- Elaine Benken
- Your NUVO New Year's Eve decision maker
Our top picks for partyin' on New Year's Eve can be found here. But there's so much more to do in the Circle City that we couldn't stop at just 12 picks. Use the guide above to determine your party vibe and find the perfect New Year's Eve party for you and your buds/long term romantic partners/friends with benefits/enemies/dads.
13 Max Allen Band at Union 50
10 p.m. Shout out to Max Allen Band for having the best album title burn of the last five years in local music with Everyone Thinks You're Weird, and shout out to Union 50 for their really comfortable seats.
Union 50, 620 N. East St., 21+
14 Ciroc The New Year
9 p.m. This high-end dance party features DJs Indiana Jones, Gabby Love, Lockstar, Gno, Hugh Jeffner, Sinclair Wheeler and Slater Hogan (also hosting his own party down the road at Blu). Party in the sky on Regions' rooftop space with an all-inclusive top shelf bar, hors d'oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, and FIREWORKS. This one sells out fast, so grab those tickets. (And maybe book a room, too. Cause, you know.)
Regions Tower, 211 N. Pennsylvania St., $130, 21+
15 Big-Ass Burlesque Bingo Bango Show
10 p.m. Love games, delicious drinks and the knowledge that you don't have to worry about parking your car downtown? Girl, the Bingo Bango show is for you. There's a PBR toast at midnight, tons of sexy bingo games (NOT an oxymoron, we assure you), plus an extra special VIP ticket experience available for those looking to drop a little skrilla to sit in the front row with a personal bottle of champagne.
White Rabbit Cabaret, 1116 E. Prospect St., sold out but creative types can find a ticket, 21+
16 8 Seconds Saloon New Year's Eve
6 p.m. Did you know that LoCash dropped the Cowboys from their name? Now you do. They're just LoCash now. But we know they're still cowboys, and that's why they're spending their last day of the year at 8 Seconds Saloon. Now, to dig up our boots ...
8 Seconds Saloon, 111 N. Lynhurst Dr., $10, 21+
17 New Year's Eve Party
6 p.m. This is one of those stay-all-night jams, because the party kicks off at 6 and keeps going until the wee hours (when breakfast will be served!). Impasse will soundtrack dinner and dancing; your reservations — which are required — include dinner, a bottle of wine, an overnight hotel stay and a breakfast buffet the next morning. The official Mom Pick of NYE 2016.
Chateau Thomas Winery and Staybridge Suites, 6295 Cambridge Way (Plainfield), $335+, 21+
18 New Year's Eve Party
8 p.m. There's all sorts of VIP layers to this South Meridian dance party, headlined by SoCal's Sex Panther including: champagne toasts, surprises, televised Georgia Street celebrations, DJ sets, etc. Organizers recommend you arrive before 10 p.m. to guarantee your entry and remind you that the business casual dress code will be strictly enforced. (Although we bet there'll be plenty of outfits that would NOT be appropriate for the office, except NUVO's office.)
Revel, 225 S. Meridian St., prices vary, 21+
19 New Year's Eve Party
9 p.m. Niko Flores, Sinclair Wheeler, Matt Allen and DJ Alee hold down this dance jam in the airy South Meridian spot Sky Bar.
Sky Bar, 247 S. Meridian St., tickets starting at $25, 21+
20 New Year's Eve Party
10 p.m. Remember back in the day when the Ship could hold down live music shows? So do the owners — so they opened another one. Enter Sinking Ship II, where Iron Diamond will help ring in your 2016.
Sinking Ship II, 4825 E. 96th St., $5, 21+
21 Party of the Year
7 p.m. Circle City Athletics is hosting a big ol' party at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, including henna tattoos, palm readers, ice luges, a photo booth, blackjack and more. All of those things sound like they belong to disparate parties but we love it.
Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St., prices vary, 21+
22 The Why Store
7 p.m. A classic Indy choice for New Year's Eve — plus their nachos are baller.
Slippery Noodle Inn, 372 S. Meridian St., 21+
23 New Year's Eve Masquerade
9 p.m. Your standard party favors, champagne toast, music (from Frankly Speaking) and CONFETTI BLAST. OHHH, SHIT.
Tin Roof, 36 S. Pennsylvania St. Ste. 190, $10 before 10 p.m., $20 after, 21+
24 Gizmos, Thee Tsunamis, America Owns The Moon, Disk Jockey Xerox The Kidd
9 p.m. Start your 2016 with a trip to the late '70s at this Gizmos show — featuring the Hoosier Hysteria version of the band (there's more than a few). New fangled surf babes Thee Tsnuamis, reunited rockers America Owns The Moon and mysterious DJ Xerox The Kidd provide party support.
State Street Pub, 243 N. State Ave., $8 advance, $10 door, 21+
25 Latin Dance Party
11 p.m. This party goes 'til 3 a.m. — and if you've been to one of the Kitchen's Latin Dance Parties before you know they're not kidding. Grab tickets in advance to guarantee a table for dinner. Bottle service is $250, but all admission includes a free champagne toast at midnight.
Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave., $15 advance, $20 door, 21+
- Pour it down
7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. People with lots of plans for the night can grab early tickets to the ComedySportz improv match; those keeping it more low-key can just stick with the 10:30 p.m. tickets. Expect a sparkling cider toast — so yep, you can bring your 17-year-old (or younger).
The Athenaeum, 401 N. Michigan St., $18 advance, $20 door, all-ages
27 Punk Rock Night New Year's Eve Spectacular
9 p.m. For one night only, Punk Rock Night moves from Saturday to Thursday — but isn't New Year's Eve kind of like the Saturday of the entire year? Yes, there's a PBR toast, and yes there's a bra drop at midnight, plus tons of sets including super rare ones from Chicago's Torg, plus the more prolific but no less special Mr. Clit and The Pink Cigarettes. Throw in Maella Cai Vane and Friends Burlesque, and the truly, truly excellent Prince tribute act The Beautiful ones.
Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St., 21+
28 NYE Masquerade Ball
8 p.m This regular masked dance party is the best place to meet your very own Venetian prince, dance to classic rock covers, get your swerve on, and then never see each other again. Or, bring your own Venetian prince that you already snagged and enjoy the face painting, caricature drawings, magic and door prizes, plus a midnight balloon drop and lots of other goodies. Either way, please make sure a Venetian prince is involved.
Union Station, 123 W. Louisiana St., $45-99, 21+
29 NYE 2016
9 p.m. For the thirsty among you looking to really get your drink on, John Larner and Slater Hogan's big Blu bash will liquefy you both with open bars and cool, cool house music. Call for VIP bottle service reservations. Both Larner and Hogan will take over the stakes, joined by DJ Limelight.
Blu, 240 S. Meridian St., $80-100 for open bar, 21+
30 Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
8 p.m. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is one of the best damn ways to ring in the holidays — EVERY holiday, really, including the New Year, Black Friday, hell, let's bring them out for Easter! PS: Don't miss the Rev's new advice column on NUVO.net. He's giving some truly spectacular advice.
The Bluebird, 216 N. Walnut St., (Bloomington), prices vary, 21+
- Stacks on stacks on stacks
31 Annual Grateful New Year's
9 p.m. The Mousetrap always comes correct with the Dead tributes, and their NYE shenanigans is the Deadliest tribute of all.
Mousetrap, 5565 N. Keystone Ave., 21+
32 21st Annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza
8 p.m. Those in the door before 10:30 get in for freeeeeeee.
Rock Lobster, 820 Broad Ripple Ave., FREE before 10:30 p.m, 21+
33 New Year's Eve Party with Zanna Doo
7 p.m. This cover show is the ideal sing-a-long, for those looking to ring in 2016 with lots of classic covers.
The Rathskeller, 401 E. Michigan St., $50-55, 21+
34 Blind Melon
Dec. 31, Jan. 1, 8 p.m. Two shows by Blind Melon are on offer for those looking for a New Year's Eve and New Year's Day joint celebration.
Lafayette Theatre, 600 Main St. (Lafayette), $50 Dec. 31, $30 Jan. 1, all-ages
35 Totally 80s NYE with Sixteen Candles
10 p.m. Bring your hairspray and comb to tease a big ol' NYE hairdo.
The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave., $25-100, 21+