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Top 20 gayest parties for ringing in the New Year

sushi key west shoe drop
Gary Marion as beloved drag queen Sushi hangs in an oversized replica of a women’s red high heel over Duval Street. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Before your New Year’s Eve resolutions set in, get ready to go big (or go home) one last time in 2023. GayCities found the hottest New Queer’s Eve celebrations, from NYC rooftops and circus tents to Mexican beaches and nightclubs in Madrid.

Masterbeat NYE in Los Angeles

This New Year’s Eve party goes all weekend long, with multiple events hopping between some of LA’s hottest clubs. It all starts Saturday at DTLA’s iconic Belasco Theater with Masterbeat’s Yellow Brick Road, where DJs Shane Marcus and Micky Friedmann will turn it out and kick off the weekend. After a much-needed disco siesta, the festivities move next door to The Mayan for the main event: Emerald City New Year’s Eve 2024. After the ball drops and downtown starts to fade, the revelry moves back to Belasco for 2 parties: Wicked Afterhours and Over the Rainbow. For our party boys looking for a nearby high-end crash pad, be sure to snatch a suite at the W Hotel and catch up on your REM cycles after this NYE marathon.

W Hollywood

Hollywood’s sparkling new gem 6250 Hollywood Boulevard · Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 798-1300

Masterbeat NYE

Party the year away


Miami Beach

If you’re ready to go all out this NYE, this four-day festival dubbed Miami’s queerchella is the celebration for you. The weekend is made up of five parties featuring performances from celeb DJs and drag queens. The festivities crescendo into Saturday for the main event, Dreamland New Year’s Eve, featuring a surprise special guest. Revelers can enjoy a coda to this weekend on Sunday. However, at some point during this cacophony of queerness, you should probably replenish the carbs you danced off. Consider hitting up Big Pink in South Beach for some traditional diner fare to absorb a weekend’s worth of NYE libations.

Big Pink

Old-school diner with a huge menu 157 Collins Ave · Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-4700

Dreamland NYE Miami

Make your dreams come true


Techno & Leather in Madrid


Dec 27, 2023 – Jan 7, 2024

For our fetish-focused jet setters who find themselves in Spain for New Year’s, be sure to smack up PRIDESH NYE Week. The moniker “week” is a bit of a misnomer since this cavalcade of kink runs for twelve days. These 12 Days of Kink-mas, as it were, feature a cast of Europe’s best DJs in the fetish scene playing a myriad of styles, such as Indie-Dance, MH&T (aka Melodic House & Techno), and Progressive House. And for some sweaty fun off the dance floor, sneak off to the Sauna Puerto de Toledo bath house and pick up local papí.


Fetish frenzy


Sauna Puerto de Toledo

Secret spot Cta. de las Descargas, 6 · Madrid 28005
(913) 659-095

Moulin Rouge party in San Francisco

NYE 2024 Presented by PRINCESS x OASIS SF

Dec 31, 2023 – Jan 1, 2024


PRINCESS plus OASIS plus NYE equals a menagé trois of fun in San Francisco. This themed event features three stages of entertainment, including a non-stop drag spectacular from some of SF’s fiercest local queens. And for our football-loving bromosexuals, pull it together Sunday afternoon to hit up the sports bar Hi Tops.


Hi Tops

Lively bar for every sport 2247 Market St · San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 551-2500

The Morning After in SF

It’s A New Day + Breakfast Of Champions Block Party 2024

Jan 1, 2024

breakfast for champions

Keep the celebrations going with The Great Northern at their New Year’s day block party going from 4 am to 9 pm New Year’s Day. With tons of DJs, stages, and VIP cabanas, this is more of a festival than a block party. Burlesque dancers, aerial circus performers, magicians, and pole dancers provide even more entertainment throughout the day. There’s so much to do, you’ll forget about your hangover from the night before, but the freshly made cocktails and food trucks available will help out too.

The Great Northern
5 San Francisco ‘hoods to get your gay on

Key West’s famous Shoe Drop

NYE at the Bourbon Street Pub

Dec 31, 2023 - Jan 1, 2024

shoe drop
(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

The shoe drop at Bourbon Street Pub has been a Key West New Year's Eve tradition since 1996 when local drag queen Sushi first stepped into the eight-foot red stiletto. The night starts with an hour-long show leading up to the shoe drop at midnight. The event has become world-famous, even garnering coverage from Anderson Cooper. There’s limited space inside the pub, but the party overflows onto Duval Street where anyone can crowd around. Still, the street gets crowded, so show up early for the best spot. And for a plan B, mosey down the street and stake out a spot 801 Bourbon Bar.

Bourbon Street Pub in Key West

801 Bourbon Bar

Home of Sushi the Drag Queen! 801 Duval St · Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-4737

Get scandalous in London

Carwash New Year's Eve Party

Dec 31, 2023- Jan 1, 2024


The vibrant party-minded Carwash Crew invites you to dress up in effortless glitzy glamour and party with clubbers who really know how to get down on the most sophisticated night of 2023. Hosted in Central London's The Loop, this NYE event encourages partiers to don lewks inspired by your favorite pop icons and bust a move to a litany of retro beats.

Carwash New Year's Eve Party

Wash away the past


Vault 139

Basement bollocks and cocks 139—143 Whitfield St, Fitzrovia · London, England W1T 5EN
(207) 388-5500


Gala Galactica at the House of Yes

Dec 31, 2023 - Jan 1, 2024


Gay Gothamites can look toward the future with Gala Galactica at Brooklyn's House of Yes. Featuring the talents of top-notch DJs, this celebration of all things cosmic boasts a constellation of cosmic lewks. And for some down-to-earth pregayming before blasting off to the main event, grab a signature cocktail at Park Slope's Good Judy.

Gala Galactica: New Year's Eve

Enter the multiverse

House of Yes

Good Judy

Brooklyn hotspot 563 5th Avenue · Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-2710

Play Hard at Industry in Puerto Vallarta

Industry Nightclub NYE 2024 Celebration

Dec 27, 2023 - Jan 2, 2024


For NYE options south of the border, jet down to the gay vacation destination of Puerto Vallarta to work up a sweat at Industry. Boasting seven parties over as many nights, this week-long fiesta features a bevy of international DJ talent and caliente go-go boys. And for more shvitzy fun, strut down to Spartacus and nab a naughty niño in the sauna.


Celebrate NYE for a whole week!

Lázaro Cárdenas 258

Spartacus Spa/Sauna

Gay sauna complex with lush rooftop pool & deck Lazaro Cardenas 240 · PUERTO VALLARTA, JALOS 48380
(322) 178-4299

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