From brewery celebrations to family friendly events—casual to swanky, free admission to pricy—there is truly something for everyone to do for New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati this year. We all love new beginnings, so get 2023 started off right by bringing in the New Year with one of these great things to do on Saturday, December 31, broken down by:
- For the Family
- Free events
- Under $50
- Live Music
For the Family
Noon Year’s Eve
Happy Hangout, 10a–12p
Children can celebrate an early New Year at the westside’s playspace.
$20 members, $30 nonmembers
BB Riverboats New Year’s Eve Kids Cruise
11:30a–1:30p (boarding at 10:30a)
Lunch buffet, party favors, DJ for entertainment, kids activities, and a noon countdown. Some characters from their Pirate, Princess, and Superhero cruises will be onboard celebrating.
$49 admission ($39 for children ages 4–12)
New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop
GoldFish Swim School West Chester, 1:30–3p
Family-friendly party for $10.
New Year’s Eve Splash
GoldFish Swim School Anderson Twp, 2–4p
Family-friendly pool party for $10.
Midnight in Munich | NYE Zinzinnati
Mecklenburg Gardens, 4–8p
Celebrate the German new year with authentic food and beer specials.
New Year’s Eve at WinterFest
Kings Island, 4p–1a
Celebrate the final night of the year with friends and family. Two countdowns, one in Festhaus at 9:30p and another at midnight complete with fireworks.
Family New Year’s Eve Party
Ludlow Theatre, 5–7p
Includes Circus Mojo performance and instructional workshop, wood-fired pizza, and a “ball drop” with ginger ale toast.
New Years Eve + Indoor Fireworks
Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Toledo Walleye
Heritage Bank Center, 6p
End your 2022 in a family friendly setting with the Cyclones and a 6p start time, then stick around for indoor fireworks.
Happy Zoo Year
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 8p
“Party Animals” of all ages are invited to celebrate the 14th annual Happy ZOO Year, with a kid-friendly, early countdown at 8p.
Your Neighborhood New Year’s Eve
The Lackman, 12p–2:30a
Reverse Happy Hour from 8 to 10p and complimentary party favors.
New Year’s Eve Blast
Fountain Square, 8–12:30a
Ring in the New Year in the heart of downtown—party on the plaza or celebrate on the ice. Ice rink will be open all night and the full-service bar will be serving beverages.
Bloom NYE Ball 2023
Bloom OTR, 9p–2:30a
Hosted by Jessica Dimon.
No Hassle New Year
Low Spark, 9p–2:30a
Reverse happy hour from 9 to 11, complimentary champagne toast, and complimentary party favors.
New Year’s Eve with Rumpke Mountain Boys
Riverfront Live, 7p
Cincinnati’s premier nightlife venue. May contain special surprise guests.
Bollywood New Year’s Eve
Holiday Inn North, 5800 Muhlhauser Road, 8p
DJ Mavi, festive party favors, Champagne toast, multi-course dinner buffet, photobooth, and cash bar until 1:30.
Tin Roof, 8p
Live performances by DJ Kombat and Bluff City Bandits. Fast Pass and VIP tables available. Email email@example.com.
Noah Smith’s Big Ol’ Family New Year’s Eve!
Big Ash Brewing, 8p–12:30a (doors at 7:30)
Private ticketed event. General Admission tickets include champagne toast at midnight. Seating will be first come first served and tables are not guaranteed. VIP packages available.
Mutual Dance Co. 1805 Larch Ave, 8p–1a
Hosted by CincyHop. Glass of Champagne for ages 21-up.
$15 per person at the door
NYE with the Almond Butter Band
Fretboard Brewing Co, 8:30p
Champagne toast at midnight. Ages 21+
New Year’s Eve Party
Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, 8:30p–12:30a
Music by the Rheingold Band; generous buffet included.
Make reservations at 513-385-2098 or at cincydonau.com.
Midnight on Madison NYE Party
Hotel Covington, 9p–2a
Ticket includes one drink ticket, photo booth, DJ Jermal Potter, balloon drop, confetti cannons and more. Light bites available for purchase. General admission $35. $75 Bottomless Bubbles admission includes VIP access, commemorative Champagne glass and raffle ticket for luxury prizes.
$35 general admission
Under the Sea 2023
Rhinegeist Brewery, 9p–2a
Under the sea-themed bash featuring DJ + dancing, 360-degree underwater photo booth, midnight bubble balloon drop, and plenty of celebratory beverages. Coat check is available.
Tickets $20 at the door
NYE Dinner and Silent Disco
The View at Shires’ Garden, 4p
Party on the rooftop with three-course dinner, sparkling wine toast, and silent disco in the parlor. Book via Open Table.
Butcher and Barrel, 4p
Three-course prix-fixe menu with sparkling wine toast. Book via Open Table.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Frankie’s Sips & Savories, 5–9p
Five sharable dishes and champagne toast. Reservations available from 5 to 9. Book on OpenTable.
Subito at The Lytle Park Hotel
Five-course pre-fixe dinner. $119 per person, $169 per person with wine pairings.
Forno Osteria & Bar, 5–11p
Four-course menu, champagne package add-ons available. Book prepaid via Open Table.
Pre-fixe dinner celebration. Two-hour time limit. Cuvee and champagne package add-ons available. Prepaid via Tock.
La Notte di San Silvestro two-hour, four-course dinner experience with Roaring ’20s theme. Book prepaid via Open Table.
NYE Four-Course Dinner and Drinks
Northern Row Brewery & Distillery, 6:30p
Vinoklet Winery, 7p–1a
Two packages available: Grilled to Perfection Dinner with reservation 5–7:30 p.m. at $43–$48 per person, and Dinner & Dancing from 7p–1a at $89.95 per person.
New Year’s Eve Party
The Madison Event Center, 8p
Blink-style party includes upscale dinner, unlimited drinks, Champagne toast, DJ, visuals, and giveaways.
Prime Cincinnati, 8p
Reservations made after 8p are invited to stay and help welcome in the New Year with a toast, DJ, entertainment, and fanfare.
Reservations on OpenTable
With Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and the Harmed Brothers.
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: New Year’s Eve Billie Holiday Songbook
Music Hall, 8p
Featuring vocalist Quiana Lynell; Damon Gupton conducts.
New Year’s Celebration Like No Other
featuring The Menus
Receptions Fairfield, 8p–1a
Open well bar, appetizers, buffet dinner, late-night snack bar, champagne toast, and party favors.
New Year’s Celebration of a Lifetime with Naked Karate Girls
Receptions Erlanger, 8p–1a
Something Different New Year’s Eve
Woodward Theater, 9p–2a
Featuring DJ Identity and DJ Kay Lyke. Includes open bar, light bite appetizers, live projections, photo booth, and party favors.
Summon the New Year
Live music featured two local bands, Watchfrogs and Happy Tuesday.
New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl – Cincinnati
Ticket gets you to the welcome party, outstanding drink specials, and the list of bars to visit—to be announced on 12/30.
Q102’s Best of the Best New Year’s Eve
Newport Syndicate, 6:30p
Dancing, drinks, party favors, the Rusty Griswolds, DJ Chandler McFadden, and Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar.
Tickets starting at $85
NYE in NKY
Braxton Brewing Company, 7p
DJs all night, photobooth, midnight toast included, and all-you-can-eat buffet catered by Gomez.
$100 advance, $125 at the door
Back to the ’90s NYE Bash
Taft’s Ale House, 7p–12:30a
Grab your neon windbreaker and favorite band t-shirt for a night of 90s nostalgia. Includes 3 beer tickets, ’90s snack and candy buffet, champagne toast, and two raffle tickets.
New Year’s Eve Bash
16 Lots, 7p–1a
Featuring Mad Monks Pizza and Ashton Wolf Dueling Pianos. Admission includes delicious food, craft beer, cider, and a New Year’s champagne toast.
New Year’s Eve at Fueled Collective
DJ and live music, premium prepaid drinks, party favors, and more.
New Year’s Eve Twerk
Arts on the Ave (2141 Central Avenue), 8p
Live dancer, open bar, and full course food menu.
Somerhaus New Year’s Eve Bash
Light bites with international flair, music, and dancing, plus full bar.
Black Sheep Black Tie NYE Celebration
Revel OTR Urban Winery, 8p–1:30a
Includes live band, open bar, light bites, and bubbly toast.
23 Shades of Galla: Sexy Masquerade NYE Party
Galla Park, 8p–2a
DJ Davey C, Sean Dibert, DJ L-Train. Includes champagne toast, balloon drops, private party spaces; semi-formal attire dress code.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Southgate House Revival, 9p (doors at 8)
Featuring Joe’s Truck Stop and The Hammer and the Hatchet
BB Riverboats New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
9p–1a (boarding at 8p)
Ring in the New Year on the river as Cincinnati’s sparkling skyline provides a spectacular backdrop. Includes a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split of champagne at midnight, late night snack buffet, and party favors.
Bubbles & Bow Ties
Includes complimentary champagne upon arrival, party favors, and DJ Simo.
NYE at QCE
Queen City Exchange, 9p–2a
Includes DJ, heavy appetizers, open bar, and champagne toast at midnight.
Celebrate (NYE 2023)
OTR StillHouse, 9p–2a
Tickets include light bites until 11, champagne toast at midnight, photo booth, party favors, red carpet entry, coat check, and free parking. Cocktail attire required.
New Year’s Eve Masquerade
Twenties Cocktail Joint, 9p–2:30a
Two levels of entertainment: Johnny B on the main floor spinning Top 40 and dance, and Nautigroove and Brent Roberts in the speakeasy with House and Progressive sets with a laser and light show. Champagne toast and ballon drop at midninght on the main floor.
The Mockbee, 9p–3a
A multi-stage, multi-sensory blowout party at The Mockbee featuring live bands and DJs all night covering Rock, Hip Hop, EDM, and more.
NYE Midnight Madness at the Lager House
Moerlein Lager House, 9:30p–1:30a
Hosted by Sara Elyse with DJ PRYMTIME & DJ Maximus and sports celebrity appearances. Tickets include an appetizer buffet and two drink tickets, plus a midnight toast.
Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.