It’s a problem many face on New Year’s Eve: figuring out how to spend the last night of the year. But there’s a slew of champagne-popping parties happening throughout metro Detroit to ring in 2019, from black-tie gatherings at upscale and exclusive balls, to intimate soirees. We’ve rounded the up best ways to leave 2018 behind, whether you’re wanting to sip bubbly near a fireplace or dance late into the night under a storm of balloons and confetti.
Lady of the House
If you’re looking to indulge in a six-course dinner at a fine-dining restaurant on Dec. 31, Detroit’s Lady of the House is offering an expansive menu for the holiday. With seatings offered at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., the New American eatery with Irish influences features prix fixe menu that includes oysters with sherry mignonette, steak tartare, crispy potatoes, dijonaaise, caviar, pimento crab dip, and Old Bay Ritz crackers to start. A Napa and roast squash salad, with Cashel Blue and burnt raddichio, is preceded by the main course, flank steak, covered in miso butter, and served with roasted beet salad and mushroom greens. For dessert, the restaurant is serving its Lady ice cream sundae and offers a drink-pairing with dinner for an additional price. The restaurant is also hosting a New Year’s party after 10 p.m., which includes a live DJ, complimentary glasses of champagne, and late-night pizza at the price of $25. Reservations are required. 1426 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-818-0218; ladyofthehousedetroit.com
Resolution Ball 2019
The Fillmore’s annual black-tie optional Resolution Ball brings in a crowd that comes from all over midwest and sells out of tickets every year. The event will feature cirque-style entertainment, with stilt walkers, illusionists, and unbelievable acts being performed throughout the night. Celebrate the clock striking midnight with their Korbel countdown champagne reception — a dance party with balloons and confetti that drop from the ceiling while six large screens broadcasting the ball drop in New York’s Time Square. Attendees can subdue the aftermath of too much bubbly with an included midnight buffet. 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451; thefillmoredetroit.com
Motor City Gala New Year’s Eve 2019
The Atheneum & International Banquet Center in Greektown is also hosting a New Year’s Eve soiree, its Motor City Gala. Taking place in the hotel’s 18,000-square-foot, three-story ballroom, the party will feature music by Detroit-based DJ Chrome, who will be spinning tracks all night. The Motor City Party Pass, starting at $199, allows entry into the event at 8:30 p.m., 12 drink tickets, lavish hors d’oeuvrs, and a carving station, along with a midnight celebration involving a balloon drop and lasting until 4 a.m. For those who plan on partying into the morning hours, the Atheneum Suite Hotel offers special lodging rates for the event, which starts at $375 for the night. 400 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-963-1400; internationalbanquets.com
For those looking to celebrate the New Year in a subtle style, the David Whitney Building is hosting a sophisticated shin-dig that includes a champagne toast under the stars. The $125-ticket allows entry into the transformed David C. Whitney Lounge and WXYZ Lounge, which will feature beats by Motor City’s DJ Tom T and DJ Vince Patricola. Included in the price is an open bar, food by Epicurean Catering, a dance floor and live stream of both the ball dropping in Times Square and Campus Martius. Attendees must be over the age of 21 and ticket must be purchased in advance. 1 Park Ave, Detroit; 313-237-1700; davidwhitneybuilding.com
What are your New Year’s Eve plans? Let us know in the comments!