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9 p.m., $75; 244 East Houston Street, 212-982-3532
Drink from the open bar for six hours while you scout for celebs at the home-away-from-Hollywood hotspot Stereo. Choose from one of four packages (the most basic is $135; high rollers pay $275) to catch the world-renowned DJ that has yet to be announced; if unimpressed, head to the after-parties at Home and Guesthouse for free.
8 p.m., $60-$275; 555 West 33rd Street, 212-268-5862
Stone Rose packs the beautiful people into its beautiful lounge. Rande Gerber's Time Warner Center lounge, with its fourth-floor sweeping views of Central Park, has welcomed parties by such varied hosts as Zac Posen, Wyclef Jean, and Jerry Bruckheimer; the New Year's party offers a five-hour premium open bar and a mini-buffet with petite Maryland crab cakes, arancini, and Parmesan cocktail meatballs.
9 p.m., $60$400; 10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-9769
We appreciate Strata's decision to keep it simple come New Year's Eve: Either you're VIP or you're not. The Flatiron club with the twinkly ceiling pinned down DJ Mike Dominico for the decks that night; he'll helm the raised dance floor that anchors the 12,000-square-foot space. General admission: $125; VIP: $195.
9 p.m., $125$195; 915 Broadway, 212-505-7400
Brand-spanking-new Touch opened only a few weeks ago, so the clientele the Times Square club will attract remains to be seen. If you want to get in on the action early, check out the New Year's party. Find more information (and other Times Square options) at timessquarenyc.org.
9 p.m., $40-$275; 240 West 52nd Street, 212-724-3900
With 60 feet of bar, keeping your free drinks filled should be easy-breezy at Village Pourhouse, the schizophrenic space that caters to financial types, college kids, and randoms drawn in the by the neon lights. The front room feels old-school New York, with oodles of stained glass, while a sports memorabilia gallery accompanies 21 flat-screen televisions; private rooms are also available, called the Dugout, the Vegas Room, and the Red Light.
9 p.m., $125$175; 64 Third Avenue, 212-979-2337
Four floors. Six rooms. One million balloons. Webster Hall's celebration also offers live performances by Infected Mushroom, Shane Savant's GoGo Rama, aerial and trapeze performances, and some much-needed roughage in the morningthe doors don't close until 9 a.m.
8 p.m., $60-$499; 125 East 11th Street, 212-353-1600