The countdown to the New Year has begun, with a little less than two weeks to go! To kick-start the New Year, bars and clubs all over Boston are offering unique nights out on the town. Here are some of the city’s best celebrations for ringing in 2012.
Dance the night away in formal gowns and suits at the Boston Resolution Ball, the city’s “longest-running” New Year’s Eve gala, hosted by the Seaport Boston Hotel. Guests can select an all-inclusive dinner option, hors d’oeuvres at a reception or enjoy performances by Felix Brown Band and DJ Samuel L. Doors open at 7 and the 21-plus party continues until 2 a.m. with party favors, multimedia displays to watch the ball drop, and dancing. Black tie is optional, though formal attire is required. Tickets range for party-only attendance to reception attendance and an all-inclusive dinner package. Ticket details can be found here.
In downtown Boston, The Estate will host its 21-plus New Year’s Eve Party, welcoming award-winning resident DJ Buddy Costa for DJ Costa’s 2012 House Party. The Estate is known for its baroque interior, ample dance spaces, and an intimate ambiance with seating and a wraparound balcony for people-watching. On New Year’s Eve, DJ Costa will be spinning Top 40 hits to keep people dancing all night long. The fun also includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Doors open at 10 p.m. Advanced tickets at $50 can be ordered here.
Partygoers can celebrate 2012 On Top of the Liberty Hotel from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dance the night away with DJs Kevin James, Frank White and Michael Savant, enjoy specialty cocktails and see aerial performers on all floors of the hotel. Tickets for the 21-plus event cost $75.
At the Liberty Hotel’s lounge, Alibi, celebrate 2012 in the style of Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan at Alibi’s 4th Annual Great Gatsby New Years Eve. 1920s attire is recommended at the party, which will host a special guest DJ and will have a midnight champagne toast. The 21-plus event starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Tickets are $75.
Countdown to the New Year with Synergy Events’ 007-inspired Timeless: A Bond Evening, featuring a James Bond theme with red carpet, complimentary appetizers from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., signature cocktails, professional photography, a mix of music genres and live entertainment. There will also be a fashion exhibit, a live projection of the Times Square countdown, prizes for the best Bond look-alikes, and party favors. Guests are urged to wear formal attire and to dress to match the Bond theme. The 21-plus event runs from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown. Tickets start at $80 for general admission.
Kings Back Bay is inviting partygoers to its New Year’s Eve at King’s bash, featuring live DJ entertainment and access to bowling, pool tables and skee ball all night. Kings is offering a prix-fixe menu for all dinner reservations at $45 per person for three courses and a glass of champagne. Dinner reservations secure a priority spot on the bowling wait list. The 21-plus party goes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There’s no cover!
Mardi Gras is coming to Boston for New Year’s Eve at GoodBar Boston with music, a guest DJ upstairs, two hours of a private open bar and a midnight champagne toast. The first 50 people to arrive will receive complimentary masks. Guests can enjoy Mardi Gras-themed cocktails, and a Mardi Gras King and Queen will be selected. The night runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and tickets are $45.
For an evening of 80’s new wave, retro and more, head on over to T.T. the Bear’s Place for a Heroes New Year’s Eve with DJ Chris Ewen. There will be party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and their “world famous” White Trash Buffet. The party starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. Advanced tickets are $15 and are $20 at the door.
Head on over to the Beehive for its Discotheque Burlesque New Year’s Eve 2012 celebration for an evening of “all-star funk, sultry burlesque and a champagne-soaked New Year’s Eve.” Guests can enjoy over 69 champagnes, and hors d’oeuvres and desserts throughout the night. The 21-plus event begins at 9 p.m. and runs until 2:30 am, with tickets at $105 per person for a buffet, and $75 without food.
At Club Oberon in Cambridge, guests can disco the night away during the Annual Donkey Show Disco Ball. Ring in the New Year with party favors, a champagne toast and lots and lots of disco fever! The event is 18-plus, goes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and tickets range from $55 to $95.
Glamour, drag queen divas and a wild dance floor are all elements of the Glitter: a HollaGAY New Year’s Dance Party at Jamaica Plain’s Milky Way Lounge. Though the party doesn’t happen on New Year’s Eve–it’s Dec. 29 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.–it is a “trans-friendly, bi-loving, hot mess of a New Year’s dance party.” The party calls for bowties, glitter, fishnets and Beyonce wigs, and aspires to be the “biggest, bestest, gayest, un-holiday party ever!” Guests can RSVP on the $8 guest list, or pay $12 at the door.