Where To Party In NYC On New Year's Eve

These NYC bar are throwing fun events to close out 2023. Get your tickets now.
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Should you go out on New Year’s Eve? That’s a question only you can answer. Staying at home is always appealing, but if you’ve downed a couple of espresso martinis and are ready to bully your group chat into a big night out, you'll need suggestions for parties they might actually want to go to. Whether you want to form a dance circle amongst hundreds of strangers, or hunker down in a cozy little cocktail bar, these are your best options for starting 2024 on a high note. All of these events are ticketed, though some tickets include an open bar.


East Village

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Tickets to Joyface’s New Year’s Eve Disco Ball start at $176, and the price goes up to $257 closer to the event. That might sound steep, but this always-packed East Village spot will have an open bar from 9pm to 1am, and you’ll get some bagels and schmear at the end. The dress code is “black tie wild” and DJ Captain Harkness Granger’s playlist covers disco and oldies, which feels appropriate for a place that looks like a rec room from the 1970s, complete with disco ball and waterbed.

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East Village

Another fun East Village option, Wiggle Room is throwing a disco-themed party for New Year’s Eve. “The Wiggle Ball” has an open bar from 10pm to 3am, and tickets are $172. If all you want to do is dance, this is the place. There’s a big bar area on the ground floor in addition to a room in the basement with a dance floor, a disco ball, and squiggly neon lights.

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Our favorite fake hotel/magic show in Chelsea is closing their long-running immersive Sleep No More experience next year, and you should go if you haven’t. But on December 31, you can head there for “The Last New Years Eve at the McKittrick Hotel,” an evening of performances, parties, and art spread across five floors. Tickets start at $165 and go up to over $1,000. There are options to buy table service and access to the exclusive “Oz’s Boudoir.” It’s expensive, but if you’re looking for a night of mystical wonder and magic, you’ll find it here. 

For some, New Year’s Eve is a time to let loose and sweat on the dance floor. For others, it’s time to dust off the pearls and wipe clean the champagne flutes. For a mix of both, Overstory is throwing a “New York Glamour” themed party. That $525 ticket is no joke, but it will get you access to three different floors, high above Manhattan—as well as DJs, passed food, a raw bar, a carving station, champagne, and an open bar from 9pm until 2am.

While we’d normally avoid anything within a one-mile radius of Times Square on New Year’s, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t intrigued by Pebble Bar’s Copacabana-themed party. Tickets are $250, you’ll get an open bar from 9pm-1am, Cuban bites, and a glass of champagne. If you're looking for a place to hide away from the ball drop crowd, this could be it.

Considering one last sloppy night out? Try The Happiest Hour in the West Village (and try to keep your sloppiness in check). A classic group-drinks spot, this tropical-ish cocktail bar is throwing a bohemian, Crystal Ball-themed party. Tickets are $150, and will get you an open bar from 10pm to 1am, and a champagne toast. For $500, you can get a table for six and two bottles of champagne.

The Penrose is a very nice pub on the Upper East Side that's become a focal point of uptown nightlife. So if you’re looking for a crowd in the area, you’ll probably find one here. Their party is going to be relatively brief (9pm to midnight), and the $120 tickets include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and party favors.

Upstairs at Public Records is one of our favorite listening bars in New York City. If you’re looking for a vinyl-fueled Gowanus night to inspire next year’s resolution, Public Records will have a three-room party going. The Sound Room will have house music, the Atrium will be rolling with more psychedelic electronic vibes, and Upstairs will be on vinyl duty, spinning funk and soul. Tickets cost $82, and they’ll just get you in the door.

Jake’s Dilemma is the closest thing this city has to a sweaty frat house basement. We don’t mean that as an insult—it’s just what it is. And maybe that’s what you’re looking for. Beer pong happens here, and many nights at this divey place on the Upper West Side go unremembered. Sound good? For $85, you can get a ticket that includes a four-hour open bar from 9pm to 1am. A DJ will be present.

For anyone who didn’t want to be predictable on Halloween and dress like highlighter Barbie, The Bonnie is giving you an opportunity to dust off your neon onesies. They’re throwing a Glowstick Gala, and for $100 they’ll have a three-hour open bar and some passed apps. Plus, they’re offering a $50 gift card to whomever they deem the most glowtastic, so pull out all the stops.

The Dead Rabbit is dead-set on making your New Year’s Eve as seamless as possible. Tickets are $250 and they’ll get you unlimited cocktails, beer, wine, and pub bites, with tax and tip baked into the price. This cocktail bar is where we always send people when they ask where to go out in FiDi. Hopefully they’ll raise their midnight champagne toast in vintage teacups. 

While a lot of bars this year seem to be going in a disco or neon direction, Sweet Afton wants to take you back to the Roaring ’20s. The Gatsby-esque party at this Astoria bar will go from 9pm to 12am, with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and party favors. Tickets are $100.

If seeing the New Year’s fireworks are your priority, then you can’t really get a better vantage point than Bar Blondeau on the rooftop of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. While the party might not be the danciest, wildest night of your dreams, your $295 ticket will get you an open bar, as many oysters as you can fit into your stomach, and a fairytale view of the Manhattan skyline. 

New Year’s Eve is a special occasion, and so is seeing live music at Bar Lunàtico in Bed-Stuy. Thankfully, these two special things are converging. While $20 tickets will only be available at the door, they’ll have drink and food specials, plus a band featuring some pretty exciting musicians, who’ll play Jamaican music from the ’60s and ’70s.

If you want your New Year's Eve to have more of a “start drinking at 1pm” kinda vibe, The Red Lion will have bands playing from the early afternoon into the wee hours of the morning. Hopefully, they have drummers that can keep time so you won’t accidentally miss the start of 2024. Tickets start at $125, and they’ll get you an open bar from 9pm to 12am, as well as a party hat and a small, personal horn to toot your way into 2024.

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