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New Year’s Eve Parties in New York

New Year’s Eve Parties in New York

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New Year's Eve Parties in New York

New Year’s Eve parties in New York are abundant, but which ones are the best? On this website I found a good overview of parties in New York. I selected the best parties from this extensive list and classified them into four categories: fancy, fun, families and youth (16-21). Most parties get started at 21:00 and continue until 02:00, although some of them continue until 03:00. Make sure you buy your tickets as early as possible, as prices can increase by $10 or even $20 a day as the 31st of December approaches.

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Price Tag

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York is a marvellous experience, but it can also be an expensive one. Don’t be surprised if you have to pay $200. However, it is possible to arrange something for less. You can buy tickets directly through the aforementioned website. The best thing to do, is to make sure to buy your tickets well in advance. If you are celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York without any plans, chances are you will be starting the new year highly disappointed. You can’t just show up last minute; at least not without ending up paying double.

New York’s Best New Year’s Eve Celebrations

I picked my three favourite New Year’s Eve parties for this year. My number one recommendation is absolutely the celebration at Bryant Park Grill. There’s no better way to start the new year than at this party, located close to Times Square, with the famous Bryant Park skating rink in front. Enjoy the five hour premium open bar, even with the cheapest ticket options, or go for one of the good value upgrades. Of course, there should also be a rooftop party on the list. At PHD Terrace, Royalton Park Avenue, the Moxy Hotel on Times Square and the Hotel on Rivington, you can sip champagne, with some of the best views in Manhattan. If you prefer to party ‘Ibiza-style’: with a big crowd, a DJ and dancers all around, definitely head to FREQ (previously known as Space, Ibiza). For a party in one of the hippest clubs in New York, get tickets for Marquee, where you’ll enjoy a live performance by DJ Chuckie!


New York on New Year’s Eve is a fantastic experience. Are you in the mood to turn this unique event into a truly extraordinary one? Get tickets for LAVO to ring in the new year at one of the most popular nightclubs in New York. For a party in a marvellous venue head to Cipriani, located in a Venetian-style palace dating back to 1921, or buy tickets for Guastavino’s and enjoy this architectural masterpiece.


Don’t want to go to an upscale posh party, but simply want to have a good time? Go to Brother Jimmy’s. For a night of laughter, drinking and dancing with (old and newly made) friends on a central location in Manhattan, you’ve come to the right place.


Do you think it’s going to have to be a private party in your hotel room, since you are celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York with (young) children? This is most definitely possible, but not necessary! There are some great parties on offer for families. At Frames even the youngest children will be entertained with football tables and other games. And also Dave & Buster’s and Dallas BBQ are perfect spots to welcome the new year as one big happy family! Another great place to spend the evening with your family is AMC Times Square. Watch movies, play video games and dance to the DJ all night long!

Youth (16-21)

In New York you can’t toast to the new year with a glass of champagne if you’re under 21 and for that reason you’re not even allowed to enter most parties. Even so, there are a few good options for those in this “tough” age group. My choice would be: Dave & Buster’s and Bowlmor Times Square.

After Parties

Are you looking for a post midnight party? Maybe after seeing the fireworks from somewhere or enjoying a dinner cruise? Then buy a ticket for a New Year’s Eve After Party. These tickets are quite a bit cheaper than regular party tickets and in some cases you can still enjoy the open bar. Celebrate the first hours of 2019 at, for example the stylish Highline Ballroom in Chelsea. In Lower Manhattan the Revival after party is a good option. If you are looking for a party in the Times Square area, get tickets for Johnny Utah’s.

See this website for a complete overview of all parties and to buy your tickets.

Party Pass or Separate Ticket

Having a hard time choosing? You can also consider buying a ticket, through the site, which allows access to multiple parties, within an area: a ‘party pass’. There are a number of options available. Get a pass for the Meatpacking District, for example. This method has a downside though: it’s often overcrowded, reducing the pub-crawl experience and leaving you feeling frustrated. My recommendation is to thoughtfully choose one party and buy a single ticket for this.

The ‘Ball Drop’

If you buy a ticket for a party on Times Square, don’t expect to experience the famous ‘ball drop’ up close and personal. Most places do offer screens showing the whole countdown spectacle. If you want to see it live on Times Square then you can go to the ball drop party. It’s pricey, but a good option is the New Years Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party. Another (and slightly cheaper) ball drop party will be held at AMC Times Square. You can enjoy a 5 hour premium open bar and watch the ball drop from one of the outdoor Ball Drop viewing terraces.

Boat Tour to see Fireworks

If you’d like to see the fireworks, I advise you not to go to one of the above mentioned parties. You will stay inside more often than not during the night. Most places do have a smoking area, but you won’t see anything spectacular from there; the fireworks are mainly displayed close to the Statue of Liberty. Would you like to have a splendid view of this? Book one of the New Year’s Eve boat tours!

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