darkroom

20s / 30s / Bar / Boisterous / DJ / Dance Floor / Dress Code / Drink Specials / Flirty / Funky Dresses / Grungy / Happy Hour / Hipster / Hipster Style / Jam Packed / Jeans and Heels / Lounge / New Wave / Occasional Celebrity / Pop / Punk / Rock / Rowdy / Singles / Skinny Jeans / Young Professionals
darkroom 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... New York United States 40.7214 -73.987715
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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

  • Subway:

    F, J, M, Z : Delancey Street-Essex Street

  • Phone:

    212-353-0536

  • Hours:

    Daily 8pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth darkroom Review

The Scene

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...

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Don’t miss the half-hour $1 vodka specials Sundays through Thursdays from 11:30pm to midnight and again from 2–2:30am – perfect time for a round of shots with the girls and to rejuvenate that dance floor!

  • Crowd

    Lower East Side hipsters, grungy types, and occasional celebs on weekdays, cool young professionals on weekends, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A DJ spins rock, punk, and new wave on weeknights and mostly pop on weekends, 11pm–4am nightly.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour daily 8–10pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $4–$7, cocktails $7–$15.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hip casual during the week: skinny jeans, rocker vests. Slightly dressier on weekends: jeans and heels, funky dresses. Dress code: no flip-flops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday nights for the most vibrant party crowd, or Fridays and Saturdays for a packed venue and good boozy fun.

  • Close By

    Katz’s Deli (205 East Houston Street) is great for late-night snacks.

darkroom User Reviews

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Underground Lair
Risa C. Dec 8, 2012
The Darkroom is the kind of dive bar I go to when I want a real dive, and not just any PBR serving hipster location. Located underground down an ominous staircase, serving cheap cocktails in an intentionally poorly lit environment, its the kind of place that has the potential to be a center for shady mayhem. On the other hand, since this is New York and NYU is not that far away on the weekends a student population keeps it from becoming a place where depressed people drink their troubles away. Also, from my previous experiences waiting for the bathroom and seeing couples walk out - I'd still be careful what I leaned on. College students + cheap alcohol + dark spaces = grimy
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