Thursday, December 13, 2007

How to party in Times Square (NYE) and beat the cold!

It sounds so sexy and exciting, doesn't it? Watching the ball drop in Times Square has got to be one of the best ways of spending New Year's Eve. Well, not if you're not a teenager anymore. Not if you haven't loaded up on the hot dogs and beer, and aren't really in a mood to scream your way into the new year, just to keep yourself warm, along with a million other die-hard revelers.

Many of us are enamored with the idea of being in New York, in Times Square and watching the crystal ball drop live. I am one of those people. But I am also one of those people who are not excited about the prospect of standing in the freezing cold for hours. So if you're like me, and realize that spending those few extra dollars could make a difference between having a really good time and having an anti-climactic and miserable time, then read on.

What I am suggesting is to check out the gazillion parties going on around the Big Apple. As a starter, I can suggest the pretty comprehensive site below. You can check out offerings from multiple cities around the US, but go over to New York, where there are about 150 listings (when this article was written).

Be it the Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village, Midtown or Bryant Park, there is something for everyone. There is something to suit all budgets too. Most offer a live broadcast of the ball drop, even those near or in Times Square. It's fascinating just to find out about all the parties!

So this is what we did. After spending a good few hours on this site in conjunction with Google Maps, we figured that a good choice would be the bar at the Paramount Hotel. On 46th St and minutes from Times Square, this nightspot offers passed hors d'oeuvres, a champagne reception, a 3 1/2 premium open bar - all for $79! And get this - you do have the option of stepping out to catch the ball drop live since its minutes away, or if you can't stand the cold, to just stay in and catch it live on the screens. The best of both worlds!

Then there's a general admission at most of these places for around $30 after 12:30 am. So say if you did opt to stay out most of the night, but then wanted to have a drink or two after it's all over, it doesn't have to break the bank!

So there you have it. You could have a fabulous night drinking top shelf stuff, nibbling on goodies, keeping warm, and being near it all. Caveat: Not all general admission prices are in the $80 range, so shop around! The bigger name clubs and nightspots may have general admission tickets from $150 upwards, but they may offer more than some of the more reasonably-priced places. Go for something which suits you, in terms of budget, what's included in the price, and location. And remember that the experience will last you a lifetime. You will have some good stories to tell, and glamorous memories to hold on to!

If you do decide to give this a try, or have done so already, don't forget to drop in a line here. But whatever you end up doing, have a great New Year's Eve!

The New York City 2008 Party list


Joost said...

Hi Monica,

We are from holland and visiting NYC this year for the first time and during ney years eve. Off course we want to see the times square event but we also would like to go out after the show (I read it|s over 'round 12:30 already..) We think of a nice bar, it does not need to be a club allthough we really like electronic music. Jazz / soul would be perfect too. Any recommendations? It's a big city with a lot of options...trying to narrow it down a bit! Thanks for your help...


Monica said...

Hi Joost,

Thanks for your comment! What I would advise is to go to the website and search all listings under 'New York'. Most of the venues still have general admission after 12:30 for around $30 (you might have to pay a bit more the later it is), so what better way to warm yourself up than with a shot or two after freezing down in Time's Square? The General Admission ticket should entitle you to a premium open bar, which means drinks are included until a set time. Another place I can personally recommend is the 55 bar (55 Christopher St) in Greenwich Village. They have great live Jazz or Blues bands, and is quite an institution. Look at their website to see what's on.

Hope you have a great NYE at NYC, and don't forget to tell me about it when you come back!