Where to Ring in the New Year With Drinks, Dancing, and Dinner in Baltimore

by Jennifer Waldera on Dec 29, 2015 in Roundups
Where to Ring in the New Year With Drinks, Dancing, and Dinner in Baltimore

Whether you want to celebrate the start of a new year, or drown out the last 365 days, there’s no shortage of ways to ring in 2016 in Baltimore. We compiled our list of favorite spots in Baltimore where you can raise a glass (or more) on the last night of the year.
Plus, don’t forget - in the spirit of making NYE a marathon, not a sprint, Charm City gets a little bit more charming with bar closing time rules lifted for the night. Cheers, and Happy New Year!
The newest location of Abbey Burger Bistro, in Fell’s Point, will have a top shelf open bar from 9 PM–1 AM, a build-your-own-burger buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight. Ticket sales are limited to only 100 people. Prices for tickets are $60 if bought before December 30, $70 if bought on December 30, $80 on December 31. Tickets can be purchased here. (811 S Broadway; 443-835-4086)
This romantic spot in Little Italy is featuring a four-course NYE celebration menu for $100 per person featuring a complimentary glass of bubbly to start the evening. Reservations can be made right here. (306 S High St.; 410-727-0700)
In the heart of Fell’s Point, Alexander’s is hosting a party from 8 PM–2 AM with a full open bar, gourmet buffet, DJ, and dance floor for $89. (710 S Broadway; 410-522-0000)
At 6 PM and 9 PM seatings, Alma Cocina Latina is offering an $80 nine-course meal created for the holiday. Stay for a celebration of Venezuelan traditions after midnight. Those who intend to stay are asked to bring a small suitcase or travel bag and a passport to participate in a series of entertaining activities to ring in the new year with laughter. Reservations can be made by calling 667-212-4273. (2400 Boston St.; 667-212-4273)
From 8:30 PM–2 AM, Argosy is hosting an all-you-can-drink event with small plates, a midnight champagne toast, and a 1 AM breakfast buffet. Tickets can be purchased here for $100. (7 N Calvert St.; 443-869-2942)
B&O’s kitchen will be open until 11 PM on NYE and the bar will serve until 1 AM. The three-course NYE menu offers first courses like seared foie gras with caramelized fig, brandied shallots, and brioche as well as wild mushroom dumplings with black truffle, kale, and turmeric. Mains include butter poached halibut, duck crepinette, and a center cut ribeye. Desserts are festive with the likes of a champagne sorbet and a decadent three-chocolate terrine. Reservations can be made by calling 443-692-6172. (2 N Charles St.; 443-692-6172)
Starting at 8 PM, BoatHouse’s New Year’s Eve Bash features specialty passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, open bar, midnight champagne toast, party favors, live music by Three Flights Up, and a prime waterfront view of the fireworks. Tickets are available for $150. (2809 Boston St.; 410-773-9795)
Castaways’ Mile High NYE party is themed around the days of stylish airline travel. The celebration, branded as being proudly un-PC, invites attendees to “spend NYE with sexy stewardesses and handsome pilots”. All tickets include open bar, cocktails, midnight champagne toast, and light fare. Coach tickets get attendees access to rail and call liquor, bottle and draft beers, and house wine. First class tickets include top shelf liquor, champagne all night, access to a private lounge area, and “first class amenities and a few surprises.” Tickets start at $99 and are available online. (2206 Boston St.; 410-276-6757)
The Shades and Suits NYE party is being hosted at City Garage in Port Covington. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best black tie attire with the promise of sunglasses to finish the look upon arrival.
General Admission tickets include an open bar from 9 PM–1:30 AM, premium drinks, snacks, midnight champagne toast, and access to music from multiple DJs and a brass band, dance floor, and old school arcade games as well as a skeeball tournament, cornhole, giant jenga, and flip cup. There will also be large screens showing the college playoffs.
VIP tickets include (in addition to the General Admission features) a private VIP room with lounge seating, a private bar, and higher level premium drinks and food. More information and tickets can be found here. (101 W. Dickman St.)
Frazier’s is hosting a New Year’s Dirty Dancing party. There is no cover, and attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Dirty Dancing character. (919 W 36th St.; 410-662-4914)
For a $10 walk-up cover charge, The Horse is offering a light fare buffet, party favors, champagne toast, and a DJ in the cantina. Attendees are encouraged to dress to impress. (1626 Thames St.; 410-327-8111)
Katana, Canton’s corner sushi joint at the intersection of Boston and Montford, is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet with top shelf open bar from 8 PM–1 AM for $75. Raffle tickets will be sold for Katana gift certificates. Tickets are available for sale at the restaurant to those 21 years of age or older. Photo ID is required for purchase. For more information, e-mail at KatanaBaltimore@gmail.com. (845 S Montford Ave.; 410-522-7100)
If you’re looking for a laid-back NYE, Kislings’ No Fuss NYE is the destination. Advertising that it will be “business as usual” at this Baltimore mainstay, Kislings will have their regular menu and drinks. (2100 Fleet St., 410-327-5477)
This corner bar in Brewer’s Hill is ringing in the New Year with a Vegas themed party. Dinner will be served from 5–10 PM, and there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The bar will also be taking advantage of Baltimore’s lax laws about closing times on NYE by staying open through the entire night. (801 S Conkling St.; 410-534-9701)
Enjoy a little Spanish flair this NYE with a five-course menu prepared by Chef Ben Lefenfeld at La Cuchara. Dinner is $125 per person, and guests will also enjoy a Spanish sparkling wine toast with their meal. Find the menu and make reservations here. (3600 Clipper Mill Rd.; 443-708-3838)
Laughing Pint is hosting a relaxed evening with free admission, champagne toast at midnight, and a breakfast that starts at 2 AM. (3531 Gough St.; 410-342-6544)
Swill some suds to the backdrop of Snaggy Mountain Bluegrass while ringing in the new year at the laid back Liam Flynn’s Ale House. (22 W North Ave.; 410-244-8447)
For $99, guests will have access to the open bar, appetizers, dinner buffet, continental breakfast after midnight, and live music with a stellar view of the fireworks. Festive attire is encouraged. (1325 Key Hwy.; 410-837-9903)
Starting at 9 PM, Mare Nostrum will be hosting a live flamenco and rumba show and offering a four-course meal. Cost is $80 and reservations can be made by calling 410-327-6173. (716 S Broadway.; 410-327-6173)
If you’re up for a drive to the county, you could be rewarded with not only a top-notch meal, but some valuable jewelry as well. For a second year, The Oregon Grille has partnered with Radcliffe Jewelers for New Year’s Eve. All dinner guests will have a chance to win a 14 karat white gold and diamond snowflake pendant, donated by Radcliffe Jewelers, and valued at $3,200.
Additionally, The Oregon Grille will serve its regular dinner menu on New Year’s Eve and will offer seating for parties of three or more at 5 PM, 7:30 PM, and 10 PM. Tables for two will be seated at 5 PM, 6:45 PM, 8:30 PM, and 10:15 PM.  Every seating is eligible to win the necklace. Reservations and more information is available by calling 410-771-0505. (1201 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley; 410-771-0505)
Celebrate NYE 2015 with a glimpse of what NYE 3084 might look like through the eyes of future celebrity rock star Stardust Lazerdong and the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. Featured music will include Daft Punk cover band Interstella, a set of classic BROS (Baltimore Rock Opera Society) songs by the BROS House Band, and world premiere music from the BROS next rock opera, Chronoshred, performed by The Chronicshredders.
At midnight, there will also be a worldwide video premiere from the BROS complete with a robot spinning 80's dance jams. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best futuristic 80's garb. Tickets and more information are available online. (2549 N Howard St.; 410-662-0069)
Owl Bar is hosting a prohibition party for NYE featuring food and drink specials and free champagne at midnight. Attendees are encouraged to don their best 1920’s era attire. (1 E Chase St.; 410-347-0888)
For $60, Pub Dog is offering a full open bar, unlimited Pub Dog pizzas, and a midnight champagne toast. For tickets, call 410-727-6077, or stop by the pub weekdays after 5 PM. (20 E Cross St.; 410-727-6077)
The new-ish spot on S. Decker is offering a $75 dinner for two on New Year’s Eve that includes a shared appetizer, entrees, dessert, and a bottle of house wine. (801 S Decker Ave.; 667-212-5888)
From 9 PM–1 AM, Slainte is hosting their NYE celebration that includes an open bar, champagne toast at midnight, an incredible view of the fireworks, and a buffet with seafood gumbo, Sláinte pub dip, steamed shrimp, lamb and pub burger sliders, dubliner macaroni and cheese, classic caesar salad, and miniature gourmet pastries. More information and tickets ($80) can be found here. (1700 Thames St.; 410-563-6600)
Partying from 7 PM–4 AM, Sticky Rice is offering their regular menu with the addition of DJ Notemann and DJ Uncle Jesse for a dance party with no cover. (1634 Aliceanna St.; 443-682-8243)
For the 4th year, Tavern on the Square is offering an all-inclusive party for NYE. The $80 ticket includes an all-night top shelf open bar, champagne toast at midnight, a dinner buffet with a carving station, pasta, salads, flatbreads, seafood, and sides as well as a breakfast buffet after midnight, and live music by The Readys. Visit their Facebook page for more information. (2903 O'Donnell St.; 410-675-1880)
Waterfront Kitchen
Beginning at 8 PM, Waterfront Kitchen will be serving Executive Chef Chris Amendola’s seasonal menu. The tasting menu will feature dishes like oysters and caviar, roasted scallops, mushroom stew, and chocolate truffle cake. The tasting menu is $140, $100 for vegetarian menu, and includes complimentary champagne. Guests can also add wine pairing selections for an additional $25. Make a reservation by calling 443-681-5310. (1417 Thames St.; 443-681-5310)

Wine Market
For $59, Wine Market is offering a four-course dinner with options like scallop crudo and smoked duck for starters and veal schnitzel, grilled hanger steak, and escarole ravioli for entrees. Later seatings can stay to enjoy views of the fireworks. For reservations, call 410-244-6166. (921 E Fort Ave., 410-244-6166)

Champagne toast photo via Flickr user hakee; Baltimore fireworks image via Flickr user ojbyrne

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