By Alesha Ray, Web Producer/Digital Journalist - email
Each new year, we face the challenge of finding ways to celebrate. Check out the Fox Carolinas list of things to do in Charlotte for the New Year.
Events for Kids:
Discovery Place: Will open January 1 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Charlotte Nature Museum: December 31 and January 1: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Discovery Place KID in Huntersville and Rockingham: December 31 and January 1, December 31 and January 1: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve at Strike City: Some say bowling is great for the New Year. Strike City's bash includes appetizers, music by DJ Magnum, a balloon drop, a champagne toast and a goody bag. Here's to hoping you have many strikes. For tickets, visitwww.eventbrite.com and search Strike City. Cost: $30 and up. Strike City, 210 E. Trade St. 704-716-9300. www.strikecitycharlotte.com.
New Year’s Eve Party at the Westin: The Westin's annual New Year's Eve party will be a glamorous affair, held in the hotel's Venetian and La Rumba ballrooms. It will offer cash bars, dancing, and DJs. For more information, visit www.nyecharlottenc.com. Cost: $30 and up. The party begins at 9 p.m. The Westin, 601 S. College St.
John Tosco’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Variety Show: This New Year's Eve celebration will feature comedy, dance, music and other entertainment, including performances by Caroline Calouche & Co., Circus Stella, Hannibal, Moving Poets and more. Cost: $14.50. The party begins at 8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Back to the Future Bash: There will be '80s and '90's music all night long and the space has multiple dance floors, four bars and a patio. Be prepared for break dance, big hair, robot drink specials, a confetti blast and a champagne toast at midnight! Cost: $20-$25. Location: Roxbury Nightclub, 116 W. 5th St. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
New Year’s Eve Party at Flying Saucer: Flying Saucer is for beer lovers of all kinds. Its New Year's Eve party will feature a champagne toast at midnight and a DJ starting at 9 p.m., with special tapings of the following: Vintage 2012 Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Below Decks barley wine at 9 p.m., Founders Sweet Repute at 10 p.m. and Terrapin Wake 'N' Bake coffee oatmeal imperial stout at 11 p.m. The cost is $10 (includes party favors and champagne toast) 9 p.m. Flying Saucer, 9605 N. Tryon St. 704-717-8179. www.beerknurd.com
Rich & Bennett’s New Year: The annual party, held this year at Phoenix, includes three levels of spirited space, three DJs, a balloon drop and party favors. For more information, visit www.rockhouseevents.com. Ladies: $55-$75; men: $75-$100. VIP at 8 p.m., general admission at 9 p.m. Phoenix Nightclub, 300 N. College St.
New Year’s Eve Gatsby Christmas Burlesque Show: its 1920’s inspired and it’s time to celebrate as if you were friend’s F. Scott Fitzgerald. This burlesque show and New Year’s Event is the opportunity to pull out the feather boas and gangsta suits. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com and search Barreled Speakeasy. For reserved seating, email email@example.com. Cost: $80. Party starts at 8 p.m. at the Barreled Speakeasy located on Lift, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road. For more information call: 704-626-8850. www.barreledcharlotte.com.
New Year’s Eve at Bubble: It’s the EpiCentre’s new champagne bar and lounge, want you to ring in the New Year in their chic quarters. The atmosphere is chill and you'll be able to bring in 2014 with music and a champagne toast at midnight Location: Bubble, 210 E. Trade St. 704-733-9427. www.bubblecharlotte.com.
Southside New Year’s Eve: There will be three DJs spinning Top 40 hits, 80's and 90's music. There will be a heated tent with appetizers, a midnight breakfast, and a champagne toast at midnight. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketssoeasy.com and search Southside. Cost: $65 in advance. The party begins at 9 p.m. and is located on the Southside, at 1600 Montford Drive. For more information call 704-525-8282.
Studio Movie Grill: This New Year's Eve party at Studio Movie Grill, courtesy of The Sol Kitchen, King Entertainment and Roundtable, will feature music from DJ Deron Juan. $20-$75. 9 p.m. Location: Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St. For more information call 704-972-1062 and visit www.studiomoviegrill.com.
New Year’s Eve at Tin Roof: The Tin Roof is a low key establishment offering live DJ’s from Bois Obscur and Dylan Deekay. Champagne and snacks will be served with a toast at midnight. To reserve at VIP booth, email email@example.com. Cost $50. $5 cover at 9 p.m., $10 cover after 10 p.m. Tin Roof, 210 E. Trade St., Suite 286. Call 704-910-1330, for more information visit www.tinroofbars.com.
New Year’s Eve Level: There will be three party levels, two DJs, a La Rumba dance level with salsa and merengue, special VIP group entourages and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. VIP exclusives include light horsd'oeuvres. For VIP reservations, call 704-910-4754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For purchasing tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com and search "Level". Advanced tickets start at $10. 9:30 p.m. Level Charlotte, 225 N Caldwell St. For more call 704-910-4754 and visit www.levelcharlotte.com.
The Bling Pig New Years’ Eve Party in NoDa: Skeeball, Jenga, Connect Four and old-school arcade games are available for the inner child in you. In addition, there's no cover charge, drink specials, party favors and more .Cost: Free. Starts at 5 p.m. The Blind Pig, 453 E. 36th St. For more information call 980-819-9942 and visit www.theblindpignoda.com.
New Years’ Eve at Petra’s Piano Bar and Cabaret: Petra's, a longtime Plaza Midwood venue for good reason, gives its New Year's Eve a twist. Cost: $5 gets you into see Leah Palmer-Licht perform an early set from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. After 10 p.m., the cover will be free, with music from DJ Phillip and a complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight. Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. For more call, 704-332-6608 and visit www.petraspianobar.com.
Masquerade New Year’s Eve at ENSO: The upscale Asian eatery is throwing a masquerade-style party with silver and gold decor. If the crowds get heavy, they'll be opening up the venue's new Silk Lounge to make room for rolling in the New Year. Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (serving food until 12 a.m.). Enso Asian Bistro Bar and Sushi, 210 E. Trade St., Suite A-108. For more information call 704-716-3676 and visit www.ensocharlotte.com.
Baku: The upscale Japanese-themed restaurant in South Park will celebrate its first New Year's Eve with a special dinner menu created by Executive Chef Michael Shortino. Seatings start at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., guests can savor a set menu of 15 different "tastes," Chokaisan Junmai Daiginjo sake paired with the sashimi course and a Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial toast at midnight. Cost: $110 per person for dinner (plus tax and gratuity) between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $165 per person (plus tax and gratuity) after 8 p.m. Baku Robata-Bar-Sushi, 4515 Sharon Road. For more information call, 704-817-7173 and visit www.baku-restaurant.com.
5Church: Will have a four-course menu, with choice for each course prepared by Chef Jamie Lynch and a glass of champagne. Music from DJ Stephen Warwick, a champagne toast at midnight, live countdown of the ball drop, party favors, and an open bar and buffet from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost: $65 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; $85 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $95 after 8 p.m.; pay an additional $30 for open bar (tax & gratuity not included). Location: 5 Church, 127 N. Tryon St. For more information call 704-919-1322 and visit www.5church.com.
Nan and Byron’s: For the New Year celebration at Nan and Byron's there will be a culinary pleaser. Tickets into this culinary pleaser include an open bar and buffet from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., music from DJ Clay Hefner, party favors, live countdown of the ball drop and a champagne toast at midnight. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Levine Children's Hospital's Give Here For Kids Here. Limited $60 advance tickets available at www.ticketleap.com. For more, search "Nan and Byron's" on Google. Located on 1714 South Blvd., call 980-224-7492, and visit www.nanandbyrons.com.
Soul Gastro lounge: Chef Jay will be including new food features for New Year’s like Kimchi-baked Kushi oyster. The restaurant will also feature music from DJ Andy K and DJ Andy M along with a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are available online NYE only. Soul Gastro lounge, 1500 Central Ave. 704-348-1848. Visit www.soulgastrolounge.com.
Overboard: Presented by Permanent Vacation, featuring the local music of Serfs, Hungry Girl, Ahuf, Little Bull Lee, Holy Roly Polies, Stranger Day and Elevator Jay. The cost is free. It begins at 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood Theatre: 511 E. 36th St. For more information call, 704-942-7997 and visit www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
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