You’ve heard New York is the city that never sleeps – now meet the places that are keeping us up. From wellness-infused fetes to classic club experiences, these nightclubs are better than bed could ever be. Put on your dancing shoes because we’re introducing you to the best nightclubs in New York City.
House of Yes
Bar, Nightclub, Contemporary
Say “no thanks” to boring, buttoned-up nightclubs at House of Yes, a Bushwick-based experience that could convert any non-night owl. Since opening in 2016, this boundary-blurring spot has established itself as a staple of the city’s nightlife scene with exciting and eclectic events, including roller-disco parties, deep house yoga and performances by aerialists, magicians and more. All you have to do is say yes.
No pretension (an effect of the club’s “no bottle service” policy), just good vibes – that’s what’s on offer at Output. With its state-of-the-art Funktion-One sound system and diverse clientele, this multi-room club situated beside Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel is a breath of fresh air for North Williamsburg night owls.
Situated in the former home of Silent Barn, Trans-Pecos is an all-ages show venue and community space on the increasingly buzzy Bushwick-Ridgewood border. Todd P, the pioneer of Brooklyn’s DIY scene, heads this popular spot, where weekday parties feature varied music and laid-back crowds.
A plant-based taqueria and discotheque, Black Flamingo isn’t your ordinary nightclub. Located in Brooklyn (where else?), this Miami-inspired spot is known as much for its pink flamingo cocktail stirrers as its sweat-inducing dance parties, soundtracked with house and techno beats curated by scene veterans. When you’ve finished flying high on the dance floor, make sure you refuel at Flamingo’s popular upstairs restaurant.
For a classic club experience, look no further than 1 OAK, a Manhattan mainstay serving New York night owls since 2008. At this Chelsea standby, revelers can savor luxury bottles, enjoy live performances by hip-hop’s hottest artists and rub elbows with celebrities on the 375-capacity dance floor.
The center of Bushwick’s thriving techno scene, Bossa Nova Civic Club has been a Brooklyn staple since opening in 2012. Located beneath the M line’s Central Avenue subway stop, this tropical-themed bar/club is anything but underground, with past performers having included industry giants such as Jamie xx, Heather Heart and Adam X.
Those willing to brave the long lines (and discerning doorman) at Le Bain will be rewarded with a club experience that’s anything but standard. Occupying the rooftop of Manhattan’s Standard Hotel, this coveted club features sweeping city vistas, made-to-order crepes, celebrity sightings and a dance floor equipped with a built-in hot tub.
A club “built by music lovers for music lovers,” Greenpoint’s Good Room is the local’s best bet for catching underground – but never underwhelming – acts. Designed by nightlife notable Steve Lewis, the multi-room space features a chandelier made of ram horns, a smaller Bad Room housing the club’s vinyl collection and second DJ area, and a roomy dance floor, making for an ideal environment to enjoy performances by Studio 54 veteran Nicky Siano, local rapper Mykki Blanco and more.
Renowned in the global clubbing landscape, Marquee New York is a nightlife fixture for New Yorkers with a taste for life’s finer things. Here, world-famous DJs, such as Steve Aoki and Michael Brun, perform for celebrity listeners, fashion-industry flocks and Manhattan merrymakers.
Taking over the former digs of Space Ibiza, FREQ keeps the party going at this Hell’s Kitchen hotspot. Brought to you by Space co-owner Antonio Piacquadio, this big blowout features multiple dance floors, a 6am closing time and live performances from global DJs. In other words, it has everything you need for a good time.
One of the best nightclub experiences in New York City isn’t a nightclub at all. The Get Down, a fortnightly party at Manhattan nightclub Cielo, elevates nightlife norms, such as live music and dancing, with wellness-focused infusions, including pre-party meditation practices, live art and uplifting vibes.