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Ready to dust off your party shoes, and enjoy a night out on the town? If singing along and dancing until dawn is your cup of tea, Sioux Falls offers several spots for the perfect combo of signature cocktail drink (or a few!) and a spectacular show. Grab your significant other—or your group of best friends—and explore the city’s lively club and entertainment scene.

Drink, dine, and feel the beat at your favorite bar.

Start the night with a glass of Cab or a stellar martini at Paramount Studio Cocktails & Food. Add a small plate like shrimp cocktail or mussels, or go for dessert first with a slice of midnight layer cake with raspberry sauce. An upscale companion bar to Minerva’s restaurant, Paramount excels at showing off its elegant, old-world ambiance—and irresistible, throwback charm with live piano and big band-style music on weekends.

Prefer a more modern experience? Check out PAve. With concrete floors and contemporary interiors, the two-floor bar comes with exposed lighting and a buzzing atmosphere. Enjoy a beer and fried bacon downstairs, or go upstairs for a more sports bar, peanuts-on-the-floor type feeling. Dance to live DJ music on weekends, and bust your moves under laser lights to your heart’s content.

Focus on center stage with music and artistic performances.

Love catching a show in lean-back velvet chairs? The lights dim and the stage is ready to entertain you! The Orpheum has early 1900s theatre decoration style, and a more intimate, close-to-performance setting. Discover an eclectic range of shows—from classics like The Great Gatsby (presented by Sioux Empire Community Theatre) to comedians like Ralphie May. Upcoming shows include a jazz and blues singer, a John Denver tribute, and a spoken word actor.

The jewel of Sioux Falls’ live arts scene is unquestionably The Washington Pavilion. With three tiers of seating and boasting the home of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Pavilion hosts music enthusiasts and stage supporters—from the state governor to your most artsy friend next door. Enjoy everything from a concert honoring Bowie and Prince and the play Rent to a John Mellencamp Spoken Tour and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

Be the life of the party at live music concerts.

If opera isn’t your thing, Sioux Falls has a more high-tempo alternative. Live concerts at The District give you the urban vibe you crave with live artists scheduled all year round. Get your wristband and jump around to performers like Kellie Pickler or Chase Rice. Get up close on the floor, or reserve a VIP suite upstairs for an exclusive stage view. With onsite bars and dining, you don’t have to leave until “closing time” is called!

Like a smaller, uniquely chic setting for concerts? Check out Icon Lounge, tucked away downtown in an upscale warehouse—complete with glittery chandeliers, florescent lighting, and plush leather couches. Try the Van Gogh drink (a gin, lavender, and lemon concoction), grab the melt-in-your-mouth chislic appetizer, and dance to live DJ spinning. Or get a ticket to a live music show—styles range from R&B and indie rock to rap and live comedy.   

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