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.

Toca Tuesdays: Talib Kweli + DJ Mars

  • 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 a deck set from socially conscious hip-hop titan Talib Kweli. He can make you think, but can he make you dance?

  1. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St, at Walker St
  2. Tue Sep 16
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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 17 - Wed Dec 10
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Hyperdub Records 10 Year Anniversary: Kode9 + Mala + DJ Spinn b2b Taso + Ikonika + Scratcha DVA + Jubilee + Star Eyes

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Scene-defining bass-music label Hyperdub tips a glass to a decade of low-end–loving existence. Head honcho Kode9, an original resident at London's seminal FWD>> parties, tops a bill of label heavyweights. Prepare to move to everything from footwork- and juke-tinged rhythms to left-field electrofunk.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Somewhere in BKN: Carl Craig + Tiefschwarz + La Fleur + Illich Mujica

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Carl Craig, one of the leaders of Detroit's second wave of techno technicians, shares the decks with Tiefschwarz (siblings Ali and Basti Schwarz), who will dole out a slick mix of buzzy, electro-leaning sounds and deep-as-hell house beats.

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Kaviar Roof Club: Kim Ann Foxman + Lauren Flax + Beto Cravioto + Travmatic

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kaviar Disco Club's Beto Cravioto and Travmatic invite talented spinner and producer Kim Ann Foxman to present a set of slick underground house and disco tunes on the Output roof. Joining the open-air soiree is Lauren Flax, the veteran DJ-producer who serves as one half of the CREEP duo with partner Lauren Dillard.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sat Sep 20
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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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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 16 - Tue Dec 30
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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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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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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. Until Mon Dec 29
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8 comments
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.