NYC Nightlife Calendar
by nycgo.com staff, 10/28/2015
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.
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.
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.
Hot Rabbit at The Monster
This popular weekly party takes place in the basement of West Village mainstay The Monster. Come for an LGBTQ-friendly crowd, and be ready to dance. For more information, visit the party's (semi-NSFW) Facebook page.
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.
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.
Vogue Knights at Escuelita
Check out some ladies with an attitude and fellas who are in the mood at this weekly vogue-off taking place at longtime LGBTQ nightlife institution Escuelita. And don’t just stand there; strike a pose. Competitions are OTA (open to all) for cash prizes in a variety of categories at this late-night, old-school party. Oh, and there’s nothing to it (meaning it’s free). For more info, visit the event’s 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.
Monday Night Magic at Players Theatre
Here's a cure for a case of the Mondays. This long-running evening celebrates the illusory arts with entertainers who specialize in sleight of hand, mentalism, juggling and the like. For more info, visit mondaynightmagic.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.
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.
Wednesdays at Minton's
Legendary Harlem jazz club Minton's hosts a series of themed evenings any audiophile ought to enjoy. Wednesdays feature Minton's house band plus special guests—along with generous helpings of the venue's delicious Southern cuisine. For more info, visit mintonsharlem.com.
Wednesdays at Happy Fun Hideaway
Celebrate the midweek in deep Bushwick with some great music and dancing at the Happy Fun Hideaway. The inclusive LGBTQ bar features a young and eclectic crowd that's representative of the lively mix of this Brooklyn neighborhood. If you get hungry from bopping to all the hot beats, there are always Frito pies to be had.
Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater
For decades, unknown performers have taken to this famed NYC stage in hopes of becoming a star. In 1964, a young man named Jimi Hendrix won first prize for his skills with an electric guitar. So come check out the next Hendrix, perhaps, at this weekly competition.
PAT at Union Pool
This androgynously named dance party is open to all who enjoy moving to an exceptionally fun beat. Downtown fixture JD Samson hosts (as do a variety of guest DJs). Dress-up is encouraged and definitely part of the fun among the creative crowd. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
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.
Happy Swim Thursdays at Room Mate Grace Hotel
The award for most unusual happy hour goes to this wet-and-wild gay pool party in Times Square. After a year of renovations, the Grace's pool is open, as are the hotel's swim-up bar, sauna and gym—good if you want to work out before pounding down some bargain cocktails.