Party Earth Review First-timers who come upon the plain exterior of Darkroom won’t be able to tell what they’re in for, but those who dare to venture down the dim staircase will need only one look at the crowded room of drunken young urbanites... ... read full review
165 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z : Delancey Street-Essex Street
Lower East Side, New York –
First-timers who come upon the plain exterior of Darkroom won’t be able to tell what they’re in for, but those who dare to venture down the dim staircase will need only one look at the crowded room of drunken young urbanites rocking out on the dance floor and making out in the corners to understand the venue’s appeal.
This black-on-black room with stone walls, leather banquettes, huge round ottomans, and plenty of mirrors for checking out other patrons is usually full of excitable guests sipping cocktails and flirting over the music or pushing their way through the boisterous crowd to the jam-packed zebra wood bar to buy each other drinks.
During the week, a somewhat mellower crew of Lower East Side hipsters and grungy types shows up to dance to the heavy beat of the DJ in the cramped center dance space, while weekends see an influx of rowdier and sufficiently smashed young professionals doing the same thing to a more upbeat pop soundtrack.
Weekends begin on Thursdays when the hard-partying clientele stays late for the vodka specials, then continues on Fridays and Saturdays as sweaty singles escape to cozy corners to engage in the heavy drinking and “mingling” that Darkroom is famous for.
Lower East Side hipsters, grungy types, and occasional celebs on weekdays, cool young professionals on weekends, early 20s to mid-30s.
A DJ spins rock, punk, and new wave on weeknights and mostly pop on weekends, 11pm–4am nightly.
Happy Hour daily 8–10pm.
Beer $4–$7, cocktails $7–$15.
Hip casual during the week: skinny jeans, rocker vests. Slightly dressier on weekends: jeans and heels, funky dresses. Dress code: no flip-flops.
Thursday nights for the most vibrant party crowd, or Fridays and Saturdays for a packed venue and good boozy fun.
Katz’s Deli (205 East Houston Street) is great for late-night snacks.