Live music and DJs
Not 21? No problem. Adults 18 and up can turn up with Chicago drill-rapper Famous Dex in the Western Hotel at local events company Jamnation’s year-end bash. The night also features local acts Bonks, Ronnie Mac, Richy Rozay and Jerry Shinefield, and an EDM stage. Doors at 7 p.m., $35
Start next year off by going back to the past at Artifice for their ’80s Retro Revival party with DJ Hektor Rawkerz. Doors at 9.p.m., no cover
Parties and toasts
Head to Atomic Liquors before the countdown for a free Champagne toast at midnight. For an extra-classy start to 2017, cheers with Miller High Life, a.k.a. the Champagne of beers, which is also included in the complimentary toast. Doors at noon, no cover
Velveteen Rabbit rings in the New Year with a Champagne toast at midnight and music by DJ Sparkles and Cherry Bomb, with special guests Night Club, an electronic-pop duo out of L.A. Commemorate the night with the free photo booth. Doors at 8 p.m., no cover
Ditch the formal attire for trench coats and sunglasses at Millennium Fandom Bar’s NYE 2016: Enter the Matrix cosplay party, swallow the red pill and see how deep the rabbit hole goes. 9 p.m., entrance fee to be announced
Make your last meal of 2016 a pretzel dog before starting your New Year’s resolution on the Stairmaster. ReBar’s serving up sausage and vegan dogs, $3 beers, $4 wines and wells and a free Champagne toast. The party doesn’t stop until 4 a.m. Doors at 4 p.m., no cover
Raise two middle fingers at Oddfellows for their Fuck 2016 party. Pop $30 bottles of Champagne to a mixed format of all their weekly themed events—from ‘80s to New Noise indie night. Doors at 8 p.m., $20
Bottles and open bars
Inspire and Gold Spike are both hosting an Escape Masquerade–themed night, and one ticket gets you into both venues. DJs Wizdumb and Dilemma will spin in Gold Spike’s Living Room with live band Avalon Landing playing in its Backyard. There will be a video-feed countdown of Times Square and a complimentary Champagne toast. Splurge on the $70 VIP ticket for an open bar from 8 to 11 p.m. Doors at 8 p.m., $15–$70
At the Golden Nugget, Gold Diggers is offering three different New Year’s Eve packages starting at $100 for an open bar from 7 p.m. to midnight. Those with extra spending cash can get a VIP table with up to four friends, a bottle of Grey Goose and a bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut for $500. Get two bottles of each and bring up to eight friends for $800. The nightclub also offers a free Champagne toast at midnight. Doors at 7 p.m.
New Year’s Eve? More like Booze Year’s Eve. From December 29 through January 2, lushes can purchase $35 all-you-can-drink, one-day wristbands at Downtown Grand including unlimited draft beer, house wines and well cocktails at the Furnace Bar, Art Bar and Freedom Beat.
The Fremont Street video nightclub Red has a $75 open bar until midnight on NYE. Imbibe as much as you want to the sounds of ’90s and ’00s old-school hip-hop, pop and house music. Doors at 10 p.m., $10 cover