Thursday, December 21, 2006

Top 25 NYE Parties

Thanks to Intermix, here's your little black book on where to go AND what to wear on NYE. We all want to jump into the new year with style -- but the question is -- how?

New York City

The Grand

New uptown lounge The Grand has already established its nightlife credentials by hosting the office party to end all office parties: the Vogue, Men’s Vogue, and Teen Vogue holiday fete earlier this month. The stage is set, then, for a glamorous, black-tie time hosted by American Pie’s Sean William Scott, with food by the legendary Philippe Chow.

Tickets: $200-$500, includes dinner and open bar.
41 East 58th Street, 212-308-9455

Maritime Hotel Caffe Bar
The regular Thursday night party at the Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom, Cheeky B*stard, moves to the hotel’s Caffe Bar for what they call a “rock'n'roll/electro/dance-rock party.” Expect a fun, young crowd of loyal fans and savvy trendsetters dancing the night away to tracks laid down by DJ Ryan McKnight, among others.
9pm–4am. Tickets: $20–$100, includes champagne toast and party favors.

88 9th Avenue, 212-242-4300

If the Japanese buffet is blocked by a buffer of shining socialites, fear not: Japonais has you covered with wandering waiters spreading the love with the restaurant's trademark sushi and other hors d’oeuvres. In short, it’s not only the food that will sate your appetite for a casually elegant eve, but it sure kicks the night off right.
Tickets: $175-$300, includes dinner and open bar.

11 East 18th Street, 212-260-2020

The Hudson Hotel
After Christina Aguilera puts on a show for the masses in Times Square, she joins revelers at the Hudson Hotel for a party that spans the designer boutique hotel’s now legendary event spaces, including the intimate and warm Hudson Library and the expansive, tree-lined Outdoor Park.
9pm-4am. Tickets: $175–$275, includes catering, open bar and champagne toast.
356 W 58th Street, 212-554-6000,


Formerly the Art Deco-style French Casino of the 1930s, Mansion’s fully renovated digs are roomy and glamorous in the way that only Miami can do it. A regular play date for the likes of Britney and J.Lo, Mansion dubs Wilmer Valderrama as the master of ceremonies for its third annual New Year’s Eve party, featuring performances by DJ AM and Travis Barker.
9pm–5am. Tickets: $250–$6,000, includes open bar and champagne toast.

1235 Washington Avenue, 305-532-1525,

Prive @ Opium
James Franco (Spiderman) co-hosts this New Year’s Eve bash with Kristin Cavallari (Laguna Beach), with a stellar soundtrack provided by celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson. A multi-level affair, the party starts in the über exclusive Prive at the top of an open air complex, but once inside, guests have access to the Opium Garden below. While on any other evening the party wouldn’t start ’til after 1am, the countdown to midnight is not to be missed.
9pm–5am. Tickets: $200–$3,500, includes open bar.

136 Collins Avenue, 305-531-5535,

The Raleigh
One of the chicest boutique hotels in Miami, with the Raleigh hotelier André Balazs has created a companion to LA’s Chateau Marmont. Past New Year’s celebrations have attracted Playboy Playmates, Olsen twins, actors and models, and this year will undoubtedly deliver equally entertaining guests. Also unique: Performances by Brazilian percussionists and a live projection of the classic ball drop in Times Square.
Tickets: $225–$2,800, includes open bar, champagne toast and party favors.
1775 Collins Avenue, 305-534-6300,

The Setai
The stars are out at the expansive Setai hotel, and rightly so. DJ Steve Aoki provides the soundtrack to the luxurious evening in the Setai’s sprawling public spaces. Dress like you mean it and make nice with Jessica Alba or Hilary and Haylie Duff, and they just might invite you to hang poolside at their bungalows.
9pm–4am. Tickets: $300-$6,500, includes open bar and hors d’oeurves.
2001 Collins Avenue, 305-520-6000,

The Shore Club
The Skybar at the Shore Club has a legendary lineup this New Year’s Eve. A slew of hosts give way to such special guests as Q Tip, plus a not-to-be-missed performance by DMC. This is definitely cause for celebration, starting with a stellar fireworks display at midnight. Shore Club does it right.

Tickets: $300.
1901 Collins Avenue, 305-695-3100,

Los Angeles

Carmen Electra’s New Year’s Eve at Paramount Studios
For about the price of a plane ticket to NYC, you can have the classic New Year’s experience minus the chilly temperatures at this expansive party on Paramount’s New York street scene backlot. In the span of about 6 blocks, more than 10 DJs and 15 bands entertain as you roam Little Italy and Chinatown and wind up at 42nd Street’s main stage to watch the Killers ring in 2007.
9pm–4am. Tickets: $125–$1,000.

5555 Melrose Avenue,

Giant New Year’s
One of metamorphic places that the sunny SoCal hamlet of Los Angeles flaunts its major city status is in the bright lights of Downtown. This New Year’s Eve, the neighborhood shows off with six stages and five bars that span four city blocks—this is the city of sprawl, after all. Bands include The Black Eyed Peas, Death Cab for Cuti, and The Crystal Method—plus a Ferris Wheel thrown in for good measure.
8pm–4am.Tickets: $75-$115, includes various levels of access into private lounges.

Entry at Hope and 6th streets,

Danny Masterson of That ’70s Show adds some star power for New Year’s Eve at trendy mega-club Privilege. Masterson’s band performs for an eclectic crowd that will include members of the LA Lakers, LA Clippers and the San Diego Chargers. When star athletes and actors mix, a classic Angeleno eve is bound to be had—and that’s a great thing.
9pm–2am. Tickets $125-$200, includes dinner and champagne toast.

8117 Sunset Boulevard, 323-654-0030

The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
In the very heart of Hollywood, celebrate as only LA can. The Renaissance Hollywood’s Grand Ballroom promises DJs playing hip-hop and top 40, dance floors on which to show your appreciation and a Vegas-style casino. Poolside, lounge in cabanas and take in the fire and water shows, Cirque du Soleil acrobats and burlesque performances.
8pm-2am. Tickets: $125-$500, includes hors d’oeurves and dinner.

1755 N Highland Avenue, 323-856-1200,

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