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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
What are you doing on New year's Eve?
"It took a good eight months to get this thing going on the pace that it has been for the last six years. There was certainly a trial-and-error basis in the beginning to really figure out how to do this.”
Once again, greetings and salutations — and officially, a very happy and healthy new year to one and all. To those who joined us at the gala New Year’s Eve bash at Valley Forge Casino Resort — oh, what a night.
In a perfect world, if the casinos had their way, the year would always end on a Friday or Saturday. It would never end on a Monday, as it does this year.
Once again, greetings and salutations. And without a doubt, the most exciting event of the year so far was Boardwalk Live weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida with yours truly, the Geator, the Bubba Mac Band, Pinky Kravitz, Dave & Tina, and the folks from WTKU and WOND when we took our entire act to the sunny lands along with Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. People are still talking about the excitement that they heard over the airwaves up this way. So many people to thank for this event, but especially Dave Coskey and Longport Media for bringing all the magic...
Once again, greetings and salutations. What can I say about the old year and how we welcomed in the New Year? It began with 3,500 people at the Trump Taj Mahal. Hopes and expectations were high, and by one minute past 12 it all came true. It was the biggest New Year’s bash in memory, with good fortune for everyone and health and happiness to welcome the New Year. We look forward to it with high hopes, jobs, our troops coming home, the economy recovering — and with that attitude, we will make this one of the best years to remember. A special thank you to management, employees, and everyone at the Taj for making the Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve party absolutely spectacular. And of course, thanks to production, editorial, management, and ownership at the...
Light off some illegal fireworks, pop open a bottle of champagne and spend this chilly commencement weekend in Atlantic City Weekly's Hot Tub!
“I know my son would have wanted it. And I have to work. It’s not good to mourn like this, and I have to work. I’m able to do it, I know I am.”
Here are a few ideas for having fun on NYE and still keeping some of that cash Aunt Bea gave you for Christmas.
From the Shannon Twins, Paz de la Huerta and the Showboat Bombshells to Rihanna, Britney, Crystal Harris and the Girls of Playboy Golf...
Atlantic City Weekly’s team of photographers captured some fascinating imagery spanning a wide gamut of subjects in 2011.
A look back at 2011 in the Atlantic City area in photographs.
Plus Drew Toonz, the Album of the Week, and Chanukah on Ice on Dec. 25
If you have not heard about TFIA, there's a good chance your children know some of their songs.
If you waited until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping and got burned, don’t make the same mistake twice when kicking off the second decade of the 21st Century. With over 60 varied entertainment options available for a mere $14 fee, Ocean City’s popular New Year’s Eve entertainment celebration called First Night has sold out for the past three years, so get your admission buttons while they’re still available.
An iron-man run of towering proportions has sadly come to an end, as Ted Prior, who’s been performing spot-on renditions of Elvis for more years than Elvis was alive, will be missing his first Ocean City First Night Celebration since the New Year’s Eve tradition began.
Plus new DrewToonz comic, Jazz Corner returns to Chelsea this Winter and Raves & Faves.
Following a weeklong break, the casino showrooms will spring to life following the Christmas holiday weekend for an all-out New Year’s Eve (and New Year’s Day) celebration.
Eclipsing the Past
Experienced, Not "Expendable"
Windy City Rockers Visit Borgata