Ring in, sing in, dance in, or do whatever you please on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31, but at least make sure you have a plan on where you are going. Here are some spots to consider if you are leaving your house to welcome the year 2015.
You're cordially invited to experience the taste of a lifetime at Alla Spina (1410 Mount Vernon St.) this New Year's Eve. Why is it the taste of a lifetime? Because beginning at 8 p.m. Marc Vetri's Italian gastropub transforms into Club Vetri for a night of tastings, celebrations, and entertainment. With admission, guests will get signature tastes from Vetri restaurants such as Lo Spiedo, Amis, Vetri, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, and, of course, the host — Alla Spina.
Hotel Monaco (433 Chestnut Street) understands the saying "two is better than one" and is throwing double the entertainment on NYE as Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Lounge team up for their final party of 2014. Beginning at 9 p.m., guests can enjoy a holiday buffet menu in Red Owl Tavern, and then dance the night away at Stratus Lounge's rooftop bar with a premium open bar and live entertainment. Worried about being cold on the rooftop? Don't be. The bar will be tented and heated to keep the shivers away.
The Piazza (1001 North 2nd St.) party (as stated previously) has not been cancelled; it has been taken over by different organizers. Beginning at 8 p.m. the Northern Liberties landmark transforms into one of the biggest New Year's Eve party venues and offers multiple admission options. General admission gets you a five-hour open bar with live music from DJs Sat-One, S3ti, and Mark Eteson. If you want the ultimate NYE experience you can choose the VIP admission which gets you a six-hour open bar, a VIP host to accommodate your needs, sofa seating, food, top shelf seating and more.
Don't stay in the house on New Year's Eve, that'd be the wurst. Indoor bierhall and wursthouse, BRU (1316 Chestnut St.) celebrates the end of 2014 with their first annual NYE party featuring a five hour top-shelf open bar featuring 40 draft beers, cans, and craft brews. You don't have to worry about eating before either, Hors d'ourves will be passed around throughout the evening. The celebration starts at 9 p.m.
For those in dire need of a classy time-travel soirée, beginning at 10 p.m. start your New Year's Eve bash at Continental Midtown (1801 Chestnut St.) as they host their Roaring '20s Party. A great thing about this party is that not only is it free admission, but prohibition cocktails and special food servings will be available to ring in 2015. Don't forget, dress your best as if you were in 1920.
You may be a little short on time planning a New Year's Eve trip to France right now, but the good news is the Downtown Club (600 Chestnut St.) transforms into miniature Paris for this New Year's Eve party. Entry into the hall gets you not only a classy evening full of French culinary options, but also a top-shelf open bar featuring specialty cocktails. The party starts at 10 p.m.
"Sláinte" your New Year's Eve with the Irish as Plough and the Stars (123 Chestnut St.) hosts their New Year's Eve Party. Admission is free before 9 p.m. and catching a sweet view of the Penn's Landing fireworks won't be a problem at this bar.
If your friends can't decide on just one party this year, pick Xfinity Live! (1100 Pattison Ave.), they're throwing seven parties under roof. By purchasing a general admission ticket to the celebration, you will get access to six venues and a five-hour open bar beginning at 9 p.m. Want the additional 7th party? VIP tickets are available.
For those who have fancy feet, dance the night away at Ruba Club Studios (416 Green St.) with the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School. Starting at 8 p.m., guests can get the scoop about tango and then take their skills to the dance floor to welcome 2015. Entry to the venue gets you live music, light food fare, dessert, and a cash bar.
Stuck at Temple University for New Year's Eve? Well don't fret. The fairly new bar, Masters (1535 N. Carlisle St.) celebrates their first New Year's Eve party beginning at 9 p.m.; admission gets you a five-hour complimentary bar, live music, complimentary eats, and a champagne toast to welcome 2015.
If you're into EDM and want an exclusive club experience, Sound Garden Hall (520 N. Columbus Blvd.) is the place to be. Entry to the club at 8 p.m. gets you a five-hour open bar, a champagne toast at midnight, and a live performance by electronic sensation, Cedric Gervais.
Staying overnight in a luxury hotel with the party being in the same building is a win-win situation, right? You can end your 2014 with the Loews Hotel (1200 Market St.) during their party—Bang Bang. Admission options vary, but everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a five-hour open bar, light food fare options, party favors, and live music by local Philadelphia band, Gypsy Wisdom. Need a place to crash? Partying and staying at a hotel is a win-win situation. The celebration starts at 9:30 p.m.
Now in its third year of celebrating New Year's Eve at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.), Making Time returns and promises to bring a bigger, better, louder, and more memorable year than ever. The party starts at 9 p.m. and entry gets you a five-hour open bar featuring Tecate and mixed drinks followed by a venue-wide champagne toast and music brought to you by Dave P, Sammy Slice, Mike Z., Dave Pak, and more. Oh, and before you pick your wardrobe, think a little tropical because Making Time's theme is all about the island of Ibiza.
As if a five-hour open bar isn't good enough, the spacious hall, Union Trust (717 Chestnut St.) opens its doors at 8 p.m. for a special New Year's Eve party that features a six-hour open bar, live DJ's, catered food, coat check-in, a champagne toast and more. Hey, just being in this architectural masterpiece makes a memorable night.
One night only a year can you celebrate the New Year and for one night only, you can wear sneakers in Hop Sing Laundromat (1029 Race St.) — that's correct, sneakers in Hop Sing. Beginning at 10 p.m. strut your kicks into this swanky prohibition-style bar and enjoy a cocktail to send off 2014.