Top 11 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Buffalo

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Written by EmilyMarciniak

Published on December 21, 2015


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With our list of the Best New Year’s Eve Parties to Ring in 2016 growing every day, we know it can be overwhelming to figure out where you should be when the clock strikes 12. We thought we’d narrow down our top 11 ways to party this New Year’s, based on what kind of experience you’re looking for, in no particular order. You’re welcome!


Big Ditch Brewing Co., Step Out Buffalo

Big Ditch Brewing / Step Out Buffalo

For a Traditional NYE Experience

We suggest: Downtown Ball Drop and Big Ditch Brewing Co

Let’s start with the traditional way to spend your New Year’s Eve- watching the ball drop! If you were lucky enough to snag tickets to the now sold out upstairs party at Big Ditch Brewing Co… we’re jealous. The downstairs will still be open to the public, and they are advertising a special menu from 3-10pm. We HIGHLY recommend you try to get their early if you are looking for a good seat. With a prime location right across from the Electric Tower/ball drop, it’s going to fill up quick.

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Old Falls Street / Photo from Facebook

For a Family Friendly Fun Night

We suggest: Old Fall’s Street’s Family Fun at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls

For all the moms and dads out there who want to make this New Year’s Eve just as special for their little ones as it is for us big people, this is where you need to be! The night will include dance floor beats provided by D&B Karaoke and DJ Party Hats & Noisemakers, a giant inflatable obstacle course, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, and they’ll even have a giant inflatable movie screen where they’ll be playing family friendly movies and giving out popcorn. At the stroke of 10pm, there will be a ball drop, and complimentary sparkling juice toast. Adorable! The best part is, you’ll still have time to tuck them in bed and share an adult beverage toast at the real start of the new year. Just $6 per person, and free for kids 3 and under. Tickets are only available at the door, but check the Niagara Gazette for $1 off coupons.

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For a Classy Evening Out

We suggest: Celebrate Buffalo with Templeton Landing

This category was tough because there are a lot of good options for dressing up and spending a little extra doe for a sophisticated night on the town. We went with Templeton in the hopes that it will still be 60 degrees on NYE and also, because we know The Soul Providers put on a good show. Five hours of open bar, butler passed hors d’oeuvres, festive dinner, dessert, and a champagne toast at midnight. Leave with a breakfast burrito to help you combat that hangover before it happens. All for $110. Purchase your tickets here.

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Foundry Inn and Suites / Photo from The Foundry

For a Good Theme Party

We suggest: Casino Royale at The Foundry Suites

If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to pretend you were a bond girl (maybe it’s just me…), this event gives you that chance. Taking advantage of both a banquet room and a beautiful courtyard with fire pits lit all night, The Foundry Suites is providing the opportunity to countdown to the new year under the stars. This is a pricer night, starting at $125, but you can enjoy 5 hours of open bar, hors d-oeuvres and food stations, live music from The Big City Horns and CJ Sound, gaming tables and slot machines, and a champagne toast and confetti blast at midnight. I’d go just to see the confetti blast. Plus, how can you put a price on all the men walking around in suits with their hair slicked back? There is also an opportunity to pay a discounted price to stay in one of their swanky hotel rooms. Get your tickets here.

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For a Night That Won’t Break the Bank

We suggest: NYE Disco Bash at Tonawanda Castle

At $39.95 per person or $69.95 per couple, what other reason do you need to dust off your costume from the World’s Largest Disco and get a second use from it? Let’s be honest, you probably paid more for the costume itself. Experience an elegant station style dinner, champagne toast, and boogie the night away in this fun setting. It is a cash bar, unless you’d like to take advantage of the $24.95 bottomless drink package. Which I’m sure that you do. Get your tickets here.

Public House on the Lake outside bar

Public House on the Lake / Step Out Buffalo

For Delicious Dining

We suggest: The Public House on the Lake

You’ve been wanting to see what The Public House of Buffalo did with the old ‘Root Five’ on Lake Shore Rd in Hamberg anyway. Now you can experience the trendy atmosphere and enjoy some incredible specials in addition to their regular full menu. The special menu gives you the options of a surf & turf with an 8oz hand cut Meyer filet and 6oz butter poached lobster tail (mouth watering), a wine braised and coffee rubbed rabbit, 24oz bone in ribeye, or a butter braised, pan seared seabass, among other delectable items. Overlook the beautiful lake, enjoy a good beer, and the company you’re with. Sounds perfectly lovely. To book your seats call (716) 627-5551.

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Buffalo Mohawk Place

Mohawk Place / Step Out Buffalo

For an Indie Dance Party

We suggest: Transmission Dance Party at Mohawk Place

If nothing hypes you up for new beginnings like The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, or David Bowie, then Mohawk Place is where you need to be. With just a $5 cover, enjoy the indie, alternative, electronic sound of Transmission Dance Party, and party all night at this revived old Buffalo favorite.

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For Laughter and Lounging

We suggest: Clayton English at Helium Comedy Club

Not in the mood for the massive crowds and intensity that NYE can often bring? Head to Helium Comedy Club for a relaxing night being served and entertained as you laugh away in your warm, comfortable seat. Clayton English is best known for his roles as Peanut on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne as well as Terrance from he film The Preacher’s Kid and Jonathan in Five Days in the A. For more information and tickets click here.

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Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. / Step Out Buffalo

For a Home Brewed Experience

We suggest: Roaring 20s NYE Party and Keg Drop at Rusty Nickel Brewing Co

If you’re near West Seneca or don’t mind making the drive, you’ve got to visit the Rusty Nickel Brewing Co for their Roaring 20’s themed evening. Boasting music, games, and “fun for everyone”, this is anther event that won’t make your wallet cry. It’s just $32.64 if you plan to drink and $16.82 if you don’t. Who knows, maybe there’ll still be no snow, and they’ll have another one of their classic bonfires as well! Get your tickets here.

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Mac's on Hertel, Restaurant Review, Step Out Buffalo

Macs on Hertel / Step Out Buffalo

For Adventure Seekers

We suggest: Hitting Hertel Avenue

If you love North Buffalo and the revival of Hertel Avenue as much as we do, this could be the perfect way to cap off 2015. It seems like every other day a new shop, wine bar, or antique store is popping up in the ‘Italian Village’, and we really really like it. Why not create your own bar crawl on NYE? Stop by Mac’s to take advantage of some great specials they’re planning, and La Tavola for an amazing wood-fired oven pizza at the bar. If you’re in the mood for some fun live music, Deja Groove will be covering all the hits at Shadow Lounge. Del Denby’s went through a recent make over that we’ve been dying to see. And rumor has it, that Lloyd’s Taco Factory should be up and running well before NYE, gifting you with the PERFECT end of the evening giant burrito snack. Think outside of the box and dictate your own adventure filled evening!

Let’s Make this Last Forever…And Ever
We suggest: The Countdown at The Waiting Room

For those of you who are looking to settle into NYE and not come out of it until you are well into New Years Day. Throw on a sparkly dress or bowtie and head over to the Waiting Room to jam to the hottest beats from the 90’s to today, spun by DJs DSTAR, Dovey, Heat, GLDN GIRLS and P Nasty at this two floor event. $80 pre-sale gets you 4 hours of open bar, an exquisite and tasty menu by Kevin’s Catering, and of course, champagne toast at midnight. What would we be without the champagne toast at midnight?? I hope to never know. The best part about this party is that the prime location of The Waiting Room is blocks from Chippewa, Elmwood, and Allen…so your night doesn’t have to stop there. On NYE, the rules are, there are no rules. Get out there and do some damage. Purchase tickets here.

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We hope this helps to narrow down your options. Ring in 2016 the way YOU like. You’ve got lots to chose from!

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