Bill: You have to remember that most vampires are very old. Puns used to be the highest form of humor.
In Urban Fantasy settings where vampires exist, there is an interesting tendency for one or more of the vampire characters to own night clubs.
Naturally, when you (usually) can't go out during the day, subsist on the blood of humans, can't enter someone's home without an invitation, and are part of a mythological race that is commonly associated with sex, wealth, and a lack of inhibitions, such a business venture makes sense. You can operate during the night without anyone batting an eye, you can get your prey to come to you, and hey, everyone wants to have a little fun now and again even if they're dead, right?
- In the first Hellsing anime, the Valentine brothers own a nightclub. All the women that work at the club are vampires, too.
- De Kiekeboes: In "Het Witte Bloed" ("The White Blood") a doctor of a plasma bank uses the blood of his patients to establish a bar for vampires.
- "The Blue Blood" in Shadowchasers: Backwater is run by Fayte Nyte, although it's no secret to Backwater residents that she is a vampire. Aside from its obvious abundance of Shadowkind clientele and employees, it seems an average nightclub for the most part. (It is known to have some very expensive cocktails available; one mentioned is Falkmoon a potent vintage that was invented by vampires that requires centuries of aging. A small glass sells for nearly $500.)
- In a twist, the mafia boss who gets turned in Innocent Blood already controls a nightclub in addition to a large number of other businesses.
- Vamp (1986) had a vampire-owned bar. More like a strip club.
- The ones in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) are also operating a (bordertown, off-highway) stripclub.
- The Matrix Reloaded, vampires and werewolves work in a nightclub owned by their French boss.
- In Queen of the Damned, the vampires use this as places to attract their victims, as there are people who seem to get off on being fed on. Jesse is almost killed after venturing near such a club in downtown London before she's saved by Lestat in the nick of time. Akasha later enters the same place in search of Lestat and soon starts a massacre.
- Like all the other vampire tropes, What We Do in the Shadows parodies and deconstructs this. There is a vampire-owned nightclub that the main cast frequents, but it's not very good and never attracts a crowd. Because the vampires are unable to get into a real nightclub without an explicit ivitation from the staff, they have no idea what they're actually like.
- In Modern Vampires Dracula himself owns a night club, but the place is obviously for vampire clientele as the only humans are there to be served.
- In We Are the Night, Louise, Charlotte and Nora, a trio of vampiresses, own the nightclub the first bit Lena in.
- Vincent Price's character in The Monster Club either owns or at least manages the titular club, which is as much an all-monster social club as a nightclub.
- In a subversion, there's a vampire restaurant in Vault of Horror. It offers blood served different ways for a five-course dinner, but entertainment and dancing aren't part of the package.
- Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake series owns several, including "Guilty Pleasures" (a male strip club where the performers are vampires and shape-shifters), "The Laughing Corpse" (a comedy club), and "Danse Macabre" (a dance club).
- Piscary from The Hollows owned one, later managed by Kisten after Piscary goes to prison.
- Karen E. Taylor's Vampire Legacy series features a vampire-owned night club.
- In The Dresden Files, Bianca—a vampire of the Red Court—runs the Velvet Room, although it is more of a high-class call girl ring than strictly a nightclub. The White Court of vampires, who survive on lust and sexual energy, are primarily invested in the pornography industry, but also run the creepy sex club called Zero. When he visits, Harry Dresden recognizes that the name refers to zero boundaries, inhibitions and limitations, but when he sees the purely mechanical acts being performed he realizes that it also means zero fulfillment. Harry shudders at the thought, realizing that the Club Zero is a taste of what would happen if the White Court ran the world. Their ultimate goal is Planet Zero.
- In the Kitty Norville series, vampires owned nightclubs before they were widely known to exist. And since these vampires could hypnotize and play with people's memories, the bitten tend to go home remembering what a great time they had.
- Lady Crymsyn by P. N. Elrod. It's both the name of a book in the Vampire Files series and of the club the main character owns for the rest of the series.
- A variation in Sweetblood. A man who claims to be a vampire holds huge parties at his house for goths and for others who claim to be vampires.
- In Kelly Armstrong's series Women of the Otherworld, there is a bar that is completely run by vampires in the book Broken.
- Marianne Mancusi's Blood Coven series features a nightclub run by the leader of the eponymous coven as a recurring location. Interestingly, the "getting your prey to come to you" aspect isn't really present. Members of the Blood Coven only feed from voluntary donors, who are put through a rigorous screening process, are allowed to leave with their skins intact, and are paid handsomely for their trouble.
- The Night Life section in The Complete Ankh-Morpork City Guide lists the Heaving Bosom, an exclusive night club run by the Uberwald League of Temperance, which specialises in serving red wine at body temperature and a sort of scarlet absinthe that will probably kill anyone who's alive before they drink it.
- Biers is a bar frequented and run by The Undead, including mostly vampires and werewolves.
- The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries discusses this. Vampire nightclubs like Fangtasia are much more lucrative than, say, all-night groceries and dry cleaners, which is why vampires tend to own them instead.
- Inverted by Fletcher Knowles, club manager/bartender at Basilisk, in the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series. He's a living human later ghost who caters to a vampire clientele, excluding all mirrors or reflective surfaces from the premises and arranging for the occasional shipment of not-yet-expired plasma from shady blood banks that really ought to be saving the fresh stuff for transfusions, not bar stock.
- Deconstructed in The Rhesus Chart. Their vampires are essentially serial killers, so need to pick victims that no one will miss. That means the elderly or homeless runaways, not pretty young things who can afford to go to nightclubs.
- Lillie Langtry from Kindred: The Embraced owned the night club "The Haven".
- Janette in Forever Knight owned the night club and popular vamp hang-out "The Raven"; when she left the show, her sire LaCroix took it over and made it more fanservice-y.
LaCroix: It's time to peel away the layers and reveal our inner selves. Yes, it's Amateur Night at the Raven, and tonight our amateurs will reveal their inner selves by GETTING NAKED!
- The Buffyverse, features an even wider variety of demon bars, oft portrayed as a Bad-Guy Bar except for Lorne's place "Caritas". Most of these serve blood. There are also places like vampire-run pseudo-brothels where humans can go and pay to be fed on by vampires, since being fed on by a vampire actually feels good, after the initial 'penetrating the skin like a syringe', as long as the vampire isn't intentionally causing pain and the human isn't struggling, and pulling the wound around.
- The episode "The Wish" had the Bronze turned into one of these. Normally, the Bronze is a family-friendly music venue, which serves human food, but in the Alternate Universe that Cordelia wished herself into, the Master, having taken over Sunnydale, uses the place as his base of operations. Humans are kept in cages and tied up on the pool tables, where they are fed on by the vampires partying around them.
- A vampire's efforts to open a nightclub kicked off the plot of the House of Frankenstein (1997) TV miniseries.
- A 700-year-old vampire named Lola owns a night club in an episode of Moonlight, using it as a front for her vampire drug operation. There is a VIP section that requires one to have a chip implanted into the hand that confirms one's identity and VIP status. This is because the VIP section is where the drug is sold.
- True Blood has Fangtasia, owned by Eric Northman and Pam Swynford de Beaufort, which acts as Eric's vampire kingdom castle. Between the red wallpaper, the t-shirt store, and the weirdos dressed in leather and collars, Fangtasia looks like, as Sookie describes it, a vampire club if it was designed by Disney. It use to be a late night video rental store when Eric was first assigned to it before he got bored and remodeled the place.
- In Monster Bash, Count Dracula has converted his castle into his personal place for various Halloween creatures to perform and play. It even has those glowing floor tiles and its own disco ball!
- Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Requiem
- Something of an understated tradition. Any good court will set up a Rack or two where its citizens can feed without anyone getting pissy about territory. And as the humans often gather at bars and nightclubs, and it's much better to manage these things if you're the owner.
- There's an entire supplement book about "The Succubus Club", a legendary vampire night club in Chicago. Later in the line, The Succubus Club became a touring production that's the Kindred equivalent of a circuit party, while also being the hot underground event that mortals are dying to get into (sometimes literally). Other vampire clubs have cropped up to fill the gap in Chicago.
- In Requiem, the Mabry bloodline of the Gangrel have a knack for setting these up, making a hunting habit of setting up roadhouses and back-country bars that pick off travelers and nomads before eventually pulling up roots when the bodies stack too high.
- In the city of Lekar in Ravenloft, the living monstrous-humanoid vampyres own "feeding houses": sordid clubs where they can pick up victims, and which double as fighting-pits for human-vs-monster gladitorial duels.
- Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines has four of them: "Asylum", owned by Therese and Jeanette Voerman, "Asp Hole", owned by Ash, "Vesuvius", (a strip club) owned by Velvet Velour, and "Confession", which is owned by human Venus Dare but can be co-owned by the vampire Player Character.
- Occurs in the Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space episode "Night of the Raving Dead".
- In The Sims 2, while vampires don't exactly own nightclubs, the only way to find the Grand Vampires (and turn your Sim into a vampire without cheats) is at Downtown lots.
- Similarly in The Sims 3, nightclubs and vampires were introduced in the same expansion pack, and said expansion pack included "Vampire Lounge" as a nightclub option.
- In The Matrix: Path of Neo not exactly stated in-game, likely it's their master's club, but you do have to fight through a BDSM-style club of vampires.
- Dark has The Sanctuary, which serves as a hub for in between missions.
- Tsukihime: Played with. Most vampires shown or spoken of in the series have cut themselves off from human society, because they consider themselves above humanity. The one exception is a vampire lord named Van-Fem, who has become a successful businessman and prominent socialite (though, naturally, he keeps his vampiric nature secret), his main venture being a luxury cruise ship/casino in Monaco. He's considered weird and eccentric by the rest, but they do acknowledge that his material wealth comes in handy for certain things.
- Parodied at one point in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. The vampires opted for The Red Cross instead of night clubs.
- Carmilla in This Is the Worst Idea You've Ever Had!.
- Specifically averted in this story arc from Full Frontal Nerdity — they choose to run an IHOP instead.
- In Were Geek the geeks hang out at a goth nightclub after their Vampire: The Masquerade LARP sessions. And the owner of the club is actually a former player, who rejoins the game in one arc.
- As seen in the epilogue of Bite Me!, Ginevra ultimately fits this in the present.
- Victor Temple of LA By Night owns a nightclub called Club Maharaja. Miranda also runs a burlesque club called La Chat Noire.
- This website features a directory of vampire-friendly bars and nightclubs in cities.