Best parties in New York City: Critics' Picks

Find the best club nights, DJ residencies and places to go dancing in NYC.

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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.

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 Oct 30 - Thu Dec 18
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Dusky + Tom Trago + whiteowljaguar

  • Price band: 2/4
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London deep-house duo Dusky—Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman—leads this night, which also features Amsterdam's Tom Trago and whiteowljaguar, a.k.a. the combination of Tyler Vigil and Rebecca-Emma Kaplan (Dollpartz).

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Oct 24
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The Rub Halloween Party

  • Price band: 1/4

DJs Ayres and Eleven continue their long-running Rub affair, where they’ll be playing their usual high-octane mix of hip-hop, house, soul—just about anything that’s got the funk. They're joined in this pre-Halloween bash with guests Lindsey and Jubilee.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Sat Oct 25
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718 Sessions with Danny Krivit—Halloween Party

  • Price band: 1/4
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Spinning his infallible top-shelf deep house and classics, vet Danny Krivit hosts a Halloween-themed party. Guest Up Jumped the Devil takes the downstairs.

  1. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St, at Walker St
  2. Sun Oct 26
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Deep Space

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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 Oct 27 - Mon Dec 29
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Release: DJ Disciple and Friends

  • Price band: 1/4
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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 Oct 28 - Tue Dec 30
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Carl Cox

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The big man of big-room techno, Carl Cox, is back for one of his infrequent NYC gigs (twice in one year!), so we suggest getting down to his jacking sounds on Oct 29—and calling in sick the day after.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Wed Oct 29
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Goosebumpz: A Halloween Party with Mykki Blanco

  • Price band: 2/4
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Sharp-tongued rapper Mykki Blanco sits at the helm of this scary soiree at Glasslands. Also on the bill: Memphis alt-hip-hopper Cities Aviv, rising singer-producer Doss and a DJ set from experimental beatsmith Gobby.

  1. Glasslands 289 Kent Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11249
  2. Thu Oct 30
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The Freedom Party NYC: Halloween Jam

  • Price band: 2/4
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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

  • Price band: 2/4
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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

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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

  • 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 Oct 28 - Tue Dec 30
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Questlove

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Thu Dec 25
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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.