Dance the Night Away at the Coolest Clubs in NYC

Late nights in the city are made better here.

Elsewhere | Photo by Luis Nieto Dickens
Elsewhere | Photo by Luis Nieto Dickens

When you’re on the hunt for good beats that rattle the building, flashing lights, and steamy air courtesy of heavy-handed fog machines, New York City is most certainly not at a loss for hot nightlife spots.

Although we adore our chill dive bar scene and top-notch cocktail bars, after a long work week, losing yourself on a dance floor is *chef’s kiss.* So, let’s get after it, because in a city like ours, we’d be remiss to not take advantage. From a new house mecca in Midtown to an outdoor favorite pulling world-famous talent in East Williamsburg, here’s our list of the coolest clubs in New York City.

Nebula | Photo by @oftheart_

As far as hot newcomers go, Nebula certainly checks all the club essentials boxes. Within the expansive, multi-story space, there’s LED panels hanging from the ceiling (that shift throughout the night based on the music), VIP tables, scattered banquettes, private party rooms, a 5,500-square-foot dance floor, and three bars. And, at the center of it all is a lifted DJ booth that’s housed some of the hottest music industry names. Upcoming performances include sets from Diplo, Steve Aoki, and more.

Ciao Ciao
Photo courtesy of Ciao Ciao

One thing that we can count on in Williamsburg is a new warehouse-turned-dance club popping up every so often. One of the latest on our radar is a 1970s Rome-inspired cocktail bar and discoteca from the team behind Freehold Hospitality (Freehold Brooklyn, Freehold in the Park). Within the space, you’ll find graffiti-covered brick walls, lounge areas, and a light up dance floor. Nightly DJ sets bump everything from disco to house music, while the beverage program flaunts amaro- and bitters-centric cocktails along with specialty Negroni variations.

The Summer Club
Photo courtesy of The Summer Club

Long Island City
Whether you’re down for a staycation or just looking for a rooftop destination, Long Island City’s recently debuted outdoor club at the Ravel Hotel rewards New Yorkers with revelrous day-long fêtes. Here, the ambiance is inspired by the wild and ostentatious day clubs of Miami and Las Vegas, so, naturally, there’s a lengthy pool to keep you cool between rounds of drinks. Perch yourself on a daybed or underneath a cabana while listening to some of the top DJs from around the world.

The Brooklyn Mirage
The Brooklyn Mirage | Photo by @ChrisLavado

East Williamsburg
Since opening its doors in 2017, The Brooklyn Mirage has reigned supreme among NYC’s music venues. Simply put, the outdoor club (located in the heart of the events complex, Avant Gardner) is massive, always packed, and a stellar spot for catching performances from artists who excel in genres from house music to electronic and dance. Open every year from May through September, the courtyard space is a warm weather can’t-miss and recently underwent a series of renovations to improve the overall guest experience, including an updated sound system and hyper-realistic LED screens that surround the stage.

Club Lambda Brooklyn
Photo courtesy of Club Lambda Brooklyn

East Williamsburg
Inspired to expand the number of Black-owned gay bars in New York City, husband-and-husband business partners Charles Hughes and Richard Solomon opened their first spot called Lambda Lounge in Harlem. Following its success, came their latest project, Club Lambda Brooklyn. Here, the East Williamsburg nightclub welcomes visitors to experience safety, inclusivity, and unfiltered joy. The new location is dark and sleek, with pops of neon color. While, a sunroom on the side allows some natural light in before night falls.


Hidden underneath the Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown, Daphne is a subterranean go-to for a high-energy night. Draped in disco balls and a massive silk flower installation designed by Floratorium, you’re in for a musical treat as resident DJs spin everything from early 2000s favorites to disco and current hits. The spot’s dreamy vibes will complete your after-hours experience, whether you choose to snag a table or roam the dance floor.

Rooftop at Elsewhere
Rooftop at Elsewhere | Photo by Kim Ann Foxman

As far as Brooklyn clubs go, Elsewhere is undoubtedly a summer staple. Embodying that free-spirited and underground energy of Bushwick, this three-story spot includes multiple stages, several dance floors, a rooftop bar, and an arts space. Among the regularly scheduled events, there’s curated happenings thrown by local collectives, tons of DJ sets and live band performances, and a bevy of sublime spots to sip on frozen Red Bull-spiked cocktails during golden hour.

Photo courtesy of GITANO Island

Governors Island
This new Governors Island getaway is giving serious tropical vibes. After four years set up in a smaller SoHo space, GITANO—which currently operates several other locations in Tulum and Miami Beach—has moved its combination restaurant, bar, and dance club concept to Governors Island. Requiring only a short ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn, the 27,000-foot, greenery-covered spot features cabanas, lounge patios, full lunch and dinner service, a mezcal bar, a DJ tent, and waterfront views of the city.

House of X
House of X | Photo by Elliot Ashby

Priding itself on fantastical parties, wildly fun energy, and a beautifully inclusive nature, House of Yes has become a beloved Brooklyn institution, since opening in 2015, for letting loose and expressing yourself on the dance floor. Think aerialists hanging from above, high energy DJ sets, and themed nights that bring out everyone’s individuality. Pop in on a random night (show up early or you’ll be stuck in line!) or buy tickets for one of the events in advance. In addition, their sister club, House of X located in the Lower East Side’s PUBLIC Hotel, is on a temporary summer hiatus, but plans to reopen this fall.

West Village
Specializing in stiff drinks, revelrous drag shows and cabaret performances, plus seemingly endless hours of ‘80s disco jams, the basement of The Monster is the scene of many a late night for New York residents. First opened in 1970, the club has cemented itself as one of the great LGBTQIA+ nightlife institutions for its commitment to inclusivity, expression, and, of course, as a stellar spot to dance the night away. Open until 4 am every night of the week, pop by on a whim or snag a ticket to one of the upcoming shows.

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Izzy Baskette is a Staff Writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.