New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia is a time when going out on the town with friends is almost non-negotiable. In Philadelphia, there are a number of different venues that aim to make the best out of the occasion, but the sooner you plan the better. Philadelphia locations hosting the New Year’s Eve events often drive up prices as the time inches closer to main event.
Here is our roundup of things to do on New Year’s Eve in Philly
Kung Fu Necktie
$10 (before midnight)
With the angsty sounds of AFI, My Chemical Romance, And Fallout Boy to keep you company, Fishtown’s Kung Fu Necktie rings in the new year with one of the least expensive entry fees around.
The repurposed sailing vessel restaurant is getting in on the action, with an open bar from 9 pm to 12 am followed by a cash bar. If the Macarena, Britney Spears and the Spice Girls tickle your fancy, this might be the place for you. You will also be guaranteed a scenic view of the Penn’s Landing Fireworks.
Kadampa Meditation Center
If you and your friends are looking for something a little more low-key, the Kadampa Center will be holding a teaching event on how to have a meaningful new year from 7 to 8 pm followed by a Buddhist New Year’s Eve party with sparkling cider and dessert.
This is a recently-opened restaurant touted as the world’s first post-apocalyptic virtual reality experience restaurant. The spot features open bar options as well as a five-course dinner, and complimentary transportation and entry to the Gardendale Social Club from 2 to 3:30 am.
$10 to $28
If you’re indecisive about spending the whole night in one place when there’s so much to see, this might be an ideal choice. Buying a wristband at one of the registration points gives you freedom to smear your personal brand of drunken debauchery all over the city.
Monk’s Cafe is offering an early and later seating to indulge in holiday brews strategically paired with multiple courses. There will be a beer for every course to ensure a proper New Year’s Eve buzz.
$19 to $119
This is a center city “bierhall” centered right around several other highly popular bars. It will feature a 5-hour open bar as well as an in-house DJ.
$89 to $129
Field House is a sports bar located right across from the Reading Terminal. General admission amenities include a five hour open bar, midnight champagne, live DJ and light fare.
Chinatown’s famous karaoke bar is throwing down for New Year’s eve, with a premium open bar and large private party karaoke rooms available. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne toasts are also part of the event.
$89 to $3,000
Rumor guarantees a high-octane nightclub vibe on NYE for those who seek it. There will be a premium open bar, as well as a mini buffet for those in the VIP vault.
Philly’s very own Vacationer will be providing live music to those interested in a Frankford Hall New Year’s. This is a space with an outdoor section, but they are well-prepared with plenty of heaters.
$109 to $189
Union Trust is a bi-level event space rife with regal grandeur. It will offer its innate historic architectural flair with all the amenities you’d come to expect.
With a 4-hour open bar, party favors and a DJ, the Gaslight provides a clear view of the fireworks from the front steps and then welcomes you inside for all the debauchery you could dream of. The full dinner menu is also available until 10 pm.
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$19 to $89
For the classic Irish pub atmosphere, Finn McCool’s is second to none. It will be featuring a 5-hour open bar with a DJ booth, and bottle service available to VIP members.
Xfinity Live! Philadelphia
Tickets to the NYE celebration at Xfinity gets you access to five bars under one roof. Included are food, beverages, and live music from Split Decision and other artists.
Crystal Tea Room
$29 to $209
This location boasts an aesthetic of opulence, and promises body painters, hoop dancers, and plenty of easy access bars.
One Liberty Observation Deck
This is a rare opportunity to ring in the new year from 57 floors up. It’s a black tie event that features a partnership with Craft Concepts Group (BRU, U-Bahn, Uptown Beer Garden) as well as live DJing from Jason Weiss.
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Manayunk’s premier location for Jamaican-Korean fusion is having a 4-hour open bar along with a complimentary appetizer buffet to ring in the new year.
$15 to $129
Beneath the bustling surface of Old City resides the Recess Lounge. This upscale, luxurious bar will be hosting an NYE bash of it’s own, and will spoil you harder than Paris Hilton’s dog.
McFadden’s at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark
$59 to $79
This sports fan favorite will be welcoming the public to join them in NYE festivities, complete with a DJ and open bar.
The Electric Factory
If you’re looking for a chill concert experience for New Year’s Eve, the Electric Factory is hosting Dark Star Orchestra, a well-traveled and world-renowned Grateful Dead tribute band.
Featuring comedians from the NY Kings of Comedy Tour, Apollo Live! and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Philadelphia’s own TuRae hosts two shows the night of December 31st, ensuring the new year is started with a laugh.
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro is looking to host those in search of something more relaxed. Serving a la carte dinner until 11 pm, midnight champagne toasts are complementary.
The Pegasus Room
This is an event that commemorates the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa Oklahoma, which was deemed “Black Wall Street” in the 1920s. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, as well as other perks for the VIP members.
$10 to $109
If Manayunk is the move for you and the crew, Mad River welcomes you with open arms. There are many different sections to Mad River to accommodate your every mood, most notably a massive dance floor.
$109 to $159
Ladder is a former fire station turned nightlife staple. Ring in the new year in it’s sumptuous interior if you’re into big city liveliness.
If high-end glamorous nightlife characterizes your ideal NYE, check out NOTO. It’s a swanky club that sports a modern aesthetic and it’s going hard to ring in 2018 – 5-hour open bar, LED walls, and DJs.
551 E Cambria St
Featuring 3 floors of sound and 30+ DJs over the course of 12 hours, this party is for those interested in something slightly less conventional. It’s a Dark Tower theme, with costumes encouraged.
Hyatt Bellevue Hotel
Multiple dance floors and a huge stage are among some of what you’ll find here, as well as buffets, top-shelf vodka, and sushi courtesy of Hai Street Kitchen.
World Cafe Live
Phillybloco’s 20 members whip up a raucous blend of Samba, funk and Reggae with opening act Open Hand.
$19 to $119
Famed for it’s upscale poolside parties in warmer months, Monarch throws down for New Year’s Eve in it’s indoor lounge. There will be a 5-hour open bar with a live DJ playing the finest in hip-hop and house.
Watch The Fireworks
The typical move is to go to a bar on NYE, but maybe you’d rather opt to skip all that. There are no rules for how you celebrate the new year, as long as you aren’t alone. Best of all, the fireworks are visible from most elevated places. Grab some champagne, hit up that guy with the roof deck that you pretend to be friends with, and make your own party.