5 Great Places to Dance in NYC

By Kristen Vergine,

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Are you looking to rage until the sun comes up? For New Yorkers and visitors eyeing to let loose, nothing quite does the job like a night of dancing. There’s no better city in the world for a night at a dance club than the big apple, with a collection of offerings that range from hip-hop to punk, there are many places to dance the night away. Whether you are looking for a hole-in-the-wall club to let loose, or a LED lit stage to see a topnotch DJ, there are plenty of spots in the city to shake it off and liven up. However, finding a good club to let off a little steam and chase the blues away can be difficult. Lucky for you, we’ve made planning a night on the town that much easier. Put on your dancing shoes and head to one of these nightclub hotspots.


1. Le Bain: Situated on both the 18th floor and the rooftop of the Standard Hotel in Manhattan, this penthouse nightspot and rooftop features a 35-foot bar, world-famous DJs, a state of the art sound system and superlative-inspiring views. This rooftop hotspot is the perfect setting that provides indoor and outdoor space. Inside, Le Bain offers a darkly-lit clubbing area along with a heated indoor pool, where guests both fully clothed and stripped down to their bathing suits can splash around with cocktails in hand. When you need a breather, head upstairs to the rooftop bar for refreshments and watch the city sparkle. This laid back area offers artificial grass, waterbeds, along with a crepe station. Make your way to this Highline for an ultimate dance party while taking in the stunning views of downtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and New Jersey.

Le Bain NYC


2. Cielo: Noted as the place where “music lives,” this state-of-the-art club in downtown’s super chic Meat Packing District provides refined electronic music along with a unique space. Looking to go back to the basics? Cielo offers the best DJs, flawless service, stunning decor and lighting, skillfully designed acoustics and an incredible funktion one soundsystem that will be sure to blow your socks off. The venue’s sunken dancefloor is surrounded by banquettes decorated in brown and beige suede with a variety of clever lighting affects to enhance the intimate design; inspired by the timeless 70’s appeal.Since 2003, Cielo has remained dedicated to maintaining high quality service and providing an experience unlike any other. As demonstrated by the exceptional number of awards and nominations the club currently claims, this hotspot has established itself as an international brand with an act of cutting-edge electronic music. In addition, Cielo has featured more top international DJs than any other club in North America since it’s introductory, providing DJs such as Luciano and David Guetta.


Cielo NYC

3. Up & Down: Are you hungry for an authentic nightlife culture? This chic spot aims to change the acceptance of the norm. Their philosophy is to push boundaries and create an environment that opens up new worlds. Take chances and give people something they didn’t even know they wanted, something they didn’t even know was an option. Sounds pretty appealing right? Previously known as The Darby, this West Village venue is a favorite amongst models and fashion designers. This multidimensional space has a lot to offer. Upstairs you’ll find a classic bottle service and thumping hip hop music that will be sure to keep you on your feet. If you need a quick break, head downstairs and shoot some pool and don’t forget to check out the mirrored stairwell great for a selfie. Up & Down has many celebrities roll through its properties, but unlike many places, they keep it on the DL. Celebrities such as Rhianna and Wiz Kalifa are some of many who have strolled through this one of a kind club setting. If you’re looking to go from chill to wild in 0-60, Up and Down is your perfect match.


Up & Down NYC

4. Output: Output is one of the few dance clubs in Brooklyn to hold its own against Manhattan’s heavy hitting competitors. With a 452 person capacity and a host of exciting DJs visiting each week, Output is a new nightlife hangout for Brooklynites who want to ride the electro wave. Output offers a premium Funktion One soundsystem, one of the best sound systems in the city, which sends killer beats echoing from the likes of well-known DJs, who spin the kind of music that’ll keep you thumping around until morning.The venues crowd is pretty laid back for an immense city club, with no VIP section to deal with. Output provides two floors that are all about the music and dancing. Once inside, the main room bumps with high-grade electronic talent and the rooftop gives you a place to cool down before going back in for more. Output is open to anyone and welcomes individuals who respect the collective experience of music over cameras and iPhones.


Output NYC

5. Santos Party House: Introduced in 2008 by party prince, Andrew W.K., Santo’s Party House offers guests multiple levels of all-out dance party glory. Devoted to bringing back the dance-meets-art scene, Santo’s genre-bending nightspot includes hip-hop, funk, soul and house. The venue includes a two level, 8000 sq. foot music venue, centrally located in downtown New York City, overlapping Chinatown and Tribeca. Combining both music and art culture, Santos is designed to function as a concert hall, dance club, and lounge.In total, Santos Party House features three bars, black walls and ceilings, dark wood floors, tall columns, and a collection of lively decorations. The venue has received a number of awards, including: The People’s Choice Award for Best Night Club, Best New Club, Best DJ Night from Paper magazine, and Best New Dance Floor from the Village Voice.


Santos Party House NYC



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