What To Do On New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia | Philly Views
December 14, 2017

What To Do On New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia

Written by Brendan Sweeney

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


NYEmo 2018

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.


Totally 90s NYE Party


$75 to $100

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.


Free New Year’s Eve Compassion Practice & Encouragement for 2018

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.


End of Days: New Year’s Eve

Mad Rex

$75 to $150

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.


New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl

Irish Pol, Sto’s Bar, Silence Dogood’s, Misconduct Tavern, Raven Lounge, Pulse, Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, Fox & Hound Sports Tavern

$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.


New Year’s Eve Beer Dinners

Monk’s Cafe


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.


NYE At Bru Craft & Wurst


$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.


NYE @ Field House

Field House

$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.


Yakitori Boy Presents: the Ultimate Countdown PARTY 2018

Yakitori Boy


The famous karaoke bar in Chinatown 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.


NYE @ Rumor


$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.


Frankford Hall X New Year’s Eve with Vacationer

Frankford Hall


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.


NYE @ Union Trust

Union Trust

$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.


Fireworks Over Market St

The Gaslight

$55 to $95

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.


NYE @ Finn McCool’s Ale House

Finn McCool’s

$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.


NYE Live!

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.


NYE @ The Crystal Tea Room

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.


Midnight From The Top

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.


NYE 2018 at Manayunk’s Spicy Belly

Spicy Belly

$35 to $50

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.


NYE @ Recess Lounge

Recess Lounge

$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.


NYE @ McFadden’s Ballpark

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.


Dark Star Orchestra

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.

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A Chandelier Status Event: Sommore

Punchline Philly


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.


Low Key NYE

Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro


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.

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The Greenwood Gala: A Black Wall Street Affair

The Pegasus Room

$75 to $125

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.


NYE @ Mad River Bar & Grille

Mad River

$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.


NYE @ Ladder 15

Ladder 15

$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.


NOTO Philadelphia New year’s Eve Party

NOTO Philadelphia


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.


Roc Philly & Adults At Play Present 2018 NYE Celebration

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.


NYE @ Hyatt Bellevue Hotel

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.


New Year’s Eve Bash w/ PhillyBloco

World Cafe Live


Phillybloco’s 20 members whip up a raucous blend of Samba, funk and Reggae with opening act Open Hand.


NYE @ Monarch Philadelphia


$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.

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