17 ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Greater Boston you’ll actually enjoy

Bust out the confetti poppers and those glittery glasses (you know the ones). You’ve got plans.

If you need some help deciding where to hang out this New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered. From extra-special events at bars, to delicious prix-fixe menus restaurants, to family-friendly activities, Boston has goings-on suitable for just about anyone looking to welcome the arrival of 2016 while out and about.


Howl at the Moon

Going to dueling piano bar/EDM dance club Howl on New Year’s (or any night) is like a 2-in-1 special: if the upstairs doesn’t strike your fancy, you can just head downstairs, or vice versa. No venturing into the cold and paying another cover. General admission can’t be purchased before New Year’s Eve and space is limited, so if you’re 100% certain you want to go, buy your advance tickets while you can.


To check availability for seating packages, click here

Howl at the Moon is located at 184 High Street in the Financial District.


Jillian’s is offering private lane bowling packages again this year, bringing back Rock & Bowl New Year’s Eve. The later time slots are more expensive, and all tickets include cover fees, shoes, appetizers, favors, and bowling. You can purchase guaranteed admission tickets (sans bowling privileges) for $20.

To purchase general admission tickets, click here. To purchase bowling packages, call Jillian’s at (617) 437-0300.

Jillian’s/Lucky Strike is located at 145 Ipswich Street in Kenmore Square.


This New Year’s Eve, Candibar is offering VIP tickets that get you access to Candibar’s neighbors, nightclubs Royale and Guilt. For a fairly average ticket price–$69–you get access to three different spots on Tremont Street. Less-expensive general admission tickets are also available, which just gets you into Candibar, but still includes complimentary party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and a televised broadcast of the Times Square ball drop.

Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite.

Candibar is located at 275 Tremont Street in the Theatre District.


The Castle’s Timeless 007 Boston New Year’s Party 2015


Ride the tail end of that Spectre hype and dress up in black-tie Bond-themed outfits for New Year’s at The Castle. The event is hosted by Miss America titleholders, a.k.a actual real-life Bond girls, and there’s prizes awarded to the best-dressed attendees.

Tickets for The Castle’s NYE event are available online.

The Castle at Park Plaza is located at 130 Columbus Avenue in Park Square.

Emerald Lounge’s Mad Men Affair

If you’re still not over the finale of the iconic AMC program, The Emerald Lounge is throwing a Mad Men-themed New Year’s party that will let you drag out the death of Don Draper’s universe for as long as you possibly can. Los Angeles-based DJ sourMILK, who remixes old hip-hop favorites, will help you relive the beauty of the ‘60s without the jazz music and misogyny.

Tickets for the Mad Men Affair can be purchased online.

The Emerald Lounge is located at 200 Stuart Street in the Theatre District.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé night at Back Bay Harry’s

Celebrate the end of 2015 like (America’s version of) royalty. Back Bay Harry’s is throwing a Bey and Jay-themed party at the turn of the new year. Concert performances will be projected on a big screen, and a four-course prix fixe meal based on their hottest tracks will be served up–“‘Baby Boy’ beef tenderloin carpaccio, ‘Big Pimpin’’ Statler chicken breast, and ‘Crazy in Love’ molten chocolate cake with brûléed Bey-nanas’’ are on the menu. And cocktail dress is required since the hip-hop moguls never step out in less than the best.


Back Bay Harry’s is located at 142 Berkeley Street in (you guessed it) the Back Bay.


—The New York Times

‘Casablanca’ screenings at the Brattle Theatre

Harvard Square’s retro movie revival theatre is bringing back the 1940’s classic this New Year’s eve. Casablanca will be projected in 35mm film at 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Here’s looking at you, 2015.

Click here to buy tickets.

The Brattle Theatre is located at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square.

New Year’s Eve Blues soirée

The Beat Brasserie is bringing Blues to Boston this New Year’s. Ricky King Russell and the Cadillac Horns, Toni Lynn Washington, and Professor Bruce Bartlett will be at the Hotel on the 31st. You can show up to simply enjoy the music after 9 p.m., or you can make reservations for the Brat Brasserie’s prix fixe or a la carte menus to wine and dine yourself alongside the music.

To purchase tickets to enter the bar after 9 p.m., click here. To get access to the lounge before 9 p.m. and/or make dinner reservations, call (617) 499-0001.

The Beat Brasserie/Beat Hotel is located at 13 Brattle Street in Harvard Square.


—Ivan Amodei

New Year’s Eve With Magician Ivan Amodei & Intimate Illusions

World-renowned magician Ivan Amodei is coming to the Hyatt Regency in Boston for New Year’s Eve. (As if it didn’t already feel like 2015 disappeared before your very eyes.) Tickets to this 90-minute sleight-of-hand and storytelling performance, which ends in Amodei making a Houdini-like miraculous exit, also grants you access to an afterparty at the hotel.

Tickets are available online.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel is located at 1 Avenue de Lafayette downtown.

Catch Top Stars and Rising Comedians at Nick’s Comedy Stop Inside the Cure Lounge

Join budding comedy stars Lamont Price, Sean Sullivan, and Brian Glowacki at Nick’s Comedy Stop for the venue’s annual NYE comedy show. Nick’s is in Cure, too, so when the laughs are over you can make an easy transition from live show to night club, if that’s what you’re into. (PSA: It will cost you extra.)

You can get tickets for Nick’s Comedy Stop’s New Year’s Eve special by clicking here.

The Cure Lounge is located at 246 Tremont Street in the Theatre District.

ImprovAsylum’s Mainstage Presents: The Holiday Show

ImprovAsylum’s Mainstage players (a.k.a. the heavy-hitters) recently put together a holiday-themed show that’s a combination of audience-inspired improv and pre-written sketches that will let you laugh your Christmas socks off. And they’re putting it on this New Year’s Eve at both 8 and 10 p.m.

To purchase tickets for Improv Asylum’s Mainstage show, click here.

ImprovAsylum is located at 216 Hanover Street in the North End.


Bessie’s New Years Eve Pajama Dance Party

The Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton is throwing a New Year’s Eve day party this year that lets you and your kids celebrate the new year in the early afternoon on December 31. This way, your children can have fun and get to bed on time. And you can still go out at night. Join the Museum’s mascot, Bessie the green dinosaur, for a dance party as you count down to 12. (12 noon, that is!)

Access to the dance party is free with regular museum admission. Click here to view prices.

The Children’s Discovery Museum is located at 177 Main Street on Route 27 in Acton.

—Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

First Night

Boston’s buffet of New Year’s Eve events is back again. This event has it all: live music at Berklee, ice sculptures, face painting, photos with Elsa from Frozen, and, of course, fireworks. This year, First Night is free, thanks to generous sponsors and donors, and the festivities carry on into the new year with more events on January 1. All people of all ages are welcome.

To donate to First Night, click here.

To see where in town you can catch First Night events, click here.


Top of the Hub

Spend New Year’s Eve at the Prudential Center’s top-floor restaurant, which boasts (arguably) the best view of Boston you can find. You know what that means: prime view of the fireworks. The Top of the Hub has a prix fixe, four-course menu on New Year’s Eve that does not include beverages and changes depending on when you go (later seating times have higher prices.) There will be live music, and each guest will start their meal with complimentary champagne. Très luxe.

To purchase tickets to Ring in the New Year at the Top, click here.

The Top of the Hub is located in the Prudential Center at 800 Boylston Street in the Back Bay.

Odyssey New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

The city can get crowded on New Year’s, so escape it by sailing out to the middle of the harbor. Odyssey Cruises is offering a NYE 2016 dinner special that includes a five-course dinner (including a tasting trio,) live music, a champagne toast, and unparalleled views of the fireworks on Boston Harbor.

Tickets are available online. Prices vary based on package features.

Boston’s Best New Year’s Eve Event at the Hard Rock café

The Hard Rock Café is hosting a massive party this New Year’s Eve with live music from The Felix Brown Band. You can opt for the dinner package, which includes a full meal and early entry. There’s also a party package, which gets you in the café later and offers hors doeuvres. Either way, you’re granted access to the Hard Rock all night and given a champagne toast to ring in 2016.

Tickets can be bought online and prices vary between packages.

The Hard Rock Café is located at 24 Clinton Street on the Waterfront.

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