Philadelphia, PA - Happy New Year! Get ready for glitz, glamour, and gourmet dishes – This turn of the decade, the below restaurants and bars are going all out to ring in the new year in style.
Best Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Philly
MilkBoy, the Philadelphia-born brand encompassing live-music venues, bars, restaurants, and a recording studio, will be honoring the new year with a free party at their Chestnut Street location. Partygoers are invited to dance on two floors, with DJ tunes upstairs all night. This cover-free NYE bash will include a free whiskey toast at midnight, giveaways, beer specials, and $4 well drinks. 1100 Chestnut Street | 215.925.6455 | https://www.milkboy.tv/
Royal Boucherie, Old City’s French brasserie of Top Chef winner Chef Nicholas Elmi, is the perfect spot to welcome 2020 in style. Guests are invited for open seating and to enjoy a bevy of celebratory additions to Chef Elmi’s menu, including a Champagne toast at midnight. The next day, Royal Boucherie will offer a New Year’s Day All-Day Brunch, where brunchers can toast 2020 with a complimentary mimosa. Near Year’s Day Brunch (à la carte) will be served from 11 am-9 pm. 52 South 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 | https://www.royalboucherie.com/
Red Owl Tavern, For $75, guests will enjoy a three-course dinner featuring entrées such as Lobster Tagliatelle with spinach, bottarga, lobster bisque, and Fairytale Pumpkin Ravioli with rainbow chard, brown butter emulsion, parmesan sage frico. New Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden brings high-end flair to this menu and incorporates seasonal favorites with decadent flavors. 433 Chestnut Street | 215.923.2267 | https://redowltavern.com/
Square 1682, the modern American restaurant and bar located in Rittenhouse Square, will offer guests a New Year’s Eve Surf & Turf special, complete with a side of cornbread and glass of Prosecco for $39. Surf & Turf continues to be one of Center City’s hottest deals of the year, so what better way to cap off 2019 than with a sizzling seared 10 oz. Angus Ribeye with a half-grilled Maine lobster, crushed fingerling potatoes, charred lime, roasted garlic, drawn herb butter, and chimichurri sauce. 121 South 17th Street | 215.563.5008 | https://square1682.com/
Ocean Prime, one of Center City’s most gorgeous seafood restaurants and steakhouses, will feature a Broiled Sea Bass over Lobster Risotto ($58) with Roasted Red Pepper Cream and Fennel Herb Salad on New Year’s Eve. For one-night-only, guests can pair the specialty dish with a glass of Dom Perignon for $50. Other recommended wine pairings from the menu include William Fevre Chablis (still) and Domain Chandon (sparkling). 124 South 15th Street | 215.563.0163 | https://www.ocean-prime.com/locations-menus/philadelphia/menus
Franky Bradley’s, the eclectic bar, restaurant, and nightclub right off the bustling 13th street corridor, will ring in 2020 with a dance party and tunes courtesy of local Philadelphia producer and DJ drootrax. Tickets to this fun event (starting at 9 pm) are $20 and include admission and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. 1320 Chancellor Street | 215.735.0735 | https://frankybradleys.com/
Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop, offers NYE imbibers two specialty cocktails. Those looking to punch it up can enjoy the fruity flavors of Flirting with the Zodiac ($10), made with The Reverend's Universal Spirit, dry champagne, pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and ginger beer. Those looking to make Flirting with the Zodiac punch for at-home NYE parties can purchase both The Reverend’s Universal Spirit and The Good Reverend’s Guide to Infused Spirits at Art in the Age and create their spirited holiday libations. 116 North 3rd Street | 215.922.2600 | https://artintheage.com/
Forsythia, Old City's newest French restaurant from renowned Chef Christopher Kearse, invites guests to enjoy a five-course New Year’s Eve prix-fixe dinner ($100/person). Dinner can be accompanied by a $50 wine pairing with excellent French wines, selected by General Manager and Beverage Director Jennifer Camela. 233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 | https://www.forsythiaphilly.com/
The Twisted Tail, the popular Southern-inspired restaurant, bar, and live music venue on Headhouse Square, is hosting a Burlesque & Blues NYE Party with live music from Mikey Junior Band starting at 9 pm and burlesque performances continuing throughout the evening until 1 am. 509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 | https://thetwistedtail.com/
CO-OP, the lively restaurant, and lounge in University City, is serving its full dinner menu on New Year’s Eve from 7 am-2 pm and 5-9 pm. Highlights include Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip ($11), Crab Fiorelli ($24) with mushrooms and basil pesto, and the CO-OP Beef Burger ($16) with smoked cheddar, caramelized onion, roasted garlic aioli and fries. 20 S. 33rd Street | 215.398.1874 | https://www.coopphilly.com/
Urban Farmer, Dinner guests can enjoy à la carte features, including Langoustine Termidor ($46), Pepper Crusted Venison Loin ($52), and a 46 oz 1855 Cowboy Ribeye ($148) carved tableside. Imbibers can toast to the new year with Clear Resolution ($16), a specialty cocktail boasting gin, citric acid, sparkling rosé and edible gold! Urban Farmer will also be open for brunch on New Year’s Day, serving up favorites such as Brioche French Toast ($14), Short Rib Hash ($18), Biscuits & Sausage Gravy ($15), among the mix. Insider tip: don’t skip the Bloody Mary Cart ($16), featuring build-your-own Bloody Marys with all of the fixings. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 | https://urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com/
Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s “global vineyard” located on South Street, is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party from 10 pm - 1 am, featuring specialty wines, beer, cocktails, as well as artisan cheese, charcuterie, appetizers, and a midnight Champagne toast. Tickets are $65 (including tip). 1525 South Street | 215.735.1116 | https://jetwinebar.com/
Fond, the acclaimed French-inspired restaurant on East Passyunk, is saying goodbye to 2019 with a stellar five-course pre-fixe menu ($95/person), with optional wine pairings (+ $35). New Year’s Eve diners can look forward to Butternut Squash Soup, Hamachi Crudo with fresno chilies, avocado, cilantro, Rigatoni Duck Ragout with saffron, parmesan, truffle, Pork Belly with spaetzle, braised red cabbage, Dijon jus, Caramel Chocolate Tart, and more. Reservations are highly recommended.