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New Year’s Eve ‘Eve’ on Long Island

The dining room at Bistro 72 in Riverhead

The dining room at Bistro 72 in Riverhead has modern design details. (March 17, 2011) Credit: Doug Young

Whether it’s due to the luxury of having a full weekend to celebrate the end of 2011 or just a coincidence, there has been a rising trend on Long Island and in New York City of bars and clubs throwing “New Year’s Eve Eve” parties – either in addition to or instead of the traditional Dec. 31 gatherings.

It’s always been an issue for people who go out frequently – whether it’s even worth heading out on New Year’s Eve at all, a night often referred to as “Amateur Night” – due to the fact that the last night of the year is an evening of parties for the people who, well, people who don’t really go out much. Many establishments charge tremendous cover or ticket prices, and the combination of the swollen crowd size and admission fees is considered a downer by many of the Island’s regular bar-hoppers and club-goers.

However, there are also people who don’t go out much, and would like to ring in the New Year out on the town, but also share the negative outlook concerning capacity-choking club attendance and exorbitant prices. It seems both of these concerns have given birth to the New Year’s Eve Eve (NYEE) event, where otherwise ordinary Friday night fetes are boosted with extraordinary activities.

For those looking to making Dec. 30 their biggest, best and last party of the year, here are a few suggestions:


The Whole World Is Wrong New-Wave New Years Eve Eve Party

WHERE: Avanti: 272 Post Ave. Westbury, 516-833-5733,

WHEN/ COVER: 10 p.m./ $5

WHAT TO EXPECT: Longtime new wave DJs Andre and Rob Krush (best-known for stints at defunct nightclubs Malibu in Lido Beach and Luxe in Levittown) will be spinning alternative beats while celebrated bartenders Hahn and Paulie serve $5 well drinks till midnight. There will be a countdown at midnight and a champagne toast, just like your average NYE affair.


The Night Before New Year’s at Hotel Indigo and Bistro 72

WHERE: Hotel Indigo: 830 W. Main St. Riverhead, NY 631-369-2200,

WHEN/ COVER: 9 p.m./ $85 for 4-course pairing dinner, $59 for standard dinner; $299 a couple for pairing dinner, overnight stay, breakfast for two (taxes and gratuities apply)

WHAT TO EXPECT: the hotel and its restaurant team up on a “Long Island Wines & Spirits” dinner with by band The Steve Watson Trio. Reservations are a must for the meal and hotel rooms, but a limited number of walk-ins to the bar will be allowed.


Pitbull: Live at The Paramount

WHERE: The Paramount Theater:: 370 New York Ave. Huntington, 631-673-7300,

WHEN/ COVER: 6 p.m./ $65-$143 (depending on seat location)

WHAT TO EXPECT: Armando Christian Pérez (aka “Pitbull”) has been dropping his brand of dance-worthy hip-hop for about a decade, and some of his songs ("I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho],” "Give Me Everything") have become virtual locks to be heard played in Long Island clubs nightly. Not an official NYEE bash, but with Pitbull’s energetic shows, could serve as a big night out instead of joining the Dec. 31 rush.