Best parties in New York City: Critics' Picks

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Got the urge to party, but don't know where? Here are TONY's favorite dance-worthy events, with house, techno, dubstep, hip-hop and more all on the bill.

Simian Mobile Disco + JDH & Dave P

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The U.K.’s Simian Mobile Disco, the duo of James Ford and James Anthony Shaw, has run the gamut from hook-stuffed, full-throttle indie-electro to streamlined, throbbing techno. At this gig, it will be perform its latest stripped-back effort, Whorl.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Mobile Mondays!: Biz Markie + The Undercover Brother + Break Beat Lou

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Start your week with a wide-ranging regimen of funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun on 45rpm vinyl. Tonight's installment features some great guests: Beloved hip-hop vet (and human teddy bear) Biz Markie, Undercover Brother and Break Beat Lou.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Sep 22
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Toca Tuesdays: The Beatnuts

  • Price band: 2/4

Tony Touch presents a top-notch selection of hip-hop, funk, reggae, house and more at Santos for his weekly Toca Tuesdays shindig. This edition features the Beatnuts, the venerated production team that's worked with the likes of Stereo MCs, Common, Pete Nice, Big Pun and countless others over the years.

  1. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St, at Walker St
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Dub Champions Festival: Lee "Scratch" Perry + Subatomic Sound System

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Perry, the eccentric genius also known as the Upsetter, is one of dub's towering figures—and, at 78, he's as vital and influential as ever. He hits Williamsburg for a live performance alongside collaborators Subatomic Sound System.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Monika Kruse + Lauren Lane + Sophia Valence

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Berlin's Monika Kruse, the Grande Dame of Techno, has been on the scene for nearly two-and-a-half decades and shows no signs of slowing down. Her music, much of it released on her own Terminal M label, is deep, driving and hypnotic.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Blkmarket Membership: BPitch Control Showcase with Ellen Allien + Kiki + Camea

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Blkmarket Membership is back at a secret location, this time hosting the pioneering Berlin label BPitch Control. Topping the bill is the label's headmistress, Ellen Allien, who has a style that fluctuates between introspective moodiness and dance-floor ecstasy.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sat Sep 27
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Kygo

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Norwegian producer Kygo brings his sun-drenched tunes to New York on his Endless Summer tour. He's enjoyed a rapid rise over the past year or so, crafting a string of infectious and wildly popular remixes and attracting the attention of heavyweights like Diplo and Coldplay. Expect a warm, tropical-inflected vibe from this young beatsmith.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Mon Sep 29
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Deep Space

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

François K focuses on dub each Monday. 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 Sep 22 - Mon Dec 29
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Brazilian Girls + Nickodemus

  • Price band: 2/4

Cosmopolitan eclectics Brazilian Girls used to be the Sunday band at the Avenue C nook Nublu; now their smooth blend of electronic dance music with tango, house, lounge and reggae is on the hit parade for globe-trotters everywhere. Nickodemus, the resident of the Turntables on the Hudson bash and leader of the Wonderwheel label, kicks things off.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Wed Oct 1
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Roots

  • Price band: 2/4
  • 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 ten years with their long-running midweek dance party.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Wed Dec 10
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House Party

  • Critics choice

Would you get a look at this lineup? Holy heavyweights, Batman. The weekly hip-hop party features a different style on each of Webster Hall's four floors. In the Grand Ballroom, Just Blaze, DJ Soul, Brenmar and their pals bring the hits; after-dark fixture Va$htie curates the 1992 party in the Marlin Room; Jasmine Solano and Melo-X's Electric Punanny party plays reggae and dancehall in the Balcony Lounge; Brick Bandits kingpins DJ Sliink and Dirty South Joe dispense hard-knocking club tunes in the Studio.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Thu Dec 18
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Mister Sunday

  • Critics choice

Mister Saturday Night's Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter present their beloved end-of-the-week series at a new, larger location. The all-ages event takes place in a courtyard and includes food, drink and, of course, plenty of good records.

  1. Industry City 220 36th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Sun Sep 28
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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 Sep 23 - Tue Dec 30
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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.