New Year's Eve Columbus: No sleep 'til 2015

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In the midst of the rollercoaster that is Thanksgiving through Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, who has time to figure out what to do for New Year’s Eve? The options can be daunting, so we’ve done the research for you and compiled a sampling of NYE (and other holiday-related) parties happening in the next two weeks. From strobe lights and pulsing beats to masquerade balls, Columbus has so many hot party options it would make Stefon’s head spin.

As always, event details are subject to change, so please check with the venue before making final plans. Happy New Year!


New Year’s Eve with Bad Boy Bill

Chicago-based DJ Bad Boy Bill will kick off 2015 with his signature high-energy, scratch-heavy set.


9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

445 N. High St., Short North

Salvation — New Year’s Eve 2015 with Kevin Benoit

Spend NYE with male model and actor Kevin Benoit. Other evening highlights include music by DJ Rob Engel, an all-male revue and appearances by “RuPaul's Drag Race” star Willam Belli, along with local favorites Nina West and Virginia West.


9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

775 N. High St., Short North

Lesbian Lock-In and Black and White Ball

Ever wanted to stay up dancing all night in the club? Here’s your chance at Wall Street’s first-ever lesbian lock-in. Best idea ever, or a recipe for drama? There’s one way to find out. Doors will lock at 1:45 a.m. and a pancake and mimosa breakfast will be served at 6 a.m.

Wall Street Nightclub

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

144 N. Wall St., Downtown

New Year's Eve at the Conservatory

Dust off your swing dancing moves for this celebration featuring In Full Swing, a local 16-piece big band.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

1777 E. Broad St., Downtown

Skullys New Year’s Eve Bash

DJ Chuckstar will play a legendary dance mix of ’80s, ’90s and today’s music. Stick around for a midnight Champagne toast and party favors.

Skully’s Music-Diner

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

1151 N. High St., Short North

Bliss New Year’s Extravaganza

Dance and drink all the Champagne and cocktails you can handle.

Diesel Club Lounge

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

51 Vine St., Arena District

Park Street Complex’s NYE Party

Park Street will be one huge party on NYE with live bands, pizza from Mikey’s Late Night Slice, three dance floors and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.

Park Street Saloon

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

533 Park St., Arena District


New Year’s Eve Bash

Hubbard Grille and Ultimat Vodka are throwing an NYE party with yummy food, drinks and music. Pre-purchase a table or booth and receive your own personal cocktail server, Champagne and party favors.

Hubbard Grille

10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

793 N. High St., Short North

New Year's Dinner & DIVAS Show

Executive Chef Ben's annual New Year's Eve dinner package includes three courses and a Vegas-style DIVAS show (featuring celebrity camp impersonations by Nina West, Virginia West, Coti Collins and Cool Ethan). Guests will also receive free passes to Axis for Salvation 2014.

Union Cafe

6 or 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

782 N. High St., Short North

New Year’s Eve with the Urban Jazz Coalition

Listen to more than three hours of music from the Urban Jazz Coalition, and indulge in a dinner banquet with appetizers and desserts, along with a Champagne toast at midnight and take-home party favors.

Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

503 S. Front St., Brewery District

NYE Pizza Party ft. Crizzly

Nothing beats free pizza — especially for NYE. My Best Friends Party is hosting this grown-up pizza party with music from Texas crunkstep DJ Crizzly.

The Bluestone

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

583 E. Broad St., Downtown


New Year’s Eve with Roy Wood, Jr.

Spend your NYE with stand-up comedian Roy Wood, Jr., who appeared most recently on “Sullivan & Son” on TBS. A pre-show dinner buffet is also available.

Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant

6:30 or 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

145 Easton Town Ctr., Easton


New Year’s Eve at Land-Grant

Land-Grant will transform its production brewery into a full-fledged music venue for NYE with beer, cocktails, Champagne and food rounding out the menu. Nick D' & The Believers will perform, followed by a special Prince-themed midnight set from Bella Ruse.

Land-Grant Brewing Company

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

424 W. Town St., Franklinton

New Year’s Eve with Blueprint, DJ Abilities, Illogic and DJ Rare Groove

Cincinnati’s DJ Rare Groove, Columbus rapper Illogic, Minnesota musician DJ Abilities and Columbus indie hip-hop artist Blueprint will entertain into the early morning.


9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

482 S. Front St., Brewery District

The Werks with Ekoostik Hookah, Mike Perkins

Spend the last night of 2014 with Ohio-based, self-described “psychedelic dance jam funk rock” band the Werks, along with Columbus rockers Ekoostik Hookah and Mike Perkins.

The LC Pavilion

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

405 Neil Ave., Arena District

The Floorwalkers New Year’s Eve Party

Party with Columbus’ favorite garage-soul band as it rocks its way into 2015.

Woodland’s Backyard

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

668 Grandview Ave., Grandview

NYE with Damn the Witch Siren, Bridesmaid, Friendly Faux & Ryan Horn

Buzzy band Damn the Witch Siren, along with Bridesmaid, Friendly Faux and Ryan Dean Horn (of Rotation) will perform for free.


9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

2590 N. High St., Old North

New Year’s Eve Party with Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons and The Womacks

Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons and the Womacks will provide the soundtrack to the New Year at Brothers Drake. Tickets are limited, so advanced purchases are recommended.

Brothers Drake Meadery

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

26 E. Fifth Ave., Short North


A Costume Masquerade Ball Circus Burlesque New Year's Eve

Do you have a fancy mask at home just waiting to be worn to a masquerade? This party is for you. In fact, you can’t even get in without a mask. Tickets include a Champagne toast at midnight, food from Hubbard Grille, live music by Brave Weather, fashion show looks by 2014 High Ball winners Ashley Wills & Shiree Houf and burlesque performances by Crimson Lace Cabaret. Proceeds support CMH Fashion Week.

Camelot Cellars

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

958 N. High St., Short North

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

Is the Short North big enough for two NYE masquerade balls? Ballroom dance studio Danceville, U.S.A.’s NYE fete will include light hor d'oeuvres, a group class, year-end trivia, a performance of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” routine, a viewing of the ball drop, Champagne toast and more.

Danceville, U.S.A.

10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

947 E. Lincoln St., Short North

New Years Eve with Elvis LIVE!

If spending NYE in a ballroom and dancing to the music of Elvis Presley tribute artist Mike Albert is more your style, you won’t want to miss this hotel party, which also includes an open bar with draft beer, house wine and soda, party favors, a midnight champagne toast and overnight accommodations in an all-new guestroom and breakfast on New Year’s Day.

The Crowne Plaza Columbus North

Wednesday, Dec. 31

6500 Doubletree Ave., Worthington

NYE Winter Wonderland

Enjoy live music from the Perfect 10 Band in the o.h. Lounge, receive complimentary party favors, watch a balloon drop at midnight — and put your holiday bonus to work at the slot machines.

Hollywood Casino

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus

NYE Gala

Don your most glamorous outfit for this gala, which includes a full open bar, a selection of DJs and performers throughout the night, and newly upgraded lights and sound — on one of the largest stages in town.

The Columbus Renaissance Hotel

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

50 N. Third St., Downtown


New Year’s Eveat Shadowbox Live

Partake in appetizers, dinner and dessert before enjoying a concert and dance party with house band BillWho?

Shadowbox Live

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

503 S. Front St., Ste. 260, Brewery District

New Year’s Eve with Valerie & David —The Impossible Possibilities

Valerie Accetta and David Bahgat return to the Garden Theater to ring in the New Year with nostalgia and show tunes.

Short North Stage

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

1187 N. High St., Short North


First Night Columbus

First Night Columbus is a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration that offers family activities that appeal to all ages, including movies, a performance by the Fort Hayes School Band, an electrostatic generator show, face painting, holiday lights and a fireworks show at midnight.


5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31

929 Harrison Ave., Ste. 202, Downtown


You’ve survived more work and family holiday parties than you’d care to remember. Now, celebrate the holidays the cool way — at these alternative events.

PBR Holiday Party

Listen to live music from Bummers, Damn the Witch Siren and The Girls!, and participate in a “hipsters vs. metros” keg race to benefit the Parker Lee Foundation. Ridiculously cheap PBR draft specials will be available all night.

Little Rock Bar

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18

944 N. Fourth St., Italian Village

Columbus Alive’s Miracle on High St. presented by OYO

In our very own Christmas miracle, we’ve brought Miranda Sound, Earwig and Comrade Question together for the first time to jam. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and get a free Alive T-shirt.

Ace of Cups

9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19

2619 N. High St., Old North

Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons Holiday ShowwithNoah Wotherspoon

Columbus favorite Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons will play songs from its recently released album, Hey Kid, in a special holiday show.

Rumba Cafe

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19

2507 Summit St., Campus

The Columbus Gay Men's Chorus

The chorus, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, will perform a holiday showcase in the Conservatory’s Grand Atrium.

The Franklin Park Conservatory

7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus

Festivus Rides Again

Pay homage to the classic “Seinfeld” Festivus episode by imbibing, testing your strength with a Huffy bike toss, airing your grievances and joining in on a bike ride around town. The best bike decorations and best sweaters of the night will win prizes.

Land-Grant Brewing Company

4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21

424 W. Town St., Franklinton

Annual Festivus Party withDJ Abyss

If you can’t get enough of Festivus, the ironic anti-holidays holiday, head to Brothers Drake to partake in some mead and dancing at this annual gathering.

Brothers Drake Meadery

8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23

26 E. Fifth Ave., Short North

Happy Horrordays

Do you crave excitement over the holidays? The Northland Asylum’s decorated its halls and rooms in anticipation of Jolly Old St. Nick’s visit, and the result is terrifying.

The ScareAtorium

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 26-28

2605 Northland Plaza Dr., North Side

Happy New Year’s Karaoke

Still have energy left to expend after a wild NYE? How about a little karaoke? Or, if singing in front of strangers isn’t your thing, keep dancing at Bossy Grrls’ FREQ dance party.

Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1

2598 N. High St., Old North

New Year’s Ladies ’80s & More

If you didn’t get a chance to show off your best dance moves on NYE, head back to Skully’s the following night for the club’s popular Ladies ’80s night.

Skully’s Music-Diner

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1

1151 N. High St., Short North