#1 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Cellar Bar
Dank, dark, dirty – three words that come to mind when you think of the word “cellar,” correct? Not any more. Enter Cellar Bar, the swanky and sophisticated private escape in the Bryant Park Hotel. Cellar Bar transcends your normal idea of an underground bar – its opulence and grandeur is exhilarating and enticing; alluring enough to attract some of Hollywood’s top celebrities when they visit New York City. Lindsay Lohan, Marc Jacobs and Janet Jackson are just a few of the A-listers who frequent this “in the know” retreat for a night on the town. You don’t have to be a tabloid regular to go to Cellar Bar. It helps, however, if you’ve got a VIP attitude, because Cellar Bar can meet all your requirements of a stellar night out. And no night is more over-the-top, more exquisite, than New Year’s Eve at Cellar Bar.
From 9 p.m. until 4 a.m., party like the rock star you are at Cellar Bar’s New Year’s extravaganza. Enjoy a 6-hour open bar, and cheers to 2010 at the stroke of midnight with a complimentary champagne toast. To satiate your VIP tastes, treat yourself to a VIP Table, which includes all the amenities of general admission, plus bottles of vodka and champagne to pass among your friends at your private, cocktail-waitressed table. So, instead of sipping on Kool-Aid as you watch Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest countdown to midnight in your own cellar “sanctuary,” toast to the new year at Cellar Bar – the last word in underground excitement. Click here for more information on Cellar Bar New Year’s Eve.
#2 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Sofrito
When it comes to Latin nightlife, everyone wants to spice things up, and what better way to add some salsa on the most important night of the year than at Manhattan’s Sofrito? For New Year’s Eve 2010, Sofrito is the top fiesta where you want be seen. Located in Midtown East, this posh Latin hot spot resembles a Meatpacking District club with the added warm, welcoming ambiance that attracts A-listers from all boroughs. For New Year’s 2010, New Yorkers can celebrate in luxury all while making history. For the first time, Sofrito and nocheLatina.com will be hosting “Noche de Celebracion: New Year's Eve 2010,” deemed as the official New Year’s Eve event for New York Latino movers and shakers. Guests will toast, dance and ring in the New Year with a Latin flavor at Sofrito’s upscale bash, which includes a five-hour premium open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres prepared by celebrity chef Ricardo Cardona, and all-access viewing of the Times Square ball drop. Those that purchase VIP table admission will receive reserved seating for up to eight people, a bottle of premium vodka and champagne, as well as personal cocktail waitress service for the entire night. Best of all, X96.3’s DJ Cream and La Mega’s DJ Smalls will be spinning all your favorite Latin club anthems, making Sofrito’s New Year’s Eve party one of the best in the city. For a New Year’s Eve night at New York City’s most upscale Latin Lounge, Sofrito is your ultimate holiday destination. Click here for more information on Sofrito New Year’s Eve.
#3 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Amalia
Amalia and its exclusive VIP lounge, D’Or, have created quite the buzz in the nightlife community, gracing the pages of New York Magazine, Elle Décor, Time Out New York and now our New Year’s Eve party guide. The incredible décor and fashionable clientele is why Amalia has been dubbed the swankiest lounge for NYE 2010 – and we have no objections. Enjoy a five-hour premium open bar and a fabulous mini-buffet, and once you’ve got enough in you to fuel your dance moves, head out on the dancefloor and jam to the sounds of a world-renowned DJ spinning sets of hip hop, dance, ‘80s and rock. The champagne toast and live countdown to the New Year are just the icing on the cake of a decadent evening of celebrating the coming of 2010 at Amalia. Click here for more information on Amalia New Year’s Eve.
#4 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Aspen
Waiting outside in Times Square to watch the ball drop may be the way to go for some New Yorkers, but while they’re huddled close, trying to bare the cold, enjoy your own wild winter wonderland (minus the frigid temperature) at Aspen this New Year’s Eve. Surrounded by sleek leather banquettes, glass columns and an elevated working fireplace, you’ll feel like you’re in some cozy ski lodge in the Rockies – with a wild party going down, of course. The NYE extravaganza includes a five-hour open bar, a delicious mini-buffet for noshing and the hottest in hip hop, dance, ‘80s and house spun by a special guest DJ. Sip champagne and toast to the new year at midnight and then head over to the official after-party for NYE2010 – a $35 value that’s free to anyone with an Aspen ticket stub. Click here for more information on Aspen New Year’s Eve.
#5 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: La Pomme
Hip Chelsea hotspot, La Pomme, is transforming into a winter wonderland this New Year’s Eve. With snow machines pumping fluffy, glittery flakes into the air and a scent machine spreading aromas of pine needles and candy canes around the room, you’ll feel like you’re in a snow-filled palace – a place unlike any other nightclub. La Pomme’s very own snow dancers will be there to pump up the crowd well into January 1st and a 8’ x 100’ projection of an unforgettable NYE countdown will captivate you and astound you. Where could you possibly find another New Year’s Eve party (and after-party!) quite like this one? A party of this caliber can only be found at La Pomme. Click here for more information on La Pomme New Year’s Eve.
#6 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Stone Rose
One uber-chic cocktail party just got hotter with Stone Rose’s New Year’s Eve bash. Party at a place that has gotten the attention of dozens of celebs from Derek Jeter and Zac Posen to Diddy and Wyclef with a five-hour premium open bar. Spend the night grooving to the hottest in hip hop, rock, dance and ‘80s by a world-class DJ amid a chic décor. Soft, plush sofas paired with hard, geometric chairs and accents combine the elements of stone (masculinity) and rose (femininity) making this place a one-of-a-kind venue, perfect for all New Year’s Eve revelers. Click here for more information on Stone Rose New Year’s Eve.
#7 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Highbar
Although the name may be a bit misleading, Highbar is not a bar but a chic, fresh lounge fashioned after a penthouse on the coast of St. Tropez. With drinks flowing during the five-hour open bar, a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres and a sexy, sophisticated setting, you’ll be treated like a king (or queen) far away in this European fantasy setting. Party the night away at Highbar and then head over to a wild after-party (location TBA), free for Highbar ticket-holders. If you’re sick of the same bars, pubs and typical lounges in NYC, head over to Highbar for a truly classy and truly unique New Year’s Eve. Click here for more information on Highbar New Year’s Eve.
#8 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Boucarou
Filling the space where 64 Rouge once stood, Boucarou is a standout venue, combining upscale bar with Moroccan lounge, on the Lower East Side scene. A new year means trying new things and there's no better way to kick off 2010 then to step foot in one of NYC's hottest Moroccan venues, Boucarou. If you haven't had a chance to check out the space, perhaps their incredible New Year's Eve deal will entice you. Boucarou is selling two tickets for the price of one! Yes, rub your eyes and re-read that sentence, it's true. You can get two tickets to this awesome party for just $125, a value that simply can't be beat anywhere in New York City. So once you order your two-for-one ticket to the New Year's Eve party at Boucarou, what can you expect on the night of the 31st? For starters, a six-hour open bar (10 p.m. - 4 a.m.) and champagne toast should sound pretty appealing to those of you who like to party. If you work up an appetite dancing to the hottest pop, rock and top 40 hits played by a top-notch DJ, then snack on some of the passed hors d'oeuvres or sit back, relax and watch the ball drop live from one of the many flat screens around the venue. Why brave the cold and the ridiculous crowd when you can watch the mad scene comfortably from inside one of the coolest spots on Manhattan's Lower East Side? ...We think you know the answer. Click here for more information on Boucarou New Year’s Eve.
#9 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Room Service
If you know New York City nightlife, then you know Room Service throws some killer parties, and this New Year’s Eve is no exception. The upscale décor accented with rich gold hues may lead you to believe that this is going to be a stuffy party, but don’t let the setting fool you, the folks at Room Service know how to party. With a six-hour open bar, a live performance by a world-renowned DJ and tons of party favors, this fiesta is bound to get wild. A joonbug.com photographer will be there to capture all the excitement so leave your camera at home, bring your dancing shoes and head over to Room Service for a New Year’s Eve to remember. Click here for more information on Room Service New Year’s Eve.
#10 New Year’s Eve Lounge Party: Katra
Katra brings a little bit of Morocco to the LES, and a little bit of spice to your New Year’s Eve experience. Indulge in Katra’s perfectly-engineered drinks and mouth-watering recipes including favorites such as the mushroom and paneer cheese tart or the delectable lamb tagine. In this beautiful Middle Eastern space, designed by the notorious Lesly Zamor, Katra features stunning tapestries and handmade lighting fixtures that will set the far-away mood for any party. Ditch the traditional New Year’s Eve hoopla and try something new and exotic at a sexy and unique LES space this December 31st. Click here for more information on Katra New Year’s Eve.