New Year’s Eve 2013: An Advance Look at Philly’s Hottest Events

By Lindsay Kenney
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The War on Drugs play Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve.


Photo by Jeff Fusco

The Barbary
This Fishtown dive bar/club always offers a great place to dance the night away. Whether you’re attending the monthly Michael Jackson-Madonna-Prince night, or bringing in the New Year with Hands + Knees NYE, the Barbary is sure to please all those looking to get down and party hard.


9pm. $10-$15. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. thebarbary.org


Beer Dinner with
 Yards Brewing Company

Trying to spend New Year’s Eve away from dance beats and sweat? Check out Yards Brewery’s third annual NYE Beer-lovers feast. Your $65 admission includes four mouth-watering courses paired alongside delectable craft beers from one of the best brewery’s around. Reservations required.


8pm. $65. Kennett Restaurant, 848 S. Second St. 267.687.1426. kennettrestaurant.com


Brothers Past with the Heavy 
Pets + Disco Sucks

Sometimes, the pressure of throwing the perfect New Year’s Eve bash can be crippling. Instead of stressing over what hors d’oeuvres go best with the confetti-style cocktails, let professional musicians do the work. Allow live music to guide the evening with festive jams and popping dance beats sure to get your body moving into the new year. 


9pm. $23.50-$25. Trocadero Theatre, 
1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com


City Tap House
City Tap House says goodbye to 2012 the proper way with their “No Bullshit New Year’s Eve” party. This year, choose between two party options: a general admission ticket that guarantees entry into this shingdig, or the all-inclusive ticket that offers an open bar from 10pm-2am and a champagne toast at midnight. Either way, the evening will be full of craft beer, firepits, and good spirits—all key components to a great night.


10pm. $10-$65. City Tap House, 39th and 
Walnut sts. 215.716.1298. citytaphouse.com


The Crystal Tea Room

Start 2013 in luxury at the Crystal Tea Room, where hand-carved columns and intricate crystal chandeliers will surround you while you sip champagne into the wee hours of the night. In addition to the five-hour open bar, general admission includes plenty of food, multiple party areas, two balloon drops, body paint and photographers that will document the entire night leaving guests with the sole responsibility of having a good time.


8pm. $145-$235. Crystal Tea Room, 100 East Penn Sq. 215.627.5100. nyephilly.com


New Year’s Eve at The Piazza

This year, the entire Piazza in Northern Liberties will be covered by a massive tent, creating a party ambience for New Year’s Eve. Celebrate with a five-hour open bar, food buffets, DJ’s, dancers, light shows and more. 


8pm. $115-$150. The Piazza at Schmidts, Germantown Ave. and N. Second St. 215.495.1673. philly2night.com

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise

The entire family can enjoy an evening of music, holiday decor and party favors all the while cruising along the Delaware. Enjoy the first round of NYE fireworks than on the river looking out over the Philadelphia skyline.


4pm. $94-$204. Spirit Of Philadelphia, 
31 N. Columbus Blvd. ticketzone.com


NYE with Gary Gulman

Boston’s Gary Gulman has appeared on just about every television show a young stand-up comedian can appear on, including The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman . The 8pm show includes appetizers from 6-7:30, and the 10:30pm show includes a champagne toast at midnight and a dessert. No matter which show you choose, you’ll come away with an evening full of laughs—and a complimentary ticket to a future show.


8pm. $39-$69. Helium, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com

New Year’s Eve Passport

Trying not to begin the new year with an empty wallet? Grab a New Year’s Eve Passport for one of four locations of your choice in the city including Drinker’s West and Ortleibs, all with top-shelf open bars, a champagne toast, food, DJ’s, dancing and more.


9pm. $45-$85. Various locations. 215.568.1616. nye215.com


Philadelphia’s Live Ball Drop

The SkyBox at 2424 Studios is a unique combination of a contemporary art exhibition space and an elegant entertainment space, and, for the night, it will be the party spot that is hosting the city’s only live ball drop. Besides the 6-foot ball drop at midnight, this party includes an open bar all night, an amazing DJ lineup, a buffet and a laser light show.


9pm. $65. 2424 Studios / Sky Box, 2424 East York St. 267.861.0290. 2424studios.com 


Silk City
DJ DEEJAY is back and ready to shake things into party mode for the “The “Anything U can SHAKE YrHips2” dance party. Celebrate with an open bar from 9-11pm, and top off your night by greeting 2013 with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.


8pm. $35. Silk City Diner, 435 Spring Garden St. 215.592.8838. silkcityphilly.com


Sin City at Lucky Strike

Plenty of places offer food and drink specials tonight, but Lucky Strike throws in the extra perk of being a bowling alley, club and bar all in one. Lucky Strike’s Vegas-themed soiree includes a five-hour open bar and DJ spinning all night long.


8pm. $60-$110. Lucky Strike, 1336 Chestnut St. 215.701.1960. bowlluckystrike.com


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2. Anonymous said... on Dec 22, 2012 at 05:11PM

“If you are looking for some other NYE options, check out http://www.NYEphilly.com. 14 amazing party options to ring in 2013!!”

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3. Tin Angel said... on Dec 31, 2012 at 01:17PM

“Check out Francis Dunnery live at the Tin Angel tonite at 9 pm. Tickets are only $35. To purchase call 215-928-0978.”

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