NYE Party Guide

A roundup of the shenanigans on New Year's Eve

Updated December 29, 2017 at 10:39 a.m.

AS THE SUN sets on 2017 for the last time, the nightlife awakens and the bubbly begins to pour. Whatever your party style is, The Hostess City has a shindig for you to ring in 2018 on December 31.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner @Hyatt Regency Savannah

Looking for an elegant evening out? Head to Bay Street, where the Hyatt Regency shows off its recent renovations and new restaurant, Moss + Oak. Guests will enjoy a three course prix fixe menu from Executive Chef Alison Houston. If duck prosciutto and fig, sweet tea-braised beets and Georgia goat cheese salad, or baby fennel, Cipollini onions, heirloom carrots, and braised sunchokes with lobster glace delight your senses, make your reservations now. Diners also receive a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year—and bubbly goes beautifully with the Hyatt’s fabulous view of the River Street fireworks. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., $60, reservations through OpenTable or 912.721.4510

Up the Cup @River Street

A Savannah tradition continues on the Waterfront. Join the countdown as a ginormous Wet Willie’s cup—Savannah’s take on Times Square’s famous ball—gracefully ascends the historic facades of River Street at midnight. The fun starts early, with Andrew Gill and Jim Marshall playing on the Rousakis Stage at 2:30 p.m. Keith & Ross and Junkyard Angel follow, and DJ Gabe keeps the party going late. 2:30 p.m., free, all-ages

City Market New Year’s Eve @City Market

Enjoy live music and revelry in the heart of downtown. Over at Wild Wing, Bucky & Barry kick it outside, while Liquid Ginger turns up inside with a Neon NYE theme.

New Year’s Eve Toga Party @The Rail Pub

Ditching the sky-high heels, bodycon dresses, ties, and typical New Year’s looks? Enter 2018 in classic comfort and kick it old school at The Rail! Don your finest sheet and mosey down to Congress Street to throw down at their New Year’s Eve Toga Party. Our advice to you? Start drinking heavily. 7 p.m., 21+

Game of Thrones NYE Party @ bar.food

Skip the downtown hustle—and dress up! Head to Habersham Village to honor your favorite HBO show. DJ OB-1 Benobi is on the decks, great drinks and food are on the menu. 8p.m., 21+

Rockin’ Around the Clock New Year’s Eve @Edgar’s Proof & Provision

Edgar’s brings a new turn to NYE. With a Spin the Wheel game on the hour, the entire bar can score free champagne, premium brands at well pricing, or dollar shots (bartender’s choice). Feeling VIP? Upgrade to receive a complimentary aperitif, heavy hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, party favors, and exclusive drink specials.

7 p.m., $45 VIP, 21+

New Year’s Eve @Whitaker’s

No need to get gussied up here: throw on your jeans, head downtown, and keep it casual at Whitaker’s. Order a special like a jungle juice shot, a 40, a Jell-O shot, and more while playing pool and other bar games. With all-American tunes on the stereo, it’s a laidback affair with a free Champagne of Beers toast at midnight. 4 p.m., 21+

New Year’s Eve @Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Escape across the river and get a view of River Street’s celebrations from the other side. The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Grand Ballroom comes to life with dancing, craft cocktails, and a midnight champagne toast. Get a perfect view of the fireworks show while grazing on snacks, light desserts, and an open bar. $75 via westinsavannah.com, 21+

51 Degrees 2018 New Year’s Party @Club 51 Degrees

Ready to rage all night? Take over all three floors of 51 Degrees for the full New Year’s experience. With a DJ on each floor, lasers, videos, and giveaways all night, you can dance ‘til last call with the best of ‘em. Doors at 8 p.m., $10, 21+

Studio 54 New Year’s Eve @Jazz’d Tapas Bar

Throw it back with vintage style at Jazz’d. Make a reservation in advance to enjoy tapas for two, champagne, party favors, and a table for the whole evening. Dance all night while a DJ spins! 9 p.m., $160/couple, 21+

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise @Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Sail in 2018! Hop on Savannah Riverboat’s three-hour cruise for hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors, and a cash bar on the water. Get back to harbor with plenty of time to hit the clubs and keep the merriment going ‘til close. Boarding at 8:30 p.m., sailing from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $79.95 via savannahriverboat.com, 21+

2nd Annual New Year’s Masquerade @SEED Eco Lounge

Add a little mystery to your night at SEED. Wear your own mask, or decorate a hat or mask at the bar. DJ C. Rock spins Top 40, trap, house, and old school hits while attendees enjoy $500 in cash giveaways, a free champagne toast at midnight, free flow paint pens, party favors, and free swag. 9 p.m., 21+

New Year’s Eve Cooking Class @Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table

Resolving to be a better cook in 2018? Get a jump start on that promise and escape to Chef Darin’s for a New Year’s cooking lesson! Learn something new in a three-and-a-half hour class and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, too. Pupils will learn to make a gorgeous feast: Coquilles St. Jacques (broiled scallops in a rich cream sauce), roasted boneless quail, wild rice and cherry stuffing, sautéed greens with grapes and garlic, and frozen champagne cream in a chocolate tulip. 6 p.m., $110, reservations via chefdarin.com

NYE VIP Experience @B&D Burgers

The downtown burger destination gets a fab New Year’s makeover. Roar in 2018 at B&D’s Gatsby-themed shindig. Dress for the occasion and enjoy an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, party favors, and a DJ. 9 p.m., $100 through Dec. 27, $125 through Dec. 30 via Eventbrite.com, $150 at the door, 21+

Dark Side/Light Side Ball @The Chromatic Dragon

Nerd out in the New Year! Honor Star Wars with cosplay, karaoke, and even cosplay karaoke. There will be game tournaments, drink specials all night. If you were expecting a ball to drop at midnight, think again—when the clock strikes twelve, it’s time to blow up Alderaan! 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve @El-Rocko Lounge

Rage all night in the glitz of Whitaker Street’s golden jewel, El-Rocko Lounge. Enjoy the acclaimed menu of barrel-aged cocktails, draught cocktails, and unique spirits while Savannah artists Pajahms and Clvlnd make you dance into 2018. 21+

New Year’s Eve Party @Fannie’s on the Beach

Head to Tybee and get the best view of the island’s fireworks. Dance all night with Christy Alan Band and take the mic yourself for karaoke. $10 gets you party favors, a champagne toast, and a buffet with Hoppin’ john and collard greens for luck.

Glam Rock NYE @Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Wear your sleaze rock best and dance to KISS, Poison and more! 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at McDonough’s and Billy’s Place

Get two experiences in one place! Upstairs at Billy’s Place, attendees can enjoy a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve menu of dinner and drinks. Downstairs, the beloved karaoke bar will be in full swing for down-to-earth revelry.

New Year’s Eve @The Bayou Café

Turn up on River Street with live music and a great fireworks view. Thomas Claxton kicks off the evening, and Jerry Zambito & The Bayou Blues Band keep the party going into the wee hours. 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Karaoke @Totally Awesome Bar

Be your own star in 2018! Grab the mic and sing 2017 away surrounded by ephemera of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Admission includes a complimentary drink at the stroke of midnight. $10, 21+

Elvis NYE @Tybee Island Social Club

Celebrate with a party fit for The King! A top-notch Elvis impersonator provides three hours of entertainment while guests enjoy peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches and champagne at midnight.

$10 advance, $12 at door, 10 p.m.

New Year’s Eve @Elan

The downtown dance club will feature special DJs all night and the purportedly largest free champagne toast in the city at midnight. 8 p.m., 18+, $5 via electrostub.com

NYE Party @Club One

The Club One Cabaret celebrates a new year with drag shows, over $5,000 in cash and prizes (including six annual all-accesses passes), a complimentary champagne toast, and the famous Club One balloon drop. Doors at 5 p.m., shows at 10:30 and 12:30 p.m., $15 via cluboneonline.com

NYE @Saddle Bags

Chris Bandi brings the entertainment while guests toast with red solo cups of champagne at midnight.

NYE Party @The Jinx

DJ D-Frost spins while attendees enjoy a free champagne toast at midnight. 21+

New Year’s Eve @Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy a prix fixe dinner on Broughton Street. Good Times offers an early four-course dinner (5-7:30, $75/person) or a late six-course dinner (8:30-11, $125/person). The Teddy Adams Sextet performs, featuring Gine Rene on vocals.

Cheers to a New Year 2018 @The Grey

After you’ve rested up, head back downtown to The Grey to get your good luck feast on! Chef Mashama Bailey is cooking up traditional Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cornbread. Plus, it’s all-you-can-eat oysters! Chase the hair of the dog with Service Brewing’s Lincoln’s Gift Oyster Stout and Rally Point Pilsner. Monday, January 1, 12 p.m., $25 (one drink ticket, one plate of food, all-you-can-eat oysters)


Published December 27, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.

Anna Chandler

Connect Savannah Former Arts & Entertainment Editor Anna Chandler started writing about music after growing hoarse from talking about it nonstop. Born in Tennessee and raised in South Carolina, she has been a proud Savannahian for 8 years. She sings & plays guitar & accordion in COEDS and Lovely Locks.
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