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Where To Party In NYC On New Year's Eve

These NYC bar are throwing fun events to close out 2022. Get your tickets now.

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 have a few espresso martinis one night and decide to bully your group chat into a big night out, here’s where to go. All of these parties are ticketed, although most of the tickets (the expensive ones, at least) come with an open bar. From places where you can dance with hundreds of your peers to little cocktail bars that won’t get too lawless, there’s something for everyone on this list.

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Tickets to Joyface’s New Year’s Eve Disco Ball are a little over $340. That might sound steep, but this always-packed East Village spot will have an open bar from 8pm to 3am, and you’ll get some bagels and schmear at the end. The dress code is black tie and the playlist will cover 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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Ding-a-Ling is only a few doors down from Joyface, and it’s another dancey spot with a retro feel. So how do you choose between the two? Let’s take a look at the details. Ding-a-ling’s party goes from 9pm to 4am with an open bar, and tickets start around $230. Unlike Joyface, there’s no suggested dress code, but there will be DJs and hot dogs.

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Another fun East Village option, Wiggle Room is throwing a disco-themed party for New Year’s Eve. There will be 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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From the people behind Wiggle Room, Mister Paradise makes some of the best cocktails in the East Village. The space on 1st Ave is small and loungy with a few big booths, and it should be a nice place to mingle. Their open-bar event goes from 9pm to 2am, and you can expect good music, great drinks, and “probably some caviar.”  Tickets are $150.75. 

If you’re looking for a place where you can wear something nice and won’t necessarily have to spend four hours on a dance floor, try Oscar Wilde. This large Nomad bar is decorated like a 19th-century Irish castle (stained glass, marble, fireplaces, etc.), and their New Year’s Eve Party will be Old Hollywood themed. Tickets start around $267, and they include a four-hour open bar.

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Need somewhere in the West Village for a sloppy night out? Try The Happiest Hour (and try to keep your sloppiness in check). A classic group-drinks spot, this tropical vacation-themed cocktail bar is throwing a party from 10pm to 3am. Tickets start at $50, and that price includes one drink and a champagne toast. For $500, you can get a table for six and two bottles of champagne.

Bandits isn’t huge. So if you have your heart set on this place, get your tickets now. A cross between a '70s dive and an old-school diner, this is one of our favorite places to drink good cocktails (and eat tater tots) in the West Village. On December 31st, they’ll have an open bar from 10pm to 2am, with a cash bar from 2am to 4am. Tickets start at $150.

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The Penrose is a very nice pub on the Upper East Side that somehow became a focal point of uptown nightlife. So if you’re looking for a crowd, you’ll probably find one here. Their party is going to be relatively brief (9pm to 12am), and the $120 tickets include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and party favors.

Midtown is going to be chaos on NYE. But if we had to choose somewhere to party in the neighborhood, it’d be Pebble Bar, a relatively civilized spot located in a townhouse tucked in the side of Rockefeller Center. They have a small cocktail bar on the second floor and a lounge on the third, and your $250 ticket will get you access to both. For an extra $100, you can explore the secret fourth floor. The party goes from 9pm to 3am, and appetizers and an open bar are included with all tickets.

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Ah, The Woods. This Williamsburg bar has been hosting messy dance parties in their cavernous space since before there was a Whole Foods in the neighborhood. On New Year’s Eve, they’re throwing a party with a few different DJs. Tickets are roughly $20, and there’s no open bar.

Sometimes you need to party on a roof. We understand the impulse and recommend you try Make Believe on the Lower East Side. For $140, you can enjoy an open bar at this clubby rooftop from 10pm to 1am. There are also general admission tickets for $75, and if you want to sit in a pink velvet booth with all of your friends, you can reserve one of those as well.

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The rooftop bar at the Freehand Hotel in Gramercy, Broken Shaker doesn’t get as unruly as Make Believe. It is, however, one of our top-three favorite rooftops in the city (great cocktails, not too clubby), and the tropical-themed space has a wraparound terrace with views of the surrounding neighborhood. Their party will be disco-themed, with a four-hour open bar and tickets starting around $130.

Jake’s Dilemma is a frat house. 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.

A massive, cavernous dungeon of a place, this queer bar and venue in East Williamsburg is hosting a masquerade ball to ring in 2023. Tickets are $50 (or $60 at the door), and the event goes from 10pm until “early Sunday.” The party will take up both of the spaces at 260 and 270 Meserole Street, so there will be plenty of room to dance and explore.

Bed-Stuy’s All Night Skate, our favorite retro skate-themed bar that isn’t actually a roller rink, is throwing something called the Peppermint Ball. In addition to dancing, there will be drag shows and “extravagant surprises.” Tickets are $30, which is on the lower end for these parties, but keep in mind that there isn’t an open bar. The suggested dress code is “winter formal.”

A lot of the bars that are throwing parties this year seem to be going the disco route, but Sweet Afton wants to take you to prom. The prom party at this Astoria bar will go from 9pm to 12am, with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and party favors. Tickets are $95, and you’ll have the opportunity to take a prom photo.

Legendary Harlem jazz club Minton’s Playhouse will be hosting several performances in their big, sleek space this New Year’s Eve. The first starts at 7pm, and the third one ends at 2am. If you want to be here at midnight, get tickets to that last show. There will be a champagne toast and a late-night hang with DJs after. 

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