Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Atlanta
Ring in the new year at these parties, events, and dinners.
So long, 2022… Hello, 2023! As much fun as we’ve had this past year, the time has finally come to bid farewell. As you toast to new beginnings, you’re going to need a good place to celebrate, right? With Atlanta being the capital of nearly everything these days, there are plenty of places to pull up to if you’re looking to bring in the new year with a bang. For the first time since 2019, the Underground will host the city’s famed Peach Drop; packed with performances from Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, and more. Several rooftops throughout the city—Ponce City Market, The Interlock, Hyatt Centric, yadda yadda yadda—all offer end of year experiences for the entire gang. Football games, soirees, fun atmospheres and the like, the 404 is definitely the place to be for NYE.
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Illuminarium is one of the most unique places in Atlanta. Its state-of-the-art technology has been used as the vehicle for popular exhibitions such as SPACE, Waking Wonderland, WILD: A Safari Experience, and more. In recent years it has been the site for the city’s coolest NYE bash, and this December 31 will be no different. This time around, you can watch the defending National Champion Georgia Bulldogs take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on the largest screens in the 404 and party it up in an immersive nightlife escape. Enjoy beverages and an all-night buffet, watch the Peach Drop, celebrate with a midnight champagne toast, and dance the night away to the establishment’s live DJ.
Besides watching the Braves put a spanking on other baseball teams, Truist Park is also the perfect place to party, regardless of the occasion. The Battery Atlanta will ring in 2023 in style with its annual New Year’s Eve Bash presented by Xfinity, featuring an early countdown geared towards families and a traditional late-night show leading into the New Year. The folks that want to celebrate 2023 with their families can head to the Plaza at 6 pm. The Early Innings will conclude with a branded inflatable baseball drop at 8pm, accompanied by a performance from GRAMMY nominee Justin Roberts. The Late Innings festivities will start at 9 pm, with 12 South Band once again providing the entertainment from the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage. The midnight countdown includes pyrotechnics and will kick off the new year with an unforgettable confetti and aerial fireworks display.
This upstart food hall celebrated its first anniversary earlier this year, and now it wants to invite you to help commemorate another milestone: 2023. Gather your friends to ring in the New Year in style at Chattahoochee Food Works. Sip on your favorite drink from the Center Bar and countdown the Times Square ball drop at midnight. All of the on-site food vendors will be open from 11 am - 9 pm and the Center Bar will be open from 11 am - midnight. Be there or be square.
The reigning national champion Georgia is once again in title contention, facing off against the No. 4-ranked Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 11-1, and making their first ever appearance in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. They’re one of only two one-loss teams—TCU is the other—and both are in the CFP behind unbeaten Georgia and Michigan, both 13 - 0, respectively. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host this matchup of two FBS powerhouses, so be ready for an amazing game filled with excitement. The 2022 Peach Bowl kicks off Saturday, December 31 at 8 pm.
Cost: $319 and up.
Pull up to the Georgia Aquarium to enter the new year at Downtown Atlanta’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve party. You’ll experience exclusive after-hours access to all aquarium main galleries, live entertainment, cocktails and food, topped off with a midnight champagne toast to the new year. By celebrating here, you’ll set the tone for 2023 by beginning the year with a beautiful—as well as charitable—experience. All proceeds from the Aquarium’s New Year’s Eve celebration will go toward maximizing their efforts to marine research and natural conservation. Having fun for a good cause will make the evening just that much more memorable.
Cost: $95 and up.
Countdown to 2023 during Puttshack Atlanta’s New Year’s Eve shindig at The Interlock. Starting at 8 pm, attendees—ages 21 and up, of course—can ring in the New Year while enjoying globally inspired cuisine, signature cocktails and mocktails, a live DJ, a champagne toast at midnight, and surprises and delights throughout the evening. Party goers are also invited to show off their mini golf skills on one of Puttshack’s four tech-driven, mini golf courses and will leave with a bag of beignets as a sweet treat to take home.
High above the Hyatt Centric lies one of the coziest rooftops in all of the Greater Metropolitan Area. This year-round destination provides interior and exterior lounge options where you can enjoy delicious, shareable dishes along with exotic craft cocktails while admiring the breathtaking views. Come up to the 15th Floor as we all bid farewell to 2022 in true Buckhead Fashion; Against the breathtaking backdrop of Atlanta's night-skyline, everyone is invited to dance to the tunes of a live DJ, enjoy our bar-teams' delectable libations and keep fueled with hors d'oeuvres and desserts, passed all night. Tables on the Terrace accommodate four to six guests, and all table reservations include a complimentary bottle of bubbles, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, served all night.
Cost: $275 and up.
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 2022 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.
Witness the return of the Peach Drop
After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Atlanta’s Peach Drop has returned to its home at The Underground for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration. Hosted by Mayor Andre Dickens, with the two-time Emmy Award-winning radio personality Ryan Cameron emceeing, this staple in the city’s culture is an event that you can’t miss. Performing for the big night is Grammy-award winning entertainer and CEO of So So Def, Jermaine Dupri & Friends with special guests Da Brat, Jagged Edge and YoungBloodZ, plus Drivin n Cryin, Blanco Brown. The event will kick off with the stage opening at 6 pm on New Year’s Eve and the traditional drop of the peach at midnight.
Bring in the New Year at Rooftop L.O.A.’s Grove Party. The event will kick off in its heated Grove pavilion from 8 pm to 1 am. Make sure you and the crew come ready to dance as the establishment’s resident DJs curate the music to vibe the year away. Champagne will be available all evening at the Moët & Chandon Champagne bar. In addition, all dinner guests will receive complimentary access to the Grove Party. So, you can spend the entire evening at L.O.A. from dinner all the way until the clock strikes 12.
Cost: $50 and up.
Given the fact that COVID-19 will still be a factor in 2023, 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
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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 2022 even more special. Nine Mile Station’s NYE dinner starts at 5 pm, and you can make your reservation here.