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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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

  • Critics choice

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

  • Critics choice

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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Trust + Klaus + Softspot

  • Price band: 2/4

Buzzy Toronto project Trust, the brainchild of musician Robert Alfons, has got the smoky-synth thing down to a science, as heard on sophomore disc Joyland.

  1. Glasslands 289 Kent Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11249
  2. Mon Dec 29
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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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Chromeo

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Do you like A-Trak? Well, then you probably know that he has a brother, David Macklovitch, who has more years in this business and on this earth than young Alain. David has a partner named Patrick Gemayel, and together they form the '80s-obsessed band Chromeo—"the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture." Come see what they can do behind the turntables.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. 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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Users say

9 comments
Christina A
Christina A

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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

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.