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The best parties and club nights in NYC this month: May 2024

Check out the best parties New York’s nightlife has to offer, from club nights to new event series.

Ian Kumamoto
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Ian Kumamoto
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Whether or not you realize it, New York is undergoing a nightlife renaissance. Communities that were once driven underground and considered "niche" have blossomed and claimed their rightful spot in the city's entertainment ecosystem. Whether it's a new Latin party about to take over one of the biggest club venues in the Lower East Side, an Afro-Latino party that takes place on a Midtown rooftop every Saturday, or an AAPI collective taking over the Brooklyn Museum for first Saturdays, there's no shortage of exciting parties happening this month. Here are some of our top picks.

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The best parties and club nights in NYC this month: May 2024

  • Nightlife

After a brief hiatus, NSFW, the iconic fetish-inspired party, is back at Hush in Hells Kitchen every other Friday. This month's party is on May 10. Created by legendary promoter Papito Suave, prepare to enter a world where your craziest fantasies could become your sexy reality, while dancing the night away to sets by some of NYC's best underground DJs.

This is a party that's also frequented by some of the city's most scandelous socialites, including Amanda Lepore. Definitely come with an open mind: NSFW is a diverse space free of judgement where exploration is encouraged, and entry is free if you wear fetish gear.   

  • Nightlife

Just in time for the end of AAPI Month and the beginning of Pride Month, join the iconic all-AAPI drag show Red Lantern District as they celebrate their one-year anniversary alongside the queer party collective Bubble_T. In the past year, Red Lantern District began as a passion project and evolved into a staple of queer and trans POC nightlife in Brooklyn. As always, expect gag-worthy drag performances from Kanika Peach, Felicia Oh, and Kekoa on top notch dance music by Tito Vida.

The party's on May 25 at Red Pavilion in Bushwick.

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  • Nightlife

To celebrate the end of AAPI month, Heads Know, the Brooklyn-based party collective curated by ariellenyc, is hosting a lineup of all women DJs from different corners of the diaspora at SILO on May 31. DJs on this lineup include L.A.-based, hip hop forward DJ Hu Dat; Chicago-based DJ Nanoos; Canadian DJ Hood Joplin; and local staple JIALING. The booty thumping here will be for a cause, too: 10% of proceeds from this party will go towards Q-Wave, a queer Asian grassroots org based in NYC. 

  • LGBTQ+

BLOODY MARY says it's the first queer party series to bring together sex worker performers with bloody party vignettes with DJ sets and boxing demos, and we believe them. Curated by queer artist Von, BLOODY MARY has booked some of the most iconic DJs in queer club culture, including Pussy Riot, UNIIQU3, DOSS and Virgen Maria. For their upcoming May 26 party at House of Yes, you can expect a performance by DeathByRomy, a live tattooing session, and lots of sweaty dancing.  

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  • Bars

The PUBLIC Hotel in the Bowery is undergoing a renaissance with the opening of its sexy new cocktail bar two fifteen, but there's going to be no better place to watch the sunset this summer than at the hotel's roof, which is finally opening for the season.

Whether you want to sip on white wine after a long day of work or order a cosmo, there's always a possibility for the night to continue if the vibes are right—all you have to do is walk into any of the hotel's many designated party spaces.

  • Nightlife

A brand new party for Latin music lovers will happen every month at The Delancey starting on Thursday, May 2. Born out of a desire by founder Saucy to bring together different types of Latin music into one singular space—the way the iconic Copacabana nightclub once did—you can think of this as a Latin music festival happening across three different floors, with a basement level featuring underground club beats, a main floor that will play top 40 Latin hits and a top floor that will play bachata and merengue.

If you miss this upcoming party, the next one on June 6 will feature an iconic lineup of queer Puerto Rican DJs, performers, and hosts. 

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  • Nightlife

There's gonna be no better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than on a roof, specifically the Sultan Room's roof with Raw Honey, the queer women of color-centered party. On May 25, they'll be curating The Sticky, a summer event series for queer and trans people of color to connect, unwind, and enjoy the unmatched Brooklyn summer vibes. Expect great sets by local legend Bodegaparty, QUA, Fla$h, Fashion Weak and Breeze. Entry is free with RSVP before 7pm.

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