If fireworks are your thing, this party on the Moshulu offers some of the best views of the midnight pyro spectacle -- and you don’t even need to stop partying. The tall ship-turned-restaurant on the Delaware River waterfront turns it out for NYE with three dance floors, one ballroom, five bars, two DJs, and one live band. Oh yeah, and a three-to-four hour open bar (depending on how much you want to splurge).
The South Philly party complex, comprised of multiple bars and venues, allows guests of this massive bash to move freely between five venues. Get down to live music from Split Decision in Victory Beer Hall or dance in complete silence at the silent disco in 1100 Social. Other activities and amenities include karaoke, bull-riding, a food buffet (chicken piccata over linguine, penne marinara with meatballs, braised short rib, roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Caesar salad) and plenty of booze.
Cost: $130 and up
Pyramid Club, 52nd Floor
For the last decade-and-a-half, locals have partied on the 52nd Floor of a downtown high rise in their semi-formal best for the Pyramid Club’s annual Celebrity Style New Year’s Eve Gala. This year, expect a five-hour open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, desserts, DJs, plenty of dancing, and prime views of the city and the fireworks via the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Crystal Tea Room
With a venue name like Crystal Tea Room, you know the event is going to be fancy. This elegant ballroom, host to some upscale weddings, is your spot for partying, complete with a six-hour open bar (and a special martini bar), a buffet, massive dance floor, a DJ, lounge seating, and a live broadcast of the ball drop in New York.
Cost: $100 and up
Dubbed the Glitter City Gala, this party isn’t nearly as annoying and messy as its name implies. (Or maybe it is? That’s up to you.) Get dressed up and get down on one of multiple dance floors, grab a drink during the five-hour open bar, gorge on a buffet, get your picture taken at various photo stations, shield your eyes from a laser show, and marvel at, in lieu of a ball, a Liberty Bell drop at midnight.