Years ago, New York Magazine described Libation as being “as laid back as can be”. I can only presume the reviewer was there when the joint was empty, as Libation on Ludlow street is anything but mellow. With three levels, performative bottle service, and bumping beats, this place is packed with partiers every weekend. This place even dares to have brunch on top of everything else! If you are looking for a classic nightclub to hit in NYC, Libation should definitely be on your list.
If you read my intro paragraph and wondered, what is performative bottle service? I mean that you don’t just get the bottle and mixers, your bottle gets its own miniature parade complete with sparklers and bottle girls (at least this was the case the last time I was there). It’s quite the show-stopper, even in a packed club, and it’s sure to get the attention of a number of single men and women in the place. So, if you are on the prowl, get yourself some bottle service at Libation and you will be immediately become ten times more attractive to all the thirsty people within a ten-foot radius.
Beyond the bottle service, the first two floors offer a different experience than the third. When you’re there, they generally have a DJ spinning for the first two floors and a second DJ spinning tunes for the third floor. Most people love this, as one DJ might be spinning house music, while the guy upstairs is throwing down 90’s era Hip-Hop. It could be a different scene each weekend or even each night.
Since Libation wants to be a destination and not just a stop on your weekend itinerary, they also serve brunch. Most people would be turned off by this, because honestly, how good could brunch from a nightclub really be? The good news is, they get good reviews for their brunch service. The only catch is that it is a prix-fixe meal at $50 per person and there seems to be no exception to this rule. The good news is, if you’re a big group, they also do prix-fixe family style brunches, which means big, passed portions. In even better news, the price of both types of brunches includes bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. Don’t forget: they are primarily a nightclub, so they still love to pump the jams at noon.
Whether you are looking for a classic, massive, awesome nightclub experience or a fun-as-hell brunch, Libation is your destination. If you’re hesitant to buy into the premise, the easiest way to try out this location is to sign up for a club crawl with New York Epic Club Crawls. New York Epic Club crawl will give you the opportunity to visit a few different clubs in one night, skip all the lines, and get drink specials along the way. Libation is usually on their list of stops, so it will give you a great opportunity to check it out without committing your whole night to one location. Let’s be real though: with three floors, two DJ’s, bottle service, and a good-looking crowd; why would you ever want to leave? Get your New York Club Crawl tickets here.