20 best places to dance up a storm in NYC


There are some nights in New York City when standing or sitting still won't cut it — and that's okay. Maybe you're just the type of tourist who wants to go buckwild or have some fancy fun while dancing with energetic party people that match your hype.

NYC's best lounges, bars, and music venues are bustling with activity and great music that'll turn your energy into dance moves you never thought you had in you. From upscale nightlife to super casual concert venues, here are 20 places where you can dance up a storm in New York City.


muppetwiki/Giphy. That moment when you realize you're causing a Category 5 storm on the dance floor.

1. Ph-D Lounge (Downtown)
Every night at Downtown Manhattan's Ph-D Lounge (short for Penthouse at Dream Downtown) is a dance party on the rooftop, complimented by New York City's amazing skyline.

2. House of Yes
Awaken the wild and weird dancer in you at this Bushwick event space. Events are often themed, and you're welcome to show up in a costume for a chance at priority entry.

3. Slate NY
Get close to the DJ booth on the top level of this upscale club in the Flatiron District to feel the beat of hip-hop throwbacks, house, and mainstream hits as you work your body across the dance floor.

4. Swing 46
Jazz aficionados will love Swing 46, a jazz and supper club in Midtown that features live music perfect for brewing a Lindy Hop, waltz, foxtrot, or freestyle storm.

5. Mercury Lounge
Don't let this small space at this East Village music venue fool you. During concerts featuring synth-pop and indie rock musicians, the members of the crowd know how to bust a move with the space they've been given.

6. Home Sweet Home
DJs at this homey Lower East Side bar decorated in taxidermy spin rock, electro-funk, and more for you to dance to under a shiny disco ball.

7. Bembe
If you're looking for a little bit of Latin spice to your late night dancing adventures, head to Bembe in Brooklyn where the DJs play sexy reggaeton, salsa, and merengue beats.

8. Rumpus Room
One of the Lower East Side's longest running dance halls, Rumpus Room is Manhattan's wild jewel lit by colorful lighting and frequented by troublemakers ready to start a commotion on the dance floor.

9. Terminal 5
With two floors of standing room, Terminal 5 is the perfect music venue to enjoy a concert while breaking out your best body roll.

perezhilton.tumblr.com/GIPHY. Make sure that body roll game is fierce.

10. Marquee
Open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, this club provides the ultimate upscale experience complete with bright neon lights, house music from well-known DJs and a ginormous disco ball to compliment your night of dance fun.

11. Webster Hall
Whether you're at Webster Hall for the nightclub or to see one of your favorite bands in concert, you're bound to have an amazing time dancing at this East Village venue.

12. C'mon Everybody
Once you hit the dance floor at C'mon Everybody in Brooklyn, you're never going to want to leave. Here you dance to live music from up-and-coming artists, DJ sets, and more.

13. Bossa Nova Civic Club
This Bushwick cocktail bar blends a tropical ambience with a dark DJ dance party vibe to create a fun space where you can dance to techno and house music all night long.

14. Tantra Lounge
As Akon commanded in 2004, "shake ya body like a belly dancer" at Tantra, an exotic, Middle Eastern themed lounge featuring DJs that play an eclectic mix of Latin and dance music.

15. Forest Hills Stadium
Forget the bleacher seats—general admission (standing room) on the field at Forest Hills Stadium is where it's at! There's plenty of room to dance to your favorite bands at this outdoor venue.

16. Le Bain
Located on the top floor of The Standard, High Line, Le Bain is a rooftop bar and discotheque with a dance floor that has a pool during summer months. Underwater dancing, anyone?

17. Cielo
For a super chic night of dancing head to Cielo in the Meatpacking District. This club is hands down the best place to enjoy house music from great DJs on a spacious sunken dance floor.

18. Hairo's Night Club
You'll feel as if the night were spinning 'round in a blur while dancing to salsa beats at Hairo's Night Club, nicknamed "The Temple of Salsa."

19. Vig Bar
Located in Nolita, Vig Bar features DJs on Fridays and Saturdays that play throwbacks and top 40 music. While the dance floor isn't huge, the crowd is usually quite energetic, putting you in just the right mood to dance like the night will never end.

20. Don Coqui
This Puerto Rican restaurant and lounge in Astoria will keep you moving all night long with R&B, live salsa, and more.



Dana Gibbs is a multimedia journalist and blogger in New York. She loves all things pop culture and entertainment.


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