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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Critics' Picks

Bring TBA Brooklyn Back

  • Critics choice
  1. Good Room 98 Meserole Ave, between Lorimer St and Metropolitan Ave, 11222
  2. Until Fri Dec 19
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  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Mike Servito + Gunnar Haslam + Nooka Jones

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Cameo 93 North 6th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11211
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Bring TBA Brooklyn Back

  • Critics choice

One of our favorite venues in Williamsburg needs your help! TBA Brooklyn, which opened just two years ago, was subject to a multi-agency inspection by various NYC authorities right before Thanksgiving—and, to everyone's surprise, forced to close its doors immediately. In the past three weeks, TBA has been vigorously working in an attempt to reopen ASAP, putting forth large amounts of money toward unforeseen expenses—not to mention making zero revenue the whole time. To raise money to pay outstanding bills, TBA has organized a fund-raising event (along with a “gofundme” account), which boasts an overwhelming lineup of the best local DJs, friends and family. Support a good cause, and we'll hopefully be able to enjoy amazing talent at TBA Brooklyn again in the very near future!

  1. Good Room 98 Meserole Ave, between Lorimer St and Metropolitan Ave, 11222
  2. Until Fri Dec 19
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Down by Low Resident Night

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Brooklyn's favorite Japanese techno bosses are coming to Bossa Nova Civic Club! Drome Grunge (Pacific Psychedelia Tapes) and Masahiro Ueda (Down by Low) headline this resident night.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Until Fri Dec 19
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Thievery Corporation

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Consisting of musical multitalents Eric Hilton and Rob Garza, the D.C. duo Thievery Corporation produces lush musical soundscapes culled from an expansive list of worldly influences: from Brazilian bossa nova to Jamaican dub reggae to psychedelic space-rock. The broad stylistic pallette is further sharpened by an incisive radical political bent, sounding a multilingual protest of, you know, "the system, man!" which is more timely now than even before their late '90s heyday. Onstage, the lineup grows to a full band of instrumentalists and vocalists for a spectacular live show.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Fri Dec 19
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Input: Lane 8 + Vito and Druzzi

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German San Franciscan Lane 8 (Anjunadeep) hits Output, joined by the Rapture's always-interesting DJ duo Vito & Druzzi in the Panther Room.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Until Fri Dec 19
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Escort Service present Civic Duty

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Escort Service present Civic Duty is a biweekly party promising dark club music and drink specials—at no charge. For this session, come indulge in your Friday dose of live techno, acid and electro-funk bass music as Alexander Trust and 2n3904 take on the decks.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Fri Dec 19
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Subversions: Matthew Dear + Paco Osuna + Aril Brikha + Michael Gracioppo

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Verboten resident Matthew Dear returns for another episode of Subversions, a party that emphasizes absolute top-shelf quality not only in its DJ lineups but also in its extravagant decor and immersive live performances. The Detroit techno wizard is joined by Spain's electronic-music pride Paco Osuna, Swedish tech-house Viking Aril Brikha and up-and-coming Canadian Michael Gracioppo.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Confused House: DJ Fett Burger + CB-R + Bookworms

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Ever wondered what Burger King tastes like in the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula? Find out this Friday at Bossa Nova Civic Club! Norwegian beat- and burger-maker DJ Fett Burger will be working the grill (turntables), alongside CB-R and Bookworms.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Marcellus Pittman + Justin Strauss + Billy Caldwell

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Marcellus Pittman, a Detroit producer/DJ of raw and soulful house and techno, has released tracks on Parrish's Sound Signature label and Omar-S's FXHE—which, in this scene, is pretty much all you need to know. Support is from a pair of top-notch locals whose combined years on the scene dwarf most of us in sheer age: Mudd Club's Justin Strauss and the Hacienda's Billy Caldwell. A super solid evening of veterans.

  1. Good Room 98 Meserole Ave, between Lorimer St and Metropolitan Ave, 11222
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Mike Servito + Gunnar Haslam + Nooka Jones

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Mike Servito's move from Detroit to Brooklyn might be one of the best things to happen for techno/acid/rave lovers in NYC. The Bunker resident and Ghostly alum never ceases to bring the lost threads of real Detroit techno to the decks, keeping people dumbfoundedly wondering how he does it all with just two pieces of vinyl night after night. With Gunnar Haslam (L.I.E.S., Mister Saturday Night) and Nooka Jones (Percussion Lab, Cameo resident) on the bill as well, this night is a techno dream come true.

  1. Cameo 93 North 6th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11211
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Anthony Parasole + Kyle Geiger + Jon Hester + Ron Morelli + Boo Williams + A.Arias

  • Critics choice
  • Free

All the well-versed techno heads will tell you that this party is a no-brainer, and we have to agree. As the headliner, Anthony Parasole (Output, the Corner, Ostgut Ton) is enough to convince any fan of the deeper, underground sounds of electronic music. While born and raised in Brooklyn, he can easily be mistaken for a Berlin-bred Berghain resident, which really isn't too far from the truth, considering his releases under Ostgut Ton and regular bookings at Berghain/Panorama Bar. Kyle Geiger (Drumcode) and John Hester (Edec) join in the main room, while Ron Morelli (L.I.E.S.), Boo Williams (Strictly Jaz Unit) and A.Arias (Strobelight Network) play the Panther Room. Make sure to catch our favorite local party boys from FIXED—JDH & Dave P—in the Stilton House as well, as they play their last gig of the year. Oh, and did we mention that the party is free with RSVP? You're welcome.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Industry of Machines: Alvin Aronson + L'estasi Dell'oro + N'conduit + 12 x 12

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Industry of Machines returns to the usual home turf of Bossa Nova Civic Club for a festive night of “modestly striking” beats. New York-to-Berlin label Voodoo Down Records brings artists L'estasi Dell'oro, N'conduit and 12 x 12, who picked out White Material friend Alvin Aronson to join the lineup.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Closed Circuit: Jared Wilson (live) + Madteo + Ital (live) + Volvox

  • Price band: 1/4

This eight-hour party promises “fringe broadcasts, hijacked transmissions, the onset of winter and a suitably raw space in a secret Brooklyn location.” Oh, and a decent (read: awesome) lineup: Detroit's Jared Wilson will be there, Queens-via-Italy producer and DJ Madteo will hit the decks with the lushest of beats, Planet Mu wizard Ital plays live as well, and Jack Dept NYC's robotic acid beauty Volvox is guaranteed to throw down a dark and dirty set. Scallywag, Mr. Blacklauren, R Gamble and Personator all join this tasteful bill. Personal advice: Do not wear those brand-new white Nike Flyknits, because you'll be shuffling across this dance floor all night long.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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DJ Sneak b2b Mark Farina

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What do you get when you mix the Puerto Rican tropical sass of salsa and Latino merengue with the rich house grooves of Chicago? Why, DJ Sneak, of course! The globally renowned DJ-producer, who is a favorite at parties in Ibiza and festivals across Europe, visits Ibiza's newest home in New York for a special back-to-back set with Chicago-meets–San Fran Mushroom Jazz man Mark Farina.

  1. Space Ibiza New York 637 W 50th St, at Twelfth Ave, 10019
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Com Truise + Figgy + Nitemoves

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Synth-tickling beatscapist Seth "Com Truise" Haley, prolific creator of chilled-out odes to the ’80s, performs behind his Wave 1 EP.

  1. Glasslands 289 Kent Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11249
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Tropical Goth: Paulo + Shredder (live) + Kiddo + Chris Video + Clever Rebel

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Get tropical with freshly-squeezed juices and libations, Club-Mate and some intergalactic techno. Frenchman Paulo (Airdrop, Tresor) visits from Berlin to deliver what's sure to be a solid set of the most danceable house and techno. Brooklyn's own Shredder joins the lineup for a special live set, with support from Bossa superstar-DJs Kiddo, Chris Video, and Clever Rebel.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Wed Dec 24
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Hard & Soul: Christmas with Danny Tenaglia

What better way to spend Christmas than by dancing the night away with Brooklyn house-music OG Danny Tenaglia? Since his days playing at classic '80s/'90s roller disco Roll-A-Palace, we've been confident in his ability to get virtually any party poppin'. Hard & Soul—named after Tenaglia's 1995 debut album—promises a special yuletide night of house, disco, funk and soul. And if you get too hot from dancing, why not get in the spirit and leave them your coat (or bring a spare)? Output is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive, and will deliver all donations to the organization immediately after the party.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Thu Dec 25 - Fri Dec 26
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BPM Festival Pre Party

Are you one of the lucky people traveling to Playa Del Carmen in January for the 8th edition of the infamous BPM Festival? Or are you one of the sad people who couldn't afford the flight and accommodation expenses? Fret not! Space Ibiza does not discriminate. The semi-new club hosts legendary Detroit “Kosmik Messenger” Stacey Pullen, L.A.-based artist Lauren Lane and Canadian BPM-veteran Julien Loreto for the BPM Festival Pre Party.

  1. Space Ibiza New York 637 W 50th St, at Twelfth Ave, 10019
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sat Dec 27
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Zeitgeist: Moon Boots

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According to Resident Advisor, Moon Boots was conceived and armed with “reason, intuition, and groove” at the International Space Station, which he later left in favor of a world of underground disco and “R&B boogie records.” While his biography leaves a handful of our questions unanswered, the intergalactic mystery-man's productions, remixes and DJ sets leave no doubt about his musical expertise and talents. The French Express DJ-producer is sure to throw down a solid set of baby-makin' dance music.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sat Dec 27
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Hector Romero + Master Kev + David Shaw

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Def Mix artist and SAW.RECORDINGS partner Hector Romero mans the decks alongside co–resident mister Master Kev and special guest spinner David Shaw, so put up your dukes for this Boxing Day party.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sat Dec 27
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Tiga + Jacques Greene

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Considered by many a techno nerd to be one of the founding fathers of Montreal's vibrant rave scene, Tiga has also gained considerable recognition as one of the sickest DJs currently rocking guyliner in the booth. Between throwing/deejaying parties, releasing original albums, compilations and remixing big-name artists (LCD Soundsystem, Moby, and Depeche Mode), Tiga also runs Turbo Recordings, which played a vital role in his rise to international stardom. Fellow Canadian and LuckyMe/Night Slugs member Jacques Greene brings his fresh, R&B-influenced house flavors, making this a surefire night of nonstop hot-and-heaviness.

  1. Space Ibiza New York 637 W 50th St, at Twelfth Ave, 10019
  2. Sat Dec 27 - Sun Dec 28
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Boys Noize

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Mature noisemaker Alex Ridha—better known as Berlin electro-techno maximalist Boys Noize—has collaborated with everyone from Erol Alkan and Snoop Dogg to the Black Eyed Peas and David Lynch. At this point he's been at it for so long he could probably go by Young Man's Noize. Ohhhh, don't forget to tip your cocktail waitress, people.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sun Dec 28
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Tachyon: The Gift + Negative Gemini (live) + Mike Dextro + Kiddo

  • Free

Spend your post-Christmas-weekend magical Monday evening at Bossa Nova Civic Club. The Gift is the Christmas gift that just keeps giving, while Negative Gemini performs live—complete with heavy synths, dreamy vocals and unrelenting beats. Bossa Nova superstar residents Mike Dextro and Kiddo join the lineup for a solid night of music and overall good vibes at Brooklyn's coziest tropical techno oasis.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Mon Dec 29 - Tue Dec 30
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Armin van Buuren + Andrew Rayel + Jochen Miller + Mark Sixma

Holland's gift to trance music citizens of the world, Armin van Buuren headlines this New Year's warm-up party at Pier 94. Even to those not particularly in tune to the big-room side of things, AvB is known to be one of the older and more influential names in the genre. From the early days of his radio show A State of Trance (nearing its 700th episode!) and Armin Only concert series to his monumental gigs deejaying for the king and queen of the Netherlands, as well as the national soccer team, AvB has remained loyal to his style and sound, naysayers be damned. Support comes from DJs Andrew Rayel, Jochen Miller and Mark Sixma.

  1. Pier 94 Hudson River, at 55th St
  2. Mon Dec 29 - Tue Dec 30
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Ongoing

Roots

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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 10 years with their long-running midweek dance party. Show up before 11pm for free admission, plus an open vodka bar from 10 to 11pm!

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed Jan 7
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Deep Space

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - 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 23 - 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

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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

Tumisang
Tumisang

Wish i could be in NYC rolling in the deep.