Don't be put off if you walk into Lavo and find a classy Italian bistro instead of the rollicking dance party you were looking for. The festivities take place downstairs, in a nightclub where celebrities bump and grind on the dance floor and sip cocktails on leather banquettes.
Dancing isn't limited to any one area at Bembe. Clubbers shake their hips as they order mojitos at the candle-lit wooden bar and tap their toes in time as they wait in line for the bathroom. International DJs fuel these never-ending dance parties with soul, funk, and Latin grooves.
To dust off your samba, salsa, or bachata moves, attend one of the free dance classes held on Friday nights at SOB’s, which stands for Sounds of Brazil. Afterwards, order a tropical cocktail and apply your lesson on the dance floor as renowned international performers fill the space with Latin-inspired beats.
With its swarming dance floor, dimly lit alcoves, and multiple bars, Pacha seems like one of those places where you’re destined to lose your wallet or cell phone. Play it safe and leave your valuables in the basement-level coat check before heading upstairs to join a dance party led by a troupe of bikini-clad dancers.
Locals know to avoid East 11th Street on weekend nights, when honking cabs bound for Webster Hall create an impenetrable wall of traffic. Considered the first modern nightclub in the United States, the multilevel cavern hosts massive themed dance parties—including an interactive circus bash with acrobats and fire breathers.
Co-owner and infamous party animal Andrew W.K. takes it upon himself to answer the phone at this two-level club. After providing lost drivers with directions, he’s likely to say something to the effect of “Can’t wait to see you!” Andrew makes it easy to party hard at his discotheque with a lenient door policy and a booming sound system.
A round of frenetic dancing is enough to make anyone feel overheated. Thankfully, Le Bain offers two ways to cool down. The first is an indoor pool, where one might or might not tread water alongside topless models. The second is a breezy rooftop terrace, which looks out on panoramic views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
If you’ve worked up an appetite dancing to the live bands and DJs at 169 Bar, consider yourself lucky that the kitchen is open until 4 a.m. Instead of seeking out a greasy slice of pizza outside, order up some New Orleans–style seafood before heading back to the neon-lit dance floor.
Not a peep can be heard from Sullivan Room's underground cavern before nightfall. As soon as the clock strikes 1 a.m., however, the unassuming space becomes the scene of a techno party complete with LED lights, international DJs, and throngs of cocktail-swigging dancers.
Disregard, if you will, the long lines, pricey cocktails, and immaculately dressed clientele. There's a good reason why Cielo is regularly lauded one of the top clubs anywhere. The world-class sound system blasts electronica from some of the world's finest DJs, including Francois K and Louie Vega.
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