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It’s almost time to bid 2014 adieu, and for many of us, the question of where to celebrate remains unanswered. To help party-goers find their end-of-the-year soireé, TPG Contributor Liana Lozada has rounded up the top New Year’s Eve events around the country. From endless open bars to Grammy-worthy concerts and world-class DJs, these countdown gatherings are not to be missed.
NEW YORK CITY
Wild Life New Year’s Eve at Pier 94
Breakout British duo Disclosure headlines Wild Life New Year’s Eve at Pier 94 alongside Claude Vonstroke, Dusky, Ten Walls, Kyle Hall, and Isaac Tichauer. The brothers—whose single with Sam Smith, “Latch,” went platinum—received their first Grammy nomination this year for their debut album, Settle. The first round of general admission tickets has already sold out; the second round of tickets are $100, plus taxes and fees. Open bar admission from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. is $175, and the stacked lineup is open to guests 18 and over.
Skrillex and Diplo at Madison Square Garden
Dubstep star Skrillex and Mad Decent founder Diplo debuted their joint project Jack Ü in 2013, and for New Year’s Eve 2015 their collaboration is coming to the masses at Madison Square Garden. The show is 18 and over, and tickets begin at $55. The Garden’s doors open at 8 p.m.
Elton John at Barclays Center
Elton John is at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for a not-to-be-missed night of Top 40 and Grammy-earning hits. Tickets begin at $69.50 and run up to $700, plus taxes and fees. Show starts at 9 p.m.
Bruno Mars and Jermaine Dupri at Tryst Nightclub
Boogie pop jongleur Bruno Mars and famed hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri are hosting an A-list party Tryst Nightclub. Mars will play host while Dupri mans the decks; the twosome’s pairing is sure to induce dancing into the wee morning hours. Tickets are $75 for women and $150 for men, plus taxes and fees. Be sure to dress to impress: This party is 21 and over.
Maroon 5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort
Adam Levine’s Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 will host two back-to-back shows at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The first performance happens Tuesday, December 30, followed by their New Year’s Eve gig on Wednesday, December 31. Rozzi Crane is slated to open both appearances. Tickets range from $99.50-$224.50 and doors open at 8 p.m.
The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl
Iconic hip-hop and neo soul band – as well as Jimmy Fallon’s music makers -The Roots are headed to Brooklyn Bowl for 2014’s last night. The 21 and over set kicks off at 9 p.m. with doors opening at 8 p.m. Snag tickets for $82.50 and up.
Let’s Party NYE at The Park Plaza Hotel
Let’s Party NYE lands at L.A. event space the Park Plaza Hotel with Blood Orange and Classixx. Demand is high, as early bird tickets are sold out, but next level entry costs $125 and includes an open bar. Event tables begin at $2,000, and doors open at 8 p.m.
Nervo and The Weeknd at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach
The Fontainebleau’s poolside is famous for its over-the-top celebrations, and this year’s NYE countdown lineup aims to keep the hotel’s festive reputation rolling into 2015: Australian twin-sister duo, Nervo, and acclaimed R&B crooner, The Weeknd, will lead Miami Beach revelers into January 1st. General admission begins at $275 per person, with VIP tables starting at $2,500 for parties of four. Admission includes a premium open bar from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., and admittance is for those 21 and over.
The Official Playboy Party at Mansion Nightclub
The Official New Year’s Eve Playboy Party is touching down at South Beach’s Mansion Nightclub, where you can expect plenty of bunnies, a midnight light show, and a clock-strike Champagne toast. Ladies’ general admission is $75 while the guys’ general admission checks in at $200; both prices are exclusive of taxes and fees but do include an all-night open bar. Tables for four begin at $1,000, and this party is only for those 21 and over.
POPNYE at Oracle Arena
This infamous POPNYE production takes over Oakland’s Oracle Arena with a 360-degree stage, a full-color laser light show, and sets by Armin Van Buuren, Bingo Players, Blake Jarrell, Firebeatz, The M Machine, and W&W. Tickets range from $50 to $150, plus taxes and fees.
The Flaming Lips at The Warfield
Psychedelic and Grammy-winning rock band The Flaming Lips have two shows at San Francisco’s The Warfield, on Tuesday, December 30 and on New Year’s Eve, each for no more than $70 per ticket. The band promises surprise special guests, and each all-ages show opens its doors at 7 p.m.
Cedric Gervais at SoundGarden Hall
Miami-based producer Cedric Gervais won a Grammy for his remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness,” and come New Year’s Eve he’s lending his rhythmic intuitions to Philadelphia’s SoundGarden Hall. General admission tickets to the French DJ’s bash start at $69 and include a 5-hour open bar and midnight Champagne toast. Tables inside the Hacienda Lounge begin at $119, while post-ball-drop admission is available for $29; doors open at 8 p.m.
Benny Benassi at Echo Stage
Benny Benassi—the man who cranked out hits like “Cinema” and “Satisfaction”—pays D.C.’s Echo Stage an end-of-year visit. Tickets to the Italian DJ’s 18-and-over show start at $50 plus taxes and fees. Doors open at 8 p.m., and there is no dress code. Request table prices here.
Decadence NYE at the Colorado Convention Center
Decadence NYE hangs in Denver’s Colorado Convention Center for a two-night fête flaunting Bassnectar, Disclosure, Kaskade, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Big Gigantic, and Flux Pavilion. Revelers can purchase tickets for Day 1 on Tuesday, December 30 ($95-$135), Day 2 on Wednesday, December 31 ($100-$165), or two-day passes ($195-$290).
Afrojack at Studio Paris Nightclub
Studio Paris Nightclub welcomes “Take Over Control” mastermind and Pitbull collaborator Afrojack on Wednesday, December 31. A spot inside the Grammy-winner’s set will cost at least $200, with tables beginning at $1,900 plus taxes and fees. The black-tie affair will also serve a food buffet, and is open to attendees 21 and over.
New Year’s Eve Aerial Spectacular at the Marchesa
Eighteen choreograph aerialists, trapeze artists, and performers take the stage at Austin’s The Marchesa for a New Year’s Eve Aerial Spectacular. The evening soiree will feature two intermissions, cash bars, and a midnight Champagne toast. Standing room only tickets are $75 and seats begin at $100.
Here’s wishing you a fantastic New Year’s Eve!