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New Year's Eve should be the one night of the year where you do it up right, put on a gorgeous dress, and commit to staying out all night with champagne in your hand and confetti in your hair. There are lots of fantastic parties going on around Louisville, but these are some of the biggest. See and be seen! Don't forget to start off your night with an amazing New Year's Eve dinner at some of these local restaurants. 

The Galt House Hotel: Parrots in Paradise and Blackout Affair

The Galt House is offering three parties this year, but the two that sound the most exciting are the Parrots in Paradise Party in the Grand Ballroom (expansive dinner buffet, dancing with live music from the band Burning Las Vegas) and the Blackout Affair in the Archibald Cochran Room (live band and DJ). Pricing and packages vary widely, but you can purchase a party hopper pass and attend both. Sounds like a night to remember (or black out).

December 31, 6:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Galt House

140 N. 4th Street

Louisville, KY 40202

www.galthouse.com/Packages/newyearseve.asp

502-589-5200

Prices Vary

The Ice House: Roaring Twenties Bash with the Louisville Crashers

Party like it's 1925 at the Ice House this New Year's Eve. Roaring Twenties era costumes are encouraged but not required (but don't be lame! Get out that flapper dress!). General admission is $50 and VIP admission is $125. Featuring a performance by the Crashers, twenties-themed decorations, prohibition-era cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (with VIP ticket), this is sure to be a swinging good time. 

December 31, 9 p.m. -1:30 a.m.

The Ice House

217 East Main Street

Louisville, KY 40202

www.icehouselouisville.com

502-589-4700

$50 General Admission $125 VIP

21C New Year's Eve Party

The hottest hotel in town is throwing a big fat NYE party in the Atrium, which will be transformed into a swanky lounge complete with DJ, dance floor, and bubbly! Cover is $55 per person and includes two cocktails, plus a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. You can also upgrade your ticket to include a special dinner at Proof on Main, which we highly recommend. 

December 31, 5 p.m - 4 a.m.

Proof on Main

720 West Main St.

Louisville, Kentucky 40202

www.proofonmain.com

502-882-6231

$55 for party admission, $140 for meal and party admission

New Year's Eve on Fourth Street Live!

New Year's Eve might be the best time of the year to visit Fourth Street Live, since it's likely to be packed with out-of-towners and locals alike looking to club-hop into the New Year. Even if Fourth Street isn't usually your dish, $20 general admission to Tengo, PBR, Kill Devil, Social and Sports Club and Marquee Bar is very reasonable. 

December 31, 8 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Fourth Street Live

400 S 4th Street

Louisville, KY 40202

www.4thstlive.com

Pricing varies

99.7 DJX Presents New Year's Eve at O'Shea's Downtown

Come party with The Moonshine Millionaires and DJ Melly Mel at O'Shea's downtown. There will be three floors of entertainment; a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight, favors, and giveaways. A VIP package is $65, and includes a four course meal served from 6:30 and 10 p.m., unlimited house liquors and Bud Light on tap until 10 p.m., and a reserved table for the entire evening. Standard ticket is $15.

December 31, 6 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Patrick O'Shea's Downtown

123 W Main St

Louisville, Kentucky 40202

www.osheaslouisville.net

502-813-3226

$65/$15

WFPK’s New Year’s Eve Soul Revue at Headliners Music Hall

The WFPK New Year’s Eve Soul Revue will be hosted by 91.9 DJs Matt Anthony and Woodrow on the Radio. This year’s musical lineup will feature the Junk Yard Dogs as the house band with special guest vocalists Christy O’Connell, Richard “Cornbread” Powell, Bee Thomas, and Soul River Brown. The ticket price includes free memento photos provided by Pictured Events and a balloon drop at midnight!

December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Headliners Music Hall

1386 Lexington Rd.

Louisville, KY 40206

www.wfpk.org

502-814-6500

$10.00 in advance ($12.00 at the door)

2013 New Year's Eve Blowout at Jim Porter's

Four top bands, a gigantic balloon drop, New Year’s decorations galore, free party favors, and a midnight champagne toast: Jim Porter’s will be hopping this NYE. New Year’s Eve bands performing include Louisville Brass & Electric, Lindsey Lane & Axis, Boogie Men Blues, and Insane Outlaws.

December 31, 6 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Jim Porter's Good Time Emporium

2345 Lexington Rd

Louisville, KY 40206

www.jimporters.com/specialEvents2.html

502-452-9531

$20

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