Whether 2013 was a year you can’t wait to bid farewell or you’re just really eager to welcome in 2014 with a bang, there’s plenty of great New Year’s Eve parties being held at many of the city’s bars, clubs and restaurants where you can watch the ball drop. With so many celebrations to choose from, it can be hard to weed through the ho-hum get-togethers and find the hottest end-of-the-year festivities. Luckily, these five parties have earned their reputation as being the best of the city’s New Year’s Eve events. If you had a blast at 2013’s best New Year’s Eve parties, you’ll have an even better time at these celebrations considered among the best parties to ring in 2014.
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
What better way to ring in 2014 than with the city’s biggest annual New Year’s Eve celebration? Highmark First Night Pittsburgh promises a celebration for all ages spread across 14 blocks in the Cultural District that features 50 indoor and outdoor locations and nearly 150 New Year’s Eve events. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. with children’s fireworks by Dollar Bank, live music, dance performances, puppet shows and a parade. Just before midnight, turn your attention to The Future of Pittsburgh Ball just before midnight for an extraordinary countdown to 2014 that concludes with an impressive Zambelli fireworks presentation. Purchase your all-access First Night buttons at Giant Eagle, Theatre Square or www.FirstNightPgh.org.
Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl NYE 2014
1323 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Raise a glass to the end of 2013 and toast to the start of a new year at Pittsburgh’s Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl. Hit up all of your favorite bars on this nine-hour bar crawl that begins at Rowdy Buck’s in the city’s South Side where you’ll get your bar crawl map, cup and wristband. Grab your best drinking buddies, don your most festive New Year’s attire and get ready to dance, celebrate and pop some bubbly. All Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl participants must be at least 21 years of age and present proper ID.
Gateway Clipper New Year’s Eve Hors D’Oeuvres Dance Cruise
350 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 8:30 p.m.
Sail into the New Year aboard Pittsburgh’s legendary Gateway Clipper riverboat during its New Year’s Eve Hors D’Oeuvres Dance Cruise. The champagne won’t be the only thing sparkling thanks to grand views of the starlit city skyline and millions of festive holiday lights reflecting off Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Start the party off with an incredible selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages followed by four hours of dancing and DJ entertainment that includes a complimentary champagne toast, fun noisemakers and party hats. All guests must be at least 21 years of age and present proper ID.
Olive or Twist’s Second Chance Prom
Olive or Twist
140 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9 p.m.
While others are looking ahead on New Year’s Eve, you and your sweetheart can look back with Olive or Twist’s Second Chance Prom party. Whether you missed out on your high school prom or you simply want to relive all of the fun from your teen years, you’ll have the time of your life with an over-21 twist. Ladies will receive a complimentary corsage and men a free Crown Royal flask as well as complimentary premium liquors at the open bar. DJ Steve of EventuresLive will get you on the dance floor with the hottest tunes where you’ll work up an appetite for Olive or Twist’s free appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Don’t forget your chance to be photographed as prom king and queen.
Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf, Inc. New Year’s Eve Gala
1854 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate 2014 while supporting a great cause at the Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf, Inc.’s New Year’s Eve Gala. For a $20 donation (or $25 donation at the door), you’ll enjoy an evening of games, prizes, drinks and fun. Happy hour specials will be offered from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. along with Pingo, which kicks off a 9 p.m. This year’s gala will be held at the Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf, Inc.’s clubhouse
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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.