by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Ah, New Year's Eve, our favorite excuse to dress up, go out and practice our rarely used taxi-hailing skills at two in the morning. Deciding on a proper evening agenda can be tough with the vast number of New Year's Eve parties out there, especially on a night when hitting multiple soirees is typically not an option. We've got New Year's Eve ideas, with details on 10 good calls for bidding farewell to 2010 and ringing in 2011, from formal all-inclusive bashes with famous bands to the legendary Peach Drop at Underground.
Updated: December 10, 2010
Hosted by V103's Rashan Ali and Kiss104's Art Terrell and touted as "NYE in the ATL," this is the urban professional's destination for throwing down in honor of 2011. Joining the duo will be celebrity DJ Traci Steele and video DJ Lonnie Luv. General admission is $75; shell out $125 for VIP treatment that gets you free drinks.
For the sports fan looking for an excuse to get out of spending hundreds of dollars to dress up and party with massive crowds, pray your team gets the invite to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl a the Georgia Dome. The annual game pairing two better-than-average SEC and ACC teams always sells out and it's risen in the ranks to become one of the better bowl matchups that's not in the BCS. And yes, it's in our own backyard.
For those looking for more entertainment than there is time, look no further than the "Downtown Countdown" at the Hyatt. Soul Asylum and Coolio headline the main stage, the Punchline is hosting a comedy room, there are ballrooms for ball drops, a ?Club 10? dance party room, plus multiple open bars and buffets. Prices ranges are $109-$159 for general admission, and $175-$225 for VIP.
Not everyone wants to get smashed and dance to pumping music with throngs of people. For the more sophisticated set, we give you the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This year, the ASO is saying salude to the New Year with an all-Italian festival by welcoming Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and celebrated vocal trio POParazzi. Expect to hear everything from Puccini and Pavarotti to Jersey Boys and Frank Sinatra. Tickets, $30-$68.
New Year's Eve doesn't mean a whole helluva lot for little kids, who typically get tucked in before parents can celebrate properly. But, for those with families, try this on for size: Stone Mountain's man-made Snow Mountain (tubing!) is open until 9pm on December 31. Bonus: a laser show.
This has been Atlanta's iconic NYE celebration for more than 20 years. Underground Atlanta again hosts the "Peach Drop" for 2011, a free, all-day celebration (novel concept) with family-friendly activities as well as local (Ben Deigan) and national (funk sensation Morris Day and The Time) performers. At midnight: the drop of the 800-pound peach.
For those in the mood for more intimate partying (and an activity that involves laughter rather than ear-drum blasting), look no further than Vortex's Laughing Skull Lounge. For the second year in a row, San Francisco Comedy Festival winner Tom Simmons headlines, and those at the 10:30pm show can expect complimentary champagne, party favors and a countdown. Admission, $25-$35.
If you're less interested in a bombastic experience or all-inclusive party and more inclined to have an elegant dining experience, we look to the Buckhead Life Group's standout Italian spot, Pricci. A special four-course meal will run you $69 (add another $30 and if you want wine pairings).
It isn't a complete holiday party list without the mention of Atlanta's yuppie party band de jur, the Yacht Rock Revue. Taking over the Park Tavern, you can expect the smooth sounds of the '70s along with more awesomeness--an open bar, a photo booth, a hash brown station (among other breakfast favorites like hot Krispy Kreme donuts) and a balloon drop? for the all-inclusive price of $75.