Best Place to Dance the Night Away

The throwback decor at RetroClubNYC. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wittels
By Alizah Salario

Want to sing your heart out, or dance the night away? Great local spots abound.

161 West 23rd St.
Groove to Madonna and the Bee Gees at this Chelsea dance club that harkens back to the discotheques of yore. RetroClubNYC, as the name suggests, is heavy on nostalgia. Owner Jeff Wittels opened the club in August, in part because he saw a gap in offerings for more mature adults. The scene attracts an over-30 crowd, and dance parties devoted to 70s, 80s and 90s music are not to be missed. They'll provide the tunes, you bring the big hair and the bell bottoms.

Iguana New York
240 West 54th St.
This modest Mexican restaurant houses two surprisingly hopping dance floors. A DJ spins on the lower level, but it's the Latin dance club on the second floor that makes Iguana a standout. Tables get pushed aside, specialty margaritas and mojitos flow, and it's nothing but salsa, bachata and merengue until the sun comes up — literally. Doors stay open until 4 a.m. on weekends; ladies get in free, and gents pay a modest cover. Want to brush up on your salsa? Free lessons are held every Monday at 7:30 p.m.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar
The Empire Hotel, 44 West 63rd St.
The Empire offers what many Manhattan rooftop bars don't: plenty of space to shake your tail feather. The massive indoor-outdoor lounge also boasts a working fireplace, making it an ideal place for a few spins around the dance floor and a winter nightcap after a show at nearby Lincoln Center. Oh, and did we mention the view? Instagram-worthy angles of both Lincoln Center and Central Park add a hint of romance to this elevated spot.