25 Ways to Ring in the New Year in Rhode Island

Local New Year's Eve festivities include dinners, rooftop parties, live music, burlesque shows and more.

Updated on Dec. 21, 2016. We will continuously add events to this page so please return often.

1. Old Downcity Glamour: The Ballroom at ProvidenceG

The ProvidenceG has four options for ringing in the New Year, offering something for everyone. The Ballroom will be the scene of a historic Downcity affair, featuring a celebration of the decades with live jazz from the New Providence Big Band with Miss Katie Kleyla. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with a red carpet arrival, raw bar buffet, fine food stations, specialty cocktails and a dessert buffet. Guests will dance the night away and sip Champagne during a live midnight countdown. Pre-sale tickets are $100. The open bar includes a signature sparkling cocktail as well as select beer and wine, while other cocktails and extended beer and wine are available for purchase.

2. Southern Barbecue Buffet at GPub

The GPub will offer a more casual night out with a Southern barbecue buffet from 7−9 p.m. and more than fifty craft beer options. The buffet includes a pig roast, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and waffles and more, followed by a deejay dance party. There will be giveaways throughout the evening as well as a midnight beer toast. Tickets for the barbecue buffet and after party are $55 after December 14. Buffet tickets include tax and gratuity. Tickets are $25 for the deejay after party from 9 p.m.−2 a.m. only.

3. Party Under the Stars at Rooftop at the G

A celestial New Year’s Eve can be yours at the Rooftop at ProvidenceG. Soak up the evening under the stars inside the heated glass-enclosed space with views of the city skyline. Sip a glass of complimentary Champagne upon arrival, then enjoy wood-fired pizzas and gourmet passed appetizers, a dessert buffet and specialty cocktails. The festivities kick off at 8 p.m. and continue until 2 a.m. Cash bar. Tickets are $75 per person.

4. Four-Course Dinner at Garde

If a fancy dinner is more your thing, head to Garde. The restaurant is serving a four-course dinner that combines the best New American cooking with French technique. Courses include Blackbird Farm braised short ribs, Point Judith calamari, beetroot gnocchi and thyme cavatelli with an optional supplement of fresh white truffles. Raw bar and charcuterie selections are also available a la carte. For dessert, select from hazelnut mousse with smoked sea salt ice cream, sorbet ice cream and crème brûlée. Choose from three seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m., for $75 per person. Call 401-632-4799 for reservations or book online.

5. A Night in Moulin Rouge at Rosmarin

Spend the night like you’ve been whisked off to Paris right here in Providence. A Moulin Rouge-inspired soiree will take place at Rosmarin in the Hotel Providence, including artful cuisine from chef owner Massimiliano Marriotta, burlesque and aerialist performances by Chifferobe Events and live music from a jazz ensemble led by Orice Jenkins. The event is curated by Designed by Delsie. The VIP dinner package is $250 per person and includes a five-course chef’s table dinner with wine pairings from 7−9 p.m.; live jazz and a burlesque show plus a small plate station from 9 p.m.−midnight; an after party with mini desserts, Champagne and a private booth from midnight−3 a.m., plus coat check, free valet and a complimentary Champagne toast. Or you can choose the option that just includes the jazz and burlesque show and small plate station, plus the after party with dessert and Champagne for $125 per person (or $135 at the door). The after party is $45 per person ($55 at the door) and includes a deejay party with mini desserts, a glass of Champagne and more! For more details, click here. Save 10 percent on tickets before Dec. 24.

6. New Year’s Dinner at Chez Pascal

Join Chez Pascal in Providence for its last dinner of the year! Enjoy three sumptuous courses, with various choices, designed to carry you blissfully into 2017. The restaurant plans to have some fun with bubbles, offering a selection of sparkling wines by the flight, glass, carafe and bottle. The dinner is $69 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages. Call 401-421-4422 for reservations.

7. NYE at Figidini

Chef Frankie, Jesse and Albert have put together a meal to end the year on a high and delicious note in Providence. The feast features multiple courses paired with wines from 6:30−9 p.m., including a charcuterie and cheese board, a winter salad, housemade tortellini with goat’s milk ricotta, speck, fresh black winter truffles and shaved pecorino romano, molasses brined duck and Champagne vanilla mousse cake with raspberry coulis, sugared cranberries, popped quinoa crunch and whipped ganache. There will be music, New Year's trivia with prizes, and discussions about each course. Tickets are $125 (including taxes and gratuity). Purchase tickets in person at Figidini or buy online.

8. Gracie’s: An Evening at Moulin Rouge

Gracie’s presents An Evening at Moulin Rouge in Providence with reservations available from 5 p.m.−1 a.m. There will be live music, plenty of bubbles flowing, and, of course, spectacular food. Chef Matthew Varga is bringing in some very special ingredients for the evening’s chef’s tasting menu. You will be spoiled with caviar, diver scallops, shaved truffles, foie gras and many other delicious delicacies. In addition to the tasting menu, Gracie’s will offer the a la carte and prix fixe menus. Reserve online or by calling at 401-272-7811.

9. Ocean House New Year's Eve Gala

This New Year's Eve, travel around the world without ever leaving Ocean House in Watch Hill. The celebration takes place from 7:30 p.m.−1 a.m. and will include sweet and savory treats inspired by cuisine from around the globe. This black tie event is the most lavish of the year, so dress to impress and get ready to dance the night away! Enjoy live entertainment, complimentary cocktails and a wellness station to help keep you on your toes all night long. Tickets are $175 each, including tax and gratuity. Guests must be twenty-one or older to attend. For more information, call 401-584-7000, or go to oceanhouseevents.com.

10. Prix-Fixe Dinner at Chair 5

Chair 5, located in the luxe Break Hotel in Narragansett, is hosting a five-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner from 5−10 p.m. The cost is $65 per person and there’s an optional wine pairing for an additional $35. That evening, there’s also a rooftop party from 9 p.m.−1 a.m. featuring unlimited Champagne, passed canapés and live music by the award-winning Jesse Liam Duo. The cost is $45 per person for the party only, and $25 per person for hotel guests and dinner attendees.

11. NYE at Basta

This New Year's Eve, celebrate with a four-piece jazz band and singers and some of the best Italian food in Rhode Island. The jazz begins at 6 p.m. and will transition to tunes from the '70s, '80s and today as the evening progresses. There is a four-course special menu with antipasto choices like calamari and bruschetta; insalata choices like caprese and cesare; entree choices of grilled salmon, brasato, chicken parmigiana and more; and dessert choices of mini chocolate cake, gelato and tiramisu. The price is $75 per person before 9 p.m., and $100 per person after 9 p.m. The main entertainment begins at 9 p.m. Call 401-461-2300 for reservations.

12. The Malted Barley in Providence Masquerade Party

Providence's the Malted Barley is throwing a NYE masquerade party with a selection of craft brews and a deejay all night. There will be a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, and no cover charge.

13. New Year's Eve at the Providence Marriott Downtown

The Sparkle package at the Providence Marriott Downtown includes overnight accommodations, a cocktail reception with signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner and entertainment, deejay and dancing, and a Champagne toast.

14. One Providence New Year's Eve Ball

The second annual One Providence New Year's Eve Ball at Rhode Island Convention Center starts at 9 p.m. and includes entertainment by Steve Anthony, DeeJ Tommy Dee and surprise performances throughout the night. Ticket prices range from $50 (standing room only) to $85 (VIP with table seating).

15. Tiki Bash at the Revolving Door in Newport

Bartender Jason Kindness will open his own bar soon, so the Tiki Bash is your chance to wish him well. The night takes place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and includes two tiki drinks, a Champagne toast and island-inspired cuisine like a whole roasted pig. Revelers are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

16. New Year's Eve Hyatt Regency Gala on Goat Island

Spend the evening on Goat Island where the beauty of the bay surrounds you. Dinner will be served in the grand ballroom followed by live music from Those Guys and dancing from 9 p.m.−1 a.m. Enjoy a plated dinner at 8:30 p.m., which includes a Newport salad of fresh berries, pears and candied walnuts, and an entree choice of prime rib with horseradish au jus or roasted chicken (a vegetarian option can also be substituted), followed by a dessert buffet and coffee. While the event has a cash bar, the evening includes a complimentary Champagne toast and a ball drop at midnight. Tickets are $119 per person and can be purchased by calling 401-851-1234. Semi-formal attire required, and guests must be twenty-one-plus. If you want to stay overnight, you can also book a New Year's Eve Hotel Package. For more information, go to newport.hyatt.com.

17. New Year's Eve at the Hotel Viking

One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking in Newport is featuring a multi-course dinner that includes a starter, entree and dessert. Book before 9 p.m. for $99 per person, or $110 per person after 9 p.m., and you'll also enjoy a Champagne toast and party favors. There will be live entertainment in the lounge starting at 9 p.m. Drinks, taxes and gratuity are not included. Some of the dinner options include butternut squash and apple cider soup, shrimp cocktail or Caesar salad; prime rib of beef, veal chop, surf and surf or Tuscan grilled vegetable and polenta plate; and salted vanilla crunch cake for dessert. Learn more and call 401-848-4874 for reservations.

18. The Bit Players New Year's Eve Night of Comedy

The Bit Players are putting on three shows at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the Firehouse Theater in Newport. Each show is an hour long and BYOB. The 7 p.m. show is family-friendly, so children are welcome. The 11 p.m. show will include a viewing of the ball drop in Times Square at midnight on the video display. The Bit Players specialize in improv comedy inspired by audience suggestions, so you might get involved in the show. Tickets are $20 each. Get your tickets at bitplayers.net or firehousetheater.org. Open to all ages.

19. Dinner and Party at Local 121

Chef Tyler has created a special four-course menu for $70 per person with choices like crispy duck leg confit, fried oysters Rockefeller, poached lobster and filet mignon, but there's also a more casual a la carte bar menu. Valet parking and tickets to the late night party are complimentary for all dinner guests. The party takes place from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with special guest deejays and includes a Champagne toast. Click here to make a reservation through OpenTable or call 401-274-2121.

20. New Year's Eve Dinner at birch

Purchase tickets for birch's New Year's Eve dinner, featuring a multi-course menu with optional beverage pairings as well as an a la carte beverage menu. Tickets are $125 per person which includes food, tax and gratuity on the food. Beverages are to be selected and paid for at the dinner. Available seating times are as listed from 5−9 p.m. and allow for a two-and-a-half-hour dining experience.

21. Cook and Brown Dinner

Cook and Brown's dinner will be a "family style" Italian supper, including housemade bread sticks, salad, cured meats, cheese, pasta, main courses and dessert for $55 per person, with a beverage pairing available upon request. For reservations or questions, call 401-273-7275 or email cookandbrown@gmail.com

22. NYE at Massimo

There's a special prix fixe menu available at Massimo with reservations beginning at 5 p.m. The $75 per person four-course meal includes a salad, agnolotti, a choice of filet mignon or halibut and creme brulee for dessert. Or guests can select from a limited version of the regular dinner menu. At 10 p.m., Rudy D'Agostino will perform on the second floor as Massimo transitions into a New Year's Eve celebration. There is no cover charge and all are welcome. A complimentary Champagne toast will take place at midnight. Call 401-273-0650 for reservations.

23. The Dorrance's Fairytale Ball

Dance the night away at the Dorrance and say goodbye to 2016 with a fairytale ball. Tickets are $30 per person, or $25 for two guests or more, including a complimentary sparkling toast. Black tie encouraged. You can also book dinner reservations here.

24. New Year's Eve at Red Stripe

Both Red Stripe locations will be open until midnight, with the full menu available until 11 p.m. and the bar open until midnight. On Sun., Jan. 1, and Mon. January 2, both Red Stripe restaurants will be serving brunch from 10 a.m.−3 p.m., late lunch from 3−5 p.m., and dinner from 5−10:00 p.m. Call the Providence locations for reservations at 401-437-6950 and East Greenwich at 401-398-2900.

25. New Year's Eve at Mill's Tavern

Mill’s Tavern will be open until midnight, with the full menu available until 11 p.m. and the bar open until midnight. On Sun., Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day), Mill’s Tavern will be open regular hours from 4−9 p.m. and on Mon., Jan. 2, from 5−10 p.m. Call 401-272-3331 for reservations.

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