Looking for the best New Year’s Eve parties? NYC has tons of options, and the night of December 31 doesn’t just revolve around New Year’s Eve concerts or spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks. There are plenty of amazing themed extravaganzas, all-night ragers and dance parties playing the best party songs as everyone dances, drinks and kisses in 2018.
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New Year's Eve parties in NYC
London’s Hot Chip is often compared to NYC’s LCD Soundsystem, on account of their ability to imbue delicious disco beats with genuine heart and humor. And similar to James Murphy and his crew, Hot Chip's members love to drop their instruments on the decks. Catch their eclectic DJ set, which is sure to run the dance-music gamet from techno to disco, at this New Year's Eve party with JD Samson, Olive T, fellow UK selectors Simian Mobile Disco and more.
Shake off 2017 with two dance parties at Good Room. In the main space, the venerable DJ duo Soul Clap will be bringing their high-energy funk, while Justin Strauss and Billy Caldwell take over the smaller Bad Room with their popular resident party Love Tempo. When the clock strikes midnight enjoy a complimentary champagne toast and watch the balloons drop. Want to keep those feet moving way until the sun rises? Refuel at the bagel breakfast—this party goes until 8am.
Glitterballnyc will be hosting their thth annual NYE party at Brooklyn's Secret Project Robot this year with some of their favorites. The stacked lineup features France's Joakim, the Tigersushi head honcho whose sound veers from buzzy electro and arpeggio techno to rock-informed weirdness, along with Detroit DJ Shaif Laffrey and in the bar room, Andi and Chase Smith. Expect eclectic selections, expert sets and excellent vibes to ring in 2018.
Zurich’s Cityfox label, a top repository of creamy deep house, swirling techno and the like, heads to Bushwick for a New Years bash. There's a massive array of talent on hand, including the tastemaking Steve Bug, eclectic local DJ Honey Dijon, The Martinez Brothers, Lee Burridge and Recondite.
Rave in the New Year at this shindig hosted by reliable NYC party crews Rinsed, MeanRed and ReSolute. In the headlining slot, the truly astounding DJ, producer and identity-politics theorist DJ Sprinkles makes and plays everything from challenging electroacoustic material to more traditional (though still quite beautiful) house music. The last time we caught the veteran, it was a stellar, bumping set, so you can expect something special for this set. Also on the bill is Scissor & Thread cofounder Francis Harris, Parris Mitchell, Sean Glass and more.
Collaborators Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls fame) and Jason Webley are ready to bid farewell to 2017, and all the crap that came with it, with a bang—make that many, many loud bangs. Palmer and Webley, known for their conceptual cabaret duo Evelyn Evelyn, bring their experimental performance art backgrounds to Brooklyn Bazaar for a night full of “musical mayhem,” surrealist puppetry and plenty of surprises. They’re joined by Philadelphia's This Way To The Egress, and New York-based performance artists Lacy Rose, Alaina Ferris and Kalan Sherrard.
Who knows what the next year might bring, so embrace the mystery by donning a masquerade mask to TBA Brooklyn’s annual festivities. Reliable tech-house duo Sleepy & Boo will bring their signature hypnotic beats to the celebration along with Ryan Provost, Adrian Wilson and other special guests. Come early for the $90 open bar option which includes three hours of access to the premium open bar, party favors and a pre-midnight buffet, or celebrate the ball drop at home and come through for general admission tickets ($35) and pay for drink as you go.
One of the city’s most reliable and longest running dance parties is bringing the red-hot funk, house and hip-hop to 2018. The Rub’s DJs—that’s Eleven and DJ Ayres for the uninitiated—never disappoint during their popular Bell House sets, but the celebratory fervor is only heightened by the biggest party night of the year. After all that moving and grooving, you’ll be thirsty for the complimentary champagne to toast with at midnight.
While BangOn!NYC always knows how to organize a fantastic bash, this year’s New Year’s Eve spectacular promises to be even better than ever. The crew is turning its new home in East Williamsburg into an intergalactic extravaganza with psychedelic art installations and roaming fire breathers below a spinning planetarium. Wish upon a fake star, and you might just meet the dance partner of your future during the silent disco. BangOn Compound, 1 Ingraham St, Brooklyn.
Party like it’s 1999 at a celebration that’s both a nostalgic throwback and a futurist glam-fest. House of Yes is reliving the Millennium Midnight countdown with ’90s music, fashion (neon animal print crop tops) and snacks like Capri Suns, Gushers and Fruit Roll-Ups. Also enjoy the Y2K of it all, with some “cyber sexy glam tech,” robots and more. This party has a strict dress code of ’90s styles or futurist looks, so, fellas, take your pick of dressing like a Backstreet Boy on TLC or a Backstreet Boy in the “Larger Than Life” music video.