Celebrating the dawn of a New Year and bidding farewell to the old can be done in a myriad of ways in the Atlantic City area.
ATLANTIC CITY — Auld acquaintance of 2011 may best be forgot for many — and how better to clear the cache and ring in a fresh slate of calendar dates than by partying like there’s no tomorrow? In Atlantic City the choices on New Year’s Eve are nearly endless.
Below are a few of the NYE parties that should pack quite a punch, including new versions of proven winners and some making their debut. All the parties listed below involve package deals and/or entry fees. Next week’s Atlantic City Weekly (Dec. 29) will list options for partying on New Year’s Eve on a budget.
At the Borgata, mur.mur nightclub will feature music by D-Nice and have a special-guest performance by British rapper/beatboxer Jay Sean. Tickets to the mur.mur party are $125 per person and include a premium open bar from 9-11pm. The MIXX nightclub party is $100 and will be hosted by DJ Ruckus. It too will have a premium open bar from 9-11pm and Jay Sean will be making an appearance at that shindig too. Table reservations and bottle service is available at both parties. For reservations, call 317-7249. Tickets for either party must be picked up at Borgata’s will-call window on NYE. There will also be Industry Night NYE parties at both MIXX and mur.mur starting 10pm Monday, Dec. 26, hosted by Lil Jon and DJ Vice. Tickets to those parties are $20 per head. At Borgata’s Gypsy Bar, the Goodman-Fiske band will perform on NYE starting 7pm, and Johnny Drama will take the stage at 11pm.
In keeping with its critically acclaimed interactive nightlife show The Accused: Nightlife on Trial, Providence nightclub in The Quarter at Tropicana will feature “a ridiculously sexy human ball drop” at the stroke of midnight, followed by a massive balloon and confetti drop. World-class pole performer Colleen Piquette and contortionist Rebecca Star will perform the human ball drop, and Heavy Hitter DJ Big Ben will provide the vibes. Ticket packages start at $149. VIP packages that include a five-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, premium spirits, a midnight champagne toast and VIP seating are $198. Call 345-7800 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve tickets. For a chance to win free tickets, visit acballdrop.com.
The Trop will also have about 10 NYE parties going on throughout the entire property, and is offering several dining and overnight packages. The second NYE showing (10pm) at the Comedy Stop Café & Cabaret will include three nationally recognized headline comics, a split of champagne, a rose for the ladies and various party favors for $60 per person. See tropicana.net/nye for more.
Multiple parties will also be happening at Resorts, including “the sexiest New Year’s Eve party Atlantic City has ever seen” at the new Cirque Ultra Lounge from 9pm-4am. A $50 general admission ($25 after midnight) fee will include a 9-10pm open bar, a celebrity guest performance by America’s Got Talent finalist Robert Hatcher, entertainment by DJ Justin Horn, plus dancers, cirque performers, a burlesque vignette, party favors and a champagne toast. VIP tables are available at $75. Night Fever dance club will host a party with a 9-10pm open bar for a $60 per person fee ($40 after 10pm), including a tribute to the Bee Gees, and the gay nightclub Pro Bar will host a party starting 9pm at $65 per person with a 9-11pm open bar ($25 after 11pm). For reservations, call 437-0035 or see ResortsAC.com/nye.
The Pool at Harrah’s annual party will run from 8pm-4am and be hosted by Emcee Ringo, with by music provided by DJ Neil Beats, DJ Milky Mike, and DJ Vito G. General admission starts at $50 per person and includes a 9-11pm open bar, complimentary champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Tickets and special-rate deals are available by going to newyears.com and clicking “Atlantic City” in the search window. For bottle service reservations, call 441-5585. VIP packages, premium tables, Jacuzzis and cabanas start at $1,000. There will also be a Sindustry Wednesday NYE party at The Pool starting 10pm Dec. 28 with DJ Ray J. Admission starts at $10 and includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Dusk nightclub at Caesars has a party for $99 per head featuring a three-hour open bar, 9:30pm-12:30am. DJ Sat-One will provide the entertainment. Atlantic City’s official pre-NYE party will take place at the new 21 Bar (at the entrance of Dusk), featuring a live band, and its after-party will start 12:30am in the nightclub. Bottle service and private tables are available. Call 345-3875 for more information or visit duskac.com.
At the Foundation Room at Showboat’s House of Blues, three party packages are offered including the bar package (premium open bar from 9pm-1am, $130 per person), the dinner package (four course dinner with choice of a bottle of wine or champagne, $130 per person), or both packages combined for $230 per person. Call 343-4523 for reservations or visit houseofblues.com.
Bally’s Virginia City Buffet will feature an open bar, DJ and dancing from 9pm-1am on NYE for $50 per person. The party includes beer, wine and champagne, and a special appearance by the Wild West Vixens and Shorty the Sheriff.
Always a NYE favorite, the Casbah nightclub at Trump Taj Mahal will be hosted DJs Dnial and Jason E. Doors open at 10pm and general admission tickets are $40 per head. Price includes a champagne toast and party favors. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420. For table reservations and bottle service, call 350-5749. Also at the Taj, the Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance Party will be held in the Mark G. Etess Arena from 9:30pm-midnight, hosted by Atlantic City Weekly columnist Jerry “The Geator with the Heater” Blavat and featuring Alex Glover’s nine-piece orchestra. Tickets are $125 and include a full-course meal, a three-hour open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight. For more information, go to trumptaj.com. For tickets call Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420, go to tickemaster.com, or visit the Taj Mahal box office.
The new guy on the block, Golden Nugget, is jumping right into the NYE frolic with a party at its Live Bar. Starting 9pm and for a $20 per person fee, popular rock ‘n’ roller John Eddie will perform, guests will enjoy two complimentary beverages, and there will be a champagne toast, party favors and a balloon drop at midnight.
The Chelsea hotel’s 4,400-square-foot Crystal Room will feature a premium open bar from 9pm-2am, a world-class DJ, and a midnight champagne toast for $85 per person. Other VIP packages are also available. The NYC Times Square countdown and ball drop will be televised and festive party favors provided. The party will go to 4am. Visit Joonbug.com for tickets, or for overnight packages go to thechelsea-ac.com.
The Diving Horse Cabaret & Steakhouse (at 9 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) will host the End of the World NYE Party, including a VIP complimentary open bar and hors d’oeuvers from 10pm-midnight. Tickets are $50 in advance ($75 at the door) and include admission to both the Diving Horse Cabaret gentleman’s club and the newly renovated Luxx Lounge. A bottle package special includes purchasing the bottle of your choice and enjoying a bottle of Moet champagne on the house. Visit divinghorseclub.com or call 344-0119.
First Night’s Meant Family Fun for 20 Years
OK, plenty of adults cut loose on New Year’s Eve and leave the kiddies with the sitter, but if your motto is “A family that stays together, plays together,” then the annual First Night celebration is for you. The traditional Ocean City New Year’s Eve gala celebrates its 20th anniversary on Dec. 31. To mark the occasion its commemorative shirt will feature replicas of all 20 admission buttons designed over the years. The shirts are available for $20 at Downtown Gillian’s, 838B Asbury Ave. in O.C., and at many other locations. First Night offers over 70 varied entertainment programs at centralized locations from 4pm-midnight, Dec. 31, at which time it is capped by a fireworks display. Musical entertainment this year includes the Norristones Doo Wop group, the Ocean City Pops, Schoolhouse Rock, Zydeco-a-Go-Go, Trout Fishing in America, Shoe Suede Blues with Peter Tork (of The Monkees fame), and more. The gala supports local charities, including scholarships for O.C. High School students, the Hero Campaign, Waves of Caring for needy children, and others. First Night admission buttons are $14 and available at Downtown Gillian’s seven days a week from 10am-5pm. Call 391-0060 or visit firstnightocnj.com. — Ray Schweibert
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