NYC nightclub images from the early 2000s: Avalon, CBGB, more

You could argue that nothing can beat the city's '80s and '90s nightclub scene. And if you did, you'd probably be right. The decades were ruled by "Club King" Peter Gatien, of the former Limelight, Tunnel and Club USA venues, Club Kids impresario Michael Alig and the techno-loving partygoers who followed.

While many of the city's most popular clubs saw their demise in the late '90s and early 2000s, New Yorkers didn't quit partying. The years that followed still brought plenty of noteworthy nights and denim-drenched outfits. And although set in the '90s, the decade saw the 2003 release of Macaulay Culkin's "Party Monster."

These early 2000s throwback photos will provide the perfect amount of party-themed nostalgia. Who knows, maybe you'll even spot yourself.


Legendary punk-rock club CBGB stood tall for 33 years before shutting its doors when owner Hilly Kristal ran into a dispute with the landlord. Patti Smith played the club's closing night in October 2006. Pictured, Kristal inside his office during one of the last months of his lease on Aug. 10, 2005.


Formerly the iconic Limelight club of the '80s and '90s, this church transformed yet again in 2003 to the Avalon. It didn't last long, though. The spot shut its doors in 2007. Pictured, partygoers are willing to line up in the rain to gain entry to Avalon on May 16, 2004.


NYC's "Club King" Peter Gatien owned several popular nightclubs including Club USA, Limelight and Tunnel, pictured on July 24, 2001. The nightclub, at 220 12th Ave., Manhattan, opened in 1986 and shut its doors in 2001 after Gatien declared bankruptcy.



How much denim can you squish into one Manhattan bar? Patrons chat at Vue, formerly at 151 E. 50th St., on Oct. 11, 2002. A restaurant/nightclub combo, Vue was known for its weekly themed nights and light shows.


The scene at club Detour on 13th Street in Manhattan was typically low-key, with lights dimmed and live music playing weekly. The jazz club, pictured above on Nov. 8, 2002, opened in 1995.


Lines behind velvet ropes in the Meatpacking District? It's just your average weekend at the former Trust Lounge, 421 W. 13th St., in 2002.


Opening night party? Count us in. The unveiling kick-off party for Manhattan's Lobby nightclub brought locals and some then-famous names, like *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick, DJ Stretch Armstrong and model Ingrid Seynhaeve.

Club Shelter

Plenty a Friday night was spent dancing the night away at Manhattan's Club Shelter on West 39th Street. Pictured, a group parties at the graffiti-covered club on March 16, 2002.

The Knitting Factory

The Knitting Factory has found three homes in New York City since its opening in 1987 on Houston Street. Pictured, club-goers gather outside its former TriBeCa location at 74 Leonard St. on July 21, 2002. The building doubled as a gathering space for parishioners of The Living Word Church on Sunday afternoons. You probably know the venue best for its current Brooklyn location, 361 Metropolitan Ave.


Anyone down to meet at MEET? The bouncer lets a few partygoers into the club on June 29, 2002.


Gone are the days when a white zip-up hoodie and flare jeans made the nightclub cut -- or are they? Pictured, Hip-hop musician Lateef performs at a Source Magazine swimsuit issue party at Show nightclub on May 6, 2003.