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Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Philadelphia

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Philadelphia

Are you planning to go out on New Year’s Eve? You’re not alone — December 31 is a huge party night, and bars and restaurants all over Philadelphia are putting out their best red carpets, crafting snazzy drink menus and preparing multi-course feasts. Check out a huge list of where to go, and make sure to get your tickets or make your reservations early.

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse
9 PM–midnight; $65
Your ticket brings a three-hour premium open bar, a complimentary buffet, a DJ, party favors, free coat check and a midnight Champagne toast at this Rittenhouse sports bar (1823 Sansom St.; 215-665-9500).

Perch Pub
8 PM–2 AM; $50 beer dinner or $50 open bar package
The Avenue of the Arts gastropub will offer a four-course/three-beer dinner starting at 8 PM, or choose the 10 PM–1 AM open bar package, with top shelf spirits, midnight munchies, party favors and a Champagne toast (1345 Locust St.; 215-546-4090).

Revolution House
9:30 PM; $10
Your admission fee gains you access to the upstairs party with drink specials featuring Victory and Dogfish Head beer, contests for best dressed, a DJ, a heated, enclosed deck. Reservations for parties of 10 or less can be made for the deck with a $50 credit card deposit (200 Market St.; 215-625-4566).

Ristorante Panorama
8:30–9:30 PM; $85
Enjoy a four-course dinner and a complimentary Champagne toast at this Front Street Italian, or head to the bar early from 3 PM on an enjoy a special three for $13 sparkling wine flight with á la carte dining from 4–6:30 PM (14 North Front St.; 215-922-7800).

Union Transfer
9 PM; $40-45
Dance and party in three different rooms with a number of DJs including Sammy Slice, Dave Pak, Rocktits and more (1026 Spring Garden St; 215-232-2100).

War on Drugs at Johnny Brenda's
8 PM; $18
Philly's own War on Drugs will be performing a special NYE show. $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to MANNA. Purling Hiss and Avery Rosewater will be opening the show.

The Crystal Tea Room
8 PM–2 AM, $175
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with carving stations throughout multiple rooms and bars, along with a charity live painting and silent auction (100 E. Penn Sq., Wanamaker Bldg.; 215-964-9755).

Field House
9 PM–2 AM;  $95-$155
Choose from a dozen different premium five-hour open bar options at the pub located just across from Reading Terminal Market (1150 Filbert St.; 215-629-1520).

Ladder 15
8 PM–2 AM; $85-$165
There are eight different price points to choose from to enjoy a six-hour premium open bar at this Sansom Street tavern (1528 Sansom St.; 215-964-9755).

Mad River
8 PM–2 AM; $65–$135   
Choose from four different options for a six-hour open bar at this Manayunk tavern (4100 Main Street, Manayunk)

McFadden's at Citizen's Bank Ballpark   
8 PM–2 AM; $55–$135   
Choose from six ways to enjoy a six-hour premium open bar down by the sports arenas (1 Citizens Bank Way).

McFadden's Philly  
8 PM–2 AM; $55–$135   
Choose from six different options for a six-hour premium open bar at this sports pub on North Third (461 N 3rd St.; 215-928-0630).

Whisper
8 PM–3 AM; $85–$165   
Choose from eight options to enjoy a five-hour premium open bar at the Rittenhouse club (1712 Walnut St.).

Xfinity Live!
9 PM–2 AM; $85–$5,000
There are over 22 different ways to ring in the new year at the South Philly entertainment complex — choose your preferred venue and level of a five-hour premium open bar (1100 Pattison Ave.).

Alla Spina
4 PM–2 AM
Enjoy special Champagne-like beers and $6 prosecco in a pay-as-you-go format at this Vetri Family birreria on North Broad (1410 Mount Vernon St.; 215-600-0017).

Amada
5 PM–midnight; $75 or $95; optional $30 or $50 wine pairings   
Choose from two tasting menus from Iron Chef Jose Garces at his Old City tapas spot (217 Chestnut St.; 215-625-2450).

Brauhaus Schmitz
$100
Enjoy a grand buffet at this South Street German beer hall, along with a four-hour open bar and live music (718 South St.; 267-909-8814).

Cafette
5 PM–midnight; $50
A four course menu at the Chestnut Hill BYO will be served through 10 PM. Reservations are recommended (8136 Ardleigh St.; 215-242-4220).

Cantina Feliz
5 PM–midnight; $45 or $65 with beverage pairing
A four-course tasting menu will feature Mexican favorites at this Fort Washington restaurant (424 S. Bethlehem Pike; 215-646-1320).

Chifa
5 PM–midnight; $60 or $75 tasting menu, including optional wine pairing
Choose from two tasting menus for a seat in the dining room, or snag a spot at the bar to order á la carte (707 Chestnut St.; 215-925-5555).

Cuba Libre
9 PM; $89
Enjoy a four-course dinner at this Old City cuban along with Latin floorshows, DJs and dancing all night long (10 S. 2nd St.; 215-627-0666).   

Distrito
5 PM–midnight; $50 or $75 with $25 option beverage pairing
Choose from two tasting menus at the University City cantina from Jose Garces (3945 Chestnut Street)

Drinker's West
9 PM–2 AM; $65 or $100 per couple
Admission includes a top shelf open bar, a Champagne toast, food, a DJ and dancing (3900 Chestnut St.; 215-397-4693).

Ela
$60 or $75; wine pairing available for $20 or $25
Choose a three-course or four-course tasting menu at Jason Cichonski’s Queen Village restaurant (627 S. 3rd St.; 267-687-8512).

Fork
$85   
A four-course dinner will feature lobster and other decadent bites, all with a view of the fireworks outside the Old City restaurant door (306 Market St.; 215-625-9425).

Hawthorne's
7–10 PM; $100   
Enjoy six beers and five courses of food at the South Philly bottle shop and pub (738 S. 11th St.; 215-627-3012).

In Riva
5 PM–midnight; $45 or $65 with Birrificio Bruton beer pairing
A four course Southern Italian menu will be paired with brews from Italy, and the evening will finish with live music on the outdoor patio overlooking the Schuylkill (4116 Ridge Ave.; 215-438-4848).

Jack's Firehouse
4:30-7 PM, 9 PM-2 AM; $40
Jack's will open for a special 4-course dinner and then will be rocking all night for New Year's Eve.

Kennett
8 PM; $65
Four courses will be paired with powerful four Yards Brewing Company beers (848 S. 2nd St.; 267-687-1426).

La Calaca Feliz
5 PM–midnight; $40 or $55 tasting menu with $20 optional beverage pairing; $55 open bar
Choose from two levels of tasting menus at the Fairmount Mexican, or go for the open bar from 10 PM–midnight instead (2321 Fairmount Ave.; 215-787-9930).           

Lolita   
5:30 PM: $45; 7 PM: $65; 9 PM: $75)
Marcie Turney’s Mexican in Midtown Village is serving a three-course menu plus mixers for BYO tequila (106 S. 13th St.; 215-546-7100).

London Grill
$45
Enjoy prix fixe and a la carte menus all night. Check out the menus here.

Lucky Strike
8 PM–2 AM; $30   
Your ticket brings a five-hour open bar plus bowling (1336 Chestnut St.; 215-545-2471).

Mac's Tavern
8 PM–2 AM; $30
Your ticket includes complimentary bites all evening long, a Champagne toast, access to $3 beer, $4 cocktails and $5 wine and giveaways (226 Market St.; 267-324-5507).

Mercato
5 PM: $60; 7 PM: $75; 9 PM: $85   
Depending on what time you dine, you can opt for a three-, four- or five-course menu with a Champagne toast and party favors at this Spruce Street BYO (1216 Spruce St.; 215-985-2962).

The Mildred
6:30/9 PM; $75
Enjoy a special five-course tasting menu, plus a complimentary Champagne toast for the late seating. The á la carte bar menu will be available at the bar all evening (824 S. 8th St.; 267-687-1600).

Monk's Cafe
6:30 PM; $75; 9 PM: $125
A four-course dinner for the early seating or a six-course meal for the later seating, each with beer pairings and party gifts (264 S. 16th St.; 215-545-7005).

Morimoto
5 PM–midnight; $120; wine pairing available for $45
A special omakase menu will be served at Iron Chef Morimoto’s sleek Japanese on Chestnut (723 Chestnut St.; 215-413-9070).

New Year's Eve Old City Passport
9 PM–2 AM; $85
A single ticket includes admission to Drinker's Tavern, Lucy's Hat Shop and Archive, where you can enjoy a top shelf open bar, a Champagne toast, food and dancing.

New Year's Eve Rittenhouse Passport
9 PM–2 AM; $75
This price includes admission to two floors at Drinker's Pub and Noche, a top shelf open bar, a Champagne toast, food and dancing.

Opa
Join Opa for a 4-course NYE dinner including choices of filet mignon, pan fried oysters, grilled octopus, and much more.

Pumpkin
$60   
A four-course menu will feature tastes of the season at this South Street West BYO (1713 South St.; 215-545-4448)       

Sbraga
5 PM–midnight; $125
The everyday tasting menu at Kevin Sbraga’s Broad Street restaurant gets an upgrade and each course will be paired with bubbly to ring in the new year (440 S. Broad St.; 215-735-1913).

Talula's Garden   
5–10 PM; $100 plus $60 optional wine pairing
An eight-course menu will finish with a Champagne toast at this Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr restaurant on Washington Square (210 W. Washington Square; 215-592-7787).   

10 Arts by Eric Ripert    
Doors at 8 PM; $175; $75 kids 4–12
Spend the entire night at your table, eating dinner, enjoying a midnight balloon drop, live music, a Champagne toast and party favors (10 Avenue of the Arts; 215-523-8273).

Trust
9 PM–2 AM; $110–$370   
There are five price points to choose from to get into this Old City party, which includes light bites, open bar, a DJ, favors for all and a Champagne toast (249 Arch St.).

Urban Saloon
9 PM–2 AM
$55 gets you a top shelf open bar, hor'dourves buffet, champagne toast at midnight, a DJ, and party favors.

Varga Bar
6 PM–1 AM; $50–$75   
Choose from a three- or five-course tasting meal or just go for an open bar package at the Wash West gastropub (941 Spruce St.; 215-627-5200).

Village Belle
5 PM: $ 75; 8:30 PM: $125   
A four-course meal will be complemented by an unrivaled view of the Penn’s Landing fireworks at this Front Street Italian (757 S. Front St.; 215-551-2200).

Zahav
$39–$48; $35 optional wine pairing
Chef Michael Solomonov is offering two modern Israeli tasting menus, Ta’yim and Mesibah, at this Society Hill restaurant (237 St. James Pl.; 215-625-8800)

Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

Event Date: 12/31
Event Time: Various
Location: Various Bars
Price: Varies

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