Get Your Groove Thing Moving At These 10 NYC Dance Spots

Nightlife can take many forms, but for New Yorkers and visitors looking to let off a little steam, nothing quite does the job like a night of dancing. While the city’s mega dance clubs used to be synonymous with Manhattan, recent years have given rise to a new kind of club that’s happy to call Brooklyn home.

Williamsburg clubs like Output, with their lack of velvet ropes and seriously dirty sound systems draw crowds more interested in Carl Cox and Royksopp than Kanye West and Deadmau5.

Or what about outlier Mehanata, a Lower East Side gem that's often unfairly overlooked even though it has the energy, soul and funk to lift you right off their basement stripper pole and on to the wild and rowdy dance floor?

But before we get too far off the beaten path, rest assured that those of you looking for the ultimate VIP experience won't be disappointed with what you'll find below. The new kids on the block may be stealing some thunder, but Manhattan’s club scene still reigns supreme at places like Provocateur, where you can just as easily groove the night away as spend the evening gawking at celebrity royalty. Not that you’d want to do that anyway, right? No, you came to dance.

West Village

There's dance parties in Manhattan. And then there's the Sunday night dance party in The Ballroom of the Jane Hotel. Now home to one of the hottest parties in town, this spot used to be a haven for sailors looking for a place to rest their weary...  Read More

Lavo's DJs mash up hip-hop, pop, house and EDM to create an atmosphere that's excessively over the top in the best possible way. Not at all for the faint of heart, don't be surprised when you're swept up into the chaos and bounced around the...  Read More

Lower East Side

A wild card on the list that's too-often overlooked is Mehanata, a Bulgarian club that's home to what seems like a band of traveling gypsies and a wicked vodka ice room. Skip the ice room and don't waste any time jumping in to the downright...  Read More

Finally at home in a permanent location, Verboten brings their decade of experience hosting monster warehouse parties to a former metal shop in Williamsburg. This is where true music heads looking for an authentic fix stumble into when they want...  Read More


Marquee fell out of party people's good graces for a few years but has bounced back with a vengeance after a complete overhaul in 2012. With outposts in Sydney and Vegas, Marquee NYC is essentially one huge room and a balconied VIP area that...  Read More

Helmed by party prince Andrew W.K., Santo's Party House is two levels of all-out dance party glory located just south of Canal Street. Dedicated to bringing back the dance-meets-art scene, Santo's genre-bending roster includes hip-hop, funk,...  Read More

With prime positioning in the club-concentrated Meatpacking District, Provoc, as it's lovely called by regulars, is where to go when you want to see and be seen. Packed to the rafters with models, financial powerhouses, actors and trust fund...  Read More

Output is one of the few clubs in Brooklyn to hold its own against Manhattan's heavy hitters. The club is armed with a Funktion One, one of the best sound systems in the city, making it powerful against the big guys in more ways than one. You'll...  Read More

With arguably the chicest bathrooms and sexiest views in NYC, Le Bain is notoriously one of the hardest doors in the city. Perhaps that's because this lively club is connected to The Boom Boom Room, one of Manhattan's exclusive celebrity...  Read More

For those times when you just can't wait for the weekend, set your Thursday night compass to Cielo in the Meatpacking District for a good old dose of thundering sound and high-energy beats. Brought to you by the same owners as Output, this tiny...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea

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