New York City offers some of the most energetic and fun entertainment in the entire country and the nightlife is no exception. If you're looking for a place to host an amazing event, there are tons of spots guaranteed to dazzle your guests with everything from skyscraper-high rooftop views to breathtaking aesthetics and beyond. Here are 10 special event locations in NYC, jam-packed with gorgeous dance floors, pristine sound systems, and unbelievable views of the city.
Slate (54 West 21st St.)
Slate is an adult wonderland featuring a classy bar, lounge, and club as well as a string of playful entertainment underground. Guests can drink beer, eat delectable food, and jam out to live performances from DJs, comedians, and jazz musicians for every occasion. The space, which has been in business for 23 years and counting, hosts corporate happy hours, birthday parties, workplace holiday parties, and special nights out with friends. If you want to invoke more play explore, the 16,000 square foot adult playground complete with three mini bowling lanes, an arcade, ping pong, pool tables, Skee-Ball, various private event rooms like a private karaoke room, in addition to a BYOB (Be Your Own Bartender) pouring station with 20 adult beverages on tap, and a 20-foot slide.
Area 53 (Dumbo and Williamsburg)
Area 53, the new premier location for an assortment of games and play can host an assortment of special birthday parties and celebrations! Bookings include everything from party supplies to admission to the Adventure Park, roller skating rink, ropes course, sky rail, rock climbing, and more! Party-goers can jam out for up to 3 hours while enjoying this inclusive venue for kids and adults alike. Parties can select packages to accommodate up to 20 guests in deluxe or super deluxe rooms with enough room for players, spectators, and private games like pool. Feel free to explore their Laser Tag and PaintBall packages, as well as their themed fun nights like Family Night and BYOB night!
Nebula (135 W. 41st St.)
Nebula, is a massive nightlife and event venue in Midtown Manhattan with an interior design inspired by the enchanting night sky. The nightclub, known for hosting the world’s top DJs on a massive performance stage during late-night parties, offers a fully stocked bar, vast dancefloor, numerous lounge areas, and dozens of visual customizations including strobe lights and fully immersive LED screen panels overhead. Attendees can enjoy dancing and socializing into the early morning hours, in this 10,000-square-foot space with 30-foot high ceilings and an open layout.
Somewhere Nowhere (112 W 25th St.)
Take your big event into the clouds at Somewhere Nowhere, an expansive bi-level indoor lounge with an open-air rooftop pool that’ll wow all your VIPs. Located 38 and 39th floors high, Somewhere Nowhere offers a front row view of the city’s skyline and Empire State Building. The 5,000-square-foot space brings visitors a 360-degree picture postcard perspective of Manhattan's magnificent cityscape. Additionally, their artistic integration of cutting-edge lighting and sound technologies makes it fit for even the most fantastical day and night events. In the Fall and Winter, guests can party from heated igloos on the rooftop, and in the Spring and Summer, experience the venue's rooftop pool.
Space 54 (226 E 54th St.)
Space 54 is a stunning private events space in Midtown East that can accommodate up to 265 guests. Its glam interior design is lavish enough for celebratory sit-down dinners or an all-night dance party you won’t forget. In addition to its convenient location and state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities, Space 54 also offers versatile catering services from Chef Gilbert Delgado so everyone will be raving about this space and its food.
Ainslie (Ainslie St. and Bowery)
It's amore at Ainslie, the beloved eatery that brings the romance of Italian cuisine to Williamsburg (76 Ainslie St.) and the Lower East Side (199 Bowery). The gorgeous Italian restaurant's interior in both locations is warm and inviting, perfect for hosting gatherings large and small. The main dining rooms, large wine bar, beer garden, and living floral chandeliers are all visible from its cozy dining room-style PDR’s. Beneath the Bowery location, guests can venture into The Underground, which accommodates 250 more people! Ainslie provides a fantastic menu that includes wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free-range chicken, NY Strip steak, Atlantic salmon, and wood-fired rosemary wings from Chef John DeLucie.
Schimanski (54 N. 11th Street)
Schimanski is a musical event powerhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn known for throwing insanely creative bashes for a variety of musical tastes. Eddie Dean, the former owner of Pacha, founded this massive Brooklyn nightclub to create a hub for both domestic and international dance music, which has since hosted a range of worldwide and up-and-coming bands for live concerts, private parties, and weekly DJ sets. The 10,000 square foot venue can accommodate up to 700 party-goers in two spacious rooms of the large venue, enough for even the most over-the-top occasion.
S Bar (398 10th Avenue)
S Bar, the seductive lounge located adjacent to Katsuya in Manhattan West offers up a lavish assortment of sashimi, sushi and inventive drinks in a luxe setting, perfect for business or pleasure. S Bar’s unique cocktail menu, created by Katsuya's award-winning culinary team, features carefully selected ingredients like Matcha, Green Chile, Yuzu and more.The sleek venue is ideal for private parties, intimate dinners, and special occasions. With a sumptuous lounge, a private dining room, and a large bar, the area can accommodate up to 40 guests and is a true urban sanctuary.
Amali at Chiotes Hall (337 E. 74th Street.)
Amali at Chiotes Hall is a tasteful Upper East Side event venue, fit to accommodate 225 guests for receptions and 175 attendees for seated events. The venue’s two 15-foot dropdown screens with built-in projection, and surround sound speakers provide crystal-clear sights and sound throughout the space, and the catering services from Amali’s culinary team provide a menu that’ll please any crowd.
Loulou (176 8th Ave.)
Chelsea's Loulou a Petit French Restaurant & Speakeasy, is the perfect place to enjoy regional favorites, instagrammable cocktails, and chic decor amongst great company. Its speakeasy’s entrance is found through a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine, hidden below the restaurant. It raises the bar for group dining. French delicacies prepared by Executive Chef Jarett Brodie are served alongside some of the city's most inventively presented cocktails in the private area, which also has its own bar.
Hidden Lane (129 E 15th St.)
Hidden Lane is a bi-level bar and lounge in Gramercy, steps from Union Square that features a secret, scenic garden filled with beautifully lit trees, and vintage New York charm. The upper parlor is perfect for a party, with lounge seating and a private bar area. The hidden gem is perfect for those planning something intimate and low-key.
Nerai (55 E. 54th Street)
Midtown East’s Nerai is still on the Top 75 Restaurants in NYC list according to TripAdvisor, and dazzling visitors with a temperature-controlled outdoor garden, stunning sidewalk seating, and two floors of glistening indoor dining. Indulge in delicious signature dishes like Lobster Pasta, Lavraki, Duck Moussaka and Seafood Orzotto as well as an expansive wine list, which features rare and innovative bottles from boutique wineries that are organically and biodynamically grown. Guests can enjoy the Bar Room located downstairs in the wine cellar for intimate events as well.
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