It’s T-minus 20 and counting to the city’s hottest New Year’s Eve parties

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PW is here to spare you from New Years Eve anxiety. Families, singles, bar hoppers, club kids, disco-enthusiasts—we've got you all covered. Call your friends, snatch up tickets, and let the rest of the year unwind without nail-biting indecision. Instead of ending up on the couch watching Ryan Seacrest alone (unless that's your thing), check out what Philly has to offer up for the party night of the year.


Blue Cross RiverRink
The skating rink at Penn’s Landing serves as a great host to an early family celebration. A special (early) New Year’s party begins at 5 p.m., which includes the first fireworks show of the night from the Delaware River. 5pm. $3-$35. Blue Cross RiverRink, Market St. at Columbus Blvd. 215.925.RINK.

Independence Seaport Museum
The Seaport Museum keeps its doors open late for its Family New Year’s Eve party. Visitors will have access to the Seaport’s second floor balcony overlooking the Delaware, a perfect sightline for the 6 p.m. fireworks show. The party features snacks, noisemakers and favors to complete the kid-friendly celebration. 4-7pm. $10-$13.50. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.8616.

Disney on Ice: Lets Celebrate!
Featuring classic and contemporary Disney songs (and more than 50 live Disney characters!), the world famous Disney On Ice is a frosty but fun New Year’s Eve treat for the whole family. The action-packed ice performance has two afternoon show times, giving you plenty of time to get the kids home early. 11am and 3pm. $18-$95. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800.298.4200.


New Year’s Eve at the Piazza
The Piazza in NoLibs rolls out its annual NYE celebration, one of the biggest in the city. The Piazza’s heated 20,000-square-foot tent encompasses the interior of the complex and allows guests to mingle between all five of the bars on-site. 9pm. $85-$125. The Piazza at Schmidts, 1001 N. Second St. 215.642.8656.

Xfinity Live! Celebration NYE 2014
Seven parties under one roof, unlimited premium drinks, multiple DJs and live bands: Xfinity Live! has every angle covered. Head down to the stadiums to bask in the revelry, and watch the ball drop on Xfinity’s 32-foot LED video screen. 8pm. $70-$175. XFINITY Live! 1100 Pattison Ave.

Varga Bar
In the heart of Washington Square, Varga Bar is one of those all-American establishments stacked with craft beers, traditional comfort food and beautiful pin-up girls (Ooh-la-la). Their New Year’s soiree boasts a 3-hour premium open bar, party favors and delicious dinner specials. 7pm. $45-$65. Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St. 215.627.5200.

A Pop Muzik New Years Eve at the Dolphin
The legendary South Philly dive has undergone some pretty extensive changes, and this year hosts an ‘80s throwback NYE dance party. Philly music stalwart (and required presence at any official ‘80s appreciation event) DJ Robert Drake spins new wave hits and rough cuts all night. Admission includes an open bar of Tecate and well drinks from 9-11, with champagne popping at midnight. 9pm. $20. Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St. 215.278.7950.

Philadelphia All Access NYE Party Pass
Perfect for the bar-hopper; the All Access NYE Party Pass enables you to bounce around between 10 of Center City’s hottest parties. The party pass is all-inclusive at each bar (including a marathon 5-hour free-for-all open bar). Revelers kick off the party at 9pm at 16th and Market streets. 9pm. $95. Locations to be announced.

Field House
Center City’s premier sports bar morphs into New Year’s headquarters this year. With more than 35 HDTVs, you’ll have no problem drunkenly shouting the countdown with a great view of the ball dropping. The Field House bash features a 5-hour open bar, party favors, champagne and a DJ spinning hip-hop, dance and Top 40 hits. 9pm. $85-$155. Field House, 1150 Filbert St. 215.720.1876.

Go Go NYE: A Funk & Classic Disco Dance Party
Tucked beneath the Reading Railroad viaduct, the Trestle Inn is a throwback to the weirdest days of the ‘60s and ‘70s (and everything that’s slightly askew in Philly today). Their annual Go Go NYE party is a full-on disco/funk rager; this year’s incarnation features DJ Retro Roland Riso, scantily clad go-go dancing from the Trestle Specials and complimentary drinks and snacks. 9pm. $20-$25. The Trestle Inn, 11th and Callowhill sts. 267.239.0290.

Eat Drink Sing New Years at Yakitori Boy
Attention, karaoke enthusiasts: Yakitori Boy is here to humor you this New Year’s Eve and to agree that yes, that song is just so good. This awesome establishment offers three different general admission packages for the main lounge, as well as private rooms and VIP treatment. Karaoke to sing (and hear!) will be center stage, accompanied by food, booze and a DJ. 9pm. Various prices. Yakitori Boy, 211 N. 11th St. 215.923.8088.


New Year’s Eve with Screaming Females
New Jersey punk trio Screaming Females dominate at Johnny Brenda’s New Year’s bash this year. Still buzzing off 2012’s Ugly, the Females promise to ring in 2014 properly with plenty of booze and sweat. DIY Philly heroes Swearin’ and local garage rockers Batty also take the stage. 8pm. $15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

New Years Eve at the Boot and Saddle
R5 Productions’ newest outpost on South Broad presents a NYE bluegrass and country bonanza. Hard-driving local bluegrassers the Highwater Preachers are joined by honky-tonk heroes Red Skiles & the Country Ramblers for a night of finger-pickin’ fun. DJ Breakfast will be spinning classics from the ‘50s and ‘60s after the mics cool off, all while you reap the benefits of the open bar and midnight champagne toast. 9pm. $50. The Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528.

New Year’s Eve at Milkboy
Indie rockers the Lawsuits headline Milkboy’s New Year’s show. They’ll be joined by the always energetic TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Doylestown natives the Commonwealth Choir. Milkboy’s fabulous kitchen and bar will remain open into the night. 8pm. $15. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455.

Philly-via-Indiana electronic jam band Lotus plays back-to-back nights to close out 2013. Their genre-bending style and group improvisation live shows have earned the band a cult following. Philly house DJ Willyum gets the party started before Lotus rings in the New Year. 8:30pm. $40. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.

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