Why sit in your apartment listening to the Smiths and wishing you were dead when you could be in the basement of Lit Lounge listening to the Smiths and experiencing a sweltering mass of sweat and self-promotion? "Best DJ" winner of The L's 2009 Nightlife Awards, DJ Jess helms the tables with DJ Bastard for a night of 80s new wave and Brit pop. (Not so coincidentally, Lit was also named "Best Post-Breakup Night Out Spot" in our Nightlife Awards.)
Based on the life and work of Lewis Carroll and his disturbing relationship with Alice Liddell, the young girl he loved and for whom he wrote Alice in Wonderland, this is the opposite of passive theatergoing: it's a real adventure through the proverbial looking-glass. Performed in a 100-year-old institutional building that has been dressed to look and feel like an old asylum, crammed with all kinds of creepy Carroll ephemera, it viscerally arrives at is the awful standoff between a little girl and an older man who loved her inappropriately and made something beautiful for her to salve his pain—and also to ensnare her forever. It gets across the full horror of what that meant for her, and also what that means for us. $95-$125
DJ Don S spins Latin, House, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Hip Hop, and Classics - keeping the packed house gyrating all night long. General info: 7pm-4am, $5 cover after 10pm, weekly drink specials. $5 cover after 10PM
Joined by special guests, Kid America spins 50s and 60s dance rock on Lit's bottom level. Very retro.
Michael "Mistress Formika" Jones and DJs/hosts Honey Dijon, Cazwell, Kindbud, Amanda Lepore, Joey Israel, Paisley Dalton and Edie Baez invite you to a 2-floor blowout featuring outlandish performances, in-your-face visuals and serious party antics. The hotline to find out each week's F-Word is 212-613-6255. Say the "F-Word" at the door for reduced admission; $3 mixed drinks before midnight
Twig the Wonderkid, named "Best Rock 'n' Roll DJ" in our 2009 Nightlife Awards Issue spins electro, disco, new wave, rawk and indie alongside DJ Bastard on the ground floor.
What claims to be Brooklyn's only dark wave and post-punk party which caters to "weirdos, punks and queers" is a real rainbow assortment of gloomy-weather dance music spun by DJs Jeffo! and Lark to the cloud-breaking backdrop of Casey Spectacular's projections. Nevermind the sweetness associated with the candy--this month, they celebrate wasted youth. Drink up, taste the rainbow. FREE
DJ Mustachio mixes Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue and more, with a free salsa lesson starting at 7pm. Food and drink specials all night including 1/2 price fondue and $25 pitchers of sangria. FREE
One of our favorite types of human beings are the flashy and trashy kind, second only to those who don't take themselves too seriously. This, then, is our perfect dance party filled with perfect people: There's grilled cheese and tater tots served at the bar, classic 80s and 90s dance hits and old-school rap fueling the party, and no dress code enforced. In fact, you might see resident Jay McElfresh wearing a marching-band uniform or wizard robe because why not a marching-band uniform or a wizard robe? FREE
D.J. Rekha spins Bollywood style beats with popular music. $5 - $16
Play bingo during happy hour with funny-man hosts Linda Simpson and Murray Hill. $2 cards