These unique fetes give you something new to celebrate.
Wed Nov 25 2009
World Record Appreciation Society party
Useless talents finally get a chance to shine at this gathering, sponsored by Brooklyn's Universal Record Database. Here, everyone has a shot at being the world's best at something: Past records include Most Cocktail Umbrellas Fit in Hair in One Minute and the Longest Whisper Chain (that game of telephone ended in a marriage proposal). Pianos Upstairs Lounge, 158 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (urdb.org). Next event: Dec 10 7--10pm. $7.
Wall Street Pink Slip Party
Misery loves company—and everyone loves cheap alcohol. Bring your rsum and a solid handshake to meet with other job seekers, recruiters and HR folks from the finance industry. This is an evening of networking, impromptu interviews and commiserating about life in the unlucky 17.5 percent. Cover donations go to charity, which, like you, has taken a hit during the recession. Next event in early 2010, visit fastbookpartners.com for more information. Recommended donation $20.
Return of Rococo
Whip out your white wig and face powder for Return of Rococo, where 18th-century France meets 21st-century nightlife. Dressed as Marie Antoinette or the Marquis de Sade, you'll see burlesque dancers, silk aerialists, wire walkers and of course, electronic-rock-tinged rococo and baroque music. Costumes are encouraged (the best one wins a prize), but at the very least you can borrow a mask from the stockpile when you arrive. Teneleven, 171 Ave C between 10th and 11th Sts (returnofrococo.com). $5, with costume $2. Check the website for info on the next party.
Pay homage to a specific object or theme (bubble wrap, the lab coat, feet) at this monthly fete, which plays upon the chosen fetish with activities like decorating a human Christmas tree at the upcoming Xmas party. Guests are invited to dress in their interpretation of the night's object (expect plenty of latex). Relax and mingle in the front of the lounge, or sneak to the back "play space," where toys are on hand so you can get frisky. Batista Lounge, 40 Ave C between 3rd and 4th Sts (baroness.com). Dec 3 at 9pm. In costume $5, in all black $20, in street clothes $30 (no jeans or sneakers).
MetroMetro Holiday Office Party
If there's not enough alcohol in the world to make your own holiday office party bearable, then assume a fake job title—like Eager New Guy or Office Cat Lady—and check out MetroMetroLand's annual Holiday Office Party. You can win Employee of the Year if you play your role convincingly—and there'll even be a Xerox machine to mess around with. Also look out for MetroMetroLand's other events, including a scavenger hunt and spy games. Bar 82, 136 Second Ave between 8th and 9th Sts (metrometroland.com). Next party: Wed 2 at 7pm. $10.
Dubbed "the dance party that will ruin your life," this monthly high-energy gathering features eccentric themes (next up is "Sasquatch on Broadway," all about mythical creatures in NYC) that are announced via online video a few weeks before. Wear your most outlandish costume; if you can shed all inhibition, you'll be basking in dance-induced euphoria in no time. Littlefield, 622 DeGraw St between Third and Fourth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (cherylthedanceparty.tumblr.com). Next party: Dec 12 at 10:30pm. $5.
If the noisy, crowded bar scene doesn't do it for you, go for a little smarty-pants conversation instead. Each of these parties kicks off with a few presentations or performances (often by artist or entrepreneur types, such as past guest Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd), and the rest of the evening is spent chilling out and talking—without having to shout. Events held about every other month, for details visit lucidnyc.com. $20, advance $15.