Ringing in 2014: The Best New Year’s Eve Parties in Charlotte
Ringing in 2014: The Best New Year’s Eve Parties in Charlotte
By Jarvis Holliday
So much to do, so little time to do it. You’re probably jotting down your list of New Year’s resolutions, which you’re determined to stick to in 2014. But first, make sure you properly say goodbye to 2013 by attending one of the many great NYE parties in CLT.
Have fun... be safe... and drink responsibly!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Rich & Bennett’s New Year’s Eve Bash (Phoenix)
The party at this large nightclub means multiple rooms, multiple bars, and several DJs. Your ticket grants you an open bar with beer, wine, liquor, and champagne, and appetizers. Presented by RockHouse Events. 9 p.m. General admission: $55 for ladies, $75 for men; VIP admission: $75 for ladies, $100 for men, includes 8 p.m. entry. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, rockhouseevents.com.
New Year’s Eve (Southside)
The Andrew Blair’s tradition continues at this new lounge, adjoining space, and a large heated tent. Your admission gets you an open bar including top-shelf liquor, plus chef-made appetizers. There’ll be three different DJs playing at the different dance floors. 9 p.m. Men, $75; women, $65. Southside, 1600 Montford Dr., facebook.com/southsideclt, ticketssoeasy.com/ssnye2014.
10th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dilworth Neighborhood Grille)
You’ll need to practice discipline over the five fully stocked bars including top-shelf liquor, and the two large buffets including steaks, teriyaki glazed chicken, assorted sliders, 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., dilworthgrille.com, ticketssoeasy.com/dngnye.
New Year's Eve: A Tale of Two Cities (All American Pub)
Party to the sounds of three DJs, while enjoying the open bar, a champagne toast at midnight, and a photo booth. Presented by SportsLink. 9 p.m. General admission, $65; VIP admission, $85, includes 8 p.m. entry. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St., allamericanpubclt.com, sportslinkus.com.
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New Year’s Eve (5Church)
Make your selection from a delectable four-course menu, which includes complimentary champagne. Dinner seating begins at 5 p.m., $65-$95; late-night party at 10 p.m. with music by DJ Stephen Warwick. (There’s also a party at its sister restaurant, the recently opened Nan & Byron’s.) 5Church, 127 N. Tryon St. (corner of Fifth and Church streets), 5church.com, mapmanagementnye2014.ticketleap.com.
SouthPark’s Upscale New Year’s Eve Party (City Tavern)
Enjoy an appetizer buffet, champagne toast, private rooms and table service, outdoor fire pits, music by a DJ, and more. Dinner reservations begin at 4 p.m.; party starts at 10 p.m. $10 or free admission with dinner package. City Tavern SouthPark, 4331 Barclay Downs Dr., city-tavern.com.
NYE Soirée (Baku)
This breathtaking Japanese restaurant and lounge has been all the rage since opening a few months ago in SouthPark. The evening will feature a special $98 12-taste chef’s menu, along with music by DJ Ryan Crawford, a live saxophonist, dancing, and more. Dinner seating begins at 4 p.m.; reservations encouraged. Baku, 4515 Sharon Rd., baku-restaurant.com, facebook.com/bakurestaurant.
NYE Extravaganza (The Westin)
It’s multiple parties within one, across the ballrooms of this splendid Uptown hotel. You’ll find music and DJs of several genres including hip hop, pop, top 40, and Latin. There will also be a special salsa ballroom. Presented by The A List. 9 p.m. General admission, $30 in advance; VIP admission, $50. The Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 S. College St., nyecharlottenc.com.
The Great Gatsby (Label)
The city’s mega-club offers music by DJ Wiggz and special guest DJ, Redbull Thr3estyle Champion Four Color Zack. There’ll also be food, a live dance show, and balloon drop. 9 p.m. General admission, $40; VIP admission, $80. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, label2014nye.eventbrite.com.
Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party (Whisky River)
This popular nightclub is being transformed into the famous 1970s-era New York club. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served for the first hour and a half, music by DJ Boss Austin, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. $35. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.
NYE 2K14: Times Square In Uptown (Vapiano)
This party takes place in the heart of Uptown at a posh restaurant-bar-lounge. Music by DJ Frosty of Columbia. Presented by Eddietainment and Six Figure Entertainment. 9 p.m. $10 in advance; VIP packages available. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., vapiano-charlotte.com, nye2K14Celebration.eventbrite.com.
Masquerade New Year's Eve with Anthony Hamilton (Vanity)
Party with the Grammy Award-winning Charlotte native. Music from two DJs, access to three bars, and a rooftop patio. Presented by Floyd Hodge, Orlando Farrar, J. Rickmond, M. Simmons, and friends. 9 p.m. General admission, $20 in advance; VIP admission, $40, includes meet-and-greet with Hamilton; VIP tables also available. Vanity Charlotte, 500 W. 5th St., vanitycharlotte.com, anthonyhamiltonnyeparty-vanityclt.eventbrite.com.
A Black and White Affair (X Nightclub)
One of Charlotte’s newest nightclubs invites you to come dressed in your classy black and white attire, as you enjoy music from Kevin Focus and DJ RED, an aerial show, X Dancers, a balloon drop, confetti blast, and more. 9 p.m. $25 in advance; VIP tables available, email@example.com. X Nightclub, 950 NC Music Factory Blvd., xnightclubclt.com.
Midnight Marauders NYE (The Chop Shop)
The night will feature music by DJ Tommy Tom and DJ Justus, live performances by Brody and Choch, Pradigy GT, and the Brass Connection, and hosted by Bluz the Poet. Presented by Radio Rehab Carolinas and Dupp & Swat. 9 p.m. $10 in advance. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St., chopshopnoda.com, nye2013midnightmarauders.eventbrite.com.
New Year’s Eve (Bar Louie)
University City’s newest bar enables you to keep your partying on the north side. The night will feature live music, party favors, a champagne toast, and breakfast buffet. 10 p.m. $10. Bar Louie, 8760 JM Keynes Dr., barlouieamerica.com, facebook.com/BarLouieUniversityCity.
New Year’s Eve Bash (Whiskey Warehouse)
Close out 2013 without breaking the bank. Drink specials include $3 microbrew bottles, $5 good fortune shots, and $4 Jack Daniel’s. Music by DJ Matt Bolick. 9 p.m. Free admission. Whiskey Warehouse, 1221 The Plaza, whiskeywarehouse.com.
WBTV First Night Charlotte (Romare Bearden Park)
Uptown’s annual outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration offers fun for the whole family. The alcohol-free event features live musicians, visual artists, dancers, circus performers, comedians, and more. The kids events go 1-6 p.m.; followed by evening activities (7-9:30 p.m.) when guests are also encouraged to visit surrounding restaurants, before closing out with the headlining band Sol Fusion taking the stage 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (including the countdown to midnight). Free admission. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., charlottecentercity.org/events/first-night-charlotte.
Family Theme New Year’s Eve (Ten Park Lanes)
You can bet that the scene will be rocking all along Montford Drive. But you can bring the family out for an evening of fun at this hip bowling-alley-meets-bar-and-restaurant. 5-8 p.m. $100 per lane; includes unlimited bowling for up to six people, a party pizza, and two pitchers of soda. Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr., rollten.com.
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Jared Misner Chronicles Charlotte's Nightlife and Social Scene, Straight No Chaser
Girls just want to have fun. Boys will be boys. You’re an adult now. Sure, you have more responsibilities than ever and your time is increasingly pressed. But it’s imperative that you make time for happy hour. That you check out that new nightclub while it’s still the hot, new thing. Dusk Till Dawn will help you navigate Charlotte’s nightlife and social scene, telling you where to go and when to go there. Dusk Till Dawn is written primarily by Jared Misner and Jarvis Holliday.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses for each event or venue listed on this blog.
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.
You may have seen Jarvis Holliday’s byline in Charlotte magazine and other publications, maybe on a story in which he’s interviewed a prominent official or written about a serious issue. Well, not here. He’s taking the night off because you should as well (and maybe the next morning, too). Follow him on Twitter @HollidayInk; email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.