#NYE2015: The Guide

From Broughton St. to Butler Ave., early-evening dining to late-night dancing, ring in 2016 your way

A Sweet Rendezvous NYE Celebration Dinner and a Show @Ampersand

Tired of dewy plastic cups and Fireball shots? Longing for some sultry elegance to welcome 2016? Make plans to join the Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue and Ambrose for an unforgettable evening in black tie.

Tucked away on the third floor of Ampersand (conveniently just off the main drag—grab an Uber, pop in the MLK Blvd. side, and dodge all the mayhem of Congress Street), this Sweet Rendezvous provides a welcome escape from the hubbub.

Even the most devout Sweet Tease fans haven’t seen anything like this: in a brand-new show format, Teases will improvise to classic jazz music performed live by Ambrose (it’s been awhile since we’ve seen Ambrose out and about; if you’ve seen how frontman Steven Baumgardner can croon, you know you’re in for a treat). The first of two performances will kick off early at 7:30 p.m., with the night owl set happening at 10:30 p.m.

Savor a three-course prefix dinner, served at 9 p.m., a complimentary drink from the bar, a champagne toast at midnight, and a confetti cannon money drop (yes, you read that right). Plus, Ampersand has a full bar on the third floor, so everything you need is on one level, though your ticket grants you access to the whole venue.

7 p.m., Early bird couple's ticket $130, early bird single $70, general admission couple $140, general admission singles $75 via brownpapertickets.com.

New Year’s Eve @Tybee Island Social Club

Head to Tybee Island for great eats and all-night live music from Savannah's top players. The Accomplices, Patrick Carroll, and Isaac Smith Band will alternate sets on two stages while you slurp down oysters, socialize, and raise a glass for a champagne toast. Plus, you can catch a great view of Tybee's fireworks and win door prizes!

7 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at door

New Year's Eve Party @Candlelight Lounge

Touting itself as the Southside’s New Year’s Eve party headquarters, Candlelight Lounge will offer karaoke, free finger foods, drink specials all night long, and a big countdown to midnight.

VIP New Year's Eve Experience @Rocks on the Roof

Take in the incredible view down on the river while being treated like royalty.

By securing a VIP table reservation, you'll enjoy signature appetizers, sparkling wines, award-winning cocktails, a complimentary champagne toast, and live music provided by The Versatile Band.

Thursday, December 31, 9 p.m., reservations via 912.721.3808

Passafire and Lullwater @Barrelhouse South

Revel in New Year's Eve traditions and see a great concert over at Barrelhouse South.

Reggae/prog faves Passafire will welcome their hometown into 2016 with an unforgettable live show. The blistering, blues-tinged Lullwater opens the evening. There's also a champagne toast, balloon drop, and more festivities in store.

Upgrade to a VIP ticket and get a wristband that makes all your drinks free for the night. Free! Plus, VIP folks are allowed guaranteed re-entry, unlike a general admission ticket. Whether you’re springing for the deluxe $75 experience or $20 general admission, It’s highly recommended to purchase in advance.

Doors at 8 p.m., VIP $75, general admission $20 via etix.com

New Year's Eve Gatsby Costume Party @Savannah Cocktail Co.

Don your finest '20s frock and sneak away to Savannah's new favorite craft cocktail bar, Savannah Cocktail Co. (upstairs of Pan-Asian restaurant CO at 10 Whitaker St.).

Enjoy a signature draft cocktail of your choosing, hors d’oeuvres from CO, and a midnight champagne toast. DJ GQue provides the tunes; attendees will receive party favors, and there’s even complimentary photography.

No roaring ‘20s getup of your own? Not to worry—there will be accessories and props on-hand so you can look your Gatsby best.

Thursday, December 31, 8 p.m., $50, tickets via savannahcocktailco.com

Foxy New Year's Eve @Foxy Loxy Café

Dodge the hustle and bustle for a cozy, family-friendly night at Foxy. Warm up around the fire pit, roast some s'mores while sharing stories and New Year's resolutions, and enjoy half off bottles of wine from 8 p.m. to midnight and a free champagne toast at midnight.

If you’re not a drinker, the café’s usual Perc blends, cocoas, and more make for a tantalizing toast to 2016.

8 p.m., free

2016 NYE: The Final Countdown @SEED Eco Lounge

Ready to dance the night away? Head to SEED; DJ Cesar's spinning, there's a champagne toast, VIP booths available!

New Year's Eve Rock & Roll Blow Out @Savannah Smiles

Get caught up in the excitement of Savannah's beloved dueling pianos while receiving party favors and enjoying champagne splits. Pay an extra $10 and get VIP guaranteed seating until 8:30 p.m. with a minimum of four people.

Doors at 7 p.m.

Up The Cup @River Street

Perhaps the most Savannah you can get on New Year's Eve, the masses will be packed into River Street for the Savannah Waterfront Assocation's 3rd Annual Up the Cup Countdown.

With a lightshow and digital countdown clock, Stacy and TC from Y100’s Morning Mess will lead the crowd in a countdown—see, instead of a ball dropping like the yankees do up in New York City, we’ve got a monstrous six-foot-tall to-go up rising triumphantly, beckoning like sweet, frosty freedom as we pour ourselves into 2016.

DJ MXM will be pumping the jams to get thousands of attendees dancing in the street.

8 p.m.

New Year's Celebration @The Westin Savannah Harbor

Slip away across the Talmadge Bridge for an upscale evening of glitz, dancing, and sophistication.

The Westin offers two experiences this year: one at the Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen, and another at the Harbor Ballroom.

Kick things off at 7 p.m. at Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen. Secure a reservation through opentable.com exclusively, and enjoy a five-course meal featuring the finest fare from land and sea. The Tradewinds band will set the soundtrack to your evening; dancing is highly encouraged. Tickets are $106 for adults and $30 for children.

Over in the Harbor Ballroom, it’s an upscale evening with a full open bar, dessert bar, party favors, and music from a live DJ. Best of all? You’ll get the hottest view of the River Street fireworks, and a champagne toast. Tickets will be on sale at the front desk or registration desk after 7 p.m., but you can buy in advance, too.

The Night at Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen: 7 p.m., $106 adults, $30 children The Celebration in the Harbor Ballroom: 9 p.m., $79 via events.admitoneproducts.com

2016 NYE White Party @Wild Wing Café, City Market

Getting caught in City Market's festive throng of partygoers is a Savannah New Year's tradition; head down to Wild Wing Café and enter a winter wonderland.

Liquid Ginger takes the stage with some new tunes and classic covers as champagne flows from not one but two fountains (and there’s a midnight toast, too).

If you’d prefer watch the game, Wild Wing will have all the day’s matches on their many, many televisions.

There’s still time to find the perfect all-white getup—though perhaps it should be a gin or white wine night, no?

Thursday, December 31, $10, $100 advance VIP seating available (includes entry for four people and two bottles of champagne)

About The Author

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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