There are only a few more days of 2015 left! Whether you are filled with hope, melancholy or dread for the upcoming year, don’t let the old one go out with a whimper. Even if you didn’t get invited to any killer house parties this year, you don’t have to schlep into Manhattan to find an awesome party. From booze to burlesque and food to fireworks, there are plenty of Brooklyn New Year’s Eve events and activities in every neighborhood to fit any-sized budget.
Rich Medina presents HOME – New Year’s Eve
C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Avenue
$25 general admission, $50 open bar
Spend the last night of 2015 with the legendary Rich Medina and cut a rug to rare grooves and garage classics. Everybody gets to enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight but shell out the extra $25 to enjoy an open bar beforehand.
The Fawkner Formal NYE
Fawkner, 191 Smith Street
We picked Fawkner for our cocktail book, so you know that’s gonna be a good bar to hang out at during a free New Year’s party. They’ll be cranking out some party tunes and handing out party favors, plus you get to do a free champagne toast at midnight.
Cobra Club New Year’s Eve Party
6 Wyckoff Avenue
Come for the $2 Sixpoint beers, stay for music. Tap your toes to live music from Mañana Couch, The Curs and Kings of Karaoke as well as DJs Weird Wolf & Tracy. Round out the night with complimentary champagne at midnight as you say hello to 2016.
New Year’s Eve @ The Well
272 Meserole Street
Ring in the New Year in every time zone with rotating 2-for-1 beer specials, one for each meridian. 50+ taps, and you’re only paying for half the pints you drink. No-frills, no cover; just drinking in the company of internationally-minded beer lovers from around the borough.
The Gateway, 1272 Broadway
Celebrate the new year by checking out one of Brooklyn’s newest venues. Featuring 10 bands and 2 DJ’s across 2 floors, there’s no risk of becoming bored here. Just remember to bring the sparkle, whether in the form of a shimmery outfit or glitter confetti.
The Beginning of Everything: New Year’s Eve at House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue
Sunny Side Social Club collaborates with the talented House of Yes crew to bring a brand new End of the World revue. With special performances from Houseworld and music by The Adversary, Reda Briki and David Hohme, it’s sure to be a night to remember.
A Very Classy New Year’s Blowout
350 Moffat Street
Presented by the Muse Circus and Groupmuse, this incredible event is set to have musicians playing four of Bach’s Brandenburg concerti, accompanied by acrobats, wall runners and…wait for it…drink-serving aerialists working the bar.
NYE Sousveillance 2016
Silent Barn, 603 bushwick Avenue
Check out this epic Silent Barn annual tradition. With video installations by the likes of EyeBodega, live projections in the Yard and awesome bands playing all night long, this is one hell of a party that you don’t want to miss.
bklyn boihood NYE
The Shop Brooklyn, 234 Starr Street
Queer POC group bklyn boihood has put together a rad night full of giveaways, treats, food, and shenanigans. DJs Sun Sun, Battyjack, Unk da Boss, and Boston Chery will keep the party going well past sunrise.
New Year’s Eve 2016
The Noble Experiment, 23 Meadow Street
Sure this party at distillery The Noble Experiment is a little pricey, but it’s still only a quarter of the price of an evening at the Times Square Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Plus, unlike the warmed over crap they’ll serve you there, this party gets you an open bar of Owney’s Rum and cocktails plus hors d’ouvers for four hours, which a seasoned eater and drinker like you should be able to get your fair share of in the time period. And of course, there’ll be DJing and dancing. Just make sure you wear your finest sequins to the evening.
Pine Box New Year’s Eve
Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street
Ballon drop! Balloon drop! Balloon drop! Take it from us, a balloon drop is a great addition to any party, and Pine Box will have one at their party. So make sure you’ve got someone to smooch at midnight, because making out under a balloon drop is something you don’t always get to do but should always seize the opportunity when it comes around. In addition to the balloons, this free party will have a champagne toast at midnight and the Kings of Karaoke will be helping you sing your lungs out for five hours, from 11pm to 4am.
New Year’s Eve in Coney Island
Under the Parachute Jump in Coney Island
Who needs Times Square when you can enjoy the bright lights of Coney Island?! Start the night with music, giveaways and sideshow performances, before counting down to midnight’s fireworks and 8,000 LED display.
New Year’s Eve Party
Freak Bar, 1208 Surf Avenue
$40 advance/$50 door
Head over to the Freak Bar for awesome drink deals at this unique Funhouse Philosophers special event. Enjoy sideshow acts, burlesque entertainment, a rock-n-roll themed laser show and virtual rides on Coney’s most exciting roller coasters.
The Very Last Ultimate Disco Extravaganza
The Eldorado, 1216 Surf Avenue
Be serenaded by Rochelle Fleming, the lead singer of ‘70s girl group First Choice, before dancing to vinyl classics spun by DJ Nicky Siano. There will be plenty of free food to munch on before watching the Coney Island ball drop from the backyard.
Wonder Wheel Rides
Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to salvage your lackluster 2015–or at least cross something off your bucket list. The Wonder Wheel will be open to the public for rides on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for the first time ever.
Coney Island Brew Year’s Eve
Coney Island Brewing, 1904 Surf Avenue
So you want an exclusive party, but you don’t wanna pay out the nose for it. Enter Brew Year’s Eve, in which the Coney Island Brewing invites you to hang out at their brewery while guzzling all-you-can-drink beer from eight of their taps, as well as scarfing all-you-can-eat Italian food from Gargiulo’s. As a bonus, since it’s probably going to be warm enough to sleep on the beach, you can just do that and be first in line for the Wonder Wheel on New Year’s Day.
Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Avenue
You’ll definitely avoid the holiday FOMO at this epic party. Featuring beats from DJ Tap.10, Darling Chuck and Tha Yell0w R. KEL, you’ll also be able to snag party favors, champagne and the promise of ‘more surprises.’
New Year’s Eve Crown Heights Style
Nostrand Avenue Pub, 658 Nostrand Avenue
Head over to Nostrand Avenue for some great music from DJ Anna Collecta and good times all night long. Everybody gets a hat and noisemaker to accompany the champagne toast at midnight.
Franklin Park New Year’s Eve Bash
Franklin Park, 618 St. John’s Place
With a beer garden, guest DJ and complimentary champagne toast, Franklin Park has everything you need to ring in 2016 right. Except maybe a date. That you have to rustle up on your own.
New Year’s Eve! Let’s Keep It Simple
Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Road
The name says it all! Come enjoy some live music and DJs across three spaces. There will be drink specials and grub served up in the Lodge, a heated tent in the Sycamore’s sizable backyard. What more could you want?!
NYE Below the Bridges
The Bridges Dumbo, 66 Water Street
Picking up the pieces from Galapagos’s defection, the Bridges Dumbo hosts glittery burlesque soirées that are every bit as good. Their NYE is hosted by the inimitable BastardKeith, and features burlesque from Madame Rosebud, Chris Harder, Gigi Bonbon, and Rosie 151, plus aerial by Elizabeth Munn.
Bang On! NYC New Year’s Eye 2016: Time & Space
Secret East Williamsburg Location
Although not the cheapest option on this list, Bang On! certainly brings the fun. Enjoy a full lineup across two stages plus a silent disco, immersive 3D projection mapping, art cars and a midnight rocket launch that’s sure to be epic.
The Paper Box, 17 Meadow Street
Billed as NYC’s only psytrance party, hosts Respect Gatherings and Psycheground are promising 10 hours of the best psychedelic music. If that’s totes your jam, then get ready to enjoy the accompanying 5 hour open bar and midnight champagne toast.
New Years 2016 at No. 7
No. 7, 7 Greene Avenue
What better way to end 2015 than by stuffing your face? Highlights of No. 7’s decadent 4-course menu include Alaskan King Crab, NY Strip Steak and chocolate cake with mezcal cream.
New Year’s Eve Famingo Formal
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union Street
Looking for a sort of low-pressure, affordably glamorous, and incredibly festive way to spend NYE? Head to the Royal Palms for an evening of gaming and dancing. Pro tip: arrive hungry in order to properly sample the Bolivian LLAMA Party’s pop-up restaurant.
The Sons & Heirs
Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street
The Sons & Heirs are a Smiths / Morrissey tribute band, so let these (presumably) handsome devils moan you into the new year. They’ll be joined by alt-comedy darlings Jo Firestone and Aparna Nancherla, and there will be dancing after the show to the tunes of DJ Jane Elizabeth.
The Rub NYE
The Bell House, 149 7th Street
One of the hottest tickets in town! This regularly sold-out event will feature music by DJ Eleven, DJ Ayres, Chances With Wolves and Prince Klassen, as well as a champagne toast at midnight.
Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band
The Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue
Skip the overpriced Barclays Center concert and get your Jimmy Buffet fix at the Rock Shop. Jimmy Kenny and his band will be playing the best of Buffet, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown, making it the perfect way to spend your NYE afternoon.
Gowanus/Sister and Mister/Mammoth Spirit
The Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue
Rock your way into the new year with the unique sounds of local experimental quartet Gowanus. Joined by special guests Sister and Mister and Mammouth Spirit, the show is sure to be a memorable one.
Aloha New Year’s Eve
Three’s Brewing, 333 Douglass Street
Stop by for dinner before the official festivities begin at 10pm. DJ Dirty Boogie will be spinning surf rock and hip hop all night long. Sip a tropical cocktail before popping by the Hawaiian photo booth. Amidst all the revelry you’re guaranteed to find someone special for that glorious midnight kiss.
The Casino Battle Royale
The ‘Fence’ at 600 Degraw Street
Here’s your chance to live out all your international spy fantasies. Don some classic Bond apparel appropriate for classic casino entertainment, including casino games, go-go dancers and lounge singers. Presented by both Gemini & Scorpio and Rubulad, so expect wild entertainment and an immersive social experience with incredible prizes for those who outsmart the others to become top spy.
New Years Happy Fun Cry Karaoke
The Diamond, 43 Franklin Street
Avoid the amateurs (and cover charges) by heading to the Diamond this year. Enjoy comfortable vibes in this neighborhood haunt before rocking to karaoke with Will “Dick” Clark.
Broken Comedy NYE
Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave
The long-running Broken Comedy series has lined up several stellar comedians to laugh you headlong into 2016, including Mike Denny, Will Winner, Becky Astphan, and Phil Provencio. DJ’d by Will Winner.
The Good Room, 98 Meserole Avenue
Although admission prices for this event are a bit steep, they include a 5-hour open bar, champagne toast, party favors, morning buffet and extended club hours so you can keep partying until the sun comes up.
NYE with Wiki of Ratking and Show Me The Body
Aviv, 496 Morgan Avenue
Co-hosted with Ipsum, head to Aviv for the evening’s full lineup featuring Wiki, Show Me The Body, Jaguar Pyramids, Gloss Gang and Spewing Gum as well as DJ’s Lee Bannon, Yung Gutted and Yung Mayne.
New Year’s Eve at Dirck the Norseman
Dirck the Norseman, 7 North 15th Street
If you’re looking for a delightfully boozy new years, Dirck the Norseman is the place to go. Free beer, wine, and spirits all night, plus a champagne toast at midnight. This is also one you don’t have to dress up for—the invite says anything from footie pajamas to ballgowns will do.
Awesome Aughts: New Year’s Eve
Union Hall, 702 Union Street
Say “Bye Bye Bye” to 2015 with a night of epic music at Union Hall. Come “Shake Ya Ass” to some of the best pop, rock and R&B music from the early 2000s. Just beware those “Oops I Did It Again” holiday hook-ups.
Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza
Grand Army Plaza
Enjoy live entertainment from the Brooklyn Mash It Up Band and DJ C while sipping on hot chocolate at this annual borough tradition. Don’t worry about arriving too early since there are plenty of viewing locations from Grand Army Plaza, the Park’s West Drive and along Prospect Park West.
NYE at Sunny’s, featuring members of The Webster
Sunny’s Bar, 253 Conover Street
Adam Moss is a man of many projects, and his project tonight at Sunny’s will be something called the Websters. You can expect the trio to perform some seasonally appropriate classics, and also maybe even do a 10 minute Fiddler on the Roof review, because why not? Most importantly, you’ll be at Sunny’s and right on the water, so you can greet 2016 by stepping out for a moment and waving to the Statue of Liberty.
New Year’s Eve at Jalopy Tavern
Jalopy Tavern, 317 Columbia Street
Before you look to the future and the bright new year, first take a look back by enjoying some roots music at the Jalopy Tavern, as Feral Foster, Aaron Frazer, Dr. Hop and Joanna Sternberg play you into 2016. And not only is the show free (beyond tipping the bands, who will of course deserve it), but you get a free champagne toast at midnight.
New Years Eve Party with SWEET TITS
Freddy’s, 627 5th Avenue
Billed as the punk lesbo version of Spinal Tap, Sweet Tits’ show is sure to be an epic start to your 2016. Need a break from the rock n’ roll? Check out “It’s a Wonderful Life Backwards” which will be screened across the bar’s various monitors all night long.
Third Annual Fuck That Shit Party
Mary’s Bar, 708 5th Avenue, FREE
New Year’s itself can be really fun, but the end of the year can be a cathartic experience if you believe in that whole turning over a new leaf thing. Mary’s Bar does, which is why they invite you to grab a ballot at their bar on which you detail something you experienced this year that you’d like to say “Fuck that shit to” like waiting outside on a train platform for a half hour in freezing weather, or getting fired. The best worst things will be read off throughout the evening, with the top worst thing winning a $50 bar tab and a bottle of Prosecco, second place getting a $25 bar tab and a bottle of Prosecco and third place getting a bottle of Prosecco. And of course, there’ll be a dance party, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue
Get in a frame of bowling before rocking out to opening band Last Good Tooth and headliners Deer Tick. Stick around for the after-party and the beats of a Museum of Love DJ set.
Knitting Factory NYE Party
361 Metropolitan Avenue
$40 advance/$45 doors
Dance your way into 2016 with a full lineup of live performances and DJ sets from Avan Lava, French Horn Rebellion, Vito & Druzzi, Computer Magic, Deirde & the Dark, Spirit Animal and many more.
The Experiment Comedy’s Dope Ass NYE Show
The Experiment Comedy Gallery, 20 Broadway
Skip the usual bar scene and enjoy a killer comedy line-up this New Year’s Eve. Hosted by Vernon Payne and Mo Fathelbab, the evening is set to include plenty of free food, champagne, and a bitchin’ afterparty.
New Year’s Eve Brewery Bash at the Brooklyn Brewery
79 N 11th Street
Celebrate the new year with beers from all corners of the cellar! There’ll be an open bar and plenty of snacks, with a midnight toast of an unreleased Ghost Bottle, fresh from the Barrel Aging facility.
Purple Rain Dance Party
Videology, 308 Bedford Avenue
For one special night, the Venue Formally Known As Videology will turn into the First Avenue nightclub with a DJ spinning all of Prince’s greatest hits. Did we mention that the place will be completely decked out in purple?
New Year’s Eve at Battery Harris
64 Frost Street
Rally the crew for prix fixe dinner party at Battery Harris. DJ Steve Shakewell and DJ Michna will be spinning tunes until late into the night so you can dance off all the calories you just ate.
New Year’s Eve in the Panther Room
Output, 74 Wythe Avenue
Get down and dirty with beats from Penguin Prison in the stylish Panther Room. Sure to be a great crowd with delicious drinks pouring all night long.
New Year’s Eve at the Roebling Team Room
Roebling Tea Room, 143 Roebling Street
Keep it classy this New Year’s Eve with a stellar special pre-fix menu by Chef Joey Cole, followed by four-hour open bar and a disco ball that will be turning all night long.
Glamdammit: Sex, Droogs & Rock n Roll
Grand Victory, 245 Grand Street
Get your hands in the air at Glamdammit’s New Year’s evening full of rock, punk, and glam. With five bands, including The Droogettes, an all-girl Clockwork Orange–themed Oi! band, plus DJ sets and a PBR open bar from 8 to 9.
Muchmore’s New Year’s Blowout
2 Havemeyer Street
With a description that promises bands, booze and more booze, Muchmore’s end of year bash covers all your NYE needs. The lineup so far includes Plaid Dracula, The Royal They and Marine Snow, with more still to come!
Last Party of the Year at H&J!
Humboldt & Jackson, 434 Humboldt Street
As one of the fantastic bars in our Brooklyn Wine Book, we already know that H&J knows how to throw a good party– NYE is no exception! Head over for pizza from Roberta’s and a build your own taco bar from Oaxaca Taqueria. There’s an open bar until midnight, as well as live performances and DJ sets.
MOFAD New Year’s Eve Feast
Museum of Food and Drink, 6 Bayard Street
Go ahead and splurge a little in order to eat, drink and dance your way into 2016 at MOFAD’s newly opened gallery space. Highlights include a pig roast, global feast, ice cream cart, Brooklyn Brewery open bar and live flamenco guitar. Attendees will also enjoy a private exhibition viewing and midnight toast.
I Love Vinyl NYE
TBA Brooklyn, 395 Wythe Avenue
If you’re looking for a killer night of dancing, the I Love Vinyl party will be just the thing. Featuring a night full of tunes from DJ Scribe, OP!, DJ Amir Abdullah, Jon Oliver, and Shawn Dub, plus a champagne toast at midnight.
South 4th Bar New Year’s Eve
South 4th Bar, 90 South 4th Street
Befitting the low-key nature of South 4th Bar, this welcoming neighborhood spot will be hosting a New Year’s party that promises no stress, no fuss and no charge. That doesn’t mean it’ll be boring though, as there’ll be a special cocktail menu, cheap drinks and a champagne toast at midnight.
LGND: THE SPECTRUM: NYE 2016 #lastCALL
The Spectrum, 59 Montrose Avenue
$10 before midnight/$13 after midnight/$20 after 3am
Put on your finest shiny chrome and dance the night away to six DJs, while also taking in art installations and performances at the last party at The Spectrum, a queer community space for artists and performers.
Rinsed 5: NYE 2016
Surprise Secret Location
Known for creating incredible and unique experiences, Rinsed’s NYE party promises to combine forward-thinking DJs like Dinamo Azari and Jacques Greene with an installation by James Moore in non-traditional, undisclosed warehouse space.