Icy cold weather has never been a detriment to how Philly spends its winter holidays. That said, I would be wrong to not have noticed how the usually crammed tight streets and long lines accompanying Christmas’ usuals have been thinned – perhaps due to weather-people scaring the shit out of everyone when it came to frozen temperatures, or perhaps lingering fears of Covid and additional flus.
The good thing is that, as of Christmas Day – traditional and the observed Monday – most of the New Year’s Eve parties and dinners for five days away are not sold out. Fear is now a benefit when it comes to making the most of ringing in the new year.
Here is a list of where you could and should be so to maximize your roll into 2023.
Make it count. Make it special.
NYE-A-GO GO! A Disco Dance Party at The Trestle Inn
Ian Cross and the team at The Trestle Inn do a Whiskey and Go Go holiday with DJ BiLla spinning an all vinyl disco record selection with Go Go dancing by “the Trestle Specials” Marsha Katt, Prudence Farrow and Stevie Ryeder. Tickets $50-$250. Go for the premium package for extra shake appeal.
The Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th Street.
Emily King NYE at World Café Live
New York City East Side Story songstress and Grammy nominated chanteuse Emily King brings the swirl to World Café Live for a midnight rendezvous. Plus, the groove-centric Arthur Thomas & the Funkatorium are in the WCL Lounge earlier in the evening. Make it a night in West Philly.
World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA
Glitter City Gala – New Year’s Eve at The Crystal Tea Room
The Crystal Tea Room is one of this city’s toniest locations. With multiple rooms and a laser-and-light show, my guess is that the Glitter City Gala will be the place for young lawyers, re-insurance salespeople and their assistants.
The Crystal Tea Room, 100 E Penn Square #9B, Philadelphia, PA
Burlesque & Blues NYE at the Twisted Tail
Off South Street’s favorite blues music emporium welcomes the Mikey Junior Band and a burlesque show dancing and feather boa filled extravaganza with an option of a four-course dinner menu including a ticket to the second B&BNYE show.
The Twisted Tail, 509 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
New Year’s Eve 2023 Party with Big Scott & Friends at Vera Night Club
Big Scott has long been the legendary hip hop host-with-the-most in Camden, NJ, and his annual NYE soiree will feature nothing less than two floors of Vera, a red carpet with “Hollywood vibes,” a 360 Photobooth, some snowfall at midnight, outdoor S’mores stations, ice sculptures, a cigar and hookah lounge, fire pits and more. DJs Caution, Legit, Chillio and KDOT DJ will keep the dance floor packed,
Vera Bar and Grille, 2310 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ
D24K Events present NYE 2023
The D24K promotional and spinning team – Goodie, Subsurface and VZA – are again teaming up and promising “beefy sound, spacey lights and proper tunes at a location close to the action, but far from the circus.” I like. The location is WoW, quite literally: Warehouse on Watts, and the price is affordable $15-$25.
Warehouse on Watts, 923 N Watts Street, Philadelphia, PA
New Year’s Emo at Kung Fu Necktie
If you’re looking for a chemical romance during your dashboard confessional while you party at the disco check out this dramatic, mascara-stained DJ dance party close-out to 2022
Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N Front Street, Philadelphia, PA
Fond Takes Over The Dutch NYE
Chef Lee Styer is doing a New Year’s Eve pop-up at The Dutch for a multi-course menu (gnocchi with duck confit, a luxe surf & turf), opulent add-ons (seared fois gras, oysters on the half shell) and wine pairings. Nothing but net, starting at $250 per person.
The Dutch, 1537 S 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA
New Year’s Eve at Tradesman’s
The Tradesman’s people at the classic Trust Company building in Old City love their whiskey, so a five-hour premium open bar promises to crush. And hurt the next morning. But still.
Tradesman’s, 1322 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
St. Paul & the Broken Bones NYE at Brooklyn Bowl
A private bowling lane with unlimited balling and the broken rock and roll of the Broken Bones? Bring it.
Brooklyn Bowl, 1009 Canal Street, Philadelphia, PA
Real Housewives of New York City Dorinda Medley at Live! Casino
What a weird way to spend a New Year’s Ever – partying with the Bravo Network’s Real Housewives of New York City cast member Dorinda Medley and Q102’s DJ Nugget in South Philly. Sure, why not?
The Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, 900 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Cherry Street Pier NYE
Hot chocolate and cocktails and a mini-golf course and collaborative mural making with kids and their parents? OK, but can I spike the hot cocoa too?
Cherry Street Pier, 121 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA
NYE at NOTO
DJ Jason Weiss and DJ Mike Lowery spin hardcore pop, hop and house to help you welcome the new year in the largest club space in downtown Philly with Joonbug Promotions.
NOTO Philadelphia, 1209 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
W Philadelphia NYE
An enclosed WET Bar is hosting a poolside event with and open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres, while the W Philadelphia’s Living Room lobby hosts a 70s disco-inspired celebration with bar and menu offerings, plus bottle service packages. Very adult. And swanky.
W Philadelphia, 1439 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
The Blue Man Group at NYE
This is cone strange New Year’s Eve to consider – three bald blue guys from New York City slamming PVC tubing and hammering newly imagined percussion instruments. Not bad at all.
The Blue Man Group, The Miller Theater, 250 S Broad Street.
Jet Wine Bar’s NYE Bash
A three-hour open bar featuring nearly 25 different wines, caviar, Philly area cheeses and champagne. The cholesterol meter bursts starting NOW.
Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
The Rub New Year’s Eve Party
A hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, reggaeton and classic house music filled affair from some of Philly’s finest – but in Brooklyn? Bus trip for DJs Eleven & Ayres, Khalil (Livin Proof) and Petey Complex.