Theater archives

New Year’s Eve Dance Guide



Promising two soundsystems, a visual installation, and a massive secret location in Brooklyn, Verboten‘s deep house and techno promoters plan to complement their secretive nature with some of the UK’s biggest underground dance stars, ringing in the new year with the warm embrace of Maya Jane Coles’s blend of innovative, uplifting, garage-influenced dubstep and deep house. Also on the bill are the iconic Lee Burridge and his All Day I Dream labelmates Maher Daniel and Gab Rhome playing melancholic, melodic, sunny-day house. Later, Brooklyn’s riotous, club-obsessed Trouble & Bass crew keep the party going well after-hours with sets by Star Eyes and “secret guests.” At 10, secret location,, $50-$80 PUJA PATEL

The Rub @ Bell House

Once a month this Brooklyn institution turns the Bell House into a gloriously uninhibited mess of dancing, the closest thing to an old-school, bump-n-grind house party that you’ll find at a club of this size. The Rub‘s New Year’s Eve edition is bound to be much of the same: While the fête’s residents, DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven, are intent on showing off the diversity of their crates, deftly mixing dancehall, New Jack Swing, r&b remixes, and even pop, it’s a slick blend of hip-hop (throwbacks and radio hits) that will have you ringing in 2014. Scheduled guests include Fool’s Gold’s Nick Catchdubs and Turntable Lab’s Prince Klassen. At 9, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn,, $45 PUJA PATEL

Mister Saturday Night

Take it from someone who knows: Mister Saturday Night is the type of party where going in blind is half the fun. The collective’s Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin are masters of emulating the warehouse house music parties that New York City was once famous for, and backed by hand-picked speakers, they play a reverent vinyl mix of deep house featuring turns of techno and rare edits of anything from disco-funk to acid. You’re just along for the ride. While they haven’t announced a full lineup yet, the pair have booked guests like Four Tet, Moodymann, and Theo Parrish in the past. This is a party that gets started as others are letting out, making it a great bet for when your pals are calling it a night but you’re just warming up. At 9, 12-Turn-13, 172 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn,, $40 PUJA PATEL

Cielo NYE

Affiliates of ’90s Baltimore house collective the Basement Boys DJ Spen and Karizma have spent their massive career handling soulful diva vocals (think Ultra Naté and Crystal Waters), experimental takes on hip-hop, and the late bloom of their city’s own Baltimore Club. Together as Deepah One the pair produce modern mutations of their collage of classic sounds. Powerful, floor-shaking bass bolsters their deep house tunes, pushing listeners off the walls and onto the dance floor. Then again, with Cielo’s sound (undoubtedly among the best in the city) behind them, getting into the groove shouldn’t be much of an effort to begin with. At 10, Cielo, 453 West 17th Street, 212-242-8468,, $50 PUJA PATEL

Tiki Disco

Some people are just not willing to let go of summer even after the first few snowfalls have made the city into a slippery, slushy mess. Likewise Tiki Disco‘s Andy Pry, Lloydski, and Eli Escobar live in a place where the beach is a state of mind; at the very least, their New Year’s Eve fête at Le Bain overlooks the Hudson River as a jacuzzi bubbles nearby. Curses and Midnight Magic’s Tiffany Roth join the residents for a night of ’80s pop greats, house bangers, new wave classics, and, yes, a ton of sing-along disco. It may be cold outside, but these guys can bring enough heat to fog up the swank hotel lounge’s floor-to-ceiling windows and make jumping into the roof’s pool a maybe-not-so-crazy consideration after all. At 10, Le Bain, 444 West 13th Street,, $50 PUJA PATEL


For the past year, Williamsburg has been reveling in Output, the neighborhood’s closest thing to a mega-club since the closure of nearby Studio B. Beyond its epic lineups, the club’s strengths are its space-station DJ booth and massive soundsystem. So it makes sense that its organizers have given the New Year’s Eve reins to local dance figureheads BLKMRKT Membership. Advertised as a “24 Hour Party,” the lineup is a massive showcase of familiar regulars and visiting DJs who play everything from minimal techno to disco to moody experimental electronica. Pop in and pop out; this party will be pumping so long after you’ve gone to bed that you can revisit it when you wake up the next day. Full lineup listed on the website. At 10, Output, 714 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn,, $30–$60 PUJA PATEL