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The 7 Hottest Dance Clubs in Manhattan

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|by Mark Robinson |

Here’s where to head when you’re ready to party

What do you do in Manhattan when the urge to party overcomes you, and you just need to dance until dawn? Fortunately, New York City does not suffer from a shortage of dance clubs where you can get your boogie on. In fact, there are so many clubs that it might just be daunting to try to choose where to go. Here are some standouts that promise a nonpareil nightlife experience in the “city that never sleeps.”

Dance all night at these NYC hotspots (Photo: iStock)

Dance all night at these NYC hotspots (Photo: iStock)

The INKwell (760 8th Avenue)
For a post-theater night on the town, the conveniently located INKwell in Times Square is the perfect place to keep the evening alive. With its rooftop setting offering breathtaking vistas of the city, not to mention its retractable roof that is opened in cooperative weather, the INKwell is unique experience amongst New York City clubs. Quite a large venue, there is plenty of room for dancing, and the INKwell features several floors that play host to a supper club, lounge and party spaces.

The Boogie Room (444 Park Avenue)
Open Friday and Saturday nights until 4:00 a.m., you will definitely be dancing until dawn at The Boogie Room. A hot venue with a psychedelic décor, The Boogie Room feels like you are on another (albeit very cool) planet. The club can be found underneath the Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel, and boasts some of the best DJs and mixologists in NYC. It also features nightly cocktails that are “expertly improvised,” as well as select beers and wines. 

Lavo Nightclub (39 East 58th Street)
For a dance club that features a spectacular light show while you wiggle your way around the dance floor, it is hard to beat Lavo Nightclub on 58th Street. Both a restaurant and a nightclub adjacent to one another, Lavo is a guaranteed spectacular night out. First, have a scrumptious dine at their stunningly designed Italian restaurant, then take a stroll next door to work off the well-worth-it calories.

Retroclubnyc (694 8th Avenue)
Who doesn’t love a club that reveres the music of decades past? Retroclubnyc specializes in an experience curated from the dance hits of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, celebrating the timelessness of this music and the infectious way it entices you to the dance floor. Whether it is ‘70s disco, ‘80s pop or ‘90s hip-hop, you will find you are shaking your booty, getting into your groove, and having one hell of a throwback at Retroclubnyc.

The Monster (80 Grove Street)
Some of the best dance experiences in NYC can be found in the gay clubs, and The Monster on Grove Street is a legendary club for dancing and party fun. The venue is named after a carved wooden sea serpent from a Coney Island carousel. Like any good gay party, The Monster features themed nights such as Fiesta Latina Mondays, Classic Night Tuesdays, and even a night devoted to RuPaul’s Drag Race. The dance floor at The Monster might be a tad small, but that doesn’t stop it from being the place to be. For those who need some orientation where non-numbered streets are concerned, Grove Street is in Greenwich Village.

The Rumpus Room (249 Eldridge Street) – Lower East Side
In New York’s Lower East Side and carved out of a piece of the historic Sapphire Ballroom, you will now find the Rumpus Room. The venue has been awakened and re-imagined by award-winning designer Gulla Jónsdottir, putting a signature touch on the space that makes it feel both cutting edge and unconventional. The dance floor is intimate (as is the venue), but the club explodes with great music. The Rumpus Room is particularly revered for the personal touches its staff puts on special events.

Cielo (18 Little West 12th Street)
For fans of cutting-edge dance music, Cielo in the Meatpacking District prides itself on the parade of renowned and up-and-coming DJs catering to the techno and electro scene. Among their past DJs, one could find the likes of Luciano, David Guetta and Sven Väth providing the tunes. It’s a night out that will have your heart racing.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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