151 E 50th St
New York NY 10022
Nikki Beach Midtown - Shockingly, now you have a reason to visit 50th street on a Saturday night. Nikki Midtown, the latest in the Nikki Beach empire, brings Miami decadence to the most boring neighborhood in the city. More upscale lounge than "club," Nikki overflows with pillows, beds, a cheery pastel color scheme, yummy eye candy, and even more pillows. It's in the same spot as the old "Vue," and like Vue, the second-floor VIP room looks down upon the dance floor with a massive glass wall. Oh, and how do you get the to VIP room? Simple. For just a modest annual fee, you get a "black card" which grants access to the upstairs lounge that's decked out in private beds and table service. The cost? Just $5,000 a year. Hey, these days, that's not that much more than gas money. Weekdays, expect a more businessey crowd, as the downstairs restaurant courts high-rollers and the clients they seek to impress. Monday through Saturday has a 3-7 pm happy hour. No, no, not 2 for 1 drinks, silly, but you do get free Tapas to accompany your $11 gin and tonic. Don't pass on their signature drink, mojitos, dangerously sweet and complete with sugar caneThe music? Primarily house and electronic, although management is steering away from big, mainstream names (i.e. don't look for BT or Tiesto) in favor of emerging, underground producers from Europe. No hip-hop. And hey, when you're plastered at 4 in the morning, it's only a few blocks walk to Grand Central.
218 Sullivan St
New York NY 10012
Sullivan Room, located at 218 Sullivan St, has a smooth and chill vibe. It’s not the kind of place where you’ll be dancing on tables, but it’s no dive bar, either. A good mix of laid-back décor and casual comfort.
268 W 47th St
New York NY 10036
Opera, which opened in the space that previously housed China Club, one-ups its forebearer by serving boutique drinks and classic bottle service, and boasts a state-of-the-art sound system that pervades the expansive dance floor. Shimmering black chandeliers match the deep marble accents, and weekend nights feature arresting theatrics (light shows, stand-alone singers) and velvet-rope seating. The glam touches border on baroque, but manage to exude the same cosmopolitan glitz of an Old World theater.
409 W 13th St
New York NY 10014
The space that used to house AER now houses Kiss and Fly, named after the passenger drop-off area in the Nice, France airport. The jet-setting Euro crowd guarantees a night full of air kissing, bottle service, and imported beats. The circular space is a tribute to decadence, with golden columns, layered brocades screens, a likeness of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel painted on the ceiling, and a nitrous tank showers dancers with bursts of cool air.
609 W 29th St
New York NY 10001
SOL - For true connoisseurs of House, SOL is a dream realized. It combines all the benefits of a mega-club, such top-notch DJs and a killer sound system, with the exposed brick walls, class, and intimacy of a much smaller venue. Like its predecessor, Ruby Falls, SOL boasts a posh dance floor and even posher VIP area. Prepare to shell out for a cover charge, but you should be able to avoid bottle service.
225 E Houston St
New York NY 10002
A former bank, Goth den and strip club, the pre-Element incarnations have seen their fair share of upper- and lower-crust sleaze. In its latest rebirth, this 10,000sf giant has resurfaced as the latest club messiah to hit the crossland of the LES and East Village. The DJ line-up caters to both the post-punk/electro hipsterati and the soulful, funkalicious househeads. In either case, Element revives a vibrant history many New Yorkers seem to have forgotten.
297 10th Ave
New York NY 10001
Velour encloses an abundance of red velvet drapes and suede banquettes in a cozy and warm, plush, loungy environment. It offers inventive and delicious original specialty drinks with fresh ingredients and a chic upscale atmosphere. An eclectic blend of house, hip-hop, top 40 and r'n'b awaits all the lucky scenesters who make it past the velvet rope. But what really sets Velour apart from its posh Chelsea neighbors is the fact that this joint does not concentrate on bottle service, but instead on good friendly professional service and great music. Oh- and check out the exhibit of original oil paintings by Brian Kirhagis on display.
18 Little w 12th St
New York NY 10014
From its state-of-the-art space in downtown's ultra-chic Meatpacking District, Cielo provides a music program specializing in deeply soulful house music as well as various genres of electronic music. Cielo is a haven for mature individuals seeking intelligent nightlife with neither the hassles of large clubs nor the elitism of upscale lounges with too many VIP rooms. Once you are in Cielo, there will be no more ropes, checkpoints, or rules. Security's goal is to compliment the experience, not to hinder it. Cielo has set a new level in New York nightlife by going back to basics: the best DJs on the planet, a strong door, impeccable service, stunning decor and lighting, and a sound system which will blow the most fastidious audiophile's socks off.
544 W 27th St
New York NY 10001
Cain Luxe-- Cain always had one of the city's top décors, what it lacked these last few years however is the A-list crowd that the nightclub had come to be associated with when it first opened. Unfortunately despite a revamp, which transformed the previously African-themed joint into a Afro-Parisian one (think brass meets mohair) now called "Cain Luxe," the re-model not only failed to update the décor for the better, it seemingly failed to attract the crowd the revamp seemed aimed at. On the upside the bridge-and-tunnel crowd dancing and drinking the night away around faux elephant tusk columns isn't unbearably skin-to-skin like it ones was – though when it comes to skin, there's no lack of it showing in the skimpily dressed crowd (ie short dresses for the ladies, chest-hair for the men). There's also a new state-of-the-art sound system and the sexed-up, provocative dance troupe, Raising Cain, (kind of The Box meets an over-the-top Sweet 16 performance), is a nightly staple. Champagne lovers opting for bottle service will not be disappointed as there's a focus on the pricey French bubbly. All that said, Cain Luxe seems far from pioneering a 27th street's club row revival.
240 W 52nd St
New York NY 10019
Touch - High-end design and sensual opulence return to New York nightlife at Touch nightclub & event space. The 12,000 square foot, three level venue has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation, with a versatility that accommodates club nights, live music, catered banquets, fashion shows, and corporate presentations. Most importantly, our staff has the “personal touch” that makes every party or event a success.