Where to Dance the Night Away on New Year's Eve
Grab a party hat, a partner and your best kicks. There’s no better time to hit the dance floor than New Year’s Eve. Check out these funky-fun venues:
Johnny’s Hideaway, Atlanta, GA
Swoon to the tunes of Ol’ Blue Eyes in this club’s Sinatra Room, furnished with memorabilia and photos of the legendary crooner. Johnny’s is known as “Atlanta’s Nightclub for Big Kids,” where DJs spin hits from the '50s to today. On the playlist: everyone from Tony Bennett and the Beach Boys to Michael Jackson, Madonna and Shania.
There's a special spot for The King, of course. Elvis fans can pay homage in the King’s Corner, which boasts an authentic jumpsuit and other Presley collectibles. Call ahead to reserve party favors and seating for New Year’s Eve, or just come on a Sunday night for live music and DJ spins. Smoking is allowed here.
The Jane Ballroom, New York City, NY
The historic Jane rings in New Year’s Eve under a vintage disco ball. Dance the night away in the Grand Ballroom or on the mezzanine level of this hotel, located in New York's West Village. Velvet-draped windows overlooking the Hudson River, leather sofas, high ceilings and artwork from around the world provide a glamorous ambience. General admission tickets for New Year’s Eve include an open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., party favors, a midnight balloon drop and music from popular DJs. VIP and table packages are also available. If you expect to party hard, plan to stay overnight. This restored sailors’ home offers rooms with shared baths (“standard cabins” and “bunk bed cabins”) and rooms with en suite baths (“captain’s cabins").
The Roxy Hotel, New York City, NY
You’ll feel a definite '70s vibe at the Roxy Upstairs, where the hotel will host its 2nd annual Surrealist Ball on New Year’s Eve. Its inspiration comes from a 1972 party given by Marie-Helene de Rothschild, a French socialite. Guests are encouraged to wear surrealist-inspired garb (think Salvador Dali and Man Ray, or for more modern surrealists, Lady Gaga and Alexander McQueen).
Festivities will start at 9 p.m. and feature Buster Poindexter, Bill Dobrow, Jonathan Toubin and others. For $99, general admission includes standing room to dance all night (or as long as your feet hold out) and a premium open bar. Bar and premium seating are also available; call or visit the website for details and prices.
New Year’s Swinging Eve at Union Station, Kansas City, MO
Built circa 1914, Union Station was a gateway for about a million travelers, most of whom were soldiers, during World War II. You can ring in 2017 and dance to the music of the Dave Stephens Band in this historic station. General admission is $110 per person for live music featuring big band sounds and retro dance originals, and includes appetizers, party favors, drinks and a midnight champagne toast. NYE Swing Packages start at $445 and offer shuttle service to and from the station, lodging at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center (with a late check-out time of 2 p.m. the next day) and a “Recovery Brunch’" for two at Spectators Gastro Pub. Call 866-932-6214 or reserve online and ask for rate plan NYE17US.
Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth, TX
Everything's bigger in Texas, right? Pull on your boots and line dance, boot-scoot and two-step at Billy Bob’s, the world’s largest honky-tonk. This 127,000-square foot dancehall, located in the city’s Stockyards National Historic District, has over 30 bar stations. Purchase the NYE VIP Upgrade for a complimentary champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, a "breakfast tacos post-show” and other amenities. Prices start at $35 for reservations and $20 for general admission. You’ll ring in 2017 with contemporary country tunes from the Grammy-nominated Eli Young Band, and rock to the beat of Green River Ordinance.
Stones Place, Toronto, Canada
You can’t always get what you want—but you can get what you need, if you need a great NYE blow-out in Toronto. Rolling Stones super-fan Jerry Stone is the owner of Stones Place, and the walls of his Stones-themed bar are covered with his collection of guitars, gold records and Stones posters. Book now for the NYE dance party, featuring DJ Blush and music from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. Tickets are $20, which covers a champagne toast and lots of rock and roll.
Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and Restaurant, Grand Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Foxy’s, on Jost Van Dyke Island in the British Virgin Islands, celebrates Old Year's Night. This is actually a three-day celebration that runs from Friday, Dec. 30 to Sunday, Jan.1, and it's considered the Caribbean’s biggest weekend blow-out. Enjoy DJs on the Beach Level or big bands on the Outback; you'll hear world-renowned and local Caribbean artists play from dusk to dawn. Jost Island is accessible only by boat, water taxi or private charter, or you can catch a ferry from St. Thomas, St. John or Tortola. Visit the website for details on dining and VIP party options as the clock ticks toward midnight on Sat., Dec. 31.
Grizzly Rose, Denver, CO
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the New Year's Eve bash featuring Nathan Dean and the Dam Band, at Denver's Grizzly Rose. The Rose is one of the last, great honky-tonks, complete with a mechanical bull and concerts featuring music from all genres. Named the city’s best dance club earlier this year, it boasts a 2,500 square foot, floating dance floor and plenty of live country tunes. Best of all, tickets for New Year’s Eve are just $20 per person, and include a champagne toast, balloon drop and a free breakfast buffet at midnight.