While Detroit’s bars, restaurants and concert venues are full of exciting events year round, on New Year’s Eve a night in the city is especially exciting.
Whether you prefer a hip, urban or classy environment, there is a place for you and your friends to have a blast and say goodbye to 2016.
4 p.m. at Campus Martius
Families can enjoy ice skating, live entertainment, fire pits and a horse drawn carriage in Campus Martius Park. The event is family friendly until 8 p.m. when the inaugural Motown Countdown VIP Party of THE DROP kicks off. There is no cost unless you plan on ice skating under the Christmas tree which is $8 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.
Party Like it’s 1999
9 p.m. at Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social Detroit normally offers games and activities such as bowling, karaoke, pool and ping pong, but on New Year’s Eve, the game-filled restaurant will transform into a scene from the 90s. After a $10 cover charge, guests will enjoy a 90s themed party and free champagne toast when the ball drops. Guests are encouraged to wear 90s attire and have fun dancing to hit 90s songs like NSYNC and Boys II Men. Punch Bowl will become 21 and up after 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook page.
9 p.m. at Northern Lights Lounge
For $20, guests 21 and up can enjoy a Mediterranean buffet, party favors and dessert. Detroit-favorite DJ Tony Nova will provide the jams and $5 splits of Jean Louis Cuvee Brut throughout the night will keep the party going. For more information visit the Facebook page.
Punk Rock Party
8 p.m. at The Magic Stick
The Dirtbombs, a Detroit-based garage rock band, will provide music for this New Year’s Eve party, along with Soledad Bros and Prude Boys. Guests 18 and up can begin purchasing their $20 tickets in advance, and a free after party will be happening at The Garden Bowl.
10 p.m. at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Guests are invited to enjoy the musical stylings of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Detroit Public Television to pay tribute to a musical legend known for his “eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and perhaps, most importantly, his out-of-this-world music.” A tribute band accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the New Year and musical career of Prince by performing his top hits. Tickets are available here.
Say Goodbye to 2016
7 p.m. at Planet Ant Theatre
Planet Ant Theatre, home of Detroit’s longest-running improv show, is saying good riddance to 2016. The venue, located in Hamtramck, is offering karaoke, a dance party and a Trump piñata. For more details, visit the Facebook page here.
10 p.m. at Club Fame
Students are encouraged to attend the party hosted by Instagram star Haha Davis at Club Fame in Hamtramck. For just $10 before 10 p.m., guests can enjoy a musical performance by rapper MIABabyFace and DJ Sqoob. VIP tickets allow guests to skip the line and provide all you can eat and drink. At midnight there will be a $1000 cash drop to bring in the New Year. For more information, text #LITTY to 313-617-3324 or follow teamwsu_events on Instagram.
These seven spots barely scratch the surface of the New Year’s celebrations happening in the city. If none of these catch your eye, call your favorite hangout spot and ask if it’ll be having a special night to celebrate the New Year. Detroit has a party for everybody—you just have to find it.