Your MKE 2017 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.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Kil@wat

Where: 139 E. Kilbourn Ave.
When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Kil@wat at The Intercontinental is hosting a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner. The dinner costs $79 per person or $109 per person with wine pairings. For reservations, call (414) 291-4793. 

New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Dinner at Smyth

Where: 500 W. Florida St. 
5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Smyth‘s Executive Chef Joshua Rogers and his team are preparing a 4-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner prior to The Iron Horse’s New Year’s Eve party. Menu highlights include butternut squash risotto, lobster bisque, surf and turf, and more. The cost is $69.99. Call (414) 831-4615 to make reservations.

EsterEv’s New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Dinner

Where: 360 E. Erie St.
When: Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
EsterEv, Danda‘s restaurant-within-a-restaurant, offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience, and its New Year’s Eve prix-fixe dinner is certainly unique. Enjoy ten courses of delicious food at a twenty-seat communal table, followed by a champagne toast. The special menu includes foie gras toast, uni fritter, lobster, lamb and more. Pay $80 for the dinner or $40 more for additional wine pairings. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling (414) 488-8036.

New Year’s Eve at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Where: 700 N. Art Museum Dr.
When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Milwaukee Art Museum is celebrating the New Year in a Parisian fashion with its “Paris in Milwaukee” party. Begin the evening with a stroll the exhibition Creating Modernism in France. Tap your toes to live Paris-inspired hot jazz while you enjoy the cocktail lounge and bar, butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner. Select seating costs $175 per MAM member and $195 per non-member. VIP seating is available for $290 per guest, and corporate tables can be purchased for $1,500. 


Live Music

New Year’s Eve at the Monarch Lounge

Where: 509 W. Wisconsin Ave.
When: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Enjoy holiday drinks, complimentary party favors, live music by Phil Seed Trio and a midnight champagne toast at the Monarch Lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. 

Bugsy’s NYE Masquerade Countdown

Where: 218 N. Water St.
When: 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Voted the top speakeasy in WisconsinBugsy’s Back Alley Speakeasy will be counting down to 2018 with a masquerade. The event includes a complimentary champagne toast and live music by Joe Wray at 10 p.m.. There is no cover charge. Email to book a table or VIP package.

A Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party at The Ambassador

Where: 2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.
When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
To celebrate its 90th anniversary, The Ambassador Hotel is hosting a speakeasy-style “A Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party” with cocktails, live music and dancing, a red carpet and midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. A Gatsby-inspired serving staff will tend the food stations placed throughout The Ambassador’s Art Deco lobby. Ten-piece jazz swing band “Southport Sound” will provide the dancing tunes in hotel’s restaurant, The Fitz. Don’t forget to dress in 1920’s attire! Tickets are $125.

LuLu NYE Party

Where: 2265 S. Howell Ave.
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Catch live performances from Tigernite and NO/NO at LuLu Cafe‘s New Year’s Eve bash. Enjoy drink specials all night, a complimentary champagne toast and late-night snack buffet. The cover charge is $20. 


Window to the World New Year’s Eve at Blu

Where: 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
When: 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Enjoy an incredible view of Downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan at The Pfister’s Blu Bar and Lounge (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.) this New Year’s Eve. Janet O’Mahony will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by The David Wake Sextet from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Choose between bronze, silver and gold table packages, which range from $300 to $500 and include a tableside dessert and international cheese display, a bottle of premium champagne and party favors for the midnight celebration. Call Blu manager, Mike Nuttal, at (414) 273-8222 ext.2450 for reservations. 

A Royal New Year’s Eve Party at Red Lion Pub

Where: 1850 N. Water St.
When: 6 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Red Lion Pub‘s Royal New Year’s Eve Party, presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey, includes a complimentary buffet supplemented by the pub’s full menu until 9 p.m. The music begins at 10:30 p.m., which is followed by a free champagne toast at midnight and free Ian’s pizza around 12:30 a.m. Table reservations, which include bottle service and open bar offerings, are available for $250-$500 per table. Otherwise, $15 walk-in tickets and $60 individual VIP ticket packages are available. Email or call (414) 469-9409 to pre-purchase tickets or reserve tables.

New Year’s Eve Party at The Iron Horse Hotel

Where: 500 W. Florida St.
When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Iron Horse Hotel is ringing in the New Year with an epic party featuring music by DJ Klassic, a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy drinks from the à la carte champagne bar or barrel aged tasting bar and oysters from the Grey Goose oyster shooter station. 

Photo courtesy of The Outsider

New Year’s Eve at The Outsider Rooftop

Where: 310 E. Chicago St., 9th Floor 
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Celebrate the New Year at The Outsider at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel with DJ Bizzon spinning tracks from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Your $50 admission includes a welcome cocktail crafted by Lead Bartender Gen Longoria, three drink tickets and passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts created by Executive Chef Heather Terhune. You’ll also receive balloon drop party favors and complimentary champagne at midnight. In addition, the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel is offering a “Midnight Over Milwaukee” New Year’s Eve package, which includes an overnight stay at one of the hotel’s rooms decorated for the holiday, a bottle of champagne, hangover kit and Holey Moley Doughnuts on New Year’s Day. Rates for the “Midnight Over Milwaukee” package start at $399. Book your stay here.

Karaoke Countdown to 2018 at Yokohama

Where: 1932 E Kenilworth Pl
When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
New-ish ramen hotspot Yokohama is offering a free bowl of ramen to the first 218 guests and a karaoke countdown all night long. The party includes karaoke props and party hats, drink specials and general melodic revelry! The ramen giveaway starts at 11 p.m. so come hungry.


Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve at Bounce Milwaukee

Where: 2801 S. 5th Ct.
When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bounce Milwaukee is hosting the ultimate New Year’s Eve party for those looking for a family-oriented event. You can choose between “Everything” ($37), “Bounce” ($27) and “Observer/Food Only” ($17) tickets. An “Everything” ticket gives you access to all attractions, which include air hockey, inflatable sports and obstacle courses, laser tag, massage chairs, rock climbing and vintage arcade games. A “Bounce” ticket includes everything except laser tag and rock climbing. All tickets include a full buffet, champagne/sparkling juice toast and time capsule creation. 

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at the Mitchell Park Domes

Where: 524 S. Layton Blvd.
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at the Mitchell Park Domes includes balloon sculpting, face painting, kids’ crafts and much more. A variety of entertainment will be on deck, including a DJ dance party, fire dancers, magic by Rick Allen and music by The Garlic Mustard Pickles. The night ends with a light show in the Show Dome and more than 500 balloons dropping from the Annex ceiling at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 and free for children 2 and under.

New Year’s Eve Around the World at SafeHouse

Where: 779 North Front St.
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SafeHouse is ringing in the new year around the world, with an hourly drink special from every corner of the globe. This family-friendly event also includes complimentary sparkling grape juice and sparkling wine toasts on the hour.



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.