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Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Philadelphia

So long, 2016!
by Jessie Donofrio on Dec 28, 2016 in Roundups
Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Philadelphia
The wretched year of 2016 is finally almost over. To all of us who have made it through we deserve a drink, or maybe 5, to celebrate the end of this year. Here are the best ways to ring in the New Year in the City of Brotherly Love and hope that 2017 is a prosperous one.
 
On the Philadelphia Waterfront...
Everyone loves gazing at fireworks as the New Year rolls around. There will be fireworks this year at 6 PM and at midnight, and where better to celebrate than one of Philly’s many waterfront spots?
 
Watch the fireworks from one of the best spots, on the ice at the RiverRink! Purchase tickets in advance, will cost $40 which includes skating and $30 without skating, both tickets include food, games and live music in the Lodge.
 
Celebrate New Year’s Funkin’ Eve at Fringe Arts with Red 40 & the Last Groovement. Funk music will be played all night as well as a cash bar and late night menu. Doors open at 10 PM, tickets are $49 and $30 for students.
 
Hop aboard Philly’s best booze cruise on NYE for a premium open bar, champagne toast, and perfect views of the fireworks. Pricing starts at $199.90 per person, and the boat boards at 8:30 PM.
 
With a Prix-Fixe Meal…
There are tons of Philly restaurants offering prix-fixed meals for New Year’s Eve. This is a great idea for a date or to celebrate with friends and not have to worry about splitting up a bill.
 
Menu options include burrata, grilled octopus and duck. Cost is $75 per person with an optional $30 wine pairing.
 
At 10 PM, Stephen Starr’s swanky Asian joint will be serving a five course fixed menu for $85. There will also be a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at the restaurant at midnight.
 
Dine on either four or six courses at this Queen Village restaurant. Four courses costs $75 with an optional $30 wine pairing, and six courses costs $100 with an optional $45 wine pairing. If you chose the six course option, Ela will include a complementary bottle of champagne per couple.
 
Head to Old City’s best spot for fresh baked breads for a $65 prix-fixe menu on New Year’s Eve. The menu includes a choice of four starters like smoked bluefish on toast and roasted squash hummus, then a pasta course with choices like duck egg carbonara, and then an entrée course with two options of honey-glazed chicken and Happy Valley pork chop.
 
Enjoy a Greek feast at Opa on New Year’s Eve with courses including roasted beets, feta saganaki, slow braised lamb shoulder and vasilopita (a Greek New Year’s Day bread) for dessert. $65 per person.
 
An Italian delight awaits at Panorama in the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City. They’ll be offering three seatings: 3:30-4:30 PM, 6:30 PM, and 9 PM. The first two seatings cost $60 per person for a three course menu and the third seating costs $95 for a four course menu and complimentary sparkling toast at midnight. Fireworks are viewable from the restaurant as well.
 
Say ta-ta to 2016 with a special beer dinner pairing with Tired Hands Brewing Company at Tria Taproom. At 6 PM, the beer café will be offering three courses with pairings for $55, and at 9 PM, four courses with five beers and a complimentary midnight toast for $75.
 
Dinner and a show…
 
Celebrate the New Year with a prix fixe meal and jazz stylings of Kriss Mincey. Courses include Johnny Cakes with apples and caviar, wood oven roasted oysters, Carolina shrimp and grits, and southern fried lobster tail. Seatings for a four course dinner with jazz are at 6:30 and 7 PM for $65 and 9:30, 9:45, and 10 PM for five courses for $85.
 
Headhouse Square’s southern-inspired bar is hosting a Burlesque and Blues New Year’s Eve bash with an $85 four course meal. The night will include live music from the Mikey Junior Band and a champagne toast at midnight. The event begins at 9 PM.
 
At your favorite neighborhood bar…
 
This South Philly bar will be offering a normal a la carte menu along with party favors and a complimentary sparkling toast at midnight.
 
Prix fixe menus not your thing? Head to Barrel House for normal dinner and bar service until 2 AM. Word is there will also be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
 
Visit the Fishtown beer garden for a NYE concert featuring Vacationer, Cruisr and Suburban Living. Tickets cost $10 at the door and shows begin at 8 PM.
 
Start the celebrations early at 4 PM with drafts, dancing and more at this Northern Liberties gastropub.
 
What better way to begin a new year than with a free champagne toast and drink specials! $3 Chesterfields and $2.50 Miller High Lifes will be flowing all night as well as New Year’s Eve food specials.
 
At a cool party…
 
Celebrate NYE with a German “Haus Party” at this South Street bar. The party goes from 9 PM-1 AM with a grand buffet including prime rib, stuffed flounder, bacon wrapped scallops and more. Tickets cost $95 and also include open bar, champagne “prost” at midnight and a DJ spinning tunes.
 
Ring in 2017 with a disco party at the Continental. Fun cocktails and an a la carte menu await along with a champagne toast at midnight. Costumes are encouraged and the best of all it’s free to enter.
 
Countdown the New Year 51 stories high at Philly’s tallest beer garden. Tickets for the night cost $51 and include terrific views of the fireworks, party favors, binoculars, charcuterie, a dessert spread including one complimentary spiked hot chocolate and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 PM.
 
Grab your best mask and head to this underground bar for an Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade party this New Year’s Eve. The attire is black-tie, and the party will run from 9 PM-2 AM with a premium open bar, live music, and appetizers. Tickets cost $85 for general admission and VIP tickets are also available for $129 which include table service and other perks.

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