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This space-age-themed two-level club and bar promises a "Martian landscape" and a party that's "out of this world." But this isn't for kidsit's 21 and up. Admission includes a six-hour open bar and entrance to Capitale's after-party. One advantage: You'll be near the action in Times Square, but you won't have to do without bathrooms or heat. At 8, 1633 Broadway, 212-843-2400, $115, V.I.P. $215.A.B.
Two Brooklyn indie bands plus one intimate L.E.S. club equals a New Year's Eve without the hubbub and hassle that will be strangling the rest of Manhattan. Public Image Ltd.loving, Gang of Foursounding Radio 4 have continued their dance-punk ways with this year's Enemies Like This. Oxford Collapse's Sub Pop debut, Remember the Night Parties, may not quite equal the Feelies-feeling freshness of their earlier releases, but they've retained their trademark jittery, jangly guitar and snarky bass, and their live show rocks. At 8, 217 East Houston Street, 212-260-4700, $25. K.H.
What better way to end the old year than by breaking in a spanking-new nightclub? Opium gets the 2007 revelry started right for those willing to take the gamble and try a new venue on such a monumental night. Music will be hip-hop, dance, and Top 40. At 9, 47 Park Place, 646-862-2772, $100$150. A.B.
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Martinis will be flowing at this New Year's bash. There's an open mic from 5 to 8 p.m., and a lineup that includes two Massachusetts bands: punk rockers Drive Like July, and the "post-hardcore," "organized chaos" group Shot Heard 'Round the World. At 8:30, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, 718-302-3770, free. A.B.
This Chelsea nightspot makes its home in the building that once housed the legendary Tunnel. The "exclusive" bottle service crowd drinks Cristal under the pearl-and-crystal chandeliers, nestles into private alcoves, and puts up with a smallish dancefloor. Dress is cocktail/semi-formal, and DJ Mitch will spin house music. Open bar until 3 a.m. At 9, 527 West 27th Street, 212-463-0000 or 212-843-2400, $175, V.I.P. tables for parties of six or more are $250, "ultra V.I.P." tables for parties of eight or more are $300 per person. A.B.
Wrap up the old year with a dance party at the nautical-themed seafood restaurant Sequoia. Enjoy a six-hour open bar and harbor view as you welcome 2007 from Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. DJ Sal Basile will be spinning a mix of hip-hop, rock, and dance music. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres include miniature burgers and sushi rolls, and there's a champagne toast at midnight. Admission buys you access to Capitale's after-party. Doors open at 9 p.m., through 3 a.m., 89 South Street, 212-255-4223, $100$175. A.B.
This Chelsea rock 'n' roll bar is not for celebutantes, and it's a good thing. Though tough guys and goth rockers like Metallica and Marilyn Manson have played shows at dark and grunge-chic Snitch, it's a warmer venue than you'd imagine: There's an intimate circular stage, they serve up chicken wings and mac and cheese, the DJ plays '80s rock classics all night long, and you can watch the ball drop on 13 different screens. The club is owned by Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver, and Brett Scallions from Fuel, so although no celebrity rock star friends of theirs are signed up to perform on New Year's, keep in mind that it's not unreasonable to assume they might stop by. (Axl Rose, anyone?) The "comfort food" buffet will be available until midnight, and drinks will be flowing from the open bar until 3 a.m. At 9, 59 West 21st Street, 212-727-7775, $115 for general admission, $155 for V.I.P., $60 after 12:30 a.m. A.B.
The "It's the Rub" New Year's Eve party is taking place in a 5,000-square-foot music venue in Park Slope that was converted from a 99-cent store. Check out Down South, the new downstairs bar with plasma TVs and a projector so you can watch what's going on upstairs. Party all night with DJ Ayres, Cosmo Baker, DJ Eleven, and guest DJs Catchdubs, Caps, and Jones. At 9, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0236, ticketweb.com, $50. A.B.
Locals Beyond and Wolf+Lamb celebrate the holiday tech-house style with out-of-town guests (and fellow promoters, label bosses, and DJ-producers) from Philadelphia's Foundsound label. Sometimes Sean O'Neal plays quirky pop in Flowchartbut tonight in his Someone Else guise he'll churn out four-four that clanks like a slowed-down locomotive and spews loops of verbal and bodily tics. Additional minimal house and techno will be supplied by the gamelan-playing Kate Iwanowicz, a/k/a MIskate, who co-founded the label and delivered its inaugural release, the delightful Rip It Cookie Muenster. With DJ Spinoza. At 8, 172 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn. K.H.
Why not spice up the last hours of 2006 with some salacious dancing in the boogie-down Bronx? DJ Franklin Ayala will set the dirty dancing in motion with classic Latin beats at the "Salsa and the City" New Year's fete. There's even an early-evening salsa lesson for partygoers who want to tune up their waistlines. That lesson will come in handy: The intensity promises to go up a notch after midnight, when these hip-shaking regulars mix it up with some merengue, bachata, and the hustle. Dance lesson at 6:30, 1756 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, 718-597-6539. A.B.
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