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.

The Freedom Party NYC: Halloween Jam

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Classic monster jams—ahem—party jams abound at the Freedom Party, as DJs Marc Smooth, Cosi and Herbert Holler spin soul music from the ’70s through the present day (everything from R&B and house to Afrobeat and dancehall) for the city's longest-running Friday-night dance party. Expect to hear some classic Halloween-themed cuts mixed in. (We predict all hell will break loose when the guys inevitably drop "Thriller.") R.S.V.P to freedomdanceparty.com for reduced admission.

  1. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St, at Walker St
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Blkmarket & ReSolute: Get Spooky

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Revered party-starting crews Blkmarket and ReSolute join forces once again for another secret-location fete. Sitting atop the bill is French stalwart Ivan Smagghe, sure to deliver a body-moving mix of left-field electro, disco, house and more. The night also features Slovenian techno master Valentino Kanzyani, Cesare vs. Disorder (which is actually just one guy, Cesare Marchese) and the North American debut of Berlin’s Spencer Parker.

Mobile Mondays!: The 45 King

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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) by Just Blaze, DJ Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey C, Natasha Diggs and guests. You'll not want to miss this week's edition: Veteran selector the 45 King will be in the building.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Nov 3
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Release: DJ Disciple and Friends

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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 Nov 4 - Tue Dec 30
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Roots

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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. There's an open vodka bar 10–11pm, so show up early and grab a couple gratis cocktails.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed Nov 5 - Wed Dec 10
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House Party: Fool's Gold Seven Year Anniversary Party

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Brooklyn-based label Fool's Gold celebrates seven years in the game with a big ol' throwdown at Webster Hall's weekly House Party bash. The featured guest for the evening? No Limit Records founder and New Orleans rap icon Master P. That's right, Mr. "Ugghhhh, na-na na-na" himself will be in the building, alongside Just Blaze, Rowdy Rebel, Brenmar, Nick Catchdubs and many more.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Thu Nov 6
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Renegades of Rhythm with DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist

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BEMF. DJ Shadow became an instant headphone hero in 1996 with his debut album, Endtroducing…, a stone-cold hip-hop classic that set off a decade swamped with imitative efforts by less distinctive sample-slayers. This show finds him joining forces with another hip-hop notable, esteemed spinner and producer Cut Chemist, an erstwhile member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, to pay homage to one of the greats: Afrika Bambaataa. (They're using Bambaataa's actual vinyl!)

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Nov 7
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The Freedom Party NYC Presents a Tribute to the Native Tongues

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The Freedom Party, the city's longest-running weekly Friday-night dance party, salutes iconic hip-hop collective Native Tongues (the Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, a Tribe Called Quest, etc.). Brand Nubian's Grand Puba performs a set (with friends, so expect a ’90s-hip-hop-star–studded affair), Chicago outift Sidewalk Chalk plays covers of Native Tongues material in the basement, and DJ Todd Jones provides a video tribute. R.S.V.P. at freedomdanceparty.com/RSVP for reduced cover.

  1. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St, at Walker St
  2. Fri Nov 7
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Eats Everything + Jackmaster + Jasper James + Honey Dijon

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BEMF. Bristol, U.K.'s Eats Everything, the party-starting DJ-producer otherwise known as Daniel Pearce, has a sound that takes in deep house, bass music, rave and more. He'll hit the decks in Output's main room, with help from Numbers label head Jackmaster, rising DJ-producer Jasper James and the ever-enchanting Honey Dijon.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sat Nov 8
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Ben Klock + Efdemin + Tijana T

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Klockworks label head honcho Ben Klock treks from his Berlin base to play his head-spinning techno beats at Output.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sun Nov 9
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Deep Space

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Dance-music deity François K and his Deep Space soiree—focusing on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms, but extending its reach to all types of underground dance music—have been ruling Monday nights for years. 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 Nov 3 - Mon Dec 29
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Toca Tuesdays

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DJs Tony Touch, June and Butta L present a top-notch selection of hip-hop, funk, reggae, house and more at Santos for their weekly Toca Tuesdays shindig.

  1. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St, at Walker St
  2. Tue Nov 11
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Users say

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.