Top 10 Best Rap / Hip-Hop Nightclubs in New York, NY [2020 GUIDE]

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With over 77 venues in New York, there are many places to choose from whether you're looking for a crazy night out or a lounge atmosphere. Don't worry! We're going to list out the best clubs in New York that you should definitely check out.

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After passing through a coat-check anteroom where lines of cursive are engraved in the wall, patrons find themselves in an expansive room with a ceiling of raw oak slats and a zigzagging black-and-white floor that sets an El Morocco tone. The room is divided by a central black lacquered bar doling out $20 mixed drinks, and, in one corner, a VIP-type area with a roaring fireplace and giant artwork by Roy Nachum (designer of Southern Hospitality and Saucy) of a sexy nude flanked by buffalo. Beyond that area is a cruise-y outdoor smoking lounge partially enclosed by mirrored walls. Ostrich-leather banquettes line underlit brick walls covered by metallic gold curtains, offsetting a bizarre centerpiece—another large artwork of a young blindfolded boy with two horses. In the front of the room there’s a D.J. podium outfitted with what looks and sounds like a very pricey sound system and in the back, risers for those happy to sit without silver Dom Pérignon buckets in front of them.

  • 453 W 17th St New York, NY 10011 United States
  • Chelsea
  • 11 PM – 4 AM, Tuesday - Sunday
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$$

Lavo NY

Lavo NY

Inspired by the original LAVO Las Vegas, LAVO New York Nightclub boasts a downtown vibe with an uptown sensibility. Located in midtown, the state-of-the-art venue is a nightlife destination from the creators of the world-famous TAO Asian Bistro in NYC, TAO Las Vegas, TAO Beach and Marquee Dayclub & Nightclub in Las Vegas.

  • 39 E 58th St New York, NY 10022 United States
  • Midtown East
  • 11 PM – 4 AM, Thurs, Fri, Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

Tao Downtown

Tao Downtown

Tucked away within the grandeur of Tao Downtown’s restaurant is a hidden gem and “in the know” oasis called Tao Downtown Nightclub. Separate from the restaurant, the 2500 sq foot drinks-only lounge has kept a low-key profile attracting VIPS and celebrities for late night/wee-hour cocktails, music and dancing. A lot of people don’t even know there’s a nightclub, as it is tucked away in the corner of the huge Tao complex, away from the dining area. The club is located one stair down and it’s so intimate and dark, it almost feels like a speak-easy. Tao Downtown Nightclub is one of the Meatpacking hotspots these days for those in the know, and it can be tricky to get in on weekends. It is important to note that dining at the restaurant does not guarantee entry into the club.

  • 369 W 16th St New York, NY 10011 United States
  • Meatpacking District
  • 11 PM – 4 AM Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Avenue

Avenue

A trendy crowd, stunning tapestries and paintings as well as bottle service makes Avenue one of the most desirable nightclub/lounges in all of New York City. VIP service and nothing less is one of the many amenities that Avenue has to offer. Drop in for a night of indulgence and excitement and see for yourself why Avenue’s Chelsea location is the place to be every Tuesday night.

  • 116 10th Ave New York, NY 10011 United States
  • Chelsea
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$$

PH-D Downtown

PH-D Downtown

OR those who have spent years absorbing life lessons from “Entourage,” PH-D is Xanadu: a glittering room of celebrities, beautiful women and cresting credit-card bills. The nightclub, which opened in June on the roof of the Dream Downtown hotel, is the latest endeavor from the impresarios behind Marquee, Tao and other successful playgrounds for the well heeled.

  • 355 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 United States
  • Chelsea
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

The DL

The DL

The DL is one of the friendliest, least pretentious, and high-energy nightclubs not just in the Lower East Side, but across all of New York City. This bass-rattling multi-level venue is fully equipped with an outdoor rooftop wood deck patio with retractable roof where the main dance floor congregates around a DJ spinning popular open format tunes.

  • 95 Delancy Street New York, NY 10002 United States
  • Lower East Side
  • Dress Code: Dress Shoes, Dress Shirts, Jackets, T-Shirts (no baggy T's), Tank Tops (females only), Jeans. NO: Athletic Gear, Khaki Shorts, Shorts, Ripped or Baggy Clothes
  • $$

PH-D Midtown

PH-D Midtown

“Offices, offices, offices,” said Matt Strauss, the managing partner of PHD Terrace in Midtown. “Tourists, tourists, tourists.” He was waving toward the kaleidoscopic lights and humanity glob of nearby Times Square, visible from the two-floor lounge that opened in early October atop the Dream Midtown hotel. “But we’re infusing it with our brand of downtown cool,” he said.

  • 210 W 55th St New York, NY 10019 United States
  • Times Square
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Hotel Chantelle

Hotel Chantelle

Not actually a hotel, Ravi Patel’s LES spot is named after a French World War II safe house. Hotel Chantelle is retro in design as unmarked doors transport you into Patel’s version of 1940’s Paris. The room exudes warmth as dark mahogany wood panels blend with the black leather pin tucked banquettes under the glow of flickering exposed bulbs, candles, and a gold floral pattern that bounces off dark wallpaper. Cozy up in the banquettes or sit at the bar, where friendly bartenders are happy to explain the cocktail list, which features modern twists on old-school classics. They’ll lead you towards three concoctions: The Pineapple Express (jalapeño-infused tequila, pineapple, and pomegranate), Libertine (gin, cucumber, lime juice), and the Kir Yvette (sparkling rosé, lemon juice). Mix up your night with the attached rooftop restaurant or underground dance club SGTs.

  • 92 Ludlow St New York, NY 10002 United States
  • Lower East Side
  • Tuesday & Wednesday 5 PM – 11 PM, Thursday 5 PM – 2 AM, Friday 3 PM – 4 AM, Saturday 11 AM – 4 AM, Sunday 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Hudson Terrace

Hudson Terrace

Looking for a little Miami on the Hudson? This rooftop (third-floor) lounge comes complete with off-white leather couches, pink drinks, a remixed eighties soundtrack, and views of cruise ships parked in the harbor. Perched in the no man’s land between midtown and the West Side Highway, the wood-paneled space is a nice spot to watch a sunset, with floor-to-ceiling windows facing Jersey and a bird’s-eye view of the Intrepid. But once the sun goes down, be prepared for a heavy dose of South Beach—think men who leave hair-gel marks on the upholstery and women with exposed back tattoos. To complete the experience, order some tuna tartar and a pitcher of mojitos and stake out a table facing the water. And if it (gasp!) happens to rain, you can head to the more demure salon area on the floor below or wait for the muscled bartenders to erect a tent and keep you dry.

  • 621 W 46th St New York, NY 10036 United States
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

Jane Ballroom

Jane Ballroom

The Jane Ballroom, with its grand and eclectic décor, has hosted countless events and film shoots. The Ballroom is versatile and can accommodate smaller events on the Mezzanine level or larger functions in the entire space. The stunning Hudson River views from the Roof are unparalleled, and the interior Roof Bar is ideal for a more intimate gathering.

  • 113 Jane St New York, NY 10014 United States
  • Greenwich Village
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

There are many other clubs available in New York like Goldbar, The Blond, Playboy Club

Check out the venues section for the full list of Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs.

New York Nightclubs FAQ

What time does the headlining DJ usually start performing in New York clubs?

The headlining DJ will usually start performing around 12:00 AM.

How long do DJs play in New York?

The headlining DJ or artist usually plays a 1 to 2 hour set.

What is the dress code like at New York Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to clubs.

How can I get into New York Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs for free?

Some New York Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs have a free ladies guest list, and have a free even ratio guest list – free if you have the same number of girls (or more) in your party.

Keep in mind that many New York Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs are more exclusive and require bottle service to get in. You can sign up for the guest list on our events page.

How can I book bottle service for New York Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs?

You can book bottle service directly on Discotech by visiting the New York page.

How much is bottle service at New York clubs?

Bottle service and table minimums at Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs can get pretty expensive in New York, but every nightclub is different.

The best way to find out is to visit the events page and choose the event you're thinking of going.

Should I buy tickets to get into New York Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs?

If the nightclub has tickets, we recommend buying tickets during holiday weekends and for big name artists. The ticket line is generally faster and shorter than the guest list.

Many Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs in New York are bottle service only – meaning you must book a table reservation in order to get inside.

Which New York nightclubs play EDM and electronic music?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best EDM nightclubs in New York.

Which New York nightclubs play hip-hop?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best hip hop nightclubs in New York.

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