You can sneak into a speakeasy, pretend you’re in Paris, or imagine yourself inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory this New Year’s Eve, all without leaving Boston. Discover seven themed parties taking place across the city.
Hit the dance floor in your best formal attire — and a mask, of course — at this Dec. 31 ball. You’ll get to nibble tuna tartare and barbecue pulled chicken sliders while sipping signature drinks like Coppersmith’s Hard Cider. At midnight, 1,000 black and silver balloons will drop from the ceiling. (Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 40 West 3rd St., Boston; $99 per person)
On New Year’s Eve, you can head back in time to this Prohibition bash inside a speakeasy on Beacon Hill. OK, so the speakeasy is actually a dark, loungy area at the back of the Carrie Nation Cocktail Club, according to manager Sharon Carey. “We don’t have a secret knock and there’s no secret door,” she said with a laugh. But there will be plenty of craft cocktails doled out by servers in Roaring ’20s attire. (Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., 11 Beacon St., Boston; $50 general admission includes DJ, champagne toast, balloon drop, passed hors d’eauvres, $100 includes 3-course dinner)
A 007-themed party on Yotel Boston’s rooftop bar in the Seaport? You only live once. It will feature “Casino Royale” tables, passed hors d’oeuvres, and “shaken, not stirred” Vesper martinis. Yotel Boston asks that guests “dress to impress” as they listen to the tunes of DJ Hectik, take in the views of the harbor and downtown Boston, and toast 2018 with champagne at midnight. The outdoor rooftop will be heated. (Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 65 Seaport Blvd.; $550 for a party of six)
Dust off your bell-bottoms and bring a groovy attitude to this South End New Year’s Eve party. The restaurant will be decorated with colorful lights and a disco ball over the dance floor (naturally), said Christine Quigley, The Salty Pig’s hospitality and events manager. As you sip drinks with names like “Freebird!” and “Power to the People,” a DJ will spin both ’70s tunes and modern-day ones. (Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.; 130 Dartmouth St., Boston; free admission)
“Fizzy Lifting Drink,” “Oompa Loompa,” and “Chocolate River” might sound like childhood throwbacks, but they’ll be cocktails for adults only at Kings’ “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” party on Dec. 31. At multiple locations of this bowling alley, you can expect food, a live DJ, and, of course, bowling. Instead of a golden ticket, guests will be able to nab golden pin giveaways — if a guest bowls a strike involving a golden pin, he or she will receive a prize. (Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.; Kings in the Seaport, Back Bay, Dedham, Lynnfield, and Burlington; $10 deposit for all reservations, reimbursed via gift card upon arrival)
Scorpion bowls and mai tais will flow at River Bar in Assembly Row. Karaoke will kick off at 10 p.m. The restaurant is encouraging island dress, but it’s not required. There will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. (Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 661 Assembly Row, Somerville; $5 per person)
Alibi is transporting guests to the City of Lights on New Year’s Eve by throwing a “Midnight in Paris”-themed party. A photo booth will feature a 9-foot Eiffel Tower, cocktails will be French-inspired, and decorations will be “fit for the palace in Versailles,” according to a statement. Black tie attire is recommended, but not required. (Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 215 Charles St., Boston; $75 per person, VIP tables cost between $600 and $1,200)