2017 can’t come fast enough. Remember January 1, 2016, when the world seemed bright and new? Aw, you probably even made some New Years resolutions.
Anyway, in the ever-present spirit of “Fuck 2016,” here’s a big pile of the best BK New Year’s Eve 2017 parties off of every train in Brooklyn, ranging from the so-cheap-they’re-free to the reasonably splurge-worthy. And there’s something suited to every taste, so long as your taste includes booze!
We’ll keep updating this list as the Facebook invitations roll in, but even if you don’t see your neighborhood bar on here, you can assume they’ll have alcohol for you on New Year’s Eve. Either way, start making your plans now! You can’t afford to just “ring in” this new year; you’re gonna have to drag it through the door and bolt all the locks.
For the third year running, Coney Island is hosting its own New Year’s celebration replete with a 3D laser light show, circus acts and an LED “ball drop” on the famed Parachute Jump ride in Luna Park, plus FREE rides on Deno’s Wonder Wheel, the Thunderbolt, the skating rink and the carousel starting at 6pm.
The Rub NYE
The Bell House (149 7th St.)
There’s a steep price tag on this special NYE edition of The Bell House’s monthly dance party, but that’s because they’ve got a few guests on the deck including DJ Ayres, DJ Eleven, DJ Spinbad and Stil Life. Also, because New Years. Free champagne toast at midnight.
New Years’ Eve with the Smiths
Littlefield (622 Degraw St.)
Man, it’d be cool if The Smiths were actually coming, right? Well, fortunately for your wallet, it’s just a rad Smiths/Morrissey tribute band called Sons & Heirs, followed by DJ Jane Elizabeth, spinning all your favorite hits, plus alt & indie 80s vinyl. Free champagne toast at midnight, reduced cover after 1am.
BOERUM HILL & COBBLE HILL
42 Hoyt St.
Three words: Cocktails. Glitter. Disco. The party starts early at this cocktail and wine bar on the biz side of Brooklyn over near Atlantic Terminal. It’s gonna be a “chill, good vibes” scene with no cover and no drama. Escape the NYE frenzy and groove to throwback tunes, watch the ball drop on the big screen, and toast some free champagne at midnight.
208 Court St.
No cover, midnight toast and good jams is all you need to know about the NYE festivities at this cozy cocktail bar on Court. G’night.
FLATBUSH & DITMAS PARK
504 Flatbush Ave.
Also apparently titled “NEW YEARS EVE END OF THE WORLD DANCE PARTY,” in case this is the last new years before the apocalypse. Bluebird invites you to shake your booty one final time with DJ JENNCITY, and is offering drink specials all night long, ’til the break of dawn.
The Exponential Festival NYE Dance Party & Drink-Up
The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave.)
Theater kids, rejoice! It’s a cast party that doubles as a New Year’s Eve party. Held at an experimental theater venue in ‘the burg, this party benefits the upcoming Exponential theater festival in 2017. Cash bar, DJ Ryan Downey, karaoke, some ‘za by Two Boots, a photo booth, specialty cocktails, and “good humans behind closed doors in a safe space,” since that has to be said these days.
899 Bergen St.
Featuring DJ sets, drink specials as well as ping pong, cornhole and adult coloring, this eclectic New Year’s celebration is sure to shake you out of whatever ennui 2016 left you with. You can even bring some tykes for the first bit — it’s 21+ after 9pm.
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Ave.
Get down with Dash Speaks, NSR and other Future Old School DJs at this hip hop hooray kinda NYE. Get there early to secure your floor space to dance; the party’s gonna be jumpin’ jumpin.’
#Soulidarity New Years Eve
Brooklyn Tap House (590 Myrtle Ave.)
This NYE event is focusing on the good of 2016. If you’re having trouble figuring out what that’d be, it’s as good a reason as any to party in #Soulidarity with the folks behind the Tap & Cork Beer + Wine Festival and special guest DJ Olivia Dope. Drink specials, feel good music, and love.
Rich Medina Presents: Home
C’mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave.)
$35 adv / $40 at door
Rich Medina spins house, rare groove and garage classics at this Bed-Stuy music venue. Tickets include dat free champagne at midnight, and it doesn’t hurt that Chilo’s taco truck is right next door.
688 Washington Ave.
If you prefer a dreamy Christmas-lit dive as the backdrop to your New Year, look no further than Bearded Lady’s low-key party with bubbly and oysters on special, plus gratis noisemakers to let out all your feels without losing your voice. No cover!
Bring Back the Groove – 70s New Year’s Eve Bash
The Kings Beer Hall (84 St. Marks Pl.)
Your ticket includes a one hour open bar at this German-inspired beerhalle with 25+ beers on tap. 70s-era disco beats are being doled out all night long, and costumes are encouraged! So don some groovy threads, snap pics in the photo booth, play foosball or beer pong or board games, win door prized, and toast some free champagne to a live-stream of the Times Square ball drop on one of 3 jumbo screen TVs. Hey, sounds like a güt idea to us!
Awesome Aughts: New Years Eve
Union Hall (702 Union St.)
8:30pm doors, 10pm show
DJ Steve Reynolds, from The Bell House’s Party Like It’s 1999, spins the best of the early millennium for a very nostalgic NYE. Two floors to party on: a sweaty basement underneath, and a bocce court-adorned library up top.
A New Years New York Fling
Camp Friendship (339 8th St.)
Want to kick it even older than old school? Join Brooklyn Contra for a night of folk dancing with Riptide, a live folk band replete with mandolin and fiddle. The party starts with a beginners’ lesson and goes on to the full Contra dance experience. Open to all ages, so BC will provide both alcoholic and non- bubbly beverages when midnight strikes. If you happen to meet a charming suitor, don’t forget to leave a glass slipper with your social media handles on it as you run away!
EAST WILLIAMSBURG & BUSHWICK
The Cobra Club
6 Wyckoff Ave.
Bands, DJs, a free champagne toast at midnight and more secrets to be revealed at this Bushwick watering hole on New Year’s Eve.
1215 Myrtle Ave.
“Let’s kick away the ’16,” sez Birdy’s. They’re bringing the noise with DJ DW spinning new/wave, glam, punk, girl group, 60s soul and 45rpm records in a laser & fog filled back room. Get lit, get dancey.
Brooklyn Get Down
Studio 301 (301 Ten Eyck St.)
It’s pricey, but this ticket includes live brass band performances, burlesque, light projections, and an all-night open bar with beer, wine and top shelf liquor, plus food for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores by Newtown. So it’s as if you were going out for dinner, a show, and then NYE, and then inevitably drunk eating some more, all packaged into one.
Phoenix Rising: NYE 2017
Starr Bar (214 Starr St.)
“Forget your fears and bring your fire” to this rebirth-themed celebration with live afro-latin beats, a free drink with your ticket if you show up before 10pm and a free champagne toast at midnight. Dress like a warrior! And buy tickets like a grandma, i.e. in advance; the price jumps from $20 to $35 after Christmas Day.
266 Irving Ave.
This is the bar’s first-ever New Year’s Eve party! They’re showing up for it in a big way with tiki cocktails, a live stream of Times Square, episodes of The Twilight Zone (appropriate) and The Honeymooners throughout the night and more special surprises. The in-house Duncan’s Burgers will keep their kitchen open to serve up burgers all night long. Free champagne toast at midnight and party favors for guests. PROM plays synthy dream pop that you can dance to from 12am-3am.
New Years Eve with Get Summered
The Safari Room at El Cortez (17 Ingraham St.)
FREE w/ RSVP
The #GetSummered folks are hosting their very own NYE “bash” (with a focus on taking out all of your frustrations out on the dance floor) to say good riddance to 2016 and pay respect to the greats lost this year. Music by Josai, Edward Askew and Dirtyboogie and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
New World Over (NYE)
The Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave.)
$10 before 11pm, $15 after
This is an all-ages, “apocalyptic kind of hopeful” New Year’s Eve party with video art, installations, live music and DJs. Featuring the work of queer underground artists from NY, Philly and Baltimore.
Prince NYE Party
The Bodega (24 St. Nicholas Ave.)
Dress like Prince at this Bushwick dance party, and you drink for free. The bar also promises a free champagne toast at midnight, “hijinks and possible dancing on the bar” while “fairly loud” prince music and 80s pop plays all night, live video from Times Square and a Purple Rain viewing at 8:30pm with select items on open bar during the movie!
NYE: Cheap n’ Easy
The Keep (205 Cypress Ave.)
Ticket prices range from the Early Bird ($35) to the Holy shit I waited too long ($55) for this Burner-leaning NYE jam that goes until 8am in the morning (!!) and includes a free champagne toast and PIZZA at midnight. The Keep wants you to wear whatever makes you happy, from pajamas to glitter. Two floors to party with DJ sets through the night, and LED art by Gene Harrison. Cash only at the bar.
NYE Gatsby Party
The Footlight (465 Seneca Ave.)
Feel free to argue with us about whether this is in Brooklyn or Queens, but we stand by listing this invitation to flapper fans and Dapper Dans everywhere who want to don vintage threads and party like prohibition just ended. No cover and a free champagne toast at midnight, and you can shell out $10 if you feel like listening to sad music in their back room.
Speakeasy Sessions and Graham Presents: Prohibition New Years Eve 2017
The Graham (151 Meserole St.)
The Graham is turning into a prohibition-era speakeasy with bespoke music (whatever that means), cocktails and more! Your ticket is all-inclusive for electroswing DJ entertainment and bottomless drinks, so you won’t have to lift a gloved finger once you pay. “Come with class,” asks the event. “Think Peaky Blinders, Boardwalk Empire….” you get the idea.
WILLIAMSBURG & GREENPOINT
94 Presents: The Greatest New Years Party Ever! F*CK 2016!
Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.)
$40 adv / $50 door
Three floors of debaucherous drinking, dancing and cathartic emotional release, with performances by Titus Andronicus, High Waisted and Toys in Trouble, plus a ball pit (ball pit!) drop at midnight, live DJs, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, shredder-to-confetti machine for all your memories of 2016, and lots more wacky fun. “This is 2016’s eviction party! Let’s give it the swift kick goodbye that it deserves!”
388 Union Ave.
Just in case this wasn’t clear, bar + arcade = Barcade. Show up as early as you like to this neighborhood hybrid for a laid-back NYE of pinball and pints from a special tap list! Champagne toast, no cover charge. (What you save in ticket prices, you’ll more than make up for in rounds of Pacman with a stranger.)
81 S. 6th St.
A ticket to this Afro, Latin and Carribbean dance party includes an open bar 8:30pm-10pm, with live percussion by Rain (the performer, not the weather phenomenon) and DJ Chela on deck. Get your money’s worth and show up early! And there’s reduced admission after midnight, so you can tell your friends to hook up with you for more dancing after their respective parties.
BLACK LIPS NYE at Baby’s All Right
PMS and the Mood Swings, Daisy Glaze, The Winstons and a DJ set by Chances with Wolves round out the roster of entertainment for the NYEvening, headlined by Black Lips. Free Tito’s Vodka and Bayou Rum 8pm-10m while supplies last!
The Diamond’s Super-Special, Semi-Secular Pop-Up Gondola Confessional
43 Franklin St.
Confess your sins of 2016 at this pop-up confessional in the backyard of the Diamond. The bar is bringing in a real pastor — Amy Kienzle, a Lutheran pastor with the Park Church Co-op, a Lutheran ministry located on McGolrick Park — to hear your confessions inside the old ski gondola in yard. Confessions is free and first-come, first-served. Stick around after and try the bar’s ample selection of beers to start the new year.
“I believe in the power of forgiveness, whatever the context,”Pastor Amy said in a statement the bar released. “The purpose of confession is to create a safe space to unburden oneself, and thereby start on the path to acceptance and healing. Having an impartial living spirit receive that confession is essential.”
361 Metropolitan Ave.
Savoir Adore and The Juan MacLean crown the DJ roster for this raging NYE dance party. With two rooms of music and dancing, a one-hour open bar of Heineken (ok) and Jameson (good) and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
180 N. 10th St.
Whiskey lovers, step right up: this party is sponsores by Jameson and includes a special cocktail menu with their whiskey, plus a free shot for all when the ball drops. Music by DJ Sparks. There’s no cover to get in, but you can opt for a $40 ticket if you’d like to take advantage of an open bar 11pm-1am.
74 Wythe Ave.
If you don’t mind starting off NYE waiting in line for an hour, this could the ticket for you. This night of “ethereal house” and bass-infused techno at Williamsburg’s busiest clurb [sic] includes an 8-hour set by John Digweed. That’s a long set! Two rooms to party. Get sweaty. [NOTE: Original ticket price was $40. Remaining tickets are now $70 + $8.25 service fee.]
World of Wonder
Brooklyn Winery (213 N. 8th St.)
For $150, there had BETTER be a four and a half hour open bar including Brooklyn Winery wine, top shelf liquor, premium beer and a specialty cocktail along with antipasti and hors d’oeuvres! The BK Winery undergoes a Wonderland-esque transformation for this upscale evening catering to the upper crust among us. If you plan on moving to a remote place somewhere else on the planet before Trump is elected, this might be a fun last thing to do.
Wild Life NYE with Disclosure
Secret Location in Brooklyn
We’re not one to push pricey events on you (even though we just did above) but this warehouse NYE party has Disclosure. Tiga, Kenny Larkin and Eli Escobar on its roster of performers for the night, and it’s an all-nighter. If you need a good souvenir of 2017 for when the long winter of Trump comes along, you might want to sweat the cost.
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