Remember old acquaintances (and maybe make some new ones) while you kiss the year goodbye. Masquerade balls, meditation sessions, a Post Malone concert — there are all kinds of ways to celebrate this New Year’s Eve. Here are our picks for an unforgettable start to 2019.
Meet a mysterious stranger at the King’s Winter Masquerade at the McKittrick Hotel, longtime home to “Sleep No More.” Don your best royal gown or suit in black, gold and silver and add a mask (it’s BYOM). After a surf-and-turf feast, you’ll be treated to extravagant acrobatics and dancing to live jazz and a DJ. 21 and over. Tickets start at $150. Doors open at 6 p.m., 530 W. 27th St.; McKittrickHotel.com
The Illuminati Ball is an over-the-top, R-rated experience. Dress in something formal and creative, choose a mask from their masking room, then enter the ballroom for an initiation ceremony. Acrobats, singers and other performers will entertain you — or you can entertain yourself by wandering through several themed rooms. And yes, there’s an open bar, though you’ll have to buy your own snacks. 21 and over. Tickets start at $200. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., Weylin (the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank building), 175 Broadway, Williamsburg; TheIlluminatiBall.com