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The Lowdown on the Electric Zoo Afterparty Venues

posted by Rose Mardit on August 27, 2013

  • Photo: Electric Zoo Animals 2012 by Natalie Freilich

    New York City -- There are 14 official afterparties for Electric Zoo this year, and with lineups like these, there is no reason that the party at Randall's Island should end just because the night is over. All headlining sets at the fest will be wrapping up at 11pm, which leaves enough time to get to one of these parties... if you have the energy.

    Even if you won't be attending EZoo this year, many of these afterparties feature the same artists who will be playing at the various festival stages, so you can get a taste of the zoo without having to deal with quite so many of the animals.

    This year's afterparties will be spread across five locations. Click through for info about each venue, along with the best parties that each one has to offer. Narrowing it down wasn't easy, but we limited this list to a maximum of two events per venue. If you want the full list of Electric Zoo After Parties, check out our event listings.

  • Photo: via Rolling Stone

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    74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn NY

    Though it’s less than a year old, this club in Williamsburg has already developed a reputation for being among the very best electronic music clubs in the country. The 450-person capacity venue is dark and unadorned, with crystal clear sound (it’s one of only two clubs in NYC with a Funktion-One sound system;) both beloved and up-and-coming names in underground dance music; and an overall non-pretentious vibe. No dress code, no VIP list, and definitely no photos allowed.

    The Electric Zoo afterparties are, like all Output events, strictly 21+. No entry after 3:45am.

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
    Main Room: Dixon and Joey Anderson
    Panther Room: Francis Harris and Noel Jackson
    10pm-6am
    Tickets: $30

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
    Main Room: Laurent Garnier and Mike Simonetti
    Panther Room: A.Arias and Mike Huckaby
    10pm-6am
    Tickets: $30

  • Photo: via United States Trance Movement

    Pacha

    618 West 46th Street, New York NY

    The famed Ibiza club touched down on North American soil in 2005, and it has been a NYC institution ever since. Pacha New York is located in Hell's Kitchen and it is enormous, with four floors that can fit some 2,600 people. The sound and lights are plenty impressive, as are the superstar names on the bill; the latter is probably the best reason to party here though, as cover charges and drink prices (even for a bottle of water) can seem over the top, and it often feels too crowded, but that’s NYC for you.

    The Electric Zoo afterparties are 19+. Ticketholders to these events should enter at the back of the club, on West 45th Street (between 11th Avenue and the West Side Highway.)

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
    Toolroom Ten: Mark Knight, Stefano Noferini, Gina Turner, and MK
    11pm-5am
    Tickets: $30

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
    Fedde Le Grand, Treasure Fingers, and Ken Loi
    11pm-5am
    Tickets: $35

  • Photo: via Cielo's Flickr

    Cielo

    18 Little West 12th Street, New York NY

    Another respected New York club. Cielo, which means “sky” or “heaven” in both Spanish and Italian, is one of the smaller spots on this list. Despite the swankier décor, Meatpacking District location, and tendency to attract a “B&T” crowd, the bookings are surprisingly cutting-edge. This is the other club in the city with a custom-built Funktion-One sound system, and it sounds fantastic.

    The Electric Zoo afterparties are, like all Cielo events, strictly 21+.

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
    Cajmere
    10pm-4am
    Tickets: $30

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
    Myon & Shane 54
    10pm-4am
    Tickets: $30

  • Photo: via Time Out New York

    Best Buy Theater

    145 West 45th Street, New York NY

    Definitely not a club, and probably not the greatest place to hear electronic music either, but the Best Buy Theater in Midtown isn’t such a horrible place for music in general. With the right music, a proper atmosphere is definitely created, though it’s all in the hands of the DJ. Expect this to feel more like the festival than any sort of club party.

    The Electric Zoo afterparties are 18+, with VIP being strictly 21+. VIP tables for 2 offer a “limited view of stage” from the VIP balcony, and tables for 4 offer a “full view” from the VIP balcony. Note that VIP ticketholders must arrive by 1:30am, and there is $75 per person drink minimum in addition to the VIP ticket price.

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
    Modeselektor (DJ Set), Rudimental (DJ Set), Delta Heavy, and Tony Quattro
    11pm-4am
    GA Tickets: $27.50
    VIP Tickets: $130 for a table for 2, $260 for a table for 4

  • Photo via I Can Give You House

    Roseland Ballroom

    239 West 52nd Street, New York NY

    When I’ve gone here for electronic music events in the past, I haven’t been impressed. The Electric Zoo parties are known to be quite boisterous and, like events at the Best Buy Theater, inevitably festival-like in atmosphere. If you love the people playing, it may be worth suffering through those crowds. Hopefully reinforced sound will be brought in to make up for what the venue itself lacks.

    The Electric Zoo afterparties are 18+, with VIP being strictly 21+. VIP tables are for 4 and, depending on price, offer mezzanine seating (“one flight up from the dance floor level, overlooking the dance floor”) or premium seating (“an elevated platform on the dance floor level with premium views of the artists.”) There is no drink minimum or bottle purchase required, but VIP ticketholders must arrive by 1:30am.

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
    Benny Benassi, Deniz Koyu, Sultan + Ned Shepard, and Alex English
    11pm-4:30am
    GA Tickets: $55
    VIP Tickets: $380 for a Mezzanine Seating table for 4, $455 for a Premium Seating table for 4

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    See Also:

    Plan Your Electric Zoo: Set Times, Map, and Mobile App Revealed
    A Look Ahead: August 2013
    The Official Electric Zoo Afterparties Keep the Party Going