Still looking for New Year’s Eve plans? Here’s our local guide to spending the last day of the year in and around Bushwick.
House of Yes presents: Gala Galactica!
Bushwick’s staple nightclub wouldn’t be caught dead without going all out for New Year’s Eve. This year, its annual “Gala Galactica” party will feature sets from Detroit-based DJ Cent, Pontchartrain and New York City-based DJUltraViolet, joined by Baby Wolf in the club’s back room. Expect out-of-this-world space performers, alien strippers, confetti meteor showers, fortune tellers and other such creative activities.
Who wants to spend the new year on earth, anyway?
House of Yes is located at 2 Wyckoff Avenue. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $69. Find more information about the event and reservations here.
Bossa Nova is Back!
Bushwick’s beloved house club has to be on this list. This place has been a sanctuary for bassheads since opening in 2012, though it shut down for most of the year after a fire erupted in a residential unit above the place earlier – but re-opened this October and isn’t stopping short of a full-blown New Year’s Eve celebration.
Bossa Nova is located at 1271 Myrtle Avenue. This year’s party there will feature Brooklyn-based DJ Umfang, La Duni (Duneska), and sets by Joselo and Manu Miran. Complimentary champagne will be toasted at midnight. The cover charge is $20 and doors open at 8 p.m.
Get lost at Elsewhere!
Elsewhere has been a neighborhood favorite and nightlife staple in the city since opening doors on Halloween in 2017. The impressive venue space has enough room to host three stories of dancing, a rooftop bar, a lounge and a private party room for reserved groups. This year, Elsewhere plans on bringing in a number of underground performances, including a 4-hour set by Joe Kay featuring Aluna.
Elsewhere is located at 599 Johnson Avenue. Tickets start at $65, doors open at 10 p.m. and curfew is at 4 a.m.
Don’t miss it at Baby’s All Right!
Okay, this is technically in Williamsburg, but Baby’s All Right is a North Brooklyn gem that’s been around for almost a decade, right between Bedford Avenue and Broadway. Since 2013, the club has hosted big tent names like SZA, Charli XCX, Billie Eilish, but has also become a space for underground and local musicians to take their shot at establishing themselves in the music industry. This year, they’re running a show called “You Missed It,” which will feature sets from international and local musicians like Bigklit, CLOVIS, 454 and more, until 4 a.m.
Baby’s All Right is located at 146 Broadway. Tickets start at $40 and doors open at 8 p.m. Step inside a little earlier after 6 p.m. to get ahead of the crowd and enjoy some of the club’s small Latin-inspired bites like empanadas and tacos.
Cozy up at Carmelo’s!
If you’re sick of the crowd and want to celebrate the new year with a few close friends, in a more intimate setting, you might find yourself at Carmelo’s. The place has quickly become one of Bushwick’s most quintessential dive bars since opening in late 2017. Downstairs, you will find a cozy, dark and moody atmosphere and upstairs, you’ll find a pool lounge. But make sure you head up early in the night to take advantage of the neighborhood’s best $4 beer shot deal.
Carmelo’s is located at 1544 DeKalb Avenue. It’s cash only and will be open until 4 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. No cover.
Ring it in at Mood Ring!
Sometimes it’s nice to step out off the earth, especially if you’ve had a hard year. Mood Ring is a celestial haven that features themed drinks in an unpretentious setting and they’re hosting a New Year’s Eve bash to help you escape your world, for a little whole. Dance to house and disco music early in the night with sets by yesterdayneverhappened, nextdimensional and more. There’s also a complimentary midnight toast, along with a party until dawn to the sound of heavy bass, techno and jungle beats.
Mood Ring is located at 1260 Myrtle Avenue. Doors open at 10 p.m. and tickets start at $28.
At the Sultan Room, enter your royal era!
Right in the heart of Bushwick, the Sultan Room has been a classic Middle-East-by-way-of- Middle-West themed dinner and a gigspace since opening. On New Year’s Eve, you can grab some döner kabab, sort through vegan options, or a fry box before joining going upstairs for a show by the classic 2000s indie rock band !!! and local DJ The Funky Seshwa.
The Sultan Room is located at 234 Starr Street. Tickets start at $25 and include early access to happy hour and a bubbly midnight toast. Doors open at 9 pm.
Eat the Year Away at Falansai!
If you’re looking for something a bit more luxe and indulgent, you might find yourself at Falansai, which makes a unique blend of Mexican and Vietnamese-inspired cuisine, which Eric Tran re-opened last year. It’s been a must-eat in the neighborhood ever since. On New Year’s Eve, they’re putting on a full buffet, with tuna crunch, fresh oysters, dumplings, glazed pork chops and satiate your sweet tooth with the coconut chia pudding. Wash it all down with champagne and enjoy beats by DJ Spictakular all night.
Falansai is located at 112 Harrison Place. Tickets for its buffet start at $135 with full service included.
Brooklyn’s Oldest Comedy Club!
Is doing standup on you list of resolutions for the next year? If you want to make a head start, you can go to the Boerum Hill location of Eastville Comedy Club, one of Brooklyn’s oldest comedy clubs, which regularly hosts open mic nights. New Year’s Eve is no different – an open mic, followed by sets from Mark DeMayo, Liz Miele, Jacob Williams and others.
Heal at Tina’s Place!
You didn’t think we’d throw you out into the wild without a hangover cure? Tina’s Place, alternately known as Tina’s Diner, is a Bushwick mainstay that’s been around for nearly 80 years. It may be one of the only spots in all of New York City, or the country, where you can get a loaded omelet for under $10 and breakfast rolls for under $1. Tina’s doesn’t cave into modern inflation–these are decades-old prices from a decades-old mainstay.
Tina’s Place is located at 1002 Flushing Avenue. On New Year’s Day, Tina’s will open starting at 6 a.m. So get hammered, take a cat nap and recover yourself for the new year. It’s a new you! Or something.
Top image features performer Tanya Karina Photo, courtesy of House of Yes’ Instagram page.
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