2018 is drawing to a close and you know what that means…New Year’s Eve is just around the corner!
If going to Chicago or fighting the crowds for a spot in Times Square isn’t an option for you this year, no worries! There are plenty of great parties in the Columbus area for you to ring in the new year in style. Whether you want an epic, over-the-top party, are looking for good clean family fun or just want a laid-back night out, you’ve got a ton of options. I asked NBC4 viewers where the best NYE parties are in Columbus, and here’s what they said:
If you’re looking for the most Instagram-worthy party:
Incredible views? Check. Hand-crafted cocktails? Check. A killer DJ and a live band? Double check. VASO Rooftop Lounge is ringing in the new year the right way with amazing drinks, food, and entertainment from The Whiskey Business and DJ AXCESS. Their table admission tickets have sold out, but standing room tickets (cost includes two drinks and 20% gratuity) are still available. Tap or click here to buy tickets.
If you’re looking for fun for the whole family:
If family-friendly celebrations are more your style, you won’t want to miss First Night Columbus at COSI. The fun begins at 5:30 and goes until midnight. Now in its 23rd year, First Night Columbus features live entertainment, activities and fun for all ages. The party is safe, affordable and substance-free. Tickets are just $10 through Dec. 30 and $15 if purchased on New Year’s Eve.
If you want dinner, dancing and live music all night:
If you want a rockin’ good time, New Year’s Eve at Shadowbox Live is the place for you. The evening comes with a dinner banquet, two hours of live music, dancing, party favors, a cash bar and a champagne toast. Tickets are $100. You can get a discount for two using the “NYE” promo code.
If you want to take your inner nerd out:
Camelot Cellars’ 8th annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade is outdoing itself again this year with a Harry Potter Yule Ball! Enjoy live music by D7M DJ Entertainment throughout the night, snack on hors-d’oeuvres and desserts, down some butterbeer and have a divine session with psychic Jennifer Lopez. Your ticket also includes a champagne toast at midnight. This event sells out every year, so make sure to get your tickets soon. Tap or click here for more details.
If you want a party that’s definitely a little extra:
NYE 2018 Black & White Masquerade at Bar Louie
Both the Polaris and Easton Bar Louie locations are ringing in the new year in style with the Black & White Masquerade! Based on Truman Capote’s infamous Grand Masked Ball, this party will definitely be over the top. Tap or click here to get tickets for the Easton location and tap or here for tickets for the Polaris location.
If you just wanna dance:
The Columbus Renaissance downtown ballroom is turning into an 11,000 square foot high-energy dance club featuring music from top 40, hip-hop, rock and EDM artists along with a second room with live music from Columbus’ own SWAGG. Tickets include drink tickets, hors-d’oeuvres and late night flatbread pizza. Tap or click here to get tickets.
If you want something swanky:
The Hyatt Regency has an exquisite celebration planned, complete with cool music from the Urban Jazz Coalition and a blazing hot dance floor with DJ D-Rob and DJ Dru leading the party. For more information or to buy tickets, tap or click here.
Is anything more swanky than a Great Gatsby-themed NYE party? Hotel LeVeque is offering four levels of packages to celebrate the new year, complete with a room, two 2019 champagne glasses, live entertainment and a balloon drop. For more information, tap or click here.
If you want something laid back:
If over-the-top parties and huge crowds aren’t for you but you don’t want to spend the night at home, head over to Seventh Son Brewing for a laid-back evening featuring DJ Adam SC spinning soul, funk, disco and 80s records.
If you’re a foodie and love craft beer:
Ring in the new year in true BrewDog fashion with a carefully crafted menu featuring delicious appetizers, braised beef, halibut, sticky toffee pudding and more. Plus, they will have live music and a punk toast to celebrate the night. To make a reservation, tap or click here.