Top New Year's Eve Parties of 2005 - The nooStars of New Years

We've scoured three cities this year to discover what New Year's offers in New York City, Miami Beach and Toronto. We probably didn't even cover a quarter of what's out there but after reviewing all the details of the events submitted to us, here is our first edition of the noo Stars of New Years. These are the events that have really caught our eye for meeting two or more of our criteria below. We applaud these venues and organizers for making the extra effort to make New Year's a special one for their guests. We hope that you do get a chance to attend one of these venues, if not on December 31st, than maybe throughout the year. View all listings

New York City

Marion's (Restaurants)
Marion's Continental Restaurant and Lounge has built quite a reputation for hosting unique New Year's experiences every year - from decadent Vegas parties to James Bond style banquets. For New Year's 2006, Marion's becomes more Madrid than Manhattan, recreating an authentic Spanish feast. Guests will be dazzled by Flamenco dancers, live musicians and a DJ who'll inspire all-night dancing. The evening's second seating is an incredible 10 course meal which includes plates such as Avruga Caviar, Black Truffle Ravioli, Poached Halibut, and Pistachio Crusted Colorado Lamb Chops. Call 212-475-7621 View listing

Loft Eleven: Viva New Year's (Unique)
"Fashion", "stunning exotic beauties", "fascinating décor" are among a few of the elements of this carnival themed NYE bash at Loft 11 in the heart of Times Square. DJ Kris and Leo spin a true international medley from House to Hip Hop, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Freestyle, Pop and more. Live performances by Samba Novo and dancers add Brazilian carnival flair while Isabele-Claudia Baylock exhibits 25 of her newest and sexiest garments, "inspired by layers of different world wide cultures". The Spanish tradition is also woven into this celebration as guests eat 12 grapes at midnight. Make sure you get seedless grapes! View listing

Bond 45 (Restaurants)
A first New Year celebration for this retro Italian steak, seafood and pasta emporium, here you can "celebrate New Year's like prohibition just ended". At this event, you'll be going back to the 1930s where guests are encouraged to dust off their fedoras, don their double breasted suits, and let their feather boas fly. A $125 prix fixe a la carte dinner includes a Prosecco toast at midnight while entertainment comes in the form of a live swing band. View listing

Nest (Nightclubs)
Ever wondered what it's like to open a maze of a nightclub and lounge in time to celebrate New Year's? It's fabulously energetic and an extra reason to celebrate with guests. Not only is Nest pulling everything out of the bag to open on time for '06 but it's running one of the longest open bars we've seen this year at 7 hours. Celebrity host Brittny Gastineau of the Gastineau girls will be mingling and performing a live countdown (hopefully not after 7 hours). Delicious passed hors d'oeuvres from chef David Coleman include Charred Flank Steak, Tiger Shrimp Turnovers, and Bluefin Tuna Tartare and that's before breakfast arrives in the wee hours of the morning. The New York Times hails his creations as "imaginative and skillful". View listing / Buy tickets online

S.O.B.'s (Unique)
Samba rhythm is making its way around more than one venue this year. $175 at this Latin flavored club includes "a blast of Latin brass and Bahian beats", samba dancers, a six course dinner, dancing, and breakfast at dawn. If the dancers aren't enough to entertain, then maybe the Jimmy Bosh Orchestra & Ogans will do the trick. After midnight a DJ drops "tropical rhythms". View listing

Algonquin Hotel (Hotels)
The Algonquin Hotel's 103rd New Year's Eve celebration pays homage to an "Olde New York", one of glamour and sophistication of white gloves and top hats. Enjoy the open bar in the historic lobby and then dinner in the Round Table Room and the Oak Room. The famous swing band - Vince Giorgance & the Nighthawks, who produced the soundtrack for Leonardo diCaprio's The Aviator - will perform classic standards and swing favorites. At the turn of the new year, a complimentary champagne toast will be shared by all guests. View listing

Bubble Lounge (Bars and Lounges)
Elegance and luxury define LUXE: New Year's Eve at the Bubble Lounge. This black tie optional affair with an unlimited champagne menu, premium open bar, passed hors d'oeuvre and appetizers raises the bar on celebrating the turn of the year. Who can resist ringing in the New York with a little (or a lot) of the best bubbly in a swanky, yet cozy lounge? View listing / Buy tickets online

Miami Beach

The Raleigh Hotel (Hotels)
With a nod to Cirque du Soleil, the Raleigh Hotel's New Year's blast promises to be one of the most unique on the beach. A plethora of celebrity hosts and 20 circus performers will mingle with guests, swallow swords, walk on fire and perform magic. With all types of music from hip-hop to eighties, you'll find plenty of entertainment here. While tickets are not cheap, the prices are worth the value - $200 gets you a three-hour open bar. $125 if you're a hotel guest. Dish up $3,500 and you'll land a ½ cabana with 5 bottles of booze. View listing

Marriott Biscayne Bay (Hotels)
Experience the essence of Miami's unique nightlife. Inspired by the glamour of Vegas, the soul of Rio and the rhythm of Havana, Buena Gente hosts an unprecedented New Year's Eve event. Samba dancers entertain with a 6-piece Brazilian drum line, aerialists perform 20 feet above and a DJ spins all night long. A three-course gourmet dinner is served overlooking brilliant lights illuminating the Bay and an open premium bar serving tropical cocktails is offered all night-long. View listing

Toronto

This is London (Nightclubs)
Sweet, decadent, unexpected surprises await you at This is London's "Wunder '06" NYE event. Come ready for an adult style Wonka inspired adventure at this swanky, multi-level social club. All the usual trimmings will be sugar coated, fabulously colorful and will include a glass of bubbly at the stroke of midnight, party favors and Mr. Wonka's finest delectable treats! View listing

Criteria
  • Change & Risk
    - Is the venue offering an event that is noticeably different than the other events in the same category?
    - Is the venue putting in the extra effort to do something different compared to its usual events?
    - Are the organizers taking any sort of risks to make the experience unique?
  • Creativity
    - Is the venue incorporating the arts - music, dance, painting, themes, fashion, performances?
    - Is the venue promoting creative expression by guests, hosts, staff and/or performers?
  • Culture
    - Is the event making any attempts to bridge cultural gaps?
  • Service
    - Is the venue showing a commitment to special service for its event?

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