New Year's Eve: Drinks

Festive libations for you and yours

Angel’s Share
There are plenty of watering holes to steady your hands at, one of which is in the back of a Japanese restaurant through an unmarked door. Though plenty of people know about this sit-down-only establishment, they forget about how virtuously subdued it is. There’s nothing like watching a black-vest-attired professional pour you a stiff Suntory neat or mix a divinely genius cocktail under a crowd of cherubs before he moves on to his next assignment. The small plates are an excellent complement to their well-balanced cocktails. Just stay away from the Pegu Club—it smells like piss and there’s nowhere to sit. Open till 2:30 a.m.,8 Stuyvesant Street, 212-777-5415

Whiskey Park
After spending the year scraping by on Gray’s Papaya, it’s probably time to give the high life another try. Whiskey Park commands excellent street-level views of Central Park from deep and comfortable leather chairs. It’s not a bad place to pre-game on excellent Scotch before being reduced to tallboys of Pabst at some stranger’s after-party come sunrise. There’s a five-hour open bar for $85, or you could get the Mont Blanc treatment for $185. 100 Central Park South, 212-307-9222, $85–$185

Live a little.
Steven Ekerovich
Live a little.

Revel may look small on the outside, but don’t let that fool you. Once you head through its doors and pass the bar, you’re greeted by open space, and the retractable roof over the restaurant/garden makes this a great place to meet friends for dinner. If you decide to stick around for the party, the drinks are far more reasonably priced than those at the surrounding clubs. And the bartenders are easy on the eyes, too—if you don’t believe me, ask for Hot Jess. Cash bar and in-house DJ from 9 p.m. onward, champagne at midnight, 10 Little West 12th Street, 212-645-5369,, $50 prix-fixe dinner at 6 p.m., call for more information >

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