If the idea of being wedged into Times Square on New Year's Eve fills you with dread, consider getting out of town — to Brooklyn! The outer borough offers options galore to say goodbye to 2018 and ring in 2019 with tickets to concerts, bars, live music, and dance parties to fit every taste.
Take in a concert and catch multi-Platinum rapper Post Malone, at the Barclays Center. The Dallas, Texas, artist will perform his greatest hits like "Better Now,” “Psycho,” and “Rockstar" on New Year's Eve. While the seats aren't cheap, the crowd is always lively in the arena. Bring binoculars to capture the action better. The friendly staff, visible security, and lots of food and drink provide a one-stop venue to have a great time.
620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
The main entrance to one of Brookyln's most iconic parks, Grand Army Plaza is the perfect viewing spot to hear free music and watch fireworks as the clock creeps closer to midnight. If Grand Army is packed with people, go inside the park on West Drive as an alternative, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. For those feeling a bit more energetic, there is always a midnight run in Prospect Park.
Prospect Park and Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238.
For a taste of the country while in the big city, head to the Music Hall of Williamsburg for a performance by singer-songwriter Margo Price. The up and coming artist has shared the stage with such music legends as Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson. Doors to the compact, 550-person venue open at 9 p.m. and the show will start at 10:00 p.m.
66 North 6th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211. Phone: 718-486-5400.
Pete's Candy Store (formerly an actual candy store) has a moody, shabby-chic interior and tiny backroom performance space that lends new meaning to the term "intimate." Come to this classic Williamsburg music-poetry-community venue on December 31st starting at 8:30 p.m. for what promises to be a great evening of custom cocktails and live music.
709 Lorimer Brooklyn, NY 11211. Phone: 718-302-3770.
Most people looking for a good time don't aim to strike out, but at Brooklyn Bowl, that's the goal. On New Year's the massive bowling alley, designed in a retro arcade style, offers a double-bill of entertainment. Two-time Grammy-winning bassist Oteil Burbridge takes the stage for a set of rock and blues, along with a list of special guests like Oteil Burbridge, Melvin Seals, and Eric Krano. Guests who purchase a ticket to hear Otis have the option to reserve an alley and bowl for three hours. Prices for bowling start at $350.00 and rapidly rise for the late evening slots, so book early.
61 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211. Phone: 718-963-3369.
For an 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. For New Year's Eve, they'll do it up even more so you can expect a completely over-the-top performance with live music and dancing.
Buy tickets far in advance as the nightclub sells out early. Consider reserving a car service or a limo for the evening as hailing a taxi in Brighton Beach late at night can be a challenge.
3152 Brighton 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11235. Phone: 718-891-5151.
There's never a dull night at the House of Yes, a venue that's a club meets burlesque meets rave. On New Year's Eve, the creative minds behind the event go bigger than usual with aerial dancers spinning from the ceiling, fire eaters roaming the floor, and surprise performances that are guaranteed to astound. This event is for the adventurous only—or as the party planners put it on the official website, "Shed your skin. Change your life. The story is not yet written. Begin again, and again. The time is ripe for transmutation."
Expect a crowd, dress to kill, and bring your dancing shoes.
2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237. Phone: 646-838-4973.
For party-goers seeking a more chill environment, stop in at this low-key, Williamsburg dive bar. Groove to the tunes of Reverend Vince Anderson & the Love Choir while toasting with champagne or specialty cocktails. If the weather agrees, take a seat in the spacious outdoor patio and make friends with a local hipster. Tickets are only available at the door so arrive early to snag a spot near the stage.
484 Union Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Phone: 718-609-0484