Ring in the New Year!
We know you’re a busy bee. With all the holiday shopping, cookie baking, and parties, you’ve had zero time to think about the Big Night. And, by Big Night, we mean New Year’s Eve. Here are just a few of the best and brightest nightlife offerings in and around Boston. Some of these events will sell out — call in advance.
Countdown to the ’80s
Throw on your puffy prom dress and neon suit to ring in the new year ’80s-style at the Sheraton Copley Hotel’s Constitution Ballroom. Rock along as Cherrie Bomb plays the decade’s greatest hits. Ticket options include your choice of a hors d’oeuvres reception, or party-only – both with a champagne toast included.
21+. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. $39 – $640. Sheraton Copley Hotel , Constitution Ballroom, 39 Dalton Street , Boston. bostoneventguide.com
It’s Bond time
Channel your inner James Bond during the 6th annual “Timeless: A Bond Evening’’ Gala. Highlights include host Caroline Linny, Miss Massachusetts USA 2014, a red carpet fashion show, “Bond Girl Contest,’’ signature cocktails, and photographers and videographers snapping shots of the glitz and glam all night long.
21+. 8:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. $50 – $750. The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston. www.bostonnewyearseveparty.com
Stay (Boston) strong
What better way to end the new year than in “Boston Strong’’-style? Celebrate the new year’s arrival and Forum’s new look at its “Stronger Than Ever New Year’s Eve’’ party. Your ticket includes passed appetizers, a champagne toast, party favors, and live DJ.
21+. 8:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. $37.50 – $75. Forum, 755 Boylston Street, Boston. bostoneventguide.com/forum-nye
It’s disco time at Studio 57
Usher in the New Year at the Revere Hotel’s Space 57, which will be transformed into Studio 54 — New York’s former famous nightclub — with props, vintage visuals on a large projection screen, beats from DJ Dolo, a midnight Champagne toast, and live stream of the Time’s Square ball drop.
21+. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Tickets: $75 – $95. Space 57, Revere Hotel Boston Common, 200 Stuart St., Boston. www.ticketzone.com
Bring on the funk
Locally bred band Bad Rabbits was recently crowned the artist of the year at The Boston Music Awards – and the group will help ring in the new year with their eclectic mix of funk, rock, and R&B at the Sinclair.
8 p.m. Starting at $74. Sinclair Boston, 52 Church St., Cambridge. www.sinclaircambridge.com
Class(ical) it up with Boston Baroque
Celebrate the start of the new year with a classical performance by Boston Baroque, who will feature Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 & No. 4,’’ “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,’’ and the “Wedding Cantata.’’ Soloists include soprano Courtney Huffman, tenor Matthew Anderson, and baritone Andrew Garland. Sip champagne and nibble on chocolates during the show’s intermission.
8 p.m. $50 – $85. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. www.bostonbaroque.org
Get your glow on
District Hall, Boston’s first public innovation center, will host GLOW, its first-ever New Year’s Eve party. According to event planners, this party is for “innovators, creators, and dreamers over 21’’ – and all those attending will enjoy a night of dancing to a live DJ, a photo booth, party favors, and more … all just steps from the Boston Harbor fireworks at midnight.
21+. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.. $25. (Cash bar and food will be available for purchase). District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston. calendar.boston.com
Along the Milky Way
Start your evening off at Jamaica Plain’s Bella Luna Restaurant, celebrating their 20-year anniversary with a special dinner entitled a “Toast to 20 Years’’ – a three-course dinner including an amuse bouche and bubbly toast for $45. Then jump over to the Milky Way Lounge for a “Tiny Hats & Bow Ties’’ party, hosted by La Boum + Boyfriends, and featuring DJ Stella and DJ Brent Covington.
21+. 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. $45 (dinner), $7 (tickets bought in advance for lounge event), $10 (tickets bought at the door). Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain. www.milkywayjp.com
Swim with the fishies
Imagine ringing in the new year side-by-side with more than 80 penguins. You can if you head to the New England Aquarium’s “Night of Water,’’ the venue’s black tie New Year’s Eve party. Dance along to the tunes of Boston’s own DIRTY Dek, while viewing the marine life swim about in the 200,000 gallon giant ocean tank.
21+. 8:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $75 – $150. New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. www.eventbrite.com
Fulfill your inner fantasies
You choose how vanilla — or not — you want to be this New Year’s Eve. At the Greatest Bar’s “50 Shades of Grey’’ New Year’s Eve party, you decide which room suits you best on one of four floors: The Vanilla Room, Mr. Grey’s VIP Floor, Anna’s Hearts & Flowers, or The Red Room. Or, try all four floors for the ultimate experience.
21+. 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. $50 – $2000. The Greatest Bar, 262 Friend St., Boston. www.thegreatestbar.com
Laugh it up
Start 2014 off with an “explosion’’ of laughter. Comedian Jim McCue will bring Shawn Carter and Al Park — two top guns from the 2013 Boston Comedy Festival — to his New Year’s Comedy Explosion at the Davis Square Theatre.
10 p.m. $40. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. bostoncomedyfest.com
Very mysterious …
Don your most creative mask for an evening of mystery and fun at the South End’s trendy Boma Restaurant + Bar for Mystique, a private New Year’s Eve Masquerade Bash. Highlights include international house DJ tunes, lots of dancing, and a midnight countdown streamed from New York.
21+. 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. $30 – $85. BoMA, 1415 Washington St., Boston. calendar.boston.com
Get swanky in the new year by enjoying live music by The AB’s and Sinclair Jennings and Parisian burlesque performances by Calamity Chang and Stormy Leather at this South End hot spot The Beehive. It will be an “evening of bohemian decadence and eccentric fun,’’ says the restaurant’s website.
21+. 9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. $125 with food buffet or $85 without food (Price does not include tax, ticket fee, or beverages). The Beehive. 541 Tremont St., Boston. www.beehiveboston.com