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If you: Like ritmo but don’t like dress codes.Camaradas New Year’s Eve
This El Barrio NYC classic prioritizes getting down over dressing up. For New Year’s Eve, uptown staple DJ G-Bo the Pro will be on deck playing the best latin music: salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata & more. Party goers can also expect a live performance from an Afro-Reggae band from the Ivory coast. A $15 cover at the door includes a boricua buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. Best part: you don’t have to worry if your jeans are too baggy or if they’ll let you in with that fitted – just come ready to get encendio. MORE INFO.
If you: Want to dance en pareja.S.O.B.’s Taste of Latin Paradise
Ny Mag recently awarded S.O.B’s “Best NYC Rap Venue” of 2012, but this polyrhythmic venue hasn’t forgotten its latin roots (SOBs does stand for Sounds of Brazil, after all…) This New Year’s Eve, you can watch samba dancers shake their tail feather while enjoying a five-course Nuevo-Latino prix-fixe menu. But don’t eat too much, because the live latin music line up is the kind that will have dudes dándote vueltas on the dancefloor all night: eleven-piece salsa orchestra La Excelencia will be playing alongside Haitian kompa band Carimi (kompa is basically merengue’s Haitian cousin). Choose from one of three New Year’s Eve pricing packages, ranging from $30-160. MORE INFO.
If you: Miss the 90s.Rico Suave’s New Year’s Eve w/ La Prohibida
Nacotheque’s Marcelo Cunning is behind this new party, named after hilarious Ecuadorian rapper Gerardo Mejia’s one-hit wonder “Rico Suave” (you all remember it….). For New Year’s Eve he’ll be teaming up with Spanish drag queen/Boy George look alike La Prohibida, whose electropop will have you busting out all the old 90s moves. MORE INFO.
The Rub New Year’s Eve
This hip-hop party used to pack Park Slope’s Southpaw before the venue was shuttered (RIP). For New Year’s Eve, resident DJs Cosmo Baker, DJ Ayres & DJ Eleven are taking to the party to Gowanus’ The Bell House. Expect everything from your favorite classic Big Pun jams to newer rap, pop and disco bangers. The usual suspects will be accompanied by special New Year’s Eve guest DJ Wonder. MORE INFO.
If you: Are fond of tropical booty beats.Bembe New Year’s Eve.
DJ Beto of the iBomba parties will be spinning basically every variant of global bass you could ever hope to get hastabajo to this New Year’s Eve: dancehall, reggae, cumbia, merengue, soca, brazilian, salsa & more. Plus he’ll be accompanied by live percussionist Chauncey Yearwood – so it’ll be BEATS FROM ALL ANGLES. $25 at the door gets you an open bar from 8:30- 10:00 and a free champagne toast at midnight. The space isn’t very big, so come prepared to back it up on your neighbors. MORE INFO.
If you: Like to keep it classy.La Zarza New Year’s Eve
Buenos Aires meets Barcelona at this East Village spot. Drawing a model-ish, fancy cocktail crowd, it’s the place to go for a fresa lounge scene this New Year’s Eve. A $65 general admission fee gets you a 5 hour open bar, or you can opt from a variety of New Year’s Eve VIP upgrades that ensure a table to sit at and bottles to pop all night long. MORE INFO.
If you: Want the speakers to rattle your ribcage.
The Oxford Group Presents New Year’s Eve 2013
This New Year’s Eve party is where Moombah Madness and Dubstep Delirium combine. Featuring a headlining performance by NYC’s Sazon Booya, along with Alex English (Webster Hall) and Dali/Nicky Twist, expect the beats to thump and the booze to flow. Basically, it’ll be like that NY Lottery commercial that used Sazon Booya’s “Oye Mami” track – hopefully including drunken cameos from George Washington, Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin. MORE INFO.
If you: Want a side of sancocho with your salsa.New Year’s Eve at Arka Lounge
Dominican model Sally Ferreira will be hosting this New Year’s eve party at Washington Heights’ Arka Lounge. Featuring DJs Bones, Clo, Lobo, & Lu, you can expect a packed dance floor all night. And when we say all night we mean it – el reventón will be going till 8am! Worried you won’t make it that long? Arka’s got your back – it’s probably the only party in NYC where sancocho will be served at 6am to fortify revelers. MORE INFO.
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