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New Year's Eve in NYC: Top Clubs, Shows, Live Music & Dancing in Brooklyn

New Years Eve 2014: "Most Rockin'," "Most Vegas," "Most Soul" Clubs & Events

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Go out on the town for a New York New Year's Eve — in Brooklyn! You can get tickets to concerts, shows, live music, and dance parties from one end of the borough to another. At a couple of venues, you can even watch aerialists doing trapeze stunts as you sip champagne.

 

So, where to go? We've put together a list for you of the "Most" places: the Most Vegas New Year's Party in Brooklyn, The Bawdiest New Year's Show in Brooklyn, The Most Soulful New Year's Eve in Brooklyn, and more.

Compared to Manhattan, Brooklyn's New Year's events are affordable, too. Prices range from the sublime to the ridiculous: $5 to $250 per person.

"THE MOST" LIST: BROOKLYN'S TEN TOP NEW YEARS EVE VENUES 2014

1. MOST MEGA-WATT: NEW YEAR'S EVE AT BARCLAYS CENTER (FORT GREENE)

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Photo courtesy of Barclays and Billy Joel
Say no more: Billy Joel plays the 18,000 seat arena at Barclays Center. Seat's aren't cheap but you'll have a party! Note: Bring binoculars, it's more fun. Friendly staff, visible security, lots of food and drink. Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 9:30 PM.

3. MOST VEGAS NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOW: Galapagos (in DUMBO)

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Poster courtesy of Galapagos

Dress up like Gatsby! Go to the cabaret my friend! New Years Eve 2014 at Galapagos will again be their fabulous "Paris in the 1920's" theme party, complete with two hours of burlesque and trapeze performances, followed by a hot DJ dance party. Look for awesome stunts and lots of bells and whistles including a surprise midnight "ball" drop at this usually sold-out event.

Galapagos promise you'll be "transported back in time to a world of lovers, sultry can-can dancers, soaring  aerial artists,  acrobats, powerful chanteuses and handsome chaunteurs, and sensual burlesque dancers." Dress up like it's the Roaring '20s (1920s, that is).

  • Where: 16 Main Street, DUMBO.
  • When: Doors open 8 P.M., live show 10 P.M. Dancing from midnight until 4 AM.
  • Admission: Seats at $125 and up. T
  • Contact/website: http://galapagosartspace.com.718-222-8500

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4. MOST AFROBEAT PARTY: Knitting Factory (Williamsburg)

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Poster courtesy of Knitting Factory
New Year's Eve 2014 at the Knitting Factory's Brooklyn outpost features The Fela! Band with D J Rich Medina. 
  • Where: 361 Metropolitan Avenue.
  • When: Doors open at 9:30 P.M., show begins at 10:30 P.M.
  • Admission: General admission $50; VIP $600
  • Contact/website: Tel: (347) 529-6696. http://bk.knittingfactory.com

5. MOST ROCKIN' NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT: Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Poster courtesy of Music Hall of Williamsburg
For New Year's Eve, the excellent Music Hall of Williamsburg (read more about it) presents Clutch
  • Where: 66 N. 6th St. near Wythe Avenue.
  • When: Doors open at 8 P.M.; show starts at 10 P.M.
  • Admission: 18 and over. $38 advance purchase. $40 day of show.
  • Contact: (718) 486-5400.

6. MOST INTIMATE NEW YEAR'S EVE VENUE: Pete's Candy Store (in Williamsburg)

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Photo courtesy of Pete's Candy Store
Pete's Candy Store, formerly an actual candy store has a moody, shabby-chic interior and tiny backroom performance space lend new meaning to the term "intimate." Come to this classic Williamburg music-poetry-community venue on December 31st for what promises to be a great evening of action and live music until 4 A.M. Details to be announced, or check their site.
  • Where: 709 Lorimer between Frost and Richardson Streets.
  • When: 8:30 P.M. — 4 A.M.
  • Contact/website: (718) 302-3770. http://petescandystore.com.

7. MOST BROOKLYN CONCERT FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE: Brooklyn Bowl (in Williamsburg)

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Photo courtesy of Tanlines Facebook page

Kick off the year with Tanlines, a Brooklyn NY electronic indie rock duo feauring Eric Emm (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jesse Cohen (drums, keyboards, bass). They play after midnight, in the wee hours of 2014. (Doors open at midnight.) They started playing Emm’s Brooklyn-based Brothers Studio, and have toured globally.

Doors open at 8 with Delta Spirit, WITH A DJ set by Cults (DJ Set), plus SACCO at Brooklyn Bowl for NYE 2014.

  • Where: 61 Wythe Ave.
  • When: Doors at 12:30 AM, Jan 1.
  • Tickets: $40
  • Contact/website: (718) 963-3369. http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event

8. MOST CZAR-LIKE NEW YEAR'S EVE: Tatiana Russian Nightclub (in Brighton Beach)

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Photo courtesy of Tatiana website
Help out one of the boardwalk restaurants hit by Hurricane Sandy — and have a blast of your own! For a blow-out extravagant night with a large group of friends, book a reservation at Tatiana's Russian nightclub on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk. It's one of a handful of Russian nightclubs that have incredible floor shows every weekend. So of course, for New Year's Eve, they'll do it up even more; you can expect a completely over-the-top show, with live music and dancing.

 

Advance reservations a must. After all that vodka, so is a pre-booked taxi or designated driver to get you home safely on New Year's Eve. Uh, New Year's Day that is.

  • Where: 3152 Brighton 6th Street.
  • When: 10 P.M. - 3 A.M.
  • Price: $200 per person includes floor show, dinner and limited alcohol.
  • Contact/website: (718) 891-5151. http://tatianarestaurant.com

9. MOST KARAOKE NEW YEAR'S EVE: Union Hall (in Park Slope)

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Poster courtesy of Union Hall

What is this party? It's the "infamous karaoke dance party for people who never thought they'd like karaoke."

Both the upstairs (usually a bar) and downstairs (usually a performance space) of this huge venue will be transformed in honor of the holiday. Expect a crowd.

 
  • Where: 702 Union Street off 5th Avenue in Park Slope.
  • When: Festivities start at 10 P.M.
  • Tickets/Admission: $5
  • Contact/website: (718) 638-4400. http://unionhallny.com.

10. MOST CLASSICAL: A CONCERT AT BARGEMUSIC (DUMBO)

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Ring in the New Year with a 7 P.M. concert of Bach Sonatas #s 1-6 at fabulous, funky Bargemusic, located on the historic Fulton Ferry landing in DUMBO. It's in the water, and the views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline are legendary.
  • Where: Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Price: The $100 ticket includes complimentary sparkling cider, cookies and chocolate.

11. MOST...WHATEVER...NEW YEAR'S EVE: Union Pool (in Williamsburg)

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Photo courtesy of Union Pool
If you're in the neighborhood, stop in at this classic, low-key, hipster Williamsburg dive bar. To quote their website in mid-December, just weeks before what is generally the biggest night of the year in the bar-and-restaurant business: "champagne, musics, performances, celebrities, & no shortage of smooches. but, when is that ever not the case."
  • Where: 484 Union Ave. located under the shadow of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

12. Circus NYE Party at Littlefields in GOWANUS

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Poster courtesy of LIttlefields and The Circus
 The Circus will make this New Year's Eve celebration. Tix selling out fast1


 

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