15 New Year's Parties in St. Louis to Satisfy Every Urge

Dec 15, 2015 at 6:30 am
click to enlarge The New Year's Eve Spectulaire, held this year at Casa Loma Ballroom.
The New Year's Eve Spectulaire, held this year at Casa Loma Ballroom.

What are you doing New Year's Eve? Whether you're into burlesque or love live music, whether you plan to party all night or want an excuse to cut out early, this year has something for everyone.

Just to keep things simple, we've chosen 10 of the night's top parties and sorted them by who they'll appeal to most. But this list is by no means conclusive. For that, pick up this week's print edition. It'll be on newsstands tomorrow with nearly three dozen options. You have no excuse not to find a party!

1. For culture lovers: BMO Private Bank New Year's Eve Celebration 
David Robertson and the Symphony always welcome the new year with a special performance full of magic and surprise guests. Who will show up this year? You'll have to attend to find out. For truly big-time spenders, a special package for two at the Chase Park Plaza ($339) includes ticket to the show, one bedroom suite, bottle of Champagne and breakfast for two. Call 314-633-7735 and mention "NYE" to reserve.
Thu., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $45-$125. Powell Symphony Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, 314-534-1700.

2. For Bollywood fans: 2016 Bollywood NYE
Enter the new year Bollywood style with a DJ spinning Bollywood, Bhangra and chart-busters, and a specially-designed FX countdown to 2016. There will be entertainment for the kids, a cash bar for adults, snacks, party favors and discounts on overnight rooms. Visit http://www.djsamhifi.com/stldesiparty for tickets and more information.
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $48-$58. St. Louis Marriott West, 660 Maryville Centre Drive, St. Louis, 314-878-2747.

3. For people who wish they lived in New York: Countdown on the Cobblestones
Ring in the new year at this masquerade ball-themed party that includes a giant screen showing the Times Square countdown, confetti cannon at midnight and live entertainment at participating establishments. Wear a mask for special discounts; no Halloween or full-face masks, please. Thu., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-3 a.m., free admission, www.lacledeslanding.com. Laclede's Landing, N. First St. & Lucas Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-5875.

4. For those who prefer New Orleans: Broadway Oyster Bar
The Funky Butt Brass Band heralds 2016 with NOLA-style brass, funk and soul. All three spaces will be open and heated.
Thu., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811. <

5. For those wanting to make an early night of it: Irish New Year's Eve Toast
The new year arrives in Ireland at 6 p.m. our time, so come celebrate on Irish time. We'll have live Irish music, $4 Irish beers and select whiskies and a countdown at 6 p.m. with bubbly toast. It's a family-friendly party, so bring the kids.
Thu., Dec. 31, 4 p.m.-midnight, no cover. Pat Connolly Tavern, 6400 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, 314-647-6553.

6. For those hoping to party into the wee hours of the morning: New Year's Eve at Oz
Party until 6 a.m. with DJs in each room, huge balloon drop at midnight and champagne toast. Bottle service reservations available, call 618-274-1464.
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $10. Oz Nightclub, 300 Monsanto Ave., Sauget, 618-274-1464.

7. For obsessive sports fans: Bowls & Beer

Come watch the College Football Playoff games with us as we ring in the New Year with great football, beer, and food specials all day — not to mention plenty of Champagne at midnight.
Thu., Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-midnight, Free, 317-727-8880, [email protected]. Market Pub House, 6655 Delmar Blvd., University City.

8. For river rats: New Year's Eve Cruise 
Celebrate the new year while cruising on the river. Enjoy a full sit-down dinner with views of the skyline, open bar, dancing, party favors and live DJ, plus midnight toast. Call 877-982-1410 for reservations.
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $85. Gateway Arch Riverboats, 11 N. 4th St., St. Louis.

9. For city slickers: NYE Extravaganza: Bubbles, Broads & Booze
Mad Art starts the new year with a bang with a drag show starring Adria Andrews, Siren, Jodi Santana and Miss Gay Missouri 2012, Michelle McCausland. There will also be an appetizer buffet, and the cash bar will be open with Champagne and drink specials all night. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2471766 for tickets. 
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $25. Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St., St. Louis, 314-771-8230.

10. For country cousins: New Year's Eve Celebration at Innsbrook Resort
Ring in 2016 with a night of dinner, dancing and fireworks, plus breakfast at midnight. Dinner and entertainment package ($65/person plus tax) includes: appetizers, dinner buffet, breakfast at midnight buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Family room package ($13-$18 plus tax) includes dinner buffet, games, movies and more. Reservations required. 
Thu., Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Dinner and Entertainment: $65/person + tax. Family Room: $13-18 + tax, 636-928-3366 ext. 0, [email protected]www.innsbrook-resort.com/events/new-years-eve/. Innsbrook Resort, 1 Aspen Lake Dr, Wright City.

11. For those who love a good gimmick: NYE 3-D featuring FTampa
Get ready for one of the most unique New Year's Eve celebrations the area has ever seen, NYE 3D. The Nightclub at Ameristar Casino is transformed into a 3-D wonderland. There will be 3-D video mapping DJ booths, holograms, 3-D projections and a 3-D photo booth. Each guest receives a custom pair of 3-D glasses upon arrival. FTampa, Brazil's no. 1 DJ, makes his St. Louis debut as headliner.
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $30-$40, [email protected]flavorus.com/nye3d. Ameristar Casino, 1 Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles, 636-949-7777.

12. For those who love burlesque: 
Spectaculaire: A Grand New Year's Ball! 
One of the largest and most beloved New Year's celebrations is back for its 6th year in a row. A huge production with showgirls and boys, aerialists, fire breathers, burlesque and beautiful ensemble acts. Plus, an epic midnight countdown, champagne toast, late night buffet, and carnival games, prizes, a sideshow tent and more, all backed by our fabulous band and great dance music to party to all night long. Starring Lola van Ella and The Van Ella Band, Jeez Loueez, Bazuka Joe, Ray Gunn, Lady Jack, The Bon Bons, Jameson Peligro and many many more! Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $69-$350, 314-384-2532, [email protected]www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2412388. Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave, St. Louis.

13. For fans of Dr. Zhivegas: Ultimate New Year's Eve Party 
The Ultimate New Year's Eve Party features an incredible line-up of live music including: Dr. Zhivegas, Superjam, and Curt & Nina from NOW 96.3. There will be an open bar all night, food stations, party favors, a Champagne toast and confetti drop at midnight. For more information call 314-342-4688. 
Thu., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 314-342-4688, bit.ly/HyattNYEParty2015. Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis.

14. For those who like bottle service: Three Sixty New Year's Eve Bash 
Count down to 2016 on the Three Sixty rooftop bar with celebratory cuisine, cocktails and a champagne toast. Live music by DJ Steve Meyer and a ball drop on the east and west sides of the rooftop. Reservations required, and bottle service is also available. Call 314-641-8842 to book space.
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $110 food & beverage minimum. Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 1 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-421-1776.

15. For those who prefer fun and games: New Year's Eve Countdown 2016 at the Malt House Cellar
The Malt House Cellar keeps the party going from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. with a four-hour premium bar, after-dinner snacks, two dance floors w/ live music by SLAM & Millennium Music, billiards, darts, foosball and shuffleboard. Also: midnight toast! Purchase tickets @ malthousecellar.com, (21 and over only, non-refundable)
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $74.95 per person + tax until Dec. 25th/$79.95 after, [email protected]malthousecellar.com. Moulin at Vin de Set, 2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-4949.

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