Goodbye 2013: Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 16th 2013 4518 0

If you’re looking for the 2018 New Year’s Eve Guide, click here.

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.

1. Service Industry New Year’s Eve, Kooky Canuck, Dec. 29, 10 p.m., free to get in 

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.

2. New Year’s at Noon, Children’s Museum of Memphis, Dec. 28, 10 a.m., $3 members / $15 non-members, all ages

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.

3. AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Dec. 31, 3 p.m., various prices, all ages

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.

4. New Year’s Eve on Beale, Handy Park on Beale St., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., free, 21+

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.

5. Peabody Hotel New Year’s Eve Party, Peabody Hotel, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m., $35 advance online / $45 door, 21+

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.

6. Madison Hotel New Year’s Eve Party, Madison Hotel, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., $15, 21+

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.

7. Blackout New Year’s Eve Party, The Candy Factory Suites (25 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue), Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., $45, 21+

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.

8. New Year’s Party with Dead Soliders, Jack Oblivian and the Tennessee Tearjerks and The Sheiks, Hi-Tone Cafe, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $10, 18+

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.

9. New Year’s Eve Party and 3-Course Meal, The Blind Bear, Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $45 per person/$14 cover after 10 p.m., 21+

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. 

10. New Year’s Eve Dinner, Bleu Restaurant and Lounge, Dec. 31, all evening, $75 per person, 18+

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.

11. Felicia Suzanne’s NYE Party, Felicia Suzanne’s, Dec. 31, all evening, 18+

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.

12. Local Gastropub Throwdown, Local Gastropub downtown/Local on the Square, Dec. 31, all evening, $10, 21 and up

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.

13. Party and Contest Night at Neil’s, Neil’s, Dec. 31, ’til 3 a.m., no cover, 21 and up

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.

14. NYE Dinner at The Beauty Shop, The Beauty Shop, Dec. 31, call for seating times and prices, 18 and up

Enjoy a three course meal in a fancy atmosphere, a champagne toast and countdown, and live band in Cooper Young.

15. Music and Midnight Toast, Hueys Poplar/Cordova/Midtown, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m., free to enter, all ages

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.

16. Celtic Crossing Midnight Masquerade for the Humane Society, Celtic Crossing, Dec. 31, all night until 3 a.m., $10 donation to HSMSC, 21 and up

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.

17. B.B. King’s New Year’s Eve Blues Bash, B.B. King’s on Beale, Dec. 31, all night, $25 general admission, 21 and up

 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. 

18. New Year’s Day Brunch, Tamp & Tap, Jan. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., prices vary, all ages

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.

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  1. Neil's has Backstage Pass party & dance band – dinner specials – breakfast specials after midnight too 3am – dance contest – hoola hoop contest – limbo contest. – champagne specials & no cover charge a free to the public – Neil's 5727 quince / 682-2300 !

  2. 3 Huey's locations will have live music and a midnight champagne toast for New Year's: Huey's Poplar will have a TBD band. Huey's Cordova will host The Mudflaps. Huey's Midtown will have Billy Gibson. All will start at 8:30pm.

  3. Linz Fred says:

    The Beauty Shop restaurant will host a new years eve dinner. 2 seatings. 3 course meal. Special menu. Live band. Fancy atmosphere. Champagne toast and countdown. Ring in the new year with style! Make a reservation today!

  4. Caitlin says:

    Devil train at bayou 

  5. Wow! Lots of great info. Thanks for posting.

  6. A says:

    All of these events you've linked go to December 2012 events…

  7. Holly Whitfield says:

    All of them? The updated links on 4, 5, and 8 didn't save the first time I published, but those three are corrected now. 

  8. Renee says:

    Thanks Holly! Happy Holidays!

  9. Brenda Simmons says:

    Is the New Years Beale street not for anyone younger than 21? My granddaughter is 17 and wanted me to take her to see the guitar drop on New Year's Eve. 


    Thank you

  10. St. Louisan says:

    Thinking about making a trip down. Anything else for young kids to do?  Tx

  11. Sarah says:

    Any well known bands playing this New Years?? My husband, bro & sis in law, and I will be on Beale and are ready

  12. Holly Whitfield says:

    Renee – Thank you! I hope you had a great holiday as well. 

    Brenda – Unforatuntely, no one under 21 can be on the street at midnight. The official age policy for Beale St. on New Year's is: "People under the age of 21 may come on to Beale Street without any parental supervision until 9pm. People under the age of 21, that have their parents or legal guardians with them, may come onto the street until 11pm. After 11pm, no one under the age of 21 will be allowed on the streets." 

    Another under-21-friendly venue or restaruant that has TVs might be showing the guitar drop on TV and you could hang out there. Not ideal, but that's the best I can come up with for the guitar drop specifically. 

    St. Louisan – Most of the kid-friendly events will be this weekend or Monday rather than on Tuesday. i.e., Snowy Nights, Zoo Lights/skating, Liberty Bowl parade, CMOM's event. There aren't any specific kid's parties or late kid-friendly parties that I know of. 12/31 is more for the grownups, unless you want to try any of the family-friendly restaurants that will have open seating (there are many options!). 

    Sarah – Blues prodigy Will Tucker and the BB Kings All-Stars will be at B.B. Kings (need reservations). You'll need to check with the other specific venues to see who they're hosting. Y'all have fun! 


  13. Nicole says:

    AA/ALANON – Sober New Year's Eve with great food, music and dancing. IBEW at Madison and McClean. 5:30 pm  – 12:30 am

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