Night Clubs in Champaign, Illinois

By Marcia Frost

Champaign, Illinois, is a good choice for a golfer with a number of public courses in the area to choose from to fill your days. There are also lots of college sporting events at the University of Illinois. Even though Champaign is a college town, there are still nightclubs downtown for an evening out that you won't find crawling with college kids. These places are a bit stricter on dress codes (no hats, T-shirts or tanks) and offer a selection of drinks and music after a day on the course.

Boltini Lounge

The specialty at Boltini is martinis, and it has a very large selection, including such unusual choices as the Sammy Davis Jr. Mint (Van Goh mojito mix, mint vodka, Godiva Dark liqueur, cream and Hershey's syrup). There's also plenty of top-shelf liquor here and drink specials every night of the week. A DJ plays music on the weekends. Boltini Lounge in downtown Champaign also has a fairly extensive food menu that includes appetizers, cheese plates, sandwiches and salads.

Boltini Lounge
211 Neil St.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
(217) 378-8001
boltinilounge.com

Soma Ultralounge

Soma, located downtown between two of Champaign's stylish restaurants--KoFusion and Jim Gould--has a DJ spinning most days of the week. There is a good-size dance floor in the back of this night club and booths on the side leading back there. The drink menu focuses on high-quality spirits with top-shelf choices of cognac, scotch and bourbon available. Soma also offers quite a few choices of wine by the glass and has a nice-sized champagne list.

Soma Ultralounge
320 N. Neil St.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
(217) 359-7662
somaultralounge.com

Chester Street Dance Club

Chester Street Dance Club prides itself in having its doors open to alternative lifestyles. It welcomes gay, lesbian and heterosexual men and women. It is one of the busiest clubs in Champaign with the most diversity. The music ranges from 70s and 80s to current dance pop. There is an average bar menu at Chester Street. It's the dancing that attracts so many to Chester Street as it has the largest dance floor in Champaign.

Chester Street Dance Club
63 E. Chester St.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
(217) 356-5607
chesterstreetbar.com


About The Author

Marcia Frost is a freelance writer who regularly covers travel topics. She maintains WineandSpiritsTravel.com and two columns for Examiner.com. Frost has written for numerous tennis magazines and is the author of "American Doubles." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts and is now pursuing a master's degree.
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