Times Square in New York City is the quintessential place to ring in the New Year—with the iconic backdrop of the city’s glittering lights; bustling atmosphere; and millions of people looking to party all night long after the famed ball drops. However, Times Square is not the only cool place to sing Auld Lang Syne and raise a glass at the stroke of midnight; there are plenty of other great places throughout the city where revelers can celebrate the beginning of 2022. Below are some of the best spots for travelers who want to celebrate NYE in NYC—without ever stepping foot in Times Square.
Laugh In The New Year At Caroline’s
Caroline’s is an iconic Midtown spot known for hosting the best comedians on the planet; and, believe it or not, it’s also an amazing place to party on NYE during the club’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Enjoy a cocktail or two while noshing on their a la carte menu; get a groove on with post-show tunes from DJ Wiz, and step outside to watch the ball drop from afar or watch it live on TV—either way, it will definitely be a night to remember. Two seatings available: 7:30PM @ $32/person and 10PM @ $98/person. All seatings have a two-drink minimum
Take A Trip Back In Time At Bandits Bar
Ring in 2022 retro-style with the All That Glitters Is Gold Party at Bandits bar. The 1970s-inspired party is a great place to spend the evening; start off with dinner from 5 PM-10 PM and nosh on the watering hole’s delicious twists on old-school classics—part of a three-course NYE prixe-fixe menu that includes a champagne toast and fun cocktail pairing. And the fun doesn’t stop after midnight, with an open bar till 2 AM and cash bar service till 4 AM. Oh, what a night! Price $75-$150/person; reservations can be booked online, advance reservations recommended
Go Big At The McKittrick Hotel
For an unforgettable NYE, revelers should get decked out in their most glittery ensemble and head to the bustling, celebratory McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea for their The Grand Hotel NYE event. A night full of fun; dancing; live performances; and an open bar will make any visitor feel extra special when ringing in the New Year. Festivities begin at 9 PM, $200 and up/person. Booking online in advance is recommended
A Celebration With A View At Beekman Tower
Head to Midtown and spend NYE at Ophelia, a classic cocktail lounge with art deco vibes located in historic Beekman Tower. Since November, Ophelia has been transformed into a glittering wonderland resembling a floating snow globe high above the iconic NYC skyline; this magical atmosphere is complete with stunning views, live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and of course, cocktails, make this beautiful bar the perfect spot to ring in 2022. Ophelia is hosting both an Early Evening Soirée and a Late Night Bash on NYE, tickets start at $75/person
Hide Away At The Intimate Speakeasy Thyme Bar
Party like it's Prohibition at Flatiron’s newest speakeasy, Thyme Bar. Hosting their first New Year’s Eve Event this year, this cozy and elegant bar is bursting with pre-war vibes right out of The Great Gatsby. But have no fear, the specialty cocktails will be flowing and the live music will be pumping throughout the evening—so though the vibe is Prohibition-era, the party is anything but. NYE event 10 PM-2 AM with open bar and unlimited Prosecco, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and midnight drink. Early bird discount ticket $100
Party (Near) Times Square At YOTEL
What’s the nest best thing to being Times Square for NYE? Being in Times Square, but high above the action on the heated rooftop of a luxury hotel—with a four-hour open bar and hors d’oeuvres, of course! All this is on the menu at The Green Room 42’s NYE Extravaganza, located atop the glamorous Times Square hotel YOTEL. Chill to the music of DJ PENNYWILD while sipping on complimentary champagne—and soaking up the outstanding views. Party is 8 PM-1 AM, VIP packages are available. Tickets start at $139/person
A Winter Wonderland At Watermark Bar
Pier 15 South Street Seaport is the place to be on NYE, and there’s no better place to welcome the New Year than the epic Watermark Bar. The views of the Brooklyn skyline and waterfront are worth the trip—but the magical atmosphere is what truly makes this the spot to celebrate. For the holiday season, the 10,000 square foot outdoor bar and event space has been transformed into a glittering Winter Wonderland full of glass houses; sparkling lights; and festive decor that will host an amazing NYE celebration—complete with a NYE live stream of the Times Square ball drop, a chef’s tasting menu, cocktails, champagne, and more. Multiple packages and times are available starting at $200/person; early booking is highly recommended
Celebrating the New Year in Times Square is classic, iconic, and wildly fun. However, for those looking for something a little different (but no less glitzy, boozy, and celebratory), there are plenty of other amazing, top-notch spots throughout the city where revelers can dance; sip champagne; bask in some of NYC’s best views; and party like it’s 2022—ringing in the New Year with the same Times Square vibes and festive mood NYE in NYC is famous for.