Best New York City Dance Clubs For Getting Your Groove On

Lisa Kahn

By , Local Expert, New York
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When you're out on the town in a new city, few entertainment options get you as up-close-and-personal with the locals quite like sharing a dance floor. An added plus is that abandoning yourself to the rhythms, the lights and the energy of the crowd is the kind of total, free-spirited fun you won't regret in the morning. When you crave that feeling, let us introduce you to the best of NYC dance clubs, where top DJs get things moving and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see along the way. To follow the crowds, head to the Ibiza-based Pacha and see what lies in store; for a more subdued experience, give LQ a try....  Read more »

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    Output is the first Euro-style electroclub in North Brooklyn.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get there no later than 10:30 pm to avoid an hours-long wait."

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    Cielo has won tons of Best Club awards during the nine years it's been opened--and all are well deserved.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cielo is worth visiting midweek, when an eclectic mix of music plays over the state-of-the-art sound system. "

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    While everything else in Midtown Manhattan closes up shop, LQ parties on into the night.

    Local Expert Tip: "Salsa lovers queue up on Wednesdays, while merengue and reggaeton fans pack the house on weekends. "

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    Kiss & Fly

    Kiss & Fly is the perfect place to mix with a young, rich and European crowd.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out "The Temple," a tentlike area in the back of the club that offers a taste of the VIP life."

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    Thanks to the club's proximity to the Lincoln Tunnel, there's usually plenty of outer-borough types on hand--but, of course, that's part of the fun.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go to to get on the reduced-admission list."

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    Marquee's recent renovation--including the scratch-'n-sniff wallpaper in the restrooms--heralds its return as a top NYC superclub.

    Local Expert Tip: "Buy a ticket for one of the headlining acts to avoid a wait behind the ropes."

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    Opened in 1982 on a barren street on the fringe of SoHo, S.O.B.'s is still going strong years after the neighborhood has grown around it.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pick up some moves at free Latin dance classes held on Friday nights at 7pm."

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    Naked Lunch

    The DJ-spun R&B and '80s hits will get you to bust a move or two.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour offerings from 5 to 9 pm include $6 wine and sangria of the day."

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    Finale is a top choice is you want to rub sequined elbows with a fashion industry crowd.

    Local Expert Tip: "You'll have the most room along the railing of the second tier, nearest the no-reservation tables."

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    Capri Night Club

    At Capri, the glorious legend of Tony Manero lives on.

    Local Expert Tip: "Drinks are half price during "Early Retro Happy Hour" beginning at 10 pm."



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