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50 ways to ring in 2018 in Detroit



A new year is upon us, which means we can finally kiss the hell scape that was 2017 goodbye. We compiled a list of parties at which you can toast the new year in style.

Motor City Gala at Atheneum Suite Hotel. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Motor City Gala at Atheneum Suite Hotel.

Atheneum Suite Hotel
The word “gala” should not be tossed around lightly, but it fits when it comes to the Atheneum Suite Hotel’s Motor City Gala. Located in the heart of Greektown, the hotel’s 18,000 square-foot, three-story Grand Ballroom will host a lavish evening — the perfect opportunity to bid adieu to 2017 with class. Dress to impress while indulging in premium bar offerings, hors d’oeuvres, and champagne stations, all of which lead up to the midnight blowout — complete with a balloon drop, late night munchies, and DJ Chrome, with special guests churning out the tunes until 4 a.m. You can also entertain the idea of making the Atheneum your first crash pad of 2018, because, let’s be honest, you’d rather be hungover in the lap of luxury than hurling in the back of an Uber.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. at 1000 Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-2323;; Tickets are $119-$2,500.

The Annex
A $5,000 cash confetti blast at midnight? What trickery is this? No tricks here, just a NYE blowout like no other. Join singer and actor Rotimi in addition to a stacked DJ lineup in basking in a laser light show, CO2 cannons, and a buffet.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 24 W. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-687-4350;; tickets are $50.

Bert's Warehouse Theatre
If you miss the Motown grooves of yesteryear why not have a slew of reviews score your journey into 2018? Enter the Legends of Motown as the Contours, the Original Vandellas, the Temptations, and more perform the hits of yesteryear.
Event begins at 8:30 p.m. at 2739 Russell St., Detroit; 313-393-3233; Tickets are $45 via

Century Banquet Center
Cosmic Groove will be playing your favorite dance hits with apps, deluxe bar, buffet dinner, and enough party vibes to go around.
Doors open at 7 p.m. at 33204 Maple Lane Dr., Sterling Heights; 586-264-7990;; Tickets are $60.

Cliff Bell's
If sophistication is your scene then leave it to Cliff Bell's to deliver the perfect entry into 2018. Each ticket includes a five-course dinner, live entertainment by the Jeff Cuny Trio and Planet D Nonet, a midnight toast, and late-night snacks.
Event begins at 6 p.m. at 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543;; Tickets are $100, non-dinner, standing room only tickets are $25.

Expect the unexpected with the Crofoot's Twisted New Year's Eve. A dark vintage circus featuring visual DJ AFISHAL, acrobats, stilt-walkers, fire-breathers, a champagne fountain, CO2 jets, and cirque-inspired fare.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333;; Tickets are $30, VIP tickets are $50.

Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille
New Year's Eve dinner features a buffet-style menu featuring shrimp cocktail, calamari, bruschetta, chicken marsala, assorted pastries, and more. Entry also gets you two complimentary cocktails, as well as access to a cash bar, a DJ, and a champagne toast at midnight.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 2203 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3500;; Tickets are $95 per person.

David Whitney Building
Celebrate the new year in one of Detroit's most iconic buildings. The David C. Whitney Lounge will transform into a party paradise. Enjoy a late-night menu, open bar, a champagne toast, balloon drop, an outdoor bonfire, and music by DJ Vince Patricola.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 1 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-237-1700;; Tickets start at $100.

Dino's Lounge + J's Penalty Box
Two Ferndale bars team up to deliver A Very Ferndale New Year's Eve. A balloon drop, champagne toast, and live music from Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils, Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men, and Jeremy Porter & the Tucos.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 22740 and 22726 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; Tickets are $40 or $70 for two available via, day of tickets are $60.

Downtown Wyandotte
Idyllic in its unpretentious manner, downtown Wyandotte has once again planned a New Year's Eve that's as fun for adults as it is kiddos. Two balls drops are even planned for the occasion — one at 9 p.m. for families with small children, and one at midnight for, you know, everyone else. An enormous heated tent will keep attendees warm while they sway to the music of Athens Creek, Handsome Pete Band, Sarah Sherrard, and Atomic Radio Band — '90s alt rock band Sponge will finish the night out performing hits like "Plowed," "Molly," and "Have you Seen Mary."
Starts at 6 p.m. at Biddle Ave., Wyandotte;; Admission is free.

El Club
Talk about A-list. Kiss 2017 goodbye with triple-threat model, actress, and musician Sky Ferreira performing with punk band Iceage and other special guests.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-279-7382;; Tickets are $20-$125.

Motor City NYE Drop at Beacon Park. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Motor City NYE Drop at Beacon Park.

Beacon Park
After seven years at Campus Martius Park, Motor City NYE Drop has now moved to the new Beacon Park. While it may be a new location, expect all of the things that have made the Drop a blast in past years: fire pits, live music, a kid’s zone, and, of course, the ceremonial countdown to the new year with the lowering of a giant, light-up “D.” (For those with early bedtimes, there will also be an earlier “Kids’ Drop” at 6:30 p.m.) The event is free, but a VIP Grand Celebration Party Pavilion offers shelter from the cold along with bars, reserved viewing area, midnight pizza, balloon drops, and more; Tickets start at $99.
Activities start at 4 p.m. at 1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-355-0413;; Admission is free.

So, you like fireworks, huh? How about Michigan's largest indoor fireworks and pyrotechnics show? TRBLMAKR headlines a slew of DJ talent primed to make your NYE straight fire.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. at 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-599-2212;; Tickets are $15 for general admission, elite packages are $350-$750.

Fifth Avenue
Keep it simple. Two floors, two DJ's, double the amount of last-minute 2017 trouble.
Doors open at 7 p.m., 215 W. Fifth Ave., Royal Oak; 248-629-9423;; Tickets start at $20.

Acclaimed "Guns and Butter" chef Craig Lieckfelt returns for one last pop-up in 2017. Menu includes pierogi and kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, mushroom soup, and more.
Seatings at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. at 23839 John R Rd., Hazel Park;; Tickets are $75; Additional wine pairing available for $45.

Go Comedy!
Laugh your way into 2018 with Go Comedy's All-Star Showdown, their signature interactive improvised game show. Hors d'oeuvres, prizes, and drink specials will be on deck, and for the late show a champagne toast, photobooth, and party jams.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-327-0575;; Tickets are $35-$50.

Grand Trunk Pub
Ring in the new year with Bell's ... ale. If low-key, no frills is your bag you'll want all the Bell's on tap and any swag you can handle.
Doors open at 5 p.m. at 612 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-3043;; no cover.

Italian American Cultural Society and Banquet Center
They don't call this event "Prestige" for nothing. The upscale celebration returns with elegant appetizers, entrées, premium bar, party favors, a champagne toast, and live entertainment from DJ Godfather, DJ Danny D, DJ Mike Anthony, and DJ Sasha.
Event starts at 7:30 p.m. at 43843 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Twp., 313-378-4000; Tickets start at $59.

Jam Handy
Get off on the right foot with a Very Vegan New Year's Eve Celebration in one of Detroit's most unique event spaces. Green Space Cafe will be dishing out hors d'oeuvres, sweets by Nosh Pit, and each guest will receive five drink tickets (kombucha beer is here!) as well as DJs and live music galore.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at 2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit;; Tickets are $90 for adults, $170 for couples, and $80 per person for groups of 6 or more.

Leland City Club
Rave on with Detroit Rave City at City Club. DJ Assault will lead a gaggle of DJs into the new year to keep the party going until 5 a.m.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 400 Bagley St., Detroit;

The Loving Touch
Calling all Dead-heads. Ring in the new year with yesteryear and trip out with the greatest Grateful Dead tribute band — Deadicated.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-820-5596;; Tickets are $15.

Get ready to sweat into the past with the 2017's winner for Best Bar at Midnight and Best Dance Club as voted by MT readers. Pei Wei bites, champagne toast, midnight pizza, and a dance floor that is calling your name til 4 a.m.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at 1815 Main St., Royal Oak; 248-298-6875;; Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 day of.

Majestic Theatre Complex
In the Majestic Theatre, Blunts & Blondes, Bandlez, Knght, Patches O'Malley, Drippy, Winby2, Newsensi. At the Magic Stick, Night Bass NYE features DJ AC Slater with Sonya Alvarez; Food Fight, Players Club, Adam Westing, and Sublimeinal are on the Alley Deck. In the Majestic Cafe, Dabbles, A$AD, Mad Maxx, and Young & Heddy.
Doors at 9 p.m. at 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700;; Tickets are $10 general admission or $30 for access to both the Majestic Theatre and the Magic Stick.

Resolution Ball at the Fillmore. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Resolution Ball at the Fillmore.

The Fillmore
The Resolution Ball sounds like the ultimate party aimed at young professionals, where they can do what they love to do most: Be all up in the club. The club is the gorgeous 1925 theater known as the Fillmore Detroit. The party promises to be spectacle upon spectacle, with DJ Tommy Holiday and DJ Cue spinning top 40 mash-ups, hip-hop, techno, dance tracks, and more. Throughout the venue, the Detroit Circus Performers will dazzle onlookers with their stilt-walking acrobatics, fire performances, and illusions; and six jumbo screens will keep you apprised of the scenery in New York’s Times Square. Midnight’s champagne toast will be accompanied by not just a balloon drop but a “confetti storm” (whoa! hang on!), as well as a buffet featuring pizza, sliders, coney dogs, coffee, and chocolate.
Open to general admission at 9:30 p.m., VIP entrance 8 p.m., at 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451;; Tickets $85-125.

The Magic Bag
The 80's may be a distant memory but the Magic Bag is taking us back before we go forward into the new year with the Mega 80's.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991;; Tickets are $35.

Marble Bar
A musical lineup includes local favorite Matthew Dear (who promises a four-hour set!) with help from Ataxia, Chuck Flask, Clark Warner, DJ Holographic, Erno, and Rebecca Goldberg.
Doors at 8 p.m. at 1501 Holden St., Detroit;; Tickets start at $25.

Masonic Temple
A heavyweight lineup includes Rick Ross, Yen Lucci, and Money Man. As for what else might be in store, well, we have to assume Ross and company have some surprises up their Gucci sleeves.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at 500 Temple Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2724;; Tickets start at $60.

Motor City Wine
Mellow out with MCW's Down2Earth bash. Join Joshua Iz, Diz Washington, and Monty Luke II as they spin tunes while you pop the finest bottles in town.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-483-7283;; Tickets are $10-$15.

Mount Clemens
For 23 years running the Mount Clemens NYE gala has wowed with live entertainment and midnight fireworks. Eastside Westside band kicks off the night at 9:30 p.m. And for children the NYE in Never Never land runs from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. So, call a sitter, pre-game, and bundle up.
Event starts at 9:30. in downtown Mount Clemens; 586-469-4168;; Event is free.

Music Hall
Celebrate with Raheem DeVaughn, Chrisette Michele, and Lyfe Jennings for an evening of smooth vibes.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500;; Tickets are $60-95.

Nagomi Bar
Calling all cosplayers! Cosplay Beach Party is hosting a NY WEEB at Nagomi Bar. There's a catch. No casual attire. Formal cosplay only. Vest and Tyler, Saiyan Brothers and Youmacon rave DJ Skell_EXP will be spinning.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 25750 Novi Rd., Novi; 248-305-8568; Tickets are $10-$15.

DJ Hardy, Nick Donovan, and MC Yoda will be spinning top 40 and house in the Main Room. Meanwhile, DJ DigiMark will get nostalgic with music from the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s in the Red Room. Celebration includes live countdown, balloon drop at midnight, and complimentary party favors.
Starts at 9 p.m.; 516 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-994-5436;; $30 for a single ticket, $50 for a pair of tickets, $80 for a 4 pack of tickets; $50 for ages 18-20.

The Oakland Novelty Co.
If you're looking to avoid the madness, look to the Oakland for chill vibes. Craft cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and light bites provided by Charturese Kitchen & Cocktails. This evening is reservation only, so call soon.
Evening begins at 9 p.m. at 201 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale; 248-291-5295;; Tickets are $35.

The Old Miami
It's a night of DJs at one of Detroit's most beloved dive bars. Phat Kat, DJ Dez Andres, and Todd Osborn will be spinning 2017 into oblivion.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830; Tickets are $10.

DSO's 2018 New Year's Eve Bash at Orchestra Hall. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • DSO's 2018 New Year's Eve Bash at Orchestra Hall.

Orchestra Hall
Normally, kings are the patrons of classical composers. But this New Year’s Eve, at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the king is the composer himself — the King of Pop, that is. That’s right, it’s DSO’s 2018 New Year’s Eve Bash, where the DSO, under the baton of Brent Havens, will delve into repertoire of Michael Jackson, from his early years with the Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album Thriller and beyond. The vocals will be courtesy of performer James Delisco, whose athletic dance moves will take audiences back in time as the countdown to 2018 continues. Expect everything from Jackson 5-era hits to “Man in the Mirror” and more. Stay after midnight for the “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” afterparty. Presented in partnership with Detroit Public TV and DSO NextGen.
Starts at 10 p.m. at 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111;; Tickets start at $50.

Voted Best Bar to shake it on the dance floor, Orchid's NYE Bash will be bumpin' until 4 a.m. with Channel 95.5's Joey. Pei Wei will be served with a champagne toast, party favors, and late night pizza.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 141 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-336-8077;; Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 day of.

Otus Supply
OK, so Theatre Bizarre — Detroit's annual Halloween bonanza — is still like, 10 months away, but you can keep the spirit of Halloween alive with an evening with the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra. The official house band of the acclaimed event offer a creepy, classy way to ring in 2018.
Starts at 9 p.m. at 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-6160;; Tickets are $25-85.

Overtyme Grill and Taproom
Keep it groovy with the flower powerhouse Magic Bus. Champagne toast, pizza, and party favors. Groovy hippie attire encouraged.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at 4724 Dixie Hwy., Waterford; 248-674-4507;; Tickets are $16-$25.

PJ's Lager House
Get downright gritty with punk metalheads the Goddamn Gallows and drink away 2017 with all the PBR you can stomach.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668;; Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 day of event.

"The Last Supper ... of 2017" features a five-course menu by acclaimed Rock City Eatery mastermind Nikita Sanches, featuring dishes like Spanish octopus and cider-braised short rib. The event also promises a "midnight treat," "very late-night snack," "other delights & unmentionables," and "the best restaurant playlist in the land."
Seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at 9737 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck;; Tickets are $75 per person for 6 p.m. and $100 for the 9 p.m.

The Royce
How does an all-you-can-drink open bar sound? How about cheese and charcuterie? The Royce has you covered for all your bubbly needs. DJ Mike Medow will be spilling beats, too.
Doors open at 10 p.m. at 76 W. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-481.2160;; Tickets are $80.

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  • Jerk X Jollof at St. Andrew's Hall.

St. Andrew’s Hall
A Detroit favorite, Jerk X Jollof offers a sweet escape from the winter doldrums. Once again, it will pack Saint Andrew’s Hall with three floors of African and Caribbean culture. DJs Blakito and Lissa Monet will spin the best dancehall, soca, Afrobeat, hip-hop, and more, and Afro-Caribbean small plates will also be available, as will food from Jerk Island. New Year’s Eve flourishes include a confetti storm and champagne toast.
Doors at 8 p.m. at 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961;; Tickets start at $25.

Entertainment includes DJ and violinist Rodney Paige, an on-site photographer, champagne toast, and more. Call to inquire about a package that includes a prix fixe dinner at Bistro 82 downstairs.
At 401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak; 248-977-6229;; Tickets are $25.

"Hôtel Standby" pays homage to the world's best hotel bars with a special menu, champagne toast, and caviar. Reservations required for tables of two or four; bar seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Starts at 5 p.m. at 225 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-736-5533;; Tickets are $100 per couple.

DJs Pleasure Kitten, Elektrosonik, Aaron Hingst and Raev will be spinning new wave and retro-alternative all night.
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 10339 Conant St., Hamtramck; 313-873-1117;; Tickets are $8-$10.

Sugar House
Steve Jarosz Trio will score an intimate evening of passed appetizers from Chef Rob Lee, party favors and a champagne toast.
Doors open at 9:30 p.m. at 2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0123;; Tickets are $70 via

Temple Bar
Look into a crystal ball with Function Séance at Temple Bar. Live the high life for cheap with Black Noi$e and Dretraxx who will be spinning all night.
Doors open at 10 p.m. at 2906 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-832-2822;; Tickets are available for $5 pre-sale.

TV Lounge
What better way to give 2017 the kiss-off than a stacked lineup of 15 of Detroit's most party-fied DJs, including Delano Smith, Beaner, Shady P, and DJ 50 Millz?
Doors open at 9 p.m. at 2548 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-965-4789; Tickets are $20 via

Vertical Detroit
Five-course tasting menu by executive chef Alex Kenzevic. RSVP by Dec. 28.
Evening begins at 5 p.m. at 1538 Centre St., Detroit; 313-732-9463;; Tickets are $65-$95.

Includes a menu of seafood, passed bites, dessert, an open bar, midnight champagne toast, and musical entertainment.
Starts at 8 p.m. at 600 Vester St., Ferndale; 248-658-4999;; $85 per person, $100 for a dedicated table (includes gratuity).