The best NYC nightlife

Check out essential parties, the hottest new clubs and underground outlets and the people behind the after-dark action

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You don’t have to be a regular night owl to enjoy the parties, clubs, DJs and lounges that abound in the NYC nightlife scene. Take a look back at some of the city’s legendary scenes, then scope out the boroughs’ hottest options for every preference and price cap. Notable New York nightlife names dish on the parties you won’t want to miss, door-people reveal how to behave if you want to get in, and we fill you in on our latest favorite DJ mixes available for you listening pleasure.

Best NYC nightlife

The best clubs in NYC
Nightlife

The best clubs in NYC

We highlight our go-to nightlife venues and dance clubs in NYC

The best parties in NYC this week
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The best parties in NYC this week

Check out the best parties New York's nightlife has to offer

The best gay nightlife in New York
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The best gay nightlife in New York

Gay parties in New York offer something for everyone, from relaxed, mixed-queer shindigs to sweaty dance throwdowns

The best places to dance in NYC
Nightlife

The best places to dance in NYC

From late-night bars to world-renowned clubs, here are our favorite spots to dance at

Superstar DJ Armin van Buuren on what NYC means to his music
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Superstar DJ Armin van Buuren on what NYC means to his music

Grammy-nominated Dutchman Armin van Buuren finds himself right at home

The top club sound systems
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The top club sound systems

We pick out clubs that have raised the electronic music industry standard for sound systems

Danceteria, Studio 54 and other legendary clubs and parties
Clubs

Danceteria, Studio 54 and other legendary clubs and parties

Hark back to clubland’s hallowed past with testimonies from people who were there

Cool nightlife photographers in New York
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Cool nightlife photographers in New York

Feast your eyes on some of NYC’s best nightlife photography

These incredible photos show NYC nightlife is anything but dead
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These incredible photos show NYC nightlife is anything but dead

Our fair city’s edge ain’t dulling anytime soon

What it’s like to be a late-night dancer in NYC
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What it’s like to be a late-night dancer in NYC

When the sun goes down, these four talented performers turn it up. At everything from East Village bars to monthly gay parties, it takes more work than you might think to be the life of the party. But don’t take our word for it. Hear it from these hot night owls who may just inspire you to get up on a bar or burlesque stage.

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