Rooms with a ZooWhat separates the city's two most raucous nightclubs? About 250 feet of altitude, for starters.
BOOM BOOM ROOM 848 WASHINGTON STREET, 212-645-4646
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Since its 2009 debut atop the 18-story Standard hotel, the Boom Boom Room has been literally raising the bar for NYC nightlife. Also known as Top of the Standard, the Andre Balazs nitespot rules as the city's club de la club. "It's one of the most beautiful rooms in New York—the aesthetic and the people who go," says frequent DJ Mike Nouveau. The Boom Boom Room and its rowdier rooftop companion, Le Bain, have emerged as sanctuaries for displaced downtown parties—VVIPs flutter between both spaces.
THE ROOM: A panoramic floor-to-ceiling view adds opulence to a honey-hued, hypermodern rooftop mecca that holds 200. By contrast, the less exclusive Le Bain is swathed entirely in black, save for its infamous hot tub and mesmerizing vista. +10
THE DOOR: You'd be better off scaling the walls to reach the $18 cocktails than testing these velvet ropes. The guest list is akin to a four-star restaurant's reservation book. If you haven't made prior arrangements, then Godspeed to you. -10
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DRESS CODE: Waitresses don space-age dresses, while celebs sport couture. Never arrive here straight from work—unless your job is "model." +8
FAMOUS FACES: Madonna, Lady Gaga and Courtney Love have all taken the elevator to the top. Balazs hosted a birthday fête for former GF Chelsea Handler here. +10
JUICIEST MOMENT: During last Fashion Week, Lindsay Lohan hurled a cocktail glass at an event photographer trying to snap her pic. The glass missed its mark (+75) but nailed a waitress. The bash turned bloodbath when a partygoer seated near Lohan cut her arm on a shard from a separate incident.
ELECTRIC ROOM 355 W. 16TH STREET, 212-229-2559
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Named for the subterranean fuse closet that once occupied these tiny basement quarters, the Electric Room is where Nur Khan, the reigning king of ritzy rock 'n' roll clubs, holds court. "It really feels like I'm entertaining in my home," Khan tells Page Six Magazine of his 15-feet-under bunker that opened during Fashion Week in September. "It's an intimate vibe. It feels very inclusive once inside." The spot, located at the Dream Downtown Hotel, strikes a clever balance between divey rock bar and pricey nightclub.
THE ROOM: Mirrors painted with portraits of English pop icons and a plush leather sofa emblazoned with an oversize Union Jack furnish the 1,100-square-foot boîte. It's as close to Mick Jagger's den as most of us will get. +8
THE DOOR: With room for only 100 revelers, gatekeepers ruthlessly regulate the after-hours amusements to the stylish and whimsical (VIPs sneak in through the hotel garage). A lightening bolt entry stamp is visible only by black light. -8
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DRESS CODE: A Brooks Brothers three-piece may suit the hotel lobby, but it's a deal breaker downstairs. Try a clingy vintage concert tee, Vivienne Westwood pumps and a leather jacket. +8
FAMOUS FACES: Sir Mick, Adrian Grenier, James Marsden, Russell Simmons, LiLo and Courtney Love (of course) have all dropped by, while DJs Mark Ronson and Solange Knowles have recently spun tunes. +9
JUICIEST MOMENT: Shortly after her glass toss at Boom Boom, La Lohan stopped by the Electric Room to fling yet another glass at yet another photog. This one hit the bullseye (+100) but did little harm. Say what you will; LiLo's got good taste in clubs.