Whether you’re looking to lube up with some liquid love at a local watering hole, catch some live entertainment, dance your pants off or eat your heart out on Brooklyn’s finest cuisine, this borough’s ready to dish up a good time on the year’s most important party evening. Here’s the best of what the county of Kings has to offer.
Party and a show
Black & White & Masked All Over: Black & White & Masked All Over: Drawing inspiration from Truman Capote’s 1966 Black & White Ball, Gemini & Scorpio invite you to kick off the new year incognito at Fort Greene’s Irondale Center. Sneak a kiss with a mysterious masked stranger as you enjoy live entertainment by aerialists Seanna Sharpe and Sara Zepezauer, burlesque acts and impossibly sensuous acrobatics from Kinetic Architecture. Dance to a 13-piece circus orchestra and enjoy hand-crafted absinthe, a photo booth and psychic tales from the future. Attractions aside, Gemini & Scorpio offer quite possibly, the best people-watching in Brooklyn.
Black & White Masked Ball at Irondale Center (85 S. Oxford St. between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene, www.geminiandscorpio.com). 9 pm–5 am, $50–$60.
Oui, merci: Drink a Hemingway and chat with the ghost of Gertrude Stein at Galapagos’s 1920s Paris-themed cabaret. Enjoy bewitching burlesque, tantalizing trapeze, and aerial acts, then dance the night away after performances. Top-shelf open bar until 1 am.
Paris 1920s Floating Kabarette at Galapagos Art Space [16 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO (718) 222–8500, www.galapagosartspace.com]. 10 pm, $150.
Post-apocalyptic: With performances by Floasis crew, Doc Adventcha and Giant Squid, Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom’s “First Party Ever” celebrates the re-setting of the cosmic clock. Get brassy with Stumblebum Brass Band and dance to DJ sets throughout. Proceeds benefit Sandy recovery at Serret Metal Works and the Boatel, that floating overnight masterpiece in Far Rockaway.
The First Party Ever at Gowanus Ballroom [55 Ninth St. near Smith Street in Gowanus, (347) 460–2687, firstpartyever.brownpapertickets.com]. 9 pm–6 am, $15–20.
Delirious dance parties
A bangin’ good time: Yeasayer headlines BangOn!NYC’s Brooklyn fete with a DJ set amid a packed lineup of spinners.
New Year’s Eve 2013–Rebirth in Bushwick, near Montrose L station (exact address revealed upon ticket purchase, bangon-nyc.com). 9 pm–6 am, $50.
The future is now: Headlined by London-based Amirali, Evolve is a bionic bash in a former trolley-repair shop features sets from over 15 DJs — and surface-mapped, 3D projections, and cosmic art-environments.
Evolve: The Future in Bedford-Stuyvesant, near Kingston-Throop C station (exact address to be announced, www.experienceevolve.com). 9 pm–6 am, $75-165.
Otherworldly creatures: With Moby spinning a rare DJ set, Unicorn Meat’s night of funky festivities promises circus performances and large-scale, participatory art installations.
Unicorn Meat’s the Wander: A Cosmopolitan Experience in Williamsburg near Bedford L station (exact address to be announced, www.unicornmeatnyc.com); 9 pm–6 am, $90-$150.
Wine and dine
Open ReBar: Catch the annual New Year’s Eve party that offers a six-hour, fully open bar (yes, call liquors), dinner and dessert buffets, live music, and an in-house screening of the Times Square Ball Drop at reRun. Brave the cold for a walk to nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park to catch midnight fireworks over New York Harbor.
ReBar [147 Front St., near Jay Street, in DUMBO, (718) 766–9110, rebarnyc.com]. 9 pm–3 am, $119-150.
Turn up the romance: Impress your beloved with an intimate dinner at one of Brooklyn’s best date restaurants. The four-course prix fixe menu offers a classic French feast with optional wine pairings. Early seating is 6:30-8:15 pm at $80–$120, and late seating is 8:45–10:30 pm at $100-$140 and includes a midnight champagne toast.
Vinegar Hill House [72 Hudson Ave. near Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 522-1018, www.vinegarhillhouse.com).
Group hang-out: Hotspot Roman’s is offering parties of six or more a rare chance to reserve a table. Although the menu will retain its regular, a la carte format, New Year’s Eve will bring especially elegant fare (including oysters) and family-style options for sharing.
Roman’s [243 Dekalb Ave. near Clermont Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 622–5300, romansnyc.com].