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Top 10 Best Hip Hop Clubs in NYC

New York City, the birthplace of hip-hop music and the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, has been Ground Zero of the rap/hip-hop musical genre for four decades and counting. Grandmaster Flash and SugarHill Gang in the 70s. Run-DMC and The Beastie Boys in the 80s. LL Cool J, Jay-Z , Notorious B.I.G., and Nas in the 90s & aughts. A$AP Rocky, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B in the twentyteens. With the turn of the Roaring 20’s Part Deux seeing electronic dance music tapering off slightly and hip-hop demonstrating a resurgence, it is no surprise that New York will continue to enjoy another decade as the shining lighthouse beacon for the freshest and hottest hip-hop nightclubs on the planet.

Without further adieu, here is our updated list of today’s top hip-hop venues – both the upscale and the ratchet ones – in the city that never sleeps.

1. Tao Downtown

Dance floor @ Tao Downtown New York City

Tucked away within the grandeur of the downtown location of Tao Group’s eponymous restaurant is a hidden nightlife gem and “in the know” oasis (not so surprisingly) called… Tao Downtown.  Separated from the restaurant, the 2500 square foot drinks-only nightlife space has steadily kept a low-key profile while attracting wealthy Manhattanites and celebrities for late night/wee-hour cocktails, music, and dancing. A lot of newbs don’t even know there is nightclub there, as it is tucked away in the corner of the huge Tao complex away from the larger dining area. The opulently decorated club room is located one staircase down, and the ambiance is so intimate and dark that the place almost feels like a speakeasy. For those in the know, Tao Downtown remains one of the Meatpacking hotspots these days – especially on Tuesday nights when the fashion models come out to play – and it is a grand undertaking to gain entry on weekends. It is important to note that dining at the restaurant does not guarantee entry into the club; only a VIP table reservation or a personal invitation from Tao Group’s management team will suffice.

Upcoming events at Tao Downtown

2. Avenue NYC

Dance floor @ Avenue Nightclub NYC

Tao Group has done it again. A trendy crowd, stunning tapestries and paintings, and of course luxurious no-expenses-spared VIP bottle service makes Avenue one of the most desirable nightclub/lounges in all of New York City.

Meet Avenue, its velvet rope, its guest list, and its polite but firm bouncers: it should feel like you’ve earned something when you make it past these burly gatekeepers. And give Avenue some credit: although it may not come off as inviting, it does make the door rigmarole worth it. The self-described gastro-lounge is festooned with wood paneling, aristocratic portraits, tarnished mirrors and other trappings. Guests sashay on the enormous dance floor downstairs while a DJ spins pop and Girl Talk-inspired remixes up top. There’s a surprising menu of eclectic comfort food—everything from waffle fries to Kung Pao Chicken Satay to Pretzel Dogs. It’s oddly homey for a place like this, but don’t let the menu fool you: although reservations aren’t required, signing up for bottle service makes it a lot easier to get in, you can book bottle service at Avenue NYC here.

Upcoming events at Avenue

3. Up & Down NYC

bottom floor @ Up & Down Nightclub NYC

Every floor of Up & Down is an adventure, night by night and room by room. The upstairs maintains a high energy club atmosphere, while the downstairs takes on the role of a chill lounge that has the ability to go from chill to wild in 0-60, creating a back alley club feel. Balance is key when programming the club so that both floors are both vibrant.

“The music upstairs provides the atmosphere of a modern day nightclub, a mixed format of current hits and surprise performances while the downstairs is more of a musical scavenger hunt, covering all spectrums, from classics’ to music that is just a bit ahead of the curve.” Make the night special and easily book VIP bottle service reservations at Up & Down.

Upcoming events at Up & Down

4. The Blond

The Blond Nightclub NYC

A lot of clubs in the Meatpacking District and downtown are full of college kids and tourists who want to get plastered. The Blond started as one of those cool, super-chill spots for locals and has blossomed into a hotspot for well-heeled regulars and celebrity sightings. It’s got a good-looking fashionista crowd and everyone dresses the part, and hip-hop is always on the record. The venue boasts modern décor with burnished mirrors, velvet couches and bronze sculptures of people wearing masks in homage to the iconic “Eyes Wide Shut” movie. Atop the long bar are mushroom-shaped lamps made of copper, and coasters are printed with portraits of famous blond celebs like Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman and Candice Swanepoel.

After 11:30pm, the lines to get into The Blond typically spill around the corner, overseen by a couple of intimidating but professional bouncers. Though there’s no official dress code, it’s typical NYC: guys will get turned away for wearing shorts and t-shirts, while pretty girls in skimpy dresses and tight ripped jeans can magically move to the front of the line. The crowd there is a common NYC sight well: younger well-dressed model types trying to make it in the concrete jungle against older well-dressed gentlemen throwing around money and on the hunt like they’ve already figured out the law of that same jungle. While other exclusive ultra lounge in NYC can feel super stuffy, packed, and claustrophobic, the Blond is refreshingly spacious and airy, and decorated in comfort-inducing exquisite tones and textures.

Upcoming events at The Blond

5. Jane Ballroom

The Jane Ballroom - New York City nightclub

The Jane Ballroom, with its grand and eclectic décor, has hosted countless events and film shoots. The Ballroom is versatile and can accommodate smaller events on the Mezzanine level or larger functions in the entire space. Fridays and Saturdays are lively and the line can be long, but Thursday nights here are one of the best nightlife scenes in Lower Manhattan. The stunning Hudson River views from the Roof are unparalleled, and the interior Roof Bar is ideal for a more intimate gathering or to take a break from the heat on the dance floor. VIP bottle service requests for Jane Ballroom can be submitted here.

Upcoming events at Jane Ballroom

6. 1 OAK NYC

1OAK Nightclub New York City

After passing through a coat-check anteroom where lines of cursive are engraved in the wall, patrons find themselves in an expansive room with a ceiling of raw oak slats and a zigzagging black-and-white floor that sets an El Morocco tone. It’s official, you’ve made it to 1 Oak. The room is divided by a central black lacquered bar doling out $20 mixed drinks, and, in one corner, a VIP-type area with a roaring fireplace and giant artwork by Roy Nachum (designer of Southern Hospitality and Saucy) of a sexy nude flanked by buffalo. Beyond that area is a cruise-y outdoor smoking lounge partially enclosed by mirrored walls. Ostrich-leather banquettes line under lit brick walls covered by metallic gold curtains, offsetting a bizarre centerpiece—another large artwork of a young blindfolded boy with two horses. In the front of the room there’s a D.J. podium outfitted with what looks and sounds like a very pricey sound system and in the back, risers for those happy to sit without silver Dom Pérignon buckets in front of them.  Be sure to make a VIP table reservation and book bottle service at 1 Oak NYC here.

Upcoming events at 1 OAK

7. Hotel Chantelle

Dance floor at Hotel Chantelle - New York City nightclub

Not actually a hotel, Ravi Patel’s LES spot is named after a French World War II safe house. Hotel Chantelle is retro in design as unmarked doors transport you into Patel’s version of 1940’s Paris. The room exudes warmth as dark mahogany wood panels blend with the black leather pin tucked banquettes under the glow of flickering exposed bulbs, candles, and a gold floral pattern that bounces off dark wallpaper. Cozy up in the banquettes or sit at the bar, where friendly bartenders are happy to explain the cocktail list, which features modern twists on old-school classics. They’ll lead you towards three concoctions: The Pineapple Express (jalapeño-infused tequila, pineapple, and pomegranate), Libertine (gin, cucumber, lime juice), and the Kir Yvette (sparkling rosé, lemon juice). Mix up your night with the attached rooftop restaurant or underground dance club. Be sure to book your VIP table and bottle service reservations at Hotel Chantelle here.

Upcoming events at Hotel Chantelle

8. Goldbar

Goldbar - New York City nightclub

For over a decade, Goldbar has been a top nightlife destination in New York City. Famous for it’s golden skulls, 12’ vaulted gold leaf ceilings and crystal chandeliers, Goldbar embodies sophistication. The standout team behind Goldbar is dedicated to offering an exceptional and genuine nightlife experience. The décor, fit for royalty, sets the mood for lavish indulgence. With an impressive cocktail menu, created by renowned mixologist Tim Cooper, Goldbar is devoted to innovative drinks, with only the freshest ingredients and top-notch spirits. You can book bottle service at Goldbar here.

Upcoming events at Goldbar

9. The DL

The DL Rooftop - New York City nightclub

The DL is one of the friendliest, least pretentious, and high-energy nightclubs not just in the Lower East Side, but across all of New York City. This bass-rattling multi-level venue is fully equipped with an outdoor rooftop wood deck patio with retractable roof where the main dance floor congregates around a DJ spinning popular open format tunes. 
Down below, the second level of the DL is a darker, grimier no-frills hip-hop sweatbox that has become the calling card for LES nightspots over the years; the entrance level first floor is an inviting bar/lounge with modern tunes playing in the background. Views of the New York City skyline, strong drinks, great music, and a younger crowd full of college students – mostly from NYU, Hunter, Baruch, & the Manhattan fashion schools – early twentysomething Tri-State area professionals looking to blow off steam, and visiting tourists gone wild make the DL a must-visit option for weekend fun.  Be sure to book this hot spot in advance, you can submit a bottle service request for The DL here.

Upcoming events at The DL

10. Sky Room

Sky Room Rooftop Nightclub - New York City

Occupying the 33rd and 34th floor of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Times Square by Marriott and the Four Points Times Square by Sheraton, the bi-level ultra lounge transports guests to a high energy oasis atop 40th Street. Sky Room offers five distinct spaces: the North Terrace with its retractable roof, the South Terrace with its private cabanas, the Times Square Lounge, the Cube Balcony, and the Candlelight Lounge. 

The North Terrace on the 34th floor provides a comfortable environment all year round with a fully retractable glass roof cover and panoramic glass walls, offering stunning views of the Times Square area. One standout highlight of the venue is the South Terrace on the top level, which features plush furniture and soothing ambient lighting amidst a lush landscape, set up to offer a luxurious space where guests can truly enjoy being in the heart of Manhattan, with views of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building. Enjoy sweeping city views and book bottle service at Sky Room here.

Upcoming events at Sky Room


Want to discover everything New York nightlife has to offer? See the latest clubs, events, and pricing in the Discotech Mobile App. Or you can call/text us at +1 (415) 735-6716 for help planning your party weekend in the Big Apple!

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Best Clubs in Meatpacking District, New York

For those that don’t know, the Meatpacking District in New York has become of the hot new, emerging centers for art, music and partying not only in NY but also in the United States. Don’t let the name confuse you, this area is one fun places to be. So today were going to look at some of the hottest bars/clubs in the Meatpacking District in NY.

Looking for the hottest clubs in the Meatpacking District? See upcoming events sign up for guest list and book table service directly on the free Discotech Mobile App. Or reach out to our help line directly at 4157356716 – we can help you pick a spot for your next night out in New York!

Electric Room

The Electric Room is hidden on the lower level of Dream Downtown. The private room holds roughly 100 people and features a complete bar servicing high-end drinks and custom cocktails.  The room has a separate cool feel with sofas featuring the Union Jack Flag.  

Specialty back-painted antique mirrors by artist Chris Stain decorate the banquette wall, as well as artwork by Sante D’Orazio and Marilyn Minter. Bottle service is availible for booking, as are ticketing and Guest List options, all availible here, through Discotech.

Tao Downtown

Nestled away within the beauty of Tao Downtown’s restaurant is a secret treasure, the “in the know” oasis called Tao Downtown Nightclub. Separate from the restaurant, the 2500 sq foot drinks-only lounge has kept a low-key profile attracting VIPS and celebrities for late night/wee-hour cocktails, music and dancing.

A lot of people aren’t even aware that there’s a nightclub below, as it is tucked away in the corner of the huge Tao complex, away from the dining area. The club is placed one stair down and where it is so intimate and dark, it feels like a speak-easy. Tao Downtown Nightclub is one of the Meatpacking hotspots these days for those in the know, and it can be challenging to get in on weekends. Click here to see Upcoming Events or sign up for Guest List at Tao Downtown or book bottle service, as it is important to note that dining at the restaurant does not guarantee entry into the club.

The Tippler

The Tippler is a classic New York cocktail destination snuggled in the cellar space beneath the Chelsea Market. The light of the “OPEN” marquee at 425 W 15th Street guides the way underground to a bar immersed in NYC history.

With its water tower wood and train rails from the nearby High Line, antique fixtures, excellent library decor and unique speakeasy atmosphere, The Tippler showcase innovative craft cocktails and locally made products, while happily serving a wide selection of spirits, beers, and wines.

Hudson Bar and Books

Hudson Bar and Books is found in one of New York City´s most popular neighborhoods, the West Village. Encircled by landmarked townhouses, brownstones, and cobblestone streets, Hudson Bar and Books gives a refreshing option to the now trendy meat packing district.

Hudson Bar and Books was also the original high-end hotel style bar accessible to both local residents and destination visitors, inviting and welcoming all. The decor is very traditionaly styled with a taste of continental.

Brass Monkey

Opened in 2004, Brass Monkey is a relaxed, cool neighborhood bar with a classic American menu served for lunch, dinner and brunch (on weekends). They have a huge draft and bottle beer selection, a wide assortment of spirits and house cocktails as well as a lively wine list. Their three separate bars span two floors and three rooms that show off their original woodwork and brick walls that open up to a bright, beautiful inviting roof terrace.

Cubbyhole

Cubbyhole has been talked about as the perfect addition to the perfect Greenwich Village scene, cobblestone streets, found in the heart of the village. Clubbyhole always been known to be an easy-going, friendly crowd with great bartenders that know your name, know your drink and always have a smile.

Many have said its the only bar in New York where gay men and women feel equally comfortable and welcome. What’s amazing is that this bar is not concerned with being an exclusively gay or lesbian bar. People who aren’t into labels or people who identify as LGBT will feel comfortable as well. Also it’s full of cute men and women.

STK Downtown

STK is a novel idea that beautifully mixes the modern steakhouse and a stylish lounge into one, offering a vibrant, fine dining experience with the excellent quality of a popular steakhouse. STK differentiates itself by emphasizing the social experience and taking a vibe-driven approach to fine dining.

Every venue has a DJ to create an irresistible, high-energy environment and the sleek atmosphere is designed to promote guests to interact and mingle. Ultimately, STK aims to define the modern dining experience full of incredible food, world-class service and the perfect ambiance.

Troy Liquor

Come take a walk on the wild side – girls, keep your Louis bags at home – and head into Troy Liquor Bar, a mixture of art, music and fashion. Troy Liquor Bar aims to throw it back to a simpler time, when there were hippies about and not hipsters; when the Meatpacking District was a full meat market instead of crazy champagne brunches; when it was about spending time with your friends rather than posting that perfect picture.

DJs will perform to crowds while party-goers enjoy old school cocktails and the slick interior, featuring bright colored graffiti art by Col Wallnuts. Hangout with friends in one of the 5 cozy nooks, shoot a game of pool or play a round of foosball.

1Oak

Welcome to 1Oak. After moving passed a coat-check anteroom, patrons find themselves in an open room with a roof of raw oak slats and a zigzagging black-and-white floor. The room is split by a center bar serving out $20 mixed drinks, and, in one corner, a VIP-type area with a roaring fireplace and giant artwork by Roy Nachum.

Past that area is an outdoor smoking lounge somewhat enclosed by mirrored walls. In the front of the room, you see a D.J. stage outfitted with what looks and feels like a very expensive sound system and in the back, risers for those content sitting without silver Dom Pérignon buckets in front of them. If you’d like to sit with Dom Pérignon buckets in front of you, Discotech allows you to book bottler service here. Click Upcoming Events at 1Oak to see who’s performing this weekend!

New York City Halloween 2017 Guide

Ah, Halloween – a legendary weekend of dark, twisted, debauchery in The Big Pumpk- ahem, Apple.  You’ve spent months browsing Amazon for – or DIY-ing – your costume, not to mention weeks planning your excuse to get out of work.   The Days of The Dead are now upon us, and it’s time to stuff all that big-city adulting nonsense into a Jack-O-Lantern for one night and join the freaks, ghouls, and goblins haunting the town.

Step 1: Insert knife and carve circle.  Step 2: Pull off top.  Step 3: Insert first-world problems.

Only one problem remains: where to drag your tired, decked-out, makeup-caked zombie corpse for some brains (and by brains I mean alcohol).  In true New York City fashion, you waited until the last second to decide, didn’t you????  Well, save your fears for the unknown (and undead!), because we’ve got the knowledge – and the plug – on this year’s hottest haunt spots in NYC.    Here we highlight the biggest monsters in the bunch.

Friday, October 27th

Bloody Friday Halloween @ Cielo

South Bronx native Les Carbonell kicks off Halloween weekend by getting scary on the turntables with a mixture of deep soulful beats, melodious vocals, and quality Techno.  There will be blood (again) in the Meatpacking District… mixed with plenty of sweat on the dance floor.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Cielo (18 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014)

Saturday, October 28th

Nightmare on Ludlow @ The DL

This Halloween, bask in eerie thrills and party like there’s no tomorrow with the beautiful creatures of NYC at The DL’s Halloween bash. A live DJ will spin smoldering hits of Top 40, Hip Hop, House and Mash Ups as the naughty nurses and scary vampires wreak havoc on the dance floor. For the party fiends with even more sinful tastes, VIP Table and Bottle Packages will satiate your thirst for the VIP experience with amenities like expedited admission, full service in a private space, and bottle presentations. 

Time: 5:30 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: The DL (95 Delancy Street, New York, NY 10002)

SoldOut Saturdays Golden Goblin Edition @ Gilded Lily

One of the more unique and exclusive hotspots in the Meatpacking District, the Gilded Lily has become a favorite haunt for celebrities and NYC socialites.  On this night, the Lily will be transformed into a dark haunt for ghouls, ghosts, and the elusive Golden Goblin.  Costumes are a must, and don’t be surprised if you find a few famous faces behind those masks.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Gilded Lily (408 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011)

Nightmare on 14th Street @ Up & Down

Just like on a normal weeknight at U&D, it will be quite the nightmare to get into this exclusive party – tickets sold out in less than a week.  Your only way in will be to book a VIP table, dress like Freddy Krueger, or be a group of attractive females that look like Freddy’s next victims.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Up & Down (408 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011)

Sunday, October 29

Showtime Sundays Halloween Party @ LAVO

As if Sunday Funday wasn’t turnt up enough in The City That Never Sleeps, Sunday Scream Day will be rocking on a whole new level on the dark isle of Manhattan.   LAVO is the perennial “Place To Be Seen” on Sunday nights, with a healthy clientele mix of fashion models, Wall Street bros, and the “no school tomorrow” fashion students and grad school kids that aspire to be both.  Trick-or-treating isn’t cheap here – VIP tables are the only way in.

Time: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: LAVO NY (39 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022)

Tuesday, October 31st

OAK Halloween Party @ 1OAK

Is there any greater “Fear Factor” than standing outside one of NYC’s most exclusive and best-branded clubs in the freezing cold, blood curdling, hoping that the bouncer will let you in?  Well, for one evening you can put your recurring nightmare on hold: the world-famous 1 OAK Nightclub, headlined by New York native Jus Ske, takes an angelic break from its usual devilish tight door policy/”VIP Tables Only” standard to allow costume-wearing revelers purchasing pre-sale tickets (limited supply $20/$30) past its hallowed doors and into its supernatural playground.   Paranormal activity, indeed!

Time: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: 1 OAK NYC (453 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011)

More events and more venues for Halloween Week in NYC – including non-costume parties – can be found in our app at https://app.discotech.me/new-york/events.    Happy haunting!