The New Year's Eve Guide

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**Updated with new events!

If the Mayans are right, this is the last time you’ll be ringing in anything. Lucky for you, there’s plenty of New Year’s Eve options to party away your last days. Whether you want to shake your groove thang, stuff your face or keep things low-key, here’s a list to keep handy. Keep checking back; we'll be adding new events over the next few weeks.


New Year’s Eve at The Piazza

Over 3,000 people are expected to pile into The Piazza which will be covered by a massive heated tent for its first ever NYE bash. With just one ticket, you’ll get access to five different parties as well as a five-hour open bar and food at each participating bar/restaurant: Gunner’s Run, PYT, Kings Oak and Raw. The rock and dance party group, Steamroller Picnic will be performing inside the tent and at midnight, you can watch the ball drop on the 20 foot TV. (N.F.) 9pm. $100-$150. The Piazza, 1015 N. Second St. 215.467.4603.

 3rd Annual Stimulus New Year’s Eve

Last year, Stimulus threw the biggest and most diverse women’s NYE shindig in Philly and this year, they’re doing it again—only way bigger. In addition to drink specials, live go-go dancers and photographers capturing the evening’s wildest moments, you’ll have two different rooms to choose from. Oh, and while the other parties are rapping up at 2 a.m., this one will be going straight till 8 a.m. (N.F.) 9pm. $20. Voyeur Nighclub, 1221 Saint James St. 215.735.5772.

West Philadelphia Orchestra’s Balkan Feast & Dance Party

Skip the usual Irish pub scene and welcome the new year with a little European flair. Arrive at 9 p.m. and get first dibs on a traditional Balkan buffet, cooked by WPO members themselves. Starting 10 p.m. and going into the wee-hours, the 12 piece band will be pumping out their raucous Eastern European dance jams. (N.F.) 9pm. $20-$25. Tritone, 1508 South St. 215.545.0475.

That’s A Wrap

Get all sorts of dolled up and head to Philly’s most exclusive lounge for an equally exclusive soiree. While tearing up the dance floor to a mix of house, hip-hop, rock and pop, snack on complimentary hors d’oeuvres and marvel at the 8,000 balloons covering the entire ceiling. There will also be live entertainment including, G Box dancers and an “out of this world” light and sound show. (N.F.) 10pm. $125. G Lounge, 111 S. 17th St. 215.564.1515.

Making Time New Year’s Eve HYPER-RAGER

Having thrown the most epic dance parties this city has ever seen for more than a decade now, only Union Transfer could contain the end-of-the-year bash Making Time has in store. Three rooms will house all of the Making Time resident raddlers (a total of more than ten DJs), spinning everything from cocaine sex jams to apocalyptic rock and roll. Admission gets you all the free domestic beer and well drinks you can drink till 2 a.m. (N.F.) 9pm. $45. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Occupy Philly New Years Eve Party

Oh yes, that’s right. After being evicted from Tent City, Occupiers are gonna party like the 99 percent. Of course, none of the details is worked out just yet. What can be confirmed is that they’re looking for an available warehouse space—preferably a legal one—and hoping that the Roots will perform. Fingers crossed. (N.F.) 7pm. Free. Location TBA.

Dorian’s Parlor New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Come in your most creative vintage, 18th-century inspired attire—ball gown to black tie—and party it up in this bohemian haven. For your entertainment, the Wandering Cellist will create magic with his cello, Professor Elemental from England will share his unique brand of hip-hop and emcee G.D. Falksen will usher in the new year while DJ Dave Ghoul brings the tunes. The night’s perks include a two-hour open bar, full buffet dinner with steak and pasta, door prizes, gift bags, vendors, free portraits and even a free, limited-edition NYE art print. (N.F.) 9pm. $100-$120. Double Tree of Center City, 237 S. Broad St.

Johnny Showcase’s New Year’s Funk Your Face Party

With their combination of infectious jazz music, cabaret and absurd humor, Philly’s own Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret definitely know how to throw a killer bash. Johnny has performed at almost every seedy, underground venue in the city and recently released his debut album of party songs, Love is the Message . The urbano pop artist El Malito will be joining them. (N.F.) 8pm. $15. With El Malito. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455.

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