Best New Year’s Eve Parties In Cleveland

December 6, 2012 6:00 AM

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

Thanksgiving has come and gone and winter has found its way into the streets. In just a few short weeks, 2012 will draw to a close and a new year will begin. There are many ways to celebrate this transition: a cozy night at home with your sweetheart and a bottle of wine, a family gathering with voices lifted in “Auld Lang Syne,” or a raucous house party with a group of long-time friends. If a night out sounds like the right route, these places promise the best New Year’s Eve parties in Cleveland this year.

House of Blues Cleveland
308 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 523-2583

Hours: 9 p.m.
Price: $43.50 to $199.50

If you are looking for live music to ring in the new year, the House of Blues Cleveland may be the place for you. Every year, it rocks in the new year with a great celebration filled with music, dance and drink specials. This year, Cleveland’s own Michael Stanley will provide the soundtrack for the night. A North Coast New Year’s Eve with Michael Stanley and The Resonators is a must for music lovers this year.

The Ritz Carlton, Cleveland
1515 W. Third St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 623-1300

Dinner Hours: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dinner Price: $120 per person/$35 optional wine pairing (reservations required)

Lobby Lounge on 6 Celebration: 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Celebration Price: no cover/no reservations

Style and esteem are associated with the mere name of this classic hotel in downtown Cleveland. Every year, the Lobby Lounge on 6 creates a great party destination for New Years Eve revelers. No reservations are required to join this celebration where Dom Perignon may be purchased by the glass to toast at midnight. Light fare will be available from the menu as well as a full bar, while the dance floor will be fueled by the music from a live band. If you are looking to add further class to your evening, consider making a reservation at MUSE to start your night with an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner.

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The Studio Cleveland

1395 W. 10th St. Suite 120
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 621-7085

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Price: from $20, dependent upon which events you choose

The Studio Cleveland offers an alternative form of celebration to ring in the new year. This yoga/massage/meditation space is located on the East Bank of The Flats and will offer events throughout the entire day to help focus and center the mind, body and spirit. Ring in the new year with a drum circle followed by meditation. Costs range depending on which activities you wish to participate in, starting at $20. This is a family friendly atmosphere, designed to provide a powerful substitute for the usual New Year’s Eve party.

1148 Main Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 696-4677

Hours: dinner package – 6 p.m.; show only – 7:30 p.m.; New Year’s show – 10:30 p.m.
Price: $55 7:30 p.m. dinner package/$35 show/$65 New Years Show

If 2012 has proven to be a tough year, there’s no better way to send it out the door than with laughter. The Improv is located on the West Bank of the Flats, next to Shooters, and is one of the premier venues for comedy in Northeast Ohio. On New Year’s Eve 2013, the energetic Roy Wood Jr. will deliver the laughs. With multiple show times and dinner options, just starting the night with a little humor before heading on to the next party might fit your schedule. If your desire is to be laughing at midnight, the Improv is the place to be.

Velvet Dog
1280 W. 6th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 664-1116

Hours: doors open at 8 p.m.
Price: $25 general admission/$125 VIP package

If you feel like dancing the year away at one of Cleveland’s hottest nightclubs, the Velvet Dog should be your New Year’s Eve destination. Located in the heart of the Warehouse District on West 6th, the Velvet Dog features multiple floors, bars and atmospheres to fit your desires. Purchase the VIP package for New Years Eve, and you will have access to the third floor with an open bar and catering provided by Sushi Rock Beachwood. Known for its great music and party atmosphere, any weekend fills the building with people ready to party — just imagine it on one of the biggest party nights of the year.

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Danielle Andes has spent the past two decades documenting the world around her through photography and writing, paying particular attention to the world of music. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and still resides there today. Her work can be found at

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