New Year's Eve in Cincinnati: 30+ parties, concerts and events to ring in 2016

Posted at 7:00 AM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2016-12-08 14:53:58-05

CINCINNATI -- Do you know what you'll be doing on New Year's Eve as the clock prepares to strike midnight?

If you would rather not stay home, here's a list of the best NYE parties, concerts, beer events and other celebrations going on in Greater Cincinnati.

Take a look and make some plans to ring in 2016. (Now all you've got to do is figure out what to wear.)


An Elegant Affair: Igby’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Igby’s Bar, 122 E. 6th St., Downtown
Details: $20 general admission. Get a bottle of Pierrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne for $65. Cocktail attire required. Music by DJ Ice Cold Tony.

Mount Adams Pavilion's New Year’s Eve Ball
When: Doors open at 9 p.m. 
Where: Mount Adams Pavilion, 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams
Details: $30 in advance. $40 at the door. Party favors, champagne toast and complimentary hor d'oeuvres buffet. DJ Flyboy spinning on main floor. Ben & Milkshake spinning in penthouse. Cocktail attire preferred.

Longworth's presents Trappy New Year 2016
When: Doors open at 8 p.m.
Where: Longworth's, 1108 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams
Details: Performance by Twrk. Dress to impress. Ages 21 and up. For VIP reservations, call 513-828-9943.

NYE Twenty16 at Mynt
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Where: Mynt Cincinnati, 28 Fountain Square, Downtown
Details: $25. Sponsored by Ciroc. Balloon drop and champagne toast. Music by Davey C and Surge.

NYE 2016 Black & White Bond Party at Scene
When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Scene Cincinnati, 639 Walnut St., Downtown
Details: Free admission. Photobooth, music by DJs Identity and Will Kill. Guest list only 7-9 p.m includes complimentary hor d'oeuvres and party favors. RSVP for the guest list at

Energy 2016 New Year's Eve
When: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Where: Energy Nightclub, 700 W. Pete Rose Way, Downtown
Details: Over 21, $10; under 21, $15. Music by DJ Sab.

Ivy Presents NYE 2016
When: Starts at 8 p.m.
Where: Ivy Cincinnati, 645 Walnut St., Downtown
Details: Hor d'oeuvres 8-10 p.m. Champagne toast, balloon drop, free coat check. Music by DJs Phatboy, JCru and 4Grand.

New Year’s Eve at Tin Roof
When: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Where: Tin Roof, 160 Freedom Way, The Banks, Downtown
Details: $10 before 10 p.m. $20 afterward. $35 guaranteed VIP entry and $150 VIP table reservations available. Free party favors, champagne toast at midnight and live music from Kris Hitchcock.

No Cover, No Hassle New Year's Eve at Righteous Room
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Where: Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St., Downtown
Details: Free admission. Music in the courtyard by DJ Matt Joy.

New Year's Eve Champagne Campaign at The St. Clair
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Where: The St. Clair, 245 Calhoun St., Clifton
Details: Free admission. $4 glasses of Champagne all night, plus $5 Jameson Irish Whiskey.

NYE at Lachey's Bar
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Lachey's Bar, 56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
Details: Free admission. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Michigan State vs. Alabama at 8 p.m. Music by DJ Brian Guinness starting at 10 p.m. Kitchen open until 11 p.m.

Level New Year's Eve
When: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Where: Level Nightlife, 435 Elm St., Downtown.
Details: $20 general admission. Ages 21 and up. Free buffet before 11 p.m. $101 early bird table package (includes four admissions, table and a bottle); $300 silver package (includes VIP table, valet parking, no wait in line, four admissions and a bottle); $550 gold package (includes VIP table, valet parking for two cars, no wait in line, eight admissions and two bottles); $800 platinum package (includes VIP table, valet parking for three cars, no wait in line, 12 admissions and three bottles)

Brandy's All Black Ball Drop Bash
When: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Where: Brandy's, 7759 Reading Road, Roselawn
Details: Single admission: $15; couple's admission: $25. Ages 25+. Music by DJ Fresh and DJ Alcatone
Information: 513-557-9606

New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Japp's
When: Doors open at 8 p.m.
Where: Japp's Since 1879, 1134 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Details: Free admission. Cocktail hour with small bites starts in annex at 8 p.m. DJ and dance party starts at 10 p.m., with a balloon drop and confetti cannons. Champagne packages available for presale at


Huntington Bank New Year's Eve Blast
When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown
Details: Free admission. Hosted by Jay Kruz from Mix 94.9. Music by DJ Tweet, food by Eli’s BBQ and other vendors, full bar service, games and giveaways. U.S. Bank Ice Rink will be open (normal admission fees apply). Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show at midnight.

Oakley NYE
When: 7:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
Where: Oakley Square
Details: Free admission. Fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight. Beer for sale; free coffee and hot chocolate from Deeper Roots. Kids New Year is 7:30-8 p.m., with entertainment from Cincinnati Circus Co., party favors from the Oakley Cincinnati Recreation Commission and an inflatable movie screen showing classic cartoons.

First Midnight New Year’s Eve
When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, 1000 Broadway St., Downtown
Details: $50 admission includes three drink tickets and glass of Champagne at midnight. Reserved tables: $150 per person. VIP Cabana: $250 per person. Dress to impress. Ages 21 and up. Music by DJ ETrayn. A portion of ticket prceeds benefit Give Back Cincinnati.

Q102's New Year's 2016 at the Madison
When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Covington
Details: $99 general admission includes hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, drinks, party favors, Champagne toast, midnight breakfast buffet and entertainment. $150 VIP ticket includes private room with upscale dinner buffet, no-wait VIP bars and access to all floors. Ages 21 and up.

NYE Speakeasy at the Know Theatre
When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine
Details: $40 in advance. $60 at the door. 1920s Speakeasy-themed party with backroom games, appetizers and mixed drinks. Admission includes light bites, Champagne toast, music and gaming.

New Year’s Eve at Newport Syndicate
When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Newport Syndicate, 18 E. 5th St., Newport
Details: $80 to $150 party packages available. Basic package includes open seating, live music, and access to late-night food. Buffet and reserved seating available for premium packages. Free bus rides home to Mount Adams and Downtown. Music by the Rusty Griswolds,

New Year's Eve All Black Affair at Gallery VII
When: 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Where: Gallery VII, 7600 Reading Road
Details: $10 advance tickets, $15 at door. Features comedian Kal Hamilton and friends, complimentary chef’s small plates, food stations, guest DJ, performances, free Champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Dress to impress. Tickets available at Gallery VII and Cincy Blends Barbershop (7617 Reading Road).

Pops' Fly Me to the Moon New Year's Eve concert
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Details: $12-$115. Cincinnati Pops and Tony DeSare perform Frank Sinatra classics in honor of the singer's 100th birthday. Before the concert, ticketholders enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and Sinatra-style live music in the lobby by a trio of musicians from Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.

Happy Zoo Year
When: 5-9 p.m.
Where: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale
Details: $25 online for adults ages 13-61 and $20 online for those under 13 and over 61. Gate tickets are $27 (adults) and $21 (kids and seniors) at the gate. Included for zoo members. New Year's activities include shows of Winter Wonders by Madcap Puppet Theater at 8:30 p.m., a meet-and-greet with Father Time and Baby ZOO Year and an early countdown with Rozzi Fireworks at 8:55 p.m.

B&B Riverboats' New Year's Eve Cruise  
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Boarding time is 8 p.m.)
Where: BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport
Details: Adults: $105; children: $65. Three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split of Champagne at midnight, late-night snack buffet and party favors.

New Year's Eve at Western Bowl
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: S&S Western Bowl, 6383 Glenway Ave., Cheviot
Details: $99.95 per lane includes four hours of glow-in-the-dark bowling for six people, shoes, appetizer sampler and Champagne. ($79.95 family package from 5-8 p.m. includes three hours of glow-in-the-dark bowling for six people, shoes, food and one pitcher of soda)

New Year's Eve at Axis Alley
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Where: Axis Alley, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport.
Details: $65 package includes bowling and shoe rental, appetizers, three well drinks per person and party favors. Minimum four guests per lane. Live music. Ages 21 and up. $5 cover without package after 9 p.m. Ages 21 and up. ($16.99-per-person family package includes two hours of bowling and shoe rental, pizza, soft drinks and party favors.)

New Year's Eve at Turfway Park
When: First live racing post at 6:15 p.m. Special event times listed below.
Where: Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Florence
Details: Reservations include party favors and Champagne at midnight.

  • $85 and $95 per seat: Homestretch restaurant (first floor) or Racing Club (fifth floor) with buffet, open bar, access to Club Inferno for a concert, appetizers (served at 5:30 p.m.) and buffet (served 6-9 p.m.).
  • $50 per seat: Club Inferno (third floor; opens at 9 p.m.) with appetizer buffet and open bar.
  • $50 per table: Table for eight with view of the track, overlooking the stage, outside club. No buffet, cash bar. DJ starts at 9 p.m. Doghouse performs at 10 p.m. Balloon drop at midnight.



New Year's Eve at Northside Yacht Club
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Where: Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
Details: $5. Performances by the Dopamines, the Slow Death, the Raging Nathans and Everyday Objects. Balloon drop, confetti and a PBR toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up.

Faith Evans at OTR Live
When: Doors open at 9 p.m. Show starts at 10 p.m. 
Where: OTR Live, 209 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine.
Details: R&B singer Faith Evans performs. $40 general admission includes complimentary Champagne toast; $75 VIP includes express entry, VIP Room access, light hors d'oeuvres, side stage viewing, complimentary Champagne toast; $100 Meet & Greet Includes express entry, reserved front stage viewing & picture, complimentary Champagne toast. Ages 25 and up.

New Year's Eve Blues Blast
When: Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m.
Where: Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport.
Details: $10 advance, $15 day of show. Includes light snacks, Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and music by the Eric Leyton Band, Prestige Grease and the Blues Express. Ages 18 and up.

Rumpke Mountain Boys New Year's Eve Ball
When: Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Where: Thompson House Newport, 24 E. Third St., Newport.
Details: $25 advance, $30 at the door. David Gans, Restless Leg String Band, Leon the Entertainer and Chris Dollar also performing.

2016 New Year's Party with The Almighty Get Down
When: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Where: 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley.
Details: $25 advance, $30 day of show. Featuring The Almighty Get Down and The High Definitions and. DJ Austin from Magnolia Sons. Ticket includes concert, appetizers, three bars and Champagne toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up.


A Bright New Year: NYE Dinner and Beer Pairing
When: Dinner begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Fifty West Brewing, 7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont
Details: $55 admission includes private, four-course dinner with Fifty West beer pairings and the release of brewer’s latest Pilsner.

Taft’s New Year’s Bash
When: 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Where: Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Details: $35 for standing room. Seating options for one, two, four, six and 10 people available from $90 to $1,500. Welcome beverage, a special tapped beer at midnight, six-course heavy hors d’oeurves and take-home gift available depending on package purchased. Music by the Eden Park Band.

Rhinegeist New Year’s Eve Party
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
Where: Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Details: $15. DJ and dance floor in Tap Room. Ages 21 and up.

Ball of the Beasts Mythical Masquerade
When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside
Details: $65 admission includes unlimited craft beer, specialty cocktails, wine and a Champagne toast. $15 admission for designated drivers. Music by DJ Jamie Farris.

New Year's Eve at Braxton Brewing Co.
When: 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Details: At 4 p.m., Braxton will tap the next beer in its Garage Series and have special Firkins (infusions) tapping at 6, 8 and 10 p.m.