23 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in Rhode Island
We’ve rounded up some local ways to ring in 2019, including family-friendly events, upscale soirees and fancy dinners.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated on Dec. 10, 2018 from a previous post.
Don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This is by no means everything that’s happening in the state, but it will give you a pretty good start. We’ve included everything from family-friendly events and dancing the night away to fine dining and entertainment so you can find the perfect way to celebrate and ring in 2019. Please note that these selections are in no particular order.
Head to the ProvidenceG to flaunt your flapper dresses, cloche hats and slicked side parts and dance the night away as you wait for midnight to strike at the historic old DownCity affair, featuring the New Providence Big Band and jazz singer Miss Katie Kleyla. The evening will kick off at 8 p.m. with a glamorous red carpet arrival. The celebration will feature a raw bar and dessert buffet, fine food stations and specialty cocktails. Reserved seating is $125 per guest, while general admission costs $100.
There’s more to celebrate than just the New Year. Come for a special extravaganza as Gracie’s in Providence marks the twentieth anniversary of opening on New Year’s Eve of 1998 in spectacular “Roaring Twenties” style. Be prepared to drink, dine and dance the night away amidst a glittering backdrop and the tunes of a local jazz band and singer while decked out in your finest 1920s-inspired outfit. The kitchen will offer exquisite and elaborate luxuries like oysters, caviar, truffles and more. Guests may choose from a five- or seven-course chef tasting menu as well as wine pairing for the complete Gracie’s experience. Black tie is encouraged. Reservations are required and will be accepted from 5–9:30 p.m., with the celebration continuing until the ball drops. Call 401-272-7811 to make your reservation.
After the successful celebration last year, Mayor Jorge Elorza, the city of Providence, East Commerce Solutions and Skyline at Waterplace are looking forward to the second One Providence New Year’s Eve. The free outdoor event will feature complimentary entertainment complete with a warming tent for families, a black tie gala and a celebration on the rooftop of the Skyline. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and feature a classic New Year’s Eve ball drop, a laser light show and a spectacular close-proximity fireworks display. The black tie gala begins at 7 p.m. and the rooftop celebration begins at 9 p.m., both of which are ticketed events. Don’t miss out as the city of Providence and Skyline gives you an unforgettable night. Click here for more information and prices for the indoor events at Skyline.
Join Sarto in Providence as it celebrates its first New Year’s Eve. Relax in the dining room, bar area or upstairs in the Soffitta for an innovative five-course menu prepared by Chef Robert Andreozzi and his culinary team. Also enjoy live entertainment and special treats throughout the evening. Make your reservations here.
Celebrate the end of 2018 and the start of the New Year by feasting on gourmet treats inspired by Austin Powers at the Ocean House in Watch Hill. The celebration is a black tie event and takes place from 7:30 p.m.−1 a.m. Indulge in a gourmet dinner, dessert stations, signature cocktails, fabulous live music and festive photo opportunities that will make this a night to remember. Guests must be twenty-one or older to attend. Tickets are $185 per person. Go online or call 888-853-2919 to make reservations.
Spend the last night of the year with a cozy and delicious three-course course meal at Chez Pascal in Providence with selections from both the Chez Pascal and Wurst Kitchen Menus. The price is $70 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages. New Year’s Eve reservations cannot be made through the website, so call 401-421-4422 today to reserve your spot.
The Empire Revue, Rhode Island’s longest-running funny sketch and variety show, will be ringing in 2019 by presenting the sixth annual New Year’s Eve variety show and dance party in Providence. This year, things are getting rowdy with the theme “Tear the Roof Off.” The show is hosted by musician and entertainer Keith Munslow and features guest acts of all kinds. After the show, dance your night away to the sounds of Superchief Trio. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and includes a midnight countdown with the Sparkling Beatniks. The cash bar at AS220 will be open all evening serving good drinks and good times. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
Ring in the New Year at the massive party in the pub inside the ProvidenceG Building. Upon arrival, partygoers will receive six raffle tickets for big ticket prizes like tickets to Celtics and Bruins games, hotel packages and more. Also enjoy giveaways, dance along to the live deejay playing throwback tunes, play table games and snap some pics in the photo booth. A special a la carte dinner menu will be available from 7–11 p.m. by reservation only. Reservations can be made by phone after purchasing your entry ticket. Tickets are $40 per person with a cash bar open all night long. Guests must be twenty-one or older to attend.
This one-of-a-kind cooking class replicates a typical New Year’s Eve dinner in Italy. Sharpen your culinary skills with chef Walter Potenza on Providence’s Federal Hill while waiting for 2019 to arrive by spending an evening in the kitchen preparing Italian recipes. The event will take place from 7−11 p.m. Throughout the night, you will work on ten recipes covering various regions of Italy and experience customary rituals as well. Begin with prosecco paired with small plates then throw on your apron to start cooking dinner. After the food is prepared, all guests will dine together in luxury. Tickets also give participants one chef Walter cooking apron and an autographed copy of his book Federal Hill Flavors and Knowledge. Tickets are $150 per person.
Birch in Providence will create a multi-course, seasonal tasting menu that will feature ingredients preserved from this past summer, as well as diving deep into the cellars and oceans to bring you a menu that helps round out the year and welcome 2019. This will be a set menu for $150 per person with an optional $85 beverage pairing. Available seating times are as listed. Make your reservations before it’s too late.
This is more than just a party in Providence. Starting at 7 p.m., the over-the-top celebration will be going non-stop until 3 a.m. with deejay Rukis and deejay Kidd Swagg spinning the most popular songs. There will be raffles, giveaways, complimentary Champagne, hor d’oeuvres and the blast of Mezzo’s confetti cannons shooting out cash to ring in the New Year. General admission tickets are $30 and you can also purchase the Bites and Bubbly package, which includes a one hour early admission, for $15 more.
Join the Whiskey Republic in Providence for the most anticipated night of the year. With a special appearance by deejay Obie, dance your night away from 8 p.m.–2 a.m. Trendy black and white formal attire is required but don’t be afraid to add some 2019 party favors to your outfit. Guests must be twenty-one to attend. General Admission tickets are $30. But there are also two VIP options available as well. The Moet VIP is $400 including tickets for six people, a complimentary bottle of Moet, reserved seating and a cheese board and hor d’oeuvres. The Premier Stage Moet VIP is $600 which includes six tickets, two bottles of Moet and a bottle of Grey Goose, reserved seating right behind the deejay and a cheese board and hor d’oeuvres.
Celebrate a celestial New Year’s Eve by ringing in 2019 under the stars at the Rooftop at the ProvidenceG. As soon as you walk in, sip a complimentary glass of Champagne. The night begins at 8 p.m. and doesn’t end until 2 a.m. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, gourmet passed appetizers and a dessert buffet. All guests must be twenty-one to attend. Tickets are $100 per person with a cash bar available. Purchase your ticket online here.
Ring in the New Year at OceanCliff Hotel and the Safari Room Restaurant in Newport with a five-course dinner and Champagne toast from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. View the full menu here. Dinner is $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 401-849-4873 or go online to make your reservation.
Dave and Buster’s in the Providence Place Mall is offering an exciting and fun way for everyone in the family to ring in the New Year. The event runs from 4:30–7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48.50 per person and include a large buffet, unlimited soft drinks, $25 Power Card and unlimited video game play. And if you don’t want to keep your little ones out too late, come instead to Dave and Buster’s “Noon” Years Eve from 9:30 a.m.–noon for a breakfast buffet and a $10 Power Card and unlimited video game play. Tickets for this event are $25 per person. Both events include a ginger ale toast with a ball drop celebration, party hats, noise makers and party favors for kids.
Head to Scarpetta Italian restaurant inside Gurney’s in Newport and indulge in a five-course pre-fixe dinner with special holiday dishes including a crudo duo, mascarpone cappellacci and a chef’s selection of desserts. View the full menu here. Reservations begin at 5 p.m., dinner costs $85 and for reservations beginning at 7:30 p.m., dinner costs $100. If you choose the 7:30 p.m. time-slot, you can add a ticket to the New Year’s Eve celebration in Regent Lounge for $96 per person. The party includes sounds by DJ Nook, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar from 8 p.m.–1 a.m. If you just go to the party, tickets are $121.60 each. To make a reservation, call 401-851-3325. The New Year’s Package is also available, which includes a minimum of two nights accommodations and exclusive perks, including free valet parking; room upgrade (based on availability); access to all resort programming, including intention-setting, daily workout classes, sabering class and more; two complimentary tickets to the New Year’s Eve celebration in Regent; and New Year’s Day brunch for two.
Bid adieu to 2018 in style in Providence. Bar Louie’s Black and White Masquerade is an ode to Truman Capote’s infamous New York Grand Masked Ball in 1966. Taps will be flowing, the kitchen will be cooking and music will be pumping from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tickets are $20 and include a Champagne toast and party favors to ring in 2019. Formal attire is not required, but masquerade masks are encouraged.
You’re invited to join Forty 1° North in Newport for a Great Gatsby-themed party. Dress in your finest attire and feel the vibrant pulse of the “Roaring Twenties” as you become a part of Jay Gatsby’s inner circle while dancing the night away with friends from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Enjoy a Champagne toast at midnight and a variety of passed hor d’oeuvres served throughout the evening. Tickets are $75 per person or $50 per person if you dine at The Grill or are a Forty 1° North cardholder.
In keeping with tradition, Persimmon in Providence is serving a festive four-course prix-fixe menu with plenty of choices to choose from for $90 per person. An optional wine pairing curated by sommelier Steffan Rasch is also available. If you’re looking for something a bit more extravagant, Persimmon is featuring chef Champe Spiedel’s grand New Year’s Eve tasting menu with eleven courses for $130 per person with an optional wine pairing. There is also a limited a la carte menu at the bar as well as plenty of Champagne, so swing by for a toast. To make a reservation call 401-432-7422.
Set your New Year’s Eve on fire with Sugar Band. The evening begins with a cocktail reception featuring Jonathan Edwards Winery followed by dinner, dancing and a Champagne toast at Midnight. You can choose the package that includes overnight accommodations, hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail reception with cash bar, a four-course gourmet dinner, dancing with the Sugar Band, a Midnight Champagne toast, a New Year’s Day brunch buffet and late checkout with complimentary parking. The cost is $499 for two guests. The Bluefin Grill is also hosting a gourmet dinner for two, which includes Andrew Kaplan on piano from 6-10 p.m., beats by DJ Vinny Pezzullo and dancing from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., a bottle of pinot grigio or Champagne upon arrival, overnight accommodations and late checkout, plus complimentary parking. The hotel also has a designated driver package that include accommodations and a complimentary shuttle around town.
The East End in Providence is hosting a Havana Nights-themed New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be endless Cuban bites and a full cash bar with special cocktails. Cover is just $10 per person with no reservations required.
The Salon upstairs at Pot au Feu will host two prix fixe seatings for New Year’s at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. The evening includes a four-course dinner with a choice of six favorite entrees paired with a flight of wines, plus a Champagne toast. Each seating will also feature a countdown celebration with a spectacular Champagne sabering. Pianists Delbert Collins and Rod Luther will play jazz to welcome the New Year. Dinner choices include beef bourguignon, duck framboise, lobster shrimp and scallop crepe, coq au vin, scrod and shrimp suedoise or vegetarian cassoulet. The cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The downstairs bistro will also be open with the regular menu. Book NYE event reservations for 5:30 p.m. here, and 9:30 p.m. reservations here. Book regular Bistro reservations here.
Chef Derek Wagner is pulling out all the stops for his restaurant’s NYE celebration with plenty of options. There are early and late seatings available for the special multi-course dinner menu in the dining room, and spots open for Bubbles and Snacks (Champagne, charcuterie, cheese, oysters, hors d’oeuvres) menu and countdown in the bar, which starts at 10 p.m! Call for details: 401-421-0286.
NEW YEAR’S DAY!
Join the Eddy in Providence as it rings in the New Year with fried chicken from Durk’s Bar-B-Q and Champagne from Wine Wizards from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more about the event here.