New York City - Places with 80s New Wave dancing?
Feb 16, 12, 4:57 pm
Does anyone know of a bar or club that specializes in spinning 1980s New Wave music, or at least that has a New Wave night of the week? I'm talking synth-heavy stuff like Pet Shop Boys, Human League, Psychedelic Furs, New Order, Falco, Peter Murphy, Bronski Beat, etc.; not pop-rock shlock like Journey, Belinda Carlisle, Phil Collins, or The Police.
Gay or straight crowd is fine.
Preferably in Manhattan, but anything reasonably close is fine, including Hoboken/Jersey City.
The atmosphere should be conducive to dancing, as in having floor space, a cabaret license (or not giving a s*** about it), and a consistent, non-herky-jerky music mix.
Feb 16, 12, 10:47 pm
The Police were new wave before they were pop-rock schlock.
Feb 28, 12, 2:37 pm
I think I love you.
Pyramid on Avenue A used to have a great gay/mixed 80s night on Fridays, called 1984. They cancelled that after about 10+ years last summer, but I believe they now have more straight 80s nights on both Friday and Saturdays. I'd say check their website, but the website looks like a 7th grader put it up in 1996, and for some time after they cancelled 1984 it still listed the party online.
The club is actually a great space. It's a total dive, no pretentiousness at all. The back dance floor is just a big dark space with a stage-type thing at the back that you can jump up and dance on. It reminds me of college house parties at my very small liberal arts college back in the day.
The music is (was?) pretty awesome, and I think you'd like it - it's got a lot of the synth-heavy stuff you mention, with perhaps a bit of the more poppy stuff thrown in (at least on the gay night; I haven't been to the straight nights myself but have heard they're pretty similar.)
Drinks are reasonably priced, but liquor usually watered down. Cover was $8 last time I went last year, but it may be higher now for the straights.
If you go, or if you find someplace else that's good, post back and let us know!
Feb 28, 12, 2:54 pm
Cover was $8 last time I went last year, but it may be higher now for the straights.
How do they tell if you are "a straight"? Synthetic aperture gaydar? :p
Charging people different prices based on their sexual orientation seems a bit off.
I just did a search for Pyramid and found this ominous review:
Both the main and basement lavatories suffer from the repeated misusage from thrashing drunks with recalcitrant bladders and tumultuous digestive tracts. The downstairs bathroom is compact to the point that it doesn't adequately serve long legged or flabby people, and is notorious for backing up and spewing putrescences onto the basement dancefloor. This is an inescapable byproduct of a venue which takes a vast amount of wear and tear from serious revelry.
I take it from the above description and its unfortunate location in the East Village that I shouldn't expect a decent selection of wines by the glass, eh?:rolleyes:
Seriously, though, thanks for the suggestion. I'll stock up on hand sanitizer.
Feb 28, 12, 4:00 pm
Hah, I meant that they may have raised the cover for whatever they call the party now that it's no longer theoretically gay. I say theoretically because in the past it was always pretty mixed - although towards the end it got far too bachelorette-partyish for my taste...
Oh, and let me reiterate that this is not a high-end club. But it's been around forever and has a nice vibe, I find.
Feb 28, 12, 5:42 pm
I dunno no.
I forget the '70's and early '80's