Best New Year's Eve shows in New York 2016

2016 is on its way out, and good riddance--we're ready to see it go. Although parties and dinners are a New Year's celebration staple, is there a better way to greet 2017 than with live music? Time's Square might be the biggest, most famous New Year's party in New York, but there are plenty of other parties across the city, with everything from well-known DJs to trailblazing jam bands. Happy New Year!

Dec. 31 @ 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001

Jam band Phish will have not one but four shows in New York's Madison Square Garden, ending the run on New Year's Eve--marking the band's 39th performance at the venue and their 10th New Year's celebration there, the first having taken place in 1995. In addition to tickets, fans also had the chance to book travel packages, but unfortunately, all are sold out. Fans fortunate enough to snag tickets will likely be in for a treat, though. Last year's show began with the band in an hourglass structure playing "No Men in No Man’s Land," as well as the quintessential New Year's song "Auld Lang Syne."

Gov't Mule
Dec. 31 @ 9 p.m.
Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

Gov't Mule's tradition of New Year's shows continues, and this year, fans will be treated with not one but three sets from the band on both Dec. 30 and 31--one of their own, followed by sets focused on music from legends the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. The New Year's VIP ticket packages include a reserved ticket in either the first ten rows of the orchestra or the first two rows of the balcony, a pre-show party including a dinner buffet and open bar, autographed limited-edition poster, limited-edition New Year's shirt, and a code to download the set. Philadelphia-area fans will get their own chance to see the show a few days later on Jan. 2.

New Year's Eve Ball
Dec. 31 @ 8 p.m.
Webster Hall
125 E. 11th St.
New York, NY 10003

Party after hours at Webster Hall with a performance from Gramatik and DJ set from GRiZ, as well as special guests. The party also includes the biggest balloon drop in the world with 100,000 balloons falling at midnight, an open bar, four floors with eight of the city's best DJs, a live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop, continental breakfast, and more. 

The Dream Hotel Downtown New Year's
Dec. 31 @ 8 p.m.
The Dream Downtown Hotel
355 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Downtown New York is sure to be a busy place on New Year's Eve, with parties taking place all over town. The Dream Hotel in the city's Meatpacking District will offer three different DJs--one on each floor. Perhaps the most exciting of all is Afrojack, who will play a set from 11:30 until 1 in the morning in The Gallery, a 4,300-square-foot ballroom. Concertgoers can also enjoy a midnight champagne toast and live feed of the Times Square ball drop.

Animal Collective
Dec. 31 @ 12:30 a.m.
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue  
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Celebrate the New Year with an Animal Collective DJ set in Brooklyn. The party starts late at 12:30, making it a great first show of 2017. But that won't be all--more special guests will be announced closer to the event.