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Party Earth Review 1OAK may be perpetually “closed for a private event” – or so the super-exclusive club would like guests to believe – but for those in the know, the venue is very much open as long as patrons... ... read full review

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    A, C, E, L: 14th Street-8th Avenue

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    Tu–Su 11:30pm–4am

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    • Night Spot

Party Earth 1OAK Review

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Looking for more info on 1OAK in Chelsea? Check out Party Earth for reviews, photos, and more for this ultra exclusive NYC club!

1OAK may be perpetually “closed for a private event” – or so the super-exclusive club would like guests to believe – but for those in the know, the venue is very much open as long as patrons have a name to drop at the nearly impossible door.

Once inside, the select crowd of models, promoters, celebrities, and Wall Street types are greeted by a modern décor as sophisticated as they are.

A black-and-white floor plays counterpoint to the sleek oak ceiling, while the rest of the space is decked out in one conversation piece after the other, from walls covered in cursive writing or intricate layers of gold letters to immense contemporary photos by Roy Nachum – in particular the nude woman flanked by buffaloes – which contribute to the decadent atmosphere.

Spacious ostrich leather booths along the perimeter of the J-shaped room provide plenty of space for affluent businessmen to indulge in bottle service and flaunt their wealth for the glamazons dancing on the couches or under the glitzy 80s disco ball by the DJ booth in the back.

Not to be outdone by the gorgeous waitresses in black mini-dresses and knee-high boots, the club’s model-esque partygoers show up dressed to impress in sky-high stilettos and the latest designs by Alexander Wang or Brian Atwood.

Particularly popular with a late-night crowd that’s already plastered from the ridiculously expensive cocktails, 1OAK tends to get crazy in the wee hours, when a somewhat pretentious clientele pours in from other clubs to down one more bottle of champagne before calling it a night.

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Tip from Adriana:

1OAK is located between the Meatpacking and Chelsea districts, so it’s not really within easy walking distance from the lounges in those areas. That’s why most people make it the last stop for the night – so if you want to catch the party in full swing, stop by after 2am.

  • Crowd

    Models, promoters, Wall Street types, nightlife industry professionals, and celebrities, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ plays a mix of hip-hop, pop, and mash-ups.

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  • Prices

    Beer 8+, wine $15+, cocktails $18+, bottles $350+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Suits, cocktails dresses, mini-skirts, and the highest heels possible.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for big crowds, or late night Wednesdays and Thursdays for the most exclusive clientele, though the door is most difficult on these nights.

  • Close By

    Juliet Supperclub (539 West 21st Street) is a good early evening stop for dinner or drinks. SL (409 West 14th Street) also has a similar crowd and music.

1OAK User Reviews

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Exclusively Fabulous - Feel and party like an "A-lister"
Perri R. Jun 9, 2013
When partying in the city you want to feel as though you are going to the most exclusive venue with people who have a vibe that puts you in the mood to party. After living in the city for quite a while I passed 1Oak several times and the sign that reads "closed for private event" always made me intrigued of who and what was going on inside. After meeting a club promoter for the bar he invited me for an exclusive table next to Snoop Dogg, I was thrilled. The dress code is club chic, wear something sexy and stylish and the door men will love you (and for guys wear a sleek and sexy slim fit suit and you will be golden). The moment you walk inside 1Oak you feel like you are somebody. The interior of the club is perfectly executed with laser cut letters from ceiling to floor, the murals are so interesting as well. Lets get real, we want to know how the party was. The tables and booths surround the exterior of the club with some roped off for the celebrities. I was lucky enough to go back to this area which is not completely excluded from the crowd and bar which is really nice. The bartenders have personality and the bottle girls are certainly sexy. The music that was playing was a mix between remix house and r&b which I thoroughly enjoyed. The only downfall and upside to the club is that it is difficult to get in! If you do - you certainly will enjoy it. So gather up the ladies, dress hot and talk your way in like you are somebody.
Go to meet high-profile people, don't go for the music.
THEA C. May 30, 2013
Are you a model / actor / socialite / musician / somebody?? Then you have already been to 1Oak. This West Village haunt fills up every night with New York's rich and beautiful as well as Wall St bankers and tourists trying to get in just to catch a glimpse of a celebrity. Doormen are strict - don't expect to just stumble in off the street in your sneakers - you usually need a name to drop unless you can convince them you are important and/or good-looking enough to be let in. Music is primarily top 40 or RnB unless a particular DJ is playing that night - It's definitely nothing to write home about. The space is large, there is an upstairs and downstairs bar, though it's not huge as far as nightclubs and venues go. By 2am on a weekend it is usually so rammed it actually becomes hard to even move, let alone dance. If you are looking for the hippest and hottest spot in Manhattan to drop your hard earned cash quickly, and you love nothing more than mingling with celebrities and models, then this is the place for you. If you are more low-key and actually want to dance or hear music other than pop, I would suggest you skip it and try one of the city's more music-oriented clubs. Go here to see and be seen, don't go here for the music or to meet anyone who doesn't fall into the aforementioned categories.
Amazing Night Life
Allison M. May 14, 2013
I've been here a few times and have never left disappointed, only tired. Tired because the music, atmosphere, decore, drinks and the people pull you in, dancing and talking till 4am. There are many booths and tables around the club, some closer to the dance for and some more private, perfect for any group occasion. The music is fast and hip, drawing in a fashionable and young crowd, including many A list celebrities, socialites and athletes. There is a small smoking area in the back that is more of a social scene then smoking lounge anyways. The bar is creatively lit and designed, paying attention to detail. There is a large open dance floor open to everyone for any hot or embarrassing dance moves. Definitely stop in here for a drink!
1Oak Partyyyyy
Cynthia D. May 2, 2013
Great place to party Different Dj's come out every night and the place is always pumping with a mixed crowd.
Come Dance the Night Away at 1OAK
Dee S. Apr 24, 2013
Looking for an exclusive hot spot in NYC? 1Oak is definitley the place to be if you're looking to party the night away with A list celebrities and high profile New York socialites. The venue is spacious and very beautiful with golden designs along the walls. To the corner of the club there's a pole, for anyone who wants to flaunt their dance moves. The door can be pretty tough, it is doormans descretion so he can deny anyone he feels doesn't fit that certain look of people the club is trying to attract. So look your best and dress to impress. The venue usually attracts a mixed age group and the music played is a variety of hip hop, dance, rap, top 40s. If ever in NYC this place should be at the top of your list!
Great Place to go
Fwee C. Apr 2, 2013
1Oak may look small on the outside but once you go in, it is very spacious. Depending on the night it won't be too crowded but you will always have room to dance and hold your drink. There are also many places you can sit, unlike many clubs in the city. Everyone that goes is usually in good spirits and you can always make friends if you are just visiting. You will always have a great time here no matter the night you go. The music is great and different. You can always get great bottle service. If there is one club to visit while in New York City, this is the one to be.
Great club if you want it to be
Emily D. Mar 25, 2013
1Oak has incredible music, free rotating bottle service (but you still have to get some drinks yourself, it goes quickly), and tons of young people ready to party. Go with a great group of people and there's no way you can't have fun, this is one of the best clubs in New York and for good reason. A few downsides: If you're a girl, there are WAY too many girls for the amount of guys they let in. If you're a guy, that's definitely a plus. Also, the whole crowd isn't dancing so you either need to stick to the people who are or rally your own crowd - and I've found it works! Solid night out, good starter club for anybody looking to get into clubbing in NYC.
Do you really wanna dance?
Lindsey W. Mar 7, 2013
If you want to people watch, this is definitely the place for you. The crowd is beautiful, young and very still. Not much dancing from what I remember and a lot of dirty looks being thrown around for anyone who tried to (me). If you want to see and be seen this is the place for you, if you're looking for a fun girls night out, not so much.
Get Ready for Big Crowd.
Nicole L. Feb 24, 2013
There are tons of clubs in New York City that you hear about, but it's the ones that maintain a constant buzz that you need to check out, and 1Oak is a venue that will always be talked about. While tons of A-listers can be spotted there, so can everyone else in the city, or at least that's how it feels at 3 a.m. on a Thursday night. It's hard to decipher what brings people in most: the infamous reputation the club has built, the chance of running into a celebrity or the promoters that have connections there. It may be a bit hypocritical of me to mention it, but it seems that promoters have a ton of pull on getting people into 1Oak--I should know, because I was able to go out for the night with a promoter myself. This benefits those of you that may have a friend or a friend-of-a-friend that's a promoter. Unfortunately, the setup of 1Oak calls for limited personal space, but with the help of hot music spun by well-known DJs and strong drinks poured by the bartending's best, you'll forget about the need for said space very quickly. If you're looking for a night to sit at a low-key venue to get together with friends, 1Oak probably isn't the best place for that. There won't be much talking at 1Oak, as the DJs mix much, much louder than you can yell, but you better believe you'll starting bumping and swaying as the night goes on. I like to say that this club gives off a "swanky" vibe because it is a bit dark and grungy once you enter, and as the night goes on, the sweat from the dancers turns into a salty steam that takes over the space. I have a love-hate relationship with 1Oak because as much as I'd love to go out and socialize, I'd also love to dance and not have to speak to anyone. The final outcome of your night will be determined by what you're mood you're in--if you're trying to relax and converse, you'll have a worse time than if you're trying to drink and dance.
Still New York City's Hot Spot
Julia G. Jan 13, 2013
Unlike many other NYC clubs 1Oak has managed to retain its popularity for many years and is in no way on the demise. Ever since my first time at 1Oak when I sat next to a number of well known hockey players to my last time there several months ago I have never been disappointed with the well-heeled clientele. Although not considered as upscale as The Top of the Standard, Tuesday through Sunday you are guaranteed to have a great time at 1Oak and see some of New York's finest. A word of advice though, the club is fairly small and has a tough door policy so if you arrive after 2 am you'll need to either be with a group of models or willing to pay for bottle service and even then theres no guarantee. Still, with a great DJ and tasty cocktails (I recommend the Strawberry Mojito) 1Oak is one club you don't want to miss whether your in New York City for the night or call the island your home.
Was I here last night?
Risa C. Dec 6, 2012
I've never been to 1Oak before 2 am so I can't vouch for it prior to that hour. After 2 however it seems to be the place that everyone and their mother goes to after whatever their first stop is. Plus a lot of promoters seem to bring their crew here late night so the line at the door at 2am can still be difficult if you don't know someone. Every time I've gone I've had an awesome time and I love the mix of music they play. I will however, not walk in there if I'm not in at least 4 inch heels due to my 5'3" height - seriously at 5'7" I'm still the shortest person in the club. There's always a good crowd, I've run into celebrities a few times, most memorably a very drunk Mickey Rourke dancing in the entrance with that appeared to be two very expensive escorts. Late nights, good times!
NYC late night party
Yaniv Y. Nov 29, 2012
1oak is definitely one of the best clubs in the world. all of the celebrities like to go there... Sunday night is my favorite! good music and nice crowed! Last Sunday i saw Busta Rhymes and Chris Brown!!!! On other nights its a place that is mostly for late night party. it starts to get crowded around 3am, and its amazing ill 4:30am!
Notorious Door
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
This is another club where you're significantly better off going with a promoter or just one or two (well-dressed...aaaand good looking) girlfriends. It's a disgusting practice of evaluating the attractiveness of every woman who passes over that hallowed threshold, but it stands that if you want entry into this model's playground, you've got to walk the walk (or pay to play). The crowd here is seriously beautiful (or wealthy)-- you'll find slightly fewer barely-there club dresses from Necessary Clothing, and more trendy off-the-runway looks. I should note that 1Oak's cache has decreased since I first heard about, as clubs tend to do. But the DJs are the best and the dance floor is full. Love this place.
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