NYC Nightlife Calendar
by nycgo.com staff, 09/30/2015
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NYC is rightfully known for its nightlife, whether that means an open bar, an evening of DJs spinning mixes on turntables or a wild scene set around a functioning hot tub in the center of a dance floor. (No, really—that happens.) It's a fact, folks: the City's after-dark entertainment is just as innovative as it ever was. It's often said that New York is the City that never sleeps. In case you were wondering, here are just a few reasons why.
Halloween Party Roundup
Freakshow II at Santos Party House
On the weekend before Halloween, Crazy Maria hosts the second-annual edition of this event, which features live music, a costume contest with cash prize and all the freaks you can shake a stick at. (For those of you who might not know, in New York that's a lot of freaks.) For more info, visit missmugshotevents.com.
The Blood Ball at The Box
Proceeds from this pre-Halloween party on October 29 go to supporting Delete Blood Cancer DKMS. The theme is "Dark Circus," and the organizers ask that you consider that when planning your costume. They say think "ringmaster, fortune teller, snake charmer" and so on, but we say just think Criss Angel: Mindfreak or, say, several of the current presidential candidates, and you ought to be A-OK. For more info, visit theboxnyc.com.
Webster Hell at Webster Hall
The venerable East Village club is the location of the official after-party for the Village Halloween Parade, and it's freaky. To wit: the evening's entertainment includes a "virgin sacrifice," acrobatic flesh-eaters, women with fiery breath, a $5,000 costume contest and sundry other Satanic rituals. For more info, visit websterhall.com.
The 14th Annual Masquerade Ball at Capitale
The Bowery's signature bank-cum-event space transforms into a decadent bacchanal with all the usual spooky bells 'n' whistles: DJ, open vodka bar, classy crowd dressed like they're at an Eyes Wide Shut key party, etc. Dress to impress! For more info, visit joonbug.com.
The Monster Bash at the Empire Hotel
The Monster Bash at the Empire Hotel is pretty much the same thing as the 14th Annual Masquerade Ball at Capitale, only on the Upper West Side and located in a swanky rooftop bar. For more info, visit joonbug.com.
Club Shade at various locations
Party people Ladyfag and Seva Granik present this occasional barn burner, featuring loud music and a gay crowd. For more info (and visuals that suggest what Flash Gordon might use as a screen saver), visit clubshade.com.
Dienasty Presents at One Last Shag
The Bed-Stuy bar with surprisingly good music and queer clientele plays host to this monthly party, which pays tribute to the tweezed, waxed and plucked celebrity disasters of the previous decade. Previous editions have honored Lindsay Lohan, Tara Reid and Paris Hilton. Expect a hot mess—in the best way possible. For more info, visit the bar's Facebook page.
DJ Differenc at Berg'n
Every Friday, patrons at this Crown Heights beer hall—from the happy folk behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg—enjoy "great tunes." For more info, visit bergn.com.
Fridays at Bill's Place
Tiny Harlem jazz club Bill's Place opened in 2006, but its vibe recalls an earlier time in the neighborhood's famed musical history. (Our inside source describes the venue as "friendly, preservationist, reverent, spirited, welcoming" and, of course, "intimate"—no surprise there, since seats are within touching distance of the musicians.) On Friday and Saturday nights, owner Bill Saxton, who plays sax, leads his Harlem All Stars. For more info and to make reservations, visit billsplaceharlem.com. Also, note: the club is a speakeasy, so it's strictly BYOB.
Girls & Boys at Webster Hall
It takes two to tango—or, in the case of this Webster Hall standard, a crowd of 3,000 ladies and gents in the venue’s Grand Ballroom, as it floods with neon luminance and flashing lights. With a techno throwdown featuring some of the biggest names in dance music, this is not your grandfather’s polka party. Get your groove on to a raw and pumping bass, and hear some of the hippest electronic beats drop at the weekly rave. Past DJs have included MSTRKRFT, Justice, Simian Mobile Disco, Vitalic, A-Trak, Bloody Beetroots, Rusko, Neon Indian and more. For more info, visit websterhall.com.
The Plume Revue at Duane Park
Enjoy live jazz, handcrafted cocktails and a bevy of beauties who (literally) shake their tail feathers. Jo Boobs, Harvest Moon, Gal Friday and others keep the entertainment classy, though not safe for work. For more info, visit duaneparknyc.com.
Shakin' All Over at Home Sweet Home
DJ Jonathan Toubin and friends man the decks, playing a mix of rare and vintage rock and soul. For more info, visit newyorknighttrain.com.
Mr. Choade’s Upstairs Downstairs at The Slipper Room
Expect adult entertainment at this long-running vaudeville-style shindig, where dance acts are punctuated with comedy performances (or is that the other way around?). Either way, this party is NSFW. Not that this party is anything like W at all. For more info, visit slipperroom.com.
Party Like It's 1999 at The Bell House
Retro-kitsch is in—was it ever out?—at this monthly party at Gowanus lodestone the Bell House. One recent playlist included "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles and "Crush on You" by Lil Kim. Just so you know what you're getting yourself into. For more info, visit the party's Facebook page.
PrettyUgly at the Diamond Horseshoe
NYC party people Erich Conrad and Drew Elliott are behind this all-star cast of downtown's best and brightest. Go for DJ sets by the likes of Becka Diamond and Tommy Hottpants; stay for hosts like Paper's Mickey Boardman and renaissance personage Hari Nef. Expect surprises. For more info, visit their (NSFW-ish) Facebook page.
Funkbox NYC at Le Poisson Rouge
Dance to deep house at this long-running party. If you bring the moves, DJ Tony Touch will bring the funk. For more info, visit lepoissonrouge.com.
Nouveau York at Le Bain
The good times never stop at The Standard hotel, André Balazs’ west-side party palace, the High Line–straddling edifice whose rooftop lounges have long been inseparable from the City’s nightlife scene. Sundays at Le Bain (one of the aforementioned drinking dens), Nouveau York holds sway from 9pm to 2am. Guest DJs have included Derrick Carter, Dimitri from Paris and Tim Sweeney. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
Scissor Sundays at the Rusty Knot
JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN) hosts this weekly Sunday afternoon tea dance at the Rusty Knot, a charming space that reminds us of our Uncle Ted's basement—the way it was back in 1982. Enjoy drinks, a convivial LGBTQ crowd and some of the best sunset views around. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
Mobile Mondays! NYC 45's at The Bowery Electric
It's nothing but an old-fashioned good time at this free shindig, where DJs spin 45s of the funk, soul, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, rock, calypso, reggae, R&B and disco varieties (plus, we're sure, a few genres they forgot to mention). For more info, visit mobilemondaysnyc.com.
Deep Space at Cielo
DJ François K. continues to display his love for Jamaican-inspired dub. The weekly celebration of spacey sounds and laid-back dance vibes features frequent guest DJs and a well-heeled crowd of appreciative party people. For more info, visit deepspacenyc.com.
Tune In Tuesdays at Bembe
The South Williamsburg lounge hosts this weekly reggae party, helmed by DJ Gringo and his collection of dancehall, lovers rock and other genres more suitable to the Caribbean, but no less welcome in the five boroughs. For more info, visit bembe.us.
LeFreak at Lovegun
The Williamsburg gay bar continues to provide saucy entertainment, with this particular evening being the product of DJ Tyler Stone and host Trey LaTrash. Will there be disco, you ask? Why, yes! For more info, visit Lovegun's Twitter.
Roots at Cielo
Dance lovers get their fix every Wednesday night at this Meatpacking club from DJs Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge. The duo offers a selection of Latin- and jazz-influenced beats, and they help anchor the City's house-music scene. For more info, visit cieloclub.com.
Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl
When the Roots' Questlove isn't helping out Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, he's hanging out at Williamsburg's signature bowling alley cum rock venue, spinning hip-hop, house, rare grooves—and showing classic Soul Train videos. In a word: awesome. For more info, visit brooklynbowl.com.
House Party at Webster Hall
Just Blaze and DJ Soul helm this weekly shindig, bringing all things hip-hop to the East Village. Expect special guests and other well-known promoters to help bring the noise, including Va$htie, DJ Huggy Bear and DJ Sliink. For more info, visit websterhall.com.
Input at Output
This weekly party at the Williamsburg dance club features guests like Bonobo (Ninja Tune), Museum of Love (DFA) and Claude VonStroke (Dirtybird). Even if those names mean absolutely nothing to you, know that dancing will occur, and that you should participate. To paraphrase noted 17th-century nightlife theorist Robert Herrick, "Gather ye breakbeats while ye may / Old time is still a-flying." For more info, visit outputclub.com.