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

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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Critics' Picks

Output Year 2: Seth Troxler + Craig Richards + Doc Martin + Nicolas Matar b2b Nikola Baytala

Critics' pick

Detroit musical prodigy, Visionquest bossman and, most recently, half of the Tuskegee label, Mr. Troxler returns to his Brooklyn home for a night of top-class, otherworldly techno. Fabric resident superstar Craig Richards joins the lineup at Output, while Doc Martin, Nikola Baytala and Output owner Nicolas Matar take on the Panther Room.

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Output Friday January 30 2015 - Saturday January 31 2015

Flying Circus: Audiofly + Martin Buttrich + Stacey Pullen + Maayan Nidam + Carl Craig

Critics' pick

Globally renowned dance-music party Flying Circus returns to its Brooklyn home with an all-star lineup. The Spanish duo of Luca Saporito and Anthony Middleton, a.k.a. Audiofly, headline at Verboten, with support from Rhythm Assault's Martin Buttrich, Blackflag label head (and Kosmik Messenger) Stacey Pullen and Perlon's Maayan Nidam. Super special guest Carl Craig joins for a night of serious dancing.

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Verboten Friday January 30 2015 - Saturday January 31 2015

The Freak Show with Robag Wruhme

Critics' pick

Blkmarket is back with another night of electronic action and another great guest: Formerly one half of the Wighnomy Brothers duo, now-solo German artist Robag Wruhme has a sound that veers between elegant, beautiful deep house and rubbery, floor-filling techno (but don’t be surprised if he rocks a bit harder at this shindig). Karina and Blkmarket’s own Taimur & Fahad open for a night of circus-themed revelry.

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Location TBA Friday January 30 2015

Wolf+Lamb + Life on Planets - The Intimate NYC Edition

Critics' pick

Brooklyn slo-mo-disco-techno-boys-made-good Wolf + Lamb is always a big deal, but this edition is slightly less big as it’s being billed as an “intimate” version of their party, which is terrific news for fans. of the duo. Backup comes in the form of Baltimore’s Life on Planets, the newest signing to their label as well as well as three men of mystery: A-Rock, Ike and someone calling him (or herself) The Islamic Shock Jock.

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Good Room Saturday January 31 2015

This week

Andy Butler + Dennis Ferrer + The Carry Nation

Critics' pick

Butler is the driving force behind Hercules and Love Affair, of course, but he's also a great spinner, with a deep knowledge of classic house and disco grooves.Ferrer is the head of the Objektivity label and creator of such driving house-music faves as "Son of Raw" and "Hey Hey." The Carry Nation is the local duo of DJ Nita and Will Automagic.

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Verboten Thursday January 29 2015

Flying Circus: Audiofly + Martin Buttrich + Stacey Pullen + Maayan Nidam + Carl Craig

Critics' pick

Globally renowned dance-music party Flying Circus returns to its Brooklyn home with an all-star lineup. The Spanish duo of Luca Saporito and Anthony Middleton, a.k.a. Audiofly, headline at Verboten, with support from Rhythm Assault's Martin Buttrich, Blackflag label head (and Kosmik Messenger) Stacey Pullen and Perlon's Maayan Nidam. Super special guest Carl Craig joins for a night of serious dancing.

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Verboten Friday January 30 2015 - Saturday January 31 2015

The Freak Show with Robag Wruhme

Critics' pick

Blkmarket is back with another night of electronic action and another great guest: Formerly one half of the Wighnomy Brothers duo, now-solo German artist Robag Wruhme has a sound that veers between elegant, beautiful deep house and rubbery, floor-filling techno (but don’t be surprised if he rocks a bit harder at this shindig). Karina and Blkmarket’s own Taimur & Fahad open for a night of circus-themed revelry.

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Location TBA Friday January 30 2015

Output Year 2: Seth Troxler + Craig Richards + Doc Martin + Nicolas Matar b2b Nikola Baytala

Critics' pick

Detroit musical prodigy, Visionquest bossman and, most recently, half of the Tuskegee label, Mr. Troxler returns to his Brooklyn home for a night of top-class, otherworldly techno. Fabric resident superstar Craig Richards joins the lineup at Output, while Doc Martin, Nikola Baytala and Output owner Nicolas Matar take on the Panther Room.

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Output Friday January 30 2015 - Saturday January 31 2015

Indie Slash: A Synth-Pop Dance Party

Critics' pick

Resident DJs Danny White and Rok One traverse the wide world of synthisized pop music and vocal electronic dance from the past three decades, including new wave, Italo, electro, industrial and nu-disco. Past guests include Justin Strauss and Acute Records boss Dan Selzer. In this installment they welcome Let’s Play House's Drew Heffron.

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Tandem Friday January 30 2015 Free

Catz N Dogz + Heidi + El_Txef_A

Critics' pick

Catz ’n Dogz’s Grzegorz Demianczuk and Wojciech Taranczuk deliver bass-heavy, technocentric beats. Heidi, an affiliate of the Get Physical camp, is an excellent spinner (you don’t get to spin at at top clubs like Fabric, Panorama Bar, Space Ibiza and Watergate by sucking) who also hosts BBC Radio 1’s In New DJs We Trust show; El_Txef_A is the house and techno DJ who runs the Spanish label Fiakun Records.

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Verboten Saturday January 31 2015 - Sunday February 1 2015

Wolf+Lamb + Life on Planets - The Intimate NYC Edition

Critics' pick

Brooklyn slo-mo-disco-techno-boys-made-good Wolf + Lamb is always a big deal, but this edition is slightly less big as it’s being billed as an “intimate” version of their party, which is terrific news for fans. of the duo. Backup comes in the form of Baltimore’s Life on Planets, the newest signing to their label as well as well as three men of mystery: A-Rock, Ike and someone calling him (or herself) The Islamic Shock Jock.

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Good Room Saturday January 31 2015

Upcoming

Vessel + Container

Young U.K. beatsmith Sebastian Gainsborough, who performs as the Tri Angle label's Vessel, delivers his fractured techno stylings as part of Pitchfork's Tinnitus Music Series.

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The Wick Wednesday February 4 2015

One Step Beyond: Todd Edwards + Beautiful Swimmers

Critics' pick

You don't have to be religious to enjoy Todd "The God" Edwards. He is one of the innovators of sampling and house music as we know it, one of Daft Punk's biggest inspirations and collaborators, oh, and also a Billboard No. 1–selling Grammy winner. So, yeah, kind of a big deal. Plus he's been in the game nearly as long as some of the artifacts he'll be spinning among. Strong support comes from local L.I.E.S. duo Beautiful Swimmers and Bobby Renz.

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American Museum of Natural History Friday February 6 2015 - Saturday February 7 2015

The Bunker: Magda + Mike Servito + Wrecked + BMG

Critics' pick

Detroit-raised Magda makes a rare appearance for the Bunker's latest party, promising only “the element of surprise”—the Items & Things label head plays everything from “funked-out space disco” to raw, stripped-down techno. Bunker bad boy Servito joins in the main room, alongside the Wrecked duo. BMG, quoted as being one of the bigger names to come from Detroit's second wave, headlines the Panther Room.

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Output Friday February 6 2015 - Saturday February 7 2015

French Kiss presents Scott Grooves + DJ Mochan + Anthony Collins

Critics' pick

The ultrasuave and soulful Detroit bossman Scott Grooves takes on the latest Greenpoint hot spot, joined by DJ Mochan. Handsome devil and Scissor and Thread label head Anthony Collins "cuts up" the Bad Room all night long.

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Good Room Friday February 6 2015 - Saturday February 7 2015

Escort Service present Civic Duty

Critics' pick

Escort Service present Civic Duty is a biweekly party promising dark club music and drink specials—at no charge.

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The Graham Friday February 6 2015 - Saturday February 21 2015 Free

Cuttin Headz Label Night: The Martinez Brothers + Phil Moffa + Filsonik B2B Jesse Calosso

Critics' pick

Chris and Steve Martinez were raised in the Bronx and fostered into global house music at a very young age, thanks to their father, a former Paradise Garage patron. Even at 23 and 26 years young, respectively, the brothers have held a residency at Ibiza institution DC-10 for four years now and currently travel the globe sans chaperone, deejaying back-to-back alongside techno's biggest names. TMB celebrate their label alongside local man Phil Moffa, Filsonik and Jesse Calosso.

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Output Saturday February 7 2015 - Sunday February 8 2015

Ongoing

Mobile Mondays! 45s

Critics' pick

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests.

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The Bowery Electric Monday February 2 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015

Deep Space

Critics' pick

Dance-music deity François K's weekly Deep Space soiree focuses on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms but extends its reach to all types of underground dance music. The only dress code is "an open mind." If that's a stretch, the evening's futuristic vibes will set the tone.

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Cielo Monday February 2 2015 - Monday February 23 2015

Release: DJ Disciple and Friends

Critics' pick

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.

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Sapphire Tuesday February 3 2015 - Tuesday February 24 2015

DJ Questlove presents: Bowl Train

Critics' pick

The beloved Roots man is a musical genius and, luckily for us, a Brooklyn Bowl institution: He runs the weekly Bowl Train soiree. Expect a boogie-inducing mix of hip-hop, house, ’80s jams and rare grooves—augmented with Soul Train videos, duh—to ensure you don't run out of moves.

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Brooklyn Bowl Thursday January 29 2015

Comments

9 comments
Christina A
Christina A

Very much eager for the party-time in New York, from there to the party city Vegas! Already in my favorite http://www.travoline.com to book my hotels….. Can't wait.

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

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.