40 E. Long St., Downtown
Despite recent run-ins with the city over allegedly rowdy clientele, Club Fire and Club Icereign supreme among "Alive" readers as the hottest spots for hip-hop. With performers like Cam'ron,Kid Capri and T-Pain taking the stage last year, the next-door Downtown venues, open Thursdaythrough Saturday, showcases some of the finest in the industry. House and guest DJs keep the packed
crowds moving when there's not a live act, and appearances by Lil Wayne, R. Kelly and Jay Z make ita great spot for star gazing.
Runners-up: Mynt, Club 161