Finally it has arrived! The biggest party nights of the year is upon us and trust me when I say that are no shortage of parties in Atlanta to get you in the festive mood. If there is one night of the year when even the most reclusive individuals venture out, it’s New Year’s Eve. Donning your best party attire featuring sequins, gold, glitter and rhinestones, (guys I didn’t forget about you looking extra dapper in your well-fitting tuxes) New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to let all of the stress and drama of the past 365 days go and properly usher in a new year the right way. There are so many parties and alternative celebrations taking all around Atlanta this New Year’s Eve, but here is a list of the ones not to miss, these parties will be talked about well into 2011. Happy New Year!
1 Gold Room
Atlanta’s premier nightclub crafts an unforgettable experience for party-goers looking to bring in 2011 in true style. Gold Room is hosting its New Year’s Eve bash appropriately titled A Decade of Decadence and you can expect the best in lavish décor, an overflowing amount of spirits and music cranked up so loud that the whole city will be clamoring to get inside the hottest party in Atlanta. There will be several jaw-dropping performances from the Dames Aflame, fire shows by the Hot Toddies, go-go dancers, contortionists and aerialists. The final touches for the Decade of Decadence include spinning by DJ Andre Perry who will play the hottest hits of the past decade, two balloon drops at midnight and a complimentary champagne toast. Tickets are $30 per person and are available online at http://www.showclix.com/event/15904
2416 Piedmont Rd.
2 Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta
One of Atlanta’s longest-running New Year’s Eve celebrations just got an extra dose of star power this year, as Tito Jackson of the legendary Jackson 5 will be headlining this year’s festivities. For its 22nd year, the hugely popular and massively attended Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta has pulled out all of the stops with the addition of Tito Jackson as the special guest. Word also has it that Katherine Jackson, the legendary matriarch of the Jackson family, will also be on hand to make an appearance and possibly ring in the New Year with thousands of Atlanta fans and partiers. Other performers for the highly anticipated Peach Drop celebration include: UltraDrive (a modern rock band) who will perform at 9:30 p.m. and Separate Ways (a tribute band to the legendary rock collective Journey) who hits the stage at 8 p.m. Both bands are sure to provide some great music to bring in the New Year in a festive way. After 2011 is brought in properly, the parties continue at the bars and clubs in Kenny’s Alley inside Underground Atlanta, including the recently opened Georgia Peach Restaurant & Lounge, Footprints Jamaica Restaurant and Fuzion Showcase Lounge until 4 a.m. This is one New Year’s celebration that will be the talk of the town for quite some time!
50 Upper Alabama St. SW
3 W Atlanta Downtown/DRINKSHOP
Ring in 2011 with the liveliest crowd in Atlanta! Join partygoers as they celebrate New Year’s Eve at the W Atlanta Downtown’s celebration New Year’s Eve LIVE at DRINKSHOP. The featured entertainment for the evening is courtesy of Emerson Hart, lead singer and songwriter of the alternative rock band Tonic. Expect to hear hits from the Tonic catalog as well as hits from today and yesterday to keep the party going at full throttle speed. Continuing to add more things to this event to keep things interesting; this intimate New Year’s Eve extravaganza includes a premium open bar featuring a selection of hand-crafted DRINKSHOP cocktails from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., a champagne toast at midnight and complimentary valet parking all evening for attendees. This is a limited capacity event so don’t hesitate; get your tickets now while they are still available. For tickets visit www.ticketalternative.com or call 877.725.8849. Tickets are $125 per person.
45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
4 Four Seasons Atlanta/Park 75
Located inside the Four Seasons Atlanta, Park 75 will host its’ New Year celebration with the level of upscale decadence and posh exclusivity that one can only expect from one of the most elegant spots in town. With dinner options from the A La Carte or special Prix Fixe Menu, guests can expect a dining experience that is both memorable and delicious. The chefs at Park 75 are some of the best in the country and they have expertly crafted a holiday meal that will have tongues wagging for seconds of the dining masterpieces that they put forth. Once dinner is offer, attendees are encouraged to get on the dance floor and party to the festive sounds of The Garrison Elliot Band featuring special guest Mocha, who promise to keep the party going well into the early morning hours of 2011. For reservations call 404.253.3840 or visit www.opentable.com
75 14th St.
5 Tavern 99
This rockin’ New Year’s Eve event features all of the things that make any party instantly come to life. Featuring an open bar, a vast buffet of finger-foods, festive party favors handed out to guests and the sounds of DJ Q-Tip and Asphalt Grunge, a 90s cover band. With a lively crowd, spacious venue and some of the best spirits and music in Atlanta, expect to have an amazing time that will keep you rocking into the early morning hours of 2011. At press time tickets were $75 (price could change, please check to be sure) and included admission, buffet, open bar and champagne toast at midnight
128 East Andrews Dr.