Winter Getaway Packing List: New Year’s Eve in New York City
December 30, 2013
NEW YORK, US – Winter festivities have already taken flight, and New Year’s Eve is right on the horizon. This (new) year, we’ve decided to head to the Big Apple to party it up in high fashion. With its glamorous crowd, bright lights, and swanky nightlife venues, we couldn’t imagine a better place to sip some bubbly and make resolutions with friends and loved ones. In preparation, we’ve chosen four top-notch lounges and clubs, from the Meatpacking District to Midtown, where a fabulous, fun-filled evening is guaranteed (check out these venues’ late-night open bars and live DJ sets!). A flute of champagne isn’t the only thing that should accessorize the fun evening; we’ve also chosen the flirty fashions we’d pack to seamlessly complement each scene.
If you’re a sucker for Manhattan’s panoramic vistas, AVA Lounge in Midtown West is an ideal choice for the night. The penthouse bar at the Dream Hotel has mesmerizing city views reaching from the Hudson River to Times Square. Gaze at the twinkling city lights below as you ring in the new year with an effervescent drink and an equally glimmering outfit. You’ll never go wrong in a sparkly mini skirt, low-cut top, and a fancy clutch.
Jarlo sequin mini skirt, USD 64, asos.com; Bubble stud knucklebox clutch, USD 2325, alexandermcqueen.com; Top with shoulder applique, USD 50, zara.com
Looking for something a bit more romantic? The chic, candlelit Cellar Bar in The Bryant Park Hotel (also in Midtown West) is perfect for an intimate soirée with a date. The exclusive, rose-hued, gothic-inspired lounge, which is an actual underground cellar, has impressive vaulted brick ceilings and lavish chandeliers that complement the sexy setting, which seems appropriate for a special occasion like New Year’s. Although cool electronic music will be spinning, you might be too dreamy-eyed with your beau to even get up and dance. So go ahead: wear those sky-high heels tonight!
High heel ankle boot sandal, USD 80, zara.com; Cybil sleeveless mini dress, USD 198, bcbg.com
At the heart of the Meatpacking District is the festive Hotel Gansevoort. The trendy urban retreat, with its rooftop pool and party atmosphere, is a definite hipster hotspot. Spend the evening basking in the hot lounge, and cool off by the poolside or out on the deck when things get heated. Would you dare steal a midnight kiss on the patio when midnight strikes? Be sure to have an extra layer on hand if that’s what you have in mind…
Boxy fur gilet, USD 130, topshop.com; Encrusted holiday 2013 nail polish, USD 9, essie.com; Lauren Merkin python clutch, USD 99, clubmonaco.com
Attention glitterati! Another Meatpacking fave is the glam destination for party animals. Tenjune’s VIP Purple Room (no need to explain why we love it, the name says it all!), with its lush velvet decor, is an elegant setting for a social night out. Pulsating beats resonate throughout the underground club (the walls are padded to ensure that the music stays concentrated inside), which is decked out in kitschy-cool zebra-print furniture. Take a seat and rest your feet after showing off those killer moves in a new dress and sexy pumps.
Adamina dress, USD 814, joie.com; Gerri-P light distressed perforated heel, USD 395, aliceandolivia.com
Between these glam venues and glittering fashions, your night will be as dazzling as the ball that drops in Times Square. Happy 2014!
Read more about these trendy nightlife venues and more in our New York Guide.AVA Lounge
Dream Hotel, 210 W. 55th St.
New York, NY (1) 212-956-7020
The Bryant Park Hotel, 40 W. 40th St.
New York, NY (1) 212-642-221
18 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY
26 Little W. 12th St.
New York, NY