NYC Nightlife Calendar
by nycgo.com staff, 10/22/2014
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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.
Friday, October 31: Halloween Parties
Boo! Halloween Massive at Barclays Center
The Insomniac crew haunts Brooklyn's newest arena, offering a lineup that includes such holiday-appropriate musical folk as Knife Party, DJ Snake and Tommy Trash. Costumes are recommended but not required. Dancing isn't required either, but will happen regardless. For more info, visit insomniac.com.
Dark Disco: Tiki Disco at 88 Palace
And the beat goes on—spookily. Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry—the Tiki Disco crew—throw a special Halloween edition of their regular bash. For more info, visit ticketfly.com.
Halloween in the Black Lodge at Glasslands
The Williamsburg gallery/venue/club presents this Twin Peaks–themed party, featuring a DJ set by Lynch obsessive @thatsourwaldo, plus coffee and doughnuts, not to mention alcoholic refreshments, dancing and a costume contest. (Wild speculation here, but if you show up as Nadine's silent drapes, we bet you'll win something.) For more info, visit theglasslands.com.
The NoMad Masquerade Ball at The NoMad Hotel
If all this Halloween tomfoolery is a bit much for the more refined among you, class up your evening at this black-tie affair featuring entertainment by the Chris Norton Septet and the SugarTone Brass Band. Masks—not costumes—are required. (Note for the interested: tickets are $250 each.) For more info, visit thenomadhotel.com.
Webster Hell 2014 at Webster Hall
The official Village Halloween Parade after-party takes place at this historic East Village performance venue. Expect a $5,000 costume contest, fire-wielding exhibitionists, zombie acrobats, a virgin sacrifice—you know, the usual. For more info (and to view NSFW videos of the event from years past), visit websterhall.com.
The Bunker at various locations
This monthly paean to electronic music aids Brooklyn in the borough’s storied quest for Most Outrageous Sound. Music is courtesy of DJs like Andy Stott and Atom™ (who used to be known as Señor Coconut), plus many, many special guests. For more info, visit beyondbooking.com/thebunker.
Chaud Lapin at The Monster
If you like performances to go along with your booze, you're in luck. Friday nights, LGBT-friendly West Village bar the Monster hosts go-go boys aplenty—consider them gymspiration. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
Felix da Housecat Residency at Verboten
Chicago house legend Felix da Housecat touches down at Williamsburg's Verboten for the occasional spin round the turntable. (A classic sample: "Silver Screen [Shower Scene].") While his appearances are infrequent, Verboten's roster of other talents is equally impressive. Check the club's calendar for appearances by the likes of Carl Craig, John Digweed and Goldie. (Remember when Goldie dated Bjork? Good times!) For more info, visit verbotennewyork.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 at Lovegun
Williamsburg's newest gay club—whose name, yes, is probably a KISS reference—hosts this Friday night party, with resident spinners Frankie Sharp, Juliana Huxtable and the like. The club is from folks behind other gay nightlife hot spots including Eastern Bloc, Bedlam and Atlas Social Club; patrons should expect a similarly wild vibe. For more info, visit the party's Facebook page.
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.
Marquee Fridays at Marquee
The Chelsea nightlife mainstay presents this party for pretty people (and those who love them). Sleepy & Boo keep the beats underground; special guests like Blond:ish and Dennis Ferrer help out. For more info, visit marqueeny.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 "Pretty Noose" by Soundgarden, "Come As You Are" by Nirvana and "Getting Jiggy With It" by Will Smith. So, we suppose, dress like you're on a flight from Sea-Tac to Miami International—flannel on top, Tommy Bahama underneath. For more info, visit the party's Facebook page.
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.
Mondo at Cameo
Head to Williamsburg to dance to indie pop at a party that knows its way around rock 'n' roll. Previous editions have paid tribute to patron saints of jingle-jangle British despair Morrissey and Pulp. For the latter, Jarvis Cocker himself manned the decks. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
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.
The Rub at The Bell House
More than a decade old—and showing no signs of slowing down—this party still offers some of the smartest music in town. Dance to a variety of soulful sounds provided by DJ Ayres, DJ Eleven and friends, and lose yourself in the moment. For more info, visit itstherub.com.
Saturdays at Le Baron
Expect a well-heeled crowd of high-energy revelers at this Chinatown hotspot, frequented by a variety of folk whose names aren't quite boldfaced yet (but likely will be, if they stick around NYC long enough). Guest DJs have included Lawrence Lee and Steven Rojas; guests' apparel has included very high heels and very short skirts. For more info, follow Le Baron on Twitter.
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 Justin Miller, Jacques Renault and Parisian techno guru Rone. 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 their Facebook page.
Deep Space at Cielo
DJ François K.'s paean to Jamaican-inspired dub continues. 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.
On Top at Le Bain
NYC nightlife queen Susanne Bartsch upholds the highest standards of nighttime debauchery at this regular Tuesday night party. Come dressed (or undressed, depending on your mood) for revelry that includes the usual DJs, dancing and drinks—plus the ineffable sense that anything could happen, and sometimes does. For more info, visit Susanne Bartsch's Facebook page.
Wasabassco Tuesdays at Bathtub Gin
See charmingly anachronistic burlesque at this westside club with a speakeasy vibe (and a cocktail list that goes heavy on the gin). Doc Wasabassco presents the talents of alluring performers like Nasty Canasta, Stormy Leather and Peekaboo Pointe. For more info, visit wasabassco.com.
Westgay at Westway
Parties with this much energy—not to mention lipstick, eyeliner, deconstructed blouses, asymmetricality, fashion-forwardness, little hats, etc.—are at the core of what makes New York City nightlife famous. N.b.: Google the event at your own risk; the party photos can be quite risqué. For more info, follow along on 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.
Take a Turn for the Nurse at Nurse Bettie
Risqué entertainment abounds at this Lower East Side watering hole, which pays tribute to pin-up gal Bettie Page. Expect craft cocktails, go-go dancing and the vocal talents of Shelly "the Singing Siren" Watson. For more info, visit nursebettie.com.
Wednesday Nights at Henry, a Liquor Bar
The entertainment runs the gamut at this subdued hotel lounge. Located in the lobby of Ian Schrager's Hudson Hotel, Henry, a Liquor Bar features everything from live jazz to tunes spun by DJ-about-town (and brother of Chloë) Paul Sevigny. For more info, visit morganshotelgroup.com.
Basement Bhangra at (Le) Poisson Rouge
DJ Rekha's long-running party—now taking place the first Thursday of every month at Greenwich Village's (Le) Poisson Rouge—melds South Asian melodies with hip-hop, dancehall and other electronic genres. It's an intriguing mix, clearly; at this point, Basement Bhangra has been ongoing for 16 years. For more info, visit lepoissonrouge.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. (Insert your own Kid 'n Play joke here.) For more info, visit websterhall.com.