Ring in the New Year Right With These St. Louis Events

From decadent eats to burlesque to music, we’ve got something for you

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Get glammed up and find yourself an event this New Year's Eve.

No matter who you are or what you’re into, St. Louis has the perfect place and activity to ring in the New Year. But this isn’t that sort of guide. This is the Trader Joe’s of guides, a curated, manageable list with just the essentials for a certain kind of person who wanders in and sees something wonderful on the shelf — or, in this case, on the list.

You might be asking yourself if you are, indeed, that type of person. Well, you’re reading this article, so I’d say most resoundingly: yes. So read on to plan your New Year's Eve adventure.

Dancers in St. Louis' Club Viva.
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Bust a move at Club Viva on New Year's Eve.


Dance the Night Away
1. Few things are more classic than not realizing when one year has blended into the next because you’re too busy shaking your behind. A great place to do so is through a door tucked into a corner of the Central West End through which you’ll find the area’s premiere spot for latin dance, Club Viva (408 North Euclid Avenue, clubvivastl.com, 314-361-0322). For the last night of the year, the club will have salsa lessons, party favors, a Champagne toast and tacos and quesadillas for sale. The fun begins at 8 p.m., and the cover is $10.

2. If when you dance, you like to go big, head to Molly’s in Soulard (816 Geyer Avenue, 314-241-6200, mollysinsoulard.com) for its NYE 2023 shindig. The $500 to $1,200 tickets come with a lot: five open bars, a balloon drop, DJs, cabana tables, large covered and heated patios and more. It’s more than a dance party, but who doesn’t hit the dance floor at Molly’s?

3. If you can’t dance without food in your stomach, there’s the NYE STL Dance Revolution at the Armory STL (3660 Market Street, 314-282-2720). There’s an all inclusive food and drink package alongside live music and laser shows to help all that grooving get going. The party starts at 8 p.m., and tickets begin at $100.

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Head to the Casa Loma Ballroom for a Van Ella Productions night to remember.

Showdown
1. Sure, dancing yourself is fun, but sometimes you just want the professionals to take charge. There’s ballet, tap, modern dance and then there’s that other genre — oh right, burlesque. In St. Louis, no one is more known for their top-quality tease than our very own Lola Van Ella. You can catch her alongside a host of greats at the Casa Loma Ballroom (3354 Iowa Avenue, 314-282-2258, casalomaballroom.com) for Spectaculaire! A Solid Gold NYE, which promises to be a nonstop dance party featuring burlesque, drag and other variety artists. Tickets begin at $55 and there are upgrades that include food, tables, balcony seating and more.

2. But maybe you hit up the Van Ella Productions show this year and are looking for something different but still within the same oeuvre. Take yourself to the Boom Boom Room (1229 Washington Avenue, 314-436-7000, theboomboomroomstl.com) for a party that won’t soon be forgotten. Not only does the event include a burlesque show from the Boom Boom Bombshells, but it promises a three-course dinner, top-quality liquor, insane NYE party favors, a lights show, confetti canon and much more. The evening is hosted by Madam Molotov and begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $160 a person to a $4,000 party package.

click to enlarge Deadmau5 will perform at the Factory on Saturday, December 31. - VIA TICKETMASTER
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Deadmau5 will perform at the Factory on Saturday, December 31.

Head Bangers
1. Head way out there to the Factory (17105 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, 314-423-8500) for six-time Grammy Award winning Canadian DJ and electronic music producer Joel Thomas Zimmerman, a.k.a. Deadmau5, at 9 p.m. That Zimmerman — who comes to this fair state on the heels of early March’s collaborative Kx5 with Kaskade — will be spending NYE delighting fans in Chesterfield is mind blowing and thoroughly worth the $79.50 to $124.50 ticket fee.

2. Swing in the New Year with the new Jazz St. Louis (3536 Washington Avenue, 314-571-6000, jazzstl.org) CEO during New Year’s Eve with Victor & Friends. The evening will feature a selection of jazz standards, classics and originals all set against a four-course prix fixe menu. There will be shows at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and tickets are $175.

3. City dwellers seeking soaring sounds and ceilings should head to Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard, 314-534-1700, slso.org) for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. Assistant conductor Stephanie Childress will be joined by soprano Mikaela Bennett and tenor Jeff Kready for this 2 p.m. jaunt open to family and friends of all ages. Tickets run $45 to $110.

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Who wouldn't want to sip on this?

Quality Noshes
1. Pretty much every holiday has some kind of traditional and delicious food item and thus New Years has Hoppin’ John, King Cake and St. Louis restaurateurs putting together amazing tastebud-driven experiences. Midtown favorite The Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street, 314-535-7800, fountainonlocust.com) celebrates the decadence of bygone eras with its Flights of Fancy event. The restaurant invites guests — dressed in their finest Gatsby-era garb — to enjoy flights of retro cocktails and ice cream as well as shareables. There’s a family friendly seating at 5 p.m. for $75 and one at 8:30 p.m. for $100, which will include live music and dancing with Miss Jubilee, tarot readings and a Champagne toast.

2. If upscale Southern food is more your thing, head to Juniper (4101 Laclede Avenue, 314-329-7696, junipereats.com), which will have a DJ, open bar that includes four specialty cocktails, beer options and New Years punch; a balloon drop; appetizers and midnight Champagne. Tickets are $75, and the party begins at 8 p.m.

3. Italian eatery Edera (48 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-7227, ederastl.com) is going all out with its New Year’s Eve party, promising dancing with party band Mclovin, a glitter photo booth, an open bar with premium choices plus a Champagne toast and food stations curated by Executive Chef Andrew Simon that include carving stations, raw bar, pizza, dessert and more. Tickets are $150, and the night begins at 8 p.m.

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Jessica Rogen

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