Best clubs in New York: Critics’ picks

Find this week's best club nights, parties and nightlife events in New York City.

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AVAN LAVA + Uproot Andy + Cookies

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Brooklyn indie-pop outfit AVAN LAVA's high-energy gigs include choreographed dance routines and trippy light shows. Plan to work up a sweat.

  1. Rough Trade NYC 64 North 9th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11249
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Starlite Thursday

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Named for the beloved, departed Crown Heights gay drinkery Starlite Lounge, this queer dance party invites mid-Brooklyn folks to dance like there's no Friday morning.

  1. Friends and Lovers 641 Classon Ave, between Dean and Pacific Sts, 11238
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Spanking the Lower East Side

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  • Free

The ’50s-pinup–inspired venue Nurse Bettie (named for Bettie Page, one of the 20th century's premier hotsy-totsies) is a natural setting for burlesque performers. This weekly get-together is produced by "Asian sexsation" Calamity Chang, and usually includes six or seven acts, as well as preshow

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Code

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks keep your kicks glossy while you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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The Wiggle Room

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This aptly named affair—"an elegant evening of booze, boobs, laughs…and boobs"—sees host Bradford Scobie welcoming an array of lovely burlesque ladies to the Slipper Room stage.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Downtown Top Ranking

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Drown out the week with roots, rocksteady, dub and good classic reggae played by the aficionados of Deadly Dragon Sound.

  1. The Delancey 168 Delancey St, at Clinton St
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Zeitgeist: Goldroom (DJ set) + Headband and Hooligan + Alex English

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

L.A.'s Goldroom, the solo venture of NightWaves' Josh Legg, brings his lush, dreamy synth-disco to Verboten. Supporting sets come from Alex English (of Webster Hall's weekly Girls & Boys bash) and Powerslug residents Headband and Hooligan.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Thu Jul 31
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House Party

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Would you get a look at this lineup? Holy heavyweights, Batman. The weekly hip-hop party features a different style on each of Webster Hall's four floors. In the Grand Ballroom, Just Blaze, DJ Soul, Brenmar and their pals bring the hits; after-dark fixture Va$htie curates the 1992 party in the

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Moombahton Massive with Nadastrom + Sabo + Otto Von Schirach

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Moombahton Massive features Nadastrom—a duo comprising Dave Nada (who invented Moombahton, a genre most easily summed up as a Dutch house and reggaeton crossbreed) and Matt Nordstrom—and Sol Selectas founder Sabo. Rest assured, these guys have made it their personal mission to work you into a

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Thu Jul 31
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