Top New Year's Eve Events in Little Rock

Choose Clubbing, Comedy, or Partying to the Wee Hours

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If you're not going to a private party on New Year's Eve and are looking for something smashing to ring out the old year and ring in the new, you'll find lots of options in Little Rock. Many restaurants go all out with special menus, and lots of bars and clubs have great music planned. Here's a list of some of the most interesting ways to spend New Year's Eve in Little Rock in 2017.

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    The River Market District is a perfect destination if you want an exciting New Year's Eve. It's the premier nightlife location in Little Rock, and you'll find plenty of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and live entertainment. If you're more into doing your own thing on New Year's Eve instead of a party, this is definitely the place.

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    New Year's Eve is a blast at Cajun's. There's a la carte dining in the restaurant, which features lots of fresh seafood and also Angus beef and other non-seafood choices. So whatever you favor, you'll find it, along with fancy desserts worthy of New Year's Eve like Irish cream cheesecake, chocolate creme brulee, Key lime pie, and white chocolate bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce. DJ G-Force will show up at the bar at 5:30 p.m., and Big Damn Horns will be entertaining in the bar starting at 9 p.m.

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    The Empress of Little Rock is offering an elegant and unusual New Year's Eve package that takes you back to New Year's Eve 1889. The package includes welcome with Champagne, reservations and $100 toward dinner at one of three upscale restaurants, Uber or a taxi to take you to dinner, and chocolates and liquor upon your return to your romantic room for the night at The Empress. In the morning,  you'll wake up to a Champagne brunch for New Year's Day. Prices depend on the room you choose. 

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     The comedy trio The Main Thing is playing New Year's Eve for laughs at The Joint, with the two-act comedy "A Fertle Holiday" and "Live Rock 'n' Roll." And yes, you can have dinner. It's being catered by Two Sisters Catering, and there will be plenty of Champagne at midnight for toasting 2018. Tickets are $55 apiece, and the party's on from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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    Bar Louie's offering, Kiss Off 2017 New Year's Eve Party, is on from 9 p.m. to midnight and will have live music and Champagne at midnight. And of course, all those great starters and burgers on the Bar Louie menu to keep you happy all night. There's no cover; all you'll pay for is what you order.

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    Little Rock's first-ever New Year's Eve celebration especially for boomers is happening at Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  If you are of a certain age you will get all nostalgic remembering other New Year's Eves while you're grooving to oldies that are the soundtrack of your life played by DJ Uncle Jam of Power 92. Music has a way of taking you back to another time. And that's really appropriate for New Year's Eve. Tickets are $27.50 to $30 and include hors d'oeuvres and Champagne toasts. And there will be a cash bar, too.