10 cool and quirky NYE parties

When it comes to making New Year’s Eve plans, you may like think of yourself as one of those who likes to play it by ear, but we all know that’s a very dangerous game. Failing to prepare means spending the New Year’s countdown stuck in line outside a sold-out club night having your water bottle of booze confiscated by the bouncer. Luckily, the kind souls at DesignMyNight have put together a handy list of NYE inspiration to help you out. Don’t rest on those New Year’s Eve laurels, read this list of the best parties happening across the country on December 31st.

1. New Year Extravaganza - London

Brixton’s favourite rooftop venue is back at again with all the cheeky Christmas cheer you can handle and, for New Year’s Eve, it’s pulling out all the stops. Alongside the delicious street food, cosy Christmas cocktails and gorgeous views over South London, The South Pole Saloon knows how to throw a party. This year they’ve lined up Peep Show’s premiere cracked out creeper, Super Hans, for a performance of his brand new live show, as well as a set from So Solid Crew’s Romeo, Lisa Maffia and Harvey. We are aware that is a lot to take in, but it’s real and likely to sell out fast, so grab your tickets now.

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2. Ballie Ballerson NYE Ball Out - London

Fancy doing New Year’s Eve like a true baller this year? Get balls deep in those New Year vibes at Ballie Ballerson’s NYE Ball Out. Dive, kick and tunnel your way through the venue’s ball pits to find your way to bar where you’ll be served retro sweet cocktails like the Skittle Sour and the Dibbie Dabberson. As New Year’s Eve parties go, this night of extravagant silliness will leave you smiling all the way through to 2018.

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3. New Year’s Eve - Party Like It’s 1997 - London

On the off-chance you’re old enough to remember 1997 beyond Teletubbies and a 7pm bedtime, you’ll know it was a year of Brit Pop and exceptionally poor fashion choices. Well, get your chokers and your butterfly clips at the ready because All Star Lanes Brick Lane are bringing the 90s back with a bang at this great NYE bowling party. Ring in 2018 to the tune of your favourite 90s jams with a bottle of bubbles in one hand and a bowling ball in the other.

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4. Twisted Circus NYE - London

There’s a Twisted Circus commandeering the Kentish Town Forum this New Year’s Eve for a night of fun, style and stunning performances. From aerialists to acrobats, and synchronised swinging to sword tricks, you’ll be privy to some of the most daredevil acts. If you get peckish, there’ll be UV candyfloss ready for you to chow down on as the DJ spins a playlist of the best Hip Hop, House, RnB and party jams to have you dancing well into the early hours of 2018.

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5. Black And Gold Ball - London

Immerse yourself in one of London’s most decadent venues this New Year’s Eve in London. Formerly a den for party pests and vagabonds, The Escapologist has tried to clean up its act, becoming one of London’s most elegant cocktail bars. However, that all goes awry this New Year’s with their decadent Black and Gold Ball. It’s James-Bond-meets-Victorian-Gentleman’s-Club for this night of delicious cocktails, debonair debauchery and lots of dancing.

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6. NYE Pre-Apocalyptic Ping Pong Party - London

Let’s make light of the current threat of nuclear apocalypse and head down Bounce, Farringdon for one of the funnest, end of the world extravaganzas going down this New Year’s Eve. Play ping pong like there’s no tomorrow, dance to DJ Shredded Pete’s disco tunes with none of the self-awareness that comes from knowing that people may mock your moves in the future, because there is no future! Spend your last night on earth with the lovely Bounce crew and pay no heed to the next morning, because it may never come...

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7. Voyage Around The World - Manchester

Take the trip of a lifetime this New Year’s Eve in Manchester. From Paris to Bangkok, make your way around the globe through seven iconic cities, all housed in Tiger Tiger for one night only. Expect amazing performances across all seven rooms, from stilt walkers to fire shows, for Tiger Tiger’s biggest and most impressive New Year’s event yet.

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8. Hogmanay At WEST On The Green - Glasgow

Party your way into the New Year at one of Glasgow’s most iconic spaces. Based in the Templeton Building, this beer hall-style bar and restaurant is the best place to get your Hogmanay hurrah on. Whether you’re there for the three-course meal or just a few steins too many, the New Year’s Eve energy will be running high at this awesome Glasgow Hogmanay party.

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9. New Year’s Eve At Jekyll & Hyde - Birmingham

Birmingham’s original gin hole will be on top quirky form this New Year’s Eve to bring you two floors of music and mayhem. For those in search of a classy and cultured affair, the upstairs gin parlour will be hosting a Gin, Cheese and Charcuterie Experience with local purveyors of artisan goodness, Anderson & Hill. For those who’d rather skip the cheese and ham and head straight for the gin and jiving, downstairs Mr Hyde’s Swinging New Year’s Eve party will be in full flow for the last knees-up of 2017.  

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10. New Year’s Eve Comedy Show - Edinburgh

Monkey Barrel Comedy presents its last show of 2017 with a stunning line-up of the best acts in Scotland and a special, national headline act. Compéred by the ever-wonderful Rick Molland, this night will have you laugh-snorting the night away until you step out into the streets of Edinburgh city centre to watch the Hogmanay fireworks signal the start of 2018.

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For more info on New Year’s Eve in London and across the UK, visit DesignMyNight and follow them on Instagram and Twitter; @DesignMyNight.

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