This weekend is all about cozying up around the tree and eating any cookies Santa left untouched, but come Dec. 31 the party is on. From a low-key celebration at Tattooed Mom to an elegant soiree at the Water Works, here are our picks for the best parties on New Year's Eve.
Trestle Inn: NYE-A-Go-Go
11th and Callowhill streets
$30 to $55 in advance; $35 to $60 at the door
Trestle invites you to “Go Go your way into 2016” with this NYE party featuring drink specials including an optional cocktail package, DJs Kai F and Walk Luke, and a midnight champagne toast.
Dirty Heads at The Piazza at Schmidts
1050 N. Hancock St.
Party under a massive tent at the Piazza, with an open bar, party favors, several DJs, a champagne toast and, the highlight, a live performance by Dirty Heads.
SugarHouse: Party Through the Decades
1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Don’t Call Me Francis provides the music to go with your front-row view of fireworks over the Delaware River. The ticket price includes an open bar, appetizers and a champagne toast.
New Year’s Eve in Hollywood at Water Works
640 Water Works Drive
The hosts of Diner en Blanc are putting on this Golden Age of Hollywood-themed NYE soiree, complete with drinks, dinner and dancing against the backdrop of the Philly skyline and Boat House Row. Tickets include food and premium open bar.
Ardmore Music Hall
23 Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
$30 to $80
PhillyBloco, a local 22-piece Brazilian/Samba band, will get you dancing into the new year at Ardmore Music Hall. VIP entry gets you in early, plus access to an open bar and a Peruvian barbecue dinner buffet.
10 S. Second St.
Cuba Libre in Old City is serving up a five-course dinner, along with a DJ, dancing, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Making Time at Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
$40 to $50
The Making Time crew brings the party to Union Transfer, with a five-hour open bar. Skip the service fee by picking up tickets at the box office (it’s open during shows) or at the Last Drop at 13th and Pine or the Doc Marten store at 1710 Walnut.
Bar Volver: New Year’s Eve Celebration
300 S. Broad St.
Class it up at Bar Volver, adjacent to Jose Garces’ decadent Volver, with a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz.
530 South St.
There’s no cover at Mom’s on New Year’s Eve. Head here for half-priced drafts from 10-11 p.m., a free buffet and special champagne cocktails.
Third Eye Blind at Valley Forge Music Fair
Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Ave., King of Prussia
$66 to $86
Head to Valley Forge Casino Resort to send 2015 off with a live show from Third Eye Blind. Or make your way to The Vault club for the “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” event, with an open bar, buffet and live entertainment ($60).
U-Bahn: Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade
1320 Chestnut St.
$85 to $129
Hide yourself and head underground to this black-tie masquerade party at U-Bahn, the below-street-level sister spot to Bru. A five-hour open bar, live music and DJs, and hors d’oeuvres are part of the package.
718 South St.
Beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz is going all out with an open bar, which includes all 30 of their German beers on draft, plus a buffet, party favors and a midnight champagne toast.