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New Year's Eve doesn’t have to be about paying £8 for entry to your local pub, or seeing in the bells whilst queuing for the toilet at a superclub. Here, Esquire's Ally Byers presents five New Year Events that promise be anything but an anticlimax...

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1. The Traditional New Year - Scotland’s Outdoor Keilidh: Edinburgh’s infamous Hogmanay Street Party has, yes, established itself as the favoured world destination for tartan-clad tourists and warm lager. However, The Keilidh represents a return to the ideal of Hogmanay, a ceilidh on The Mound; framed with The Castle as a back drop and an open-air view of the fireworks. True Scotsmen need not worry: patio heaters, as well as a covered bar and catering area are all on offer. Tickets £30 plus booking fee. Open 9pm-1am. Ticket includes entry to Edinburgh Street Party. For bookings, click here  
 

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2. The Alternative New Year Zeligs, Liverpool: Zeligs, a slick Italian bar/ restaurant, offers an original take on New Year: a full length Cabaret show. Watch, then get into character by playing at the event’s casino, splashing your winnings at a separate bar area with DJs playing 30s, 40s and 50s music throughout. And if it all gets a bit hot, Zeligs recently opened a sizeable terrace overlooking Albert Dock, an ideal location for watching the fireworks whilst enjoying your cigar. Tickets £99 pp for full package. Open 7pm -3am. Full package: includes a table for the evening, Prosecco and canapés reception, a three course meal, bottle of red or white wine or 4 beers and the full NYE entertainment package: casino, live music, cabaret show, entry to the separate bar and a Hogmany shot to toast the beginning of 2010. For bookings, call 0151 709 7097
 

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3. The Grown Up Raver's New Year - Good Times NYE with Norman Jay: Hosted by the only man ever to receive an MBE for ‘services to Deejaying’, the legendary Good Times warehouse parties were originally conceived by Norman Jay in the mid 1980s as an antidote to the ‘depressing times’ of the period. How fitting for the end of 2009 – although this time, its fully legal and the Shoreditch capark venue features a bar and luxury toilets. For those worrying this might take the edge off things, Good Times now use a Funktion One sound system – so even if your pill-popping days are behind you, the music will still be loud enough to physically see. Tickets £30 plus booking fee. Open 9pm – 5.30am. For bookings call 0208 815 5550, or click here 
 

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4. The Reassuringly Old School New Year - Lowlife’s New Decadent Decade: Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton are the men behind the consistently superior Lowlife parties, as well as house music website www.DJHistory.com and a bestselling music-history, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life. It’s a safe bet, then, that their 'see in the new decade' party will be a decadent affair. Held on New Year's day (to separate the die-hards from the try-hards, no doubt) at Corsica Studios in London, Berlin: A New Decadent Decade combines a 1920s theme with probably the most clued-up music policy imaginable – good justification then to shun sleep and keep the party rocking. Be warned, however, there are very few tickets left. Tickets £20, to include cocktail party with lounge music from 6pm, a free glass of champagne and warm mince pie. DJs from 10pm-6am. Dress code: Weimar decadent. For bookings, click here
 

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5. The Intimate New Year - Mr Scruff at Manchester’s Band On The Wall: Want a big room DJ without a big room bar queue? Mr Scruff will be playing Manchester’s Band In The Wall live venue this New Year's Eve. Expect the sort of diverse, easy going atmosphere that can only be truly achieved by a DJ whose other great passion is his own tea-shop. See in New Year being entertained by a man that grants you adequate bragging points at the office without having to go through the pain of finding your girlfriend’s lost shoe, coping with the drunk guy’s accusation of coat stealing or facing the financial hardship of a stratospheric cover price. Tickets £23. Open 9pm-4am. For bookings, click here