New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—you really can’t go wrong. No matter what type of celebration you crave, you’ll find it all here: meditative and talking, bowling and rocking, wining and dining, or dancing and grinding. If you haven’t made plans yet, take the L train under the East River and choose from Williamsburg’s many celebratory spots.
Bring the gang for some bowling and party with Southern-spiced rockers, Deer Tick, as they ring in the new year and mark the 10-year anniversary of Brooklyn Bowl. With special guests T. Hardy Morris & the Hardknocks. $50; doors open at 6 pm, show at 9 pm. Followed by Washed Out DJ set. 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY; 718-963-3369; L subway to Bedford Ave; Website: http://www.brooklynbowl.com.
(NOW CLOSED) One of the best small venue rockin’ dance parties is happening at Cameo, featuring live sets from Midnight Magic, and a star lineup of djs (including LCD Soundsystems’ Pat Mahoney). 93 North 6th St., Brooklyn, NY; L subway to Bedford Ave.; Website: http://www.cameony.net.
This n’ That
Usher in 2015 with a spirited crowd at this dance-centered gay bar. Free champagne toast at midnight, drag shows, dj sets by Jonathan Love and J4, and hosted by Scarlet Envy and Dusty Ray Bottoms. 8 pm–4 am. 108 North 6th St.; Brooklyn, NY; L Subway to Bedford Ave.; Website: thisnthatbrooklyn.com.
For a more peaceful marking of 2015, come here for The Mindfulness Sessions: Letting Go and Setting Aspirations. Ralph De La Rosa leads guided meditation, helping you to approach the new year with productive intention. Suggested donation: $5–20; 7 pm; 112 N. 6th St, Brooklyn, NY; 718-486-5602; L subway to Bedford Ave.; Website: http://www.goyoga.ws/the-mindfulness-sessions-new-years-eve/.
Get your fancy dress mode on at the winery’s Masquerade Ball. The admission ($150 online/$175 at door) entitles you to dancing, performers, 4-hour open bar, and a spread of delicious food. 9 pm-1 am. 213 North 8th St., Brooklyn, NY; L subway to Bedford Ave.; Website: http://store.bkwinery.com
Photo by Isaac Hsieh, from Flickr Creative Commons license.