Where to Ring In 2017 in Baltimore

by Jennifer Waldera on Dec 28, 2016 in Roundups

It seems the closer we get to 2017, we have more and more reason to toast 2016 goodbye. There’s certainly no shortage of large soirees around Baltimore to celebrate the start of the new year, but here are our picks for parties at restaurants and bars around town.

This romantic restaurant in Little Italy will be featuring a four course menu on New Year’s Eve with options from their a la carte menu as well as some special preparations from Chef Aldo. The menu is $100 per person. (306 S High St.; 410-727-0700)

For $60, get access to Alexander’s open bar, which includes all of their beers and wine as well as rail drinks and select call liquor, and the buffet, which will feature an assortment of gourmet pizzas, sliders, tots, crudites, salad, macaroni and cheese, dessert and more. There will be a complimentary midnight toast, and tickets can be used for the open bar until 1 AM at Papi’s Tacos and Huck’s American Craft as well. Don’t miss this year’s karaoke room. (710 S Broadway; 410-522-0000)


On New Year’s Eve, B&O will be offering a three-course pre-fixe menu for $65 and a five-course prix fixe menu for $95. Both menus include a complimentary glass of champagne and there is an optional three wine pairing for an additional $20. (2 N Charles St.; 443-692-6172)


For $57 per person (plus $28 for your choice of 5 glasses of wine), get four courses that include appetizers like cream of crab soup and shrimp cocktail and entrees like rockfish with lemon and herbs over risotto, lobster and crab imperial, prime rib and bacon wrapped filet along with a selection of decadent desserts. (2809 Boston St.; 410-773-9795)


From 5 PM - 2 AM, Cazbar will host a New Year’s Eve celebration with bellydancers, a live DJ, and a midnight toast. No cover. (316 N Charles St.; 410-528-1222)


Ring in 2017 over a four-course champagne dinner overlooking Quarry Lake. Featuring a variety of festive, contemporary American dishes, the prix-fixe New Year’s Eve menu is $125 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Dinner seatings are available between 5 PM - 7 PM and 9 PM - 11 PM, and the bar will open at 4 PM. The restaurant will be open for dinner the following day, January 1, starting at 5 PM – the bar will open at 3 PM. (2605 Quarry Lake Dr.; 410-363-0900)
With seatings at 5 PM and 7:45 PM, Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie will be offering a two hour four course prix fixe meal for $65. Reservations are required, along with a deposit of half price of the meal per person. (850 W 36th St.; 443-869-5075)


For $80, take advantage of the all you can drink deal (including your own miniature champagne bottle to toast at midnight), or just pop in and pay as you go. Groups of 15 or more can receive a discount and pay only $60 per person. Wristbands can be purchased at the door. (1542 Light St.; 443-708-8854)


The Elephant’s main dining rooms are featuring a specially designed tasting menu with three courses for $75 / $95 with wine pairings, four courses for $90 / $115 with wine pairings or five courses for $110 / $140 with wine pairings (excluding tax and gratuity) starting at 5 PM with the last seating at 10 PM. Live music by Baltimore Swing Drop will be played from 9 PM – midnight. On the 2nd floor, the Marble Bar and Lounge will be open from 5 PM until 1 AM, serving a special lounge menu with a cover charge. (924 N Charles St.; 443-447-7878)
Gunther and Co.
The team at Gunther will be preparing a four-course chef’s tasting menu for $75. Additionally, there will be an optional oyster course for $10 per person and an oyster taster and additional shellfish platter for $22 per person (2 oysters, 2 shrimp cocktail, 2 Jonah crab claws & sea scallop ceviche). Early seating begins from 6 PM to 7 PM in increments of 15 minutes, as well as a later seating from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM, with seating every 15 minutes. (3650 Toone St.; 443-869-6874)
From 9 PM to 1 AM for $60, get an open bar that includes all bottles and draft beer, wine, rail drinks as well as select call liquor. There will be microbrew samples too. A buffet will feature pretzel pies, chicken and waffles, cheese curds, soft pretzels, fondue, ravioli and more. The requisite NYE party favors and champagne toast are included. The ticket is good for the buffet and open bar and Hucks. then can also be used for open bar til 1 at Alexander’s and Papi’s. (3728 Hudson St.; 443-438-3380)


La Cuchara
This spot, serving Basque-inspired cuisine, will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a five-course, prix fixe menu for $89 with wine pairings available for $39. Additionally, items from the prix fixe menu will be available a la carte at La Cuchara’s Big Basque Bar. La Cuchara will open for New Year’s Eve dining and drinking at 5 PM. (3600 Clipper Mill Rd.; 443-708-3838)


Fleet Street Kitchen
Fleet Street Kitchen will host a four course prix fixe dinner with optional wine pairings and all guests are welcome to stay to receive the complimentary champagne toast at midnight. (1012 Fleet St.; 410-244-5830)


This year’s NYE celebration at Grand Central will be a formal evening of “masquerade and mystique” with attendees encouraged to “come fashionably formal or creatively inspired.” In addition to the transformation of the club into a “whimsical winter winterland,” there will be party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Renowned DJ/Producer Daniel Biltmore will be on hand as well. Entry to the party is $15 before 10:30 PM and $20 afterwards. (1001 N Charles St.; 410-752-7133)


The party at the Horse starts at 8:30 pm. For a $20 cover, gain access to their light fare buffet, a Champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and plenty of live and dj’d music in the saloon and the cantina. (1626 Thames St.; 410-327-8111)


Jimmy’s will be hosting their annual sell-out party with a surf and turf buffet which includes crab cakes, filet mignon, and many more of their signature dishes from 8 PM - 10 PM. Additionally, there will be a premium open bar and a midnight toast. Live Music by The Readys and DJ Buddha will be on hand, while Jimmy’s will also be supplying New Year’s Eve props.Tickets are $80 per person for the feast, or $50 for the bar only option. (6526 Holabird Ave.; 410-633-4040)


From 8 PM - 12:30 AM, this Canton corner sushi bar will host a New Year’s Eve celebration with an all-you-can-eat buffet and top shelf open bar for $75 per person ($30 for attendees under 15 and free for age 4 and under). (845 S Montford Ave.; 410-522-7100)


Le Garage
Le Garage’s $65 prix fixe menu is a four course meal that includes a complimentary pour of sparkling wine. They’ll serve creative dishes like Roseda Farm short rib with a warm chive potato salad, truffle and foie gras tartine, banh mi deviled eggs will start with meal, while entrees range from scallops and halibut to hanger steak and duck as well as a veggie lasagna. (911 W 36th St.; 410-243-6300)
On Saturday from 9 PM - 2 AM, Little Havana will host its annual NYE party complete with an open bar, passed appetizers, a dinner buffet, entertainment, and a clear view of the fireworks. Tickets can be purchased online or at the bar for $90 per person. (1325 Key Hwy, Ste A; 410-837-9903)


The kitchen will be open serving their regular menu from 12 PM - 11 PM, and at midnight there will be a champagne toast with fireworks visible from the front of the bar. After midnight, the real fun begins when Chef Jesse Sandlin starts serving up her locally-famous pancakes, bacon and sausage. (2706 Dillon St.; 410-276-9899)


The 2nd annual Mt. Vernon Market Ball Drop kicks off at 8 PM with DJ Jay Gray. There will be a
special appearance by Baby New Year, party favors and noisemakers as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. In-house vendors will be hosting specials all night long. (520 Park Ave.; 443-796-7393)


For NYE, One Eyed Mike’s will have two bars open featuring $2 beers, $4 champagne, and $20 off bottle renewals. (708 Bond St.; 410-327-0445)


The buffet at Papi’s Tacos NYE celebration will include street tacos, yuca, plantains, esquites, churros, and more, while the open bar will feature all bottled and draft beer, wine, sangria, rail drinks and select call liquor as well as some Top Shelf Tequila samplers too. Party Favors and a Champagne toast are also included in the $60 ticket. Additionally, tickets can be used until 1 AM at Alexander’s Tavern and Huck’s American Craft. (1703 Aliceanna St.; 410-299-8480)


This spot, new to Fell’s Point this year, boasts a fireworks view from the restaurant. They’ll be offering a three course prix fixe menu (price varies depending on entree selection), a complimentary Champagne toast, late-evening party favors, and chocolate truffles.
(1640 Thames St.; 443-563-2018)


This Baltimore mainstay with an incredible view of the fireworks is offering a four-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and dancing, as well as discounted parking. The New Year’s party will go from 9 PM to 1 AM and is $120 per person. Reservations are required. (402 Key Hwy.; 410-727-3678)


Starting at 9 pm, the newest location of this cocktail bar in Fell’s Point (now on Thames Street) will be offering an open bar special until midnight for $75. Additionally there will be live cabaret, Cirque acrobatic pole dancing, and DJ Bside spinning music inspired by the Moulin Rouge.  (1639 Thames St.; 443-438-3455)


Twist will be offering a four-course dinner with a complimentary glass of prosecco for an affordable $45 per person. (723 S Broadway; 410-522-4000)


West Madison
This classy-but-comfy spot will be featuring live music from two bands, complimentary Champagne and party favors for just a $5 donation to the bands. (311 West Madison St.; 443-938-9109)
Wine Market
Wine Market’s New Year’s Eve celebration includes a $69 four course prix fixe menu featuring dishes like butter poached cold water lobster tails, oysters rockefeller, scallops over mushroom risotto with shaved truffles and goat cheese gnocchi. Desserts include a choice of buttermilk panna cotta, peanut butter bread pudding, flourless chocolate cake or passionfruit sorbet. (921 E Fort Ave.; 410-244-6166)
This waterfront bar and restaurant at the Four Seasons will offer a seven course wine and tasting menu featuring specials from Executive Chef Zack Mills. There will also be live music and a champagne toast, along with one of the best views of the midnight fireworks over the Inner Harbor. The event begins at 7 PM with a cocktail and canape reception followed by the tasting menu. (200 International Drive; 410-576-5800)

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