The best free parties and club nights in New York City

Discover the best free parties and weekly club nights in NYC that won’t break the bank, from sponsored rap shows to underground house gigs

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It’s no secret that Gotham has a rich history of legendary clubs and parties that transformed the city into a destination spot for creatures of the night. The steady influx of new clubs in New York has only added to this appeal from across the world. And for the financially responsible party animals out there (they do exist), you’re in luck! Believe it or not, experiencing the best parties in New York City isn’t always synonymous with breaking the bank. Check out these free parties and soirees, specializing in everything from house to punk.


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Buddies

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  • Free

DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Tue Dec 30
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Tropical Goth: Paulo + Shredder (live) + Kiddo + Chris Video + Clever Rebel

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Get tropical with freshly squeezed juices and libations, Club-Mate and some intergalactic techno. Frenchman Paulo (Airdrop, Tresor) visits from Berlin to deliver what's sure to be a solid set of the most danceable house and techno. Brooklyn's own

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Wed Dec 24
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Hector Romero + Master Kev + David Shaw

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Def Mix artist and SAW.RECORDINGS partner Hector Romero mans the decks alongside co–resident mister Master Kev and special guest spinner David Shaw, so put up your dukes for this Boxing Day party.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sat Dec 27
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Scissor Sundays

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JD Samson's beloved weekly tea dance features a friendly, mixed crowd grooving to tunes by a rotating cast of local and visiting DJs, plus deliciously strong drinks and gorgeous sunsets over the Hudson.

  1. Rusty Knot 425 West St, at 11th St
  2. Sun Dec 28
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No Ordinary Monkey

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  • Free

Golf Channel's Phil South and Ghost Note's Anton Esteban have been throwing their NOM parties for 10 years now and never disappoint. The Dec 31 jam takes the cake though, with a live set from husband-wife-and-sometimes-son psych-poppers Peaking

  1. Good Room 98 Meserole Ave, between Lorimer St and Metropolitan Ave, 11222
  2. Wed Dec 31
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Wed Dec 31
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Isaac Tichauer + No Regular Play (live/DJ) + Slow Hands (live)

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  • Free

The Autobrennt gang hosts a high-in-the-sky shindig (on the top floor of the Standard, complete with its stellar view of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson) featuring everything from left-of-center house to disco. Tonight's episode stars two of the

  1. Verboten 54 North 11th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Fri Jan 2 - Sat Jan 3
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The Bunker 12 Year Anniversary: DBX + Rrose + Derek Plaslaiko + Bryan Kasenic

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One of New York's most authentic underground parties celebrates its 12-year anniversary at Output. The Bunker was born in 2003 after the Polar Bear Club ended its three-year run. While the party first experienced a slow start, things picked up in

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sat Jan 3 - Sun Jan 4
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  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Thu Jan 8 - Fri Jan 9
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