By Michelle Reese

It’s time to ring in the New Year, and Philadelphia is one of the best places in the country to do it! Here’s a list of Philly spots to enjoy special holiday menus and party the night away on December 31. Reservations tend to go quickly, so pick your spot now!

New Year’s Eve Parties

New Year’s Eve Party at Rivers Casino

1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia

Rivers Casino is offering THREE ways to celebrate the New Year!

A Night in Wonderland – Ticket includes pre-party in Jack’s Bar & Grill from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with open bar and live music by DJ Naj. This is followed by A Night in Wonderland Bash in the Event Center from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a premium open bar, food stations and music by DJ Nater. Tickets start at $125 though 12/22, then they go up to $175.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party – Ticket includes 3-hour open bar starting at 10 p.m., music by DJ Naj and a view of the NYE fireworks from the patio of Jack’s Bar & Grill. Tickets start at $75.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House – Enjoy a delicious 3-course surf & turf dinner with champagne toast and dessert. Dinner for two starts at $175.

Fireworks on the Waterfront

When: December 31 at 6 p.m. and midnight

Where: 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia

What’s better than counting down to the new year? Counting down twice! Philadelphia will ring in 2020 two times during the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. Shows at 6 p.m. and midnight will allow for little ones as well as adults to celebrate the New Year.

New Year’s Eve at the Crystal Tea Room

When: December 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia

Toast New Year’s 2018 at Philadelphia’s Premier Private Ballroom. The event includes 6 hours of premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, DJ spinning the latest pop, hip hop, R&B, electronic and dance music, plus a complimentary champagne toast. Ticket prices start at $99. Click here to purchase.

(Photo Credit: delawareriverwaterfront.com)

Blue Cross RiverRink

When: December 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

Ring in the New Year from the best location to see the New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest! There are two different party times focused around the two firework shows. All tickets includes entertainment, snacks, soft drinks and a cash bar, as well as access to all of the amenities around the site. Choose skating tickets ($45) or spectator tickets ($35) if you don’t wish to get on the ice. Purchase tickets here.

Spirit of Philadelphia Fireworks Viewing Party

When: December 31 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

Watch the fireworks aboard the festive Spirit of Philadelphia. The ship will cruise for a dinner and fireworks viewing party for both sets of fireworks displays.  For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

New Year’s Eve with the Philadelphia Orchestra

When: December 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia

The popular Bramwell Tovey returns, bringing his inimitable flair and irrepressible joy to this New Year’s Eve concert. Bring on the bubbly and ring in 2020 with the Fabulous Philadelphians. Get tickets here.

U-Bahn (Photo provided by Aversa PR)

U-Bahn 5th Annual Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade New Year’s Eve

When: December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 1320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

For just one night, you can be anyone. No name, no face, just one of many looking to let it go for the night as you wait for the New Year to dawn. Escape underground below the streets of Midtown Village for U-Bahn’s 5th annual black-tie masquerade party. Enjoy five hours of premium open bar, live music and DJ, hors d’oeuvres and more. Tickets starting at $100 general admission and up for VIP including table service, upgraded beverages and other perks to help you ring in the new year like a boss.

(Photo provided by Aversa PR)

Concourse Dance Party New Year’s Eve Bash

When: December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 1635, Back Entrance, Market Street, Philadelphia

Come ball out while the Ball drops into 2020! NYE tickets include a premium open bar from 9pm-2am, hot dogs, party favors, champagne toast, and DJ Menace Cartel will be layin’ down hits all night long!  Early Bird tickets are $75 (before 12/25), regular tickets are $90. *Coat check is $5 per hanger.

Morgan’s Pier New Year’s at Craft Hall

When: December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Craft Hall, 901 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia

Party like it’s still summer at our very first Morgan’s Pier NYE Celebration!  Our crew is getting back together and moving the party inside as we take over Craft Hall, up the street!  Tickets include an open bar, party favors, champagne toast, Pier Hot Dogs, and Pier resident DJ Pfeffer bringing you a dance party you’ll never forget! Early Bird tickets are $75 through Christmas Day. Regular price is $90, so get the early bird tickets while you can!

New Year’s Eve Party at SkyHigh at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

When: December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 1 N. 19th Street, Philadelphia

Ring in the New Year atop Philadelphia! This New Year’s Eve Experience will include five of Jean-Georges’ favourite bites, including caviar, Wagyu beef, scallops, truffles and a sparkling toast at Midnight. Personalize your evening and pre-order your favorite bottle of bubbly or wine. Live jazz will play from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a DJ performance will carry you into the New Year from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Watch the fireworks show from Philadelphia’s tallest tower! Tickets are $188 per person.

New Year’s Eve at Union Trust

When: December 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 717 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Guests will be pampered with a 6 hour premium open bar, where the finest libations fuels the night’s wild festivities. A live DJ will be spinning an eclectic music mix so you can dance the night away. In between songs, make your way over to the mini-buffet. Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $110. Purchase here.

New Year’s Eve All Access Pass to Philadelphia

When: December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Registration Point at Recess Lounge 125 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

An evening of NYE party-hopping with cover-free admission and first-class amenities through Philadelphia’s coveted nightlife destinations, including Recess Lounge, Finn McCools, Bru Craft & Wurst and Blume. Receive your wristband at the registration point, and then come and go from any of the venues included. Includes 5 hours of premium open bar. Tickets start at $99. Purchase here.

Finn McCool’s Ale House

When: Open to public 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. then ticketed party 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 118 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia

Finn McCool’s hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Party with 5-hour premium open bar (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.), buffet-style hors d’oeuvres, live DJ performance, live DJ countdown, complimentary champagne toast, table/Bottle service options and access to the exclusive Room 12 Lounge for VIP ticketholders. Tickets start at $60. Purchase here.

Tradesman’s 

When: December 31, Open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., then ticketed from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 1322 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Housed in the historic Tradesman’s Trust Company building with its architectural charm and 34 beer taps, this party will draw all of Philadelphia’s nightlife trendsetters. This contemporary factory-like complex is designed to manufacture the ultimate NYE event. This mega party features a 5-hour premium open bar, ensuring the drinks are flowing. A live DJ will be on the decks to keep you dancing all night, playing mashups of your favorite Top 40, hip-hop, and club hits. Enjoy complimentary party favors to get in the NYE spirit, along with complimentary early evening bites to start your night. Tickets start at $90. Purchase here.

BRU (Photo provided by Aversa PR)

BRU Craft & Wurst

When: Open to public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., then ticketed from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 1318 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Schnitzel, tinsel and more, Brü Craft & Wurst pulls out all the stops in authentic German Bier Hall style this New Year’s Eve. Featuring amenities like a five-hour premium open bar and a live DJ performance, ring in the new year, exclaiming “Prostit Neujahr” which translates to “May the new year turn out well” and raise a pint to the year past, present and yet to come. Tickets are $69-119 and include five hour premium open bar (9 p.m.-2 a.m.), buffet-style hors d’oeuvres, live DJ performance, live DJ countdown, complimentary champagne toast, table/bottle service options for VIP ticketholders. Tickets start at $70. Purchase here.

Tattooed Mom

When: December 31 from noon to 2 a.m.

Where: 530 South Street, Philadelphia

No cover, no reservations required, free party favors, groups welcome, half price drafts from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., champagne cocktail specials including specialty cocktail for the evening— The Midnight Rose (sparkling wine, aperol, orange bitters, rose syrup for $7.) They’ll also be gifting limited edition postcard & poster art by Defective Pudding, plus full kitchen menu until 1:30 a.m.! Ring in the New Year with friends old & new at TMOMs, and welcome 2020 without breaking the bank! Toast to a year full of fun & adventure with our Marquee Moon cocktail, specially crafted for the holiday spirit!

New Year’s Eve Dinners (And More)

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

1 N. 19th Street, Philadelphia
(215) 419-5000
www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia/

Sky-high views, a sophisticated atmosphere, and exquisite cuisine. At this all-new city destination, you can choose two dining options for New Year’s Dinner at Jean-Georges Philadelphia. There will be a 5:30 a la carte seating, and then a special New Year’s Eve menu with seating at 8 p.m. Toast to the New Year while enjoying an over-the-top 5-course dining experience. Take in sweeping views of the fireworks shows on the Delaware River, while the culinary team makes it a night to remember. Get more details here.

Positano Coast

212 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
(215) 238-0499
www.positanocoast.net

Positano is offering several options for New Year’s Eve. Dine a la carte from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Come in for the After-Dinner Party ($20 cover) to enjoy cash bar, live DJ, party favors and coat check. Or party the night away with a VIP ticket ($100) to the party in the Sopra Lounge, which includes top-shelf open bar, hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a live DJ. Plus – for the first time, Positano Coast will offer an all-day New Year’s Day brunch party! Call for reservations.

The Twisted Tail NYE Party (Photo via thetwistedtail.com)

The Twisted Tail

509 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia
(215) 558-2471
www.thetwistedtail.com

The Twisted Tail is offering several New Year’s Eve options for dinner and entertainment. The Mikey Junior Band takes the stage at 9 p.m. with burlesque performances occurring throughout the evening. If you’d like to just come in for the show and midnight toast, tickets are $25. (These tickets are very limited.) VIP tickets are $125 and are redeemable for $125 in food and beverage plus a midnight champagne toast. VIP Tickets include a 9 p.m. seating time (call if you’d like later) with table service and reserved seating for the entire party. Purchase tickets here.

A special New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu will be served from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This multi-course meal is $75 and includes admission to the party. View the menu here.

If you’d like to come in for an early dinner, stop if between 5 and 6 p.m. to dine a la carte. This does not include a ticket to the party.

Brauhaus Schmitz (Photo provided by Aversa PR)

Brauhaus Schmitz

718 South Street, Philadelphia
(267) 909-8814
www.brauhausschmitz.com

Brauhaus Schmitz is offering two New Year’s Eve Celebrations – one that’s a little earlier for families, and then Fondue & Fireworks from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can bring the kids to celebrate Midnight in Germany! Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for children ages 3-13, and free for kids under 3. This event includes a kid-friendly German buffet, hot chocolate bar, chocolate fountain, non-alcoholic drinks and a champagne toast at 6 p.m. There will be a magician, kid crafts, holiday movies on the big screen, hats and noisemakers. You can also watch the 6 p.m. fireworks from the roof deck.

From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Brauhaus Schmitz will host “Fondue & Fireworks.” Very popular in Germany, Fondue is the perfect way to gather, share and celebrate with your family and friends as you ring in the new year! Relax and enjoy the art of slowly dipping and savoring the Fondue feast! This 3-course, family-style dinner is $115 per person. It includes a full open bar with German holiday biers on draft and Gluhwein. At midnight, there will be a champagne toast followed by full access to the 3rd floor roof deck to watch the Penn’s Landing fireworks.

Bing Bing Dim Sum

1648 East Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 279-7702
www.bingbingdimsum.com/new-year-s-eve

Bing Bing Dim Sum celebrates on New Year’s Eve with a four-course dinner for $50 per person. This special menu is available with a family style tasting menu and there will be no substitutions. Every guest will be greeted with a complimentary glass of Champagne. Reservations will be accepted between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Cubra Libre New Year’s Eve (Photo from website)

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

10 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia
(215) 627-0666
www.cubalibrerestaurant.com/en/philadelphia/

Cuba Libra will offer a festive Cuban feast with two dinner seatings available. Reservations for the early seating will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and guests can select from an a la carte menu which includes a variety of “tapas” or small plates, a selection of entrées and desserts, and other signature dishes reflective of Old Havana including several New Year’s Eve specials.  Early seating guests who make reservations before 8 p.m. will receive a $25 Cuba Libre gift card per couple to be used during a future visit. For late night dining, with seating times between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., Cuba Libre will feature a five-course prix fixe menu priced at $110 per person (alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity not included) which includes a Champagne toast, DJ and dancing, and party favors for the Midnight celebration. Guests at the second seating will be able to keep their reserved table throughout the evening.  Additionally, partygoers who opt for the $110 prix fixe option can enjoy a two-hour premium open bar for an additional $65 per person. Call (215) 627-0666 to make a reservation.

R2L (Photo by Michelle Reese)

R2L

50 S. 16th St., Philadelphia
(215) 564-5337
www.r2lrestaurant.com

Ring in the New Year with an incredible view of the city. Located on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, R2L sits 500 feet above Philadelphia. The panoramic scenes are the perfect backdrop to a sophisticated evening. R2L offers two different seating options for dinner. The Twilight Seating is available from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes a 3-course dinner for $75. The Clebration Seating is available from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and costs $125 per person. It includes canapés for the table, 3-course dinner, champagne toast, and party favors. Both seating options include the chance to upgrade to window seating (limited) for an additional charge. (This charge can then be applied towards beverages and/or menu supplements.) Get menu details here.

If you’d rather skip the 3-course menu and have a seat at the bar, the bar and lounge will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a limited menu. At 10 p.m., it will become a ticketed event.

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