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A name that has come to be synonymous with style, glamour, and everything chic in Providence, the Roxy here may not be as famous as that one on the Hollywood Strip, but it's better than your average run-of-the-mill nightclub. It caters to a well-dressed clientele, where the club follows a strict dress code, with attire like jerseys, pull-overs, boots, white t-shirts, or anything 'baggy' completely unacceptable. In spite of the uber-stylish attitude here, people usually have a blast with the club's stellar theme nights, guest DJs, live bands and excellent VIP service.
On the corner of Richmond and Friendship in a trendy, former industrial area downtown is where you'll find a glut of clubs. Ego is the one that caters to the LGBT community. Every night of the week is a themed one, with names like AlterEgo Wednesdays, Star Search Thursdays and Twerk Fridays. The music and DJs vary depending on the night and on weekends the club stays open until 3AM. If you are looking for clubs, this neighborhood is the one to visit if you want to see how Providence lives after dark.
This club is primarily for the younger crowd because the age restriction is only 18 years-old and up, however there are plenty of different age groups interspersed throughout. DJs usually ply electronic beats and the nights are similar to raves in the typical sense, with people gyrating among the smoke machines. A number of live music events and concerts are also hosted here from time to time. It's definitely a place to dance the night away, at least until 2:30am.
This downtown nightspot has long been a hot spot for people who like dancing to good music, but it is primarily a gay men's bar. There is a bar and a good-sized dance floor, with music playing constantly. Saturdays seems to be the club's most popular night. Very accessible to any downtown hotel, this locale is listed in the phone book for those who want more information or need directions.
This club located in the neighborhood called Hope just north of College Hill is where clubbing is taken to a more elegant level. Tantric is a sleek, modern spot with Asian inspired elemental decor, with soft bamboo colored tones and a statue of Shiva behind the bar. It seems more boutique bar rather than nightclub because of the martinis served, but its massive dance floor still gives it credibility as a club. If you're in the Hope or Mt. Hope neighborhoods, it definitely merits a visit.
Fête is a hip and modern venue located in the primarily Latino neighborhood of Olneyville. And as with most spots in this historic area, it certainly has a lot to offer residents as well as visitors with its eclectic events every night. Inside, the owners present a wide range of different acts, from comedy and live music to awards shows and acoustic-only nights, there is something for everyone. Additionally, Fête has over 14,000 square feet of space and it rents this space for special events.