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Night Moves

From busty bombshells to a True Romance tribute, a guide to where to party on New Year's Eve.


Show the sailors some love this New Year's Eve.   

If You: Consider Yourself Royalty
Your Party: Sleep No More: Royal Huntsman's Ball
Sleep No More, the McKittrick Hotel; 6 p.m. onward; 530 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-904-1883
Everyone's favorite immersive theater experience hosts a fancy New Year's Eve ball with complimentary booze and the directive to dress in glamorous attire, "to hunt or be hunted." A variety of ticket levels are available, with the option to include a showing of Sleep No More and a feast to kick off the evening; $125–$300.

If You: Enjoy Lithe Ladies
Your Party: Murray Hill's Annual NYE Extravaganza!
Knitting Factory; 9:30 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at
Havemeyer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-529-6696

It’ll be booze, boobs, bawdy entertainment, and, uh, a monkey, with the bombshells of burlesque and their humble ringmaster Murray Hill at his annual NYE blowout. Tickets include a Champagne toast at midnight; $45–$100.

If You: Are a Cinephile
Your Party: Ward III's True Romance
Ward III; 10 p.m.; 111 Reade St., nr. West Broadway; 212-240-9194
Bespoke drinkery Ward III pays homage to director Tony Scott's life with a party themed after his 1993 crime romance (written by Quentin Tarantino). Food and an open bar fuel the festivities, with movie-themed cocktails; a D.J., should the night take you there; and, of course, the movie, projected on the back wall. Costumes aren't mandatory, but bonus points if you dress like 1993 Christian Slater or Patricia Arquette; $175.

If You: Would Rather Talk to Mannequins
Your Party: New Year's Eve at Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds; 8 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP); 234 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 800-246-8872
The celebrities at this shindig—just a block away from the ball drop—will be totally fake, but how different is that from real life? (Zing!) Snap your pics with them anyway while enjoying a buffet, passed hors d'oeuvres, a D.J., and a 4-D attraction (3-D cinema enhanced with special effects including wind, snow, mist, and scent.) $110–$1,695.

If You: Are Athletic
Your Party: SPiN New Years 2013
SPiN New York; 48 East 23rd St., nr. Park Ave. South; 212-982-8802
Is your New Year's resolution to get better at Ping-Pong? Get a jump start at SPiN, where you can lob some balls in addition to partaking in a five-hour premium open bar, live D.J. festivities, and a photographer, should you want to capture some of your sweet moves for posterity; $15–$155.

If You: Wanna Strike out
Your Party: Bowling
Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge; 8 p.m.; 624-660 W. 42nd St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 646-829-0170
Bowlmor Times Square; 8 p.m.; 222 W. 44th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-680-0012
Strike out this New Year—in a good way—with a couple of options for NYE bowling. Over in west Manhattan, Lucky Strike hosts five hours of open bar with unlimited bowling and fourteen plasma screens ($20–$175), while closer to Times Square you can ring in 2012 in the many rooms of Bowlmor, which will provide food, an open bar, a D.J., and your own paparazzi, should you want to remember the night; $45–$195.

If You: Are a Beer Aficionado
Your Party: Bar Hop
Beer Authority; 300 West 40th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 212-510-8415
The House of Brews; 8 p.m.; 363 W. 46th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-245-0551
New York Beer Company; 321 West 44th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-245-2337

Like beer? Get an all-access pass to three sudsy spots in midtown where at each location you'll score open bar, dancing, and front-of-the-line access, so you won't be stranded in the street at the midnight hour; $145.

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