Best Place to Dance Illegally (2008)

Izzy Bar

Since so many Village clubs and bars don't have a cabaret license—the law prevents people from dancing in such establishments—it's tough to pick the best place to break the law and a sweat simultaneously. Izzy Bar, which frequently has good live funk downstairs and house or funk upstairs, a comfortably worn interior, and a decent amount of space to (not) dance, gets the nod. Wednesday "En Plaxx" nights—with house DJs U-Go, Pete Sung, Steven Steel, and Holmar Filippson upstairs, and live drum'n'bass or funk bands on the lower level—are the best time to go. "It's a level of absurdity," acknowledges one anonymous Izzy employee. "People come to the door and ask if we have dancing, and we wind up asking them if they work for the police department."

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