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Alternative ways to spend New Year's Eve

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  December 30, 2013 02:45 PM

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Despite writing about nightlife, the thought of going out on New Year’s Eve, quite frankly, makes me shudder. The cost—of double- and triple-digit entry fees to walk into bars I’d normally, um, just walk into; a sparkly new dress or similar garb—plus being crammed into close quarters with drunken revelers apt to dump their tidings of good joy, unicorn cabs, and that one friend who can’t help but cause a scene when she loses her shoes/keys/manners (which, I confess, was me in another life), makes for a potentially messy night out, and is the just cause for many to spend their nights in, with Ryan Seacrest and Chinese takeout for company.

As I learned earlier this year, though, status quo is so 2012. I had one of the best New Year’s Eves, ever, earlier this year, atop a sweaty mat in a South Boston yoga studio, where 30 strangers and I stretched, chanted and downward-dogged our way into 2013. It was different, it was therapeutic—it was perfect.

Whether you’re still on the fence about ponying up for a big-ticket night out or just want to make plans, pronto, consider partaking in one of these out-of-the-box ideas. (Confetti optional.)

Take it to the mat

When my plans fell through last New Year’s Eve—on New Year’s Eve day—I reasoned that a yoga session might provide insight into suitable replacement plans. Alas, a Google search for “South Boston yoga” returned an eponymous studio...that offered a midnight “celebration” class. Within walking distance of my apartment. Sold.

That studio, South Boston Yoga, is offering the same class again this year; there are other similar classes (which run from about 9:30/10 PM to midnight) being held at North End Yoga and O2 Yoga (Somerville location only), all of which are in the $25 to $30 range and require advance registration. Cambridge Insight Meditation Center is also offering an evening of reflection from 7:30 to 1 AM on a drop-in, suggested-donation basis.

My suggestion? Find the place closest to you and partake accordingly.

The BSO meets disco

I’ll admit it: there’s something fantastically decadent about getting dressed up for a night out at the symphony. It’s like a throwback to yesteryear, when people had manners and didn’t wear leggings as pants.

I’ve never spent New Year’s Eve at the BSO, but the reviews look good, and ticket prices ($50 to $135, not including taxes or fees) are on par with other celebrations taking place throughout the city. Plus, how many people can say they’ve spent their night rocking out to an ABBA-playing violinist?

Celebrate belatedly

If the couch is still calling your name—or you’d just rather not deal with the hype—save your celebration (and potentially your liver) for a New Year’s Day fete, when most of those drunken revelers will be parked on couches with hangovers to nurse.

Since New Year’s Day falls on a Wednesday (and since, let’s face it, this is Boston), finding a place to specifically brunch is a bit tricky, as I learned the hard way last year. Zagat put together a pretty sweet who’s who guide of where to find gourmet Bloody Marys and eggs; if your tastes wax a bit more low brow, the Pour House is a reliable (if sticky) standby, and is open from 8 AM to 3 PM.

Have other out-of-the-box ideas for New Year’s Eve? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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About this blog

Karyn Polewaczyk lives and writes in Boston, and believes that heading out into that good night, like any adventure, begins with the first step. Let's Go Out is a conversation about dating and nightlife in our notoriously chilly city, with first-hand tips from the trenches. Karyn's writing, which focuses largely on women's lifestyle topics, has appeared in the Weekly Dig, Jezebel, xoJane, Northshore Magazine and, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @KarynPolewaczyk.

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