(last update: 12/29/12) There have been a number of New Year’s Eve announcements this past week (is it just us, or has New Orleans really waited til the last minute to announce a lot of this stuff?) We are also including related articles from other popular New Orleans publications. ~ clndstnThe Top 8 New Years Eve Attractions from GoNola.A Guide to Going Down in Flames on NYE in New Orleans from EaterNOLA.Celebrate New Year’s in New Orleans – it’s the perfect spot; not too cold and if there’s one city that knows how to party, it’s New Orleans. The main event in the city is the celebration downtown in the Quarter. With Jackson Square as the home base, you can watch the ‘baby’ drop at the top of Jax Brewery. Why a baby? Well, New Orleans king cake tradition centers around a tiny baby being placed somewhere in the king cake for luck – so, to continue that tradition New Orleans forgo’s a ball and opts for a baby instead. As soon as the baby drops at midnight, the lightshow can begin – with a beautiful fireworks display on the water. There are a few places in the Quarter that can claim some pretty amazing views – our favorite is the Omni Royal Orleans. If you’re coming to town and need a place to stay, you may want to give them a call to see if you can stay there and make sure you plan to enjoy the fireworks from their rooftop. Additionally, it look like The Monteleone has a pretty good package. Or, shoot us an email and we’ll get you set up with everything from transportation to lodging to your meal to an unbelievable NYExperience!We recommend that you start the evening with dinner at one of our amazing restaurants – our short list of recommendations include Sylvain, Root, Bayona, Cafe Adelaide, Stella!, August, Cochon, Domenica, or Irene’s Cuisine (to name a few). These are all downtown so you can grab some dinner on the early side, then head to Jackson Square to see the baby drop and watch the fireworks. Here are a few restaurants that are hosting events for the evening:
- Calcascieu by Donald Link (above his Cochon restaurant) – NYE Champagne Dinner; 2 seatings at 6:30 & 9, $60 – $95/head.
- The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel – 2 seatings at 5:30 – 6:30 ($90/head) and 8 – 9 ($250/head).
- Sazerac Restaurant in The Roosevelt Hotel – Seatings at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m, $79/head.
Next, head to Frenchmen and enjoy some live music at any one of the great venues. We’re still waiting to hear who’s playing everywhere – as those details emerge, we’ll share what our recommendations are, so there’s certainly more to come from a live music perspective. If you’re looking for live music, the key places to pay attention to would be…
- Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse
- Open bar with special performance by Irvin Mayfield & The Playhouse Revue, plus special guests and champagne toast at midnight! Standing Room Tickets – $125 per person; VIP Table Tickets $175 per person. Call the Holiday Desk at 504-553-2328 to purchase tickets.
- Snug Harbor
- House of Blues
- Gregg Allman w/ Royal Southern Brotherhood, $125
- Howlin’ Wolf
- Rebirth Brass Band w/ Papa Grows Funk opener $70
- Mahalia Jackson Theater
- The Maple Leaf
- Hot 8 Brass Band, $25
If you want a DJ, here are a few hot spots to choose from…
- Eiffel Society
- The Metro – $20-$80
- W Hotel on Poydras, Whiskey Blue Bar – $99 presale
- Hyatt Regency – Big Night New Orleans NYE Gala – $99 – $160