Happy New Year! Here's our annual guide to parties and live entertainment at more than 100 local bars and venues, along with the list of special overnight hotel packages around GR. All events listed take place on Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

- Bars, Nightlife & Parties
- Family Events
- Special Overnight Packages & Getaways
- Events Beyond Grand Rapids

Bars, Nightlife & Parties

**Hot New Year's Eve Party - Multiplatinum singer, songwriter and rapper IYAZ will perform on the Rosa Parks Circle stage, along with national recording artists Nick Hissom, Ryan Cabrera and Love and Theft, plus DJs Curtis Avison and Justin Kung. See the ball drop at midnight, plus enjoy warming tents and phone charging stations! Free admission all night.

36th Street Lounge - Ring in the New Year with DJ Sherry Hansen, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, an appetizer bar and dinner specials.

84th Street Pub - Sing along with Sound Trax Karaoke from 8:30 p.m. until 1 am., and take advantage of food specials and no cover charge.

Amore Trattoria Italiana - Wear your most beautiful (Venetian) mask to Amore's NYE Masquerade Ball and get entered to win an 8-course chef's tasting menu. After ordering from the winter menu, dance the night away and join in the prosecco toast at midnight.

Apartment Lounge - The party starts at 9 p.m. with appetizers, champagne toast and party favors at midnight. $5 cover.

Back Forty Saloon - Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m., then at 9 p.m., Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son take the stage. $10 cover after 9 p.m .

Bar Divani - Two seatings will be offered this year (6 p.m. & 9 p.m.), and each will feature a 4-course Prix Fixe menu with multiple choices for each course. $45-$55 per person.

Bar Louie - The bar/restaurant at Woodland Mall will have a champagne toast and breakfast buffet for $10 per person.

Bay Pointe Inn - Enjoy Jazz, blues, holiday and classic hits inside the Terrace Grille from 6 p.m. until midnight. The restaurant will be featuring a limited menu with wine and champagne specials.

Billy's - DJ Hustlah hosts the NYE edition of Revival, the 80's Dance Night. Ages 21+ welcome.

Bistro Bella Vita - Three seatings will be available for the annual NYE celebration with dinner features, a special pairing menu, martinis, midnight champagne toast and party favors.

Blue Water Grill - Live music with Don Bidell.

Bostwick Lake Inn - Ring in the New Year with live music by a cover band and a special menu. Reservations accepted.

The B.O.B. - Choose from a wide variety of menu options and entertainment pairings at Dr. Grins, Judson's, Gilly's, Bobarino's and The B.O.B.'s Brewery. Crush & Eve will have DJs and dancing, and a live band will perform on the second floor. General admission to get in the door is $20 (entry only).

Brewery Vivant - The brewpub on Cherry Street will offer a multi-course dinner with beer pairings. Tickets are $100 per couple.

Broadway Bar - Usher in the New Year with champagne, party favors and a small buffet for $10 per person. Reservations accepted.

Bull's Head Tavern - Bull's Head will have three seating times this year, at 6, 8 & 10 p.m. The 10 p.m. seating includes champagne and a wristband that allows you to reenter Bulls Head after the ball drop. Tickets are $30, with $20 of the price going toward your bill.

Candlestone Golf & Resort - $39.95 per person includes a prime rib dinner buffet, cocktail hour, stand-up comedian, live DJ, party favors, late night hors d'oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast. Reservations accepted with credit card.

Champs Bar & Grill - The restaurant/bar in downtown Middleville ill have a champagne toast at midnight and live music with Buddy Twist. No cover; ages 21+ welcome.

Charley's Crab - Regular menu available, plus the NYE menu will have specials like snow crab and prime rib. Reservations recommended.

Chicago Drive Pub & Grill - The night will feature a live DJ and no cover charge.

CityFlats Hotel - Grand Rapids - CitySen Lounge will have dinner, drink specials, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. No cover charge.

Courtyard Marriott Bistro - $25 for bracelets ($40 per couple) gives you access to live music, drink specials, elegant NYE decor and more.

Cygnus 27 - Cygnus will have a special several-course NYE menu priced at $80/person. Limited availability.

DeVos Performance Hall - At the "Swingin' New Year's Eve", the Grand Rapids Symphony will play a high spirited list of favorites ranging from the heydey of swing to contemporaries like Linda Ronstadt and Michael Buble. Tickets start at $18.

DeVos Place - The DeVos Ballroom will be transformed into a club complete with arcade games, pool tables, DJ, bars, VIP lounge and red carpet entrance. Siegel Jewelers will also be providing goodie bags.

DeVos Place - Also at DeVos, dress to impress and swing dance the night away from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $10; all ages welcome.

Diversions - Three rooms of partying with food, karaoke, dance floor and videos. Cover: $10 for adults & $15 for minors before midnight.

Double JJ Resort - The adult NYE celebration at the resort will have music, drink specials, games, fireworks, chocolate fountain and a lighted horseshoe drop. Overnight packages available.

Eastern Avenue Hall - Live music with X-posure classic rock; no cover charge and open to the public.

Eastown Sports Bar - Enjoy karaoke and a live DJ all night, plus drink and food specials. Ages 21+.

Fenian's - Ring in the New Year with a traditional Irish holiday music session. No cover charge or reservations needed; food will be served. Ages 21+.

FireRock Grille - The restaurant at Stonewater Country Club in Caledonia will have a 4-course meal with champagne priced at $45 per person, plus live music with Jaded 8.

Flanagan's - The Irish pub will have special dinner entrees, $9 bottles of champagne, live DJ and drink specials. Dinner reservations can be made for times prior to 9 p.m. Cover charged later in the evening.

Flat River Grill - Reservations are being accepted for the Lowell restaurant's special NYE menu that will feature scallops, surf and turf, lobster linguini and chocolate mousse.

Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante - $99 per couple price includes DJ and dancing, 5-course meal, party favors, 2 drink tickets, photo booth, champagne toast at midnight and late night snacks.

Founders Brewing Company - Enjoy a pressure-less New Year's Eve party with live music from the Grand Rapids Soul Club. $5 cover; ages 21+ welcome.

Gardella's - Cover will be $10; or for $20, patrons can skip the line outside to get in. Champagne toast at midnight.

Gipper's - Cascade - Celebrate New Year's Eve while supporting our troops. Part of the ticket price will go to Project Red, White & Blue and include dinner, live music, champagne toast, party favors and more.

Grand Rapids Art Museum - Open at 6 p.m., enjoy a drink from the cash bar in the unique and creative atmosphere of GRAM before watching the ball drop at midnight. Admission is $5.

Grand Rapids Brewing Company - GRBC will have $2 local drafts and stay open until 2 a.m. No cover.

Grand Woods Lounge - Dinner for couples (individual pricing available) includes entry to the Woods Late Night Party with party favors and a buffet. Tickets without dinner are $20 in advance, $30 at the door and include party favors and late night buffet.

GP Sports - Normal menu available; no cover charge. Open until midnight.

The Holiday Bar - Tickets are $20 (limited to 100) and include live DJ, pizza, buffet and champagne toast.

Hopcat - Kitchen open until 2 a.m., midnight toast and no cover charge.

Hubs Inn - Featured menu items for dinner and live DJs start at 10 p.m. $20 for ages 18-20, free for 21+.

The Intersection - Greensky Bluegrass and Grand Rapids' own The Crane Wives will both perform as part of the Intersection's New Year's bash. Tickets are $20-$25 in advance, $30 on the day of. Ages 17+ welcome.

JW Marriott - The JW's R18 (repeal of the 18th amendment) party will have a prohibition-era theme complete with a speak-easy style pizzeria "front" and authentic music.

Knights of Columbus - Tickets are $45 per person and include cocktails, buffet dinner, snacks, party favors and DJ Wolfman Keith.

The Landing Lounge - Live music with The Project will be accessible with a $5 wristband.

The Legion - Rock the red, white & blue this New Year's with The Lefty Malone Band, plus get a free champagne toast and party favors. Proceeds will benefit local veterans. Ages 21+ welcome.

Leo's - Reservations are currently being accepted for the full dinner menu. Leo's will be open 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Lincoln Country Club - Dance to old school and new jams with DJ Dre. Food buffet, champagne toast at midnight, and soul train line dance at 11:30 p.m.

Log Cabin - The bar on South Division will have live music with The Hatrick Band, food and drink specials and NYE gear. $10 cover.

Louie's Bar - The Mari Gras-themed party benefiting DeVos Children's Hospital will feature creole appetizers, party favors and live entertainment.

Lowell Moose Lodge - Usher in the New Year with food, prizes, champagne, music, fun and no cover charge.

Madcap Coffee - Open until the Ball Drop at midnight.

Main St. Pub, Allendale -The NYE dinner menu package is priced at 2 for $37.14 and includes 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 dessert. DJ and dancing start at 9 p.m., and Main St. Pub will have a midnight champagne toast.

Main St. Pub, Wyoming - Main St. Pub will be handing out mustaches to party goers, who can also play games and check out the live DJ. No cover.

Mangiamo! - Live jazz in the lounge, reservations accepted for dinner.

McFadden's - Revelers can either choose the party on the Main Floor that includes dinner buffet, drink specials, live DJ and party favors for $35 ($25 in advance) or the more VIP party in the Pearl Room that will have a champagne toast, appetizer spread and more. Tickets for that option are $55 ($45 in advance).

The Melting Pot - For the NYE celebration, the entree course will have special items like lobster tail, Atlantic salmon filet mignon and gorgonzola sacchetti. Reservations recommended.

Mojo's - Pricing ranges from $40 for main level seating to $25 for a table on the upper level. All party options include dinner and appetizer buffet, followed by live dueling pianos. Reservations required. Cover charge is $10 for the general public after 9 p.m. (1st come, 1st served).

Monelli's - The grill and sports bar in Wyoming will have a special dinner menu, live music with DJ Zac, midnight champagne toast and free admission.

Monte's - Tickets to the Bubbly-themed NYE party are $20 and include entry, two drinks of your choice, complimentary champagne toast, party favors and swag bags.

Peppino's Downtown - Midnight champagne toast for $5; reservations accepted throughout the evening for dinner.

Perrin Brewing Company - Open until 2 a.m.

Pietro's - The New Year's Eve Habana Style Salsa Dance Party Celebration will have dance, an open buffet, special entertainment, prizes for best dressed couple and more.

Polish Falcons - Friends and family of Polish Falcons welcome; DJ Shane will be playing.

The Pyramid Scheme - Bottom 40 is back for NYE. Cost is $20 per ticket; ages 21+ welcome.

Quinn and Tuite's - Live music with no cover and catered food provided free of charge.

Reardon's - No cover, DJ & Karaoke from 9pm-1am, complimentary party favors & champagne toast at midnight and drink specials.

Reds on the River - The holiday menu features fresh oysters, Maine lobster, beef wellington and bananas foster bread pudding.

Reserve - Select from the New Year's menu along with the regular menu, plus enjoy the champagne toast at midnight.

River City Saloon - Live music with local band In The Chamber.

Rockford Brewing Company - RBC will have a special beer tapping at midnight, plus live music from Washer Clemons at 9:30 p.m. No cover.

Rockwell/Republic - $20 per person includes swag, champagne toast at midnight, a party DJ at Republic and trolley rides to Bridge Street from midnight to 3 a.m. to continue the partying at Monte's and O'Toole's.

Rocky's Bar & Grill - Ring in the New Year with cheap drinks and live music at the bar and grill located just north of downtown. $5 gets you in the door.

Rumors - The New Year's Eve Celebration includes party favors, a buffet, and champagne toast. Price is $10 for 21 & up and $15 for minors.

Rush Creek Bistro - $45 per person includes 4-course meal with champagne and live music by band First Row.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Normal menu available.

Sietsema Orchards - Saburba in Ada presents the 7-course meal at the orchard & cider mill that will feature unique entrees like braised pork cheeks, kombu cured sirloin and monkey bread. $75 per person.

St. Adalbert's - Bring an appetizer to share, champagne toast at midnight. Open to members and their guests.

The Score - Priced at $25 per person, the night includes a reserved table, bottle of champagne, party favors, a lobster and filet dinner, live DJ, dancing, money balloon drop and more. Taking reservations for parties of 2 to 50.

Shiraz Grille - The Persian restaurant on Breton will have a four-course dinner with complimentary champagne and wine pairings for $79 per couple.

SpeakEZ Lounge - Break out your best bell bottoms and disco attire for the circa 1978-themed Studio54 party. Enjoy a three-course dinner, 70s band and champagne. Entrance for cocktails and music only after 10 p.m. is $10.

Tavern on the Square - Late Night Party Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door & include party favors, late night food, midnight champagne toast and live DJ. Dinner specials available also.

Teazers - The bar & grill on Ottawa NW will have live music with Karate Scotty and Shaen Abbott, champagne, party favors and food. $5 cover.

Tip Top Deluxe - Celebrate New Year's with live music by The Twistin' Tarantulas and Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys. Record hop at 7 p.m., show at 8. $15.

Tre Cugini - Three seatings available for the four-course NYE menu: 5 p.m., 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Reservations accepted.

Watermark Grille - $45 per person includes a 4-course meal, champagne toast and live music with the Lazy Blue Tunas. Reservations suggested.

Wealthy Theatre - The Starlight New Years is back for a 4th year at the Wealthy Theatre. The Starlight Six will play 2 sets of original tunes followed by a long set of hand picked Rolling Stones numbers.

The Winchester - The three-course specially prepared NYE menu is priced at $35 to $40 per person.

Zeytin - The hottest Balkan New Year's Bash will feature DJ Hari, photo booth and buffet dinner. $50 per person.

Family Events

Craigs Cruisers - Choose from two party times: 4-8 p.m. or 9p-1 a.m. Both include the special NYE feast, karaoke, unlimited go-carts, laser tag, bumper cars and ropes course, plus all (non-ticketed) video games are set to 'free play'. $24.99 per person or $125 for six.

Grand Rapids Griffins New Year's - The Griffins host the Toronto Marlies for their annual family NYE event at Van Andel Arena. The contest will be followed by the world's largest post-game indoor fireworks show, and fans can skate on the ice after.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum - It's New Year's Early Eve for kids where they can decorate hats, make a noisemaker and enjoy kid-friendly hors d'oeuvres and drinks until the countdown and ball drop at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12.

Grand Rapids First - His humorous jokes and hilarious observations have landed him on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Late, Late Show, BET's "Comic View", Comedy TV and numerous other television shows. Now see the clean comic on NYE at Grand Rapids First in Wyoming.

Double JJ Resort - The family NYE celebration at the Rothbury resort kicks off at 6 p.m. with pizza, ice cream, snow tubing, a petting farm, access to the indoor water park, a beach ball drop, fireworks and more. Overnight packages available.

New Years Eve Overnight - Ring in 2014 camp style at the YMCA's Camp Manitou-Lin where kids ages 8-15 can climb the ropes course, shoot a bow and arrow, and celebrate the new year with party hats and noisemakers. Cost: $55-$65.

NYE Euchre Tournament - Enter your team for a chance to win the top prize, plus there will be a movie and games for the kids, and singing and non-alcoholic toast at midnight.

Tri-Cities Family YMCA - At the Y in Grand Haven, enjoy exclusive of the ski hill & YMCA facilities, along with dodgeball, a DJ dance party, swimming, bounce house, crafts, pizza and more. $10/person or $35/family. Registration required.

New Year's Eve Run, Walk & Ramble - Back for a 19th year at Hope College, the un-timed run/walk is great for families, kids and dogs. Starts at 6 p.m.

Special Overnight Packages & Getaways

Amway Grand Plaza - The Amway Grand's NYE package includes overnight accommodations, late check-out, complimentary parking and access to parties at the Amway, JW and the downtown Courtyard for $279+.

JW Marriott - Overnight package rates start at $309 per couple and include accommodations, complimentary valet parking, late check out and access to the JW's R18 party, and the parties at the Amway Grand and downtown Courtyard.

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown - Packages start at $259 and include access to the parties at the Amway and JW, along with overnight stay, valet parking and late check-out.

The Landing Lounge - Package includes overnight stay, bottle of champagne, desserts, breakfast vouchers, dinner vouchers and access to the private party with live music.

New Years Eve Overnight - The Crowne Plaza on 28th Street in Cascade will have three parties under one roof and a variety of additional overnight packages to choose from. More details tba.

Holiday Inn Express GR Airport - Guests staying overnight at the Holiday Inn Express on 28th Street can take advantage of riding back and forth between downtown on a luxury coach party bus from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Overnight packages are $119.

Holiday Inn Express - South - Along with extended water park hours, families can have fun with magic shows, movies, face painting, clowns, goodie bags and a toast at midnight. Reservations accepted.

Events Beyond Grand Rapids


8th Street Grill - Regular menu will be served all night, along with a special prime rib dinner. Live music from 7-10 p.m. and two new unique beers on tap.

Boatwerks - Order from the full dinner menu or the special NYE menu, plus enjoy live classic rock with Rock Shop, party favors and midnight champagne.

Butch's Dry Dock - Choose from two seating times, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The earlier seating includes 4 courses for $55 with the menu offering oysters, pasta, steak and chocolate truffle. The later menu is similar and includes an extra course and champagne toast for $75.

CityFlats Hotel - Holland - This year enjoy drinks, live music, champagne toast and special NYE menu at CityView Bistro. No cover charge, but reservations are recommended.

Golden 8 Ball - The Bash at 254 S. River will have a live DJ, dancing, free champagne at midnight and VIP areas. Admission: $7-$10 for general, $15-$20 for VIP.

Our Brewing Company - Ugly sweater contest, beer & board games until 1 a.m.

Park Theatre - Boogie down to soul/funk/blues hits covered by local band Hats, along with special guest Organic Dub. Cover charged.

Grand Haven

Holiday Inn - The Spring Lake/Grand Haven Holiday Inn will have its NYE party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with live music and a DJ. No cover charge or drink minimum.

Kirby House - Live music with As Izz, complimentary champagne toast, balloon drop with beads and cash drop at midnight.

Pavilion Wharf - Balloon drop at midnight, champagne toast, party favors, live music and surprises.


Cancun Connection - Check out live music by Yard Sale Underwear at 10 p.m., plus the NYE menu includes choice of prime rib, ribeye or shrimp and sausage etouffe for $44 per couple.

C.F. Prime Chophouse - The special NYE menu features porterhouse steaks, kobe NY strip, whitefish, homemade ice cream and more.

Lakeshore Tavern - Two live bands will perform with the percussionists from each squaring off to earn the title of Drummer of the Year. Champagne toast at midnight, $4 cover and free parking.

Main Street Pub & Eatery - Ring in the New Year with food, friends, fun and live rock/blues/soul music with Deni Hunter & the HouseRockers.

Oakridge Golf Club - In Norton Shores, see Neil Diamond portrayed by one of the country's top tribute artists, plus enjoy dinner, dancing, a live DJ, champagne toast and images of the ball drop at Times Square.

Pints and Quarts - It's Out with the Old, In with the New with live music by Buddy Popps and drink specials including $3 captain & cokes.

Uptown Ego Lounge - See four stand-up comedians for the $10 cover and stick around for the after party.


Belvedere Inn - Ring in the New Year in style with a five or six-course meal prepared by Chef Shaun Glynn from Galway, Ireland. Two seating times available: 5:30 & 8 p.m.

Coral Gables - It's the party of the year with complete dinner packages that include access to the Crow Bar Dance Bar and Annex Piano Bar, plus a great view of the fireworks. Cost is $75 per couple; passes to just the bar areas without dinner are $5-$8 per person.

Downtown Saugatuck - View fireworks at midnight over the harbor in downtown Saugatuck.

Saugatuck Brewing Company - The laid-back NYE party will have live music by Matt Gabriel and Formerly Hip, food specials and midnight champagne toast. Free admission.

More Locations

Gun Lake Casino (Wayland) - Stage 131 hosts The Rock Show at 9 p.m.

McDuff's (Wayland) - Live music with Electrik Toyz.

Salt of the Earth (Fennville) - Live music with The Hired Hands starts at 9 p.m. Reservations accepted for dinner.

Skoogy's (Ionia) - Start the new year off with a bang with live DJs, cosmic bowling, drink specials, contests and prizes.

Walldorff Brewpub (Hastings) - The annual Uptown Ball kicks off with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and live jazz. Tickets are required and priced at $30/person or $60/couple.

Hop N (Fennville) - $10/person or $15/couple admission includes hors d'oeuvres and one drink.

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Last updated: 12/31/2013
Published: 11/15/2013