NYE In CLT: 20 (of the Best) Parties to Ring in the New Year

Say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013 with this carefully selected list of New Year’s Eve parties


The Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel offers a great, fun-filled New Year’s Eve party package for couples.

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As I say each year, Charlotte does New Year’s Eve right. There’s no shortage of options where you can celebrate the changing of the calendar year. Yes, it might be comfortable to watch the ball drop on TV from your cozy living room couch. But you only live once, and you have a reason to celebrate—you survived the Mayans' prediction.

Enjoy this list of 20 New Year’s Eve parties, divided into categories to better suit your needs. Party—and drink—responsibly!


Monday, December 31, 2012

[Dinner and Music]

Happy Blue Year at Blue Restaurant
Go on a dinner date as part of your celebration. The special $34.95 per person menu features a choice of salad or appetizer, choice of entrée, and choice of dessert. There will also be a complimentary champagne toast, party favors, drink specials, and late-night menu. Live music by The Presley Brothers beginning at 9 p.m. First seating at 5 p.m.; for dinner reservations, 704-927-2583; $5 cover charge after 10 p.m. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St., bluecharlotte.com.

Grand New Year's Eve at 5Church
Charlotte magazine selected this Uptown hotspot as one of the Best New Restaurants this year. Special for NYE, order from a lavish four-course menu, $85 to $150, with an option of a premium beverage package during or after dinner. Stay for dancing with music by DJ Edward Shouse, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and more. Portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Levine Children’s Hospital. First seating at 5:15 p.m.; for dinner reservations, 704-919-1322. 5Church, 127 N. Tryon St. (corner of Fifth and Church streets), 5church.com.

Upscale New Year's Eve Party at City Tavern
You have several options here, with an appetizer buffet, private rooms with table service, champagne toast at midnight, outdoor fire pits, and music by DJ Rob Reeves. Free admission with special three or four-course dinner; or $10 admission. Dinner begins 5 p.m.; for reservations 704-442-4000; party starts 10 p.m. City Tavern SouthPark, 4331 Barclay Downs Dr., city-tavern.com.

[All-Inclusive a.k.a. Drinks Included]

Rich & Bennett’s New Year’s Eve Bash at Phoenix
These guys throw some of the biggest parties throughout the year, including this annual event. Your admission includes beer, wine, liquor, and champagne, and passed appetizers from Cosmos Café. Multiple DJs, including DJ Complete, will play throughout the three-levels of this nightclub, including the enclosed rooftop patio. There’ll be balloon drop and confetti cannons at midnight. 9 p.m. $55-$75. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, rockhouseevents.com.

Charlotte's Wildest New Year’s Eve Party at The Saloon
Rock out with one of the city’s most popular bands, Simplified, along with music by DJ J Good. Also enjoy complimentary drinks and a buffet all night. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $50 in advance. The Saloon at NC Music Factory, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., thesalooncharlotte.com, ncmusicfactory.ticketleap.com/nyesaloon.

Back to the Future at Ten Park Lanes
It promises to be a NYE bash that’s out of this world. Your ticket includes beer, wine, and cocktails, an appetizer buffet, and bowling. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $85 in advance (limited number); $100 after. Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr., rollten.com, backtothefuture12.eventbrite.com.

Ninth Annual New Year’s Eve Party at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
This event has sold out every year, because people flock for the good food, drinks, and music. Your admission gets you access to five fully stocked bars and two large buffets including steaks, teriyaki glazed chicken, assorted sliders, crab cakes, assorted artisan flatbreads, desserts, and more. Music by DJ DNIncredible G downstairs and Master C upstairs. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $85. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St., neighborhoodgrille.com, ticketssoeasy.com/dngnye.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Angry Ale's 
Get a lot of party for the money, with three bars serving complimentary beer, wine, and liquor; a midnight champagne toast, late-night breakfast, and DJs playing your favorite tunes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $40. Angry Ale's, 1518 Montford Dr., angryales.com, ticketssoeasy.com/angryales.

New Year's Eve at Kennedy’s
The private party package includes top-shelf liquor, beer, wine, champagne, and a breakfast buffet. A DJ will play and there’ll be plenty of party favors. 9 p.m. $65. Kennedy's Premium Bar and Grill, 366 N. Caswell Rd., kennedyscharlotte.com, kennedysnye2013.eventbrite.com.


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Jared Misner is from Florida, but it wasn't Southern enough for him to stay. He left the Sunshine State and land of endless summer in 2012 for our little city where the tea is always sweet and the people are even sweeter. Have something you want featured in the Dusk Till Dawn blog? Send Jared an email at DuskTillDawnblog@gmail.com, or send him a tweet @Jared_Misner

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