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Procrastinator's Guide to NYE Parties

There's still time to plan something fabulous

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

Storyteller at Core Detroit
Dance party crasher; wordsmith; downtowner;Disney geek; whipped cream junkie; die-hard Tigers fan. Join me on on my epic quest for the perfect turkey reuben.
Kat Rembacki

2016 has been a wild ride. We’re not going to let this crazy year just fade slowly into the night; we’re kissing 2016 goodbye in style. This New Year, in particular, calls for a celebration.

If you’ve been procrastinating and haven’t made your NYE plans yet, don’t fret. There are plenty of options still available, whether you’re looking for a high-energy party, a swanky dinner or a laid-back soiree. Read on for Detroit’s best New Year’s bashes.

Best Overall Value

If you want to get the biggest bang for your NYE buck, head over to Bookies where they’re offering open bar packages for $55. Sip as many well cocktails and domestic beers as you like, without worrying about sticker shock on your bar tab at the end of the night – it’s all included. A live DJ will keep the jams spinning and the party pumpin’ all night. Expect plenty of dancing and revelry.

You can upgrade your bevs to premium drinks and imported brews for $80. And because you shouldn’t start the new year on an empty stomach (especially after all that booze), they’re including a late-night coney bar with every package. There’s even a champagne toast at Midnight followed by a fireworks show.

The fun starts at 9 p.m. and the party keeps rockin’ until 4 a.m. (open bar ends at 1 a.m.). Get tickets online.

Best for Foodies

This year hasn’t always been easy, and you deserve to end 2016 on a high note. Gold Cash Gold is hosting an intimate, one-of-a-kind New Year’s menu so tasty you’ll forget all the bad things that happened this year. Actually, it’s three menus. Chef Brendon Edwards has prepared three different culinary journeys from which you’ll get to choose one at the time of your reservation. They’re inspired by Land, Sea and Air. The Land menu will feature lamb shank (yum); Sea highlights whole fried fish (double yum); Air showcases whole roasted duck (droolllllll).  

All three come with endless pours of champagne. Bartenders will also be whipping up cocktails inspired by their favorite artists of 2016, available a la carte.

Dinner costs $110 per person. For reservations call (313) 242-0770.

Best Big, Sweaty Dance Party

Join Detroit’s “most glamorous, hedonistic” dance party as Haute to Death takes over the Elizabeth Theater on the second floor of the Park Bar. Detroit icon Scott Grooves is making a special appearance with his innovative overdub (a process of mixing additional tracks onto a song which creates some seriously kickass party tunes) vibes.

Tickets cost $20 in advance but prices will increase at the door. Your ticket includes late-night hors d’oeuvres, champagne, complimentary coat check and a photo booth. This party is only open to adults aged 21 or older.

Get ready to sip champagne and dance the night away. This sweaty, high-energy, awesome mess of a party starts at 10 p.m.

Best Laid-Back Celebration

Honest John’s is hosting six NYE countdowns in one night, ending with the Motor City’s ‘D’ drop at Midnight. If you want to celebrate the New Year but hate the thought of getting all dressed up and crammed onto a noisy dancefloor, this is the party for you.

The first countdown starts at 6 p.m. (Midnight in France and Spain) with a High Life toast, and the bar will keep serving food until 3 a.m. There’s no cover all night, and there’s no need to get fancy (unless you want to). Rock your favorite jeans and a comfy sweater and toast to the New Year with the Champagne of Beers.

 

Best Theme Party

In the middle of winter, all we want to do it escape to someplace warm and sunny. Downtown’s snug speakeasy and eatery, Standby, will whisk you away to sunny, vibrant Havana with Standby Goes Tropicana. They’re ringing in the new year Cuban style with a special rum-focused cocktail menu and a series of Cuban-inspired small plates. Rhumba dresses and Guayaberas (think Ricky Ricardo style button-down shirts) are encouraged.

There are two seatings available, at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. A table for two, which includes unlimited hors d’ourves and a communal rum cocktail to share, will set you back $100. The later seating at 9:30 p.m. costs $150.

If you can’t get a reservation, they’ll have space at the bar available for walk-ins.

 

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