Bid Farewell: Why Millennials Are Abandoning Nightclubs

    There’s a massive trend brewing in America’s nightlife scene. Nightclub and bar attendance has been on a steady decline for the past several years and counting. Nightclubs are going out of business left and right with more being threatened to close their doors each and every day. There has been a massive decline in liquor profits and overall revenue. This trend isn’t only exclusive to the United States; the U.K. has also been experiencing a similar drop in their once world-renowned nightlife scene. What is to blame for all of this, you ask?


    Who are these impactful millennials?

    According to GFK, the global research firm, millennials are widely categorized individuals who were born anywhere between the years 1977 and 1994. Ranging between the ages of 21 and 38, they are the target demographic for all club owners and other current nightlife vendors. These millennials are very different from their Generation X parents—they were raised to be extremely tech savvy since they entered adulthood equipped with cellphones, up-to-date social media interactions, and would certainly much rather spend their hard-earned money on experiences rather than material possessions.

    While evaluating such preferences, millennials sound like the ideal group to be regularly enjoying themselves at various nightclubs—or so one would think? If this is the case, why are nightclubs and entertainment venues alike suffering such massive declines in their numbers? Since millennials favor experiences over material things, shouldn’t nightclubs be benefiting? Where are these millennials going instead?

    Are millennials going to nightclubs?

    Simply put, not really—at least not as frequently as their Generation X counterparts did at popular discotheques. Countless studies, as well as daily observations, show millennials are no longer opting to go to nightclubs anymore when contemplating the value of a night out. A survey by ULI/Lachman Associates dictates that only slightly higher than 60% of all millennials spend time at nightclubs. Of that 60%, only 25% spend time at nightclubs more than once a month. The millennials who go to nightclubs say they mostly go for “special occasions,” like bachelor/bachelorette parties, viewing a specific DJ, attending a celebrity event, or going out to explore party capitals like NYC and Las Vegas. Although these serve as the main reasons why millennials venture into nightclubs, they don’t seem to be enough to back up such dismal numbers.

    Nightclubs do not have a large return rate of millennial consumers. Nightclub owners are finding it very difficult to keep their doors open when a large portion of their clientele only stops by occasionally and skimps on drink orders. (It’s all about the pre-game anyway, right?) It comes to no surprise that an average of 6,500 venues have been breaking down earlier and earlier each night and officially closing up shop before passing the first year mark in their business, at least according to J.C. Diaz, the Executive Director of the Nightlife Association. To add insult to injury, the IBIS World Bar Business & Nightclub Business Industry reports that bar and nightclub revenue fell 9.3% in 2009 following The Great Recession. While other businesses are slowly climbing back up from higher unemployment rates and lower consumer spending, the nightclub industry just doesn’t seem to be following suit. The industry is not bouncing back.

    Why aren’t millennials patronizing night life venues?

    We know that millennials aren’t frequenting nightclubs often, but why? What are their reasons? An anonymous online survey set out to find the answers. Millennials who were not regular nightclub attenders were asked for their reasons for not attending. Their responses:

    • Expensive cover charges
    • High-priced drinks
    • Long lines
    • Slow bar service
    • Rude staff
    • Being pushed around in crowded atmosphere
    • Poor male-to-female ratio
    • Better ways to discover new music
    • Inability to have a conversation

    The last two reasons are especially important to pay attention to. The fact that millennials can go elsewhere to discover and listen to new music and that they can’t have a decent conversation with people at nightclubs, came up a lot in the survey. Technology has played a tremendous role in how we source our entertainment and choose to communicate, which is a major change from the past.

    With very limited resources to discover new music, Generation X highly depended on nightclubs to dictate what was worth listening to, hear new releases, and dance to those catchy beats. With advancements in technology and music streams at their very fingertips, millennials don’t feel as if nightclubs provide as much value for socialization or to the music industry anymore. “People mostly find new music on Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter, Instagram, TV, and through friends,” says an anonymous source. Another survey participant wrote: “People who appreciate underground or live music are at music festivals, concerts, and jazz clubs.”

    These respondents are also adamant on no longer needing to go to bars and nightclubs to meet a potential partner. Thank you, Tinder! Again, nightclubs were an lively atmosphere for meeting people highly popularized by Generation X. These venues acted as a social hub for meeting new people and expanding a person’s network. With new alternatives, such as online dating apps and websites, many millennial women feel that online dating is a lot safer and much more efficient than the organic ways of years prior. Millennials understand that controlled online settings are more appropriate for finding potential mates than drunken fumbles in a sticky-floored club. Sophie Wilkinson, news editor of women’s lifestyle website The Debrief, makes an excellent point when it comes to women and nightclubs. She says that nightclub bouncers are much more focused on kicking out drunk men and preventing senseless fights rather than preventing harassment of female clubbers. “I think apps like Tinder provide a safer environment for women—it’s a bit easier to filter out any baddies if you are behind a screen.”

    If millennials aren’t going to nightclubs, where are they going?

    Millennials are noted for picking authentic experiences over frivolous spending, so why aren’t they out partying? Isn’t partying an experience? The same anonymous survey asked millennials what they enjoy doing in their free time inside of going to nightclubs. Responses included boating, binge-watching series on Netflix, hiking, biking, traveling, paddle boarding, skiing, kayaking, drinking wine, frequenting rooftop bars, playing guitar, reading, movies, concerts, napping, relaxing, reading the news, walking around the city, discovering new restaurants/foods, hanging with friends, home improvement projects, happy hours, and beer festivals. Nightclubs? Nope.

    Millennials are a generation of adventure-seekers and thrive off the momentum of living for authentic experiences. They are a generation of foodies who love venturing into new restaurants and attempt to identify with various cultural experiences. Traveling to exotic locales ranks among the preferred expenditures of millennials. They would rather skip the club, save some coin, and splurge on a trip of a lifetime.

    Do nightclubs have a future in the lives of Millennials?

    J.C. Diaz remains hopeful that as long as people want a place to hang out, dance, and have fun with friends, the nightclub scene should prosper once again if they attempt to regain nostalgic, or ground-breaking themes. Diaz says that “the industry is definitely evolving.  You’re beginning to see people focused on fusion or flavors whether it be cocktails or food. You’re seeing new design elements and advanced LED technology. You can make your place look like you’re in the middle of the forest or in space. It’s becoming more of a real life experience when you get companies like Cirque du Soleil partnering up with a club.”

    People should be getting a lot more out of their nightclub experience than they previously had. Nightclubs used to be a single room with a dance floor, DJ, and a few colorful lights beaming back and forth. Catering to the ideals and standards of the millennial demographic, who are tech-savvy adventurers, nightclubs now come equipped with LED walls, LED stages, state-of-the-art sound systems, and exciting laser lights. Will this be the saving grace?

    Millennials have the power to make or break this industry. Millennials realize the notion of their time being sacred will decipher where and how they choose to spend it. Nightlife venues need to cater to this demographic and make their nightclubs a true experience worthwhile.

    • Show Comments (373)

    • Spencer

      People are also going to escape rooms such as EscapeIQ!

    • Durr

      Millennials are born between 1982 and 2002.

      • Chris

        But for the scope of this article, its 1994 because anyone born after that isn’t 21…

      • Amanda penny

        I thought that was funny that “MILLENNIALS” were not born in the years covering that “thousand year mark” year 2000. In all actuallity there are no precise dates when each generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s to qualify Millennials (Generation Y)
        I guess the writer meant that the 21 to 38 yr olds were the target market of these clubs.

    • SirLizard

      It’s “discotheque” not “disco-tech”.

      • Bob Scarborough

        I caught that, too. The writer is a Millennial, the worst-spelling generation ever in American history, as well as the poorest users of written communication.

        • John

          haters gonna hate!

        • Megs

          And older generations have a tendency towards awkward sentence structures. As a Millennial, I am here to help with your sentence: “The writer is a Millennial. They are the worst spellers and poorest users of written communication in all generations of American history.”

          • Stillfy

            Oh fuck you

        • Megs

          Are we really going to get that nit picky? Discotheque isn’t even f-ing English. It’s disco for short. Disco-tech for English speakers is just fine because “theque” is kinda confusing and we don’t need more confusion in this world, do we? #DiscoWTFque.

          • Lou Bompenseino

            That’s absurd. “Disco-tech” is not “just fine”. It’s incorrect and makes the writer look stupid. As does her repeated claim that Gen-X are the parents of the Millennials. Gen-Xers are too young for that – most of us Gen-Xers who have kids have gradeschoolers and middleschoolers. The parents of the Gen-Xers are the Baby Boomers. At best we’re the aunts and uncles… This is some seriously poor writing.

            • Oren

              Thank you for being smart.

            • Justin

              UHHHH…NEGATIVE!!! My mother and father are Gen X’ers. They are both 47 years old and I am 28. My Grandmom is a baby boomer. Almost all of my friends parents are young gen X’ers as well so I don’t know how you gathered your info or what town you live in lol My parents were the MTV generation.

            • Pat

              I’m of the Baby Boomer generation and my child is a Millenial. 🙂

            • Amanda

              Ermm.. I’m sorry, I’m really going to have to disagree. My parents are from generation x and I’m 26. When I think of grade schoolers I think of generation y, not generation x. Quite literally, all of my friend’s parents are from generation x. While it’s true some millennials came out of the baby boomers, I think you’ll find our parents are much younger than you think they are.

        • Alex

          Well, which generation do we have to thank for our education? I love how boomers especially love to crap all over the generation THEY raised.

          • TomL

            Millenials prefer experience over material things. Its not right or wrong, the sharing economy is here to stay for a very long time and it is a true generational divide.

        • Amanda penny

          Its the texting that killed both skills. Spelling and grammar down the drain with “Were r u?” “Me hir alredy” ????

      • Amanda penny

        I noticed that one too. I actually did a double take because i was just mildly browsing the article. The article had a point and i actually understood the point but it was not explained plainly. It went around and around in circles when there waa just 2 points to it. I didnt realise 2 points could make 10 sections hahahaha

    • DingDong

      Very interesting article especially with the comparisons of what millennials are doing instead. I’ve lost count with how many times clubbing will lose against boating or even archery.

      • Megs

        You too? There must be a lot of us…enough to include in an internet article.

    • SirLizard

      Did you reread what you’d written even ONCE?!

      “They are a generation of foodies who love venturing into new restaurants and trying new foods. . They’re a generation of foodies who love “discovering” new restaurants, who enjoy finer things in life, but are not bound by them.”

      So, we get it, they’re a generation of foodies. This isn’t an important enough point for you to emphasize it twice, two sentences in a row. There are many other concepts in the article (which is actually an interesting subject, and you present some good points) that are repeated over and OVER again.

      And what does THIS mean?! “Millennials are a generation of adventure-seekers and thrive of the momentum of living for moments.”

    • Dane Tidwell

      The author of this article is completely illiterate and uneducated.

      So… a millennial.

      There is no way Gen X could father Gen Y/Millennial children. They overlap by about 5 years. Unless a GX popped a child out at 10-15 years old.

      And that whole internet/www/apps things that GX doesn’t understand? Bitch we invented it. Mark Zuckerberg? GX Jony Ive (The guy that created your iPod, iPhone, Mac (that you furiously typed your poorly researched essay on)? GX

      Sure, there are some _late_ 20 year olds making apps. Tinder, for instance. But I wonder who’s been paying for the apps? VCs. Who are mostly GenX.

      There’s only one reason GenY doesn’t go to clubs. They’re broke. They’re all aspiring Carrie Bradshaws/Inventors/Baristas who live with their parents and can’t afford to go out.

      • Harry1818

        This article is poorly written, yes, but plenty of millennials have Gen X parents. Your math is flawed.

        • Lou Bompenseino

          Maybe, but they would be outliers – the vast majority of Gen Xers have young children NOW, but the purposes of the article, the writer made the wrong generalization – the majority of Millennials have boomer parents.

          • Risa Sinistradium

            I’m a Millennial at the age of 22, boy of my parents are Gen X at 39 and 46. Are there are a lot more like me, your math is deeply flawed.

        • Dane Tidwell

          To have an accurate comparison, you have to use data from the same sources. Harvard Center identifies GX as 1965-1984. They allow some overlap between GX and GY, as GY is between 1976-2005

          • Tom

            I understand there are a fe different institutions outlining dates for millenials. Bottom line is that they have a lot of influence by sure of size and wealth. it’s a different ball game now and companies need to adapt, nightclub industry is simply a small example of different preferences. Us older folks are different as we want to own vs. share, but there is no right or wrong. We’re adopting our preferences to millenail preferences as a way to survive.

      • Debbie

        I was thinking the same thing. All four of my children fit in the millennials and I am a baby boomer!

        • ReeMK

          Dito I’m a boomer with a Millennial adult children.

      • Denise

        I know that’s right!!

      • Marcus Scott

        I’m a Gen X ’78 and Have a daughter who is an adult millennial. Not quite 21 tho but an adult but not a child

        • roseba

          Whoah! I was born before you, and my kid is 10. You must have had kids very young.

    • PrinceTim

      It’s really sad for my age group ( 53 year old black male ) living in the Bay Area, because people here are basically rude,mean and have that I’m happier than you attitude. Which is pure Bullshit. I can’t wait to get the fuck out of here. The best venue I’ve come across is this guy named Phil at Phil @Professionals Guild parties when they are somewhat local. Look out for the upcoming Halloween party in San Ramon he brings in a good nice crowd, don’t waste your time with The Society of Singles, that guy named Rich Gross is an idiot and he attracts gold digging whores, especially the asian ones.

    • Jon Noar

      I’ve been in the business for many years. I agree with some of your points that the clubs need to evolve, but many other people in the business as well as a large amount of patrons dropped off when smoking laws took effect. It happened slowly, but when I asked people why I haven’t seen them for awhile… many answered that it was too inconvenient to have to get up go out in bad weather & huddle as if they were second class citizens just for a smoke. Back then they cited staying home more frequently along with other choices.The government once again has had its hands on my lifeline, telling people who spent millions maybe on their establishments what they must do. In states where it is still legal they have not seen such a huge drop-off. Of course that is not the highest percentage or reason, but technology has given us many other reasons too try alternatives too!

      • Debbie

        I agree, drinking and smoking go together for a lot of people, I know people who only smoke when they drink. So the going outside for a smoke is such a pain you start having house parties instead and people just crash there so no drinking and driving either.

        • Xtine

          Hi Debbie, the smartest club designers take this into account and have a smoking area inside the club that is open to the air, so that there is no need to leave while having a smoke.

    • Riko

      Interesting article Angela, I’d be interesting in discussing the future of live music. Contact me sometime!

    • Tom

      Netflix and chill killed the nightclub and why buy the cow (go to a club) when you get the milk for free (Netflix and chill)

    • Joe

      I did my own club in my garage, no need to go out anymore. I don’t like lines or idiot bartenders. I feel more secure at home and I do have fun with friends and family.

    • Takehiko

      Intriguing read

    • Dave

      If they say “nightclub” or “millennials” one more time…

    • MarkZimmer

      This article missed the most significant issue of all. There aren’t any new dance crazes. A new dance would ignite this industry the way the hustle or line dances did in the 70’s , 80’s and 90’s.

      • Philip Knight

        Totally irrelevant. We’re not living in 1962.

      • James Maxx

        I think the last large dance craze was the Macarena….uuugh.

      • James Maxx

        There’s the Twerk phase. Basically women learning to dance like strippers.

    • joe

      Isn’t it odd that nightclubs are on a decline and going out of business but the reasons people are avoiding them are long lines, slow bar service and being in a crowded atmosphere? Sounds like a pretty good business to me.

    • Doris Wiley

      Great idea for an article. Some of the greatest writers in the world were made so by good editors. The problem with many online “publications” is they don’t bother with editors. This article suffers from a lack of editing and re-writing consequently the author comes off looking like an idiot. Many of our friends are in the same boat with us, that being baby-boomers who are parents of millennials. Our one and only is 22; he and his friends go to music festivals and then tend to follow those bands when they play live at local clubs or vice versa. They also go to jazz clubs. However, if you analyze how they spend the majority of their down time it is hiking, boating in some form, camping and chilling with friends in their apartments. Some of have taken an interest in cooking and healthy eating and so are breaking bread with their friends. While our son lives in a medium sized city in the mid-south, he was raised in one of the top 3 metropolitan areas of this country and is use to museums, fine dining, travel, a father who cooks and a family who reads and enjoy the outdoors. He is going to spend down time in a variety of ways besides hanging out in the clubs. I think you will find that of many millennials raised to appreciate all the world has to offer.

    • Darren

      You just have to evolve to bring them out. Most of those reasons that are in that article are outright fixed by the clubs I work for. For one, Clubs tend to hold the line for no reason to make the club se “exclusive” we dont do that. When 100 people show up we will try to get them in as fast as possible. And we have drink.specials before 11:30 (Hell you get in FREE befotr 11:30) And we specialize in birthday parties and booking the biggest celebrity hosts, thoose milenials are using instagram. If you book a big instagram host.(sports, music, television, reality) They will come to your club. Most of thoose clubs dont do much but build.a building expecting people to come.. This is why we’re sold out and packed out every weekend. People want to party, but nowadays you have to try harder to get people in the door.

    • Brian K. James

      I can’t stand that clubs close. Nightclubs for me were places where I wasn’t discriminated against, where I wasn’t laughed at for dancing myself silly, and everyone had a good time. I started going clubbing when I was 16, and I am 44 now. I STILL go whe I can. I go to support the DJs, artists, acts that I like. While Inhave gone to some festivals (ElectricZoo!), I really love the smaller spaces than these sometimes over-done, insanely expensive concerts.

      Bottle service at clubs to me has turned some of my favorite places into the places I now avoid. I don’t drink alcohol AT ALL. I came to see the local DJs, the headliner, possibly see some friends, as well as make some new ones.

      As for the “millennials” being adventure seekers? Most of the ones I see are on their phones, texting. Not all, but most. I asked some that I work with about what they do for fun once. Snowboarding was one, Netflix, Madden and other various video game titles came up, and “get drunk” was almost mentioned by every one of them.

      Music wasn’t even mentioned.

      Now some of the others I asked said write, and this meant text, music, and poetry, cooking, even knitting was in there. But with this group, music was mentioned, either with DJing it, creating it, rapping lyrics, and going to clubs or seeing shows.

      So, here’s an idea. Club owners: spend more time giving local DJs their shot, and less time on booze. NO MORE EFFIN’ BOTTLE SERVICE. No more “ladies get in free” either. Have drug sniffing dogs at the door if you must. Have top-tier DJs come through every once in a while. No more scantily-clad waitresses or staff. $10 cover at all events except New Years where it’s $20. The local DJs will help promote the place because they are going to be spinning. Make it about the music and the community, once again.

      Just my thoughts.

    • Rex Bush

      I spent about 5 minutes digging around and didn’t find any evidence to support this hack of a writers claims. The research backing up this article is almost as bad as the grammar. The waste of space even sighted “long lines” as a reason we don’t go to nightclubs. Seems like millennials are incapable of properly coming to a well researched conclusion based on facts. I mean, just look at the idiot Millennials put in the Oval Office. I’ll bet a bottle at Hyde the community college educated Forever 21 wearing side slam is at a Bernie Sanders rally right now, hoping, if elected, she can get a free education at an actual college someone has heard of. If that doesn’t happen she should go to selling Herbalife or reporting the weather. I mean, at least she looks descent enough to stare at for a 30 second pitch of what we all know will end up being complete bull sh*t.

      • Tom

        comments on the article seems to be mixed. I do hate line though.

      • Richard (Dick)

        I’m just glad as a 24 year old I am making six figures doing what I love on a daily basis instead of conforming to corporate bullshit like the “X’ers” did. What a waste of a life and generation, enjoy working until 70 and feeding off Social Security to get by. Get bent and die old man, free up some more money for the young adults who cant move out of their parents because of your generations inability to be self sufficient without credit. I would rather see a poorly written article by someone who can make it on their own instead of someone who can write the perfect essay and relied on a companies money to get by for decades. BTW (which is by the way if you didn’t know that), your generation is putting people in the oval office, millennials don’t vote. Do your research, there is this thing called Google, it is usually up to date.

        • roseba

          Gen Xers are still paying for college tuition they borrowed twenty years ago. They are (have been) just as financially screwed as Milennials. The only difference is we didn’t have the internet in our early 20s and we don’t have the numbers.

    • Justin

      I am 28 years old. Now i enjoy all of the other activities listed but I still love a good club night once a week. Millenials are extremely social and outgoing. Nightlife and clubbing isnt stopping anytime soon. #housemusicbaby

    • JAMES

      drink prices and paying to see a guy spin records is stupid. We used to go out with 40 bucks and come home coked up and drunk as a skunk, with a girl or two…..
      the rents are so high for any business they have to charge 20 bucks(with tip) for one watered down weak ass drink. the 1 % ruin everything.

    • Bob

      Millennials have no social skills, that’s why they don’t like to go to places where they actually have to speak and interact with other human’s!

      • T K Johnson

        I would respectfully disagree, We have exceptional social skills, but most my friends prefer smaller more intimate gatherings where we can have actual conversations. That is often difficult to achieve in a room packed with people with music over 85 decibels. Again, my friends and I maybe the outlier, but I’d like to think we’re as normal as any other group in their mid 20’s.

        • Brentwong625

          He’s being sarcastic. However I would me a 29yr male. Native San Franciscian. Im not too picky about the age group. But i usually go out to club with friends when we want to see a certain DJ. Also love dancing!

        • CitizenWhy

          I agree. I’m an old guy but I attend some of these places you mention and have conversations with Millens (but don’t linger too long unless we really connect and they indicate it).

        • 10songsblog

          Well my question why the fuck go out when you can have a conversation at home, invite your plas over and bring your favourite drinks? I go out to specifically do things I cannot do at home or a cafe. Dance my ass off to music at loud volumes not to chit-chat.

      • Taylor Huston

        I have great social skills. A loud, dark, overly packed nightclub is just not a good place to exercise them. All of the social skills in the world don’t matter if people can’t hear a word you’re saying.

        I just use the internet to find groups and activities and things of other people that share my interests and interact socially with them there.

        • 10songsblog

          You realize social skills go beyond talking, right? And the non-verbal cues are the ones science reports say are dwindling in the younger set. Could tell if somebody was interested in you by the glance of an eye or the curl of a lip? Those are the cues you use at a noisy dance club. Take the talking outside or to the bathroom.

          • chris007

            I’d say the reason why people stop going to clubs is most guys. I’ve been to clubs as well. You approach a girl to dance with, they all same the same response: “I’m waiting for my friends” or “I have a boyfriend” the situation gets worst if the girls comes with a groups of friends that has like 2 guys in it. So you don’t know if she had a BF or not. Also you have a high chance of getting cockblocked.

            For me, it’s one of the reason I don’t want to go clubbing

    • liza

      maybe clubs arent popular in america but seems they are utterly packed in ibiza

      • Tom

        European clubs a re different than in the US. They are typically open, often outside and do not really have a pretentious feel. Europeans make it more social than trying to look cool like Americans.

        • chris007

          That’s why I want to go to Europe and experience thagfun over there. But with the Rose of terrorism over there…I’m getting skeptical.

    • Bryan ladow

      I bet you would not know a party if you were at one. Another story from another out of touch writer.. Look around. People are having fun all around you.. You missing out because you keep your eyes closed.

      • 10songsblog

        While this is confrontationali I agree. People think social skills refers only to talking. Most social skills are made up of non-verbal vues and signifier which science is showing younger people do lack.

    • T K Johnson

      First off, can we stop with the intergenerational comment war? It’s not becoming of either generation, because each one has severely flawed character traits. Second, the article is in need of some revision, but the general premise is very intriguing. As a Millenial, I dislike the club scene and I always have. I personally prefer to either visit a new restaurant, travel, or take in a cultured experience, such as ballet, a play, or even an art exhibit. The closest I’ve come to a club is this karaoke spot I’ve frequented over the last several years. I think the author compiled an accurate description of how my beloved generation spends their free time, as a whole. For the purpose of what I’m sure will become increasingly rude replies, I am 26.

      • Tom

        Actually a spot on comment. Millenials taste and preference are simply different than other generations. the sharing and experience economy is the new norm. Nightclubs will simply go to the way of the dinosaur…

    • JP

      “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
      Yogi would be proud.

      • Tom


      • Tom

        RIP Yogi

      • Emma Johnson

        The long lines and crowded atmosphere is probably from older folks ages 40+. I went a few months ago to two different clubs in one night and found that most of the people in both of them were from an older generation. So really, what the writer meant was, the clubs are too packed with people Millenials don’t want to hang with.

        • Xtine

          Hi Emma, I validate your comment, it’s very true. A twentysomething crowd really doesn’t want to hang with a 40 something crowd. Let’s look at reality, people, and stop with the ruffled feathers. Anyone who takes this business seriously has to look at stuff like this, and listen with all seriousness to what people are saying. I also have posted about how nobody wants to come to a nightclub to see people on canes, and using walkers, hearing aids and so forth – because IT IS THE TRUTH.

          Ok, there have always been various events for the different age categories. Now, I know that everyone loves a good party, regardless of age. I think the millenials are “sour graping” a bit. Gen. X and even Gen. Y had an extra $100 in their pocket to spend at a good party, and Millenialls…really don’t. Going hiking or swimming or whatever it is that they do, is either free or really cheap. You can see this in their clothing too – Gen. X was happy when they had on a $1000 outfit, while MIllenials dress literally from the thrift store – but act as though they are proud of that. They have to be, they literally don’t have a choice.

          I predict that when the middle class gets a little more money in their pocket, we will see a return to nightclubbing, but not before.

          • roseba

            Your understanding of Gen X is not true. Gen X inherited a very similar economy that the milennials did.

    • DJ Jason

      The economics of the country and real estate prices have a lot to do with millennials being cheap or thrifty. The reasons why they aren’t going are also due to conservative values being successfully pushed hard on our country and the fact that 18 and over entry doesn’t exist like it used to. ..and that the past legal age of 18 to drink is further and further away these days.
      I throughly disagree with the bizarre and inaccurate notion that current day clubs offer more. It’s quite the opposite and the peak of Lighting technology was in 2000. Today’s LED lights are very inexpensive and are rarely even run by a Lighting Tech. All clubs are much smaller and where there were many room events in the past, we now have the one room + one DJ thing the article mentioned *far* more often. The sound systems are all less expensive also.
      In general, the tendency is for today’s clubs to be run like businesses, whereas in the past they were run in a more idealistic and artistic way that valued the best things rather than just trying to crank a soulless impersonal profit. The current day managers are also to blame since schools are training them in a corporate manner that doesn’t work well with performers and nightlife culture and scenes.
      Also, the government is to blame for making regulations so extreme that clubs are difficult for the best people to do. (You wouldn’t believe the number of stupid expenses that are purely for stimulating the economy) The codes can put a place out of business quite quickly, if the powers that be want to shut them down for any reason, no matter how unfair or illegitimate. Corruption is big problem since some venues are protected from the police while others are not. (Among countless other sightings of abuse of power, I’ve seen a venue break tons of rules and every time the police were called they would go ticket their competition in the club across the street. The competition is now closed and they are still running while openly breaking laws)

      • Daniel Rechel

        Very insightful comment. Thank you.

        • jason

          you are welcome, Daniel

      • Tom

        Corruption is always going too exist, regardless of generation.

        • jason

          Well, that could be true, but it is currently a corruption that hurts the nightlife rather than being one that supports the nightlife.

      • Xtine Johnes

        Yes, this is so true. I worked in nightlife in nyc and other places for over 20 years. I can tell you that there used to be superclubs, they were all shut down, and NOW a club is far more likely to have a single room with a single flashing light, etc. 10-15 years ago, we had multiple room nightclubs that entertained upwards of 2000 people at the same time.

        People’s extra money has been taken, so they can’t afford to spend it going out. That’s unfortunate for culture.

        I would like to add that no lighting and attractions can replace simple knowledge of nightclub pyschology, Many owners today did not “earn their chops” in they heyday of nightlife, so they have no idea about proper use of their space, how to set up the room properly and how to get people to come there and keep them inside for the duration of the night. These are things that have unfortunately been lost, and those of us who know need to start doing workshops for managers and owners, or SOMETHING, so that we can regain at least SOME of the culture we have lost. It’s simple things, like….you need an elevated DJ booth so that crowd members can’t harrass the performer as they are playing, which will distrupt the music and there for the crowd/drinking/dancing. Having a DJ spinning crowd level on the side of the bar does not work as well, you need them elevated, in a visible place. Clubs are like casinos, you want your crowd to lose track of time and just pay attention to the music and dancing. Therefore, you dont want any windows or cafe-style openings to the street, no TVs, clocks, etc – turn them off, take them all out, anything that reminds the person of other distractions other than your music, guests and bar. You wouldn’t believe how many owners struggle with promoters now, not to turn off TVs, remove clocks and cover up windows, because they don’t “get it”. In some cases, they have a deal with the local police precinct that they HAVE to have a big window open to the street so the cops can see in to “make sure nothing bad is going on in there”, so the don’t have a choice about the window. This kills business bigtime. But new owners don’t understand this, and struggle with promoters over this simple observation of fact. And there are many, MANY more things like this that are not being observed by club owners, which they fight with promoters about, but then wonder why the bar rings are low – then try to blame the promoter. It got so bad in NYC that i would rent a raw space and bring my own sound system, bar, etc so that I could set up the room the way it was supposed to be, because the owners just simply could not be made to listen to facts of crowd psychology. If I go to a venue to possibly produce an event there and I see that they have poor use of their space (a giant pool table in the middle of the dancefloor, no dancefloor or a very tiny one, tables and chairs taking up space that they refuse to move into a back room for the event, no elevated DJ booth and unwiling to create one for the event, giant open windows or open front of the space to the street, or any one of a myriad of problems/flaws), and they don’t want to change any of that stuff, I leave and don’t do any events there. The place could be BEAUTIFUL, but if they have those problems (and others), no deal, bye. It’s more worth it to just grab a raw space and set it up the way it needs to be, even if it’s not great looking. UNLESS venue owners listen to people who are experienced, they will have problems keeping a regular crowd. I can’t believe that there are owners who throw money away when they open or build a venue, by not consulting a crowd psychologist or expert on events and nightlife FIRST. If they think that they can just design it with no experience, they are just fooling themselves. I’ve watched venues with serious money behind them – Grand Opening, Grand Closing the very next year. Again and again and again. When all it would have taken was a few tweaks to stay open. It’s hard to believe that so many people with money could misunderstand so much, and squander millions.

        • Xtine Johnes

          I think the next time I do an event, I will make a contract with a checklist on it for things that need to happen in the venue, and unless the manager and owner goes over this list with me and agrees to everything on the list, I don’t do the event, I rent a raw space instead. I will include a clause that says that if I show up the night of the event and the stuff isn’t done and anybody hasstles me about the pre-agreed things that are to take place or refuses to do them, the event will be switched to somewhere else at the last minute and I will pack my stuff and leave immediately, and they will owe me a “kill fee”. If they try not to pay it, my lawyer will already be on retainer to get it. It’s sad, but these are the kinds of things that event producers need to do in order to make sure events run smoothly despite “green” owners who were not around when nightlife was at it’s peak, who tend to be stubborn about others “telling them what to do with their venues” – EVEN IF they are bringing in money for them.

        • Tom

          The Super Club has died, I agree. But also NYC nightlife is dead at bottle service and paid models to hang out in the VIP areas created a new breed of clubs that catered only to the elite.

          • Xtine Johnes

            Yes, thats another really bad problem. Most of the Middle Class was forced to leave NYC due to rent deregulation (courtesy of Giullianni and Bloomberg), turning it into a playgound for the rich and effectively killing the Bohemian districts. So therefore – wild, awesome Superclubs and smaller specialist clubs – gone. Enter the bottle service/paid model playground for the rich. Anyone tough enough to stay there from the Artistic Class is now regulated to pitiful one room bars, subject to the whims of owners who could not care less about their scene, therefore dwindling down the various music and art scenes to almost nothing. It’s so pitiful, it couldn’t possibly attract anyone any more and it’s just a scene for “oldsters” pretty much, with very little new blood if any.

            BUT – if there IS a good, new club, it’s being done by an owner who knows nothing of what is supposed to be done. Stupid problems abound, that could easily be fixed by a knowlegable event producer – but they won’t listen. It’s not worth it to participate. UNLESS you find a one-in-a-million owner who knows how to open his or her ears, it is seriously more worth it to just rent a space you can design yourself. I never thought I’d see Manhattan end up like this.

          • jason

            Those few places are pitiful compared to the huge clubs of the past. Large clubs of old had VIP rooms that put to shame any of these pathetic bottle service shams that masquerade as “elite” nightclubs (they are only tiny lounges, in reality).

    • bornofficial

      Technology has a huge part to do with this decline in nightclub attendance. You can connect to people in so many ways you don’t need to go to a nightclub to encounter someone new. You can people watch and people shop from behind your screen without the horrible experiences of being out like unwanted attention, possible fights, driving home drunk, or waking up next to someone you have no clue who they are!

    • kelly George

      This was an interesting topic for an article. However, it is one of the most poorly written articles I have ever read. I couldn’t even get through it all before becoming extremely annoyed at how bad this was written. Take a writing class please

      • Vangie

        I agree. It annoyed me to no end. I can’t believe this is a legitimate magazine.

      • Ngun

        ‘How bad this was written’ lol the irony.

    • Philip Knight

      The boom in nightlife from the early 1980’s corresponded with the period when the late baby-boomers were in their 20’s. Note the ‘boom’ part of that; a bulge in the population. As they got older they started to go to nightclubs less and there were less and less young people from the subsequent Generation X and Millenials to replace them. It’s partly a long term demographic effect.

      Looking at the more recent decline in nightclub attendance, factors such as real estate prices may impact Millenial’s disposable income.

      So there is now a double whammy effect of less people with less money to sustain the previous level of nighclub business.

      • Adam Westly De

        I agree with that.. People also don’t have the disposable income anymore as they use too.. People can barely get by now a days even holding two jobs, and having roommates.. The cost of living keep rising while peoples’ income checks don’t add up to the amount.. The first thing people are going to stop doing is going out to the bar/club to drink and have a good time.. There was a time where when the economy was bad, the bars would be doing better, but that was way before the internet, and phones with touch screens where people can communicate and meet..

    • Nigel Johnson

      What is a ‘rollerblading arena’?

    • bill krauter

      I really think the main reason is the pricing… when you get hit $7 for a drink (and that’s low balling for larger venues) it becomes way too expensive… then there’s the tip… the cover and parking… you’ve probably spent 30-35 dollars by the time you get your first drink (again low balling for large venues). people also know that a bottle of bar vodka costs the venue $7… one drink pays for the bottle… a lot of price gauging.

      • Xtine

        Hey Bill, clubs have to pay rent on their space and upkeep/repairs, taxes, fines, heating/cooling, lighting and everything else, and make a profit so they can pay staff and themselves. So they can’t just charge what the alcohol cost them to buy, they have to charge about double.

    • Christian

      Is the Restaurant “scene” the new Night Club “scene” ?? Lots of new restaurants popping up that cater to these young wine drinkers/guitar players/rooftop hangingout-ers

      • Dan Jo

        Its the restaurant/small bar type scene that is really becoming dominant

    • Xtine Johnes


      Expensive cover charges – in the heyday of clubbing, cover charges could be upwards of $40. They are still around that price for some of the best parties, and on Holdiays it’s even more – for example New Years can be $500 in some venues. This never stopped people from filling all the clubs of Manhattan. A good party is more than worthwhile to pay for.

      Overly-priced drinks – Hipster clubs are slinging $2 PBRs. It’s true that some upscale clubs have $20 coctails, but since prices have gone up in general, a $6-$8 beer is a normal price. At a good party, people are usually happy to spend between $50 and $100 on their night out. When you adjust for inflation, people were buying high priced drinks in nightclubbing’s heyday.

      Long lines – the longer the line, the better they like it. Studio 54, Limelight and lots of other clubs would specifically get people to stand outside and create a long line in order to attract customers. People do not mind long lines, really.

      Slow bar services – that’s how you know the event is good. Waiting to get your drink makes you relish it that much more. The worst thing in the world is to have a bored bartender who serves you right away.

      Rude staff – you’re joking, right? At the best parties, bouncers would grab people and have contests to see how far down the sidewalk they could throw offenders, etc. Bartenders could be rude as FUCK, and still the people come back for more. Nightlife staff is known to be rude, crude and tough- look at what they have to deal with – getting bombard constantly (we HOPE). You show me a club where the staff is sugar sweet and I’ll show you a dead club LOL

      Being pushed around in crowded atmosphere – it’s not a good club unless you are crushed against the sweaty bodies of 4 other people. The air should be thick, like a Sauna. You should have to yell to be heard. And the music should pulsate through your body like ocean waves crashing on the shore. If these things aren’t happening, this isn’t a “good” event.

      Poor male to female ratio – I think this is the only true statement. Promoters and door people should let females in, no questions asked, and promoters need to scour the land for hot women to invite.

      Better ways to discover new music – yes, that has been a terrible blow to the nightclub scene. However, nobody truly wants to listen to those songs alone in their room. Events have a lot to offer over and above new music. But yes – I used to go out to discover new and exciting songs. I still prefer to hear a new song in a crowd setting, just to see how everyone reacts to it. It’s a great litmus test to have a new song played on a dancefloor and see how everyone reacts to it.

      Inability to have a conversation – as I said before, the best parties are the ones where you have to scream to be heard. Really, you want to be dancing and sweating all night and worshiping the beat. Conversations are for bathrooms, lobbies and vip rooms, and outside.

      SO – what is holding everyone back IF it’s not all these things?

      THEY HAVE NO MONEY. NOt having money is what keeps people out of the club and on Tinder, Grindr etc.

      BUT – they would still spend SOME money IF they could be assured of having a good time – so an event producer who knows how to create real events is ESSENTIAL. NO HIpster BS -a real dance night that runs every week and is a counted-on release from everyday cares. The key is COMPLETE CONTROL of the environment, without allowing people who have never done a real event to have a say. Once that comes in, you can kiss the event goodbye, so maintain a firm grip and don’t let go!

      • Adam Westly De

        Alot of the clubs are hiring bad DJs and that’s a big problem.. Talent-less computer DJS, and on top of that the any good new music coming out right now is very scarce..

        • Xtine

          100% agree with you there, Adam. Since downloading made any shmo able to get a big collection, there are a lot of “DJs” out there who have no business behind the deck. They usually lie, schmooze and manipulate in order to get and keep gigs – to the severe detriment of the entire scene. There should be an impartial DJ Central Licencing Board, and if you can’t impress them, you don’t get the job PERIOD.

          • Adam Westly De


      • RaceDoggy

        Not sure where you live but I strongly disagree. Living in LA area, I can tell you people have plenty of money, but the idea of going to a nightclub on any given weekend is just lame. It was cool in the 90s and still fun on special occasions or when in Vegas. Other than that, we’d much rather go to a really good bar, restaurant, lounge or show.

        • 10songsblog

          Well, that to me says you just don’t care for dancing as much as committed club goers like me do. So it is more a personal preference.

      • CitizenWhy

        Some performance/consversation bars where i live sell $8-10 cocktails. Above that won’t sell. Beers $3-7. Great shows, $5-10 cover or free.

      • Songbird Maria Remos

        It really is about release. I have a weekly, all vinyl, soul/disco/northern soul/funk and my guest from the mainland are normally epic with their remixes, bringing laptops to travel which I fully back since the records are not replaceable.
        My friends/clients have said they like to come and know they will be listening to good music. I just got the bar to give me a cheap beer to pair the expensive music with and hope that will help.

      • 10songsblog

        The Cat Club generally has a filled floor on the weekends. And the are playing usually stuff before 1996. The older is certainly better and that helps create a grove to get people going and the more that get going builds on the vibe. I’ve seen more young people loose their shit in a crowd of older folk dancing to music of their youth that at a club catering specifically to them!

        And good DJs are hard to find. Nobody knows how to take you on a journey. I’ve been to some nights where the kid at the booth will the play the same song three times in one night. Once in the first hour, then at peak hour and then towards the end! WTF? I am of the opinion save most of the floor fillers for peak hour but keep a few gems ready to reward the committed dancers who start at 9 and stay till 4. Those are the people I mostly would play for because those are the people that get the night started and help keep it going.

    • Lawrence Aaron

      Over generalized, Specious examples. Poorly edited, “….attendance of nightclubs and bars have been…” Really? That’s only the first bad grammatical error in this artcle. It’s also full of BS, and I don’t mean a college degree. It’s a barely literate article.

      In my Manhattan neighborhood, 5 new yuppy bars have opened. Three more are within five blocks north of that. Both the indoor and sidewalk café portions of thes bars are full of millenials. Who wrote this dumb piece?

      • roseba

        A bar is not a nightclub.

      • Thomas F. La Vecchia

        Lawrence, The person who wrote this article is definitely not going with a Pulitzer anytime soon. I wholeheartedly agree. This articles buttresses your point that the bottle service nightclubs like Marquee are done and your local spots are thriving. There’s more to it than that, it tocuhes on generational preferences, economy and current interaction within millenails which frankly now rule the roost. No more dating, just netfliix and chill is the biggest example…

    • Kendra

      Lol… how hard is it to draw the obvious line between millennials not being materalistic and not liking night clubs? Night clubs are almost exclusively for the vain and the shallow looking to pick up a hot piece of tail so you can brag to your friends about how cool you are. Sorry. We saw how well that level of materialism worked out for our parents…. they still haven’t retired! Might as well go have fun in an AUTHENTIC way that gives a person true happiness rather than always trying to prove to everyone how damn cool you are because in the end you’ll be broke while the banks screw you over and take your house. If the world is going to screw you, die with a smile.

    • Tom

      bottom line, people don’t have the money. we’re broke

    • Tom

      bottom line, people don’t have the money. we’re broke

      • Dan Jo

        that’s not true, this is America.. Money is bountiful if you work for it.

        • Xtine

          Hi Dan, millions of homeless people can’t be wrong. This is a really bad time in our history.

        • Cassandra Walcott

          if you’re a millenial, its assumed that you’re just lazy…when the reality is that we are being robbed from by greedy motherfuckers who are more interested in killing people for profit. the reality is we work a lot more for a lot less and the money we have we want to spend on more meaningful things than getting groped in a nightclub with shitty music.

          • Thomas F. La Vecchia

            millenials are far from lazy…

          • 10songsblog

            The one’s I know all moved back home because it was too expensive to live on their own or even with roommates. I think we are shifting back to the age when families all lived together under one roof and you married the nice guy down the street.
            Though hilariously the parents around me complain they will not clean their dishses or do laundry. I’m like, what did you expect you did it for them for over 18 years you think the habit just magically changes because the left for college and had to move back home to save money. LOL!

        • Dingus

          Hahahahahahahaha! where have you been for the last 15 years buddy? Under a rock?
          Money… haha… *sob*

        • Zeejet

          Careful, you’re privilege could not be more obvious with this comment. If you don’t know what I mean by that, then you are truly hopeless. Trust me, you didn’t earn where you are now entirely by yourself.

      • Jon England

        Right here is where it goes from a discussion about night clubs to POLITICAL.

    • Thomas F. La Vecchia

      you must work for the nightclub industry

    • Adam Westly De

      Here’s my point a view on a few things.. As for someone like me who has been a DISC JOCKEY in gay nightclubs since 1998.. When I got my first gig we were still using 12″ records.. On top of that the music that was coming out in those times was really good.. It was the beginning of Trance, and Tribal, progressive and circuit house.. Unfortunately now that technology has really advanced, and a kid with a laptop and virtual DJ can DJ, and that’s what alot of the club owners are hiring.. They are hiring kids for no more than $100 a night to play in their clubs.. So there goes the talent and atmosphere out the door… Also with in the last few years the music that has been coming out has been mostly garbage… I’m also hearing alot of Hiphop and top 40 music.. There’s absolutely no direction right now with dance club music right now.. So without good music, it’s hard for a dance club to survive.. All that’s coming out is meaningless vocals and bad sound, and just about poverty level music.. I talk to many of my DJ friends that have been in the business since the 70s and 80s.. And the majority are not even working as a DJ anymore.. There was a time, which started back in the late 1970s, where you would hear music that was only in a nightclub and not on the radio’s top chart, and the nightclubs were like that all the way up into the mid 2000s when things started to change.. Now it’s the radio top music in the night clubs, and there is nothing good on the radio either… I see alot of poorly managed bars and clubs lately.. They hire staff that are not professional at all.. So they only attract the same 36 people you would see every weekend or every night… I live in a suburban area where there was at least 2 dance clubs going on and many smaller venues.. Now there are only 3 small gay bars..

      • TheQuestions

        Clubbed for about 2 years straight in my twenties. A complete waste of time and money drain. Snooty door people, $15 drinks, nasty bouncers and same pretentious atmosphere everytime. Good for you millenials.

      • Aaron Garcia

        I’m pretty sure there has always been shitty top 40s music in nightclubs. Not a recent thing at all.. lol.

        • 10songsblog

          Yes but the percentage was MUCH lower. DJs often times were elitist music curators taking you on a journey from 9-4 so they would play as little radio ready songs as possible. That why the dance charts was so different from the Hot 100.

      • SirHound

        Worth bearing in mind there’s no possibility of a time delay between what’s “out there” any more and what’s played in a nightclub.

      • Ariel Whytlion Afar

        I Agree here, As a DJ any kid with a laptop thinks they are a DJ. What most people dont realize is, being a DJ is more than just playing music. You need to have a wide selection of music, be able to read the crowd, know your equipment and most importantly know your worth.

      • John Bata

        Sorry but 1998 was not the beginning of Trance, Tribal and circuit house. It started in the very early 90’s and even the late 80’s.

        • Adam Westly De

          If that’s the case than we can say that all started in the late 1970s with disco music.. There’s alot of unpopular disco tracks like Cerrone that’s very deep and alot of disco like Giorgio Moroder that sounds very electronic.. And stuff that sounded alot like modern music.. I have to disagree with that.. The late 90s started a new era, and was the peak of a new era going into the millennium with new style of house music.. There was a direction then as there was in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.. The music in general is lost right now.. And I keep hearing and seeing people say about how income/wages don’t add up as they did 15 years ago.. People just can’t afford it anymore, and that’s why it’s all gone down hill.. Thank Capitalism for slave working people and making less wadges..

          • John Bata

            Your comment is your comment but you are incorrect. I get tired of people who probably didn’t live through a particular part of history commenting. I experienced the birth of trance first hand and can tell you the the term was coined in the very early nineties. Yes trance had elements of disco and house which both were born in the late 70’s, but Trance was it’s own baby in the early 90’s and was a non corporatized form of music. EDM is the devil and that is the only “new” direction dance music unfortunately went after 2000. But EDM is just really shitty commercial house. Get your history straight if you are going to comment.

          • Amanda L

            The late 90s was an end of an era. by 2003 music was dead. The mp3 player killed it.

      • Erik Dvorsky

        You’re the only one that got this right. As a millennial I hate 99% of the music they play at clubs. I like trance, deep house, alternative rock, and heavy bass music. Tired of hearing horrible “hip-hop” and awful “EDM”. The only place most of us can hear music we like is at concerts and music festivals. Both of those are becoming extremely prevalent and have higher sales than ever before while the shitty nightclub scene is dying.

        TLDR it’s the nightclub owner’s fault.

        • Amanda L

          Trance is EDM. Electronic Dance Music. Electronic music died when everyone rushed to put things into micro genres

      • Joe_Masseria

        Hey we still use them man! 🙂

      • 10songsblog

        I agree completely!!! The music sucks so people don’t dance. At a local club in my area I go early before the DJ begins and monopolize the jukebox with older stuff usually disco but some 90s remixes and the floor fills up. The DJ start his Rhythmic pop hits set and the floor empties. Partly this is due to an older clientele and the bar what to attract cute young guys. But that doesn’t explain why even the young people turn it out to the old classics.

        The other clubs I go to a pretty well packed on retro nights. And people DANCE they don’t stand in the middle of the floor checking their phone.

        And yeah clubs was where you heard stuff radio would never play. And many acts the were one hit wonders were HUGE in the club scene. Yup there one small gay bar and the rest of clubs have been shut down because the owners can’t keep there shit together and deal with drugs and rifff-raff.

      • Amanda L

        Music would be dead in 5 years from 1998. It’s dead now. 1988-2000 was the best decade outside the mid 60s-70s.

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    • Lance

      Places that play less of the basic top 40 music will do much better. People have always been cheap and bitch about paying a cover to enter a nightclub. The locations may be changing but the dance will go on forever.

    • Sam Wasserman

      We no longer have to go to a nightclub to find dance music and a dance floor. Dance music is everywhere now. Any flavor you like… Far out niche sub genres are even reaching concert venue and festival stages these days. We still spend money and love to go out and catch new music and dance all night but nightclubs are a huge turnoff when we can get a much better value and experience by going to a festival or warehouse party or a concert venue. We go where the best experience is, plain and simple. Put more passion into your booking, your staff, and your menu. If you book a great lineup and you offer a great atmosphere and food/drink menu, we will come! And we will tell our friends! You have to keep up with the times and stay relevant. Add non-alcoholic drinks and mindful vegetarian options to your menu for even more points from millennials.

    • Brentwong625

      Do drugs so you don’t (hopefully) buy drinks. Money saver!

    • tipsy koala

      check out for the real time updates from hottest clubs around your city

    • Adam Westly De

      Bottom line is, as it’s been said many times on here.. People are broke now a days.. People don’t have the disposable income anymore as they use too back in the 1970s – 90s and even early 2000s.. People can barely get by now a days even holding two jobs, and having roommates.. The cost of living keeps rising while peoples’ income checks don’t add up to the amount.. The first thing people are going to stop doing is going out to the bar/club to drink and have a good time.. There is technology to fall back on now a days such as tinder and grindr and other dating sites/apps.. I guess this could also get political.. Yep, the middle class keeps shrinking and even Washington is aware of that, but nothing is being done to reverse it..

    • Mick Bodine

      The main problem I have in most of these clubs is the other people. We live in a rude, self obsessed society.

      • Thomas F. La Vecchia


    • Rob

      In my 20’s and mid 30’s i LOVED the club scene. But it did get expensive 200 – 300 a weekend. In my 20’s drinks were 6 to 8 bucks max. By my 30’s $12 drinks became the norm. Then you had scumbag clubs that charged a $20 cover, $12 a drink and measured the drinks exactly to the ounce and the vibe was lame. I am assuming millennials just got tired of the rip offs.

    • Puck Cratree

      his is a good read and good to consider
      I think one reason they’re not as appealing to my generation is they have lost their authenticity for the most part (something millenials seem so fixated on)
      clubs/club culture has become so mainstream now (i.e. boogie, zan, etc)
      theres a really cool vice article on the birth of club culture in the 80s and how a lot of really dope artists like andy warhol & keith harring and other avant garde/art school weirdos were the designers for the first clubs, and so the club was more like an art installation or application of modern art as a creating/cultivating a specific aesthetic for social interaction of a different kind to take place in
      we should get back to that

      • Thomas F. La Vecchia

        agreed, great point!

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