Well folks, it is almost that time of year! You know the one, where everyone eyes the clock out of the corner of the eye as they celebrate the past year while looking forward to the next one - that's right, New Year's Eve is just around the corner!
Even though helping people who are celebrating a birthday in NYC is what we are best known for, we also happen to be pretty good at coming up with some great NYC New Year's Eve parties as well, and we guarantee that there is something for everyone who is looking to have a great night and ring in the new year in style.
Recently, we have been getting a lot of questions about how New Year's Eve is different than most nights in NYC, and so we thought we would help out and share a few key things things that you should keep in mind when celebrating in the Big Apple.
First and foremost, you should be aware that you will likely not be celebrating at any major hotspot or club without buying a ticket, and the smart thing to do is to buy them in advance. Even venues that do not normally charge a cover will likely require tickets, and if you wait until the last minute you run a very high risk of not getting into your favorite venue to party the night away. Our advice: Buy your tickets in advance.
Advance tickets, beyond being good for getting you in the door to start with, have some other perks as well. Unlike almost every other day of the year, most clubs, bars, and other venues will have long open bars instead of charging per drink on New Year's Eve. Three hours seems to be about the minimum, and we have seen them run for up to seven or eight hours in some cases. The best thing about having a ticket for these great parties is that it means you really only need to worry about bringing money for tips and coat check (don't forget that it is winter and the last thing you will want to do is keep up with a big coat all night), and can plan ahead a bit for the cost of New Year's partying.
Another difference is the cost of bottle service. Although normally bottles can be a bit on the expensive side, at New Year's Eve parties you will often find that they have dropped a bit because the tickets automatically spread the cost amongst each individual. The reason is quite simple - the VIP and Ultra VIP tickets that provide access to tables and bottles operate on the assumption that there will be a certain amount of people in these areas - so for example, there might be a minimum requirement of eight people in a VIP section, and those people would then have the cost of multiple bottles spread out across each of their tickets. This can be very helpful for those looking for great bottle service who are not looking to spend a lot of money.
Inevitably, after I mention open bars and bottle service back-to-back, I immediately get the question, "If there is an open bar, why would I want any type of bottle service?" The answer is simple, and comes from the fact that VIP access and bottle service go together like peanut butter and jelly. For starters, these New Year's parties are extremely crowded with long lines of people waiting to get in, and VIP or Ultra VIP tickets ensure that you have an opportunity to bypass the lines out front. If you have spent any time in New York City during the winter, then you know exactly how valuable this can be, as escaping the cold and wind will be worth almost any price after a few minutes outside. Second, the crowds awaiting entrance outside are actually worse inside as people attempt to get rid of coats, mingle, and get drinks at the open bar, resulting in some unfortunate overcrowding in these areas. Being in a VIP section helps you avoid this. Also, if you are partying for seven hours, it is almost certain that at some point you are going to want to take a breather and have a guaranteed place to crash and enjoy your drink. VIP guarantees that you have such a place, while most general ticket holders will be relegated to standing room only. Finally, VIP access allows you a premium place to see and be seen, which is a large part of the fun when ringing in the new year. Plus, for those singles out there, a VIP section is always a nice place to invite a new friend to visit.
Finally, you should keep in mind that New Year's Eve is not your typical night out in New York City, and that people tend to dress a bit more upscale than you might normally encounter. For most people, this won't matter much, but if you are a person who prefers to dress down a bit, you may want to check out the venue in advance and ensure that your style will not cause you any problems at the door. The last problem you want at the last minute is getting turned away because you cannot meet the dress code. A simply solution is to just look your best, dress to impress, and get ready for a long night full of fun! After all, you want to greet 2012 looking your best!
In short, all you need to remember to make your last night in 2011 an absolute blast is that you should get your NYC New Year's Eve tickets in advance, that there is likely going to be an open bar at whatever venue you choose, that there are many advantages of VIP status, and last but not least, the importance of dressing to impress in order to avoid any problems at your party spot of choice. If you keep all of these things in mind, you will be all set to have a great time as you welcome the year 2012 at a great venue, partying the night away with friends in the Big Apple.
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