Betabeat’s Guide to the New York Tech Holiday Party Circuit

Happy almost-December, New York tech! Silicon Alley may not have the PayPal mafia or the Googleplex, but it does have a veritable crapload of winter startup parties easily accessed via public transportation. Wondering where you can party (and bullshit) this holiday season? Betabeat’s got your constantly-updated guide to the hottest and free drink-est soirees in the city, complete with crashability ratings (this blog will not be held responsible for readers who get kicked out). Know of a party that’s not on our list? Prove it.

This post will be updated with startup fêtes and reposted throughout the month. To qualify, a party must be free and be thrown by a company we’ve heard of. Or else it has to look LIKE REALLY FUN. The marathon begins… now.

Friday, December 9th

The Barbarian Group—10th Birthday Party

8 p.m. to you know
The Bowery Hotel Terrace
Via private entrance on 333 Bowery
Crashable? Looks difficult.
Tagline: ‘The Barbarian Group is about to be a decade old, and we’re celebrating like the most deranged 10 year-old you’ve never met’

Monday, December 12th


6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Top of the Standard
848 Washington Street
Crashable? Could be difficult.
Tagline: ‘Proper attire recommended, NO SNEAKERS PLEASE’


7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
3 Bleecker St., downstairs
Crashable? Encouraged.
Tagline: ‘Come drink, be merry, and chill with us.’

Wednesday, December 14th

7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Skylight One Hanson
@ 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Crashable? To the max.
Tagline: ‘The Swankiest Kegger You’ll Ever Attend (Tuxedo Not Required)’

Thursday, December 15th


8 p.m.
DOM & TOM Offices
36 Cooper Square, 4FL
Crashable? RSVP required
Tagline: “All the droids and drones here at Dom & Tom Inc. would like to welcome you to our statistically festive Holiday Party! We’ve precisely calculated the correct amount of alcohol to make you happy while getting you home safely.”


8 p.m. to late
Yipit HQ
3 West 18th St, 2nd Floor
Crashable? Nah, son. “Friendly guest policy but most likely won’t be open to walk-ins.”
Tagline: TBD

Friday, December 16th

New Work City DIY Holiday Festival

New Work City
412 Broadway (at Canal)
Crashable? For $10 or a six-pack.
Tagline: “Mega-buttloads of good cheer!”


Only In The Alley: A gift from Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley (hosted by SNAP Interactive, Hotlist, Mashable and FDNY)

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Ainsworth
122 West 26th Street
Crashable? Yes.
Tagline: ‘A party so full of holiday cheer, you might need Facebook’s Timeline to remember it all!’

Want to get your party on the list? Email us, and let us know which details to include. We’ll be omitting the addresses for the most exclusive events (although we tend to believe the more, the merrier when it comes to winter party times. We know Macallan 12 just gave you all that scotch anyway). You won’t be able to make it to all the soirees, but Betabeat’s got you covered—we’ll be covering all the sodden happenings. In the meantime, here’s a Party Cat!

Betabeat’s Guide to the New York Tech Holiday Party Circuit