First Night Boston
Copley Square/Hynes Convention Center
Hours: Dec. 31 – 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.
First Night Boston Festival of Arts is an all-day event in Boston. Guests can purchase buttons from a number of local retailers. The button gets revelers into a variety of venues that normally charge separate admission fees. Many of the First Night venues are already free. This event features dozens of options spanning 11 hours and is suitable for families, couples and singles.
Boston’s Resolution Ball
Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Copley Hotel
39 Dalton St.
Boston, Ma 02199
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Hours: Dec. 31 – 7 p.m. to Jan. 1 – 2 a.m.
Mix 104.1′s Gregg Daniels will host this year’s annual Resolution Ball. Music from The Felix Brown Band and D.J. Samuel L. spanning the past four decades will keep the ballroom floor busy. This event is strongly geared toward professionals — typically grown-ups age 40 and under. Basically, you can expect it to be a classier party than some of the youth-oriented New Year’s Eve events. The dress code is cocktail formal, and food is provided.
Annual Timeless Gala
120 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
www.synergynye.comThe theme of this pricy ($50-$75 a ticket) New Year’s Eve party is Bond…James Bond, and promises a high classy soiree for Bostonian revelers seeking out a classy way to celebrate the holiday. The Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay area will be transformed into an Old Hollywood gala, as professional photographers, live entertainment and themed cocktails – shaken, not stirred, of course – will all descend upon the hotel to ring in 2014 in style.
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New Year’s Eve Boston 2014
50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
This New Year’s Eve celebration at King’s Back Bay nightclub is sponsored by Southern Comfort, and promises a comparatively approachable idea of partying against the grandeur and spectacle of the Colonnade Hotel’s “Bond Gala.” New Year’s Eve at Kings will involve plenty of skee-ball, bowling, dancing and drinks, making it a great idea for revelers on a budget, particularly those who are planning to head out on the town with a large group of friends or co-workers. Given that Kings is a busy bar and pool hall on any given weekend, this New Year’s Eve promises to be one to remember.
279 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
www.guiltboston.comNew Year’s Eve at the Guilt Dance club in Boston follows a Winter Wonderland theme this year, setting up the perfect, magical dance floor for party-goers seeking a little escape. The holiday party here at Guilt offers a nice balance between the affordability of Kings and the classy vibe of the Colonnade, definitely enforcing some manner of dress code, yet remaining comfortable enough for just about anyone to attend. Luckily, the staff and bartenders at Guilt are friendly and helpful, so long as that sentiment is reciprocated, so dive in and dance the New Year away over at Guilt.
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270 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
www.legalseafoods.comThe Legal Sea Foods brand is more than a fairly well known brand in Boston, with its Legal Harborside restaurant offering a pricy ($80-$100 a ticket at the door) seafood feast within prime view of the celebratory fireworks. Raw oysters, appetizers, sweets and a midnight champagne toast are just a few of the amenities offered for this New Year’s Eve meal, making a Legal Harborside holiday a perfect idea for a romantic evening on the town. This idea of intimacy within such an immensely social setting makes New Year’s Eve at Legal Harborside a unique holiday experience.
40 Edwin H Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02141
www.restaurantdante.comThis Kendall Square, Cambridge-based restaurant offers a theme to its New Year’s Eve party and menu. Titled “Sin,” this $80 holiday party celebrates all of the prior year’s indulgences against the resolutions of 2014, offering a place where guests can ingest and imbibe their culinary desires to their heart’s content, while a complimentary midnight toast signifies a future of new beginnings and resolutions. Add in live music and a hungry crowd, and New Year’s Eve at Dante’s promises a full plate of party festivities.
George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.