After over a decade of throwing events all over New York and beyond, Verboten has touched down in Brooklyn at their long-awaited permanent home for quality underground music. The venue is a 10,000 square foot former metal shop in the heart of Williamsburg, featuring two rooms, multiple skylights and futuristic, industrial accents that bring the Verboten aesthetic to life.
The Control Room has been designed from the ground up to be a true home for dance music events, concerts and private events, featuring a cutting edge Martin Audio sound system [including line arrays for live music], acoustic ceiling panels, panoramic video walls, raised seating areas and a sprung wood dance floor [reclaimed from a warehouse once belonging to Thomas Edison].
The adjacent Cabaret Bar is a warmer, more intimate space with its own sound system, designed to function along with the Control Room or completely independently. Featuring overstuffed leather banquettes, sound absorbent curtains, neon chandeliers, and a burned concrete bar, it plays host to day parties, smaller weeknight events, art shows, cabaret and [eventually] a small plates restaurant.
Where are you located?
Verboten is located on 54 N 11th Street, between Wythe & Kent Aves in North Williamsburg. For directions, public transit, and hotel recommendations, click HERE
What are your hours?
Verboten is open to the public from 11pm – 5am [or later] on Fridays and Saturdays for club nights, along with other times throughout the week for culture events and concerts. Please consult our calendar HERE for a full list.
What is the cover charge?
Advance tickets for club nights typically range from $20-$30, costing more at the door.
Is there a reduced admission list I could get on?
The lowest price for any event is available by purchasing advance tickets. In the future we’ll be launching a membership program which will entitle members to reduced admission and/or line privileges at any event we have. To be notified when this program is started, email us HERE.
What kind of music do you play?
Verboten is devoted primarily to underground dance music in all its forms, including house, techno, deep house, bass music, live electronica, indie dance and nu disco. If you are looking for trance, hip hop or mainstream EDM, another venue may be more to your liking.
Is there a dress code?
Nothing is forbidden, but rave gear and business attire are discouraged. Just look presentable and be ready to dance.
Do you offer bottle service?
Seating may be reserved in either room for parties of 2-20, with bottles, buckets of beer and pitchers of cocktails all available. There is no “VIP” section at Verboten; all patrons are treated equally regardless of the size of their bar tab.
Are cameras or video equipment allowed?
Camera phones and point & shoot cameras are allowed at Verboten, but please don’t be a jerk… be respectful of other’s privacy and try to stay off your phone while on the dance floor. DSLR cameras and professional video equipment must be approved in advance with our Minister of Propaganda HERE.
Is there an age limit?
All club events at Verboten are 21+, with valid government issued ID required for entry.
Is coat check required?
Coat check is encouraged for your own convenience and comfort, although it is not required. Please be advised, however, that any coat left unattended in the venue will be checked at coat check and available for pick up at the end of the night.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express at the bar and at the door – with two ATMs on site for your convenience.
Do you have a Lost & Found?
You may email us anytime HERE, or check with someone at coat check the next time you’re at the venue. Items not claimed within 30 days will be donated to the less fortunate.
Where can I find set times for a particular event?
When possible, set times are posted on Facebook and Twitter on the day of the event, or earlier. Please note that set times are subject to change at the last minute due to travel issues, DJ lateness, or just to mess with you.
Do you do events for large groups?
We offer numerous options for large parties, including during existing events, before, or private venue rentals. Please contact us HERE for more info.
Are you accepting applications?
Verboten is always accepting applicants for a variety of front and back of house positions. Please email a copy of your resume and cover letter HERE and we’ll make sure our Ministry of Recruitment looks it over.
Can I suggest a DJ / artist / performer / band?
We welcome your suggestions! Please send any recommendations HERE. DJs, to be considered for a booking, please send us your bio, experience, and Soundcloud page.
Verboten is a pro-woman company, run by strong women and the men & women who love them. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated. If you are the victim of any unwanted speech, treatment, or physical abuse, please speak with any staff member and that person will be removed.
Every public space inside Verboten is handicap accessible, including the raised seating. If you require assistance accessing these areas, please let the door staff know when you arrive.
Everyone else, our policy is simple… don’t be a jerk. Tip your waitstaff, don’t push and shove, respect the privacy & personal space of those around you, stay off your phone on the dance floor, and don’t get too messy. Verboten would appreciate it, and so would your mom.
Finally… you will be photographed. Big Brother is always watching.