New Year’s Eve in Boston

Where to go and what to do to have a festive New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Boston
New Year's Eve
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By Gerrish Lopez |

There’s lots more to New Year’s Eve than fireworks at midnight. There are parties, dinners, and New Year’s Day recovery brunches. After you’ve settled on which of the best New Year’s Eve events in Boston to attend, focus on everything else leading up to and following the big countdown. If you’re keeping it low key, consider one of the best cocktail bars in Boston or best wine bars in Boston to ring in the New Year, or see if one of the best restaurants in Boston is taking reservations.

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Boston

Formaggio Kitchen
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Shopping, Food & drink

Find the perfect cheese at Formaggio

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Hosting a party for New Year’s Eve? Cheese and other artisanal treats are a must. Find charcuterie, condiments, nuts, and other accoutrements to make the perfect celebratory party platter. There’s also a selection of sweet treats and other fun, festive treats.

Brix Wine Shop
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Shopping, Liquor stores

Stock up on bubbly at Brix

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You’ll need champagne or sparkling wine for a toast at midnight. Brix will help you find the best bubbly options. They’ll also help you find any wine or spirits to make your party more festive—maybe an exotic sparkling wine, or boutique bourbon. Get tips on pairing wines and making special cocktails and you’ll be a host with the most.

The Garment District
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Shopping, Thrift stores

Get festive gear at Garment District

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New Year’s Eve is a great excuse to get fancy and festive. Whether it’s a Roaring 20s affair or an all-out throwdown, you can find fabulous wigs, sparkly costumes, shiny shoes, and over-the-top accessories at Garment District.

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Restaurants, Italian

Enjoy Venetian delicacies at SRV

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The popular Venetian-style osteria and wine bar will offer a celebratory Arsenale menu on New Year’s Eve. The feast features a selection of cicchetti (small plates), an assortment of larger dishes including lobster, bucatini, and osso buco, and dessert. Dishes are served family style.
Dec. 31, seatings available 5pm-10:30pm; $75 pp, $50 extra for wine pairings

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Restaurants, Japanese

Get extra swag at Ruckus

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Fans of this Chinatown noodle joint from the minds behind Shojo are familiar with the standard “swag” offered as extra toppings for their steaming bowls of ramen. On New Year’s Eve, the swag section of the menu will become “baller,” filled with add-ons like king crab, a foie gras bomb, caviar, and duck. With swag like this, you’ll stay satisfied until the wee hours of New Year’s Day.

Puritan & Company
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Go Vegas-style at Puritan & Company on New Year’s Day

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After a night of partying, there’s nothing better than an over-the-top brunch to help nurse your hangover. Puritan & Company will do brunch Vegas-style, with an epic buffet that includes housemade pastries, a raw bar, a carving station with ribeye and smoked pork loin, bagels with cured fish and schmears, sourdough waffles, and more. A complimentary bloody, spritz, or mimosa is included, and there’s a cash bar.
Jan. 1, seatings available 11am-1pm or 1:30pm-3:30pm, tickets are $100 pp

Bar Mezzana
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Restaurants, Italian

Ease into 2019 like Magnum P.I. at Bar Mezzana

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The South End spot known for crudo and house-made pastas is donning their Hawaiian shirts and grooming their moustaches for a Magnum P.I.-themed New Year’s Day brunch. Tiki cocktails and brunch specials will be available as well as a variety of magnums to keep things festive.
Jan. 1, 11am-4pm