Roundup: Top Picks For New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Parties And Events In Philadelphia To Ring In 2014

Ring in 2014 with a memorable New Year's Eve celebration on the waterfront, at a concert or at one of the many, many bars and restaurants hosting festive New Year's Eve events. (Photos clockwise from top by Matt Stanley for DRWC, G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia, M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia, G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Who’s ready to party like it’s 2014? If you’re looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve by raising a glass of champagne and dancing until the wee hours, we’ve got you covered.

From blowout parties with sweet views of the fireworks to open-bar events at neighborhood bars, we’ve rounded up a slew of New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations for the 21-and-over crowd all taking place on Tuesday, December 31.

To ring in the new year, there will once again be two sets of spectacular free fireworks, one at 6 p.m. and one at midnight. Leading up to the pyrotechnics, celebrate with open bars, live music, buffet snacking and much, much more.

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Read on for our roundup of New Year’s Eve celebrations, parties and events in Philadelphia.

Waterfront Celebrations

 
Funkadelphia New Year’s Eve at SugarHouse Casino: Ring in 2014 with the folks that host the two fabulous and free fireworks shows as SugarHouse’s Refinery restaurant and bar hosts a Funkadelphia New Year’s Eve party at the Delaware River waterfront casino. For a $65 advance ticket, guests enjoy live music starting at 10 p.m., a champagne toast, open bar and passed appetizers until midnight, as well as a great fireworks viewing area. For both fireworks events, SugarHouse will be broadcasting a simulcast of the show’s soundtrack. Plus, get a ride back to Center City via the SugarExpress red trolley service, which will run until 6 a.m. Tickets go up to $75 at the door, so buy in advance right here.

The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest: At the seasonal pop-up winter lounge, The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest, an all-night bash kicks off at 9 p.m. For an $85 ticket, count down to 2014 with an open bar until 1 a.m., passed hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight, and DJ spinning inside the 400-person warming tent all night. At midnight, just step outside to see the waterfront fireworks. Tickets are available online. BONUS: Use code “UWISHUNU” for $35 off tickets!

Blue Cross RiverRink Party on Ice: Spend New Year’s Eve gliding on the ice in view of the Delaware River (and the awesome fireworks!) at the Blue Cross RiverRink’s Party on Ice. Reserve tickets online as a skater for $35 or as a spectator for $25 for a skating session from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a front-row view of the midnight countdown and fireworks display. Tickets are also available for skating during the 6 p.m. fireworks show.

• Vintage New Year’s at Independence Seaport Museum: For an all-inclusive soiree with fabulous views of the midnight fireworks, head to the Independence Seaport Museum for a Vintage New Year’s, produced by the good people of Drink Philly, Mole Street Productions and Rolling Barrel. Partygoers are invited to don their best vintage outfits and, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., enjoy unlimited pours, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight, plus live tunes by rocking local soul and funk group The Sermon!, dance music by DJ Adrian Hardy and a hat contest, followed by the best view of the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. The $100 ticket is available online and includes all drinks, food and entertainment, plus a $20 Uber credit for travel. BONUS: Use code “UWISHUNU” for $10 off tickets!

• Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing: At the Hyatt Regency’s VIP New Years Eve Affair, an all-inclusive bash, start off with a reception from 8 to 9 p.m. followed by a decadent buffet dinner in the Columbus Ballroom. Then, move into the Riverview Ballroom for great views of the midnight New Years Eve fireworks display. After midnight, enjoy dessert, dancing and drinks until 1:30 a.m. The $135 ticket includes all food, entertainment, beer, wine, gratuity and tax. A cash bar will be available, too. For the complete menu, check here. For reservations, call 215-928-1234.

• Dave & Busters New Year’s Eve at Night Party: At waterfront arcade and gaming funhouse Dave & Buster’s, the New Year’s Eve parties rock all evening. After a family-friendly affair at from 4 to 7 p.m., the 21 and up crowd parties from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Celebrate with a four-hour open bar, dinner, dessert and dancing before watching the fireworks at midnight for $90 per person or $160 per couple; without the open bar $55 per person or $100 per couple. Tickets are available online.

Gala Events

 
• New Year’s Eve at Stratus Lounge: Spend New Year’s Eve at the city’s swanky rooftop Stratus Lounge at the tony Hotel Monaco. Dress to impress for a posh party with passed appetizers from 9 to 11 p.m., live entertainment, party favors, specialty cocktails and skyline views. A $150 ticket includes an open bar until midnight, select menu items, limited liquors, wine, beer, and champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, call 215-925-2889.

 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge Party: For $175 per person, camp out at 10 Arts for the evening (and for the midnight balloon drop and champagne toast!) for a six-course dinner at 8 p.m. The six-course meal is $75 for children ages 4 to 12. The à la carte menu will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at The Piazza: In Northern Liberties, attend five parties for the price of one ticket at New Year’s Eve at The Piazza. In addition to a 20,000-square-foot heated tent set up in The Piazza, the bash includes admission to Kings Oak, Max’s Brew Bar, Gunners Run and PYT. The huge party — more than 3,000 are expected — features a 5 hour premium open bar, buffet-style food from The Piazza restaurants and live entertainment. The VIP tickets include top-shelf spirits, exclusive bathrooms and express entry. Tickets are available online, and are currently $85 for general admission and $150 for VIP, but will increase in price closer to the event.

• Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing: At the Hyatt Regency’s VIP New Years Eve Affair, an all-inclusive bash, start off with a reception from 8 to 9 p.m. followed by a decadent buffet dinner in the Columbus Ballroom. Then, move into the Riverview Ballroom for great views of the midnight New Years Eve fireworks display. After midnight, enjoy dessert, dancing and drinks until 1:30 a.m. The $135 ticket includes all food, entertainment, beer, wine, gratuity and tax. A cash bar will be available, too. For the complete menu, check here. For reservations, call 215-928-1234.

• Crystal Tea Room Grand Ballroom: In the richly appointed Crystal Tea Room ballroom in the historic Wannamaker Building, an all-night black-tie party rages from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with an open bar, buffet dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets range from $30 (for after 12:30 a.m. admission) to a $215 all-inclusive, reserved seating VIP pass. Tickets are available online.

• New Year’s Eve at the Sheraton Society Hill: Dance all night to the sounds of classic, rock and pop with the City Rhythm Orchestra at the Sheraton Society Hill. The party begins at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres followed by a four-course dinner and dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Just step outside for a peek at the midnight fireworks display, too. Tickets are $130, not including tax and gratuity, and are available online.

• New Year’s Eve at The Downtown Club: Spend the last hours of 2013 in the gorgeous event space with New Year’s Eve at the Downtown Club. Located just off of Independence Mall, head to the luxe space for an opulent all-night party including three rooms of entertainment and party favors, a five-hour open bar with passed cocktails and a midnight toast, as well as a huge spread of food all night — from sushi and shrimp cocktail to a full chef-manned dinner buffet to a midnight breakfast buffet and dessert. Tickets are available online, and start at $175 and include complimentary valet parking.

• Black & Gray New Year’s Eve Affair at Han Dynasty: At Han Dynasty’s huge new Old City space, New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean a dinner of spicy Sichuan. The two-story restaurant hosts a Black & Gray New Year’s Eve Affair from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The ladies who don black and gray outfits are free until 11 p.m., and general admission tickets are $30, with VIP tickets for $100. Tickets are available online.

Neighborhood Bar Celebrations

 
• The Trestle Inn GO GO NYE A Funk & Classic Disco Dance Party: Spend New Year’s Eve with grooving go-go dancers and plenty of funk, soul and disco tunes at a whiskey-fueled bash at The Trestle Inn. The Callowhill neighborhood party features a live DJ all night, The Trestle Specials dancers, a complimentary welcome drink and snacks, plus drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. Advance tickets are $20, and are available online. Note that tickets are $25 at the door, but this party sold out last year, so make plans now to ring in 2014 at The Trestle.

• New Year’s Eve Open Bar at Varga Bar: In addition to two beer-dinner seatings, New Year’s Eve at Varga Bar in Washington Square West means a three-hour open-bar option. For $55, cheers with an incredible selection of craft beers, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Plus, look out for a 10-foot cheesesteak. For reservations, call 215-627-5200.

Pod: Dance, dine and toast to 2014 this New Year’s Eve at Pod’s evening soiree. Groove to the tunes of a live DJ and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Best of all, there is no cover to join the action.

• Strangelove’s New Year’s Eve Beer Bash: Whether you’re vegan or a meat loving Philadelphian, Strangelove’s New Year’s Eve beer bash provides city dwellers with hors d’oeuvres a four-course meal (that can be made vegan-friendly), an open beer bar, a table for the whole night and a toast at midnight. Get all of this for $125 per person. Tickets are available online.

• Dolphin Tavern Pop Muzik New Year’s Eve: On South Broad Street, spend the night at an ’80s dance party. For just $20, bop to DJ Robert Drake’s new wave beats, take advantage of a two-hour open bar of Tecate and well liquor from 9 to 11 p.m, and raise a glass of complimentary champagne at midnight. The music lasts all night, and tickets are available online.

• Brauhaus Schmitz’s New Year’s Eve Party: Ring in 2014 in German style. For $125, sip, dine and dance at Brauhaus Schmitz’s New Year’s dinner and bash. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., enjoy a four-hour open bar (with exclusive German imports!), a buffet featuring traditional German bites and live oompah music.

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• City Tap House No Bullsh*t NYE: City Tap House brings back a No Bullsh*t New Year’s Eve with an open bar, champagne toast and live music by Swift Technique. The open bar runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and includes 60 taps, wine and cocktails. City Tap House’s full menu is available until 11 p.m., though not included in the $75 ticket. Tickets are available online.

• Ortlieb’s New Year’s Eve: Count down to 2014 at Ortlieb’s with live music from Brother JT, Creem Circus, St. James and The Apostles. Plus, jam to rock vinyl with DJ Joe Bonaventura. The $45 tickets gets you an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and a champagne toast at midnight, too. Tickets are available online.

• Johnny Brenda’s New Year’s Eve with Screaming Females: Spend New Year’s Eve in Fishtown rocking out at Johnny Brenda’s with the New Jersey-based punk band Screaming Females. Opening acts include Swearin’, Batty, DJs Chris Wilson & Perry Shall. Tickets are just $15 for the show and are available online.

• New Year’s Eve at Boot & Saddle: At the recently revamped Boot & Saddle on South Broad Street, the New Year’s Eve party includes an open bar starting at 9 p.m. of Yuengling Lager draft, Narragansett cans and all well drinks, plus a high-energy show from The Highwater Preachers, Red Skiles & The Country Ramblers, and spun tunes by DJ Breakfast. Tickets are $50 for the rocking party, and are available online.

• Silk City New Year’s Eve with DJ DeeJay: Dance the night (and year!) away with DJ Deejay at Silk City. The music on New Year’s Eve is bound to keep you grooving into the New Year. Tickets are $40 (now only available at the door), and include an open bar from 9 to 11 p.m., a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, three bars, heated outdoor tent, drink specials and party favors. Note that this party is expected to sell out, so arrive by 8 p.m. to get in.

Center City & Old City Bar Parties

 
• Cuba Libre 1920s Caraval de Havana: Cuban restaurant and club Cuba Libre hosts a five-course dinner at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., but after the dishes are cleared aways, the dancing begins. At 11 p.m., a 1920s-style Latin floor show brings the heat and DJs spin salsa, merengue and bachata. For a two-hour open bar, scoop up one of the 50 VIP tickets for $60. General admission is $25 per person or $40 per couple, and tickets are available online.

• Eat, Drink, Sing New Year’s at Yakitori Boy: Sing your way into 2014 at Chinatown’s karaoke bar. Yakitori Boy offers up more than half a dozen package options, with three general admission, open-bar options ranging from $55 for an advance ticket and three-hour open bar to $85 for a night-of ticket and five-hour open bar. All tickets include gratuity and tax, and are available online.

a.bar: In Rittenhouse, you can bet the square will be alive with activity. Drop in at a.bar, a.kitchen’s intimate adjacent bar, for an expertly made cocktail or special glass of sparkling wine. There are no tickets, reservations or minimum purchases required, but there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Alma de Cuba: Alma de Cuba is a one-stop-shop for New Year’s Eve fun on the final eve of 2013. Groove to the tunes of a live DJ and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

El Vez: Ring in the New Year Mexcian-style at El Vez’s New Year’s bash. Groove to the tunes of a live DJ and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Best of all, there is no cover to join the action.

Continental Mid-town: Party at The Continental Mid-town on New Year’s Eve as it supplies guests with a complimentary champagne toast and an on-site DJ for maximum dancing.

• Barra & Bside VIP Party: Two venues team up in Old City to host a big bash with a five-hour open bar starting at 9 p.m., three DJs, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast buffet. Tickets for the party are $55, and are available online.

• New Year’s Eve at Drinker’s: Head to any of the three of the Drinker’s establishments for a New Year’s Party. The Rittenhouse, Old City and University City locations all offer up a $45 per person party with an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., hors d’oeuvres, DJs, dancing and a champagne toast. Interested in spending the night in Old City? Scoop up an all-access pass, still $45, to Drinker’s Old City and Lucy’s Hat Shop to bar crawl.

• New Year’s Glitter Gayla at Tabu: Celebrate in the Gayborhood at Tabu with the Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque. Come early dine on a four-course dinner pre-show, or show up later to take in the tassle twirling. All tickets include complimentary Grey Goose Cherry Noir cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight, and range from $15 for the show to $75 for a pair of VIP tickets to dinner and the show. Tickets are available online.

• Howl at the Moon: Sing in the New Year at Center City’s dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon. Two ticket packages are available — a standing room deal for $75 with an open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. or a seated option starting at $125. Tickets and table packages are available online.

• Moriarty’s Pub: On Walnut Street, Moriarty’s Pub hosts a New Year’s Eve Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. For $65, drink up from a four-hour open bar and nosh on hearty passed hors d’oeuvres like mini quiche, pigs in a blanket and bacon-wrapped scallops. Check out the complete menu here. Tickets are available online.

Concerts

 
• Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve Concert: The Philadelphia Orchestra performs an upbeat and festive concert to put you in good spirits for 2014. The concert will take place at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. and end in time for you to grab New Year’s Eve dinner or drinks. Pop by nearby spots Estia, Perch Pub, Russet, 10 Arts, XIX or a number of other nearby bars and restaurants for a bite and drink after the concert. Tickets start at $65 and are available online.

• MilkBoy Philly with The Lawsuits: Busy music venue MilkBoy Philly welcomes modern Americana group The Lawsuits, with opening performances from indie rockers TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Commonwealth Choir. At 8:30 p.m., a $15 cover begins to catch the upstairs rock show. Tickets are available online.

• Johnny Brenda’s New Year’s Eve with Screaming Females: Spend New Year’s Eve in Fishtown rocking out at Johnny Brenda’s with the New Jersey-based punk band Screaming Females. Opening acts include Swearin’, Batty, DJs Chris Wilson & Perry Shall. Tickets are just $15 for the show and are available online.

• Ortlieb’s New Year’s Eve: Count down to 2014 at Ortlieb’s with live music from Brother JT, Creem Circus, St. James and The Apostles. Plus, jam to rock vinyl with DJ Joe Bonaventura. The $45 tickets gets you an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and a champagne toast at midnight, too. Tickets are available online.

 World Cafe Live: At University City music venue World Cafe Live, both the upstairs and downstairs stages host live music on New Year’s Eve. Downstairs, show off your dance moves with Philly Bloco as they celebrate with an upbeat mix of samba, funk and reggae to bring you into 2013. Upstairs, jam out with blues band the Dukes of Destiny. Tickets are for $35 Philly Bloco and $30 for Dukes of Destiny, and all tickets are available online.

• Undergrounds Arts with West Philadelphia Orchestra: Boisterous Balkan jam band West Philadelphia Orchestra plays the night away at Underground Arts on New Year’s Eve, with supporting acts including Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket and the Extraordinaires. General admission tickets, $30, are available online.

• A Victorian New Year’s Eve at The Trocadero: The historic Trocadero Theatre hosts a Victorian-era-themed New Year’s soriee, Victoriana, with a burlesque performance by Busts & Trunks and a magic show, as well as a live DJ spinning modern tunes. The costume party kicks off at 9 p.m., and does include a champagne toast. Tickets are $20 in advance online, and $25 at the door.

• New Year’s Eve at Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar at The Blockley: Before The Blockley shutters, the University City venue hosts musicians from Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar for a piano show and five-hour open bar. Tickets, $65, are available online.

• TLA with Baauer: At the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street, Baauer — best know for soundtracking the viral video Harlem Shake with a song of the same name — plus Swizzymack and Xaphoon Jones take the stage to bring in the New Year. Tickets, $35, are available online.

• Electric Factory with LOTUS: Cavernous warehouse music venue Electric Factory hosts LOTUS on New Year’s Eve. The instrumental post-rock and electronic dance band will rock the house with opening act Risky Disko. Tickets, $51.50, are available online.

Tours & More

 
 New Year’s Eve Ghost Tour at The Powel House: Take a break from the holiday partying and tour Philadelphia with the Toast With A Ghost New Year’s event. The historic Powel House was a spot for many high society parties in the 1700s and 1800s, and now serves as the site for this spooky one-hour tour. Five tours are available on New Year’s Eve between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., and tickets are available online. This creepy tour is not for all, though: bear in mind it’s for ages 13 and up.

• New Year’s Eve Midnight Run 5K: Get a running start into 2014 with the annual Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Midnight 5K Run and Party. Starting in South Philly at McFadden’s at the ball park. Packet pick up starts at 9:30 p.m., and the party kicks off at 10 p.m. When the clock strikes midnight, the race starts. Runner and guest registration includes admission to McFadden’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, too, which features an open bar and food. Tickets for the run and party are $60, and registration is available online.

• Spirit of Philadelphia: The Spirit of Philadelphia hosts two New Year’s Eve parties aboard its Delaware River cruiser. For the 21 and over crowd, an 8:30 p.m. boarding brings a night of dancing, entertainment, food and an open bar. The Spirit of Philadelphia will cruise the waterfront from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and will finish off with a dockside party until 1 a.m. Tickets start at $174.90. Head down to the ship a little earlier for a family-friendly dinner cruise from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with views of the 6 p.m. fireworks. Tickets are available online.

All-Inclusive Passes and Bar Crawls

 
• New Year’s Eve at Drinker’s: Head to any of the three of the Drinker’s establishments for a New Year’s Party. The Rittenhouse, Old City and University City locations all offer up a $45 per person party with an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., hors d’oeuvres, DJs, dancing and a champagne toast. Interested in spending the night in Old City? Scoop up an all-access pass, still $45, to Drinker’s Old City and Lucy’s Hat Shop to bar crawl.

• Philadelphia All-Access NYE Party Pass: If you’re looking to bar hop all across the city on New Year’s Eve, grab an All-Access Party Pass for complimentary admission to more than 10 different NYE parties. For $160, hit parties at Field House, G Lounge, Johnny Utah’s, Recess Lounge, Whisper and more. Tickets and more details are available online.

• NYE Celebration 2014 at Xfinity Live!: Score access to seven parties all under the Xfinity Live! roof. Toast with a five-hour open bar, DJs in each room, dancers performing inside Victory Beer Hall and live music in a heated tent. Plus, watch the ball drop on the 32-foot big screen inside NBC Sports Arena with a complimentary champagne toast. Tickets start at $85, and are available online.

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