HALLS’ Coolest Dance Parties in the Country: New York

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HALLS and our intrepid party reporters hit dance floors coast-to-coast to find the coolest ongoing parties in the country. It was a hard job, but somebody had to do it. On our trip, we uncovered the coolest hot spots in NYC where serious dancers seriously get down. We’re talkin’ places that really know how to party. So join us and get ready to let the cool in. It’s gonna be Mentho-Lyptical.

Soul Clap + Dance Off

For those on EDM overload, Jonathan Toubin delivers a monthly dose of old school rare grooves like none other. Come for the booty shaking soul, funk, and rock n roll, get sloshed and stay for the 1am dance contest. Never before have you seen hipsters boogie down like this.

Monthly at venues around Brooklyn see website and join mailinglist@newyorknighttrain.com for updates.

Lunch Break

“This is the most brilliant thing ever,” recent guest DJ ?uestlove summed up the suprisingly sweaty midday shindig as he signed off an impeccable set. A power hour of dance at NYC’s best party spots, drinks on the house, plus free lunch to work out the week? We couldn’t agree more.

Semi-monthly at venues around NYC. Sign up for updates at flavorpill.com to stay in the loop.

Roots

House veterans Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge get you over humpday every week at their long-running Cielo residency. Wednesdays are an oportune moment to skip the weekend crowds and cozy up to the venue’s Funktion One sound system. Audio junkies will appreciate the acoustics as the rest of us revel in a vibe that is decidedly unpretentious.

Wednesdays 10pm – 4am at Cielo 18 Little W 12th St NYC

Mister Saturday Night

Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin have a knack for inspiring the kind of happiness that keeps the party moving till 6am. Their loyal community follows them from Brooklyn lofts to warehouses to their summertime Mister Sunday parties on the Gowanus. If you’re looking for quality vinyl sounds from nu disco to classic house and a guaranteed feel-good atmosphere, track these guys down STAT.

Most Saturdays 11pm – late at venues around Brooklyn (see website for updates).

Shelter

In a city where countless clubs and parties have been brought down by rising costs in real estate and bottle service, Shelter is an old school house head’s last refuge. It reopened last year as one of the only surviving parties from an era when House music was religion and the club was church. Expect deep house, a tigh knit community, and a reminder of what more clubs should be like.

Sundays 1-10pm at 37 Vandam St NYC

Body & Soul

Francois K, Danny Krivitt, and Joe Claussell have turned this former weekly Sunday jam into a world tour. Now, they grace NYC with a big blend of classics on holiday weekends and a turnout that’s always a throwback to their glory days. Worth the trip if only to see these three legends on rotation.

Most holiday weekend Sundays at Club XL (see website for updates).

Funkbox

For those of you who just don’t want the weekend to stop. This village mainstay is packed with a swarm of dancing maniacs that apparently love this party enough to make every Monday morning a rough one. Featuring some of the best house DJs in the city, Funkbox draws a crowd with clearly refined tastes in four to the floor beats – not to mention some serious dance moves.

Every Sunday 10pm – late at the Sullivan Room, 218 Sullivan St NYC

PS1 Warm Up

True to its name, Warm Up is worth the sweaty adventure to Queens on even the hottest days of summer. Art installations frame a huge yard filled to the brim with NYC’s dedicated outdoor party people, DJs from around the world spin a huge range of sounds, and hopefully you brought your water bottle.

Every Saturday 12-9pm from July – Labor Day at PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

Freedom Party

This one’s for those who like a lot of variety on the decks and a big hit of celebration in the air. Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi, Marc Smooth and special guests play everything danceable from the last 50 years of sound, including hip hop, R&B, rock, reggae, soul, new wave, house music, salsa, merengue, electro, afrobeat, and plenty more. Dress nice, but be prepared to get sweaty.

Every Friday 11pm – 4am at (le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker St NYC