The New Year's Eve Playbook: German beer hall bashes and rooftop dance parties

New York You thought this was the year you were finally going to do something totally low-key on NYE like watch Julie & Julia and make all the recipes they do in real time!... uh... lift mad weights, or something. Instead though, you're just frantically looking around for something fun to do like the rest of us, so we've scoured the options and come up with five epic parties that are all definitely better than trying to not burn your beef bourguignon.

Funky Beer Hall at Radegast: The German brew hall is getting crazy (and more than a little random) with a New Orleans "Dress Ball" featuring live bands, burlesque, and a 2a "anti-hangover remedy"  garlic soup. Get more info here Continue Reading

Race into 2014: If you're feeling a little less like getting boozed-up and a lot more like watching people other than yourself run in the freezing cold, check out the midnight road race in Central Park, complete with a costume contest, fireworks, and... a giant inflatable Foot Locker guy? Sign up here

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Underground Soul Party: The Tippler is turning its subterranean cocktail joint digs into a dance party with no cover and a DJ starting at 8p that'll be playing boogaloo, soul, and raw funk. You have no other plans... how can you turn down boogaloo? Check it out

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New Year's with Your Ex-Girlfriends: Head downstairs at BBQ haven Hill Country (with a bunch of meat) for a no-ticket-necessary concert from Your Ex-Girlfriends, an all-female country band starting at 930p. Get the scoop here

Dance Party in Williamsburg: With two brief open bars from 11p-130a & 4a-430a, known-for-its-rooftop bar Night of Joy is ringing 2014 in with two DJs, no cover, and all kinds of craziness.