15 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in Rhode Island
We’ve rounded up some local ways to ring in 2018, including family-friendly events, upscale soirees and fancy dinners.
What are you doin’ for New Year’s Eve? Don’t fret over your lack of plans for the holiday because we’ve rounded up some local ways to ring in 2018 and celebrate whichever way you like. The festivities range from a lively night of dancing to fine dining and entertainment to family-friendly events.
But first, get the party started early on the night before NYE, on New Year’s Eve Eve.
Transport yourself back to 1930’s Paris for the close of 2017. Chifferobe and Loie Fuller’s restaurant in Providence are teaming up for Nouveau Year’s Eve Eve at the restaurant from 6 to 11 p.m. A four-course prix-fixe menu will be served with wine pairings while Chifferobe and jazz entertainers perform cabaret. The fireplace will be roaring, and wine will be pouring. Enjoy performances by HotClub MinorSwing, burlesque starlet Calamity Chang from NYC, tap sensations the Minsky Sisters with solo performances by Gin Minsky and Kristen Minsky, and Amy Lovera. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Twenty-five seats are available per seating. Reservations are required. The cost is $100 per person. Email Loiefullers@gmail.com to secure your reservations.
And without further ado, here are 14 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve:
Don your finest mask, sip Champagne and dance the night away as you wait for midnight to strike. Watch as the ballroom transforms into the scene of a historic old Downcity affair, featuring the New Providence Band and jazz singer Miss Katie Kleyla. The masquerade will kick off at 8 p.m. with a glamorous red carpet arrival, and a party that doesn’t end until 2 a.m. The celebration will feature a raw bar and dessert buffet, fine food stations and specialty cocktails. Reserved seating is $100 (plus fees), while general admission costs $85.
Providence’s first-ever outdoor ball drop and fireworks is coming to you this New Year’s. The free event courtesy of Mayor Jorge Elorza and the city of Providence will feature outdoor entertainment at Waterplace Park, a laser-light show, a confetti drop and a spectacular fireworks display. In addition to the outdoor programming, Skyline at Waterplace will host two indoor ticketed events that include dinner, valet, dessert and additional entertainment. The outside activities are free for all to enjoy, with food and drinks at the basin. Local food trucks and vendors will be lined up to provide the food. The event will begin at 7 p.m., so make sure not to miss out as the city of Providence teams up with Skyline to give you an unforgettable night. Click here for more information and prices about the indoor events at Skyline.
Celebrate the end of 2017 at a soiree that will make your New Year’s Eve a night to remember. Feast on gourmet treats inspired by 007 himself at the highly-anticipated black tie event at Ocean House. The celebration takes place from 7:30 p.m.−12:30 a.m. so make sure to dress to impress for this lavish event. There will be a gourmet dinner, dessert stations, signature cocktails, fabulous live music and festive photo opportunities for attendees. To view the James Bond-inspired menu, click here. Guests must be twenty-one or older to attend. Tickets are $185 per person. Call 888-853-2919 to make reservations or for more information.
Join Chez Pascal in Providence for its final dinner of the year! The chefs have prepared a menu of this year’s favorites with a few new dishes sprinkled in. Avoid the holiday hoopla and settle in for a quieter evening to reflect on your year over a three-course menu filled with scrumptious choices. For dessert, everyone will indulge in a selection of New Year’s sweet inspirations. The price is $69 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages. Call 401-421-4422 to make reservations.
The Empire Revue is the longest-running funny sketch and variety show in Rhode island, and on Dec. 31, you can ring in 2018 by attending the fifth annual New Year’s Eve variety show and dance party. The theme for the bash is The Night Time is the Right Time, and it will also be the right time to dance your night away to the sounds of Superchief Trio until the midnight countdown. The evening begins at 9 p.m. and lasts into the wee hours of the night. Special guests include several comedians such as Andrew Mayer and Casey Malone, with the main musical comedy brought to you by Sparkling Beatniks. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
New Year’s Eve may celebrate the passage of time, but the festivities at Gracie’s will be a timeless black tie affair. The night will feature exquisite luxuries and delicacies that one could only dream of enjoying on such an occasion. Think: truffles, oysters, caviar, sweetbreads, scallops, Wagyu beef and more brought to you by chef Matthew Varga. As you feast, revel in the enchanting sounds of a three-piece jazz band all the way from the Big Apple. With live music, plenty of bubbles flowing and sensational food, what more do you need in a New Year’s bash? Black tie attire is encouraged and Gracie’s will be taking reservations from 5−10:30 p.m. Reserve online or by calling at 401-272-7811.
Celebrate a celestial New Year’s Eve by ringing in 2018 under the stars at Providence’s only rooftop restaurant and lounge. As soon as you walk in, sip a glass of Champagne and soak up the beautiful views while dancing underneath the stars. The night begins at 8 p.m. but deejays don’t start spinning until 9:30 p.m. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, gourmet passed appetizers and a dessert buffet. The festivities don’t conclude until 2 a.m. Special private lounges are available and you can reserve yours by calling 401-632-4904. All guests must be twenty-one to attend. Tickets are $75 per person and you can buy yours online here.
Travel back in time and bid 2017 goodbye in “Studio 54” style. The evening begins at 8 p.m. with decadent drinks, tasty treats and, of course, disco dancing. Attire is disco glamour, so break out those bell bottoms and platforms. Your ticket to the night’s festivities includes disco favors, hors d’oeuvres, a deejay spinning ’70s hits and beyond and a midnight Champagne toast. The event concludes at 1 a.m. and all attendees must be twenty-one and older. Tickets are $55 each.
Savor a Southern barbecue buffet from 7−9 p.m. at GPub in Providence. The buffet will feature a pig roast, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and waffles and much more. Once you’ve stuffed your face, kick off the New Year with a festive deejay after party featuring a midnight toast, photo booth and games until 2 a.m. Revelers will enjoy giveaways throughout the evening at every hour, more than fifty beer selections and a midnight countdown. Tickets for the barbecue buffet and the deejay after party are $65 per person for reserved seating at one of GPub’s booths and lounges, or $55 for seating at a table. Tickets are $30 for the deejay after party from 9 p.m.−2 a.m. only. All guests must be twenty-one or older to attend.
Durk’s Bar-B-Q has everything but the sand at this Polynesian luau-themed dinner on New Year’s. “Hawaii Five-O” attire is encouraged at this anniversary and New Year’s bash. The night will feature musical guest The Z Boys. Tickets are $75 each and will include two tiki cocktails, a Polynesian barbecue and pig roast platter, dessert and a midnight Champagne toast. To buy your tickets, click here.
Come have your last meal of 2017 at Hotel Viking’s boutique American dinner bistro that is One Bellevue. The restaurant is known for modern and traditional culinary treasures from land and sea. The special dinner will be a four-course prix fix menu to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Newport. Reservations start at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $115 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 401-848-4824 to make a reservation.
This one-of-a-kind cooking class replicates a typical New Year’s Eve in Italy. Sharpen your culinary skills with chef Walter Potenza while waiting for 2018 to arrive by spending an evening in the kitchen preparing Italian recipes. The event will take place from 7−11 p.m. After the food is prepared, everyone will dine together in luxury and away from the chaos. Throughout the night, you will work on ten recipes covering various regions in Italy and experience their customary rituals as well. Of course, there will be prosecco and lots and lots of wine. 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.
Spend your New Year’s Eve at birch while having a delicious meal at the modern eatery. The dinner event will feature a multi-course menu with optional beverage pairings as well as an a la carte beverage menu. Available seating times are as listed and allow for a two-and-a-half-hour dining experience. Tickets are $130 per person, including tax and gratuity. Make your reservations before it’s too late.
The glass is always half-full at Oberlin. Come celebrate the New Year from 11 p.m.–1 a.m. There will be lots of sparkling wines to try by the half-glass, and opportunities to open bottles from the cellar and have it all curated right before your eyes. Deejay “shea bear” will provide cool sounds, eclectic mixes and danceable grooves. Oberlin will also be giving out complimentary snacks and a midnight toast. A la carte beverage menu will be available as well. Admission is free, but make sure to RSVP here.