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Mekka to Replace Pacha NYC?

Pacha NYC may soon be reborn in the form of a spanking new 36,000 square foot club Mekka! Well, maybe.

Club Mekka is the second proposed club as of this year planned to take over the legendary Hell’s Kitchen space where for 10 strong years Pacha NYC stood. In January 2016, after a decade of lineups that regularly sported some of the largest names in the world of dance music, Pacha NYC called it a day and closed it’s doors.

Earlier this year, the building that once housed one of New York’s most happening and most buzzing clubs at 618 W 46th, was proposed to be taken over by Club FREQ, a nightclub proposed by Space Ibiza’s co-owner Antonio Piacquadio. When this proposal fell through, another not so appealing one popped up about turning the space into an art gallery that hosted occasional acoustic events.

Let’s fast forward to as of a week ago, after all the plans for the space that fell through earlier in the year, nightlife entrepreneur Glenn Raymond has now proposed a 36,000 sq ft dance music ‘mecca’, in the form of club Mekka that combines plans from both failed proposals!

Speaking about the project, Raymond said: “My experience is as a fan of the music first and foremost… I have DJ’d and thrown parties… I guess you can say Mekka is owned by a fan who wants the fans to have fun.”

On Saturday nights the space would serve as a nightclub, but on other days it would serve as an art gallery and venue for acoustic performances and also play home to a ‘museum of nightlife’ and ‘dance music hall of fame.’

While they are proposing for the space to open in 2018, it is worth noting that at this point, still no permit has been issued and nor have any floor plans been submitted, but that said, the goal is for the club to open in 2018 with bookings geared being towards underground music.

Will Club Mekka, the five story club, geared towards sounds of the underground actually be a reality for New Yorkers in the coming year? Well, we will just have to wait and see how this plan pans out!

Cielo Nightclub to Close After 15 Year Run

NYC‘s historic nightlife scene may be hardly recognizable in a matter of years. Following a long list of closures of New York nightclubs, including Pacha NYC and Webster Hall, historic nightclub Cielo is reportedly shutting its doors at the end of the year.

In a post to his Facebook page, DJ Dove A.K.A. Capote Barbarito alleged that the club will permanently close its doors at the end of December to make way for real estate developments. “Great memories there whether it was hanging out dancing or playing some of my best sets DJing,” he wrote. “Cielo you’ll always have a special place in my heart thank you [sic].”

Cielo opened its doors to the public in 2003. The concept for the nightclub was hatched by Nicolas Matar, a DJ who got the idea for the club from playing Pacha Ibiza’s El Cielo, also called The Funky Room. Over the past 15 years his iconic club billed a talent pool diverse enough to include David Guetta, Luciano and Sven Väth.

Thanks for the memories.

 

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!

Best Nightclubs in New York City

The most common answers one might hear to the question of the “best nightclub” are the longest-running and most world-renowned NYC clubs that feature the biggest DJ acts – Marquee, Lavo, Le Bain – or the most expensive, exclusive venues where the rich, famous, and fashion models play – Avenue, 1OAK, Up & Down, or Catch (as of the date of this post, at least). However, the best and hottest nightclub in NYC – in terms of how much fun YOU personally will have – will of course depend on your music preference and budget. NYC is one of the nightlife capitals of the world and has numerous clubs featuring an eclectic array of music styles – electronic, hip-hop, Latin, deep house, dubstep, etc. Also, NYC has a nightlife partying scene for everyone, from forty-something Wall Street hedge-fund managers to wide-eyed college students at Columbia, NYU, and the prestigious fashion schools spread throughout Manhattan. Looking for a more underground scene? Brooklyn also features a number of warehouse type clubs that feature DJs ranging from progressive to techno to deep house.

To keep up with the constantly changing Big Apple party scene as well as find the perfect fit for you, you can use the Discotech app – to search nightclub events by the specific dates you’ll be in town, and then buy tickets, sign up for guest lists, or even reserve tables if you’re feeling super-fancy. The app event info refreshes daily, pulling from various NYC entertainment online resources including the official websites of the clubs themselves, so it’s always current, accurate, and in the know.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out our guide to NYC nightlife here. Note that most clubs that are open on weekends also have one signature weeknight for which they are known to draw bigger crowds, e.g. Avenue on Mondays, Up & Down on Tuesdays, or Marquee on Wednesdays. After perusing the app to get ideas, don’t hesitate to ask a local friend – or reach out to our help line – for further guidance.