5 Awesome New Year’s Eve Parties in NYC

Alyson Penn

New York City puts on the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the world at the Times Square Ball Drop, where revelers ring in the new year alongside celebrities, all waiting for the midnight countdown. But the City has tons of other gatherings that are indoors and less crowded. No matter how you like to toast auld lang syne, we have a celebration for you. Here are our five favorite parties for ringing in 2017.

For the Drama Queen

McKittrick Masquerade at McKittrick Hotel
Dress in black, white or gold for this theatrical, open-bar party in the palatial home of Sleep No More. With glitzy performances and multiple dance rooms, the Chelsea fete is as much a spectacle as a dance party. Wander through the premises all night long to discover secret rooms and performances. Tickets start at $175.

For the Class Act

Annaleigh Ashford: New Year’s Magic at 54 Below
Tony Award–winning Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford will croon in the new year with musical (and modern) tunes in the Theatre District supper club—including a performance of Lost in the Stars. Post-midnight, the floor opens up for a 2017 dance party. The night includes a two-course dinner, dessert buffet and open bar. Tickets start at $325.

For the Socialite

Black & White Masquerade Ball at Soho Grand Hotel
This annual party is the place to see and be seen on New Year’s Eve. Guests can play dress-up for a masquerade ball at the black tie event; if you don’t have your own mask, you can get one custom-made by an in-house artist. Inspired by a 1966 dance party thrown by Truman Capote, the glamorous affair has an open bar, impressive lineup of DJs and plenty of balloons. Details aren’t posted for this year yet, but past DJs have included Zana Bayne, Nick Simmons and Kate Nauta.

For the Night Owl

New Year’s Eve at Output
The party never stops in Brooklyn. Veteran British DJ John Digweed will be spinning for eight hours straight at the multilevel Williamsburg EDM concert hall. The doors open at 10pm, but you can be fashionably late, since Digweed ends his house/techno set the next morning at 8am. Naveen G will be the opening act, and DJ Brad Miller’s Push the Night set will be playing in the Panther Room. Tickets start at $40.

For the Baz Luhrmann Fan

Parisian Follies by Dances of Vices at Grand Prospect Hall
Celebrate the excess and splendor of Paris from 1890s to 1920s in Brooklyn’s South Slope. This immersive experience draws its inspiration from French cabaret halls like the Moulin Rouge. Entertainment includes vaudeville acts, opera and cancan girls performing throughout the night. (An authenticity side note: Grand Prospect Hall was actually built in the late 19th century.) To add to the joie de vivre, make sure you accessorize with your Parisian beret. Tickets start at $75.