Things to Do New Year's Eve parties in NYC that won't break the bank By amNY staff Updated December 26, 2018 5:46 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Say "sayonara" to 2018 at a New Year's Eve party without breaking the bank. Though there's an endless amount of NYE celebrations happening around the city, many of New York's parties don't come cheap, with ticket prices running three to four digits just for entry into exclusive clubs. But fear not: These events are more budget minded, with entry fees of $100 or less. So grab some bubbly and ring in 2019 without spending your whole paycheck. Gatsby party at Footlight Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto/iStock Party like you're Jay Gatsby or his lady Daisy at Footlight's annual Roaring 20s Gatsby party. There's no cover and there's a free champagne toast at midnight. Wear your best 1920s outfit, however, it's not required. Dancing to live jazz starts at 8 p.m. in the back room. Karaoke with Cheylene & LeNoize starts at 11 p.m. (Free, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., 465 Seneca Ave., Ridgewood, thefootlightbar.nyc) Live music and burlesque at Bierhaus NYC Photo Credit: Danielle Vito Watch the ball drop on a large screen as you enjoy a three-hour open bar, unlimited buffalo wings and fried pickles. There will be live music by the Hot Toddies, DJ Andrius and burlesque performances by Justease all night long and a champagne toast at midnight. Seating is first come, first served. ($80, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 712 Third Ave., eventbrite.com) The Jungle Room at Gitano Photo Credit: Groupo Gitano Dine and dance at the new Gitano Jungle Room, which was designed to look like the Tulum jungle smack dab in the middle of the James Hotel in SoHo. There is a giant crystal palm tree and a disco ball that will drop at midnight. DJ Celeste will provide music. It's $50 per person for cocktails and disco. There are two seatings for a prix-fixe dinner, however. The first, at 6:30 p.m. is $150 and the second at 9:30 p.m. is $190. The menu includes apps for the table, small plates like a quesadilla or tuna tostada; large plates including pot roasted cauliflower, carne asada and brook trout; and passion fruit with chocolate or churros for dessert. (23 Grand St., 212-201-9119, eventbrite.com) The New York Adventure Club Prohibition-era party Photo Credit: New York Adventure Club The New York Adventure Club's party is inside a Gilded Age-era mansion that was built for the Civic Club, which was dedicated to reducing poverty and gambling in its neighborhood. The "highbrow affair" includes the ability to interact with antique decor and props from the Museum of Interesting Things (think antique radios, stereoscopes and Edison cylinders), drinks from the house's full bar, parlor games from the time period (like billiards) and a champagne toast at midnight (despite the Prohibition-era theme). Dress like a flapper or in black tie, but it's not required. ($30-$35, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., midtown location given to guests, eventbrite.com) Clinton Hall Photo Credit: Andrew Werner Each of Clinton Hall's three locations is hosting parties with open bars from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a champagne toast at midnight and giving out party favors. There will be craft beer and bites all night long as well as oversized games to play. The restaurant will screen the ball drop live, too. ($75, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Williamsburg, midtown, and FiDi) SIXTY LES Make Believe Photo Credit: Sixty LES Hotel This Lower East Side rooftop bar is hosting "Sway in The Morning's" DJ Wonder for dancing all night long and a one-hour open bar from 9 to 10 p.m. ($35-$55, 9 p.m. start time, 190 Allen St., eventcombo.com) The Uncommons NYE bash Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto/iStock Spend your last moments of 2018 playing a plethora of fun board games at the Uncommons. There will be a sparkling wine toast at midnight, too. ($25, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 230 Thompson St., squareup.com) '90s Lodge party at Treadwell Park Photo Credit: Courtesy Treadwell Park Reminisce at this New Year's Eve party that will take you back to the good old 1990s. The lodge party will have a holiday-themed photo booth and a beer toast at midnight. There will be two drink packages available in which guests can enjoy the 20 craft beers on tap. ($60-$75, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., 1125 First Ave., eventbrite.com) Bar Hugo's no-cover party Photo Credit: Dylan Cross/Dragonfly Image Partners Sip on special cocktails, dance to tunes by a live DJ and ring in the new year with party favors and a Champagne toast as fireworks blast into the night sky. (Free entry, 525 Greenwich St., hotelhugony.com) 'A Concert to Usher in the New Year' Photo Credit: Courtesy St. Bartholomew's Church Ring in the new year with a free, hourlong concert performed on the St. Bartholomew Church's organ, which is the largest of its kind in the city. Organist Paolo Bordignon will play carols, Mozart, Mendelssohn and songs to celebrate the coming of the new year, including a prelude by Bach (written while he was in jail), "Radetzky March," a piece by Louis Vierne based on the clock chime of Big Ben, and finally, "Auld Lang Syne." There will be Champagne for all at midnight. (Free, 11 p.m., 325 Park Ave., mmpaf.org) Broken Shaker's New Year's Eve Photo Credit: Courtesy Broken Shaker Sister Nancy, the first female dancehall DJ and reggae legend, is headlining Broken Shaker's New Year's Eve party this year. DJ Gravy will follow with a set mix of reggae, hip-hop and R&B tunes. There will be an open bar by Pernod Ricard and a Champagne toast at midnight. (Free, 10 p.m., 23 Lexington Ave., eventbrite.com) Big Apple Circus NYE Party Photo Credit: Getty Images for Big Apple Circus/JP Yim Big Apple Circus is putting on a two-hour extravaganza with aerialists and acrobats, a freestanding ladder act, flying trapeze, wall trampoline troupe and NYE-centric tricks like a human ball drop, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. ($45-$250, 9:30 p.m., Damrosch Park, 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, bigapplecircus.com) Light & Life Presents: David Guetta (Dec. 31) Photo Credit: Getty Images for MTV/Ian Gavan Two-time Grammy Award winner David Guetta is taking the stage for a second year-end performance for Light & Life for a night of EDM that'll have you dancing through to 2019. ($109-$199, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., a Brooklyn warehouse TBD, facebook.com) A Bach New Year's Eve Photo Credit: amorartis.org Enjoy some of Bach's more spirited music sung by Amor Artis with violinists Chloe Fedor and Jacob Ashworth, inside the Church of the Holy Trinity. ($50, 7:30 p.m., 316 E. 88th St., amorartis.org) Live jazz at Winnie's in midtown Photo Credit: Oleg March A New Year's Eve party suited for "debonaire and refined" guests can be had at Winnie's Jazz Bar, located in the lobby of the Refinery Hotel. For $100, Winnie's offers live jazz, light bites and open bar for $100. (10 p.m. to 1 a.m., 63 W. 38th St., InGoodCompany.com) 2018 NYRR Midnight Run Photo Credit: New York Road Runners Get your race on to fireworks during the 40th annual NYRR Midnight run, a 4-mile race in Central Park this New Year's Eve. Roughly 5,000 people will participate in the race, which will kick off at the stroke of midnight as fireworks light up the sky. Before the run, there will be a high-energy party with music and dancing at Rumsey Playfield. ($60, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., 72nd Street Transverse, nyrr.org) Bar package at Boulton & Watt Photo Credit: Boulton & Watt Boulton & Watt, which is named after the men who helped perfect the steam engine, welcomes revelers into its East Village space with a New Year's Eve party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you ate in advance and just want to party, open bar is available for $70. But if you're coming hungry, the bar offers a three-course meal, shared dessert and free flowing drinks for $100. ($70 or $100, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 5 Avenue A, BoultonandWattNYC.com) Fireworks display at Grand Army Plaza Photo Credit: iStock Grand Army Plaza is celebrating with a midnight fireworks display, live music and more. (Free, 661 Warren St., Brooklyn, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., prospectpark.org) New Year's Eve Concert for Peace Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian Ring in the new year with a live performance of William Boyce's "Symphony No. 1 in B-flat," Robert Convery's powerful arrangement of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" with soloist Sidney Outlaw, "Make Peace" by David Lang and the New York premiere of Wayne Oquin's "Alleluia," among other songs. There will be performances by soloists Jason Robert Brown, Judy Collins, Harry Smith and Paul Winter as well. The concert is in honor of Leonard Bernstein, who founded the Concert for Peace in 1984. (Free, but reserved seats start at $40, 7 to 9 p.m., the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., stjohndivine.org) Coney Island Celebration Photo Credit: iStock / Elena Zubreva Enjoy free live music from Priceless and DJ Dan, sideshow performances, karaoke, rides, including free admission to the B&B Carousell, and bumper cars at the fourth annual New Year's Eve celebration in Coney Island. The Parachute Jump will countdown to the New Year and finish with a 10-minute fireworks display. (9 p.m., Steeplechase Plaza at the Parachute Jump, Boardwalk and West 19th Street, allianceforconeyisland.org) Metropolis: The Portal to Tomorrows Photo Credit: Sony Hall It's all about the future at this "decadent" party inside Sony Hall (formerly the Diamond Horseshoe). The experience will mesh nightlife and fantasy from dusk till dawn. There is a full, premium open bar and performances by international DJs all night. (Tickets start at $80, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., 235 W. 46th St., nightout.com) Nothing at The Knitting Factory Photo Credit: Getty Images for VH1 / Andrew H. Walker The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn is hosting Philly-based band Nothing, with late-night performances from Weekend, Teen Body and DJ sets by Jordan and Fembmp. ($3-$35, 9 p.m., 361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, bk.knittingfactory.com) By amNY staff Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic New Year's Eve concerts you can still buy tickets forSnoop Dogg will count down to 2019 at Terminal 5. Where to eat on New Year's EveMake your reservations now to celebrate New Year's Eve, foodie style. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.