New Year's Eve 2008 Parties

9 p.m., $60–$300; 62 Thomas Street, 212-964-7777


Celebrate New Year's Eve—and New Year's Day—with Boris and Victor Calderone over 24 hours at Pacha, where we've been promised that the late-night crowd will be full of "boyz, queens, and party freaks." The VIP package, which includes a four-hour open bar and champagne at midnight, costs $125; general admission after 1 a.m. is priced at $75. Show up (or just stay) the next morning at 8 a.m. for $60.

9 p.m., $60–$125; 618 West 46th Street, 212-237-2380

The Plumm

The Plumm has no designated dance floor, but the notorious stiletto-resistant banquettes work just fine as the makeshift space for showcasing movies, thank you. The Noel Ashman incarnation offers two floors of DJs (downstairs has a more intimate atmosphere), open bars, and free access to the party at Sol; general admission for the whole night starts at $150.

9 p.m., $100-$295; 246 West 14th Street, 212-675-1567


Providence taps into New York's obsession with exclusivity by organizing a large-sale party that only has 750 tickets for sale. The 13,500-square-foot Midtown space features three levels, four bars, and a crazy-beautiful 35-foot cathedral ceiling. Produced by NY Balldrop, the party will likely sell out in advance, so arrange your admission soon.

9 p.m., $150-$275; 311 West 57th Street, 212-307-0062


One of New York's newest clubs, Rebel offers one of the longest open bars on New Year's Eve—a whopping six hours, in comparison to the average four. Located one block from Penn Station (you're so not getting a cab tonight), the space inhabits three stories and 11,000 square feet of custom-made birch bars and Brazilian-walnut dance floors. DJs Scott Melker and Brooklyn Dawn spin a mix of hip-hop, dance, rock, Top 40, and '80s; dress code is "festive."

8 p.m., $85–$165; 251 West 30th Street, 212-695-2747

Red Lion

Cover bands lead the pack at Red Lion on December 31, with the Hangovers (classic rock), the Mike Tait Band (U2, Bowie, Coldplay, etc.), and Peter May & Mayhem (um, more classic rock). Other offerings: the requisite champagne toast, party giveaways, and a broadcast of the ball drop on six big screens.

7 p.m., $20; 151 Bleecker Street, 212-260-9797


Capitalize on the tasty cocktails at Retreat's rustic-themed getaway. Flatiron's anti-club club has an excellent sound system (where the DJ is situated in a mini-treehouse of sorts), a six-hour open bar and "butler-passed" hors d'oeurves all night. And as with most of the night's admission costs, revelers can head to the after-parties at Home and Guesthouse starting at 3 a.m.

9 p.m., $150-$250; 37 West 17th Street, 212-488-6600

Sapphire Lounge

Sapphire loves the ladies: There are myriad admission options for the Lower East Side lounge's festivities, but all prices reflect an appreciation for the fairer sex. DJs spin hip-hop, R&B, funk, soul, and house music from 8 p.m. until the break of dawn, and general admission after 3 a.m.—if you're still up—is just $10.

8 p.m., $10–$160; 249 Eldridge Street, 1, 212-777-5153


Good luck getting into Snitch—the rock-'n'-roll club is only selling 200 tickets to the party that, in past years, has played host to performances by the Killers, Velvet Revolver, and Smashing Pumpkins. General admission is $85, which includes access to the yummy comfort-food buffet (Snitch mac 'n cheese!); the price drops to $60 after 12:30 a.m.

At 9 p.m., $60–$225; 59 West 21st Street, 212-727-7775


Looking for south-of-the-equator warmth on a frigid night in New York? Head to Soho's SOB's (it stands for Sounds of Brazil), where New Year's Eve offers live music by Son Sublime at 9 and 11 p.m., Matraca and the Batucada Beat Dancers at midnight, and 8 y Más at 1 and 3 a.m.; hot Latin DJs La Makina and Mario Axe fill the space between.

9 p.m., $30–$150; 204 Varick Street, 212-243-4940


You can only kiss one person at midnight, but with a multi-level mega-club in Chelsea, you can celebrate midnight as many times as you want. Sol boasts exposed-brick walls, 30-foot-tall ceilings, and a "surprise" DJ spinning a mix of hip-hop, dance, rock, Top 40, and '80s; for those without table service (plebes!), an open bar is available from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

9 p.m., $60–$225; 609 West 29th Street, 212-643-6464


The Rub's annual dance tradition continues at Southpaw, the 5,000-square-foot Park Slope space that once occupied a 99-cent store. DJs Ayres, Eleven, and Cosmo Baker also spin every first Saturday of the month at Southpaw, if you want to check 'em out in advance; guest DJ Sureshot joins the action on New Year's Eve.

9 p.m., $40 includes food and champagne; 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0236

Spotlight Live

For a New Year's hookup you know for sure you'll never see again, you can't do much better than a tourist. Find one (or two) for sure at Spotlight Live, the massive Times Square space where karaoke stars' dreams really do come true. General admission brings a six-hour open bar, a special live performance from a "surprise guest," and a free pass to Lotus come 4 a.m.

8 p.m., $195–$285; 1604 Broadway, 212-246-2693


Most New Year's parties want to woo the young and the restless, but Stay just comes out and says it: "This extravaganza caters to upscale, trendy hipsters and young professionals, aged 22-30s." Tables are available for $150, and while they only accommodate six comfortably, there's no limit to how many guests can share one. Good thing all the customers are thin and un-old!

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