Defrost on the dance floor: The best parties to warm up your winter


For those who view every iced-over crosswalk as a sad hurdle to cross on the way to the season of rooftop drinks and beachside parties, I’d like to remind you that all is not lost. You are in the land of dance clubs in converted warehouses, in an age when the cabaret law has been lifted—it’s easier to dance here than it is to shake off a hangover. Here’s a short list of parties you might consider hitting when you realize the best way to stay warm is to keep moving to a beat. The city might not sleep, but on any night of the week, it’s down to dance.

Pushin On, Friday nights 


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Billed as party music for party people, DJ Dirtyfinger holds down this Friday night residency (one of his handful around town) in the backroom of Mad Tropical, and keeps the floor full with a soul-stomp-disco-freak mix. Come through closer to 11 if you’re shy about being the first one dancing in front of the DJ booth; at that point patrons from the front room will have enough gin in their systems to make the beat their victims alongside you. Mad Tropical, 236 Troutman St., Bushwick, No Cover

No Chill, second Saturdays


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If you ever happened upon Riis Beach Bazaar and encountered much bounce and shake on the boardwalk, you’re likely familiar with the GetSummered crew. Held every second Saturday at Friends and Lovers, No Chill gets packed to capacity, so if you’re on team no-lines try and get there early. While there’s plenty of space in the bar when you need a break from bass-heavy selections, remember it’s cash only and the atm might be functional, so plan accordingly. Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave., Bed-Stuy/Clinton Hill, No Cover

Tuff Tuesdays


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It’s only Tuesday night, but the week has already got you twisted up with stress. Chad Dubz can help. His Tuff Tuesdays residency fills the floors of Bembe, still holding steady through a decade of development and rent hikes, with lovers rock, roots, reggae, and dancehall. The party starts at 8:30pm and doesn’t stop til 4am, and if you worry that it’ll be dead on a school night, know you can wander in past midnight and still be met with wining and grinding. This is another cash-only spot, but the ATM by the doorman might save your situation. Bembe, 81 S. 6th St., Williamsburg, No Cover

Planetarium, Thursdays

Not so much a dance party as an unguided aural meditation, this hi-fi listening session invites you to get cozy, grab a blanket, and dissipate into the fog of Nowadays, right at dance floor level. It’s broken up into monthly residencies from Duane Harriot, Hypnotic Spa, Aurora Halal, and Stud1nt, along with guest DJs and live performances to vibe with. Keep it low in the listening room, but feel free to sit bar-side and imbibe in the warm glow of this dreamy space. The party goes 9 to midnight. Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave., Ridgewood/Bushwick, $10 with RSVP, $15 at the door

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