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

"Most Rockin'," "Most Vegas," "Most Soul" Clubs & Events

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.



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    ••• New Years Eve in Brooklyn: Billy Joel at the Barclay's Center (2013-14). Photo courtesy of Barclays and Billy Joel

    Say no more: See a headliner 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. T 

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    ••• Cabaret and 1920s Costume Party at Galapagos in DUMBO, New Year's Eve 2014. Poster courtesy of Galapagos

    Dress up like Gatsby! Go to the cabaret my friend! New Years Eve  at Galapagos.

    • 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
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    New Year's Eve at the Knitting Factory's Brooklyn outpost///

    • Where: 361 Metropolitan Avenue. 
    • Contact/website: Tel: (347) 529-6696.
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    For New Year's Eve, the excellent Music Hall of Williamsburg is a great option.

    • Where: 66 N. 6th St. near Wythe Avenue.
    • Contact: (718) 486-5400.
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    ••• Pete's Candy store front room (which will be packed on New Year's Eve..). 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 lends new meaning to the term "intimate." Come to this classic Williamsburg music-poetry-community venue on December 31st for what promises to be a great evening of action and live music.

    • Where: 709 Lorimer between Frost and Richardson Streets.
    • When: 8:30 P.M. — 4 A.M.
    • Contact/website: (718) 302-3770.
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    Kick off the year at Brooklyn Bowl for a real Williamsburg experience. 

    • Where: 61 Wythe Ave. 
    • Contact/website: (718) 963-3369.
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    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. 
    • Contact/website: (718) 891-5151.
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    ••• Karoke Killed the Cat, the popular NYE show is back for 2014. 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.

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    ••• Bargemusic in winter. Bargemusic in winter, against the Manhattan skyline. Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

    Ring in the New Year with a 7 P.M. concert 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. 
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    ••• Union Pool in Williamsburg. 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, music, 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.


    (last updated: 12/2013)