If you're under 21 in New York City, night life can seem like a private party to which you're not invited. A closer look, though, reveals a number of clubs that open their doors to the 18-and-up crowd. A few clubs are open at all times to a younger crowd, while others offer scheduled parties that cater to teens. To compensate for a lack of alcohol sales, most clubs levy a cover charge on teens.
Located in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, Halcyon serves as a record store during the day. Its selection is DJ-centric, emphasizing house, techno and other dance music. On weeknights, it plays host to dance parties emceed by renowned DJs. Revelers of all ages are welcome.
Rush is an 18-and-up club in Manhattan's Chelsea district that caters to a mostly male, mostly college-age crowd. The club features three floors of dance space, mirrored walls, flashing lights and go-go boys. Music includes hip hop, top 40, electronica and house. Parties include $4 Fridays—the title indicating the cover charge—and college night on Saturdays.
Webster Hall is a popular nightclub and concert venue located in downtown Manhattan. Concerts are open to all comers 18 and up, while dance parties are usually more expensive for those under 21. Girls' Night Out on Thursdays, for example, costs $15 before 11:30 p.m. for males over 21 and $30 for males under 21, as of February 2011. The same party was free for females over 21, but charged $10 to underage girls. Parties at Webster Hall span four floors, including a ballroom, and feature multiple DJs. Collared shirts are required, and hats are prohibited.
Teen Night at Pacha
Pacha, an Iberian night club that opened in Manhattan in the late 2000s, is located on Manhattan's west side, near Hell's Kitchen. The club hosts a recurring teen night, open exclusively to youngsters. Partiers must be between the ages of 14 and 18 to enter, and doors open at 6 p.m. Teens have access to all five floors and 30,000 square feet of the dance club. Tickets are available online and, as of February 2011, cost $40 per person. Music includes house, hip hop and top 40.
J.D. Richards has worked as a writer and journalist since 2005. He has written for various publications, including the alt-weekly "Creative Loafing" in Florida as well as Manhattan's "New York Press" and "Blackbook Magazine." He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in journalism.