New Year’s Eve is right around the corner (!!) and if you’re anything like us, you haven’t made plans yet.
Maybe you’ve batted around a few ideas with your friends but no one can commit to having a get together at their house or everyone is itching to go out. Don’t panic — there’s still time to figure out how you’re going to ring in 2017 (especially because 2016 was kind of the worst, right?).
Get that group text started and keep reading so you can give everyone some options.
Dinner at Smallman Galley + Brew Year’s Eve
Pittsburgh’s dining scene has grown even further in 2016 and to celebrate, Smallman Galley is putting on a five-course meal prepared by Smallman Galley chefs for $155. Your ticket also includes wine pairings and a glass of bubbly. If you want to keep the party going (or just want to join in after), from 10pm to 1am they are offering all-you-can-drink Pittsburgh craft beers for $75 (or $50 if you add your ticket to dinner). For those not so into beer (we won’t hold it against you), there’s a cash bar as well.
Shine your dancing shoes — for the second year in a row, The Goldmark is hosting a New Year’s Eve dance party with music from DJ Midas and DJ Nugget. Pre-sale tickets are $25 and include a champagne toast and party favors.
Sometimes New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus can be a letdown, but we’re sure that Justin Severino’s six-course tasting menu might be one of the top meals you eat in 2016. For $125 you’ll snack on plenty of charcuterie, get your fill of house made pasta and rib of beef, then top it all off with a souffle cake. Call for a reservation now because spots are bound to go quickly.
The city’s premier rooftop bar is hosting a ticketed-only party for New Year’s Eve. Choose from standing room only ($120) or reserved seating ($150) — your gratuity-included ticket price includes five drink tickets you’ll sip on while overlooking the city, a buffet of hor d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, and party favors. Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite now.
One of the more affordable NYE events in the city, you can scoop a $20 presale ticket for Spirit’s December 31st bash. From 8pm until 2am, Spirit is offering a list of entertainment including Keeb$, The Paul Keys Band, and a Frank Sinatra impersonator (we’re still trying to process that one, too). Plus, there’s free pizza from 10pm-1am so if you weren’t sold already, now you should be.
Mixtape, coffee-shop-meets-cocktail bar and one of Penn Avenue Arts District’s newest venues, is gathering everyone together for a dance party to celebrate the end of 2016. With a $10 presale ticket, you’ll snack on complimentary bar snacks and desserts, toast to 2017 with champagne at midnight and dance to the best music of 2016 (and some of your favorite throwbacks!).
Smart House Mansion
After a successful first run in 2016, the team at Smart House Mansion on Mount Washington are back again for another New Year’s Eve Party. Ticket prices start at $150 and you’ll celebrate in style in one of the most ultra-contemporary venues in Pittsburgh. Your ticket price includes complimentary beer and craft cocktails, sushi and appetizers, a champagne toast, and obviously, spectacular views of the city and the fireworks.
End 2016 like it’s 1922. Don’t follow? Coterie Company’s is hosting a Gatsby-themed NYE party in their breathtaking new Penthouse coworking space in the Frick Building downtown. Tickets are sold independently ($175) or for a couple ($375) and include lots of champagne, passed hors’ d’oeuvres, live action dinner stations, a live band, tarot card readers (here’s to hoping 2017 looks auspicious), professional dancers and valet service. It’s walking distance to Hotel Monaco for those who don’t want to worry about Uber surge-pricing. You can feel good about your choice of revelry, too — 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The Abbey on Butler
If you’ve ever wanted to attend a masked ball, The Abbey on Butler is giving you your chance this year. Their New Year’s Eve Maked Ball Party includes a four-course prix fixe dinner (entree choices include Hawaiian sea bass, filet mignon, or a vegetarian option), live jazz music, a classic cocktail and dancing until 2am, all for $65.
Wine fans, this is the NYE party for you. Your $90 ticket gets you an open bar all night featuring wines from Pittsburgh Winery, sangria and Arsenal Cider, food from Sausalido, and live music by The The Juan Vasquez Band.
New on the scene Umami is hosting a “global dance party” on December 31st. Their entertainment line-up includes Maestros and Edgar Um & Preslav Lefterov (they spin dancehall, disco, R&B, and Hip Hop beats). There will be hors d’oeuvres by Chef Roger Li and your $40 ticket includes two drinks and a champagne toast.
At the time of writing, details on Brillobox’s NYE bash were still being hammered out. Tickets are $10 and the party starts at 10pm. Stay tuned!
For the past 23 years, Pittsburghers have gathered in the Cultural District to meander through theaters, galleries, and the city streets on New Year’s Eve. There’s live music, dance, magic shows, a parade, kids activities, and not one, but two fireworks displays. The entire family is encouraged to attend First Night and tickets are only $10 (kids five and under are free!). If you haven’t been before, make this the year.