NYC Nightlife Calendar
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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.
Basura! at Atlas Social Club
DJ Sammy Jo, of Scissor Sisters fame, spins house for a rowdy crowd at this Hell's Kitchen gay bar. Many of the patrons enjoy the positive physical benefits of a stringent workout regimen, so if you're a card-carrying member of the washboard abs set (or just like to admire those who are), take note. For more info, visit Atlas Social Club's Facebook page.
The Bunker at Output
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.
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.
Rinsed at various locations
Blacky II, Dan Wender and A.Pop's monthly-ish party takes place at venues around town, inspiring a loyal following of party people with a love for hijinks and odd, creepy aesthetics. This is the spirit of New York nightlife, folks—enjoy it while it lasts. For more info, visit rinsed.it.
Hey Queen! at Littlefield
One Saturday a month, the promoters of Hey Queen! take over Littlefield for LGBTQ-friendly shindigs (previous themes include "The Queen of Miami" and "Queen of Pentacles"). People dance, so wear your party shoes. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit heyqueen.org.
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 "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.
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). Recent guest DJs include Lawrence Lee and Grandlife's Steven Rojas; recent guests' apparel include very high heels and very short skirts. For more info, follow Le Baron on Twitter.
Dizzyland at The Spectrum
If you're a fan of fashion—trash, haute, experimental, whatever—then this is the arty party for you. Expect throngs of wild youth dressed in outfits that seem stolen from Jeremy Scott's inspiration boards, dancing to techno. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
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. Recent 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.
Bath Salts at Don Pedro
This weekly LGBTQ fandango is heavy on themes and performances. Previous evenings have been dedicated to 50 Shades of Grey, Twin Peaks and "Duane Reade Brand Bath Salts" (which, we assume, was not exactly endorsed by the pharmacy chain). Expect a high-energy crowd with plenty of NSFW antics. In papermag.com's review, the magazine notes that Bath Salts is so packed with Instagram opportunities, "your phone will need a nap after." 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.
Buddies at Nowhere
DJ Damian Cote mans the decks at this regular Tuesday night, spinning a mix of underground tunes of the rock and dance varieties. Go for drink specials and a fun gay crowd. For more info, visit nowherebarnyc.com.
Toca Tuesdays at Sutra
Tony Touch helms the decks at this low-key weekly. Expect hip-hop, house, reggae, funk and the like at this intimate bar/lounge, located near the corner of First and 1st—the nexus of the universe. For more info, visit sutranyc.com.
Twin Peaks Tuesdays at The Exley
For anyone who can't remember who killed Laura Palmer—or die-hard obsessives of the David Lynch police procedural—Williamsburg bar the Exley hosts this ongoing party. (See you in 20 years, Cooper? Precisely.) The evening's events include episode screenings, trivia, giveaways, jokes about silent drape-runners, Log Lady laughs, eye patches, flannel, smoldering looks from James Hurley, Bobby Briggs' floppy hair, the chest-hugging sweaters of Audrey Horne and much more. Note: there will also be coffee cocktails, doughnuts and, of course, burlesque. For more info, visit the party's Facebook page.
Westgay at Westway
Parties with this much energy—not to mention lipstick, eyeliner, deconstructed blouses, glitter, 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, visit their Facebook page.
Giant Step Presents #Offline at Output
Williamsburg local Output hosts this regular Wednesday night, helmed by Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). So if you're looking for beats, this is, indeed, where it's at. For more info, visit outputclub.com.
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.
Shaken & Stirred Burlesque at The Delancey
Every Wednesday at 9:30pm, Sugar Shack Burlesque brings a bit of vaudeville to The Delancey. Expect a fresh lineup of campy stars weekly, along with go-go dancers and DJs, including hostesses Scooter Pie and Runaround Sue, who intend to spin you deep into a decadent, lipstick-stained night. For more info, visit sugarshackburlesque.com.
Take a Turn for the Nurse at Nurse Bettie
Risqué entertainment abounds at this Lower East Side watering hole, which pays tribute to the patron saint of garter belts, 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 Clover Club
Cocktail aficionados imbibe old-timey concoctions (fizzes, sours and the like) at this Smith Street hotbed of masterful mixology. Wednesday nights, Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra provide live musical accompaniment, setting the scene for anyone who wants to party like it's 1922. For more info, visit cloverclubny.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.
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.
Catwalk Thursdays at Marquee
Susanne Bartsch is the promoter behind this party for polysexual polyglots: expect pop music, dancing and killer heels (many of them worn by men, naturally). Bartsch's parties tend toward the performance-art side of things, so be prepared to see a little—or a lot—of skin. For more info, visit marqueeny.com.
Lil' Ricky's Rib Shack at The303
Rich Medina resurrects his long-running party in Chinatown hot spot The303. Listen to R&B, soul, hip-hop, jazz and more, and let the good times roll on the second Thursday of every month. For more info, visit the club's Facebook page.
Upstairs at The NoMad
Class up your Thursday nights with this weekly live jazz series at The NoMad hotel. Dress to impress, and make reservations in advance at 347-472-5660. For more info (and a sense of the vibe), visit youtube.com.