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Dance Clubs/Nightclubs/Bars/Lounges (Past & Present)

(The following information was compiled by Steve Spinelli.)



  • 55 Canal Street - Boston (Canal Street)
  • 8-Track - Boston:
  • The few times I was here, I remember hearing the Bee Gees, Village People and Abba - all the played out stuff you've heard a thousand times. This place didn't last long.
  • 9 Lansdowne/Karma - Boston (Lansdowne Street)
  • Alexanders - Lynn (Washington Street)
  • Avenue C - Boston (Boylston Street)
  • Ascari At F1 Boston - Braintree
  • Spun here in 2002 under Joe Toto. Music format: everything
  • Bleachers - Salem
  • Boston Boston/Metro/Citi/Avalon - Boston (Lansdowne Street)
  • Boston Lighthouse - Revere (Lynnway)
  • Bounty - Nashua, NH (Northeastern Blvd)
  • Brahmins/Night Games - Somerville (Holiday Inn):
  • Spun on & off at this club (under both names) for a few years. Mostly a Charlestown/Somerville/Cambridge crowd. Music format: Dance
  • Brothers 4 - Nashua, NH:
  • Spun here around 87/88. At the time it was an under 21 club which eventually became the Bahama Beach Club. Music format: Dance, Freestyle, Rap & R&B
  • Cafe Portofino - Lynn (Lynnway)
  • Cameo Lounge - Lynn
  • Car Palace - Somerset
  • Caravan - Revere:
  • Spun here in the mid 90s. I played between the bands that performed live on stage. Fun crowd. Music format: Dance, Euro House & Disco
  • Century Cafe - Dedham (Washington Street)
  • Chameleon/Club Morgan - Lynn (Days Inn - Lynnway):
  • Anyone remember DJ Eddy K imitating George Michael on stage or the tear gas grenade that someone dropped on the dancefloor back in October of 1989? Probably not. What you probably do remember is what a great looking club it was inside and how much fun the cookouts and pool were outside. Music format: everything
  • Channel - Boston
  • Charlie Horse/Shenanigans - Lynn (Lynnway):
  • Spun at Shenanigans in the early 90s under Mike Janedy. Music format: everything
  • Chateau Deville - Saugus
  • Cheeks - Waltham (Westin):
  • Spun here around 1993 under Phil Cohen. Music format: Dance
  • Chevy's - Lowell
  • Choices - Somerville
  • City Lights - Boston (Washington Street)
  • City Lights - Providence, RI (Davol Square):
  • Spun at this nice little club around 1992. Music format: Dance & Freestyle
  • City Limits - Lynn (Blossom Street Ext)
  • Club 241 - Worcester (Bridge Street)
  • Club 3 - Somerville
  • Club 54 - Stoneham (Montvale Plaza):
  • Under 21 Club. Music format: Dance
  • Club 777 - Manchester, NH
  • Club Q - Boston (Howard Johnson - Commonwealth Ave):
  • Spun here in the late 90s under Joe Toto. Great views of the city from this club on top of the Howard Johnson Hotel in Kenmore Square. Music format: Disco
  • Club Taurus - Boston (Tremont Street)
  • Coconuts - Gloucester
  • Confetti's - Methuen (Merrimack Street)
  • Daffney's Disco - Revere
  • Deco's - Somerville:
  • Spun here with Peter Accolla in the late 80s. Music format: Dance & Disco
  • Diamonds - Lynn (Market Street):
  • Spun here in the late 80s. Music format: Dance & Hip Hop
  • Docs Place - Boston (Harrison Ave)
  • Emerald Rose Pub - Lynn:
  • Spun here around 1992. Music format: Dance & Hip Hop
  • Escapades - Weymouth
  • Faces - Cambridge (Rt. 2):
  • I can't remember how many times this place changed from an over 21 club to an under 21 club - you never knew which to expect when you went there.
  • Fasads - Revere (Broadway):
  • Went here a few times back in the late 80s to see DJ Smitty spin. Music format: Dance & House
  • Finn McCool's - Boston:
  • Spun here in the 80s under Joe Toto. Music format: everything
  • Gallery - Boston (Massachusetts Ave)
  • Great Scott - Allston (Commonwealth Ave)
  • Ground Zero - Cambridge (Massachusetts Ave)
  • Guido's Cafe - Cambridge:
  • Great little place located on the Cambridge/Watertown line. I've had the privilege of being the DJ for the Toys for Tots/Christmas Party here since the mid-90s.
  • Harbour Club/Polly Esta's - South Boston
  • Harbour House - Lynn (Lynnway):
  • The only thing I remember about this place was seeing its sign - with its big, red letters - from the Drive-In Theatre on the Lynnway.
  • Hemingway's - Quincy (Parkingway Street)
  • Industry/Coliseum/Pyramid - Manchester, NH
  • International Pub/Deano's - Revere (Squire Road)
  • Jacob's Ladder - Revere
  • John Martin's Manor - Saugus (Rt. 1)
  • Jonathan's - Salem
  • Joy - Boston
  • Jukebox/Matrix - Boston (Tremont Street):
  • Started spinning here in early 2000 when it was called NYC Jukebox. At the time, I played mostly Dance, Freestyle & Disco. It then changed to Matrix, where I spun mostly R&B, Funk, Hip Hop & Reggae on Friday nights up until 2004.
  • Jukebox/Matrix - Taunton
  • Juliet's - Woburn (Ramada Inn)
  • Las Brisas - Boston (East India Road)
  • Legends/Club 114 - Danvers/Peabody (Rt. 114)
  • Lucifer's/Kenmore Club (Narcissus, Celebration, Lipstick) - Boston (Kenmore Square):
  • Undoubtedly the best nightclub in the city during the mid-80s to early 90s. Gary Cannavo, Vinnie Brand & Matty Olsen were the DJs working here at the time. I was a regular at the club and already knew Gary (from Dance Music Plus), but never really got a chance to meet the other DJs (except for exchanging nods here and there). I thought for years what it would be like to be a DJ at this club, but never pursued the idea until one day.

    In 1990, on a packed night upstairs in the "Narcissus" room, I brought in a "mix tape" of some dance and freestyle music I had put together earlier that day. I walked up to Vinnie (who was spinning) and gave him the tape. I asked him to listen to it, and if he liked it and ever needed me to spin here, to let me know. About a week later, I get a phone call from him asking me if I want to start working there.

    Lo and behold, I am now part of this elite crew!

    At first, I was given a Wednesday night to spin on. I was also sent down to the Mill Hill Club in West Yarmouth (same owners as the Kenmore Club) to do a few nights here and there. It wasn't quite what I expected at first, but I figured I was the "new guy" so I kept my mouth shut and did what I had to do.

    Finally, it paid off. Working the off-nights and driving down to West Yarmouth ended and I was now in Boston doing Friday and Saturday nights in "Celebration" and/or "Lipstick". Eventually, I was working four nights a week (Thursday through Sunday) playing dance & freestyle music downstairs in "Celebration". The Sunday night I spun was "Asian night". Sometimes I would fill in upstairs in "Narcissus", but my happy home was in "Celebration".

    The Kenmore Club also had a heavy metal and Latin night as well. In 1992, my run with this great club had come to an end. After it closed down sometime around 1994, it became a Gap clothing store then a Bertucci's restaurant.
  • Mallside - Chelsea (Mystic Mall - Everett Ave)
  • Maxwell Jumps - Boston (Huntington Ave):
  • Spun here in the late 80s under Joe Toto. The club was located below ground and catered to mostly Northeastern University students. Music format: everything
  • Mercury Bar - Boston (Boylston Place)
  • Michael's Seaside Beach Club - Revere:
  • Spun here in the early 90s. The club was located upstairs and overlooked the beach. Music format: Dance & Disco
  • Mill Hill Club - West Yarmouth:
  • Spun here a few times in 1991. Same owners as the Kenmore Club in Boston. Music format: everything
  • Mister Macs - Lynn (Union Street)
  • Misty's/Apogee - Revere (Howard Johnson - Squire Road):
  • Spun at Apogee in the early 90s under Joe Toto. Music format: Dance & Freestyle
  • New World/Club Kahlua/Club International - Lynn
  • New York New York - Peabody
  • NiteShoes - Saugus (Rt. 1):
  • Popular nightclub in the late 80s. DJ Rob Mammola spun here. Music format: Dance, House & Freestyle
  • Nostalgia - Quincy (Wollaston Beach Blvd)
  • Odyssey - Lowell:
  • Spun here around 1992. Music format: Dance, House & Freestyle
  • Palladium - New York City, NY
  • Paradise - Boston (Commonwealth Ave)
  • Pazzaluna/Vision/Tabu - Saugus:
  • Spun here from early 1998 to the middle of 2000 at Pazzaluna. On Saturday nights, I played Dance & Disco. On Sunday nights, I played Progressive House & Trance with Peter Souhleris.

    Throughout the years, I also spun at Vision & Tabu on certain nights.
  • Perry's Salon - Boston (State Street)
  • Piccadilly Filly - Salem
  • Pufferbellies - Hyannis
  • Rachel's - Boston (Marriott)
  • Rascals/Uptown/China Club - Saugus (Rt. 99):
  • Spun in Uptown from 1995 to 1997. Music format: Disco & 80s Dance
  • Reflections - Boston (Blossom Street)
  • Roadhouse - Peabody:
  • Spun here on & off in the mid 90s under Dave Connelly. Music format: everything
  • Rockafella's - Lynn (Lynnway)
  • Sables - Peabody (Marriott):
  • Tuesday nights were the big night here in 88/89 with DJ Phil Cohen. Music format: Dance, House & Freestyle
  • Scandals - East Boston
  • Shabooms - Weymouth (Washington Street)
  • Shakers - Salem (Bridge Street):
  • Spun here in 1987. Music format: Dance, House, Freestyle, Disco, Funk & R&B
  • Skybox Dance Club - Marlborough:
  • Spun here in 1993. Music format: Dance, House & Freestyle
  • Snifter's - Boston
  • Something Irresistible - Lynn
  • Speakeasy - Portsmouth, NH
  • Sports Connection - Lynn (Lynnway)
  • Stephanie's - Somerville
  • Stocks & Bonds - Boston (State Street)
  • Stocks & Bonds II/Destinations - Boston (Haymarket)
  • Studio 4 - Lynn (Lynnway):
  • Popular North Shore Discotheque in the late 70s. Originally located on the Lynnway in Lynn, this nightclub is remembered for its silvery dancefloors in each corner, mirror on the ceiling above the DJ booth, views of the Boston skyline, and of course, the fun times and music.

    In the early 80s, the nightclub moved from the Lynnway to the Boston Street area in Lynn. Music format: Disco & Funk
  • Studley's - Somerville
  • The Club - Worcester (Commercial Street)
  • Top Hat Lounge/Stars - Peabody (Rt. 1)
  • Trakside - Salem (Canal Street)
  • Trax - Leominster (Main Street)
  • Venus De Milo - Boston (Lansdowne Street)
  • Vibrations - Lowell (Warren Street)
  • Vogue - Hull
  • Vogue - Saugus
  • Who's On First - Boston (Yawkey Way)
  • Zanzibar - Boston (Boylston Place)
  • Zelda's - Boston
  • Heritage - Lowell
  • Desmond O'Malley's - Framingham
  • Club 313 - Manchester, NH
  • Town Line/Rain - Malden
  • 3rd Floor At The Gas Light Co. - Portsmouth, NH:
  • Spun here 2006/2007 on Thursday nights. Music format: Dance, House, Urban & Top 40
  • Wally & Bernies (WB's) - Manchester, NH
  • Golden Temple - Brookline
  • Cask'n Flagon/Olivers Nightclub - Boston
  • Cityside Bar & Grill - Malden:
  • Spun here for a few months in 2008. Music format: Dance, House, Urban & Top 40
  • ZaZa/Lavo - Saugus:
  • Spun here from its opening in 2008 (ZaZa) to its closing in 2010 (Lavo). Music format: Disco, Funk, Dance, Freestyle & Top 40
  • Milly's Tavern/Bo's Riverside - Manchester, NH:
  • Spun here from 2004 to 2011 on Wednesday nights. Music format: Urban, Rap, Reggae, Reggaeton & Top 40
  • Amber Room - Nashua, NH:
  • Spun here off and on in 2010/2011. Music format: Dance/House
  • Packing House - Lyndonville, VT
  • O'Neill's - Salem:
  • Spun here a few times in 2011. Music format: Dance, House, Urban & Top 40
  • L&M Grand (GRAND Nightclub & Lounge) - Manchester, NH
  • Spun here a few times in 2011. Music format: Dance/House
  • Waterclub - Quincy
  • Fibber McGee's - Beverly:
  • Spun here (mostly on Friday nights) from 2009 to 2012. Music format: Dance, House, Urban & Top 40
  • O'Brien's - Lynn/Saugus:
  • Been spinning here since 2012 to present. Music format: Funk & Old School Rap/R&B/Dance/House
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