Party Earth Review Underground music seekers in Greenwich enjoy a subterranean savior at Sullivan Room, where the DJs rarely sway from a lineup of house, house, a little techno… …and more house. Anyone loitering outside the unassuming metal... ... read full review
218 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
A, B, C, D, E, F, M: West 4 Street / 6 Avenue
Open M–W for special events only
Greenwich Village / NoHo, New York –
Underground music seekers in Greenwich enjoy a subterranean savior at Sullivan Room, where the DJs rarely sway from a lineup of house, house, a little techno…
…and more house.
Anyone loitering outside the unassuming metal doors right at 10pm will probably find the place deserted, but by midnight a swarm of club kids have scampered past the psychedelic portrait of a woman above the narrow stairs and into the hidden party beneath.
The open room touts few fancy trappings save for a couple of bottle service areas along two sides of the dance floor, itself dotted with fake stone pillars that give the eclectic sea of revelers something to lean on if they’ve had one too many customarily overpriced club drinks.
Scattered paintings could have been pulled from the cover of some cheesy romantic novel – dashing knights on galloping steeds, packs of angry wolves – but nobody comes to this unpretentious hall to look at the art, especially considering the Core Audio sound system has a bass beat that could dislodge a blood clot.
DJs cover the gamut from big names on the UK scene to local up-and-comers, and though Fridays and Saturdays naturally host the week’s biggest acts, the Funk Box event on Sundays and rotating soul nights throughout the month (Sundays too, as well as first Fridays) are regular fixtures that draw solid crowds.
Simple but satisfying, Sullivan Room is for people who want to party late in an intimate space with folks who care more about dancing than décor.
An eclectic mix of house music enthusiasts, college partiers, a few Jersey Shore lookalikes, soul music fans, and anyone looking for a club more intimate than nearby Webster Hall, early 20s to 30s.
Nightly DJs focus primarily on house and trance.
Tickets may be purchased in advance through wantickets.com and clubtickets.com.
Cover charge $15–$25 depending on night, guy at door, sex of patron, alignment of Jupiter. Beer $7–$8, cocktails $8–$11, bottle service $175+.
Casual to clubby: t-shirts, jeans, collared shirts, midriff-baring tops, comfortable skirts.
Any night a DJ of interest mans the decks, with Fridays and Saturdays promising the longest lines, priciest cover, and biggest crowds down below, or Sundays to bring on the funk.
Historic Cafe Wha? (115 MacDougal Street) offers a full menu and a more relaxed environment to catch some live music.