New Year’s Eve roundup
Baltimore hot spots host events for people of all ages.
By Jess Mayhugh. Posted on December 17, 2013, 2:00 pm
-Charm City Countdown
When the clock strikes 12, everyone has a chance to start the year anew—but half the fun is ending the old one in style. Celebrations start well before midnight at giant hotel extravaganzas, all-inclusive packages at local bars, club dance parties, and ceremonial firework displays. In typical Charm City style, we have an event for every scene.
The Sheraton Baltimore City Center will ring in the New Year with the all-inclusive celebration, Big Night Baltimore. More than 2,000 people will occupy the nine themed party areas, open bars, food buffets, and four dance floors from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. There will be eight bands and DJs including Kay Jay and DJ Q. Admission is available to guests 21 and older. Currently, tickets are $104.99 for the main event and $159.99 for VIP.
Charm City Countdown is returning for its sixth year to host a Gatsby-inspired extravaganza at the Lord Baltimore Hotel from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nearly 1,000 people will celebrate the new year across five floors, 12 different party zones, and seven themed event areas. The roaring party includes red-carpet photographs, casino games, a karaoke theater, and food stations with butler service. Premium open bars will provide martinis, wine, champagne and liquor throughout the night. Currently, tickets are $99 for the main event and $144 for VIP. Quantity discounts are available.
The Grand Historic Venue will host Downtown Countdown Baltimore, which features five floors of activity, 12 party rooms, and Baltimore’s largest balloon drop at midnight. Multiple full dinner buffets and bars will serve more than 2,000 guests from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. A total of eight bands and DJs and four comedy acts serve as the night’s entertainment. Currently, tickets are $104 for general admission and $149 for VIP.
In the spirit of bar crawling, Power Plant Live hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration rich with activity. True to its style, Power Plant will end the year with a literal bang with laser shows and confetti cannons as guests watch the ball drop in Times Square on two 20-foot screens. Live entertainment is complemented with top shelf open bar and all-access packages at Mex, Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden, Howl at the Moon, Luckie's Tavern, Luckie's Liquors, Angles Rock Bar, PBR, Mosaic and Crush Bar from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets are $95, but couples receive a $10 discount; $150 for VIP.
As a recent performer on The Late Show with David Letterman, actor/comedian Brian Scott McFadden will deliver a high-energy performance, along with Baltimore’s own Larry Noto, at Magooby’s Jokehouse. Ticket prices range from $35-185 depending on the packages, but all include a celebratory champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m.
Rams Head Live introduces Keller Williams’s New Years Funkin’ Eve with The Keels and More Than a Little. This foot-stomping night kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of.
D.C.’s 9:30 Club is bringing a New Orleans vibe to the area by mixing the past and future musical sounds of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Trouble Funk. Doors open at 9 p.m. to the sound of rich trombones and trumpets from the 27-year old musician. Tickets are $75, complete with a champagne toast at midnight.
Indulge in buffet dining and more than 60 choices of beer at an end-of-the-year celebration at Alexander’s Tavern from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Festivities include a DJ, dancing, party favors, a champagne toast, and giveaways. You can even score a free ticket by bringing a group of 20 people or more to the restaurant. Tickets are $80.
If it’s food you have a taste for, make your way over to Heavy Seas Alehouse for a three-course New Year’s Eve dinner for $49 from 5:30 p.m.–12 a.m., last call at 1:30 a.m. For an additional $12, enhance your meal with a beer pairing that best compliments the food for each specific course. Say farewell to 2013 by welcoming 2014 with a complementary champagne toast at midnight. Regular menu will also be available.
Howl at the Moon is hosting an interactive party where the audience becomes a part of the dueling piano show. Pianists play songs ranging from Billy Joel to Lady Gaga. Both of the packages available for purchase include a gourmet dinner buffet, premium open bar, and unlimited live entertainment. The Champagne Supernova package secures guests with seating and a complimentary bottle of champagne per table for $100. The alternative Just Dance package guarantees admittance with standing room only for $85. Prices are subject to change after December 13.
If it’s a dance party you’re looking for, The Ottobar will be spinning hits all night. DJ Craig Boarman kicks things off with dance music and top 40 hits from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Then Taxlo DJ’s Simon Phoenix and Stereo Faith take over with indie, electro, disco, hip-hop, and Baltimore club tunes until close. A three-hour open bar package is available in advance for $40 from 8-11 p.m.
RA Sushi in Harbor East will be throwing a “Ra”ckin’ New Year’s Eve party with a guest DJ, plus food and drink specials. Guests can enjoy $1 hot sake, $6 Kirin bombers, $5 Blushing Geisha (lemonade-vodka cocktail), and Lunetta Prosecco for $18/bottle. Food specials run the gamut from bonfire shrimp to edamame dip. The bash lasts from 7 p.m.-close.
If it’s a more tamed celebration you’re looking for, join the U.S.S. Constellation for their annual New Year’s Eve deck party. Sip champagne and watch the firework spectacular above the Inner Harbor. The party provides an all-inclusive twilight menu, completed with appetizers, desserts, and selection of local ale, wine, mulled cider, and coffee. Plus, special tours and cannon firing will be demonstrated throughout the night. Tickets for adults ages 21 and older are $85, teens are $50, and youth are $25.
Baltimore is keeping the tradition alive with its New Year’s Eve Spectacular at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Live music warms up the festivities before choreographed fireworks that can be seen throughout the city take center stage at midnight.
For those who can’t keep their eyes open until midnight, the Maryland Science Center will host Midnight Noon for its sixth year in a row. Kids can get creative with crafting their own party hats and noisemakers from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., all free with admission to the museum. Popular kids band Milkshake will provide live entertainment with their Grammy-nominated tunes.
It’s a party fit for a king or queen at Noontime New Year Royal Masquerade at Port Discovery on New Year’s Eve. From 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., kids are encouraged to come dressed in costume, ready for the slew of activities, arts and crafts, and performances. The festivities are complete with a juice and cookie toast to 2014. Activities are free with admission to the museum; tickets sold the day of.
Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.