LGBTQ parties for New Year's Eve 2013

Make the new year queer with these NYE events.

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There's still plenty of time to make your New Year's queer. We've rounded up some of the most promising NYE events for LGBTQ revelers, from a dance party powered by Salonathon's powers-that-be to Boystown nights benefiting do-gooder orgs like Equality Illinois and Lambda Legal. Sadly some parties are already sold out—sorry, ladies, the Black and White Party is at capacity—but check out the options below and close out 2013 with pride.


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Bottom's Up Twerk your way through the last of 2013 with this New Year's Eve dance-off featuring queer artists BAATHHAUS, Big Dipper and Po' Chop and produced by Salonathon's Jane Beachy. Bottom Lounge. 9pm. $15.


Replay/Reboot Level up to 2014 at Replay's first New Year's Eve celebration, benefiting Lambda Legal. The price of admission includes a top-shelf open bar from 9pm to midnight, with DJ Moose spinning all night and free play on the bar's retro arcade games. Replay. 9pm. Advance $40, door $45.


Sidetrack New Year's Eve Party Sidetrack's big party gets an early jump on the night, with doors opening at 7pm. Circuit Mom plays hostess, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Equality Illinois. Sidetrack. 7pm. $25.


Blue Moon NYE Berlin's New Year's Eve party features performances at 11pm by Trannika Rex, Wes Perry and Ruby Dee. DJs Greg Haus, Larissa and Pete Augusta will set the beats for 2014 all the way to 4am, with Champagne specials all night. Berlin. 9pm. $5 before 10pm, $10 and up after 10pm.


Dragapalooza New Year's Eve Ring in 2014 with Spin's resident drag divas, including Mercedes Tyler, DiDa Ritz and Saya Naomi, who'll perform at 10pm and 11pm. Toast the new year with complimentary Champagne at midnight before dancing into the wee hours. Spin. 10pm. Advance $20, door $25.


Big Chicks New Year's Bash 2013 For the budget-minded queer partier, Big Chicks offers a NYE do with no cover and free Champagne at midnight. Dance into 2014 with DJ Mike Rytie. Big Chicks. 10pm. Free.


D.S. Tequila NYE The price of admission for D.S. Tequila Company's NYE party includes a food and drink package from 9pm–midnight, including the traditional Champagne toast. There's a $1,000 cash prize up for grabs in the midnight balloon drop—just remember "up for grabs" is a figure of speech. D.S. Tequila Company. 9pm. $40.



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