Party Earth Review The area south of Canal Street where Santos Party House resides may look barren and uninviting by day, but after dark, the place comes alive with a boisterous crowd of hipsters eager to dance and groove to a throbbing... ... read full review
96 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
N, Q, R: Canal Street-Broadway; 6: Canal Street-Lafayette Street; J, Z: Canal Street-Centre Street
Daily 6pm–4am, depending on event
Chinatown / Nolita, New York –
The area south of Canal Street where Santos Party House resides may look barren and uninviting by day, but after dark, the place comes alive with a boisterous crowd of hipsters eager to dance and groove to a throbbing beat.
Launched by 90s nightlife legends Andrew W.K. and Spencer Sweeney, Santos is a gritty, bi-level, 8,000-square-foot club where patrons get the distinct feeling that luxury is a social ill and music and dancing are the cure.
If the club’s open main room with its elevated stage, polished wood floors, white columns, and massive disco ball doesn't pay enough homage to The Loft and Paradise Garage, then the downstairs basement’s no-frills cinder block décor and wall of neon-fluorescent lighting certainly will.
Although the space caters to an eclectic underground crowd that varies according to the night’s music, one thing is sure – the 150,000-watt stereo system pulls in the coolest of the cool DJ acts from the electro, house, hip-hop, and dancepunk communities, which is why heavy hitters like Q-Tip, Rich Medina, and Danny Krivit have held weekly parties here.
With such a booming sound system, this place is obviously made for dancing, and wallflowers will find very few seats and only three small bars scattered over the two levels.
The décor may be as stark as the neighborhood, but the wildly diverse musical line-up and exuberant clientele make Santos the hip place to be for all-night underground dance parties.
Diverse mix of downtown darlings, edgy hipsters, and underground art and music types, 20s to 30s, and hip-hop heads, house lovers, and disco queens, 40s to 50s.
The owners’ nightlife and entertainment connections bring in big-name acts, DJs, and performances, including electro parties and disco nights. Check the website for daily listings.
None. Reduced drink specials some nights. Check the website for flyers and details.
Cover charge up to $25 for some parties, others free with RSVP. Beer $7+, mixed drinks $10+, shots $10+.
Depends on the party. For underground hipster shows, the general uniform is skinny jeans and motorcycle boots. For retro house parties, attire is more casual and comfortable.
Thursdays for the electro parties, Fridays for the Reopened house and soul parties with Just Blaze, Saturdays for the basement parties. The monthly disco and house high-tea party also draws a good crowd.
Underground dance parties featuring similar music are often held on Fridays and Saturdays in an abandoned dim sum restaurant inside the Manhattan Bridge ramp, a space known on the street as 88 Palace (88 East Broadway). Check www.residentadvisor.net for party listings.