streets was, especially at night, the oxygen bar was far worse. It was clean, but every surface was backlit. People giggled, their skin looking bright blue in the ambiance, while drones served drinks as bright as the lights. My oculars toned down the light, blocking harmful UVB and other rays, but cast everything in purple hues.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One episode of MTV's ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}'' featured the local dive under Alex's apartment being turned into a massively trendy, popular club. Chaka is thrilled, especially since it turns out she can sneak in through the back from within the apartment building. Alex, who has to sleep above the pounding techno music, is less so.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''. Frustrated at the real CoolestClubEver, Andy and his friends engineer a fake club and refuse to let in anybody who isn't in on the gag, word of mouth to turning IT into the CoolestClubEver. Then they claim the place was destroyed by fire, causing everyone who didn't go to talk about it wistfully.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' featured Stewie converting Brian and Frank Sinatra Jr.'s old big band bar into one of these as "pLace" ("Little 'p', big 'l'"). But eventually Brian and Frank changed it back, after realizing they hated the new direction.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_54 Studio 54.]] It was so cool it even had [[TheMovie a movie]] made about it, years after it closed.
* CBGB, another New York club, had a reputation as a landmark to punk fans. Unfortunately, it closed down after thirty years in 2007. CBGB was a squalid dive rather than a cool club, but this is punk we're talking about, so squalid = cool. Just like Studio 54, it too saw a film made about it.
** Same goes for London's ''Slimelight'', the longest running alternative/goth/cyber club: It looks like a dingy warehouse, its dimly lit and everything appears worn down but it sets the atmosphere perfectly.
* Other famous nightclubs include Space, Amnesia, Pacha (all Ibiza), Watergate, Berghain (both Berlin), Fabric, The End, the Ministry of Sound (all London), Womb (Tokyo), D-Edge (Sao Paulo).
* Manchester has the Warehouse Project, the largest club in Europe, built from a converted UsefulNotes/WorldWarII air raid shelter. During the "Madchester" scene, it also had the ridiculously famous Hacienda.
* The DNA Lounge of San Francisco is like something out of a '90s [[CyberPunk cyberpunk]] movie. It's got kickass wi-fi (formerly public computers running Fedora), has been played by some of the best-known Industrial bands out there, and is frequently getting into trouble with the city for raunchy behavior. It's even run by a famous retired hacker.
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