Kana, 31; Upper East Side
“It’s beautiful, with great vibes and great DJs. I’ve been to parties like this, but never at this location. I’ve never been to an open-air party!
Trent Hubbard, 29; Park Slope, Brooklyn; left
“Most Circoloco parties are famous for going over the top with costumes, so I figured we needed to bring a little bit of that to New York. I always have a good time no matter where I go. I always like an excuse to dress up, I think it brings a little added element to the party.”
Glenn De Graaf, 29; Astoria, Queens; right
“This is a great location with good vibes—something different for a change. [In New York] the dance-music scene is still up-and coming; it’s still underground, which makes it amazing. The main party promoters want to keep the location secret, and it makes it kick-ass that [a party] is on a boat, then suddenly it’s on the waterfront, then in a hotel, then it’s in Manhattan where you’d think millions of tourists would be; but when you go it’s, like, totally blacked out.”
Persephone Allard, Lower East Side
“I love these lit couches. They’re really fun. It’s nice to be on the beach. Everybody usually knows each other [at these parties], so it’s safe, and there is always really great visual art. It’s very creative; they’ll get these amazing DJs and just blow you away.”
Sam, 24; Financial District
“I like the venue, which is a nice change from those hotel parties. The music is good; I’ve seen these guys before. I’ve been to a ton of Verboten parties, and this is a particularly good one. They do a really good job—they throw the best underground parties.”
The scene: Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
For a memorable night on the town, it’s best to think outside the box—or at the very least, outside the club. Verboten kicked off the summer early as they joined forces with Ibiza’s Circoloco fiesta at Pier 17’s Beekman Beer Garden, where guests got the chance to party down along the East River. The Moon Harbour label’s Matthias Tanzmann and veteran mix-master DJ Sneak were among the all-star lineup of house and techno spinners that kept the crowd going until late at night. And then? An after-party at the Morgan in Bushwick, of course!