The 7 Best Nightclubs in Long Island City, NYC

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18 June 2018

New Yorkers from all over the five boroughs flock to Long Island City because it offers beautiful sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. But LIC’s nightlife is an attraction worth seeing too. Check out the deejayed parties and dance venues that have put this buzzy New York City neighborhood on the map.

L.I.C. Bar

Bar, American, $$$
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L.I.C. Bar is always a good idea. This neighborhood spot is dog-friendly and shows sports on its TV, and on Sundays during the summer, it hosts popular dance parties soundtracked by live music. As for the other six days of the week, the L.I.C. Bar is roomy (and relaxed!) enough to accommodate your desire to dance at any time.

Melrose Ballroom

Concert Hall
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Melrose Ballroom
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Occupying a whopping 25,000 square feet (2,323 square meters), Melrose Ballroom is more than three times the size of the average nightclub. The massive venue makes the most of its two stories by featuring three dance floors and large crowds brought in by international DJs and artists such as FKA Twigs and Rihanna.

Doha Nightclub and Lounge

Nightclub, American, $$$
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Big groups with even bigger differences in musical tastes will love Doha Nightclub and Lounge. Traditional only in appearance, this nightclub is known for its eclectic musical offerings, which have included everything from electric violinists to throwback-loving DJs to live performances.

Warm Up at MoMA PS1

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MoMA PS1 Warm Up
MoMA PS1 Warm Up | MoMA PS1 Warm Up

Each summer, the Big Apple’s hottest dance parties take place in a setting you wouldn’t expect. Consider MoMA PS1’s Warm Up, the world-famous art institution’s most experimental exhibition yet. Live performances by international DJs and musicians, floor space featuring life-size art installations, and an outdoor dance party make for one of MoMA’s greatest masterpieces.


Bar, Gay Bar, American, $$$
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Technically, this beloved Queens gay bar is in LIC-adjacent Astoria, but its weekend dance parties and perfect five-star Yelp rating earn it a spot on your radar. At ICON’s Friday and Saturday night parties, LGBTQ New Yorkers and their allies dance to tunes from live DJs while drag divas Jan Sport and Rosé emcee.