This December 21st -- the longest night of the year -- it's time to prove once and for all that the Best Night of Your Life wasn't that one time Elisabeth Shue babysat you in 1987. To help, we're rounding up the city's most Thrillist-approved spots to get your BNOYL on, from the happiest of happy hours, to the greasiest of late-night eats, to way, way, WAY more. Today we check in with a list of NYC's best clubs, and another chance to fully map out a perfect evening with our itinerary builder.
This underground Nolita go-to is just small enough that the totally packed, couch-wreathed dance floor is okay... and sometimes actually awesome.
Bossa Nova Civic Club
Way out in Bushwick, this semi-tropical-themed dance haven is the perfect spot to get weird and see some seriously big-name DJs, without paying some seriously big-name prices.
This party complex in Williamsburg has a main room for legit, DJ-fueled parties (BYOMouthGlowsticks!), and is attached to The Panther Room and their rooftop, making it a one-stop-shop for blowing out your night.
Located on top of the Dream Downtown, this wide alley of a club has indoor/outdoor space, a front-and-center DJ booth, and completely sick views of the city from its rooftop perch.
This project from club master Amy Sacco (of the former Bungalow 8) has brought back some of the former spot's glory, with an opulent/almost tropical steez, sexy vibes, and probably a celeb or two.
Although there's no proper dance floor, you can still get nuts at your table or throughout the mansion-like, chandelier-laden, multi-level spot... and maybe even catch yourself at a party where a dude rides a horse through the room.
After going through a design & concept overhaul, this OG club is maybe better than ever, with more of a focus on big-name DJs than models and bottles... though, there are still plenty of models and bottles.
The Standard's penthouse "discotheque" is definitely worth the trouble it can take to get up there, thanks to a turfed deck, insane views, and the only swimming-pool-on-the-dance-floor in the city.
1. Southside Night Club1 Cleveland Pl, New York
2. Bossa Nova Civic Club1271 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn
3. Output74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
4. PHD Rooftop Lounge355 W 16th St, New York
5. No. 8357 W 16th St, New York
6. Avenue116 10th Ave, New York
7. Marquee289 10th Ave, New York
8. Le Bain848 Washington St, New York
Southside is a lush, posh club in Nolita with great music and libations.
Bossa Nova Civic Club's a dance oasis in N Bushwick, featuring a sort of Miami-ish vibe, happy hour 'til 10p, DJs, and cocktails served with fresh juices.
Output is the quintessential Brooklyn dance club: a multi-level converted Williamsburg warehouse that draws an international roster of electro DJs who spin while the hoards sweat and sway. Capacity hovers just below 500, and expect it to be reached on weekend nights. The rooftop area delivers a much needed breath of fresh air when you just need to escape the bumping bodies.
Everything about this rooftop club atop Chelsea’s Dream Hotel is polished: the black leather couches, the well-heeled clientele, and the $19 cocktails like the vodka-based 50 Shades of Bleu and the tequila Strawberry Fields. DJs from around the world drop beats until 4 AM every night (except Sunday, when it closes at midnight), but definitely plan ahead as reservations are strongly recommended.
No. 8's got palm trees, lush decor, and libations that'll keep the Chelsea party going all... night... long.
Opened by the aging (33!) Marquee guy, Avenue's a grandiose, tri-level "gastro-lounge" centered around an Oriental-carpeted main drag flanked Parliament-style by undulating brown banquettes, and lorded over by a glass-lined mezzanine and vaulted ceilings
Marquee's a crazy club that boasts a very "robot spaceship" look, with neon lights and a dark interior that's sure to guarantee some wild nights.
On the 18th floor and rooftop of the Standard High Line is Le Bain, a sleek and ever-popular bar/nightclub. On the first floor of the bi-level space, you'll find Le Bain's most notable and distinguishing feature: a plunging indoor pool smack in the middle of the dance floor (hence the name, which translates to "the bath.") If you forget your swimsuit, not to worry -- there's a bathing-suit vending machine. Upstairs, you'll find an astro turf-covered rooftop with plenty of comfortable couch seating, a crêperie, and some of the best views of the city.