If you’re above a certain age, you may remember going clubbing – it was just a few years ago, right? – where you danced to the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson or maybe Christina Aguilera. You don’t do that anymore, of course…times change, lives change, you’ve changed and today’s music certainly isn’t nearly as good as what YOU danced to. But guess what? Put on your dancing shoes because a new club has opened and although anyone age 21+ is welcome to visit, the music is specifically geared to the 30-and-over crowd!
RetroClubNYC opened in the Chelsea section of New York City last summer and quickly became a huge hit! So much so that they decided to “move on up,” to the Times Square area. “We loved being in Chelsea but wanted to be more in the heart of where the activity is in Manhattan,” says Jeff Wittels, the owner of RetroclubNYC who also doubles as the club’s DJ. “We’d like to be more accessible to people who want to dance, have a good time and relive the days of their youth.”
The club is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm to 4am, with plans to open other nights in the near future. The retro-designed new club space is on the second floor of 268 West 44th St, 10036. It has just about everything the original club in Chelsea offered, including a bar, disco dance floor and DJ booth. The new space is also about 50% larger and has more windows, more fun lighting and an extended food menu. And best of all, the music hasn’t changed a bit and is still dedicated to dance music from the 70s, 80s and 90s through today!
The brains behind the concept is owner Jeff Wittels himself, who conceived the club not only out of his love for retro dance music, but because he saw a gap in club offerings for more mature adults. “Since the days of the 70s, 80s and 90s, all that’s left in the city are 20- to 25-year old hip-hop clubs, which not many people my age are interested in going to.” Wittels says. “Where are the places where everyone 30-plus is going?” To solve that problem, he opened such a place. “We like to cater to the crowd, play what they want to hear, do birthday shout outs, you name it!”
Besides “older” dance music, the bar also offers happy hour, throwback retro cocktails on a rotating basis, plus small plate appetizer specials.
So if you’re in New York City and are looking for a place to boogie that has a vibe reminiscent of Studio 54 (without some of the things that got people in trouble back then), look no further than RetroclubNYC! We bet you’ll have a blast!
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