Diversity is what makes the Big Apple so juicy, and good music comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes! From top-shelf nightclubs to outdoor discos, and far-flung warehouses, NYC has it all. Come in the right season and you might even catch the odd boat party, should you choose to take a loop around the Statue of Liberty. New York City’s dance music scene grows wider and more varied with every passing weekend, and by all accounts it may soon rival that of its European cousins, so watch out London! We’ve spent many a happy Saturday sampling the city’s nightlife venues and crawling home as the sun begins to rise. We’ve consulted with our good friends and electronic music experts, Resident Advisor, to uncover all of the best clubs in NYC – you can thank us later!
Black Flamingo, a 70-capacity basement dance club, is located in everyone’s favorite effortlessly edgy neighborhood: East Williamsburg. The subterranean club space, which is connected to an upstairs restaurant, is the brainchild of Eli Goldstein, one-half of Soul Clap. The restaurant upstairs is vegan because… Williamsburg, but the club downstairs is a little less, err, wholesome!
168 Borinquen Pl., Brooklyn NY
Bossa Nova Civca Club
Bossa Nova Civic Club is not only one of the best clubs in NYC, but also one of the cosiest. The modest 140-capacity bar sits beneath the rumbling subway overpass in Bushwick, Brooklyn. For those in search of a Monday night dance party (because who doesn’t love drinking on a school night?!), this is one of the only spots you’re likely to find in the borough!
1271 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Not all of the best clubs in NYC are hidden away in dark basements. Brooklyn Mirage is an outdoor oasis in the Avant Gardner complex, situated in the industrial sprawl of East Williamsburg. Offering city-beach vibes, it’s open during the summer season each year, and decked out with thousands of plants and palm trees. Oh, and boasting a KV2 Audio system!
140 Stewart Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Located in the city’s Meatpacking District, Cielo is a nightclub that blends modernity with a refined retro style. It’s a self-proclaimed “mature” experience designed purely for music and dancing. Cielo is intimate (holding about 300 people), armed with a Funktion One soundsystem and a specially designed sunken dance floor.
18 Little West 12th Street, NY
Good Room was built by music lovers for music lovers! Launched in 2014 by nightclub veterans, the space fuses the traditional Greenpoint bar scene with a club vibe. Good Room prides itself on being an open and inclusive space with plenty of room to dance alongside a big soundsystem. The glow of warm lighting and the vinyl records lining the walls set the vibes for a cool AF night out.
98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
House of Yes
This 475-capacity Brooklyn venue is part nightclub and part self-proclaimed ‘circus theatre,’ and no we’re not clowning around! With a focus on both electronic music and live entertainment, House Of Yes boasts high ceilings, video installations and a full backyard, as well as ‘the best bathrooms you’ll ever experience,’ apparently… Trust us, it’s the shit!
2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Jupiter Disco is truly out of this world (haha, get it?!) A sci-fi haven for music nerds, the music curation varies widely, but it’s especially good for hearing serious record collectors show off their crate-digging skills. Pairing a headsy soundtrack with killer drinks and retro-futuristic decor, this little dance bar also has a custom-built analog rotary mixer in the DJ booth. I mean, what else can we say to convince you this is one of the best clubs in NYC?!
1237 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Despite growing competition, Output has remained one of Brooklyn’s most popular clubs with its vast rooms, chic rooftop bar, and powerful sound system. As a landmark of a club in NYC, Output and the adjacent Panther Room have hosted a great majority of today’s touring DJs and musicians. With views of the Manhattan skyline and a peachy palate of baby blues and pinks, Output is the perfect place to spend an evening (and night) in the city that never sleeps!
74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Inside the converted warehouse on North 11th street in Williamsburg, Schimanski offers a stripped down and minimal club vibe. With its oversized sound system and 360 visual projection mapping, revelers come here to move to an array of burgeoning and recognized house, bass, and techno DJs. Count us in!
54 N11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Sugar Hill Disco
By day Sugar Hill is a no-frills restaurant in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood serving classic Southern dishes. By night, it transforms into a multi-room, open-air blowout. Perfect for label showcases or club nights that span an array of styles, the modest dance hall has hosted some of Brooklyn’s best dance parties and world-class underground DJs. In other words, Sugar Hill is sweet as, well, sugar!
217 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
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It’s no surprise that the city that never sleeps has some of the world’s best nightlife! Do you have any dance spots that you think we should include? Dance down to the comments below and let us know! ?