For a city that supposedly never sleeps, just four years ago New York clubbers were bemoaning the lack of decent venues in the city. The legend of Larry Levan's Paradise Garage was long faded, whilst iconic '90s haunts like The Tunnel and Twilo had been felled by the iron fists of the city's hardline policing and Draconian licensing laws. Replacements were notable by absence alone. Step forward Pacha New York on 6th December 2005.
Opening with Morillo, Tong and Louie 'Masters At Work' Vega, in the years since Pacha NYC - located at 618 W. 46th Street - has earned its stripes as the city's stronghold for quality DJs of all shades with everyone from Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin to John Digweed and James Zabiela playing.
But more than that, Pacha NYC has finally resurrected New York's rich tradition for unwinding, marathon sets. Like Larry Levan's inspirational '70s sets at The Paradise Garage or the Sasha & Digweed epics at Twilo some 20 years later, sets at Pacha NYC are true journeys by DJ. It's one of the few places in the world where you'll hear David Guetta spin for six hours, whilst Richie Hawtin and Danny Tenaglia's 12-hour back-to-back session in June 2008 will be etched in New York clubbing history forever more.
"Pacha NYC is the real deal - it's a major city mega-club," explains president and founder Eddie Dean. "When DJs come here they know it's a place where they can take the crowd on a journey, a venue where they have the time and freedom to truly express themselves."
Design-wise, Pacha NYC is everything you'd expect from a two cherries outpost in the Big Apple. A stone's throw from the bustling Hell's Kitchen district and flanked by the Hudson River, the decadent four-storey mansion is the perfect symbiosis of New York's bold sense of scale and the refined elegance of the Ibiza prototype. A 2000-capacity main room is wrapped in encircling balconies, whilst the warm, intimate tones of the Mirror Lounge and calm, chic vibe of the Shower Lounge offer more mellow respites.
But for all its elegance and style, Pacha NYC remains a clubber's club - a venue where everything from twisted techno to the deepest house can find a high-class home.
"Pacha NYC is one of the only big clubs I've played that you actually feel the dancefloor really come together," believes New Yorker Adultnapper, a DJ more readily associated with a twisted and wonky after-hours sound than Pacha's house heritage.
"I was a bit wary, to be honest, when I first played there. I wasn't sure if my sound would fit a big well-known superclub but I was wrong. The crowd was receptive to just about every turn and I felt as if I could go anywhere with the music.
"The soundsystem brings out all the detail in the tracks and it's a big room with the feel of an intimate smaller club. A pleasant surprise to say the least."