Top 10 Best Nightclubs in Chelsea, 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 Chelsea, New York that you should definitely check out.

Marquee NY

Best nightclub in Chelsea, New York!
Marquee NY

In January 2013, Marquee New York, the legendary Chelsea nightclub that defined a generation of New York nightlife, reopened as an internationally acclaimed dance music destination, attracting the most in-demand DJs and live acts. Marquee has transformed into a tripped out warehouse with 28 ft. ceilings, industrial design accents, and new features including chandeliers constructed from functioning microphones, a top-tier Funktion-One Soundsystem, a custom-built DJ booth, and floor-to-ceiling LED walls.

  • 289 10th Ave New York, NY 10001 United States
  • Chelsea
  • 11 PM – 4 AM, Wed, Fri, Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

1 OAK

1 OAK

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
  • $$$$

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
  • $$

Mission Nightclub

Mission Nightclub

Partner Bobby Kwak says that the real reason Circle closed was because they couldn’t afford the new lease asking price at the club, which was in an area that now has a Whole Foods and a SoulCycle. It’s working out better for them though, he says: Mission Nightclub, which opens on March 3 at 229 West 28th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, is slightly closer to K-Town, where many of their clientele party before and after going to the club anyway. It’s also bigger than Circle, he adds. Mission won’t be that different from Circle. Like its predecessor, Mission will mimic clubs in Korea, with plates of cut up fruit for people who order bottle service and well-dressed men as servers instead of the cocktail waitresses more common at American clubs. A new and upgraded sound system will also be in place, as will a new lighting system. Otherwise, “a club is a club at the end of the day: lights, music, dancing, bars,” Kwak says. Besides the superior space and the lost of the previous lease, the partners also decided to reopen a Korean nightclub elsewhere because “there’s a need for something like this,” he says. Circle had been around for a decade and was primarily a go-to club for Koreans, Korean Americans, and other Asians and Asian Americans. In an oral history about the club, website The Ringer calls it “an epicenter of Korean nightlife in New York.” It frequently sported long lines every weekend, had a location near Times Square, and was visited by celebrities like Usher, Anthony Bourdain, and Pharrell Williams — but was virtually unknown to people outside the community. Ultimately, the new club’s — ahem — mission will be the same as Circle, too: to be a place for Asians and Asian Americans. “The Asian community, they hate to admit it, but they loved Circle,” Kwak says. “It’s like a safe haven for them. It’s kind of like Cheers. …that’s what Circle was to the Asian community. People were regulars were there because they felt a sense of comfort. They felt a sense of home. It was a place where people in the Asian community were able to connect with each other.”

  • 229 W 28th St New York, NY 10001 United States
  • Chelsea
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Il Bastardo

Il Bastardo

Il Bastardo is an upscale and chic weekend brunch spot in New York City, featuring headlining DJs and and an exciting daytime club experience. This Chelsea based institution offers the finest dining, freshly prepared food and full bar, as well as bottle service. Il Bastardo’s versatile, spacious venue is tastefully designed, with an elegant twist. Il Bastardo offers so many possibilities for private parties and events. Il Bastardo offers one of the best brunch parties in NYC. Their brunch is every Saturday and Sunday from 12- 6:30pm. They take reservations for 12 pm, 2 pm, & 4 pm. They offer a $75 Prix-Fixe, with choice of one entree and one personal bottle. w includes Champagne, Rosé, Mimosa, or Bellini. Headlining DJ’s, Dance Floor, and In-House Photographers capturing every moment.

  • 544 W 27th St New York, NY 10001 United States
  • Chelsea
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

Electric Room

Electric Room

The Electric Room is located on the lower level of Dream Downtown. The intimate room accommodates approximately 100 people and features a full bar servicing high-end spirits and speciality cocktails. The room has a distinct cool Britannia feel with sofas featuring the Union Jack Flag. Custom back-painted antique mirrors by artist Chris Stain adorn the banquette wall, as well as photography and artwork by Sante D'Orazio and Marilyn Minter, while two gothic-inspired chandeliers provide intimate lighting.

  • 355 W 16th St New York, NY 10011 United States
  • Chelsea
  • Dress Code: Trendy
  • $$

The Fleur Room

The Fleur Room

New York's highest lounge bar is covered with flowers. The bar is located in The Fleur Room on the highest floor of Moxy Chelsea. The space, with floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides, offers clear views of surrounding Manhattan buildings!

  • 105 W 28th St New York, NY 10001 United States
  • Chelsea
  • 5 PM - 12 AM Mon, 5 PM - 4 AM Tue - Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Ainsworth Chelsea

Ainsworth Chelsea

The Ainsworth is a multipurpose venue comprised of a full scale restaurant, bar and lounge, and event space. Amongst the chic paisley wallpaper and the antique pine wood interior are 40 flat screen TVs waiting to showcase any media display to create an ideal ambiance. With state of the art A/V and Sound capabilities, catering facilities and multi functional furniture and layout options, The Ainsworth is your one-stop-shop for any event.

  • 122 W 26th St New York, NY 10001 United States
  • Chelsea
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Megu

Megu

New York once boasted two locations of popular Japanese club/restaurant, Megu — one in TriBeCa and one at Trump Tower in Midtown. Then both outposts of the trendy mini-chain suddenly closed, leaving the city Megu-less for roughly two years. Last week, however, marked its return under the new stewardship of restaurateur Jon Bakshi, who purchased universal rights to the brand, and chef Francis Tariga-Weshnak, who appeared on Top Chef. With a revamped menu comprised of sushi and other traditional Japanese fare, this posh, ultra-splashy restaurant at the Dream Downtown in the Meatpacking District is a surefire hot spot.

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

There are many other clubs available in Chelsea, New York like Dream Beach Club

Check out the venues section for the full list of 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 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 nightclubs for free?

Some New York 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 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 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 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 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 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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