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Top 10 Best Nightclubs in New York City in 2020

New York is the city that never sleeps and for good reason. They have incredible nightlife venues that really bring the action and are open all night. Before venturing off on your own in this steel jungle, be sure you know what the top spots are.

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 or the most expensive, exclusive venues where the rich, famous, and fashion models play. 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. In a New York minute, let’s check out the Top 10 best nightclubs in New York City:

1. PHD Downtown

Crowded dance floor at LIV Miami Fontainbleau
We suggest coming here for your PHD in partying

This downtown rooftop lounge is the ultimate penthouse, featuring timeless, luxurious finishes including Italian Portoro marble, Macassar ebony, nickel finish walls and amber Venini glass chandeliers. The exquisite panoramic Manhattan skyline view includes direct lines of sight to the Hudson River and Empire State Building. Seating is at custom-built Italian leather banquettes with marble tables and cozy outdoor seating niches on their outdoor terrace.

2. Avant Gardner

The busy dance floor at ELEVEN Miami
With 4 different event spaces, Avant Gardner provides an array of top talent and experiences

Avant Gardner is the epicenter of New York City entertainment. 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, or combined to make Avant Gardner the second largest entertainment venue in Brooklyn.

3. Tao Downtown

View from the DJ at Story Miami
With a Chinese culture you’ll be transported halway across the globe

TAO Downtown offers a distinct sense of arrival and discovery and is the first TAO venue where guests descend into a multi-level space. The subterranean restaurant, located in the heart of Chelsea, is intended to look and feel as if it has been there for decades and only unearthed recently to reveal the artifacts within. Upon arrival, guests immediately encounter a long corridor with a dragon scale patterned screen and Chinese calligraphy murals mounted on weathered brick walls.

4. Up & Down

Massive dance floor party at Club Space
If you like to live the phrase “Going up on a Tuesday”, you need to check this spot out

The (UP)stairs is a traditional nightclub atmosphere, the ground floor boasts classically influenced design concepts with crown moldings on the ceiling and walls, deep-blue banquettes and an elevated DJ booth which features a state of the art sound system that invites guests to dance the night away. The (DOWN)stairs on the lower level is curated to allow a more intimate and adventurous experience with a private karaoke room, a photo booth, and a “staircase to nowhere” leading to a secret room. One of the few spots open on Tuesday nights.

5. Avenue

Avenue nightclub New York
A wild two story venue that has some regular celebrities sightings

Avenue is a 2-story lounge and event venue conveniently located at the intersection of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District in NYC. Known as the go-to meeting place for bold-faced names and scenesters alike, they have hosted private events for Marc Jacobs, Kim Kardashian, and Derek Jeter, to name just a few.

6. Jane Ballroom

Bottle service waitresses at Rockwell Miami
Great Gatsby vibes resonate through this extravagant space

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. The stunning Hudson River views from the Rooftop Bar are unparalleled, and the interior cocktail bar is ideal for a more intimate gathering.

7. Marquee

Busy dance floor and themed party at Mynt Lounge
A tried and true elite nightclub that will always deliver a great time

A premiere entertainment haven, Marquee Nightclub in New York City attracts celebrities, world-class DJs and partygoers from all over the globe for some of the most extravagant events the industry has to offer. The original monumental 5,000 square foot destination offers an immersive party experience with extensive lighting, an elevated DJ booth, video, and laser systems to enhance the diverse musical talent headlining the venue.

8. Magic Hour Rooftop

Magic Hour Rooftop, New York
It’s all in the name, this place is truly special and never ceases to amaze

As the sun goes down, ride the elevator up to Magic Hour, New York City’s largest indoor/outdoor all-season hotel rooftop bar and lounge, featuring an “urban amusement park” with an adult sensibility and epic Empire State Building skyline views. Winterized for the colder seasons, you never have an excuse not to come play.

9. Hotel Chantelle

Blue Martini party dance floor in Miami
Don’t let the name fool you because this place is a hidden gem inisde this 3 story space

The nightclub in this faux hotel – it looks like a hotel from the outside but offers no rooms to rent – is called the Bonbonniere. Its opulent subterranean design is inspired by the namesake Fabergé egg; in fact, the large Egg centerpiece is actually the DJ booth! Artwork by Bradley Theodore adorns the walls inside this late night playground lined with leather banquettes and featuring color customizable LED lights.

10. 1 Oak

Avenue NYC interior
This place will never go out of style and has survived for over a decade in NYC

1 OAK, born of the namesake catch phrase, “1 Of A Kind,” has endured continuous waves of competition and outlasted the rise and fall of countless nightlife trends. Located on 17th street in the heart of Chelsea, it remains at the center of New York City nightlife culture. Boasting a rotation of world-renowned DJs and surprise performances, a captivating interior and a stellar standard of service, 1 OAK provides a nightlife sensibility that caters to even the worldliest of partygoers.



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 guestlists, 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. After perusing the app to get ideas, don’t hesitate to ask a local friend – or reach out to our helpline – for further guidance.

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NYC Nightclubs FAQ

What time do NYC Nightclubs typically open?

The nightclubs open around 10 or 11 PM.

What time do NYC Nightclubs typically close?

Most close at 4 AM.

What is the dress code like at NYC Nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to nightclubs.

How can I book bottle service for NYC Nightclubs?

You can book table service using our free mobile app. Or, if you’re on desktop you can use our webapp.

How much is bottle service at NYC Nightclubs?

Table minimums can get pretty expensive, but every venue is different. The best way to find out is to use our app.

Best Day Parties, Pool Parties & Champagne Brunches in New York City in 2020

What’s the best way to spend a hot summer day on the weekends with your best friends in NYC? Pool Parties! Strangely enough, many NYC locals don’t even know the growing scene that has transformed and taken over the lovely rooftops that populate the city. You have waited for the warm summer vibes all year long, and when they are knocking at your door, let us show you where to spend those long awaited weekends in New York City. We have you covered on everything including day parties, pool parties, day clubs, champagne brunches and boozy brunch in NYC. All you have to do is choose which daytime party best suits you and your friends!

Don’t worry, because Discotech can help tremendously when finding the perfect rooftop party for you!

Avant Gardner (Mirage)

Huge dance floor at nightclub Avant Gardner in Brooklyn

Avant Gardner is the epicenter of New York City entertainment. The complex occupies an entire city block of industrial Bushwick, containing a compound of stages and full-service event spaces as well as 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, or when combined come together to make Avant Gardner the second largest entertainment venue in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Mirage is a breathtaking open-air sanctuary in the heart of the Avant Gardner complex. The venue is home to some of the wildest parties NY has ever seen. The inner courtyard is a totally immersive space, surrounded by towering walls lined with evergreen plants and captivating video projections. An exciting selection of refreshments, an ever-changing food menu and a stunning sound system complete this elusive summer paradise. (Early May through September) 

Profundo Pool Club

Crowd partying near Daybeds at Profundo Pool Club

Perched on the rooftop of the Ravel Hotel at 8-08 Queens Plaza South is the Profundo Pool Club. Here swimmers can cool off in the 50-by-20 foot pool and lounge on “Bali-inspired” daybeds. Access to this club starts at $50 a day but you’ll probably want to reserve the more sought after premium cabanas and daybeds for your crew. The club’s bar serves cocktails, rosé and 15 different beers on tap, while also offering celebrated “bar” food like burgers, fish tacos, sushi, lobster rolls and raw oysters.

Bagatelle Brunch

Bar view of Bagatelle Brunch restaurant in Manhattan NYC

Bagatelle in New York City is known for its over-the-top party brunches. It is the place to see and be seen. Located in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District, Bagatelle immediately transports you to what feels like a 5-star French restaurant, as both the cuisine and ambiance create an unforgettable atmosphere. Stars like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Sofia Vergara, Paris Hilton, Jamie Fox and the cast of “The Real Housewives of New York” enjoy brunches and dinners at this celebrity sanctuary. You never know who you’ll see or what you might walk into.

Inspired by the brunch parties in St. Tropez- the brunch party at Bagatelle was the first of its kind in the Meat Packing District. Bagatelle has a French inspired menu, with a few classic American morning munchies thrown in. Our recommendation: get there before 3pm so that you can have time to eat and catch up with your friends before the party kicks into full swing at 4pm.

The Beach at Dream Hotel Downtown

Aerial view of the Dream Hotel Downtown's pool party

The Beach at Dream Downtown is the perfect summertime escape. Spanning 5,000 square feet, it is the ideal location to host a soiree, company cocktail party or daytime meeting. For a quick bite and drinks among friends, the Beach at Dream Hotel Downtown is a perfect spot. It includes a glass-bottom pool, full-service bar, pool deck, sand beach, two private cabanas and over 50 chaise lounges. Seven of the guest rooms at Dream Downtown have direct access to the pool. The Beach at Dream Hotel is one of the hottest spots in NYC.

Bounce Sporting Club

Inside view of Bounce Sporting Club

Inspired by the 50’s and 60’s era, Bounce Sporting Club features cutting-edge designs, showcasing black and white sports photos on antiqued oak complimented with lush chocolate brown accents. Guests can choose from plush banquette seating, bar stools that face a lit back bar that gives the illusion of a vintage baseball scoreboard from the 1960’s. Bounce Sporting Club has earned a spectacular reputation as being on of the nicest clubs / lounges in NYC, and for good reason.

There are plenty of fun places to drink, The Bounce Sporting Club with their high-top tables that fill out the rest of the space – all with perfect views of 30 state-of-the art flat screen hd-tv’s surrounding the venue making it perfect for enjoying a comfortable drinking night out. Bounce Sporting Club will also feature a private area, the living room, for those looking for a more intimate setting or a concealed spot located in the back of the venue so you may watch your favorite sporting event.

PHD Downtown

Inside view of the couches and seating of PHD Downtown

PH-D Downtown is one of the few bars / clubs that is renowned for the gorgeous decorum, scenic views, and fantastic cocktail list. The gorgeous bar offers much to the patrons that flock to the venue every week for drinks and epic views of the city. Each and every Saturday partygoers from brunches across the city join forces at 6pm on top of Dream Downtown’s rooftop for a one-of-a-kind experience known around the world as SUNSET SATURDAYS.

Channeling inspiration from the South of France to Ibiza, SUNSET SATURDAYS features unique entertainers ranging from break dancers and aerialists to musicians and costumed performers among many others, as the event transforms PHD into a setting unlike any other in NYC! You are not going to want to miss this extravagant party.

Lavo Party Brunch

Party scene inside LAVO's Party Brunch in NYC

Get ready to spray some Champagne, as Saturday afternoons take on a whole new meaning at LAVO Restaurant’s Champagne Brunch. Every Saturday, from 2PM – 6PM, guests enjoy traditional and sharable items from LAVO’s brunch menu while the best local DJs spin the latest bangers which keep the champagne flowing and guests dancing on banquettes. LAVO is an epic spot to start your weekend, as this brunch combines a brunch with epic DJ’s, giving guest a unique but amazing experience.

The king of the brunch parties. Lavo brunch does the same stuff as any other party—it just does it better. If we had to pick one thing that really set this party apart it would be this: You get to dance on the table tops. That may seem like a small detail- but trust us, when you are up there, spraying the room with champagne, it makes all the difference. Lavo brunch is the party for people who demand the best, and can afford to pay for it.

Beauty and Essex Brunch

Bottle service at Beauty and Essex Champagne Brunch in NYC

Every Sunday, head over to the Lower East Side from 2pm – 6pm for Beauty Parlor Sundays. This party so much more than Brunch! Celebrate with delicious food, and divine décor! Make sure to check out their four-course prix fixe menu, with incredible dishes that range from famous Red Velvet Waffles to their beloved Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings! Elevate your brunch experience with menu add-ons like their brand new Brunch Wonder Wheel and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, so you can keep the champagne flowing all day long!!

Il Bastardo

Woman celebrating her birthday at Il Bastardo in NYC's Chelsea area

Il Bastardo is an upscale and chic weekend brunch spot tucked away within New York City, featuring headlining DJs and an exciting daytime club experience. This Chelsea based institution offers the finest dining, freshly prepared food and full bar, as well as bottle service. Il Bastardo takes day clubbing to a whole new level, as partygoers are treated to a brunch unlike any other. Il Bastardo’s versatile, spacious venue is tastefully designed, with an elegant twist. Il Bastardo offers endless possibilities that entertain your greatest brunch fantasies.


Let’s talk about NYC’s best boozy brunch parties.

Before we get into it– let’s be clear about what a boozy brunch party is, and what it is not:

What a boozy brunch party is: The biggest bottle of rosé you’ve ever seen.  Sparklers.  Models dancing on table tops.  House music.

What a boozy brunch party is not: a place to bring your grandma.   Unless she’s cool like Meryl Streep.

To explain it another way, we put together this little comparison of brunch parties vs. traditional brunches. We hope you like it.

Boozy Brunch

  • You will quench your thirst by: Guzzling champagne from a magnum sized bottle
  • If it were a car it would be a:  Ferrari
  • The mood of the room: Dancing on the tables
  • What you will order: Champagne bottles the size of a small human
  • If you don’t go you will get:  a serious case of FOMO

Traditional Brunch

  • You will quench your thirst by: nursing a cappuccino
  • If it were a car it would be a: Volvo station wagon
  • The mood of the room: Slow and sleepy
  • What you will order: Maybe a mimosa
  • If you don’t go you will get: to sleep in

Now that you understand what a “boozy” brunch party is– which one of NYC many brunch parties should you go to? That is a good questions. Lucky for you we have put together this list of all the ones that you need to know about.

If you’ve never experienced a boozy brunch before we highly recommend trying it at least once. It’s fantastically fun. LAVO and Beauty and Essex should be your first choices.


NYC Brunch Party & Dayclub FAQ

What time do NYC Bruch Parties typically open?

Brucnh Parties typically open around 10:30-11:30 AM.

What time do NYC Brunch Parties typically close?

Brunch parties typically close around 3-3:30 PM. Remember at most of these venues they need to clean up and set up so they may reopen at night.

What is the dress code like at NYC Bruch Parties?

Fairly nice attire. Guys should wear slacks and a button down shirt. Girls should wear a comfortable but stylish dress.

How can I book bottle service for NYC Brunch Parties & Dayclubs?

You can book table service using our free mobile app. Or, if you’re on desktop you can use our webapp.

How much is bottle service at Las Vegas pool parties?

Table minimums can get pretty expensive, but every venue is different. The best way to find out is to use our app.

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.