I’ve never been as fond of clubs as most of my peers seem to be. After half an hour, the music selection gets annoying, the crowds are overwhelming, and it’s hot. I’m normally ready to go before the hour mark. However, I wanted to do something fun to bring in the 4th of July weekend and , as always, the universe pushed me towards the perfect opportunity: Quiet Clubbing.
I arrived at the venue, Astoria’s famed Bohemian Beer Garden , unsure of what to expect. I waited in line for what seemed liked forever imaging how awkward the night was going to be. Luckily, as soon I got inside and found my group, the notions of awkwardness went away. The outdoor garden was illuminated by the moon and twinkle lights, and right in the middle of the dozens of wooden tables and chairs was the dance floor. Three glowing DJ booths were already set up, and though the respective DJs were fist pumping and shouting things into a microphone that made the crowd whoop, I had no idea what was going on until I slipped on my rented pair of light-up headphones.
The light-up headphones were the key to night: they come programmed with three different channels , each headed by three different DJs playing different types of music. There was the blue channel ( for hip-hop fans) , the red channel ( for EDM lovers) and the green channel ( for those obsessed with the old school jams). Even though everyone was listening to something different, and there were tons of people dancing alone, it still felt like a social event. People were dancing with each other regardless of headphone colors, every now and then a massive sing along would erupt ( which wasn’t the least bit awkward since no one else could hear you), and when the conga line came around, everyone joined in, no matter what tune was playing in their ears.
My favorite part of the whole experience was having the ability to change the channel whenever I wanted. What I dislike most about conventional clubs is being forced to dance , nevertheless listen to, music I don’t like. Because of the variety, it was easy to literally dance the night away. And I didn’t even mind the times every channel was a dud- it served as the perfect opportunity to get a fresh drink, enjoy the fresh air, and chat a bit.
So , if conventional clubs are a bit too much for you but you’d still enjoy a dance night out , try a silent clubbing night. The Bohemian Beer Garden hosts these events every weekend and with only a $10.00 headphone rental fee ( or $5.00 if you pre pay online) and $6.00 drinks , it’s a pretty inexpensive summer night out , especially in New York.
Have you or would you try silent clubbing? Let me know in the comments!