What to do in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve
By David Schick, contributor
It’s the day before New Years Eve and we still haven’t finalized our party plans either. Can’t we just do all the things, at the same time?
Well, until you have the ability to clone yourself, you’ll just have to decide which event (or two) is worthy of your presence at the stroke of midnight.
To help you in your indecision, Decaturish has compiled a list of NYE’s events around the metro Atlanta area. Event prices vary based on venue and range from free to over $100.
Dress up in the style of your favorite music genre or period and get ready to dance all night—to hits from the 1970s to the present—at Dance Hall Decatur.
The event will be from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the DeKalb History Center. Reservations are available at their offices or online through PayPal and include appetizers, sodas, and festive party favors. Additional drink tickets available at the event.
Cost: $15-25 (depending on membership)
Atlanta-native Michelle Malone will perform two New Year’s Eve shows at Eddie’s Attic, the second including special guest Hannah Thomas. Tickets range from $30 for general admission to $150 for a table of four reserved seats.
The first show begins at 7 p.m. and the second at 9:45 p.m.
Pallookaville in Avondale Estates will hold a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes an 8 p.m. Corndog Drop for the kids. The official drop will be at 12 a.m.
Located off the south end of Moreland Avenue, Incendia combines “the worlds of design, art, and science,” to create a “breath-taking environment” of fire art that is safely contained within six geodesic domes.
Imagine partying and dancing inside five 20-foot aluminum mobile party domes surrounding a 50-foot dome, each enchanted with a fiery ceiling. Basically, if you handed a kid with pyromania some propane tanks and an erector set, and you’d end up with Incendia.
Cory Glenn, founder of Incendia, told Decaturish that the event is bringing out some of the best DJs and electronic music talent from across the Southeast.
Cost: $40 ($50 at door)
The largest NYE celebration in the Southeast, the Peach Drop continues its 27-year tradition in downtown Atlanta at 7 p.m. The center of the festivities will be located at Underground Atlanta. Celebrate the New Year with live music and tens of thousands of fellow revelers.
As 2016 nears, the main stage will light up with live performances, and the 800-pound Peach will begin its descent just before the clock strikes midnight. Following the drop, a fireworks show will illuminate the sky and millions of pieces of confetti will rain down on the crowd!
With six hours of Open Bar giveaways and more Buckhead Saloon is the place to be for New Year’s Eve. General admission includes open bar (well liquor) from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., an early buffet station, champagne toast, as well as party favors and giveaways. VIP admission includes an open bar (with premium liquor), as well as a late night buffet station.
Prices are subject to change without notice, after Dec 25th based upon availability.
Cost: (VIP $85.00) & (General Admission $65.00)
Since you can’t decide on just one party to go to, why not get entry to four Midtown nightclubs with one ticket?
This “All Access” pass will let you explore Midtown’s entertainment area on NYE while giving you access to four unique parties being offered by Opera Night Club, Bungalow 13, Rí Rá Irish Pub and CosmoLava. You will be greeted by one of four hosts at each location, then will be granted access to each party with your NYE event credentials. Tickets are limited and will sell out.
Some things to expect at each venue:
Bungalow 13 – DJ with open bar from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., College football games will be on, balloon drop at midnight with $500 cash, and champagne fountain all night long.
Opera Nightclub – Priority admittance, gourmet dinner buffet 8:30-10:30 p.m., complimentary beverage ticket, three different rooms, massive balloon drops, confetti & rose petal cannons, champagne showers, aerialists and four incredible DJs. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
CosmoLava – Open bar from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., multiple DJ’s, champagne fountains, ice sculptures, $500 balloon drop at midnight with champagne toast, Philly Connection food truck.
No additional covers will be needed for this and each ticketholder will be able to access all locations. Upgrades like bottle service or VIP programs may be available at each location but are not include with this ticket.
Continuing the tradition from The Shelter Atlanta, join Club Famous in the Famous Pub for the Annual New Wave New Year’s Eve Party. With music, dancing, pool tables, great bar food, a free champagne toast at midnight, and 80s music videos on multiple screens throughout the club, Famous Pub is ready to party like it’s 1989.
With unlimited beer, pizza, and beer pong what’s not to like? The event will be located at Kaleidoscape and is 21 and over.
For $30, you can drink as much as you want. What other events can support unlimited beer? Also, Papa John’s pizza will also be served “since no one likes to drink on an empty stomach.”
There will be 16 competitive beer pong tables and nine noncompetitive tables for fun. This is where you can prove to everyone in Atlanta that your team is the best.
Boasts to be the “smoothest” New Years Eve party in town. This is “all-inclusive” event will cover your drinks and food into the wee hours of the morning.
Live Music with Yacht Rock Revue, Yacht Rock Schooner, and a DJ will be spinning music in the Piedmont Room all night long.
On a budget, but still want to party for New Year’s Eve? Jack’s Pizza and Wings may be the place for you.
Live music starting at 4 p.m. and rocking out until midnight. Then DJ Ego is closing them down with some dirty south hip-hop. Doors open at noon with $2 High Life pitchers, $3 Titos shots, $2 cheese slices, and $3 pepperoni slices.
Seriously, $2 pitchers? Yes, you heard right.
This New Years Eve, Quad @ Spring4th Complex is bringing everyone a taste of its #TrapHouseFridays with a blend of Hip Hop, Trap, House, Top 40s, and EDM.
With four different music environments in one building, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Bassment will host Atlanta’s “Best in Trap and EDM.” The foyer will have some great vibes playing with Hip Hop/Top40s in the Main Room.
Cost: $20 for open bar from 8:30-10 p.m. (must by ticket online)
$30 – will get you priority VIP line entry, and complimentary bottle of champagne, and a New Years Eve gift bag.
Presale Link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1030675
For more information: Decaturish has created this interactive map showing New Year’s Eve events around Atlanta.