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By Cam Rhinehardt and Lauren Kruchten
*Clink, clink*—it’s almost 2023! No New Year’s Eve plans yet? No problem! These Raleigh restos and bars are kicking off the new year with a range of festivities—so whether you’re looking for a chill vibe, trying to dance your heart out or hoping to have an upscale evening, we’ve got you covered. 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!
If partying to the nines is your idea of a good time, look no further than Vidrio’s NYE soiree, complete with chef-curated hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, tunes from DJ Wayne Draper, a Champagne toast at midnight and immaculate vibes (natch). At least you can say you entered 2023 in style (!).
Start the new year on a tasty note by enjoying a special four-course dinner at Scott Crawford’s beloved Parisian resto with dishes including endive salad, Parisienne gnocchi, beef filet and—to finish the meal—a dark chocolate creme brulee. Bonne année!
Celebrate NYE with one of the best views of the city—and the DTR fireworks! Plus enjoy live music, a dance floor, two full bars, party favors and an American-inspired buffet. P.S. If you purchase a NYE package at AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown, you’ll get two tickets to The Willard’s New Year’s Eve bash and a bottle of bubbly. Not having to worry about getting home after a night of fun? Sounds like a win-win!
Looking to get your head in the game for the new year? Boxcar’s no-fuss, no-frills NYE party is right up your alley. Come as you are (no fancy attire required) and enjoy arcade games and $25 Champagne bottles. Cheers!
Party like it’s the 1920s at Gatsby’s House NYE, a Gatsby-themed party with a prepaid bar, complimentary apps and not one, but four DJs. A little party never killed nobody!
Ring in the first night of the year at the city’s go-to destination for New Year’s Eve. The event, which takes place at several venues across DTR, features a lineup of several artists—including Tray Wellington Band, Duck The Band, Rebekah Todd and G Yamazawa—NTM food vendors, an acorn drop and fireworks at midnight. How’s that for New Year’s cheer?
Gather on the hill for Wye Hill’s annual New Year’s Eve reception-style party, complete with chef-curated dishes (think sliders, flatbreads, desserts and more) and a special new beer release—plus a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best views of Raleigh, natch. You’ll have nothing to wye-ne about here!
Grab 2023 by the horns and head over to the Bull City for a night of fun, food and, of course, Champagne! Unscripted’s speakeasy-style NYE party will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres, a DJ and a midnight toast. And make sure to wear something flashy!
Eat my shorts! Rocky Top Catering is throwing it back to the ’80s with the ultimate all-inclusive NYE party feat. food, bars, DJs, two dance floors, a live ’80s cover band and more.
New year, new traditions. Research Triangle’s new-ish resto is hosting a six-course tasting menu with wine pairings from co-owner Sara Abernethy—plus late-night snacks for when the drunchies set in.
Cucciolo is going to guarantee you won’t go into the new year hungry. For New Year’s Eve the classy Italian resto is offering a BYO three-course dinner of sorts with several options ranging from goat cheese cannelloni to minestrone di mare to tagliata and more.
No judgment if you don’t make it to midnight at Olde Raleigh Distillery’s first NYE bash… The Zebulon distillery’s “Aged to Perfection” celebration will feature jazz from the Ginger Thompson Band; hors d’oeuvres; and a full cash bar with cocktails, wine and beer—plus a Champagne toast at midnight (natch).
Let’s get this fiesta started! a’Verde’s New Year’s Eve party is open to the public (no tickets required!) and will include a DJ, dancing, face painting, party favors and a bubbles toast at midnight. Make sure to try the special cocktails and food items (hey, octopus ceviche and pan-seared ribeye!).
Toast to the new year at Young Hearts (expect an open bar, snacks and apps, music from DJ Drkmttr, and a bubbly toast at midnight), then head back the next day for a hangover brunch (you’re gonna need it) consisting of hair-of-the-dog cocktails and food items that are sure to bring you back to life.
Dram’s NYE party at its Durham location is guaranteed to be epic. Strap on your dancing shoes and enjoy an open bar feat. an exclusive one-night-only menu, a delish food spread, live music from DJ Goodboy, and a Champagne toast at midnight. 2022, you’re toast.
All that glitters is gold… so you’ll want to don your most sparkly outfit for Crafty’s NYE party. “When I walk in the room, I can still make the whole place shimmer.” ✨
Soul-blues artist Eddie 9V (9-Volt) is bringing the blues to Transfer Co.—the good kind, that is. Sway into the new year while enjoying complimentary food and a Champagne toast (reservations required).
A good New Year’s Day starts with a good night at The Casso’s Good Day Good Night. Enjoy NYE dinner specials like roast chicken poutine and a cheesy patty melt; then come back the next day for a New Year’s brunch and a little hair of the dog.
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