2020 visions: Where to spend New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn

The fireworks at Prospect Park draw thousands of spectators each year.
Photo by Azikiwe Aboagye

It’s the end of the decade as we know it!

New Year’s Eve is coming up soon, and you need to decide  how you are going to welcome the Roaring 2020s! Whether you want to spend this special midnight at a dance party, a rock show, a fireworks display, or a beer bash, Kings County has got you covered! 

Begin in Berlin

Celebrate New Year’s Eve early! Schnitzel Haus in Bay Ridge will sync its celebration to the date change in Berlin — which means that it will be midnight there, and 6 pm in Brooklyn! So you can bring the kids, munch on sausage and schnitzel, welcome the new year with a countdown and noisemakers, and still go home and get a full night’s sleep! Reservations recommended.

 New Year’s Eve at Schnitzel Haus. [7319 Fifth Ave. between 73rd and 74th Streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–5600, www.schnitzelhausny.com]. Dec. 31; 5–8 pm. Free.  

New Year’s Dance

Ring in the new year with a techno-bumping rager at Elsewhere, a massive warehouse-turned-nightclub in Bushwick. You can catch chillwave legend Neon Indian’s spinning in its cavernous Hall, or enjoy more intimate sets with local disk jockeys in Zone One or the smaller upstairs Loft room. The entire venue will join in a champagne toast at midnight. 

New Year’s Eve at Elsewhere [599 Johnson Ave. at Scott Avenue in Bushwick, www.elsewherebrooklyn.com]. Dec. 31; 9 pm–4 am. $55. 

Give me an N-Y-E: Pom Pom Squad is very excited to play New Year’s Eve at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Really.Photo by Michael Todaro

Rockin’ Eve 

You can bang out the new year with a rowdy rock show of grungy guitars at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pom Pom Club’s snarling riot grrl punk will get you ready to take on the new year, and Reign Wolf’s sludgy, distorted grunge will take it home for those looking to headbang their way into 2020.

Reign Wolf and Pom Pom Club at Music Hall of Williamsburg [66 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent Avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 486–5400, www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com]. Dec. 31 at 10 pm. $35. 

With a bang! 

Celebrate the end of another year with a spectacle of lights and fire! Head to Grand Army Plaza for the best view of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks over Prospect Park, where you can join Borough President Adams and thousands of your fellow Brookynites in listening to hits from DJ Headache, followed by fireworks at the stroke of midnight. 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza [Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, (718) 965–8951, www.prospectpark.org/nye]. Dec. 31 at 10:30 pm–12:30 am. Free. 

The roaring ’20s  

Ring in the 2020s with a trip back to the 1920s! Brooklyn Cider House will become a roaring speakeasy for the evening, featuring an open bar, delicious bar bites, a cider-champagned tower, an anachronistic vinyl DJ and a screening of the ball drop from Times Square! Guests who show up early for the $69 dinner can get tickets to the party for just $59. Don’t forget your flapper dress and newsboy cap! 

Roaring ’20s Party at Brooklyn Cider House [1100 Flushing Ave. between Varick and Porter Avenues in Bushwick, (347) 295–0308, www.brooklynciderhouse.com]. Dec. 31; 10 pm–2 am. $100.

Brewery ball

On the other side of Brooklyn, the Coney Island Brewery is also leaning into the ’20s theme, turning its newly expanded taproom into a full-blown speakeasy, featuring a raucous jazz band and sideshow acts. Your ticket will get you four drink tickets and some late-night bites — but make sure you get the password, or you’ll be left in the cold!

New Year’s Eve Party at Coney Island Brewery [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 16th Street in Coney Island  (718) 996–0019, www.coneyislandbeer.com]. Dec. 31; 8 pm–2 am. $40. 

Sweet and sour

You can dance the year away with a groovy night at Lemon’s in Williamsburg, the sixth floor bar of the Wythe Hotel. The disco-soaked evening will be anchored behind the decks by Nelleke, and well-heeled partiers can revel in the upscale ambiance — a late-night table reservation has a $100 per person minimum; or you can pay $20 at the door for access to the dance floor all night long. 

New Year’s Eve at Lemon’s [80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Street in Williamsburg, (718) 460–8006, www.lemonsbk.com]. 8:30 pm–2 am. $20.