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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JD Samson's party for cute Brooklynites returns with Christy Love, Amber Valentine and Lauren Flax joining JD on the decks. Leo Peo and Merkin Muffley warm you up in the front room. Two-for-$5 Budweisers will maximize your partying, while delicious tacos will help offset your hangover.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Mr. Nude York

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Daniel Nardicio (of course) brings you this pageant in which contestants showcase what they've got—all of what they've got. Dare to bare and you could win $100, plus a $50 bar tab and a two-night getaway to the Belvedere on Fire Island. DJ Scott Ewalt and a gaggle of naked dancers provide

  1. The Cock 29 Second Ave, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Bedlam Burlesque

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Nightlife impresario Neil O'Fortune is the force behind this biweekly bash, offering all manner of eyeball-melting mayhem—classic burlesque, neoburlesque, boylesque, nerdlesque and pretty much any other -lesque you can think of. This installment features another sterling set of onstage

  1. R Bar 218 Bowery, between Prince and Spring Sts
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Laurent Garnier

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Laurent Garnier, an amazing DJ who tends to lay down winding sets that take in a huge chunk of the underground-dance-music spectrum, hits Output for an extended set.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Girls & Boys: Rusko + Imanos + Tony Quattro + Alex English + rekLES

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British dubstep innovator Rusko helped bring the genre to the masses, but don't hold it against him; he's one of the biggest names in electronic music and with good reason. Check him out—alongside a bunch of other great acts—at this edition of Girls & Boys.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Gay Night at Full Bunny Contact

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Gays are invited to take over the wacky Easter-themed immersive fun fest Full Bunny Contact. Queer-twisted amusements include hunky bunnies, a Westboro Baptist dunk tank (among other wild games) and prizes from naughty clothier Nasty Pig. A dance party featuring DJ Jared Conner follows the bunny

  1. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Marquee Fridays: Guy Gerber

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The big-time Israeli dj and producer kicks off his exclusive residency at Marquee with an all-night extended set.

  1. Marquee 289 Tenth Ave, between 26th and 27th Sts, 10001
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Verboten: Lee Burridge

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Lee Burridge, the London master of twisted-yet-melodic electronic rhythms for nearly 30 years, tops a bill that also features Mike Khoury and Bedouin.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Apr 18
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World Famous *BOB*’s Birthday Parade

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!BadAss! Burlesque throws a glitter-soaked over-the-top bash for the birthday girl, with guests Velocity Chyaldd, Tigger! and many others.

  1. The Cutting Room 44 E 32nd St, between Madison Ave and Park Ave South , 10016
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Wasabassco at Verboten

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Burlesque goes big when Doc Wasabassco and his pulchritudinous pals take control of the Verboten club for this monthly soiree. Tonight's show sees performances from Nasty Canasta, Evelyn Vinyl, Hazel Honeysuckle, Stache Novak, Perle Noire, Albert Cadabra, Poison Ivory and Donny Vomit; Sydni

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Sat Apr 19
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