The Absolute Best Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Atlanta
Ring in 2022 in style.
In a matter of days, 2021 will be over, and the New Year will bring all sorts of new opportunities and challenges for all of us. Thus, there are probably already a million thoughts running through your head, from career goals and New Year’s resolutions to new business ideas and concerns about the still-ongoing pandemic. The last thing you need to worry about right now is how you’re going to spend the final night of the year. So don’t worry—that’s where we come in.
Just like last year, New Year’s Eve looks completely different in 2021, but thankfully, there are a lot more ways to celebrate the holiday in person this year. However, if you’d much rather stay at home and avoid the NYE crowds, we’ve got you covered too. Here are 10 things for you to do in Atlanta while counting down to midnight this New Year’s Eve. Get ready to say hello to 2022.
It’s hard to imagine a proper New Year’s Eve bash without some sort of alcoholic beverage, and for those who want something nicer than a homemade cocktail to bring in the New Year, head over to JoJo’s Beloved for its NYE party. From 10 pm to 2 am, guests will be treated to party favors and live sounds courtesy of DJ Julien, and they won’t even have to worry about RSVPing in advance because each ticket guarantees entry to JoJo’s as well as a complimentary champagne cocktail for the midnight toast.
Witness the return of the Peach Drop
For the first time since 2018, ITP and OTP Atlantans will be able to once again witness the legendary Peach Drop. Whether you’re thrilled about the news of the classic event’s revival or think it’s too good to be true, get ready because the Peach Drop is officially returning to Underground Atlanta on New Year’s Eve. The free event will kick off at 6 pm, and throughout the course of the night, attendees will be front and center for performances from Ashanti and Atlanta’s legendary supergroup Goodie Mob. This is the cultural reset that we all need going into the New Year.
If you plan on switching things up and ghosting some of your toxic friends by the time 2022 rolls around, more power to you. Just make sure you and your close friends band together and attend Southern Fried Queer Pride’s “New Year Who Dis” NYE party at the Masquerade. The show starts at 9 pm, and throughout the course of the night, there will be live music from incredible local rap duo The Queendom, plenty of DJ sets, and a countdown drag show featuring JayBella Bankz, Dotte Com, SZN ALXNDR, and Taylor Alxndr.
Cost: $25 - $30
Old Fourth Ward
Hours after the Noon Year’s Eve day party at Ponce City Market concludes, 9 Mile Station will be taking over the NYE festivities on The Roof. The restaurant is offering a five-course prix fixe menu on New Year’s Eve, and considering that the winter dining igloos are still up, you may even be able to make your final meal of 2021 even more special. Nine Mile Station’s NYE dinner starts at 5 pm, and you can make your reservation here.
If your anticipation for the big countdown to midnight always makes you a bit anxious, put your mind at ease with a special trip to Puttshack. The fun Atlanta attraction is hosting an eventful NYE party, and for the modest price of $25, attendees can enjoy one round of Puttshack’s technologically enhanced minigolf, party favors, a champagne toast, and a live DJ.
Before the late-night countdown and other NYE festivities, kick off your end-of-the-year celebration a little early with an amazing food experience at Colony Square’s Politan Row. From 6 pm to 10 pm, the food hall is holding its inaugural Passport Dinner—an affordable four-course prix-fixe menu that takes guests on an edible journey through Politan Row’s best dishes. Sexy Strawberry Salad, Kale Caesar Salad, fried Brussels sprouts, a Naan Pizza, a Jerk Chicken Platter with Caribbean-inspired sides, Tiramisu, gelato, and more are all on the menu, so go expand your horizons at Politan Row this New Year’s Eve.
After grabbing dinner on New Year’s Eve, it’s time for the main attraction of the night—the countdown to midnight. And what better way is there to close out 2021 than by frequenting an open bar? That’s right, Virtue Rooftop atop 5Church Midtown is bringing its NYE party back, while the $150 price tag attached to it may seem hefty, guests will be able to celebrate the New Year from 9 pm to 2 am, with a five-hour premium open bar, a lite bites buffet before midnight, a DJ, live entertainment, a midnight champagne toast, a champagne tower, and an epic countdown that you won’t be able to forget.
Given the fact that COVID-19 will still be a factor in 2022, no ONE can blame you if you would like to skip the packed out parties for a quiet night at home. However, just because you’re home, doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun New Year’s Eve. Order some wine and champagne from 3 Parks Wine Shop or Starbright Wine, and then pick out your preferred at-home kit from Painting With A Twist. With those two steps completed, you’ll have a relaxing, yet memorable New Year’s Eve ahead of you.
Cost: $37 - $300
The Battery is easily one of the best hangout spots in Atlanta, and that’s especially true on New Year’s Eve. In addition to the aerial firework and confetti display over Truist Park that’s set to kick off at midnight, Live! At The Battery is bringing back it’s highly anticipated New Year’s Eve Party. The shindig kicks off at 8 pm, and attendees can expect a live DJ, photo opps, bull-riding, and a big champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Tickets for the event are selling out fast, so hurry up and secure yours as soon as possible.
JCT. Kitchen & Bar is a renowned local restaurant on the Westside that unfortunately won’t be coming with us into the New Year, and longtime fans of chef and owner Ford Fry’s neighborhood eatery will have one last chance to dine in at the establishment on New Year’s Eve. In honor of the New Year and JCT.’s final night of service, the restaurant is offering a special four-course menu with optional wine pairings. If lobster blinis, black tie crudo, raw bar bites, harvest gnocchi, ribeye roast, and champagne floats sound good with you, go ahead and make your reservation online or over the phone at 404-355-2252.
Cost: $70+ per person