Nightlife Culture Frequently Asked Questions


What is nightlife culture?

Nightlife culture is the artistic and social expression that exists in bars and clubs. It is the natural result of people’s desire to connect with each other and experience pleasure. 


What does the NCI for nightlife culture?

Nightlife in New York has struggled with political, economic and media challenges over the past twenty years. The mission of NCI is to elevate nightlife culture to help deal with those challenges. We want to show how relevant and important it is to everyone in the city. By producing programs that include performances, tastings, seminars, scholarships and parties we can improve people’s relationship with nightlife in the same way that Fashion Week has altered people’s relationship with fashion.


Why should I get involved with NCI? 

NCI creates events and programs that showcase the best of nightlife culture. We will focus on a wide range of music, dancing, eating and social affairs. If you would like to attend any of our events, learn more about this important aspect of your life or become eligible for special gifts from our corporate sponsors you can find out everything you need to know by joining NCI.


How can I get involved with NCI? 

NCI serves the public by elevating nightlife culture. You can join our movement, get insight on the latest trends and find out about our programs and events by following us or subscribing to our Tastemaker RSS Feed or newsletter. You can also register with NCI by using your Facebook profile on the Join page and then use that page as your main source of nightlife culture.


How can I keep up with nightlife culture? 

The Nightlife Culture Review

The Nightlife Culture Review is an online collection of current nightlife news articles scoured from the web that NCI believes are noteworthy and relevant.


How can I learn more about nightlife culture? 

Nightlife Culture Published Resources:

Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940 by Chad Heap

Notes from the Night: A Life After Dark by Taylor Plimpton

On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife by David Grazian

The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art, and Music Drive New York City by Elizabeth Currid

Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately

Decoded by Jay-Z

Steppin' Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture by Lewis A. Erenberg

The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes 

by Dale DeGroff

New Bar and Club Design by Bethan Ryder

Clublife: Thugs, Drugs, and Chaos at New York City's Premier Nightclubs by Rob The Bouncer

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Frank Broughton & Bill Brewster

Love Saves the Day by Rebeka Farrugia

Beyond the Dance Floor by Rebeka Farrugia

Pump Up the Volume by Sean Bidder

You Better Work by Kai Fikentscher

This Is Our House by Hillegonda Reitveld

The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music by Peter Kirn

DJ Culture in the Mix by Bernardo Attias, Hillegonda Rietveld, & Anna Gavanas

Can't Stop, Won't Stop by Jeff Chang

Adventures on the Wheels of Steel by Dave Haslam

The Record Players by Frank Broughton & Bill Brewster

Groove Music by Mark Katz

The Gentrification of Nightlife and the Right to the City by Laam Hae

Seize the Night by Gamal Hennessy

The Last Party by Anthony Haden-Guest

Clubland by Frank Owen

Steppin' Out by Lewis A. Erenberg

Club Kids by Raven Smith

Techno Rebels by Dan Sicko

Unlocking The Groove by Mark J. Butler

Rip It Up & Start Again by Simon Reynolds

Energy Flash by Simon Reynolds

Forbidden City: U.S.A. by Arthur Dong

Nightclub City by Burton W. Peretti

Area by Eric Goode

Nightclub by George S. Rigakos