Party Earth Review It’s not hard to see how Webster Hall came to be known as the first modern nightclub – since its inception back in 1886, this multilevel space has shown a chameleon-like ability to transform from dance hall... ... read full review
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6: 14th Street-Union Square; L: 3rd Avenue-14th Street; 6: Astor Place-4th Avenue
Su–W 7pm–1am, Th–Sa 10pm–4am; hours vary by event and area
Greenwich Village / NoHo, New York –
It’s not hard to see how Webster Hall came to be known as the first modern nightclub – since its inception back in 1886, this multilevel space has shown a chameleon-like ability to transform from dance hall to live music venue or from hip-hop hangout to salsa palace.
Once past the door and into the foyer, young patrons of every stripe are greeted by throbbing, floor-shaking music and a glimpse of partiers gyrating amid the smoke and colored lights of the Marlin Room, a large red space with low ceilings, a black-topped bar, and a spacious stage alternately used by mash-up-spinning DJs and burlesque shows.
Guests who take the winding marble staircase down to the Studio will find a black-and-white antechamber that gives way to a small dark performance space and recording studio frequented by a slightly more hipster crowd enjoying various hip-hop and DJ acts.
Those in the mood for a true dance party should head up to the magnificent Grand Ballroom, where hundreds of writhing young professionals and tipsy college students let loose to the pounding beats of the DJ beneath the grandeur of high ceilings, balconies, and a giant disco ball.
A red velvet curtain conceals the huge proscenium stage, site of Saturday night circus acts complete with stilt walkers, magicians, and aerial acrobats, as well as the live music series Bowery Presents, which hosts big-name artists like Kings of Leon.
Patrons looking for a extravagant production can check out the long, dimly-lit parlor called the Balcony Lounge, an intimate area where sweaty singles grind to alternative dance music or sway to the beat of salsa.
The many distinct environments, types of music, and people that flock to this venue transform Webster Hall into an ever-changing, four-story funhouse sure to impress first-timers and seasoned club-goers alike.
Melting pot including young professionals, local hipsters, hip-hop lovers, outer-borough folks, college students, and suburbanites. More hip-hop crowd on Thursdays, cool young Brooklyn kids on Fridays, and a slightly older young professional party crowd on Saturdays. Early 20s to 30s.
Four different parties, each with its own entertainment. Generally, a DJ spins hip-hop in the Studio; the Marlin Room features anything from Top 40 mash-ups to electro-hipster pop on Fridays; the Grand Ballroom plays a range from mainstream hip-hop to electronic house; and the Balcony Lounge usually plays salsa.
Ladies’ Night on Thursdays features big-name hip-hop acts in the Grand Ballroom and a burlesque show at 11pm in the Marlin Room. Fridays feature the Boys and Girls party in the Grand Ballroom with big-name DJs like MSTRKRFT, Tiësto, and Deadmau5, and a Trash party in the Studio with electro-rock and punk.
Saturday nights feature the extravagant Circus show at 2am in the Grand Ballroom.
The Studio is open almost every night and has a separate entrance and cover charge.
Bowery Presents, a series of live music concerts featuring bigger-name bands, takes place in the Grand Ballroom. Check website for schedule.
Bars in every room offer different drink specials that change nightly. Special packages for bottle service, all-included drinking, bachelorette parties, and birthday parties. Check the website for details.
Cover charge $12/Studio events, $25/Th–F and $30/Sa for access to entire club. Ladies’ Night free for ladies/first two hours, $15/guys 21+ and $10/guys under 21 before 11:30pm.
No cover charge M. Drink prices vary by bar and event, but generally beer $3–$7, wine $5–$7, cocktails $7–$9, bottle service $250+.
Dressy on club nights (Th–Sa): dresses and heels, collared shirts, no hats. Anything goes for Bowery Presents, Trash, and Studio nights: T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, heels.
Any night to see a specific DJ or band, Thursdays for Ladies’ Night and burlesque in the Grand Ballroom, Fridays for the Trash Party in the Studio, and Saturdays for a wild club party and the Circus in the Grand Ballroom.
The popular urban brasserie The Smith (55 Third Avenue) offers excellent pre-club eats.