Best dance clubs in New York

Your guide to the best clubs and bars for dancing in New York City.

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Cielo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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You’d never guess from the Heidi Montag wanna-bes hanging out in the neighborhood that the attitude at this club is close to zero, at least once you get past the bouncers guarding the door. On the sunken dance floor, hip-to-hip crowds gyrate to deep beats from top DJs, including NYC old-schoolers

  1. 18 Little W 12th St, (between Ninth Ave and Washington St)
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Le Bain

  • Price band: 2/4

The rooftop bar of the still-trendy Standard Hotel, Le Bain offers stunning views of the Hudson River and, er, New Jersey.

  1. 444 W 13th St, (at Washington St), 10014
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Output

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This multiroom dance club, located next to the Wythe Hotel in North Williamsburg, was hailed as the savior of NYC nightlife even before it opened. Time will tell if that's even close to being true—but in the meantime, enjoy its great sound system and firm commitment to the underground, both in

  1. 74 Wythe Ave, (at North 12th St), 11211
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Verboten

  • Price band: 2/4

Finally! The Verboten club has finally joined the north Williamsburg nightlife scene, with tons of house, techno, bass music and live gigs filling the 750-person-capacity spot. The main room features an expansive dance floor and Martin Audio sound system, while the side room will serve as a

  1. 54 North 11th St, (between Kent and Wythe Aves), 11211
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Le Poisson Rouge

  • Price band: 1/4
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Situated in the basement of the long-gone Village Gate—a legendary performance space that hosted everyone from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix—Le Poisson Rouge was opened in 2008 by a group of young music enthusiasts with ties to both the classical and indie-rock worlds. In addition to their adult

  1. 158 Bleecker St, (at Thompson St)
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The Bell House

  • Rated as: 4/5
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For night owls who equate clubs on desolate streets with hipness, the Bell House has your number. But this Gowanus bar and music venue is worth the bleak trek. The sprawling spot’s two bars—one nestled in an ornate front room, the other in the rear performance space—provide plenty of drinking

  1. 149 7th St, (between Second and Third Aves), 11215
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Glasslands

  • Price band: 1/4

Though Williamsburg's Glasslands Gallery is situated in what was once a rather industrial area of Brooklyn, the perpetual gentrification of that particular neighborhood has established Glasslands as an important venue for the heat-seeking hipster set. Capacity's low (about 275) and the sound sucks,

  1. 289 Kent Ave, (between South 1st and 2nd Sts), 11249
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Cameo

  • Price band: 2/4

Cameo Gallery is a performance space situated behind Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup Cafe, typically hosting bills of up-and-coming indie-rockers, booked by local-scene enthusiasts. Though the sound isn't exactly the greatest (the venue's sound engineer has been known to scamper onstage during

  1. 93 North 6th St, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave), 11211
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Marquee

  • Price band: 4/4
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After shutting down for major renovations, the one-time models-and-bottles clubs Marquee has reemerged, phoenixlike…as a models-and-bottles club! In fairness, Marquee 2.0 is an entirely different—and in our opinion, far better—beast than it was in its original incarntation, with more open

  1. 289 Tenth Ave, (between 26th and 27th Sts), 10001
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Pacha

  • Price band: 3/4

The international glam-club chain Pacha (with outposts in London, Ibiza, et al) hit the U.S. market in 2005 with this swanky joint helmed by superstar spinner Erick Morillo. The spot attracts heavyweights ranging from local hero Danny Tenaglia to international crowd-pleasers like Fedde Le Grande

  1. 618 W 46th St, (between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves)
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