The best parties in New York: Critics' Picks

Find the best parties in New York's nightlife scene, from regular club nights and residencies to globally-renowned label takeovers

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Got the urge to party, but don't know where? Put on our collection of the 20 best house tracks of all time, and browse through this list of our favorite dance-worthy events, with house, techno, minimal, acid, hip-hop and more all on the bill. Don't miss out on all the secret parties (we recommend bookmarking this page so you're the first to know!), and make sure to satisfy that after-party (or pre-party) appetite on weekends by checking out the 50 best brunch places in NYC.


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Thanksgiving: Mike Servito + Max McFerren + L.Sangre

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The Bunker's resident DJ and Ghostly alum Mike Servito headlines this Thanksgiving feast, serving up plenty of “upfront dirty deep and bitchy” techno beats. Servito will be joined by Max McFerren and L.Sangre.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Fri Nov 28
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Let's Play House: Jacques Renault + Tom Noble + Luke Jenner

  • Price band: 1/4
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Beloved party series and label Let's Play House heads over to Bossa Nova Civic Club for a night of dancey revelry featuring LPH's own Jacques Renault, disco maestro Tom Noble and Rapture frontman Luke Jenner.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Fri Nov 28
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Medium Rare Homecoming Party

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“Very Rare” might be more fitting for our favorite NYC music- and art-filled holiday after-party. The DJ collective is back with another bangin' soiree at Brooklyn raw space the Paper Box. The Deep's full squad—Salinger, NSR, Mr. JPatt, Luka Son of Wolf, David Kiss, Will Buck, Free Radicals—will be joined by additional special guests on the decks, with live art and dance as well. Bring along some birthday hugs for Mr. JPatt and Luka Son of Wolf, and shake off all that turkey fat on the dance floor!

  1. The Paper Box 17 Meadow St, between Bogart and Waterbury Sts
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Nov 30
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Blond:ish + Konrad Black + nANdo

  • Price band: 2/4
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Anastascia and Vivie-Ann—a.k.a. Blond:ish, the deep-house duo that records for such mighty labels as Kompakt and Get Physical—join Wagon Repair's innovative Konrad Black, the Vancouver producer who also records for the Minus and No. 19 labels. Trestone and Gil K play back to back in the Cabaret Room as well as Adam Collins and Andrew Hobold with Loud Neighbor playing live.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Sat Nov 29
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Crew Love: Wolf+Lamb + Soul Clap + Pillow Talk + Tanner Ross + Cameo Culture + Slow Hands + FSQ

  • Price band: 2/4
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Wolf & Clap Plus 8! The fearsome foursome of Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap return from their global gallivanting, this time with eight of their closest pals, to run things at Output again. This edition brings the Clap, Tanner Ross, Pillowtalk (live), FSQ, Slow Hands, Cameo Culture (live) and, of course, Wolf + Lamb themselves together to lay down their particular brand of slo-mo house till the early morn. And it’s Saturday night, so why not come find a new love at Crew Love?

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Nov 30
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Music Video Night: Guest DJs Volvox + Chris Video

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  • Free

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, live DJ sets and a vast array of music videos. DJ Andi (Synthicide) takes on the decks at 10pm, followed by DJ Volvox (Jack Dept. NYC) at 11:30pm. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap—and the best part of the night; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes. Complete with Club-Mate and fresh-squeezed juices to your heart’s desire.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Mon Dec 1
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James Blake + Airhead

  • Price band: 2/4
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With a second album under his belt—last year’s Overgrown is the follow-up his stunning 2011 debut—and Kanye-collaboration rumors surrounding his next release, 26-year-old James Blake makes a one-night stop in Brooklyn. Expect a set of the Brit’s trademark sparse, dubstep-wobbled falsetto soul, with funky, R&B-flecked tunes and (fingers crossed) new material like “Building It Still,” from his in-progress LP.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Mon Dec 1
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1-800-Dinosaur: James Blake + Airhead + Dan Foat + Mr Assister

  • Price band: 2/4
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The1-800-Dinosaur crew takes over Output for a night of sparse, dubstep-wobbled soul and funky, R&B-flecked tunes. On the menu: English electronic prodigy James Blake, Airhead (Blake’s live guitarist), Dan Foat (Blake’s manager and ex-R&S head honcho) and Mr. Assister (drummer Ben Assiter).

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Wed Dec 3
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The Bunker LTD: Orphx (live) + Ancient Methods + Løt.te (live) + Antenes

  • Price band: 2/4
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With more than 20 years of experience in the techno and industrial scenes, Orphx—Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey—is known internationally for producing dark, psychedelic electronic music using synths, software, field recordings and experimental methods. Oddie and Sealey have released tracks on NYC techno vet Adam X's Sonic Groove label and collaborated on remixes with Conrad Schnitzler and Perc. Berlin's Ancient Methods (also on Sonic Groove), the Bunker's Løt.te and Brooklyn's own Antenes join the lineup for yet another night of heavy beats hosted by the Bunker.

  1. Trans Pecos 915 Wyckoff Ave, between Hancock and Weirfield Sts
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sat Dec 6
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Don't Be Left Out: Danny Howells + Matt Tolfrey + jozif + Maron Sharabi

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Having been in the electronic-music scene for more than two decades and counting, U.K. producer and DJ Danny Howells returns to Verboten for a night of “deepsexyfuturistictechfunkhouse.” While we're confident in Howells's ability to bring the biggest and baddest beats to the decks, we really hope to see him rocking his usual eyeliner and “unique” fashion choices as well. The playful party boy is joined by Maron Sharabi, Leftroom label boss Matt Tolfrey and Culprit's jozif.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sat Dec 6
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Momentum & Rite of Wednesdays: Kevin Saunderson

  • Price band: 1/4
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One-third of the world-renowned OG techno daddies Belleville Three, the Brooklyn-born Saunderson, also half of innovators Inner City, brings his unique deep and soulful Detroit sound to TBA Brooklyn for an extended set. He is joined by Momentum residents Matias Jofre and Capo & Zelev.

  1. TBA Brooklyn 395 Wythe Ave, at South 6th St, 11211
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sat Dec 6
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Skream

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One of today's more respectable dubstep artists, Skream has been in that U.K. scene long before it became "a thing" in the U.S. Having worked with Katy B, John Legend and, of course, the supergroup Magnetic Man (with Benga and Artwork), Skream has more recently ventured into the realms of disco, house and techno, so anything goes tonight.

  1. Marquee 289 Tenth Ave, between 26th and 27th Sts, 10001
  2. Fri Dec 5
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Seth Troxler + Steve Bug + Shield

  • Price band: 2/4

Visionquest main man, RA “Between the Beats” video star and one third of the newly birthed vinyl-only new label Tuskegee Music (along with the Bronx's Martinez Brothers), Seth Troxler brings his quarterly residency at Output to a close. In the Panther Room, Shield joins Poker Flat boss Steve Bug, supporting his own excellent new Best of 2014 label comp.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sat Dec 6 - Sun Dec 7
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Detroit Love: Carl Craig + Moritz von Oswald + Moodymann + Chuck Flask and Keith Kemp + Danyelino

  • Price band: 2/4
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Carl Craig brings the old Motor City magic back to Brooklyn with his Detroit Love minitour, designed, in his words, to bring “a little of the techno brotherhood to clubs the world over.” The new tech setup includes four-CD deck mixing, live F/X and video maps “depicting the surreal urban Detroit landscape.” Whoa, sounds intense. And with fellow legends Moodymann and Moritz von Oswald, you can bet it will be. One for the books, kids.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Sat Dec 6 - Sun Dec 7
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Roots

  • Price band: 1/4
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House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than ten years with their long-running midweek dance party. There's an open vodka bar 10–11pm, so show up early and grab a couple gratis cocktails.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Wed Dec 10
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Deep Space

  • Price band: 2/4
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Dance-music deity François K and his Deep Space soiree—focusing on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms, but extending its reach to all types of underground dance music—have been ruling Monday nights for years. The only dress code is "an open mind." If that's a stretch, the evening's futuristic vibes will set the tone.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Mon Dec 29
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Release: DJ Disciple and Friends

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Grammy-nominated DJ Disciple, a fixture of the NYC scene for years, takes control of the Lower East Side's intimate Sapphire every Tuesday for a night of house rhythms.

  1. Sapphire 249 Eldridge St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Tue Dec 30
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Christina A
Christina A

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John C
John C

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Nomad
Nomad

Those in the know know this list is mostly childs play - the real parties can't be found here you gotta dig deeper friends. Use your imagination the underground is thriving - nyc 's still got it if you can get it.

nv
nv

WHERE DID ALL THE PARTIES GO? THE PAGE IS BLANK! FIX IT!!!

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

Tumisang
Tumisang

Wish i could be in NYC rolling in the deep.