New Year’s Parties 2011

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UPDATE: For 2012 parties, check out this week’s Tip Sheet.

Still plotting out the best way kiss 2010 goodbye? Here are nearly a dozen, not-yet-sold-out options in Brooklyn, from free to fancy.

Party: Hank’s New Year’s Eve Bash
Place: Hank’s Saloon, 46 3rd Ave. at Altantic, Boerum Hill
Price: Free!
Payoff: A low key, honkey tonk New Year’s Eve filled with Budweiser and roots rockers like Alex Battles and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Party: New Year’s Eve at Veronica People’s Club
Place: 105 Franklin Street near Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
Price: Free!
Payoff: Four seasoned DJs (some with regular gigs at Blackout Bar and Trophy Bar) spinning a solid mix of hip-hop, pop, disco, house and 90s jams. Plus, there’s an open Svedka bar from 10-10:30, and $4 cans of Sofia champagne.

Party: Happy House New Year’s Eve Celebration
Place: Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope, 8pm-
Price: $15, tickets available here.
Payoff: The Bell House’s monthly indie pop party, Happy House, is moving to Union Hall on New Year’s for a two-floor danceathon. Guest DJs will join regulars Mister Disco, who’ll be spinning indie pop, electronic, and Motown tracks upstairs, while Engines At Sea will play his mix of new wave, dance punk, and disco downstairs.

Party: Soul Summit’s NYE Extravaganza
Place: Sanders Studios, 525 Waverly Ave., Clinton Hill 9pm-6am
Price: $20 online with soulsummit code
Payoff: Fans of Fort Greene Park’s Soul Summit Parties can get their summer groove back on these three dancefloors of house, dancehall, Michael, and R&B. Free food and champagne toast, plus five bars.

Party: Har Mar Superstar
Place: Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus, 8:30pm-4am
Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Payoff: Outrageous singer Har Mar Superstar (Sean Tillman) headlines this 80s-centric dance party. Before performing his synth-laden, tongue-in-cheek grooves, Ravens and Chimes will be covering the “solid gold hits” of the 80s and 90s. Includes a champagne toast at midnight, and DJs till 4am.

Party: Brooklyn Soul New Year’s Eve
Place: The Bell House, 149 7th St., Gowanus, 8pm-.
Price: $30 advance, $40 door. Tickets available here.
Payoff: Dig Deeper brings soul and funk to the Bell House with one of the original members of the James Brown Revue, “Soul Sister Number One” Marva Whitney, and Billy Prince of the legendary Precisions. Brooklyn-based soul singers The Sweet Divines kick things off with their own set, with DJs will bookend the night with original soul and funk 45s.

Party: Winkel & Balktick Airlines Maiden Voyage
Place: Industry City, Sunset Park, 10pm-sunrise
Price: $30 advance, $40 at the door. Buy tickets here – 21+ w/ ID
Payoff: W&B’s Sunset Park warehouse party is taking flight this New Year’s as a 45,000 square foot “terminal of love.” Here you’ll find the Frequent Flyer Lounge and Cabaret with The Xylopholks, The Telemeres, and The Porno Jim Show (Mile High Club Edition), and a dance party in The Kings County Hangar with a mix of disco, house, techno, breaks and dub step.

Party: New Year’s Eve Built by MeanRed
Place: Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, 9pm-6am
Price: $35, available here
Payoff: Romanthy, a frequent Daft Punk collaborator, is a guest DJ at this 3-room dance party with The Rub (DJ Ayres & Cosmo Baker) and Rich Medina & Evil Dee. Open bar from 9-10 and free champagne toast too.

Party: New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Place: Shanghai Mermaid, doors 9pm
Price: $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Tickets and location info available here.
Payoff: Those with well-stocked vintage closets can ring in a costumed New Year with ragtime, swing, and flying trapeze performers. (Beaded gowns, masks, canes, top hats, and feathers all fit the 1930s speakeasy theme; anyone casually dressed will be turned away.) Dumplings and cocktails will sustain you all night, along with secret potions peddled by a cigarette girl.

Party: New Year’s Eve Felabration!
Place: Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, 9pm-
Price:  $60-$70, tickets available here. 18+
Payoff: The original Afrobeat band and dancers of the Jay-Z/Will and Jada Pinkett Smith-produced musical FELA!, will be performing with members of Antibalas. The musical, choreographed by Bill T. Jones, closes Jan. 2, so this is your second-best chance to experience it.

Party: Wine(ding) Down 2010
Place: Brooklyn Winery, 213 N. 8th St., Wiliamsburg, 10pm-2am
Price: $85 in advance; $100 at the door. Tickets available here.
Payoff: The Williamsburg winery is splitting into three, themed open wine, beer and bubbly bars for New Year’s, with food to nosh on throughout. You can move from the American wine bar with live jazz in the main room to a New World dance party in the production room, to an Old World wine party hosted by The Noble Rot in the mezzanine space.

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