Sioux Falls has nightlife to appeal to everyone. Whether you prefer a quiet jazz club, a burgeoning microbrew or a furious dance floor, there is something in Sioux Falls for you.
Our city has every kind of bar — there is a bar to fit any mood you may be in. If you like spending a quiet night tucked in a corner booth, consider one of our local breweries like WoodGrain, Fernson, Hydra, or Monk's House of Ale Repute. All of these are located downtown except Hydra, which is situated on the west side among several shopping centers. To experience them all at once, SuFu Brewery Tours guides you through the local craft beer scene.
Sioux Falls truly offers nightlife options to fit all preferences. And if you're looking for something more, Sioux Falls nightlife is constantly changing, with exciting new places popping up around town.
Participate in a local dart or pool league at places like BB's Pub and Grill, J.J.'s Billiard's and Darts, Woody's, Alibi, Tommy Jack's, or Uppercut. Watch the game at industrial-style sports bars like W. 12th Pourhouse, Shenanigan's, Overtime, 18th Amendment, Gateway Lounge, and Barrel House. Tasty burger-and-brew destinations include JL Beers, Taphouse 41, Sickie's Garage, and Starz. JL Beers has rotating taps, Taphouse 41 also brags an impressive Bourbon selection, Sickie's is a regional chain famous for award-winning burgers, and Starz features "old school" brews like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Hamm's and Schlitz.
Environment is everything. At The Attic, you'll notice eclectic décor on the walls and ceilings, like upside-down Christmas trees and bicycles. Icon Lounge + Events downtown paradoxically features an eccentric, modern atmosphere with ornate chandeliers and portraits of celebrities and historical figures. Sip in style in beautifully-renovated vintage buildings downtown like Parker's, Bro's Brasserie, Paramount, or Crawford's. Taste locally-sourced wines and craft beers made in the Black Hills at Prairie Berry East Bank, which is also home to the first tap wine available in the state.
Escape to the Tiki Bar located next to the water park in the Ramada Hotel if you have a taste for island life. Relax at Lucky's Speakeasy Lounge downtown, open on Friday and Saturday nights in the bar's cozy basement with exposed brick and dark leather couches. Try your luck at one of a number of small casinos throughout town or take the quick 20-minute trip to Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort.
Tear up the dance floor at Wiley's Tavern, Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, or Club David. Catch a concert at the Washington Pavilion, The District, or the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Laugh your heart out at Wacko's Comedy Club. View independent film features through Cinema Falls (most showings are hosted at Icon Lounge) or take in a movie at one of the Century Theatres, or the Cinedome or West Mall 7.
Sioux Falls nightlife offers people from all across town — and the area — an opportunity to come together. The social aspect of our local nightlife scene naturally brings people out. In many ways, Sioux Falls is a big town. You could go out with a few friends and end up meeting several more or easily running into someone you know throughout the course of the evening. Maybe you just need a place to decompress quietly after a long week — or day — of work. No matter what you're looking for when you hit the town for a night out in Sioux Falls, there is something for everyone, which is something I love about our city.
The Sioux Falls music scene is ever-evolving and is one of my favorite aspects of our community's nightlife. Music means so much to me personally and to so many people, so I respect the emphasis and efforts locals have put into creating more opportunities for live music shows. National touring artists — especially country singers — often stop in town. Sioux Falls concerts draw people from miles around to venues like the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, the Washington Pavilion, and The District. Live music speaks to my soul, inspires me, and centers me. Because I grew up on a farm not far from Sioux Falls, country music grounds me and reminds me of where I came from while encouraging me to reach my goals. This photo was taken of me at the Eric Church concert in January 2017.
Whether you like country music, rock, pop, or would love to hear local artists perform, there are happenings throughout the city. You can find an open mic night or a local musician performing at one of the local bars most weekends and even throughout the week.