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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Seattle

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Seattle

In spite of its reputation for being a laid-back city, Seattle gets gussied up on New Year's Eve. Even when The Space Needle's fireworks get fogged in, the city sparkles with parties and prix fixe menus galore. From Champagne flights to tumblers of Scotch, we've got your guide for winding down 2014 deliciously.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, prices do not include beverages, tax, or gratuity. Please verify the menu and pricing when making your reservation.

Bar Sajor
Warm up to the New Year at Bar Sajor. This Pioneer Square charmer boasts a wood-burning oven and wood-fired grill, which means every dish on their prix fixe menu will be flame-tastic. Offerings include roast savoy cabbage, grilled mussels, lamb saddle, and a dark chocolate tart for dessert. It’ll cost you $100 for prix-fixe menu (food only), with their full wine, beer, and cocktail list available à la carte. Open from 5 to 10 p.m.

The Corson Building
Wrap up 2014 at The Corson Building for a Seattle-style splurge. This Georgetown gem is hosting a lavish prix fixe featuring chef Matt Dillon’s found, foraged, and fished fare. Wine pairings, transportation, and admission to Bar Ferd’nand’s rocking dance party, and a special New Year’s gift basket are all included in the price. $250, before tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

E. Smith Mercantile
Before the clock strikes midnight, the delightful bar and boutique E. Smith Mercantile is hosting a convivial dinner with chef Tim Stewart of Kurtwood Farms. Gather ‘round a communal table to savor Stewart’s beautiful, Pacific Northwest cooking. Begin with nibbles like pork rillettes before digging into a five-course meal of dishes like crispy sweetbreads and artichokes, and quail with spiced mushrooms. Custom cocktail and wine pairings are available for an additional cost. Dinner will be serves from 7 to 10 p.m.; price is $95, excluding libations and gratuity. Seats are limited to just 25, so make a reservation as soon as possible.

Ivar’s Salmon House
For a party with a view, head to Ivar’s Salmon House. Their New Year’s Eve Party Package offers a seafood dinner buffet, a champagne toast, two drink tickets, and an opportunity to shake it to DJ Diana Ruiz’s tunes. Plus, enjoy views of the Space Needle’s epic fireworks show. $75 from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Reservations required.

Le Pichet
Having perfected their partying skills with Bastille Day and Beaujolais Nouveau fêtes, Le Pichet is a prime spot to celebrate the start of 2015. In addition to their menu of fabulous, French fare — duck confit, steak frites — special dishes will be available. In addition to a midnight Champagne toast, Le Pichet will take care of the party hats, noisemakers, and balloons. At 9:30 p.m., Billy Brandt and fellow musicians will rock the restaurant. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to Midnight. Reservations strongly encouraged.

Macleod’s
At Macleod’s, ring in 2015 like a Scotsman. Ballard’s beloved pub is hosting Hogmany, the Scottish traditional “last day of the year” celebration. There’ll be bagpipes and scotch, plus a rousing group rendition of Auld Lang Syne. No extra charge for the NYE bash means you can save your schillings for drink specials. The bar is open from 4 p.m. onward.

Stoneburner
For a Champagne toast like no other, head to Stoneburner. This Ballard hotspot is offering three flights of bubbly to showcase the regional traits of different sparkling wine. Sample Franciacorta, Italy’s answer to Champagne, or terroir-focused, grower Champagnes. Pair the sparklers with chef Jason Stoneburner’s wood-fired food, like pizzas, their popular meatballs, and roasted farmers market vegetables. Flights range from $15 to $25. No reservations required, so feel free to come for dinner or a celebratory drink.


Ring in 2021 at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

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Count down the New Year at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Toast to a sparkling 2021 with special dinner menus, festive libations and an array of fun-filled activities.


Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve

If you’re in search of an end of 2020 celebration that really rocks, look no further than the Seattle Aquarium's Rockin' Rockfish Noon Year's Eve. With Music from Mikey the Rad Scientist, a dance party and lots of fun facts about the animals families will find at the aquarium, this celebration is the epitome of edutainment. So gather your little animal lovers and get ready to countdown to the noon year at this virtual party. Reserve your spot online.

Time: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
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10 fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve, safely at home

Jennifer Lopez headlines “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” on ABC at 8 p.m. Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

By God, we did it. We finished 2020.

Cue radiant light piercing the clouds, balloons, confetti, single tear of joy.

This endless year is finally ending, and you may be so happy to see it go, you won’t even miss the New Year’s Eve parties. On this weird (yet oh so wonderful) Dec. 31, we’ve rounded up 10 ways to stay home, stay safe, and kick 2020 to the curb in style.

Yup, New York’s Times Square may be closed to the public, but it’s comforting somehow that the ball drop tradition continues. Like most years, there are a few ways to watch. No cable? Try the livestream via NewYorkTimesSquare.org. For the specials below, watch on TV, apps, or Web.

CNN's Anderson Cooper (left) and Andy Cohen of Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live" will co-host CNN's New Year’s Eve celebration again this year, minus the crowds, in Times Square. AP

CNN lets its hair down a bit for “New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen,” hosted by the real-life buddies, who get more inebriated as the night goes on. This year’s guests include Patti Labelle, Dead & Co’s John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Buffett, Carole Baskin, Josh Groban, Leslie Jordan, Dulcé Sloan, Desus & Mero, Kylie Minogue, Aloe Blacc, Goo Goo Dolls, and Jon Bon Jovi, according to CNN. Honestly, it’s worth watching just to see Cooper get giggly after doing shots. 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, on ABC, Jennifer Lopez headlines “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” Billy Porter, Jimmie Allen, and Cyndi Lauper will also appear. 8 p.m.

Carson Daly hosts “NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021” with performances by Brett Eldredge, Julianne Hough, Ne-Yo, Leslie Odom Jr., Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more, according to NBC.com. 10 p.m. “Community” alums Joel McHale and Ken Jeong team up for “FOX’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2021.” 8 p.m.

Like Times Square, First Night Boston is continuing its tradition, held since 1975, sans crowds. Catch the online stream starting at 6 p.m. via https://www.firstnightboston.org. According to First Night’s website, you can also watch segments on NBC10 Boston from 7-8 p.m. NECN and NBC Sports Boston from 11 p.m to 12:01 a.m., and via Telemundo Boston. The night includes jazz musicians, dancers, figure skating, and R&B performances, according to their schedule. You can share your New Year’s resolutions and home celebrations on social media using the hashtag #Together21.

Why not toast the heck out of this year? You’re not driving anywhere, and you definitely have the time — and remember you can also make alcohol-free mocktails.

A little Googling turns up scads of festive recipes: a confetti champagne cocktail, with vanilla vodka and a pop rocks rim, peppermint bark mimosas, and Drunken Peanut Butter Cups via delish.com. Or try Champagne Holiday Punch, garnished with star anise pods, pineapple slices, and grated nutmeg or the flaming Set the New Year on Fire cocktail, both via liquor.com.

Connecticut’s host with the most, Martha Stewart, offers recipes for a Champagne Fizz with candied ginger, a fruity Sorbet and Champagne cocktail, and a nonalcoholic Cranberry Sparkler with blackberry puree, at marthastewart.com.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Oranges and Olives Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Boston’s GBH, Julia Child’s home network, offers a handy recipe page — from Child’s Bouillabaisse A La Marseillaise , to quiche Lorraine, to her roasted chicken.

If you’re quarantined afar and reading this online, the site sheknows.com offers “15 Dishes That Will Make You Homesick For Boston” — or just happy you live here — from lobster bisque to a classic Irish coffee. You can find recipes from home cooks in Massachusetts — Down East blueberry buckle from Plymouth, beer-braised pulled ham from Lawrence, and Minestrone soup from Topsfield on tasteofhome.com

Picking up some takeout might be part of your usual New Year’s Eve ritual. Smart move.

A very few suggestions: Up your game this year with Boston’s Alcove par for the course: blackened fish tacos, house-made foccacia, spiced pumpkin soup. 617-248-0050. https://alcoveboston.com.

Pammy’s — a Globe Restaurant of the Year in 2017 — offers authentic Italian, from whipped cheese and sesame garlic knots, to a tagliatelle and eggplant platter (https://www.pammyscambridge.com/, 617-945-1761) For more knee-buckling dishes of Italy, try the Back Bay’s Eataly (https://www.eataly.com/ 617-807-7300)

Thai-style fresh summer rolls at Mahaniyom in Brookline. These rolls are stuffed with lots of goodness like sweet pork sausage, bean sprouts, cucumber, tofu, and omelette. Finished with a little touch of sweet gravy. Courtesy of Mahaniyom

For Thai — from crab curry to flying squid —the Globe recommends Mahaniyom in Brookline. 617-487-5986, www.mahaniyomboston.com. For Haitian-style spaghetti, plantain lasagna, or Creole chicken, call Neighborhood Kitchen in Medford. 781-391-9000, www.nkboston.com.

If getting dressed up for a themed costume party sounds like the right way to exit this year, indulge. Kids who never got to trick-or-treat might get a kick out of donning that Buzz Lightyear suit. Take silly family photos with a photo booth app. Dance like no one’s watching. (No one is.) You just made it through 2020.

The classic Monopoly game. Justin Sullivan/Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Ge

Make it an old-fashioned family game night, by pulling out the board games or cards. Grab paper and pens for Win, Lose or Draw, play charades, or face off in a Wii Sports tournament.

Don’t have Scattergories? There’s an app for that. Download the Scattergories app , or, for that matter, any number of classic games — Yahtzee, Scrabble, Uno, Monopoly— are all now available as apps. Connect with distant friends via a remote game like Words with Friends, or a Zoom party.

A fun phone game for those in one room is Heads Up. Hold the phone (facing out) to your forehead and try to guess the word on its screen that your fam is acting out — bonus: You can set the app to record the antics, so you can LOL at yourselves later. FamilyFeud.com also offers ways to play at home.

Treat yourself with an epic dessert for the family. (Or one.)

GBH offers some great dessert recipes, too: from S’mores cupcakes for kids, to Marbled Tahini Swirl Brownies “that taste like candy,” Ricotta-Semolina Cheesecake, French apple cake, and Julia Child’s chocolate mousse or Napoleons. Martha Stewart’s site, of course, offers dozens of delights.

Yifei Liu as the title character in "Mulan." Jasin Boland/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictu

If you typically head to the theater on New Year’s Eve, pop the popcorn, dim the lights, and start streaming. Some holiday releases went straight to the small screen this year — plus it’s time to catch up on releases you missed.

For the family: the much-buzzed about live-action “Mulan” that released on Disney+ earlier this year for a price is now free for subscribers. Disney Pixar’s new release, “Soul,” hit the streaming service on Christmas Day “Black Beauty,” voiced by Kate Winslet, is another new family blockbuster. Marvel and “Star Wars” fans, make your own marathon here.

Obviously, suggestions could go on for pages, but a handful of recent Netflix adds: the creators of “Black Mirror” take a look back at the worst year in “Death to 2020.” George Clooney directs and stars in “Midnight Sky.”

This one goes without saying — you may make some resolutions tonight. And with all that happened in 2020, your future intentions may be different than in years past. Here’s hoping we all have the chance to create a better 2021.


11 Totally Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year's Eve At Home This Year

Although 2020 is coming to a close, it's more important than ever to continue being vigilant about COVID-19 safety practices like social distancing, wearing face masks, and limiting person to person contact as much as possible. The Centers for Disease Control recently announced their official holiday guidelines, with the main theme being that individuals should limit their gatherings to include direct households only in order to lower the risk of COVID-19 spread. That means your New Year's Eve plans should include staying at home. But that doesn't mean your New Year's Eve plans have to be boring! There are so many fun and creative ways to mark the end of 2020 at home. Enjoy some of these new traditions.

Who said you can't dress up just to sit on the couch? If you typically pull out your best outfit for NYE, there's no need to change that tradition this year. Plus, you can get great photo opps at home, too. Dressing fancy calls for some fancy hors d'oeuvres to match the vibe, don't you think?

Your NYE celebration is only as good as the drink you choose to toast with at midnight, so it's only right you make something really special for the occasion. These confetti champagne sippers are a good place to start!

Zoom calls and Google Meet have become a staple for holiday celebrations this year, and they're a great way to gather all of your loved ones virtually to ring in the New Year.

It's not New Year's Eve without watching the ball drop in Times Square, and although the in-person event is cancelled this year, Ryan Seacrest will still be celebrating the day with various celebrity guests. Be sure to tune in.

There's no year like this year to start a new tradition. Since you'll be staying awake through midnight, you'll want enough snacks and bites to graze on for the entire night. You can even make things interesting and host an appetizer cook-off between everyone in your household. Each person makes their own appetizer to share and then you crown one person the reigning winner. until next year.

Despite the challenges, it's important to acknowledge all of the good parts of the year, and you can easily do so with a thoughtful virtual toast. Plan a time to call up your friends and loved ones so you can all raise a glass to getting through 2020.

Maybe extravagant holiday celebrations aren't your thing, and that's totally okay. Staying up all night watching movies is a great way to welcome in 2021, so make sure that streaming queue is on point!

Let loose and dance around your home with your roommates or family members. You can always add a competitive aspect and turn it into a lip sync battle if you want to up the stakes.

Besides sourdough and banana bread, charcuterie boards have become insanely popular this year. Try your hand at the trend for New Year's Eve and make it your excuse to buy all of those fancy cheeses at the grocery store that you've always been curious about.

When the clock strikes twelve, you might as well make the most of it! Even if your celebration is more low-key than usual you can still absolutely use all the noisemakers, confetti poppers, or sparklers you want.

End the night just as you would any other: with a killer dessert&mdashor a couple of them. Might as well have a sweet ending to the craziest year ever.


Seattle New Year’s Eve Fireworks

See the Seattle skyline light up with a spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks show in downtown Seattle. While we think the Space Needle is prime viewing, you can also up to see the show in the Seattle Center, Kerry Park, atop Capitol Hill, and more.

Location: 400 Broad Street, Seattle
Date: December 31
Time: 11:59 p.m.
Admission: Free


65+ Best Dinner and Party Foods to Celebrate New Year's Eve

Whether you're hoping to gather with a bevy of friends for a traditional New Year&rsquos Eve party, or are planning a more intimate evening, ringing in 2021 with just a few close family members, you'll want to mark the final day of this tumultuous year with a good meal. And that mean some delicious mains, some tasty side dishes, a few appetizers and snacks, and of course a cocktail or two, both to send off the old year and to toast to whatever 2021 has to bring. To help you decide what to make, we've put together this list of five dozen of our favorite dishes, all of which are both elegant and easy to make, so you can feel comfortable making these for a crow, or even for just yourself and a friend.

Our spread of New Year's Eve food includes the best New Year's Eve appetizers that will kick the night off right, like colorful cheese balls and bruschetta. Delicious main courses will steal the show, such as citrus roasted salmon or pork chops with bourbon-molasses glaze, with sides of mashed potatoes, roasted squash, or grilled artichokes. Wow your guests with our holiday desserts and make sure everyone has a bubbly New Year's cocktail in hand to make a toast.

Set the tone for your New Year's Eve dinner even further by making a playlist with some of the best New Year&rsquos Eve songs or playing a game. The only thing left to do will be to count down to 2020 by watching the New Year's Eve ball drop&mdashmaybe with a second piece of pie.


A fancy cheese and charcuterie board is just the thing to take your at-home party from being another night on the couch to something fabulous. In addition to your favorite meats and cheese, be sure to add in some cornichons, fancy crackers, olives and even edible flowers for a spread that looks as good as it tastes. If you're concerned about keeping things touch-free, why not try the new "jarcuterie" trend?

Wisconsin Cheese and Charcuterie Board


Retro Cocktails: Party Like It's .

The cool cats over at the Hala Kahiki in River Grove, Ill., really dig this kooky cocktail. So why not get hip to this tiki-bar trend &mdash OK, Daddy-O?

1969: Sage Advice

Patrons of San Francisco's Clock Bar sip this herb-scented drink while scoping out the bar's Mad Men-esque 1960s decor.

1979: Mama's Little Helper

This fizzy, cucumber-flavored drink tastes like the cocktail equivalent of a Jell-O mold dessert &mdash but in a good way.

1989: Wally World

Remember the '80s? Well, clearly, so do the folks at the Ridgemont &mdash a, like, totally rad homage to big hair, shoulder pads and all things pink, like this strawberry-flavored cocktail.

1999: Peach Cosmo

The Signature Lounge in Chicago's John Hancock Center has devised a cocktail to celebrate the '90s. The Peach Cosmo is sweet, bright pink and unabashedly girly. And interestingly enough, it is the favorite drink of former President Bill Clinton &mdash not!

2009: Captain Handsome

This sophisticated drink, mixed up at the popular Seattle bar Vessel, exemplifies the cocktail scene over the past year: It's sophisticated, not too sweet, and at the same time kinda fun.


This NYE Bar Crawl may be just what we all need to burn the calories we drink! Crawl your way into the New Year with exclusive drink specials at participating bars, including Sam’s Tavern, Bar Sue, Raygun Lounge, Speckled & Drake, and Kessler’s. From 10 pm on December 31, 2017, to 2 am the following year, these 21+ festivities will be a great adventure to start off 2018.

Want to celebrate NYE Lonely Island style? Consider the Gatsby’s Yacht 2018. We’re talking complimentary appetizers, a premium open bar, and party favors—all with a roaring ’20s theme. As you can imagine from that description, tickets start at a couple of hundred dollars. For a little less expensive of a ticket (starting at only $100), check out the NYE Fireworks Yacht 2018, with complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and semi-formal attire.


Watch the video: Watch: Seattles virtual New Years at the Needle show welcomes 2021 (January 2022).