Ever tried to be one of the thousands of people who crams into Times Square to watch the New Year's Eve ball drop? Opinions on that experience range from life-changing and momentous to frustrating, stressful and – due to excessive crowd size – a bit on the sweaty side. But what if there was a tremendous affair taking place in the Square the day before?
All right, it’s not really the same thing, but perhaps this singular soirée makes celebrating a day early worth your while: it’s a “New Year’s Eve Eve” party – and it’s taking place at the Copacabana (268 W. 47th St., 212-221-2672, copacabanany.com) on Friday, Dec. 30.
Conceived by The Salon promotions group and event planners, the party pays homage to the Copa’s storied history of top-notch shows and appearances by featuring more than a dozen entertainers to keep you enthralled all night long. The Copacabana is a legendary venue (from its representation in the film “Goodfellas” to inspiring the namesake Barry Manilow song, just to touch on its lengthy legacy) – and while the address has changed a number of times over its 70-year existence, it remains a venue designed for grandiose entertainment.
Starting at 6 p.m., the night will include everything from jazz acts to lounge singers to DJs spinning hip and trendy beats. Guests can enjoy complicated and creative cocktails while taking it to either the main dance floor or the rooftop lounge – but then again, if you’d rather just watch some dancing rather than hoof it yourself, a number of burlesque performers will provide their own sassy visuals (including The Minsky Sisters, an oft-discussed and in-demand duo of tap dancing, vaudevillian vamps found frequently working around NYC).
The Eve’s Eve runs until 1:30 a.m. for $25 in advance, $30 at the door (with a limited number of $70 VIP tickets as well). All guests must be 21 and older; dress to impress -- and keep in mind that the Copa takes its dress code seriously, so be sure to get good and gussied up.
Above, Sarah Tracey will be performing on New Year's Eve Eve at the Copacabana in Manhattan