Don’t stay in this New Year’s Eve, Boston—get out and get amongst the action. And if you’re looking for the best things to do in Boston to ring in the New Year, we’ve got you covered. From epic prix-fixe dinners at some of the best restaurants in Boston to a Beyoncé-themed party to top DJs in some of Boston’s best bars, these are the Boston New Year’s Eve events you want to be at when the clock strikes 12.
Best New Year’s Eve events in Boston
A Star Wars-themed NYE party? Suddenly we love New Year’s all over again. Chewbacca, Hans et al will be on hand to serve a four-course menu inspired by the franchise (and let’s be honest, you will have probably seen The Force Awakens twice by the time the 31st rolls around). The servers will be dressed in costume, and diners are encouraged to follow suit. Just no Ewoks, please. 184 Armory St Jamaica Plain. 5pm-2am. $50 per person.
Why not take your inspiration from the A-list masters? The theme for the night at Back Bay Harry’s is Bey and Jay, with all the glamour and decadence the Carter family warrants. Big screens will show concert footage and videos, the cocktails and prix-fixe menu from Jason Santos will take their cue from the glamorous couple, and attire is strictly over-the-top glamour (trailing wardrobe assistants are optional). 142 Berkeley St Back Bay. From 6pm. $65.
Turn down the lights, turn up the ’90s tunes. Starting at 9pm, Charlestown restaurant Pier 6 turns into dance party central with bar snacks, wine and cocktails fueling you between numbers. Come midnight, it’s all about the complimentary champagne and the inimitable view of the Boston Harbor fireworks. If you’re looking to make a full evening of it, a special prix-fixe menu will be served from 5pm to 8pm, with dishes like nori-crusted tuna and a sirloin and short rib duet. Charlestown. 9pm-1am. $50.
NYE galas don’t usually come cheap. Exception: Brass Union, which is encouraging formal wear for the evening even as the cover change stands at a mere $10. Complimentary canapes supplement the a la carte menu, and come midnight, the cocktail-attired can gather for a champagne toast (also complimentary) followed by dance tunes from DJ ABD. 70 Union Sq Union Square. 8pm-2am. $10 at door.
You don’t need to drop a mint to have a great NYE; live gigs, after all, are the great equalizer. Small-biz powerhouse Cuisine en Locale celebrates its 10th anniversary at its own music hall with local bands Somerville Symphony Orkestar, Ruby Rose Fox, Cask Mouse and Cactus Attack. Small bites from Cuisine keep you sated, and with Narragansett Beer as a sponsor, you know what you’ll be drinking throughout the night. But don’t fret: there is indeed complimentary champagne come midnight. 156 Highland Ave, Somerville. 7pm-1am. $30 in advance, $40 at door.
The subterranean Harvard Square spot Beat Brasserie breaks up the evening into two parties. Those looking to dine before heading on to the next shindig can enjoy an a la carte menu from 5pm to 8pm with a little live guitar jazz. The evening really gets going at 9pm with chef Ignacio Lopez’s three-course prix fixe tempting diners with dishes like seared foie gras, lobster risott and fig creme brulee—and free-flowing champagne, of course. Ringing in the New Year is Ricky King Russell and the Cadillac Horns and Boston-based blues singer Toni Lynn Washington, sometimes called the “Queen Bee of the Blues.” Beat Hotel, 13 Brattle St. 9pm-2am. $105; $25 at the bar.
Lately, ’80s-themed parties are slowly morphing into ’90s themed parties—except at Canary Square, which keeps it strictly Reagan era for its cover-free NYE soiree. DJ Brian will spin ’80s vinyl, early music videos will play on the screens all night, and popular ’80s cocktails will be the order of the evening (we’re pulling for a Fuzzy Navel or a Singapore Sling). And when you’re toasting the ball drop at midnight, you are expected to be wearing your fishnet and shoulder-padded best. 435 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain. 10pm-2am. Free.
We can’t yet predict snow for New Year’s—in fact, we’d prefer not to—but hedge your bets now and book a spot inside the glass-enclosed Seaport rooftop bar, a.k.a. the city’s life-sized snow globe. The copper fireplace will serve as a light-show complement to the DJed tunes; before midnight, everyone receives noisemakers, hats and a toast-ready glass of Moët & Chandon “Imperial” Brut. Even if there’s no snow, there’s still that inimitable view of the midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor. Legal Harborside Rooftop, 270 Northern Ave. 10pm-1:30am. $80; $600 for reserved couch or table.
This one’s for the end-of-year-bonus set. Barbara Lynch’s much lauded Relais and Chateaux property, Menton, goes to Paris for the evening—1920s Paris, to be exact. The tour de force pays homage to the artists, music and style of the era with dishes like butter soup, Rohan duck with cubist leaves, inverted veloute, arctic char, tortellini en brodo and Wagyu beef. Keep it relatively contained with the early five-course tasting menu, or go whole hog with the later nine-course spread and separate wine pairing. Menton, 354 Congress St. 5pm-7pm & 8pm-10pm seatings. $225 ($125 wine pairing) & $295 ($165 wine pairing).
Sometimes the night demands a masquerade party. Pastoral encourages its guests to wear a mask for the evening while snacking on small bites (pizza will still likely figure into the mix) and listening-slash-dancing to DJed tunes. Your admission includes two complimentary Ketel One cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. 345 Congress St Fort Point. 10pm-2am. $45.