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The King’s Winter Masquerade at Sleep No More‘s famed venue, The McKittrick Hotel vastly exceeded our already high expectations last Tuesday night. The last day of the year segued into an ethereal, frenzied labyrinth of a party that began the first day of the new year. For those that know the theatrical experience that is Sleep No More, the immersive atmosphere carried over into this event.

Some party-goers had been to that night’s performance and a Grand Supper at HeathThe McKittrick Hotel’s new restaurant, while others arrived fashionably later, to revel in revelry and gorgeous, supple debauchery.

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We had gone all out–decking ourselves in our masquerade finery–and were pleased to see that everyone that night had done the same, upping the ante to quite stunning levels of adornment and mysteriousness.

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 Wandering from room to room in the sprawling spaces — from the grand, cavernous ballroom, to the hazy jazz cabaret out of another era, to a bar library with a small stage that rocked all night (and we were told there were a few other open rooms that we never even stumbled upon). Everywhere there were bars, pouring whatever our hearts’ so happened to desire, and champagne, of course, in decadent amounts.

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It was hard to stay in one room, as each one offered its own delightful distractions in the form of incredibly good music and New Year’s Eve people watching.

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Among the musical acts that caught our attention was Jon Batiste, Candy Shop Boys,Julia Easterlin, The Smoke Rings, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, People vs. Larsen, and the resident house band of The McKittrick, The Heathens.  DJ’s for the evening included Dirty Vegas, JD Samson,Tamaryn, and DJ Luke, which had the ballroom’s dance floor raging all night long.

When in need of a moment’s respite, Maximilian’s Ice Tent, the VIP area–while tiny, and without a bar–was a nice place to sit down and have a lemonade shot, bathed in an eery, icy-blue light.

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We are never short of impressed by every event that the McKittrick folks put together, both small and gargantuan like New Year’s Eve, and can’t wait to see what’s next in store.

– Ava Fedorov

Photographs by Jeffery Owens for Socially Superlative