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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Nostalgia: Right now, it’s the lifeline New Yorkers are desperately clinging to, just to get us through some tough times. Look no further than Chelsea newcomer Retroclubnyc, an old-school dance club geared toward people in their thirties and forties rather than the usual crowd of twentysomethings. The lack of blatant signage outside the bar evokes a speakeasy, with only a bouncer to indicate you’ve arrived. Inside, four bartenders work a long, black bar lit with lamps made from booze decanters. On the decent-sized dance floor in the back, a woman whips her hair around under three glittering disco balls. A recent Friday night had the DJ spinning ‘90s club hits, followed by James Brown, Donna Summer and Michael Jackson. There’s currently no cover charge and Retroclubnyc is also planning theme nights; One friendly bartender mentioned that they were working on a drag night for Halloween.

For a blast from the past, go way back with the slightly herbal Sloe Gin Fizz ($12), the Galliano-doused Harvey Wallbanger ($12) or the zingy tang of gin and lemon juice that is a Tom Collins ($10). Relive your 20s and order the vodka and Midori Melon Ball ($12) or the SoCo and amaretto Alabama Slammer ($12). Try specialty shots like the Mind Eraser, B-52 or Irish Car Bomb (all $8). You can also splurge on signature cocktails like the Retro with gin and St. Germaine, the Coco-Loco Martini with Godiva liqueur, or the Mia-Pia Margarita (all $17). Throwback drinks are $8 during happy hour on Thursdays and Fridays from 4:30–8pm. Retroclubnyc also offers a decent selection of bar snacks.

It’s perfect for going dancing at the club without the hassle of the club. Retroclubnyc is right in the middle of all the action in Chelsea, with no cover, good (if pricey) drinks, excellent music and people who are old enough to know better. And, best of all, when you’re ready to leave, it’s easy to find your friends.



268 W 44th St (2nd Fl)
New York
Subway: 1 train to 23rd & 7th Ave
Average: $25
Opening hours:
Thurs-Fri: 5pm-4am; Saturday 9pm-4am
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