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


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Credit: EpiCentre
Several venues at the EpiCentre are hosting New Year’s Eve parties.

[Party With the Masses]

Psychotic New Year’s Eve at Founders Hall
MAZ Entertainment is one of the few party promoters that routinely pack out this large Uptown venue. Music by DJ DeRon Juan, along with live entertainment and dancers. Plus, there’ll be an open bar throughout the night for ladies. 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St., nyecharlotte2013.com.

Times Square New Year’s Eve Bash at Whisky River
Countdown to 2013 with a live ball drop at this popular nightclub. Also enjoy complimentary appetizers, a barbecue buffet, champagne toast, and party favors. Doors open 6 p.m. $35. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.

Happy Endings New Year’s Eve at Re:Public
The Sol Kitchen, RoundTable Ent., and Blue Goose unite for this bash, each bringing a strong following. Music by DJ Quicksilva and DJ Shaun Nyce. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20-$35 in advance; VIP sections available, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., facebook.com/republic.charlotte, nyeclt.com.

Juicy J's New Year's Eve Party at Club 935
The “Bandz A Make Her Dance” rapper will perform live at this party, hosted by Power 98's Nolimit Larry with music by Ciroc Boyz DJ SNS. There’ll be a $2,013 money drop, complimentary party favors, and champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $30 in advance; VIP tables available. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave., club935.net, ez-tixx.com

[Stylish Night]

Black Tie Ball at Mez
DB Promotions and Sounds of Anarchy invite you to wear your finest, and party like there’s no tomorrow. Music by DJ Rowshay and  featuring an aerial performance by Caroline Calouche and a video DJ in the theater. There’ll also be a midnight champagne toast, party favors, and giveaways. Ticket also gets you entry to neighboring lounge Kazba. 10 p.m. $40 in advance; VIP tables available. Mez, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., mezcharlotte.com.

A Night In Paris at Vapiano
Eddietainment, Six Figure Entertainment, and King Entertainment are partnering for this celebration. Dance to the sounds by DJ Frosty of Columbia, order food from the pizza and pasta bar and a great cocktails list. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $15 in advance; VIP tables available. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., vapiano-charlotte.comnyenightinparis.eventbrite.com.

Red Carpet New Year’s Eve Bash at Volume Lounge
Dress to impress, as this recently opened venue celebrates the New Year. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a drink ticket, champagne toast, and the cash and prize balloon drop. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 in advance; $35 day of; VIP tables available. Volume Lounge, 1801 Commonwealth Ave., facebook.com/volumelounge, ticketssoeasy.com/volumenyebash.

[Don't Want to Break the Bank]

New Year's Eve Dance Party at Whiskey Warehouse
This Plaza Midwood mainstay invites you to a cost-effective night out. Drink specials include $3 OMB Copper, $4 Jack Daniels, and $5 “Ball Drop” shots. Music by DJ Matt Bollick. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Whiskey Warehouse, 1221 The Plaza, whiskeycharlotte.com.

New Year's Eve Bash at Dharma
Party in South End with house music legend King Britt, along with local DJs Nat Eichler, Hey Whore Hey, KT Caustic, Kev Kev, and J Cooper from the main room to the heated tent on the patio. There’ll be a champagne toast and balloon drop. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $15 in advance. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com, wanttickets.com/dharmanye2013.

[Out the Box]

Third Annual Ragin' Rudder New Year's Eve Yacht Cruise and Party
Celebrate by cruising the waters of Lake Norman. Enjoy the pre-party at Rusty Rudder at 6 p.m. Yacht begins boarding at 7:30 p.m. and departs at 8 p.m. Party on the water for three hours, before returning to the bar and celebrating the ball drop and dancing until 2 a.m. $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius, therustyrudder.net, raginuptown.com.

Roaring Twenties Party at Renaissance Hotel
This is a great event for couples, allowing you to celebrate all evening and on through the next day. Features a cocktail hour at 7 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner 8-10 p.m., open bar 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., live music from the band Cookie, and a champagne toast at midnight. The all-inclusive admission is $200 per person, so if you’re a couple you can opt for the $400 package for two that includes all of the above plus overnight accommodations, breakfast the next morning, and late checkout. For party reservations, 704-501-2510; for the overnight package, 800-228-9290 or click here. Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel, 5501 Carnegie Blvd., renaissancecharlottesouthpark.com.

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Be sure to bookmark charlottemagazine.com/Blogs/Dusk-Till-Dawn to stay plugged into Charlotte nightlife. Follow me on Twitter @HollidayInk; email me at jarvish@grownpeopletalking.com.


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