NYC nightlife: The best nightlife events this spring

It's time to celebrate the end of winter! Night owls, check out our list of NYC nightlife and start dancing.



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In honor of spring's arrival we’ve rounded up some of the city’s best parties. Top DJs like Detroit's Scott Grooves will have you dancing, but if risqué is more your bag, head to the Asian Burlesque Spectacular for some tantalizing views.

The Bunker: Voices from the Lake + Portable

The Bunker is back at Output for another night of underground electronics—and joy of joys, the gang is bringing back the duo Voices from the Lake for a six-hour set in the main room. The music of Donato Dozzy and his fellow Italian producer Neel is carefully composed, warm and flowing; anybody who caught the pair's last DJ-live hybrid set at the Bunker will know not to miss this return visit. Top support comes courtesy of Clay Wilson and Bunker boss man Bryan Kasenic. Süd Electronic label honcho Alan "Portable" Abrahams, the man also known as Bodycode, plays his beautiful, slightly odd deep house and techno in the club's Panther Room, with Mike Servito and Wreck's Wrecked's? Ryan Smith and Ron Like Hell opening.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Fri Mar 14
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Rinsed: Ejeca + South London Ordnance

You might think that the Rinsed gang would be content to rest on its laurels after its recent third-birthday extravaganza—but no siree, that's not the way these kids roll. Take tonight's secret-location bash, for instance: Northern Ireland's Ejeca is an expert at producing current-clubland-defining house music with an early-’90s vibe—some of his tunes could pass for lost Kerri Chandler tracks. Rising star South London Ordnance, meanwhile, has only been on the scene for a couple of years, releasing cuts on Audio Culture, Aery Metals and Hotflush—but he works the territory between deep house and techno with the aplomb of a veteran.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Fri Mar 21
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Armin van Buuren

Give us a basement, sound system, strobe light and smoke machine, and we're happy. But, obviously, there are some folks in the dance-music community who like to go big—and close to 20,000 of them will be packed into Madison Square Garden tonight for an EDM spectacle starring Dutch superstar Armin van Buuren, playing his trance-tinged rhythms in celebration of his recent LP, Intense.

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Fri Apr 11
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Discovery: Scott Grooves

Discovery's Faso and Free Magic are back with another edition of their long-running bash, featuring a soundtrack of house, techno, various bass-music beats and more. This edition looks like another hot one (aren't they all?): It boasts a guest set of deep and funky beats from the talented Detroit production vet Scott Grooves, one of the more underrated guys on the scene and a truly inspiring figure.

  1. Glasslands Gallery 289 Kent Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11249
  2. Sat May 10
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The Asian Burlesque Spectacular

Burlesque stars Calamity Chang and Sukki Singapora join forces with Thirsty Girl Productions for the second annual Asian Burlesque Spectacular, tossed in homage to such fabled and groundbreaking performers as Barbara Yung and Mei Ling. The show features Seattle's Shanghai Pearl, Denver's Orchid Mei, Montreal's Cherry Typhoon, Toronto's Wrong Note Rusty, Calgary's Miyuki Divine, San Fran's Bunny Pistol, San Diego's Miss Di’ Lovely, Tokyo's Violet Eva, NYC's own Cheeky Lane, and, of course, Misses Chang and Singapora themselves; drag artist Yuhua Hamasaki is the evening's glamorous host.

  1. Drom 85 Ave A, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Fri May 16
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