NO NEW YEAR’S EVE PLANS? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED

Do you feel like every year, more and more friends brag about staying in for a “low key New Year’s Eve”? Ugh! That’s not our style — and with so many fun, festive options for New Year’s Eve out in Pittsburgh, we don’t think it should be yours’, either.

So, for all you anything-but-homebodies out there, here’s our list of the most exciting and memorable ways to ring in 2019 in Pittsburgh. Now the only thing left to do is find something sparkly to wear!

NYE with a Side of Culture

Phipps Conservatory’s New Year’s Eve Family Celebration.

Celebrating with kids in tow? Extending your Sober October into the New Year? There’s really no reason to stay home — Phipps is hosting a family-friendly NYE bash starting early at 8:45 p.m. It will feature fun crafts and games for the little ones, plus the botanical garden’s usual magic for the adults to admire.

Phipps Conservatory’s New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. Celebrating with kids in tow? Extending your Sober October into the New Year? There’s really no reason to stay home — Phipps is hosting a family-friendly NYE bash starting early at 8:45 p.m. It will feature fun crafts and games for the little ones, plus the botanical garden’s usual magic for the adults to admire.

The Cultural Trust’s First Night 2019. If you want to really be in the thick of things this New Year’s Eve, the Cultural Trust’s annual First Night is always the city’s biggest New Year’s Eve party. We’d suggest dinner and a view at Fl. 2 before pre-party drinks at the Warren, then head over to join the crowd for the comedy shows, art exhibits, parades and more. At midnight, cap off the night with a kiss under the huge fireworks display.

NYE Worthy Dinners

Whitfield. While you could order from the full menu, Whitfield is getting a bit extra this New Year’s Eve with all of our favorite fancy bites. They say the way you spend New Year’s is a sign of things to come for the rest of the year, and we think dining on caviar, oysters, truffle mac and cheese and a glass of champagne bodes pretty well for 2019. Afterwards, stop in the lobby for another beverage or two with the soulful sounds of DJ Marie & Mike Masai.

Fl. 2.

Our favorite downtown dinner spot is offering a special New Year’s Eve menu, including an extensive raw bar, shareable family-style dishes and specialty cocktails to pair with it all.

Smallman Galley’s Brew Year’s Eve.

Your $75 ticket gets you access to unlimited pours from more than 20 craft beers all night long at this beer-lover’s bash.

Federal Galley. Across the river, Federal Galley is ringing in 2019 with its own New Year’s Eve dinner. Admission is $85 and includes five drink tickets, a champagne toast at midnight and hors d’ouevres from 9 – 10:30 p.m. featuring all of the restaurants’ chefs.

The Vandal. This intimate Lawrenceville eatery is serving a special four-course New Year’s Eve menu for $60 per person from 6 to 11 p.m. Dishes include pistachio garganelli with lamb ragu and chili butter; Lamb loin with blue cheese potatoes, poached figs and celeriac; and a citrus tart with meringue. Reservations are absolutely a must for this one!

Cure.

For the most decadent dinner in town, head to Cure for the award-winning restaurant’s $125 prix fixe menu. You’ll ring in 2019 dining on 26 Month Culatello, Squid Ink Spaghetti alla Chitarra, Charcoal Roasted Pork and Dark Chocolate Soufflé Cake, plus drink pairings to make the night even merrier.

Others options: Acorn, Legume, Union Standard, and Kaya all have tables for four still available on Opentable.

Good Old Fashioned Parties

Brillobox’s Y2GAY NYE Bash. The name really says it all for this one: Brillo’s fun and fabulous bash will feature what they describe as “the crazy bonkers best party jams of Y2K & today selected and smashed together by DJ Dad Time! & Edgar Um.” Tickets are $10 and include a champagne toast at midnight.

Cattivo’s All That ’90s New Year’s Eve. Throw things back to the ’90s by dancing to the best hip-hop, pop and R&B of the decade. Tickets are $10 and include a champagne toast at midnight.

Spirit’s NYE 2019. Whether you opt for Psychedelic Motown hits in the hall or New Wave, Italio Disco and Post-Punk in the lodge, you’re sure to find yourself dancing to something that’s not quite the latest Ariana Grande song at Spirit’s NYE bash. Tickets are $25 for general admission (including free champagne toast and Slice Island pizza all night), or $40 for the Early Bird BBQ.

Non-Ticket Options: Allegheny Wine Mixer for your bubbles fix, spend your night in the tropics with Hidden Harbor or shooting tequila at Round Corner Cantina. None require tickets or reservations.

New Year’s Day Brunches

For those looking for hair-of-the-dog brunches, there are some good ones out there including The Whitfield, Mad Mex, a special brunch appearance from Poulet Bleu and more. If wallowing in your decisions from the night before is more your style then look no further than Chengdu Gourmet or Chinatown Inn takeout and your couch.