Who needs the Times Square Ball when you've got Crystal Ball in Minneapolis-St. Paul? This landlocked city is proof that Midwesterners like to party, especially on New Year's Eve. There are a number of things you can get into on December 31, from the casual pub on the corner to the VIP lounge at the hottest party in town.
Crystal Ball is a popular place to spend New Year's Eve in the Twin Cities. This eccentric jamboree takes place at the Lumber Exchange Event Center in Downtown Minneapolis. A ticket will get you access to the DJ-run dance floor, arcade games, dueling pianos, and more. Get yourself a VIP ticket for a complimentary glass of champagne and access to private lounges.
The Snowta NYE Festival is the place to be and be seen on New Year's Eve. It occupies the Minneapolis Convention Center for two whole days and has featured big-name acts like Gucci Mane, Post Malone, and Skrillex in the past. In addition to world-class music, there is often other happenings to keep revelers occupied until midnight, like a giant slide, skateboarding contest, and art galleries. This Midwest-favorite fete starts each evening at 6 p.m. and will set you back $180 apiece to get in.
You don't have to spend a fortune on tickets to a New Year's Eve party thanks to Countdown NYE, which takes place at the historic Minneapolis Club and costs only $25 to get in. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets get you access to multiple levels, multiple dance floors, and a slew of DJs playing familiar top 40 until the clock strikes midnight. VIP access ($39) will get you access to private bars, too. Only folks who are 21 years old and over may attend.
Celebrate the new year in the classiest way possible: by dressing up and going to the orchestra. The Minnesota Orchestra holds a New Year's Eve concert dubbed Auld Lang Syne every December 31. The concert begins at Orchestra Hall at 8:30 and only lasts until about 11, but afterward, there's live jazz, complimentary champagne, and a countdown to midnight.
Clubs, Bars, and Restaurants
Every year, the Twin Cities' restaurants, bars, and clubs go all out for this important party night. Whether you want a romantic and extravagant dinner for two, a lively night in a club with great music and drinks, or a bar-hopping night you'll never forget, Minneapolis-Saint Paul's nightlife scene has you covered. Check out, for instance, the Prohibition-era Pourhouse, which will be hosting an over-the-top roaring '20s-themed party on New Year's Eve. VIP tickets cost $150 per person. Amsterdam Bar & Hall is hosting a '90s party and The Fitz on Cathedral Hill will be doing hourly beer pairings all night long.