NYC Nightlife Calendar
by nycgo.com staff, 01/21/2015
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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.
Escort Service at Bossa Nova Civic Club
The Bardot fetishists of Escort Service (seriously, get a load of their Tumblr) present this twice-monthly Bushwick party, where aural enjoyments include house and techno. For more info, visit that Tumblr.
French Kiss Presents at Good Room
The indie record label throws parties with guest spinners like Tom of England, Marcellus Pittman and DJ Nature. If you like to dance, get to Greenpoint. For more info, visit the party's Facebook page.
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.
Sally Can't Dance at Bowery Electric
A raft of downtown superstars—Jesse Malin, Michael T, Johnny T, Mistress Formika, Miss Guy, Sherry Vine, Jonathan Toubin and many more—do their best to keep the Bowery weird at this monthly party. Expect trashy live rock 'n' roll (only the best kind), go-go dancers of both genders and guests like Lydia Lunch and Handsome Dick Manitoba. For more info, visit their 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.
Soul Clap at Output
The funk specialists of Soul Clap hold down a 2015 residency in Williamsburg. Expect an otherworldly experience; as the duo notes: "Elyte and Cnyce's paths were crossed for all time when a Sun Ra light beam sent from Saturn collided with the P-Funk Mothership and sent them tumbling to earth. Now, Soul Clap time travels on a musical spaceship of dopeness." For info and tour dates, visit their Facebook page.
Afrokinetic at The303 at Louie and Chan
Chris Annibell & OP spin house, soul, dub, disco, Latin, boogie and sundry other electronic genres they haven't made up names for yet. For more info, visit chrisannibell.tumblr.com.
The Bunker at various locations
This twice-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.
Fixed at various locations
JDH and Dave P.'s long-running electronic shindig takes place at cool places all over town (and not just on Saturdays). It's been 10 years of electronically fueled good times—check them out to see why they'll probably be around for at least 10 more. For more info, visit fixednyc.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.
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.
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 present this paean to pulchritude, featuring an 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 Facebook page.
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.
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.
Music Video Night at Bossa Nova Civic Club
Head to Bushwick the first Monday of every month for happy-hour specials and an eclectic array of visual weirdness, courtesy of bartender Chris Video and his deep archive of cinematic ephemera. For more info, visit the club's Facebook page.
Show Tunes Monday at Atlas Social Club
VJ Michael Formika Jones hosts the festivities at this Hell's Kitchen gay bar. Expect to see clips from Broadway hits and Hollywood classics, along with live performances. For more info, visit Atlas Social Club's Facebook page.
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.
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. (Insert your own Kid 'n Play joke here.) 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.
The Wiggle Room at The Slipper Room
It's all burlesque all the time at this Lower East Side den of iniquity. Thursday nights' shows are hosted by "Sir Richard Castle," who presides over proceedings that include a buxom troupe of lasses known as "The Wigglettes." In other words, leave the kids at home. For more info, visit slipperroom.com.