12 exciting restaurants where you can party the night away

A toast at The Twelve Thirty Club, part-supper club, part-rooftop bar, and part-honky tonk in Nashville, Tennessee. | Credit: The Twelve Thirty Club / Jill Richards Photography
Cocktails at The Twelve Thirty Club in Nashville, Tennessee

Dinner and clubbing don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Score the best of both worlds at these prime party destinations across the country.

Gargantuan seafood towers meet live musical acts (plus Bellagio fountain views) at a modern supper club in Las Vegas. Twirling fire dancers wow diners at a Mexican fusion destination in Miami. A multi-story marvel shakes up steakhouse traditions on Chicago’s Gold Coast. 

These over-the-top spots were made for diners to eat, drink, and party all at once. Read on for a guide to the country’s most exciting clubstaurants to book now. 

TAO Asian Bistro – Las Vegas, Nevada

A 20-foot Buddha floats over an infinity pool at TAO Asian Bistro in Las Vegas
Image caption: Diners can feast and party under the watchful eye of a 20-foot Buddha at TAO Asian Bistro. | Credit: Tao Group Hospitality

The Tao Group is known for hotspots such as Hakkasan, Lavo, and Beauty & Essex. But its clubby namesake is where the party first started in 2005. Tao is a cavernous Japanese, Thai, and Chinese restaurant inside The Venetian hotel. Revelers enter through a tunnel, passing bathtubs filled with rose petals and candles. The alluring entrance leads to a massive red and gold space that includes three bars, a dance floor, private skyboxes, and a 40-foot terrace—though the pièce de résistance is a 20-foot Buddha that floats over an infinity pool (complete with koi). Tao’s party-friendly pan-Asian menu includes yellowtail sashimi, spicy king crab roll, lobster wontons, and a Peking duck platter for two. 

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The Mayfair Supper Club – Bellagio – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Mayfair Supper Club’s extravagant menu includes throwback desserts such as cherries jubilee. | Credit: The Mayfair Supper Club – Bellagio

A seat at this elegant American supper club scores you views of the Bellagio Resort & Casino fountains. The interiors are awash in seafoam greens and coral pinks plus dreamy aquatic accents such as a shell-covered wall and a wavy Murano glass canopy. Not surprisingly, the menu is ocean-inspired with colossal seafood towers and caviar service, though wagyu strip steaks and tomahawks also make appearances. It’s all served to the tune of a white grand piano. The Mayfair hosts a lounge act with jazz singers and burlesque dancers after dark (post 11pm) on Fridays and Saturdays.

Catch – New York, NY

This slick seafood space first launched in NYC’s Meatpacking District in 2011 and now has outposts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Aspen. The original edition is a multi-story brick-lined stunner with a wraparound rooftop (read: spectacular Upper West Side views) strung with bistro lights and climbing plants. DJs spin from the booth upstairs and VIP tables regularly attract celebs. Diners feast on sashimi, sushi rolls, porterhouse steak, and lobster mac and cheese, all served family style.  

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Mariel – Boston, MA

Mariel is a glamorous throwback to pre-revolution Cuba, all tall ceilings, geometric chandeliers, and stone columns. Graffiti-style wall art, live DJs, and flaming rum cocktails add to the Havana nightclub vibes. Begin your evening upstairs with Cuban tapas including pork empanadas, crab arepitas, and sticky ribs glazed in guava. Then drop down to the basement club for a round of mojitos and dance the night away. The transportive clubstaurant comes from COJE Management Group, whose other Boston favorites include Yvonne’s and Ruka.

The Venue – Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles has a wild clubstaurant scene that’s a mix of homegrown hotspots and splashy transplants. The Venue fits into the former category and promises a memorable karaoke party downtown. Nights at this sultry black and gold lair start with drinks and dinner, including braised pork belly, lobster-sesame toast, and chicken wings. But the main event is a singing session in one of the 13 private karaoke rooms, ideal for belting your heart out.

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Maple & Ash – Chicago, IL

This multi-story marvel shakes up steakhouse traditions on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Maple & Ash’s meaty menu is a love letter to live-fire cooking featuring flame-kissed filet mignon and fire-roasted seafood towers, plus cocktails mixed with ingredients such as Scotch, mezcal, and maplewood smoke. But before your celebratory meal, check out the buzzing onsite lounge where an almost daily “tower hour” offers mini seafood towers and $10 martinis, sure to get you in a festive mood. For your main meal, consider the “I Don’t Give a F*@k” tasting menu for $200 a person. Tuck into it all in a see-and-be-seen dining room decked with velvet seats, candelabras, and wood-paneled ceilings. 

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Mayami Wynwood – Miami, FL

Mayami Wynwood’s festive vibes are enhanced by fire dancers. | Credit: Mayami Wynwood

Singling out just one party place in Miami is no easy feat. But the festive vibes are especially strong at Wynwood’s Mayami Mexicantina, a terrace-clad spot from the group behind El Patio. Step into a 10,000-square-foot tropical oasis that channels Tulum, complete with twirling fire dancers. Start with a cocktail from the impressive tequila and mezcal menu. The drinks pair well with Mexican fusion dishes such as queso fundido, ceviche, and Japanese-accented tacos, filled with ingredients including wagyu and creamy miso avocado.

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AsiaSF – San Francisco, CA

This quintessentially San Francisco experience—a transgender community haven—has wowed bachelor and bachelorette parties and out-of-towners since opening in 1998. Transgender servers lip synch, dance, and sashay down a catwalk at the iconic dance club, cabaret, and restaurant hybrid. Spare ribs with honey-tamarind glaze, sesame soba noodles, and quesadillas stuffed with smoked duck and shiitake mushrooms (plus miniature ice-cream cones for dessert) make up the contemporary Cali-Asian menu. But it’s the dazzling performances that steal the show.

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Sax – Washington, D.C.

Sax is a theatrical venue in DC’s Penn Quarter that evokes Versailles’s opulence, from its blinding gold interiors to its pole ballet performances. Expect a spirited entertainment lineup of acrobats, contortionists, and all-male burlesque shows on weekends. Though it’s pressed pause on the full dinner menu for now, the restaurant promises to bring back its steak and seafood selection, such as New York strip topped with crab and Hollandaise and crispy Chilean sea bass on whipped artichoke. Until then, go for the Sunday brunch buffet with bottomless mimosas. 

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The Twelve Thirty Club – Nashville, TN

Each of the three levels at The Twelve Thirty Club serves supper club-inspired dishes. | Credit: The Twelve Thirty Club / Jill Richards Photography

In 2021, restaurateur Sam Fox and artist Justin Timberlake partnered to open this spectacular venue, inspired by the private supper clubs of the Prohibition Era. It includes three handsome levels that each serve dinner with unique perks: The honky tonk on the first floor pairs punch bowls with live music. On the second level, a swanky supper club runs cowboy steaks topped with garlic noodles to cushy velvet booths. But the most picturesque perch is the rooftop where spicy strawberry margaritas meet sweeping Broadway views.  

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar – New Orleans, LA

The House of Blues empire (which launched in Massachusetts in 1992) now includes nearly a dozen music venues around the country. At the popular New Orleans location, the restaurant serves Southern hits such as smoked brisket sandwiches, fried chicken, and voodoo shrimp alongside a steady stream of live music. The beloved all-you-can-eat gospel brunch is currently on hiatus but resumes soon. 

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Suite Food Lounge – Atlanta, GA

Thanks to three levels of fun, the party never stops at Suite Food Lounge. Have dinner in the dining room, sip drinks in the lounge (and multiple bar areas), and take in fresh air on the enchanting skydeck. The kitchen dishes up Southern comforts including honey lemon pepper wings, chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits. Not to mention weeknight specials that keep the crowds coming such as tacos on Tuesdays, crab legs and karaoke on Wednesdays, and brunch set to a smooth R&B soundtrack on the weekends.

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Becky Duffett is a food writer living and eating in San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram.

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