WHAT: New Year’s Eve events
WHERE: Multiple venues
WHEN: Various times
Why You Should Go:
Where can you ride into 2019 with glee, but without long lines and overpriced prix fixe meals and bubbly? From Uptown to Allentown, check out these alternative places for ringing in the New Year, while also enjoying some of the city’s unique hotspots and culture-makers. Along with Downtown’s family-friendly First Night there are plenty of creative ways to bid adieu to 2018.
1. GrownAss People Party at the FOUNDRY Table and Tap, North Side, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The G.A.P.P. crew is back to do what they do best: throw a fabulous NYE bash with a cool crowd and save you from the winter doldrums. To say good riddance to 2018, they’re heading to the North Side with DJ Selecta on the decks and a view of the city, river and fireworks as your stunning backdrop. With a huge bar and dance floor, fancy snacks, champagne toast and Timbeleza’s Brazilian-inspired drum line, what’s not to love? Buy tickets.
2. NYE at Spirit, Lawrenceville, 8:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
If the Lawrenceville nightlife is more your scene, shack up at Spirit for their two-floor NYE festivities. There’s free Slice Island pizza, a complimentary champagne toast and an early bird BBQ dinner. Enjoy Diane Coffee’s trademark brand of “psychedelic Motown” plus sets by Lyndsey Morgan Smith, Starship Mantis and Benji. Downstairs, DJs from Jellyfish will create a cozy disco vibe. Buy tickets.
3. Uptown NYE with Bombici, 1640 Colwell Street, 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
There’s nothing like some Balkan-tinged electroacoustic music to get you dancing your way into 2019. The local sextet Bombici is teaming up with Craig Thompson’s photography and manufacture studio to get Uptown down on NYE. This potluck-style party promises plenty of room to dance, talk and chill. Bombici will get the crowd moving with two energetic sets of live music. Added bonus? There’s no cover.
4. Hot Mass, at 1139 Penn Avenue, Downtown
Nothing says “hello 2019” like an 18-hour marathon, right?! Convening some of its favorite DJs and producers at its Downtown nightclub HQ the NYE portion will showcase Leesh, AceMo and Tabasheer. Moving the Hot Mass fun to an undisclosed Downtown location from sunrise to sunset, the New Year’s Day happening will feature breakfast and champagne, plus sounds by Sis Girl, Shawn Rudiman, Australia’s Francis Inferno Orchestra and more. Buy tickets.
5. NYE webcast party at 827 E. Warrington Ave., 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Channel your holiday spirit for good. Hosted by an independent art gallery, this Allentown party is raising funds for the Tree of Life Synagogue and Mockingbird Foundation — which was founded by fans of the band Phish to raise money for music education for children. The event’s raffle will feature band-themed swag and giveaways, as well as artwork by Issadora Bullock, Pierce Marratto and Charles Cronin. There will be an open bar and a webcast of NYC’s iconic Times Square celebration. Buy tickets.
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