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Boston’s Best 2014 New Year’s Eve Parties

December 19, 2013 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Boston Resolution Bar

Photo Credit: Boston Resolution Bar

There’s a myriad of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Boston, with this year’s ringing in of 2014 serving as no exception. From the proudly lowbrow city dive bars to high class hotel parties, there’s something for everybody this New Year’s Eve in Boston. Traffic, tourists and crowds may be de rigueur for this time of of year in the city, but it’s to be expected on a night where everyone is out to have as much fun as possible. So here are just five solid gold ways to ring in 2014 in style in Boston.
Photo Credit: First Night Boston

Photo Credit: First Night Boston

First Night Boston
Copley Square/Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA
www.firstnight.org
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.

Photo Credit: Boston Resolution Bar

Photo Credit: Boston Resolution Bar

Boston’s Resolution Ball
Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Copley Hotel
39 Dalton St.
Boston, Ma 02199
(617) 236-2000
http://www.starwoodhotels.com
Click here for prices
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.

Photo Credit: Annual Timeless Gala

Photo Credit: Annual Timeless Gala

Annual Timeless Gala
Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(800) 962-3030
www.synergynye.com
The 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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Photo Credit: Social Boston Sports

Photo Credit: Social Boston Sports

New Year’s Eve Boston 2014
Kings
50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-2695
www.socialbostonsports.com

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.

Photo Credit: Guilt

Photo Credit: Guilt

Guilt
279 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 284-7265
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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Photo Credit: Legal Sea Foods

Photo Credit: Legal Sea Foods

Legal Harborside
270 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 477-2900
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.

Photo Credit: Dante

Photo Credit: Dante

Dante
40 Edwin H Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 497-4200
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.

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