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

Ida Engberg + Taimur + Kevin Castro (live) + Nicola Zanatta

Critics' pick

Swedish wonder woman DJ and Verboten resident Ida Engberg returns to Brooklyn after taking time off for the birth of her (and Adam Beyer's) third child. Who says moms can't be badass superstar DJs? Ida got her first residency at 18, and was offered a life-changing summer residency in Ibiza in 2005. She's played virtually every techno festival in the world and now Brooklyn has her back in full force.

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Verboten Saturday February 28 2015 - Sunday March 1 2015

Fog Night: Marcos Cabral + guests

Critics' pick

NYC's very own Marcos Cabral (of Runaway and On the Prowl fame) begins a biweekly Sunday night residency at the newly reopened (and 100 percent more fire-code friendly!) Bossa Nova Civic Club. He promises to bring in guests to experiment outside of their normal set styles. This week, DJ Love On The Run graces the decks.

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Bossa Nova Civic Club Sunday March 1 2015 - Monday March 30 2015 Free

George FitzGerald + Leon Vynehall + Kenny Larkin + Lee Jones

Critics' pick

London's George FitzGerald, who's spent the past few years crafting some incredibly groovy house rhythms for Domino Records while simultaneously running Man Make Music, returns to Verboten. Fellow U.K. talent Leon Vynehall (3024, Aus Music), Rush Hour's Kenny Larkin (an influential member of Detroit's second wave) and Roger Silver support in the main room, while Jimmy Proof Deadlocks' SIK NYC party brings Lee Jones and Chris Luzz to the Cabaret Bar.

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Verboten Saturday March 7 2015 - Sunday March 8 2015

Andrés + Aurora Halal (live)

Critics' pick

Andrés—a.k.a. DJ Dez, a.k.a. Dez Andrés—headlines French Kiss's latest party at Good Room. The Detroit native is known for his unique fusion of “roughshod house and fuzzy hip-hop.” NYC-based creative artist and underground music enthusiast Aurora Halal (Mutual Dreaming) joins the lineup for a special live set.

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Good Room Friday March 6 2015 - Saturday March 7 2015

This week

Music On with Marco Carola + Stacey Pullen

Music On returns to Marquee with Italian superstar Marco Carola, one of the techno world's big guns. The veteran producer/DJ brings his steely, machine-tooled rhythms to the decks, with support from Kosmik Messenger Stacey Pullen.

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Marquee Until Saturday February 28 2015

Ida Engberg + Taimur + Kevin Castro (live) + Nicola Zanatta

Critics' pick

Swedish wonder woman DJ and Verboten resident Ida Engberg returns to Brooklyn after taking time off for the birth of her (and Adam Beyer's) third child. Who says moms can't be badass superstar DJs? Ida got her first residency at 18, and was offered a life-changing summer residency in Ibiza in 2005. She's played virtually every techno festival in the world and now Brooklyn has her back in full force.

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Verboten Saturday February 28 2015 - Sunday March 1 2015

Fog Night: Marcos Cabral + guests

Critics' pick

NYC's very own Marcos Cabral (of Runaway and On the Prowl fame) begins a biweekly Sunday night residency at the newly reopened (and 100 percent more fire-code friendly!) Bossa Nova Civic Club. He promises to bring in guests to experiment outside of their normal set styles. This week, DJ Love On The Run graces the decks.

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Bossa Nova Civic Club Sunday March 1 2015 - Monday March 30 2015 Free

Upcoming

Animal Collective (DJ set)

Critics' pick

Avey Tare and Deakin of beloved avant-pop outfit Animal Collective hit Output to deliver what is likely to be an expansive and intriguing selection of sounds.

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Output Wednesday March 4 2015

Output: Dystopian Label Night

Critics' pick

In its short existence, Berlin's Dystopian has become one of that city's most respected young electronic-music labels, via a handful of serious-minded house and techno releases from core artists Rødhåd and Recondite. Both producers will be on hand tonight (the former on the decks, the latter performing live), with Blkmarket's Taimur Agha opening up.

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Output Wednesday March 4 2015

Synthicide: Reade Truth + Matt Satronica + Half Life + DJ Andi

Synthicide returns to Bossa Nova Civic Club with its danceable synth-driven DJ sets, freshly-squeezed juice cocktails and, of course, their famously aggressive fog machine! Sonic Groove veteran Reade Truth headlines, joined by Matt Satronica (Industrial Strength), Half Life (Against Nature) and Bossa regular DJ Andi.

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Bossa Nova Civic Club Thursday March 5 2015 - Friday March 6 2015 Free

Input: GBH presents Holy Ghost! (DJ set) + Le Youth

Critics' pick

Known for their synth-boogie sets, New Yorkers Nicholas Millhiser and Alexander Frankel, better known as DFA artist Holy Ghost!, take on Output's main room for their Thursday night shindig. L.A.'s Le Youth brings his '90s modern take on dance-floor sounds to the Panther Room.

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Output Thursday March 5 2015 - Friday March 6 2015

Zeitgeist: Jesse Rose + MJ Cole

Critics' pick

Veteran producer and remixer Jesse Rose has spent his career twisting house into bizarre shapes and forms for dancefloors. MJ Cole is a back-in-the-day innovator of the U.K. garage scene who hasn't played NYC in a minute.

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Verboten Thursday March 5 2015 - Friday March 6 2015

Andrés + Aurora Halal (live)

Critics' pick

Andrés—a.k.a. DJ Dez, a.k.a. Dez Andrés—headlines French Kiss's latest party at Good Room. The Detroit native is known for his unique fusion of “roughshod house and fuzzy hip-hop.” NYC-based creative artist and underground music enthusiast Aurora Halal (Mutual Dreaming) joins the lineup for a special live set.

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Good Room Friday March 6 2015 - Saturday March 7 2015

Lee Foss + Eskuche & Nu Sky + Psychemagik

Critics' pick

Tom Coveney and Danny McLewin, better known as U.K. duo Psychemagik, have a sound that takes in everything from disco and soul to exotica and, yes, psychedelia—and they make it work, as anyone who's heard their copious and far-reaching remixes can attest. These guys run the Panther Room with resident Nikola Baytala, while Hot Creations boss Foss and his labelmates Eskuche & Nu Sky control the main room with support from Brooklyn's finest, DKDS.

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Output Friday March 6 2015

Josh Wink + Robert Dietz + Gel Abril + Ashwin Khosa

Critics' pick

Verboten bagged Philly's favorite electronic son, Josh Wink, still recovering from the 20th anniversary celebrations of his influential label Ovum Recordings, along with his Israeli label-mate Gel Abril, Desolat big dawg Robert Dietz and Traum's Ashwin Khosa joining him on the bill..

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Verboten Friday March 6 2015

Nancy Whang + Midnight Magic

Critics' pick

Expect a fun, eclectic set from LCD Soundsystem and Juan MacLean's Nancy Whang, joined by local disco outfit Midnight Magic doing a DJ set. They'll likely mine the depths of disco, house, postpunk and electro, with some assistance from Violent Bullshit, Naked Heroes and Ambience.

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Cameo Friday March 6 2015

George FitzGerald + Leon Vynehall + Kenny Larkin + Lee Jones

Critics' pick

London's George FitzGerald, who's spent the past few years crafting some incredibly groovy house rhythms for Domino Records while simultaneously running Man Make Music, returns to Verboten. Fellow U.K. talent Leon Vynehall (3024, Aus Music), Rush Hour's Kenny Larkin (an influential member of Detroit's second wave) and Roger Silver support in the main room, while Jimmy Proof Deadlocks' SIK NYC party brings Lee Jones and Chris Luzz to the Cabaret Bar.

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Verboten Saturday March 7 2015 - Sunday March 8 2015

Cultivated Sound: Bookworms + Via App + Phantom Selector + Motiv-A + Person of Interest (DJ)

Critics' pick

With music from L.I.E.S. artist Bookworms, Person of Interest, live sets from Via App, Phantom Selector and Motiv-A,, and live visuals by Munzer, Cultivated Sound's latest party is “dedicated to the exploration of machine induced nightmares." So whether man, or machine (or machine man?) just be ready to party all night because you will not want to go to sleep.

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Palisades Saturday March 7 2015 - Sunday March 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 March 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 Every Monday

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 March 3 2015 - Tuesday April 28 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 Every Thursday

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.