2014 is upon us and since a new year means new beginnings, you better make some New Year’s Eve party plans that do not involve your couch, your dog or playing Apples to Apples. Go big and celebrate at one of these amazing bars and venues that always know how to do New Year’s Eve right. Don’t wait too long to buy tickets, though – these events always sell out.


Dream Downtown, New York City

Don’t get caught in the mess of Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The Dream Downtown, an exclusive hotel that’s between the Meatpacking District and Chelsea, hosts an annual party that’s always filled to capacity. The main party takes place in The Gallery, a 5,300 square foot event space. Your ticket (general admission starts at $150, but there are different levels with various perks like bottle service) gets you a premium open bar until 12:30 am, live DJ performance, live feed of the Times Square ball drop, champagne toast at midnight and plenty of party favors.


Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball, Los Angeles

This party lets you ring in the New Year in the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre Courtyard, right along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You’ll never go thirsty with the 5 full, premium open bars and there will be a light show, 2 DJ’s playing hip hop, house and Top 40, go-go dancers, private VIP booths in the VIP lounge and an amazing countdown with giant wall projection.


Galactic New Year’s Eve at Tiptina’s, New Orleans

This two-story music venue and bar has been a New Orleans staple since the late 70s and their New Year’s Eve party is always extremely popular. The bands Galactic and Orgone will be performing and with a VIP Ticket, you’ll get a full dinner catered by Jacques-Imo’s Cafe, open bar from 9pm-midnight, champagne toast, access to VIP side entrance to the venue and the VIP viewing section, a limited edition NYE poster signed by Galactic and Tiptina’s merchandise.


Ghostbar at the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Located on the 55th floor of the Palms, Ghostbar has crazy amazing views you won’t find anywhere else in Vegas. The hip ultra-lounge is where you’re going to find all of the beautiful people on New Year’s Eve, as well as quality drinks and great music. If you want an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, but you want to keep it a little classy, you can accomplish that at Ghostbar. (Seriously, the view alone is worth the cost of the ticket.)


Enclave, Chicago

This New Year’s Eve party is anything but boring or understated. Your ticket doesn’t just get you into the NYE party at Enclave – it also includes a pre-party at Sound-Bar and a post-party at Cuvee Chicago. At Enclave, you get an overstaffed bar (no long drink lines), Chicago’s hottest DJs, champagne toast at midnight, chocolate and desserts, state of the art light and sound system, live video mixing, party favors and noisemakers so you can bring in 2014 properly. VIP upgrades are also available if you’re feeling especially important.


Live it up this year, it is 2014 after all.