New York! The city that never sleeps is known for its energy and bustling nightlife. Whether it’s a late night out to grab a few drinks or dancing til the sun rises, New York has a plethora of available options. Check out the top nightclubs in New York that play electronic music:
One of the oldest and most successful EDM clubs in town, Marquee New York is truly a indomitable stalwart of the nightlife scene in New York. The top grossing clubs in the city have all perished within 2 years over the past decade, but Marquee founders Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg have seem to found the perfect formula for Marquee to stay afloat. Along the way, they even managed to open Marquee Las Vegas and snatched the top grossing spot in the nation in its first year of operation. Strauss and Tepperberg believes in using world class talent to draw traffic and sales, so big names such as GTA, Chuckie and Audien graces Marquee’s stage regularly, making sure you and your friends will be treated with some great EDM music. Marquee tends to get really packed on weekends, especially with top talent, so we recommend booking tables to guarantee entry.
Inspired by its sister venue in Las Vegas, Lavo is an upscale venue that aims to cater the VIP and bottle service crowd. With a restaurant on top of a nightclub setting, Lavo offers the best of both worlds so you don’t have to look far for a place to relax and have a good time after dinner. The talent here is oftentimes just as good if not better than Marquee, and you can expect to hear top EDM bangers playing all night long. The club does get busy on weekends so either arrive early, buy presale tickets or get bottle service to secure your entry.
pHD Downtown (Manhattan)
One of the crown jewels in Tao Group’s global portfolio, this opulent downtown rooftop lounge is located in the picturesque Dream Hotel at the intersection of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. pHD aspires to be the ultimate urban penthouse adorned with timeless, luxurious decorative flair in the form of Italian Portoro marble, Macassar ebony, nickel finish walls, and amber Venini glass chandeliers. The exquisite panoramic Manhattan skyline view from pHD includes direct lines of sight to the Hudson River and the Empire State Building. The highly coveted VIP seating is granted indoors at custom-built Italian leather banquettes with marble tables or outdoors at cozy seating niches perched on the heated terrace 15 stories above the non-stop bustle of the Big Apple.
Avant Gardner (Brooklyn)
Avant Gardner is the undisputed epicenter of New York City electronic music entertainment. Opened in 2017, the 80,000 square foot venue complex occupies an entire city block of industrial Bushwick, containing a compound of stages and full-service event spaces. Their diverse calendar celebrates community and culture, offering an endless range of experiences highlighted by the space’s unrivaled audio visual features. The vast complex includes The Brooklyn Mirage, The Great Hall, The King’s Hall and The Lost Circus, all serving as individual locales which for big artists and mini-festivals can be combined together to make Avant Gardner the second-largest entertainment venue (to Barclays Center) in the borough of Brooklyn.
Public Arts at Public Hotel (Manhattan)
Calling it a club is probably not accurate, so they didn’t do that. While Public Arts will certainly have music and dancing on some nights, and the upper mezzanine level has tufted velvet walls and quiet nooks for whatever you want to use them for, on other nights the main floor is also used for film screenings, theatrical and dance productions, musical performances, art exhibitions, and more. The design of the space is next level and everything is movable: risers for theater seating which roll in and out from the wall, Oriental rugs and soft leather sofas can be stowed, and even the stage is optional. That being said, it’s clear from the venue’s website that their management prides itself on the party nights, even going so far as to compare their atmosphere and scene to the legendary Studio 54 that dominated the NYC party scene four decades prior. Those are surely some big (dancing) shoes to fill… but rave reviews from the likes of GQ and Vanity Fair have them off to a great start.
In November 2019, Analog – one of New York’s most celebrated underground clubs – rebranded, remodeled, and stepped into the digital age by relaunching under the moniker Quantum. Highlighting this new chapter is an extensive audio-visual renovation that puts it back at the forefront of the North American EDM tour circuit. Carefully placed bass drivers allow the state-of-the-art acoustic system to deliver real bass weight and top-end clarity to every part of the room, synced with new lighting effects and visual capabilities. Other enhancements include the addition of new monthly art installations featuring new and upcoming artists from all over Brooklyn, a larger coat check area to reduce queuing times in winter, and implementation of a green and eco-friendly customer beverage service strategy. As the new name portends, it’s a quantum leap forward that promises more memorable immersive clubbing experiences and more multi-sensory stimulations to keep sending patrons back to the future.
Rising from the ashes of its defunct predecessor Verboten is Schimanski, a hunk of classy rusted metal and sandblasted brickwork in the heart of the hipster mecca of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Other than the addition of a high-end Alpha Dynacord sound system, the place will feel hauntingly familiar to old-school Verbotenites; the long bar is to your left, bathroom to the right – the window in the men’s bathroom is still there, with its bizarre function of allowing you to you pee in a urinal while gazing out onto the dance floor! – the reclaimed wood floor creaks beneath you, and the exposed warehouse rafters loom above you. What’s new: an immersive video projection system that wraps around the club’s walls, illuminating the space with trippy visuals, and portraits of Schimanski himself – the venue was named after a working class cop from an 80s German crime TV show called Tatort – magnanimously lording over the no-frills crowd. Oh, and don’t miss the fiberglass disco shark hanging over the main bar – it was created by New York-based artist Kevin McHugh, who once managed the renowned New York EDM DJ and producer Danny Tenaglia.
House of Yes (Brooklyn)
As its moniker would suggest, Brooklyn’s House of Yes is a place that strives to be somewhere where anything from a surreal dream can come to life. The brainchild of New York artists Kae Burke and Anya Sapozhnikova, the HoY concept grew out of NYC’s Do-It-Yourself and Burning Man scenes, starting in a rundown loft in 2007 before moving to a warehouse a year later and then reopening in its current space in 2015. On any given night, party-goers might encounter trance DJs, aerialists, circus performers, marching bands, burlesque dancers, magicians, and tarot card readers. The club is famed for far-out theme nights such as Prohibition Disco, House of Love, and Bad Behavior. Costumes are just about required for any party at House of Yes, which makes sure things get weird. It’s no surprise that this sense of wonder, discovery, and sheer craziness fostered by HoY led Time Out to put the club at the top of its “Things To Do in 2018” list, which was curated by the publication’s global editors based on 5,000 recommendations in 400 destinations from travelers around the world.
Webster Hall (Manhattan)
Housed in an 1886 building declared a historical landmark, the world-renowned Webster Hall is a dark, cavernous labyrinth of staircases and side rooms surrounding a central ballroom. Long an independently owned space, the venue was bought in 2017 by BSE Global, the parent company of Barclays Center, and the Bowery Presents, which is partly owned by the concert giant AEG, for a price estimated at about $35 million. When the club shut down in August 2017 for renovations, there was an outcry from fans concerned that Webster Hall’s history as an eclectic music and dance mecca in New York would be lost. Those fears were allayed in April 2019 when none other than hip-hop superstars (and sons of NYC) Jay-Z and Nas christened the grand re-opening night, followed that same month by Patti Smith, EDM DJ TroyBoi, Sharon Van Etten, Broken Social Scene, and MGMT. The upcoming performing artist calendar remains a mishmash of musical genres but sprinkles in more than enough monthly dates to whet the appetites of clubheads itching to boogie down.
All those who mourned (whether seriously or ironically) the closure of legendary 10 year-old Korean nightclub Circle in 2018 can smile again: the same owners immediately opened a newer, bigger, better nightclub called Mission a few blocks south in Chelsea. According to management, Circle shut down because they couldn’t afford the new lease asking price at the old location, which was in an area of soaring rents that now has a Whole Foods and a SoulCycle. It’s working out better for them though closer to K-Town, where many of their clientele dine and party before and after going to the club anyway. Mission mimics the megaclubs in Korea, with plates of cut-up fruit for people who order bottle service and well-dressed men as servers instead of the cocktail waitresses more common at American clubs. The sound system, lighting systems, and resident DJs (such as the lovely and talented DJ Tre!) are all top-notch, but let’s be honest: people go there primarily for the scene, which week in and week out boasts one of the top Asian party crowds in the world.