8 Unique New Year's Eve Parties Slideshow


The Glitter Ball (New York City)

Gemini & Scorpio

Who cares about watching the ball drop when the entire party is fashioned after a glittery, shiny, sparkly disco ball? Inspired by a 1979 Studio 54 New Year's Eve party, this popular over-the-top event hosted by party planners Gemini & Scorpio, features everything from disco and funk music to aerialists and body painting. Glittery attire required. 

The Timberfakes at The Middle East (Boston)

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Big fan of the '90s pop music scene? Head to the famed Cambridge nightclub and music venue this New Year's Eve to catch a live performance of Boston's own Justin Timberlake tribute band, The Timberfakes. Or, if JT wasn't exactly your genre of '90s music, instead make your way over to Good Life Bar for their Tupac Rave party

New Year's Eve B-Movie Ball (Austin)

B-Movie Ball

For those of who think New Year's Eve should adopt more of a Halloween mentality, there's this costume ball and multimedia art event. Per the party's description, "We're hiring local artists of different mediums to create one-of-a-kind art to enhance your New Year's experience. You can go all out and come as a mad scientist or evil alien or you can do it up classy as a sexy siren or leading man." A great way to celebrate keeping Austin weird in 2012.

A Lucky Night in Philly at Lucky Strike New Year's Eve (Philadelphia)

Lucky Strike

If you're looking for another activity besides dancing this New Year's Eve (that little victory shake you do after bowling a strike doesn't really count), consider getting tickets to the bash at these swank lanes.

Jai Ho! Bollywood-Bhangra New Year's Eve (Seattle)

Columbia City Theatre

There's no denying that the annual blow-out New Year's Eve bash at Indulgence is the biggest on the Seattle nightlife scene. But if you're looking for something a little different this year, consider checking out this Bollywood-themed fête at the Columbia City Theatre hosted famed Bollywood performer Prashant.

A Night in Rio: New Year's Eve 2012 (Chicago)

Lumen Lounge

Ring in the new year Carnival-style at Fulton Market lounge, Lumen. Enjoy Brazilian-inspired midnight munchies, samba and live entertainment, and plenty of tasty cocktails. Caipirinhas anyone?

Streets of San Francisco New Year's Eve (San Francisco)

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San Francisco revelers who want to do it up big this New Year's Eve will no doubt find themselves at this award-winning mega-bash. This year's futuristic-themed event (how appropriate) will feature dancing, drinks, and a front-row view of the fireworks. 

Luminary Mansion New Year's Eve (LA)

Luminary Mansion

Who wouldn't have the best New Year's Eve ever at a party with 4 open bars, acrobatics acts, fire dancers, photo booths, a tented rooftop lounge, and of course, lots of dancing.