- Aaron Epple Contributing Writer
If you’re looking for a quick escape and a New Year’s Eve party to remember, here are the best of the best events in Cincinnati to help you finalize those plans now!
Q102 NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Location: The Newport Syndicate
Entertainment: There will be three different parties in three different rooms. Q102’s Mark McFadden will DJ in the Ambassador Room. The Rusty Griswolds, a popular local 1980s cover band, will perform in the Grand Ballroom. In the Gangsters Piano Bar, dueling pianists will take your requests and play opposite each other in the Gangsters Piano Bar.
Food: If you buy the dinner package, you can enjoy a sit-down dinner before the party. The menu includes champagne chicken, bourbon pork loin, roasted tenderloin, jumbo shrimp, party favors and more.
Libations: There are seven different bars throughout the facility. If you buy the VIP option, you’ll be seated in a room that overlooks the Grand Ballroom. You’ll have a premium bar, premium food, basically all the amenities of a big party in a private setting while you look at the big party.
HOW TO GO
What: Q102 New Year’s Eve Party
When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: The Newport Syndicate, 18 E. 5th St., Newport, Kentucky
ALL THAT GLITTERS NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Location: Jack Cincinnati Casino
Entertainment: Two prominent local DJs will be responsible to keep people boogying in the Jack Cincinnati Casino Event Center. DJ Etrayn is the official DJ of the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals, and Jessica the Ripper has opened for Ellie Goulding. However, being a casino, it isn’t surprising that Jack Cincinnati would incorporate a Vegas vibe as well, so there will also be aerialists, showgirls, a selfie station, and a capuchin monkey. Guests who buy the all-access pass are free to step outside the party, gamble for a little while, and then rejoin whenever they want.
Food: There will be two buffets, one from 4-10 p.m. for $34.99, and a “late night” buffet for $17.99. The dishes include fried chicken, pizza, Singapore noodles, and a build-your-own nacho bar.
Libations: There will be at least six bars inside the Event Center alone. The New Year’s champagne will flow for $2 a glass. If you’re coming out with a larger group, there are VIP cabanas and tables that’ll give you 24 drink tickets and a more exclusive experience.
HOW TO GO
What: All That Glitters New Year’s Eve Party
Where: Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati
When: Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Cost: $50 (general), $1,250-$1,500 (VIP)
LAND ROVER NEW YEAR’S EVE BLAST
Location: Fountain Square, Cincinnati
Entertainment: If you’re looking for family friendly fun, here’s an event to consider. Hosted by 94.9’s Jay Kruz, DJ Tweety will provide the music, and there will goofy games and prizes on stage every half hour. For an extra charge, you can skate on the ice rink as well. Later that evening, a Rozzi’s Fireworks display will ring in the New Year.
Food and Libations: In addition to the restaurants that line the square, there will be plenty of vendors on the square itself.
HOW TO GO
What: Land Rover New Year’s Eve Blast
When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (skating rink opens from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m.)
Where: Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Cincinnati
Cost: No charge, except to ice skate (Admission to skate is $6 and skate rental is $4)
THE KNOW THEATRE NYE SPEAKEASY PARTY
Location: The Know Theatre, Cincinnati
Entertainment: This theme party takes you back to the 1920s when, due to Prohibition, New Year’s revelers had to go underground if they wanted to party. And so, in addition to live music, this party will feature a DJ who will be playing all the “swinging” tunes. There will also be backroom casino games to enhance the illicitness.
Food: Your ticket will include lite bites, appetizers, giggle juice, and a few more surprises.
Libations: In the spirit of the theme, the bartenders will be slinging Manhattans, sidecars and martinis. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight, on the house.
HOW TO GO
What: The Know Theatre NYE Speakeasy Party
Where: The Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Cincinnati
When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Cost: $40 (advance) $50 (door)
LURE: A NEW YEAR’S MASQUERADE
Location: Memorial Hall, Cincinnati
Entertainment: This is a masquerade ball, so cocktail attire and masks are required. A limited number of complimentary masks will be available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own masks to show off their style. Four DJs will provide the music. There will also be a special performance by Lauren Eylise, a local singer/songwriter who has opened for Train and John Legend.
Food: Heavy appetizers will be available for those who purchase the “upgrade” option.
Libations: A general admission packages gets you two drink tickets. After that, it’s a cash bar. Upgraded guests have access to a top-shelf open bar all night.
HOW TO GO
What: Lure: A New Year’s Masquerade
Where: Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Cost: $40 (standard) $120 (upgrade)
More Info: 513-977-8838 or www.memorialhallotr.com.