Best dance clubs in New York City 2012

The top places to go dancing in NYC.

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From superclubs to outer-borough outliers, these are the best places to go bump in the night, as chosen by TONY's Nightlife editor.

Cielo

  • Critics choice

You’d never guess from the Heidi Montag wanna-bes hanging out in the neighborhood that the attitude at this intimate 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 François K, Tedd Patterson and Louie Vega. Cielo, which features a crystal-clear sound system, has won a bevy of Best Club awards in its nine years of existence—and it deserves them all.

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

  • Critics choice

Where’s the party? It’s right here in this unmarked subterranean space, which hosts some of the best house and techno bashes the city has to offer. It’s an utterly unpretentious place, but hell, all you really need are some thumpin’ beats and a place to move your feet, right?

  1. 218 Sullivan St, (between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts)
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Pacha

The worldwide glam-club chain Pacha, with outposts in nightlife capitals such as Ibiza, London and Buenos Aires, hit the U.S. market in 2005 with this megaboîte. The spot attracts heavyweights ranging from local hero Danny Tenaglia to big-time visiting jocks of the big-room house and electro varienty, but as with most big clubs, it pays to check the lineup in advance. Given it's proximity to the Lincoln Tunnel, there's usually a heavy dose of bridge-and-tunnel types on hand—but that can be part of the fun, at least from a sociological standpoint.

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

  • Price band: 2/4

Cameo Gallery's a performance space situated behind Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup Cafe, typically hosting bills of up-and-coming indie-rockers, booked by local-scene enthusiasts. Lately, the unpretentious spot has been workign the DJ angle as well, with an impressive array of jocks, ranging from locals to international superstars, manning the wheels of steel.

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

  • Critics choice

A small subbasement of the fancy-pants Mercer Hotel converted into a semihidden lounge, subMercer has become a hot spot for the local DJ elite and their pals and fans. It can be a bit claustrophobic, but when the joint is jumping, it's tons of fun. The elevator ride down from street level adds to its speakeasy-style appeal.

  1. 147 1/2 Mercer St, (at Prince 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. Despite its size (intimate) and not-exactly underground locale (the Meatpacking District), te boîte attracts an extremely credible array of spinners  from the NYC area and around the world.

  1. 444 W 13th St, (at Washington St)
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John C
John C

Hi, I host at many different venues in the city, if you have any question regarding a guest list or table reservation, need any recommendation where to go, hit me up 347.605.8187

KAINE ROSADO
KAINE ROSADO

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Josh
Josh

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Ariel
Ariel

If you are looking for good parties in NYC, with a local NYC crowd, spots in the Meatpacking district, Chelsea. and other hot parts in the city. Places like: KISS&FLY, AENUE, TENJUNE, 1OAK, LAVO, Riff Raff's, Gansevoort Park, WIP, RdV, and many more. I host few different spots every night and always have a VIP table or a table on the dance floor. Celebrating birthday, bachelorette/ bachelor party? I can get you the best deals. Table reservation? Bottle service? I can make a table reservations in almost every spot in the city, getting the best tables in the club and best prices. I meet my guests outside the club and personally walk them in for a smoothly entry making sure they are having a great night TEXT ME: 347.822.2175 EMAIL ME: NYclubing@gmail.com and I will get you on the GUEST LIST. you can also add me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arielpamir. Twitter: @ArielPAmir

Ariel
Ariel

If you are looking for good parties in NYC, with a local NYC crowd, spots in the Meatpacking district, Chelsea. and other hot parts in the city. Places like: KISS&FLY, AENUE, TENJUNE, 1OAK, LAVO, Riff Raff's, Gansevoort Park, WIP, RdV, and many more. I host few different spots every night and always have a VIP table or a table on the dance floor. Celebrating birthday, bachelorette/ bachelor party? I can get you the best deals. Table reservation? Bottle service? I can make a table reservations in almost every spot in the city, getting the best tables in the club and best prices. I meet my guests outside the club and personally walk them in for a smoothly entry making sure they are having a great night TEXT ME: 347.822.2175 EMAIL ME: NYclubing@gmail.com and I will get you on the GUEST LIST. you can also add me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arielpamir. Twitter: @ArielPAmir