Delancey Basement Heats Up Thursday Nights

by BILLY GRAY · August 25, 2010

The Delancey rooftop is a dependable drinking destination, especially for birthday-throwing post-grads making the slow, terrifying crawl to 30. But lately the bar's basement has been stealing some of the roof deck's thunder with a series of raucous dance parties.

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Heavy hitting DJs have set up shop downstairs at The Delancey on a few Thursday nights this summer. The shindigs come courtesy of Nikola Nedeljkovic, who honed his party chops with top promoter ReSolute, and Juliana Kim. The pair teamed up to form Esthetik Events, and have so far given the underground Blkmarket/Bunker/Mister Saturday Night/Resolute crowd a reason to literally go underground and party on a school night.

Tomorrow night's bill might be the biggest yet. New York refugee and Berlin transplant Bill Patrick (formerly of Limelight, Vinyl and Arc) comes home for the evening. He'll be joined by Brooklyn boys and Wolf + Lamb label heavyweights No Regular Play (take a listen here), and Esthetik resident Jeffrey Scott.

The Delancey joins Lower East Side bars the National Underground, Stay and White Slab Palace--the only dance venue whose parties are hosted above ground level--as alternatives to the Brooklyn warehouse scene. Manhattan's EDM community hardly minds the commute across the river, but is happy to enjoy four-to-the-floor comforts closer to home.

As for The Delancey, the only question is whether anyone ever hangs out on the ground floor.