With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it makes sense to start planning where to go to share in the festivities. Will it be a quiet family night at home, watching the ball drop in Times Square? Or do you prefer going out and getting your money’s worth in alcohol consumption? If you chose the latter, head to one of these top Philly spots that feature open bars on New Year’s Eve.
Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The New Year’s Eve gala at Boot & Saddle includes an open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. The event begins at 9 p.m. The Highwater Preachers, formerly known as Slam Hoss, start the joint jumping with bluegrass music. Red Skiles & The Country Ramblers will also be on hand to perform classic county music favorites from country music legends like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Roger Miller. DJ Breakfast or Jonas T. Oesterle, a well-known DJ at Bouffant Bangout, will be playing classic motown, soul and early rock ‘n roll, from the 1950s and 1960s.
460 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Join in the fun New Year’s Eve at Lit Ultrabar, a private social club. The admission price covers the five-hour premium open bar, from 9 p.m. until to 2 a.m., a midnight champagne toast and live DJs. The club is famed for electronic dance music. Semi-formal attire is advised. The bar features state-of-the-art audio and lighting equipment.
Mad River Bar & Grille
4100 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
A six-hour open premium bar is on tap for New Year’s Eve at the Mad River Bar & Grille in Manayunk. The open bar runs from 8 p.m. until to 2 a.m. Party favors will be provided by the bar, along with a champagne toast at midnight. The Mad River Bar & Grille has been a fixture on Main Street since 2008. Its rustic-interior bar features open wood beams, wood floors and a classic wooden bar with a casual pub environment.
Philadelphia All Access New Year’s Eve Party Pass
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ring in the New Year in true VIP style. Like the bar crawl but more exclusive, enjoy hopping around Philadelphia’s hottest NYE parties and enjoying the VIP treatment at each. The ticket price starts at $95 and includes access to premium open bars from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at over 10 of Philly’s best New Year’s Eve parties. You won’t need to pay a cover at any venue and in addition to the drinks, most of the venues have free hors d’oeuvres until 11:30 p.m.
Philly’s New Year’s Eve “Til the Ball Falls Bar Crawl”
Philadelphia, PA 19123
What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly than to visit as many bars as you can, with a mix of new and familiar faces, for one low price? Ten dollars will get you a ticket to the ‘Til the Ball Falls Bar Crawl, which gives you access to some of the city’s top bars and clubs. You can drink and be merry from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., and having the bar crawl wristband will give you instant access (depending on capacity) to all of the bars on the list. Plus, you skip their cover charge.
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