Happy New Year! Here's our annual guide to parties and live entertainment at local bars and venues, along with the list of special overnight hotel packages around GR. All events listed take place on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

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

Bars, Nightlife & Parties

**Hot New Year's Eve Party - The Ball Drop is moving to Calder Plaza this year with headliner Cobra Starship performing with special opening guests Dyllan Murray and The Outer Vibe. The warming tents with free hot chocolate will also be back. The free event kicks off at 7 p.m.

Amore Trattoria Italiana - Carnivale di Amore, the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball returns to the Italian eatery on Alpine. Wear your favorite mask and win a cash prize for best costume while enjoying Chef Jenna's special Venetian menu.

Amway Grand Plaza - The Amway Grand will have parties in three different ballrooms; the Imperial Ballroom will have a DJ spinning Top 40, the Pantlind room will host 80's night, and the Ambassador Ballroom will have live jazz.

Back Forty Saloon - Guests can enjoy a plated dinner for $25 beginning at 6 p.m., and the price includes admission to the nightlife entertainment that starts at 9 p.m. Reservations accepted.

Bar Divani - Bar D will have three seatings for the set menu, at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Cost is $60 per person.

Bar Louie - The $15 package includes champagne toast, breakfast buffet from midnight until 2 a.m. and live entertainment.

Bay Pointe Inn - The resort on Gun Lake will have a set 4-course menu, live music, and champagne toast in a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere.

Billy's - Step back in time with DJ Hustlah while enjoying party favors, drink specials and a champagne toast. $5 cover.

Bistro Bella Vita - Seatings for the full menu with additional specials will be at 5-5:30p, 7-7:30p, 9-10p (last seating. There will also be complimentary party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Blue Water Grill - Special NYE menu.

The B.O.B. - General admission to get into The B.O.B. will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door and will include access to live entertainment, DJ and dancing. The buffet dinner returns again and Dr. Grins will have special stand-up comedy shows priced from $25-$35.

Bostwick Lake Inn - Enjoy live a complimentary champagne toast, party favors, menu specials and live music with the Jake Stevens Band. Reservations accepted.

Bull's Head Tavern - Bull's Head will have three seating times this year, at 5, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Ticketed seats are $30 and include a table, a wristband to go in and out without having to pay a cover, party favors, and a live DJ, plus $15 will go to the price of your bill.

CityFlats Hotel - Grand Rapids - CitySen Lounge will have drink specials, live music, complementary champagne toast and no cover charge beginning at 9 p.m.

Cork Bar & Grille - The new eatery at the Watermark Country Club will host an NYE buffet starting at 7 p.m., followed by live music with the Lazy Blue Tunas at 9 p.m. $45/person includes buffet, dancing, champagne toast and party favors. Reservations required.

Creston VFW - Chive on at the New Year's Eve party that will have a live DJ, raffles and drink specials, with some proceeds going to Chive charities.

Eastern Ave Hall - The NYE Gala will have a live DJ, taco bar, champagne toast, party favors, jello shots and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

Fenian's Irish Pub - 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 Caledonia restaurant will have a four course dinner and live music by Jaded 8. Cost is $50 per person; reservations required.

Flanagan's - Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing and toasting in the New Year, along with a specially prepared menu.

Flat River Grill - Menu specials including prime rib, surf and turf and champagne specials. Limited reservations available.

Flo's Pizzeria & Sports Bar - The Belmont restaurant will have drink specials throughout the day, including a late night happy hour, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Founders Brewing Company - Local folk/americana band The Crane Wives headline the special evening at Founders Tap Room. Live music starts at 9 p.m.; cover is $8-$10.

Gipper's - Cascade - The Resolution party will feature a prime rib dinner, live dinner and champagne toast at midnight for one price.

Grand Rapids Art Museum - Starting at 6 p.m., warm up inside GRAM, take a stroll through the galleries and enjoy a drink from the cash bar until 11 p.m. Admission is $5.

Grand Rapids/Sparta Moose Lodge - The $10 cover includes an appetizer buffet, party favors, champagne toast and entertainment. Open to the public.

Grand Woods Lounge - DJ Matt B spins for New Year's Eve at The Woods.

The Green Well - Full menu will be offered with the last seating set for 10 p.m.

Grove - The eatery on Cherry St will offer a five-course tasting menu for $65/person, which includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

The Intersection - 104.5 WSNX hosts Beats & Bubbly with Freak Island, Jason Veeder, DJ Internio, & Monica Parker, along with a midnight champagne toast and VIP bottle service. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; ages 18+ welcome.

JW Marriott - Get Groovy at the JW with the throwback 1970s party, complete with a funky live band and groovy DJ under the disco ball. Individual tickets to the party are available and access include with an overnight stay package.

The Landing Lounge - The bar/restaurant inside the Riverfront Hotel on Ann St NW will have live music with ODR, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. $10 cover.

The Legion - Support our local veterans at the American Legion post located on Michigan St NE, just east of downtown. Enjoy live music, a champagne toast, cheap drinks and no cover charge.

Leo's - Reservations are being accepted for dinner, which runs 4:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Lowell Moose Lodge - The annual party will have a live DJ, food, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, prizes and raffles. Open to members and qualified guests.

Mangiamo! - The Italian eatery on Lake Drive will have expanded dinner and wine features, along with music in the Lounge by the Kathy Lamar Duo. Reservations accepted.

McFadden's - The party in the Pearl Room will have four drink tickets, complimentary appetizers, and a live DJ and dancing all night. Tickets are $40 pre-sale or $50 at the door; ages 21+ welcome.

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).

New Year's Eve Beer Tour - Join GR Beer Tours for visits to Perrin Brewing Company, Founds and Mitten Brewing that include 12 samples of beer, a private brewery tour and transportation with a knowledgeable beer tour guide.

The Pyramid Scheme - Head back to the 90s at The Pyramid Scheme with guest DJs including SuperDre. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; ages 21+ welcome.

Quinn and Tuite's - Ignite The Borealis, The Swamphouse Band and The Cactuses will provide the live music for the NYE party at The Irish pub on Plainfield Ave. No cover charge.

Reardon's - Wear a fancy mask and dress to impress at the masquerade ball that will have karaoke, a DJ, dancing, drink specials and no cover charge.

Riverhouse Ada - Formerly Bistro Chloe Elan, the restaurant and bar near downtown Ada will have a live DJ and dancing from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Rockford Brewing Company - Live garage rock/blues with HENF starts at 9 p.m.

Rush Creek Bistro - Enjoy a four-course dinner and live music by Trilogy for $45 per person. Reservations required.

The Score - The 7th Annual Black & White Bash will have dinner packages for 4 people that include lobster and filet entrees and a bottle of champagne for $30 per person. The mad cash balloon drop will return, a live DJ starts at 8 p.m. and there will be a midnight champagne toast.

Shots - The Standale bar and restaurant will have a special dinner menu, champagne toast, drink specials and late night appetizer bar.

SpeakEZ Lounge - At the Vintage New Year's Eve 1964 party, musical guests will keep the night swinging with the sounds of the early 1960s including Motown, hits from The Rat Pack and much more. Two dinner seatings will be offered, each featuring a special 60ís-inspired three-course menu.

Tip Top Deluxe - Head to Tip Top Deluxe on the West Side for the Rockabilly Rumble featuring Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys and The Truckstop Cobras. Tickets are $14.50.

Wealthy Theatre - Now in its fifth year, The Starlight Six all-star Michigan rock and soul outfit features performances by Seth Bernard, Rachael Davis, Dominic Davis, May Erlewine, Jason Scott, and Brad Phillips. Tickets: $20-$25.

Zeytin Turkish Restaurant - Dress to impress for the one and only annual Balkan-style NYE in Grand Rapids. There will be live DJs and a Mediterranean dinner buffet. Ages 18+ welcome.

Events Beyond Grand Rapids


Boatwerks - The restaurant overlooking Lake Macatawa will have live music with Rock Shop, a midnight champagne toast and no cover charge.

Butch's Dry Dock - The special four course menu priced at $60 will offer a choice of oysters, yellowfin tuna, stuffed quail, lobster, beef ribeye and a six-layer chocolate tower.

Casey's - Check out live DJs at the New Years Eve Bash.

CityFlats Hotel - CitySen Lounge will have drink specials, live music, complementary champagne toast and no cover charge beginning at 9 p.m.

Grand Haven/Spring Lake

Holiday Inn - The hotel package includes one room night accommodation, bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, two keepsake champagne flutes, party favors and a breakfast buffet voucher for two. The NYE parties are open to the public and have no cover charge.

Kirby House - Ring in the New Year with a balloon drop, midnight champagne toast and live music. Reservations accepted; cover charged.

Seven Steps Up - Bring in the New Year with the Tony Lucca New Year's Extravaganza at the venue on Jackson St. in Spring Lake.


Boar's Belly - Live music with The Project and specials.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. - Enjoy craft beer, live music with The Scott Pellegrom Trio and no cover charge. Starts at 8 p.m.

Skeetown Tavern - Check out five local bands on stage and a live DJ, plus the event will also be a canned food drive.


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.

Restaurant Toulouse - Celebrate a jazzy New Year's Eve with Vintage Jazz Vocalist Diana Vande Water with the Flare of Sexy, plus enjoy dinner by the fireplace with a specially prepared menu. Reservations recommended.

Saugatuck Brewing Company - The laid-back NYE party will have live music by the Big Boss Blues Band, dinner specials and a midnight champagne toast. Free admission.

More Locations

Gun Lake Casino (Wayland) - Live music on Stage 131 with First Row at 5:30 p.m., followed by Brena at 11 p.m.

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

Walldorff Brewpub (Hastings) - In the Victorian-style third floor ballroom, check out live jazz, a buffet, a cash bar and dancing before the ball is dropped atop the roof the Walldorff.

Family Events

Craigs Cruisers - Choose from two party times: 4-8 p.m. or 9p-1 a.m. Each include the special NYE feast, karaoke, unlimited go-carts, laser tag, bumper cars and ropes course, unlimited video games, music, karaoke and party favors. $24.99 per person or $125 for six.

Double JJ Resort - The Play & Stay NYE at the Rothbury Resort includes lodging, passes to the waterpark and the tubing hill, a pizza buffet, access to the balloon drop and fireworks at midnight.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum - Celebrate the holiday with the whole family at the New Year's Early Eve beginning at 6 p.m. Kids can grab a noisemaker, make a firework picture and have a treat from the kiddie cocktail bar before the balloon drop. Tickets: $10-$12.

Grand Rapids Griffins New Year's - The Griffins host the Rockford Ice Hogs for their annual family NYE event at Van Andel Arena. The contest will be followed by an indoor fireworks show and open skating, all included in the ticket price.

New Years Eve Overnight - Ring in 2015 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.

Overnight Packages

Amway Grand Plaza - Packages start at $289 and include an overnight stay, access to parties inside the Amway and JW Marriott, party favors, valet parking and more.

JW Marriott - The "Groovy" Party Package includes overnight accommodations, complimentary valet parking and access to the Groovy 1970s party in the JW, along with admission to the parties inside the Amway Grand.

Riverfront Hotel - The NYE package includes an overnight stay, one of three dinner menu options and access to the party in the Landing Lounge. Price: $229.

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Last updated: 12/19/2014
Published: 12/01/2014