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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need For New Year's Eve In St. Louis

By , December 10th, 2014

A general rule of thumb for St. Louis is that each cardinal direction, compass-wise, is suggestive of a different personality. Head west if you’re looking for trendsetters who are attuned with a slick sense of style and youth. Look north if you’re looking for a quiet, relaxed winding down of 2015. St. Louis’ deep south is a hotbed of things to do with the kids, the whole family and is lined with snazzy eateries. And the east is for the wild and crazy party animals. For our themed New Year’s Eve in St. Louis, we might lead you astray, but trust us, we’re still pointing you in the right direction.


Where to Eat

St. Louis Toasted Ravioli
Photo by Liza Lagman Sperl CC BY

If your plane just made it in the nick of time for NYE, then spend the year end event at the St. Louis Airport Marriott. Ranging from $100 to $325 per ticket(s), you’ll be treated to a succulent evening dinner that’ll soak up all the contents of their Premium Open Bar featuring name brand liquors, domestic draft beers and a variety of mixers and soft drinks. Don’t deprive yourself a plate of their signature St. Louis Toasted Ravioli!

What to Do

St Louis New Years Eve Party
Photo by Zack Huggins CC BY

Be the boss and grab ahold of that mic and show off those golden pipes, aka your vocal cords, at Bob’s Krazy Karaoke. The evening starts at 9 pm and leaves plenty of time to drop the mic and head over to Three Sixty, a bar 400 feet above downtown. Over at Three Sixty, you’ll find a top-notch party, complete with DJ, custom ball drop, champagne toast at midnight, bottle service and more!

New Year’s Eve at Three Sixty St Louis
Photo by Three Sixty

Where to Sleep

Superior King Room Moonrise Hotel St Louis
Photo by Moonrise Hotel

The unicorn of New Year’s Eve is a party with no cover charge. And turns out, it does exist at the Eclipse restaurant of the Moonrise Hotel. Take part in an out-of-this-world goodbye to 2014 with a live DJ and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The Moonrise Hotel is everyone’s favorite St. Louis boutique hotel and they also have their own New Year’s Eve pow-wow.



Where to Eat

Steamed Mussels Donatelli's Bistro St Louis New Years Eve
Photo by Cipher CC BY

Donatelli’s Bistro offers Italian cuisine in an intimate, yet lively setting. This New Year’s Eve, be sure to start your evening off with their steamed mussels and then for the main course order the baked lasagna, which pairs nicely with the Banfi ‘Classico’ Chianti. Once you’ve allowed the food to digest, let’s say about 45-minutes, then make your way to the dance floor and enjoy live entertainment from eXeed, The Band.

What to Do

Craft Alliance Center New Years Eve St Louis
Photo by Jason Hackenwerth, courtesy of Craft Alliance

Art enthusiasts should check out First Night St. Louis, a community celebration of the New Year through the arts, and this year’s theme is “A traveling Circus,” where Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design will be open from 4 to 11 pm. Visitors can enjoy the exhibition CLASP, as well as create a spectacular party hat! And if you dying to catch a little bit of theater, then head to Attitudes Nightclub for a variety show hosted by Show Me Charlotte, one of the wildest emcees in town. The show features burlesque, boylesque, drag kings, drag queens, singers, dancers, and fire performers!

Attitudes Nightclub St Louis New Years Eve
Photo by Attitudes Nightclub

Where to Sleep

NYE bash @ The Hyatt St Louis New Years Eve
Photo by Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency of St. Louis at The Arch is making it easy and affordable to ring the largest party gong to bring in the New Year in St. Louis. Their NYE bash features three live acts to bridge the gap between a nonstop dance party, a band with a contemporary beat, and a contestant from season 6 of the popular show The Voice. The event also includes an open bar, food stations, party favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight.



What to Eat

Catfish Fillet The Loft St Louis
Photo by Charlie Kamerman CC BY

Food is important, but so are Wine Down Wednesdays at The Loft. You can nibble on some appetizers, like the catfish fillet pictured above, and listen to live bands playing, starting at 6 pm. If you’re looking for something a little more focused around your dining experience, then Top of the Met invites you and everyday people for a 4-course meal at Kemoll’s Italian restaurant that will feed you through to the New Year. Don’t leave without trying the risotto frutta del mare, a beautiful arrangement of lobster tail, scallops, mussels, baby spinach, and a touch of saffron!

Risotto Frutta del Mare Kemoli's Bistro St Louis
Photo by Kemoll’s/Top of the Met

What to Do

St Louis Artist's Guild New Years Eve
Photo by St. Louis Artists’ Guild

As a couple, start your New Year’s Eve in St. Louis with a little bit of culture courtesy of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. From noon to 4 pm, the Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition will put all different media styles on display, from artists across the nation. This exhibition will include paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculpture.

Malt House Cellar St Louis New Years Eve
Photo by Moulin Events & Meetings

Had enough culture for one night? Now head over to Malt House Cellar for an unforgettable NYE blowout with a 4-hour premium bar, after dinner snacks and midnight toast, live music, two expanded dance floors, a fireside room, bar room games—best of all, there’s free parking.

Where to Sleep

Innsbrook Resort New Years Eve St Louis
Photo by Innsbrook Resort

Looking to rest a couple sleepy heads after a packed night of NYE celebrations? The Innsbrook Resort Celebration in Warren County is putting up couples for the December 31st holiday. For the cost of $250, couples will be feted with a chocolate buffet, champagne toast, and fireworks over Lake Aspen.



Where to Eat

Morgan Street Brewery St Louis New Years Eve
Photo by Morgan St. Brewery

Pub grub and Morgan Street Brewery’s Hodgepodge trivia might be the perfect option for dining alone. Hodgepodge trivia is all about unequal parts trivia, comedy, and game show. And if you want to do something truly unique, Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park is having their own New Year’s Eve shindig for those frictionless aficionados among us. You can nourish yourself over a brisk wintery night with an appetizer buffet and skate in circles up until 30 mins into 2015.

Pappy's Smokehouse St Louis New Years Eve
Photo by Pappy’s Smokehouse

Since you’re dining all by yourself, there’s no reason you can’t put down the cutlery, roll up your sleeves, and dig in with your grubby hands. Pappy’s Smokehouse is one of the top rated barbecue restaurants in the country. They’ll serve you some of their finest Memphis Style BBQ. And those mouth-watering ribs in the picture above, well they’ve been slowly smoked for up to 14 hours over sweet apple or cherry woodchips.

What to Do

Happy's Running Club, St. Louis New Years Eve
Photo by Happy’s Running Club

“Run… drink… and be happy!” is what Happy’s Running Club has to say about preparing for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Meet in front of The Royale at 6 pm, tie up your Nike Free kicks, and pace yourself for 3.1 miles before cooling down with a few pints with like-minded runners. And why not work out those abs with a hearty laugh at Wild Comedy Wednesdays at The Crow’s Nest, with laughs carrying you through until the countdown starts at 11:59 pm.

St. Louis Ballpark Village NYE Party
Photo by St. Louis Ballpark Village 

Nobody wants to celebrate New Year’s completely alone. Even if you do, we suggest you completely submerse yourself in St. Louis culture at St. Louis Ballpark Village for “NYE LIVE.” Be a founding member of their first annual New Year’s Eve bash with a theme of “Glitter and Glow, A Night in Hollywood.” On the other hand, if you see yourself on a yacht, singing Auld Lang Syne and toasting at midnight on a 3 and ½-hour open-bar cruise, then climb aboard the Hampton Inn-Gateway Arch’s New Year’s Eve cruise.

Where to Sleep

Ritz Carlton Suite St Louis NYE
Photo by Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

There’s always the luxurious Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, if you want to kick back with your favorite martini post-midnight, right before you go to sleep. A nightcap is the best way to tuck yourself into bed.


Where to Eat

Fitz's Root Beer Float St Louis New Years Eve
Photo by Fitz’s Root Beer

Fitz’s Root Beer factory is the ideal place for a family to dine out over New Year’s. The kids can see them bottle up their non-alcohol beer-y goodness, while parents can enjoy local craft beers and signature adult beverages. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is also offering a NYE dinner at the The Grill with a fixed price of $89 for adults and $44.50 for the children.

The Grill Ritz-Carlton St Louis New Years Eve Menu
Photo by the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

What to Do

The Magic House St Louis New Years Eve
Photo by the Magic House

Make sure to get to The Magic House around noontime so you can have a pre-New Year’s Eve celebration with noisemakers, wish wands, and rest assured, there will be plenty of dancing. If your kids aren’t partied out from the museum, check out Noon Year’s Eve at the Saint Louis Science Center and enjoy a film in the OMNIMAX Theater or help solve the mystery in the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.

Where to Sleep

Polar Express St Louis New Years Eve Party
Photo by Polar Express Ride

Don’t forget about the New Year’s Eve Pajama Party with The Polar Express at St. Louis Union Station. This family friendly event includes a screening of The Polar Express movie, scavenger hunts, magic shows, games, ice carvings and much more. The countdown concludes with a toast and an overhead gift drop for the children to close out 2014 in an unforgettable manner.