History is oft dictated by a few great men—great not always in character, but in their capacity to shape the world around them. As epicenter of the nightlife universe, NYC’s shadowy godfathers of the night are of particular interest. As the minds behind the most successful, exclusive, and profitable clubs of their respective eras, these pioneers have almost single-handedly revolutionized the game.
Spanning the debaucherous, gilded '20s of the Jazz Age, to the current EDM-fueled bacchanals, the men behind the curtain have conceptualized nightlife into the brand it currently is. By marketing exclusivity, affluence, popular music, and atmosphere, these 5 men elevated revelry into an art form—of which they are the maestros.
You haven't worn a bib in awhile. Or hit someone. (Good job.) And now that the surf is dying down, you deserve to let loose.
Introducing Hammer and Claw's only All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast, located at the infamous Tunnel. Yes, the tunnel. Now, where 10 years ago you rubbed shoulders with fairies, club kids, Lisa Edelstein, trannys and undoubtably dodged a sure venereal disease or two, now you create the type of camaraderie that comes only with cracking claws, not popping pills. The guests of honor will be blue crabs, bathed in vinegar, beer, and Old-Bay seasoning and set out amongst ears of corn for your pounding pleasure.
You peruse the kiosks, wondering through a maze of collared shirts, handbags and bad lingerie. Suddenly you gaze up in bewilderment. You think you were here once. A long time ago. The DJ booth was right …
Although the reign of super clubs (Twilo, Exit, Tunnel, Palladium) was over long before the Limelight Marketplace opened last year, the mall was the crown on Guiliani's long-waged coup d'état. Face it, the church-cum-nightclub-cum-mall where you used to bounce around in your best leather chaps symbolizes American society’s progress.
With city officials debating issuing liquor licenses to new clubs until only 2 am, it’s safe to say New York City isn’t the party place it used to be. But hey, the value of your 16 x 16 studio has skyrocketed, your dog’s paws are cleaner and it’s almost safe to walk the streets at night (which was why you stayed in the club til 11 am in the first place).
Below is a list of the best clubs for House music: