Whether youâ€™re a fan of New Yearâ€™s Eve or not, thereâ€™s no denying that the quest to have a good time before the calendar bumps up one more digit tends to be the singular thing on everyoneâ€™s minds. While some may prefer a quiet night on the couch, others,Â without fail, will venture into the cold wearing their finest to seek an evening of revelry.
Well, if youâ€™re in the mood for a party, then youâ€™ve come to the right place because here at The Voice-Tribune weâ€™ve got you covered when it comes to the best parties in Louisville on New Yearâ€™s Eve. If a final blow-out is what youâ€™re looking for in the last glimmering remnants of 2014, and you want to usher in 2015 with a bang, then weâ€™ve got you covered with our guide to the best parties that our fair city has to offer.
While it may seem a slight conflict of interest, we would love to see as many of you as possible at the Mellwood Arts Center to bring in the New Year because we here at The Voice-Tribune have sponsored this event and want it to be a night of memories, dancing and the best annual send-off that youâ€™ve had in a long time.
â€œWhen we organized this party, we said we wanted it to have the best band in Louisville and the best DJ in Louisville,â€ explains promoter Joey Wagner of the J Wagner Group. â€œAnd we got that with Tony and The Tan Lines, who have a huge following in this city, and DJ K-Dogg who is well known throughout town as the official DJ of the University of Louisville athletics department and who performs at every UofL football and basketball game.â€
â€œThis is going to be a great night because Tony and The Tan Lines are renowned for getting the crowd involved and up on their feet. And the fact that we have a top-shelf open bar makes it even better.â€
Where: Mellwood Arts Center
Price: $75 or $1000 VIP table seating 10 (includes bottle service and access to VIP couch section)
Time: 9 p.m. â€“ 2 a.m.
Whatâ€™s included: Top-shelf open bar including sponsors Grey Goose vodka, Bacardi, Bud Light and Red Bull. Also served – appetizers and champagne toast.
For tickets visit: www.nye2015louisville.eventbrite.com, for VIP tickets email Joey Wagner at Joey@JWagnerGroup.com
If youâ€™re looking for something a little more retro than the modern stylings of the Mellwood Arts Center, then look no further than The Ice House and their evocation of The Golden Age and Old Hollywood. Better still, a portion of this yearâ€™s proceeds will go to the YMCA Safe Place Services.
â€œSince 1974, YMCA Safe Place Services has sought to provide the most basic needs of shelter, food and support for our communityâ€™s teens,â€ explains Natalie Dedas, Sales and Events Coordinator at The Ice House. â€œFrom youth mentoring and family mediation services, to street outreach initiatives and trauma-informed care, Safe Place has redefined how our community addresses the needs of youth who are at risk of running away, becoming homeless or engaging with the justice system.â€
With music from the Endless Summer Band, Old Hollywood-themes decorations and Golden Age-themed cocktails, look no further than the Ice House.
Where: The Ice House, 226 E. Washington Street
Price: $75 or $125 VIP tickets
Time: 9 p.m. â€“ 1:30 a.m.
Whatâ€™s included: One drink ticket and champagne toast. For VIPs ticket includes a reserved seat on the mezzanine balcony, heavy hors dâ€™oeuvres prepared by Chef Laurence Agnew and his team from Crushed Ice Events, a premium VIP bar with one complimentary drink ticket, and a champagne toast at midnight.
For tickets visit: www.flavorus.com/goldenagenewyears or call 502.589.4700 or visit our The Ice House Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theicehouselouisville
While thereâ€™s the throwback glamour of The Ice House, there is also the modern elegance of one of Louisvilleâ€™s favorite venues â€“ The Gillespie. This year The Gillespie will be the stage for one the hottest New Yearâ€™s Eve parties with an open top-shelf bar, complemented by fantastic entertainment.
â€œThis year we have DJ Q from 96.5 FM here all night long,â€ explains Amy Stokes, Director of The Gillespie. â€œWe also have music from Kirbys Dreamland.â€ The Louisville favorites will be playing hits, old and new all night long.
Where: The Gillespie, 421 W. Market St.
Price: $60 or $800 for a VIP table of 10 (includes tableside service and two bottles of top-shelf liquor upon arrival as well as a complimentary coat check)
Time: 9 p.m. â€“ 2 a.m.
Whatâ€™s included: Top-shelf open bar with a champagne toast at midnight.
For tickets visit: www.thegillespie.com or call 502.580.8080
With the iconic and fashion-forward 21c Museum Hotel throwing a New Yearâ€™s Eve bash in the only way they know how, the artistic outpost might be an equally great spot to bring in 2015. With a DJ set from GlitterTitz hoping to keep the crowds jumping, itâ€™s a party not to miss.
Where: 21c Museum Hotel, 710 W. Main St.
Price: $55 or $369 for a New Yearâ€™s Eve Package or $140 for a New Yearâ€™s Eve Dinner Package
Time: 8 p.m. â€“ 1 a.m.
Whatâ€™s included: Admittance to the party is $55 per person and includes a party favor, two cocktails, plus a toast at midnight. A cash bar will also be available. New Yearâ€™s Eve Package includes two tickets to the bash and a 3 p.m., late check outÂ starting at $369+tax. Book online now or call 502.217.6300 for reservations. For dinner at Proof on Main from 5:30 – 7 p.m. features an a la carte menu. Beginning at 8 p.m. Proof on Main will be offering a prix fixe 4 course dinner for $140 per personâ€“includes party favors and ticket to NYE bash.
For tickets: Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 7 p.m. or can be purchased in advance online at www.21cMuseumHotels.eventbrite.com.Â
While weâ€™re looking at hotels, thereâ€™s also the fabulous night of Chicago Razzle Dazzle at the Galt House Hotel. Enjoy a welcome reception in the conservatory, a buffet style dinner, dessert buffet, midnight champagne toast, plus revellers will almost certainly dance the night away in the grand ballroom to the sounds of one of Louisvilleâ€™s favorite bands â€“ Burning Las Vegas!
The Blackout Affair in the meantime is the place to be for NYE! Cut a rug dancing to the Unlimited Show Band and DJ Empty Beats while enjoying an appetizer buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Hosted by Magic 101.3 thereâ€™s also a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Genesis Diamonds! VIP admission and reserved tables also available.
Where: Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St,
Price: Packages for Chicago Razzle Dazzle range from $212 per person (including two nights of accommodation) to $129. All tickets offer a $50 upgrade which provides VIP service including an open bar. Tickets for The Blackout Affair range from $50 per person to $90 for VIP tickets.
Time:Â Chicago Razzle Dazzle – 6.30 p.m. â€“ 2 a.m. Blackout Affair 9:00 p.m. â€“ 3:00 a.m.
For tickets: Call 502.589.5200