The name Verboten has been synonymous with New York City underground nightlife for over a decade. The once-mobile party set up a permanent post in Williamsburg in 2014 and has been booking the likes of Damian Lazarus, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers ever since. The 10,000-square-foot former metal shop, featuring two rooms, multiple skylights and industrial accents, create an aesthetic perfect for peak hours.
Designed to serve the dance music lovers’ desires, The Control Room features a Martin Audio soundsystem, acoustic ceiling panels, panoramic video walls, raised seating areas and a sprung wood dancefloor. The smaller Cabaret Bar is a warmer, more intimate space with its own soundsystem, designed to function with or completely independently from the main room. Littered with overstuffed leather banquettes, soundproof curtains, neon chandeliers, and a burned concrete bar, it plays host to day parties, smaller week-night events, art shows, cabaret and [eventually] a small plates restaurant. Verboten fruits never tasted so sweet.