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And now for the most dreaded question of the whole year: What are your New Year’s Eve plans?

Pro tip: Just say no to snore-worthy prix fixe dinners and leave the flurry of clublike dance parties to the kids.

Instead, we recommend these outside-the-box alternatives that will actually get you excited about the annual countdown--from playing craps at an underground speakeasy to being waited on by a gaggle of man servants. We’d say it’s enough to get you from pj’s to party dress, stat.


The Sleepover Party: Burritt Room Masquerade Ball + Stay at Mystic Hotel

Kick up your black-tie formal ensemble with a mask at this fancy but laid-back masquerade ball. Settle in with a few glasses of champers as you reminisce about the year while listening to live jazz. Then, once the clock has struck midnight, stumble on up to your pad for the night at the connecting Mystic Hotel (rooms from $309). We call it the ultimate NYE staycation.

$50 for masquerade party, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; 417 Stockton St.; 415-400-0561 or


The “Make Your Own” Party: ManServants

Celebrate this New Year’s Eve with the royal treatment. Invite the girls over, get all prettied up and hire a ManServant to make your every wish his command. From keeping the bubbly flowing to cleaning up the kitchen, your guy will treat you and your friends like queens. Come on, you deserve it.

Starting at $125 per hour;


The Costume Party: Foreign Cinema Belle Epoque Dinner

Go back in time and say cheers to la belle epoque at this themed soiree. Celebrate the golden age of yore with a Champagne toast and an a la carte dinner menu. Dishes, which highlight the 20th-century American brasserie movement, include blinis with caviar and smoked salmon, bavette steak Wellington and baked Alaska. Bonus points if you come in period attire. Make your reservation now.

$120, festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.; 2534 Mission St.; 415-648-7600 or


The Underground Party: Club 1923

From the folks behind The Speakeasy, this spirited shindig includes live jazz, an open bar with old-timey cocktails and casino games like blackjack, craps and roulette. Flapper dresses and cloche hats highly encouraged.

$150 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 644 Broadway St.; email

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