With but a few weeks left of 2016, we encourage you to take a few minutes from your self-reflection and dutiful gift-acquiring to lock down your plans for New Year’s Eve. Because while good music, champagne toasts and someone to kiss at midnight remain the widely accepted musts for a good night, well, it can all be had at a hell of a lot of different places, in a hell of a lot of different ways. Here we have for you a not-random sampling.
New Year’s Eve at Westlight You require: Something swanky with a killer view. You’ll receive: Cocktails, dancing and raw bar towers on a particularly Instagram-friendly 22nd-floor rooftop. Dec 31, 9pm-2am, $225-$2,500, Westlight at The William Vale, 111 N 12th St, 22nd Fl (between Berry and Wythe), Brooklyn, 718-307-7100
The Surrealist Art Ball at the Roxy Hotel You require: Hours of open bar. A classic New York venue. A bunch of people attempting to pull off a Dalí mustache. You’ll receive: This party inside the Roxy, inspired by Rothschild’s 1972 Surrealist Ball. Costumes mandatory. We trust you’ve got something up your sleeve. Dec 31, 9pm, $99-$199, The Roxy Hotel, 2 6th Ave (at Beach), 212-519-6600, tickets here
Squares New Year’s Eve You require: Champagne and a good-looking crowd in a newish club whose decor involves tile mosaics of deer heads. For some reason. You’ll receive: Dancing in the spot that took over the Riff Raff’s space this fall. Five hours’ worth of open bar. And, sure, some live rap. Dec 31, 9pm-2am, $49-$2,000, Squares, 360 Park Ave S (at 26th), tickets here
Final New Year’s Eve at Betony You require: A limited-edition dinner to trump all other dinners you’ve had this year. You’ll receive: Eight courses including foie gras torchon with black truffle, butter-poached lobster, caviar and a midnight champagne toast at a spot that tragically won’t be around once the sun rises. Dec 31, 5-9:30pm, $145-$295, Betony, 41 W 57th St (between 5th and 6th), 212-465-2400, tickets here
A Black & White Affair at Apothéke You require: An event inspired by Truman Capote’s notorious masquerade ball. You’ll receive: Just that: a black-and-white-and-mandatory-animal-mask affair, all-night open bar, burlesque and live music. Dec 31, 9pm-2am, $150-$200, Apothéke, 9 Doyers St (between Pell and Chatham), 212-406-0400, tickets here
House of Yes at 1905 Lounge You require: Something that you’d find at House of Yes. You’ll receive: Well, we know there will be champagne, special guests and party favors. And that House of Yes is behind it. And that it’ll be good. And that’s about it. Dec 31, 9pm-4am, no cover, 1905 Lounge at HGU New York, 34 E 32nd St (between Park and Madison), 212-779-3432
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Pier A Harbor House You require: An elegant party that’s got dance lessons, fortune-tellers, magic, endless champagne, a live orchestra and a killer view of the Statue of Liberty fireworks. No, it’s not asking too much. You’ll receive: A masquerade ball with all that, and then some. Dec 31, 10pm-2am, $195, Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Pl (at Battery Park), 212-785-0153, tickets here
NYE Rooftop Party at the NoMad Hotel You require: An open-bar-fueled rooftop with much dancing, above-average canapés and an attractive crowd. You’ll receive: Dancing on the NoMad rooftop, complete with Leo Robitschek cocktails (hot ones in the cupola), a raw bar station, a flatbread station and a dessert station. You’ve always liked stations. Dec 31, 9:30pm-2am, $250, The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway (between 27th and 28th), 212-796-1500, tickets here
F#ck 2016! at Brooklyn Bazaar You require: An unpretentious warehouse shindig with many things to do. You’ll receive: Three floors of dancing, installations, a live performance by Titus Andronicus and a chance to put your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it and then watch it become a confetti explosion at midnight. Which sounds particularly appealing this year. Dec 31, 9pm, $40-$80, Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave (between Manhattan and Franklin), Brooklyn, tickets here
New Year’s Eve at the Skylark You require: Something with a view of Times Square at midnight, without actually being in Times Square at midnight. And hors d’oeuvres that border on actual meals. You’ll receive: Champagne, the requisite open bar, grilled baby lamb chops and a rooftop view of the ball drop (and most of the rest of Manhattan). Dec 31, 9pm-1am, $275-$450, The Skylark, 200 W 39th St, 30th Fl (between 7th and 8th), 212-257-4577, tickets here
New Year’s Eve at Mr. Purple You require: A gorgeous Lower East Side rooftop party. You’ll receive: Champagne, small edible things and tunes by DJ Krunk Pony. Just try to ignore the fact that her name is DJ Krunk Pony and everything will be fine. Dec 31, 9pm, $100-$1,200, Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo, 180 Orchard St (between Stanton and Houston), 212-237-1790, tickets here
Time + Space from BangOn!NYC at a Secret Brooklyn Warehouse Location You require: A massive warehouse designed to look like an expansive solar system. You’ll receive: A Brooklyn banger with a killer lineup of house music, large-scale art, aerialists, fire-breathers, zipline performances, two stages and a silent disco. Dec 31, 9pm-6am, $60-$140, Time + Space from BangOn!NYC, undisclosed Brooklyn location, tickets here
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