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Your MKE 2018 New Year’s Eve Guide

Whether you prefer an elegant five-course dinner or a late-night rager, this guide will help you plan your ideal NYE.

All night Parties

Countdown to 2019 at Mo’s Irish Pub

Unlimited drinks all night long! $73 open bar, $91.50 open bar and unlimited food, and $12 extended drink package. DJ Mikey and Jude and the Dudes will be performing 10 p.m to 2 a.m.

Where: Mo’s Irish Pub; 142 West Wisconsin Ave.
When: 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Roaring 20s at the Ambassador Hotel

Get dressed in your best 1920s apparel and experience a red carpet arrival with photo op. Your $125 ticket includes food stations from 8 p.m. to midnight, one signature pre-prohibiton cocktail, live music by The Southport Sound and much more.

Where: Ambassador Hotel; 2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.
When: 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

New Year’s Eve – A Night at Studio 54

For $150, can you handle a premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, all-night hot and cold buffet, raw bar, craft cocktails, entertainment by DJ Shawna, disco balls and amazing dance floor lighting and a champagne toast at ball drop? We hope so!

Where: Iron Horse Hotel; 500 W. Florida St.
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

TRIO Presents: Shine Bright New Years

Get ready to dance all night long with access to all three dance floors with a VIP ticket. VIP also includes eight guest tickets, two champagne bottles, and one bottle of choice liquor. All other general admission tickets include sponsored swag and complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Where: TRIO; 1023 N. Old World 3rd St.
When: 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.


Stellar Sparks at The Rave

Don’t want to attend a wild New Year’s party? Hit the 16th annual Stellar Spark New Year’s Eve at The Rave. This year Disco Donnie and Dada Life are performing. Purchase your ticket in advance for $38.50.

Where: The Rave; 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.
When: 8 p.m.

The Cactus Club presents “All That Glitters” Gold NYE Party

Dress in gold to ring in the new year and receive a discounted price at the door. Special Guest DJ Claire Dactyl will be performing. Event is 21 and over. Pre-order your tickets online.

Where: The Cactus Club; 2496 S. Wentworth Ave.
When: 9 p.m.

Shane Mauss is at The Underground Collaborative

Native Wisconsinite Shane Mauss is back to ring in the New Year with smiles and laughs. Mauss has debuted on Conan five times, has his own Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special, appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, and three albums. You wouldn’t want to miss him!

Where: 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
When: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

New Year ’s Day

Boozy Brunch Buffet @ The Iron Horse Hotel

They had us at boozy, kept us at brunch and secured our devotion at buffet. $55 includes live music, a large buffet and a Bloody Mary Bar. Tickets for children are $20. It will be a full day of laughs, drinks and clinks!

Where: Iron Horse Hotel; 500 W. Florida St.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garage New Year’s Day Drag Brunch

Enjoy bottle service mimosas, entertainment, and swag fit for a queen during your brunch. Your ticket also includes a raffle to win a Fabulous Drag Brunch Prize Package.

Where:  The Garage; 1709 N. Arlington Pl.
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New Year’s Blues Matinee at The Comfort Zone

Hosted by Mr. Deboe, host of The Blues Café, the Blues Matinee will feature Willie Clayton, Mr. Terry Wright and entertainment by Love, Peace, and Soul. Tickets cost $50 and the doors and kitchen open at 3 p.m.

Where: Comfort Zone Banquet Facilities; 5526 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
When: 3 to 8 p.m.

DanDan’s Dim Sum Brunch

DanDan has cooked up a special menu for New Year’s Day. There will be an a la carte menu available including DanDan’s famous Chicken Wings, Steamed Pork Bun, Pork & Shrimp Shumai and more.

Their sister restaurants EsterEv and Fauntleroy also have special menus for New Year’s Eve dinner. EsterEv will offer a $100 prix fixe menu with $50 optional pairings. Highlights include Poached Oyster, Lamb Loin and Lobster. Fauntleroy will feature a $70 five-course prix fixe menu with $45 optional pairings. Look for Hamachi Cru, Duck Consommé, Roasted Pork and more.

Where: DanDan/EsterEv; 360 E. Erie St. | Fauntleroy; 316 N. Milwaukee St.
When: New Year’s Eve and Day

Family Friendly

The Harlem Globetrotter @ Fiserv Forum

This exhibition basketball team combines athleticism, theater and comedy into their style of play. Enjoy action and fun with your whole family at the new stadium this New Year’s Eve day.

Where: Fiserv Forum; 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave.
When: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Slice of Ice at Red Arrow Park

Ice skating at Red Arrow Park is an easy winter choice — it’s free (plus the cost of skate rentals)! After you slip and slide your way down the rink, skate over to Starbucks for a cozy cup of hot chocolate.

Where: Red Arrow Park; 920 N. Water St.
When: 10 to 1 a.m.

NYE at the Domes

Visit the dazzling lights in the Show Dome while enjoying tunes by Garlic Mustard Pickers and a performance by Magician Rick Allen. There will be balloon making and a dance party for the kids. At 9 p.m. a big balloon drop will occur and almost one thousand balloons will be released from the ceiling.

Where: Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory; 524 W. Layton Blvd.
When: 6 to 9 p.m.