Electronic Dance Music, better known as EDM, has spread all across the country, getting people onto dance floors in ways never imagined. It’s the type of music that wills you to let loose and forget about this day and the next; the type of music that let’s you stay in that moment forever dancing. You don’t want to get stuck all night in a club playing nothing but Top 40 pop music. You want music that will truly make you move. These are the clubs you want to hit when you’re out after dark.

Club Jager
923 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 332-2686
www.clubjager.com

Practically a diametric opposite of the downtown Minneapolis super clubs, this little spot on a quieter stretch of Washington Avenue boasts some of the most interesting and diverse DJs you’ll find. All styles are represented here, from Reggae and Dub to 80s classics, but Saturday nights are dedicated to the newest sounds, the soul-shaking, pulse-pounding beats that will have you dancing until your feet hurt, and then dancing some more.

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(credit: Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

Rouge at The Lounge
411 2nd Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-8800
www.theloungempls.com

The team of DJs at The Lounge, often with their own weekly set (DJ Indy, for example, plays Thursdays), offers a unique mix of style and vibe, making for an always interesting night of dancing and drinking. Sometimes low key, often crazy, always inspired, the entire club feels like a whirlwind of sights and sounds, all set to a pounding beat. The doors don’t even open here until the sun has gone down, so turn it up at Rouge after a pre-gaming at any of the other Warehouse District haunts.

Minnesota Saloon
395 Robert St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 340-0583
www.mnsaloon.com

Not to be confused with Minneapolis’s infamous Saloon, this downtown St. Paul newcomer has shaken up the comparatively quiet streets with the St. Paul Shakedown every Friday night. Some of the best DJs in the Twin Cities keep things moving with pulse-pounding beats until the early morning, along with nightly drink specials to keep the buzz going. With nights like these, the Saloon can add its name to the list of places fueling downtown St. Paul’s nightlife revival.

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(credit: Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

The Record Room
701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 338-8388
www.first-avenue.com/recordroom

First Avenue’s upstairs venue has taken over the club’s dance nights, and that’s just fine with us. Whether it’s the DJ in residency, DJ Vaski, spinning all night or any of the different EDM events, you’re sure to find high-energy, creative music bursting from the speakers. It’s a night that will leave you out of breath from dancing. For a diverse mix of EDM any given night, head upstairs to the Record Room.

Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 333-6100
www.skywaytheater.com

Say what you want about the old movie theater turned music venue and event center, but this is the place to let loose and dance at one of the wildest parties in the city. The most eclectic DJs in the country have passed through the doors at this downtown Minneapolis club, and there will always be something crazy on to make sure you have a night like no other. And after the show ends upstairs, you can always go down for drinks and revelry at Barfly in the same building.

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.