Weekly dance parties
Tue Dec 6 2011
Photograph: Santiago Felipe
Trash! at the Studio at Webster Hall
Romantically Uninvolved at the Manhattan Inn
The Manhattan Inn's reputation is one we can get behind: The place is a well-mannered piano bar by day, and a raucous, packed danceathon by night. Every Saturday, Romantically Uninvolved taps into Greenpoint's wild side, going hard until 4am. The opening midnight set includes familiar big names Jimmy (Pretty Good Dance Moves), Leanne (Neon Indian) and Eric (Ego Puppets). They keep things fresh with impulsive sets—synth-pop and Motown, for example—dictated by the response of devout regulars. It won't be long before you're one of them. 632 Manhattan Ave at Nassau Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-383-0885, themanhattaninn.com). Sat midnight--4am; free.
Trash! at The Studio at Webster Hall
Webster Hall's nine-year-old weekly basement party draws some of New York City's freakiest underdogs—this won't just be any Friday night out in the Village. DJ Jess (who was featured in Black Swan) spins indie, electro, dubstep and rock, while S&M showgirls perform on the throbbing, sweaty dance floor. Smeared lipstick, messy hair, leather and torn fishnets are encouraged. 125 E 11th St between Third and Fourth Aves (212-353-1600, thestudioatwebsterhall.com). Fri 11pm--4am; $10, with R.S.V.P. $5.
Deep Space at Cielo
Grab your gang and head to one of the city's greatest parties, courtesy of NYC clubland vet Franois K. This Monday night staple is known for its superb guest DJs, spinning everything from dubstep to disco at the start of the workweek. Dance-floor freaks, be warned: Strap on your dancing shoes extra-tight for this one. 18 Little W 12th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-645-5700). Mon 10pm--3:30am; $15.
This garage-and-painting-warehouse turned beer garden is an ideal spot to gather for some Saturday night soul: Little Shalimar weaves in funk, indie and more to match the diverse crowd (blipsters, yuppies, you name it) while the venue's outdoor seating and upscale back room offer refuge for anyone in need of a more private spot to booze—or canoodle. 618 St Johns Pl at Franklin Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (franklinparkbrooklyn.com). Sat 10pm--4am; free.
Vandam Sundays at Greenhouse
Some of the city's biggest nightlife names convene at eco-friendly Greenhouse's Vandam Sundays. Join party royalty Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny and other regular nightlife notables for an evening of house and disco jams, crazy LED lighting. Mainstay Johnny Dynell, backed by a series of rotating guest DJs, play house, disco, '90s and the latest in underground dance tracks. Word of advice: Get there early, it gets packed as the night wears on. 150 Varick St at Vandam St (212-807-7000, greenhouseusa.com). Sun 10pm--4am; free.
The atmosphere at this sultry pisco bar is part refined mixology den, part incendiary dance romp. Groups of 15 or more can opt for a two-hour open bar ($60 per person) to sample several varieties of the Peruvian spirit, often mixed into an inventive cocktail ($10), like the Alturas (Pisco 100, prickly-pear puree, lemon and aloe juice). Start early to sip your drinks over tapas ($5--14) like empanadas and ceviche, and stay late for some revelry set to south-of-the-equator Latin beats with DJ Teti (Friday) and DJ Chamo (Saturday). 84-13 Northern Blvd between 84th and 85th Sts, Jackson Heights, Queens (718-205-5577, amarubar.com). Fri, Sat 11pm--4am; free.
Impress your eco-conscious friends by hosting them at this quirky gallery-lounge hybrid; almost everything from the bar stools (retired skis) to the wallpaper (formerly plastic bottles) is made from recycled materials. Gatherings of any size can settle into bathtub couches or stake out the dance floor next to a DJ booth fashioned from an old car hood, where recurring and guest DJs spin old-school rock, funk and Motown. Catch DJ Baron on Sat 10. 219 Ave B between 13th and 14th Sts (646-490-7271, revisionlounge.com). Wed--Thu 7:30pm--3am, Fri, Sat 7:30pm--4am; free.