Morning Call: RISE, Boston’s only after hours nightclub, to close next month


When most people talk about Boston nightlife, the city’s 2 a.m. curfew usually becomes a heated topic of discussion. But for the past 16 years, RISE has been keeping the techno and electronic music dance parties going until the morning hours as Boston’s only late-night destination, and one of the few clubs (if not the only one) that always hosted 18-plus events.

Now the Stuart Street nightclub has announced it will be closing at the end of April. Read the venue’s statement via Facebook below, and scan the March calendar after the message for who will be manning the decks during RISE’s final weeks.

On tap for tonight/tomorrow morning: New York tech house DJ ENDO spins from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., with Jonny Dougs opening and Santiago Bohner and Ricky Walsh spinning a six-hour vinyl set in the lounge. Doors open at midnight, and it’s an 18-plus event.


It is with great mixed emotion to announce that RISE will be closing for good at the end of April 2015. As many of you know, our lease expired several years ago and we have been open since on borrowed time.

It’s been an amazing run of over 16 years which is rare in the club business and even rarer for a club that never served a drop of alcohol. I would like to personally thank and mention Alan Pottak who not only helped finance the RISE sound system when we ran out of money in the beginning, but also installed, maintained, tuned and repaired it over the years keeping it as good as new to this day.

It wasn’t easy in the least, but Myself, Darrin, Mike and the entire RISE staff are very proud of what we delivered each week. As for Mike Swells, without him, RISE would have closed a few years ago when Darrin and I moved to Brooklyn. Mike is the reason it kept going and he deserves a big thank you from all.


With that said, we have an amazing 2 months of closing parties planned which begin this very weekend. Part 1 of those parties are in March and Part 2 are in April (announced soon). I know I speak for the entire RISE staff (past and present) when I say how much we all appreciate each and every one of you who come and dance and socialize in the wee hours of the night in the sleepy town called Boston.

– Tom B.

Follow RISE on Twitter for updates and news regarding its final weeks.

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