Goodbye 2013: Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in Memphis
Memphis must be ready to party. We haven't quite made it through Christmas yet, but several folks have already asked for New Year's event recommendations. Because I aim to please – and because it's never too early to make party plans – here are some fun and festive ways to celebrate 2014 in Memphis.
Kooky Canuck is throwing an early New Year's party for everyone who has to work to make sure the rest of us have a good time on the 31st. They'll have $3 you-call-its for service industry folks (bring your pay stub, work ID, or uniform) and a ball drop and champagne toast at 1 a.m., plus party favors.
For those hard partiers that aren't allowed to stay up until midnight (aka, children), CMOM is hosting their annual New Year's at Noon party on Saturday, December 28. Kids can play games, do crafts and enjoy a 12 p.m. balloo/candy n drop.
Join 60,000 football fans in Midtown for the annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl. This year, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will take on Rice University Owls. Make a weekend of it – there's a parade at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 30 on Beale Street, and a pep rally at Handy Park at 5 p.m. later that same day.
On New Year's Eve, Beale Street becomes the local version of Times Square. The city's biggest NYE party starts at 7 p.m. and includes live music, fireworks and a guitar drop at Hard Rock Cafe. If mass revelry is your thing, this is the place to be. If not leaving the house is your thing, you can watch it live on WKNO.
The Peabody always goes all out for New Year's Eve, and this year is no exception. On the 31st, they'll have a massive party with music from The 17th Floor, Hollywood, and DJ Mark Anderson. If you spring for the VIP lounge tickets ($175), you'll have access to a buffet and unlimited champagne and Stella Artois.
Head to the Ballroom at the Madison Hotel for a New Year's Eve bash with a DJ, cash bar, party favors, and $2 sliders. If you make a dinner reservation for eighty3 restaurant, you can get in the party for free.
The Candy Factory Suites location is a new events venue downtown, and they're hosting a party for the public on New Year's Eve. Food, wine, and beer are included in the ticket price, and for liquor lovers, there will be a cash bar.
Ring in the new year at the Hi-Tone with a couple of Memphis music favorites and a champagne toast at midnight. Cover is $10, the show is 18 and up, the beer will be cold and the music will be great.
Say hello to 2014 at Memphis' only speakeasy with a three-course meal, music, and champagne at the Blind Bear. Want to skip dinner? That's fine; just show up about 10 p.m. for DJ Erik Hurston.
Start off the night with a four-course prix fixe menu at Bleu and then waltz one room over to the Bleu Lounge for cocktails, live entertainment, and a champagne toast.
There will be something for everyone at Chef Felicia Suzanne's four-course dinner on New Year's Eve. The first three courses will offer three options: vegetarian, seafood, or meat, and the dessert course will be paired with bubbly. Expect live music and party favors later in the evening.
Both locations of Local Gastropub will be turning it up for New Year's Eve with food and drink specials, and the cover includes party favors and a champagne toast.
Go to the "new" Neil's (it will always be the "new" Neil's to me) on Quince for a backstage pass party, dance band, hoola hoop and limbo contests, and breakfast specials after midnight.
Enjoy a three course meal in a fancy atmosphere, a champagne toast and countdown, and live band in Cooper Young.
Burgers and music at three Huey's: The Mudflaps will play at the Cordova location, Billy Gibson will play at the Midtown lcoation, and a third TBD band will entertain at the Poplar location. Stick around for the 12 a.m. champagne toast.
Cooper Young's Irish pub is throwing a masquerade-style party with a DJ, a special menu, toast and balloon drop at 12 a.m., and favors. Wear your fancy getup and they'll provide the mask; all proceeds go to the Humane Society of Memphis. VIP tickets are available for $50 per couple.
Will Tucker and the B.B. King's All Stars band rockin' on stage all night long. Guests can choose from four party packages or a general admission ticket for $25 a person.
Get some traditional New Year's Day foods the Tamp & Tap's way. Best part – the brunch starts early, in case you wake up hungry.
It's still a little early, and I get the feeling that some places haven't nailed down their New Year's Eve plans. If you know of any NYE events that aren't on this list, please leave them in the comments.