I could not believe my eyes. Last Thursday I was sitting in class when I stumbled across this party in Bedford, Brooklyn. Tanner Ross + Slow Hands, Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb. All of these house magicians in a newly opened (January 2013) Brooklyn club called the Output. I didn’t have my credit card with me so I quickly ran to my dorm to pick it up and ran back to class. My professor didn’t even notice me being away, that’s shows how excited I was. One minute later – score! – I’m gonna have a fantastic night in the city!
I looked at their website at everything looked cool. It was certain that they spent a lot of time perfecting their mission statement, club interior and exterior, social media and of course, their listings. In the Netherlands a line up like this one would’ve been sold out months before the actual date. This event wasn’t sold out which shows how far behind the New York City house scene is. It’s strange when you think about it, as the roots of electronic music are in the United States, while it’s way more popular in Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Paris, et cetera.
Anyway, once arrived at the club at a ridiculous late time (2 am), there still was a line. The line took fairly long but it seems that normally the line in front of the entrance goes even across the street. Apparently, this house club is exactly what Brooklyn – or NYC more generally – needed.
The bouncers were friendly and laid back, though strict enough. They check your bag, search your coat and pockets and if nothing’s suspicious, you’re all set to go in. The Output has a mandatory cloak room. I brought a bag with me and put my coat inside. It only cost me $3 which is extremely reasonable compared to Manhattan clubs.
The club has only one stage but it’s two levels high. There’s four stairs so people can always find a way downstairs without getting lost between the crowd. The crowd is very pleasant. They’re all young, beautiful people who clearly have a thing for house music. They’re stylish, but not overdressed, nor underdressed. I think the average age is about 25 years old and the ratio men/women is approximately 65/35.
When I was waiting in line by myself, I met two guys who live in New York. One of them lives in a spacious apartment in the TriBeCa area, the other one – allegedly – in a shitty Brooklyn apartment. It doesn’t matter, they were nice to me and I enjoyed spending time with them. I’ve noticed that many Brooklyn residents are open to the rookies in town and love to tell you about their experiences and recommendations. Big plus for me as I like talking to people I’ve never spoken to before, and because I like exploring new places.
Okay, so the club just opened a couple of months ago. The dance floor is in superb condition, as well as the simple decor and couches on the second floor (there’s ample space for people to sit in case you need to cool down for a bit or just want to chill). It wasn’t terribly hot inside the club, something that usually bothers me when I’m out. In fact, there was enough air around everyone to breath and to even shake our hips to the beats.
The Funktion One sound system is – of course – top notch. Very nice to listen to, especially because I didn’t bring earplugs with me and at the end of the night, my ears didn’t hurt at all.
There are multiple full bars in the club on both floors. It doesn’t take long before you’re served. If you give a big bill, don’t forget to ask back your change because the girl who served me brutally gave herself a $6 tip. I couldn’t care too much though, I was pretty impressed by the looks and everything of this club. Note that they stop serving alcohol after 4 am.
Smoking inside is prohibited. Please be careful if you decide to smoke inside, because security walks around with flashlights shining on the floor looking for burning cigarette buds. This girl next to me on the dance floor was blamed for smoking while it was actually a guy who was playing dumb but still checking out the situation. Good way of ruining someone else’s evening as she was almost kicked out of the club. Smoking happens in a designated area outside.
Another thing they have is not allowing phones inside. Obviously you’re allowed to make a phone call or text someone but taking photos or videos is an absolute no go. And don’t try it out because I’ve heard stories about people getting warnings and stuff from the security. I don’t know if it’s true, but the night is better without a phone anyway. Just enjoy the music instead of twittering and instagramming all the time.
Address: 74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
Closest subway: Bedford (L train), Nassau (G train) – they’re only a couple of blocks away, no need for a cab
Minimum age: 21+
Price category: $$$
Other: Once you leave the club, you can’t get in again without paying for a new ticket. This goes for most NYC clubs.
I can definitely recommend this place to all of you. I had a brilliant night surrounded by fine people and beautiful tunes to listen to.
Before I forget, here’s a little recap of my night; When I walked into the club, Tanner Ross and Slow Hands were playing “The Blame Game”. The night couldn’t have started any better! They absolutely blew my mind. It was a live concert, both of them were singing and Tanner Ross was spinning the wheels. They played on the actual stage, but when they finished, they continued the night playing at a temporary stage in the middle of the crowd, which was pretty cool.
Yeah, it was a good night.