Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on December 16, 2023.
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It is hard to beat a good New Year's Eve party to say goodbye to the year that was and look forward to the next one.
As far as Pittsburgh New Year's Eve parties are concerned, there are many to choose from- way more than even we could feature in a single article. So, in this one, we wanted to share some New Year's Eve parties at various business types, party styles, and more!
So whether you are looking for a bar to toast the new year, a dinner experience to send 2023 off with a bang, ring in the New Year at a dance club, or to enjoy other activities that wind down for the holiday season on December 31st, we've got some ideas for you.
As with most of our guides, this is not a complete list of New Year's Eve parties. This is just a selection covering different styles that we wanted to highlight!
Note: Most New Year's Eve parties put on by local businesses require tickets being purchased in advance as capacity is limited.
First Night in the Cultural District
To start, we head to downtown Pittsburgh for the biggest New Year's Eve party in the city- First Night!
This event takes place in the Cultural District and has numerous scheduled festivities and attractions to enjoy throughout the evening. For New Year's Eve 2024, First Night will have the Firetree Project display, a children's fireworks display at 6 pm, music at the Highmark Stage throughout the evening, a New Year's Eve parade, a ribbon cutting for the newly restored Clemente Bridge, and the raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball at midnight!
While many of the events for First Night are free, the Cultural Trust has a VIP package that includes access to a lounge at the O'Reilly Theater, swag, a parking pass, and more!
- Have you made it to the holiday pop-up bar Miracle Bar yet? If not, New Year's Eve is your last chance before they close for the season! (Their sister pop-up, Sippin' Santa, closes on December 30th, too.)
More information about First Night can be found here.
New Year's Eve Tours on the Gateway Clipper
Want to enjoy some gorgeous skyline views when ringing in the New Year? The Gateway Clipper has several NYE-themed cruises you may want to check out!
For this year's festivities, they are offering three unique cruises- a dinner buffet cruise running from 6 to 8 pm, a dance cruise running from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am, and a dance cruise option with hors d'oeuvres and a Champagne toast at midnight (with the latter two being 21+).
More information on Gateway Clipper NYE tours can be found here.
New Year's Eve Dinner at Lilith
Many Pittsburgh restaurants get into the New Year's Eve fun with prix fixe dinners, and, to be honest, we could have put together an entire post featuring some of the best deals.
For this one, we thought we'd highlight a restaurant that opened in 2023 that we absolutely loved- Lilith in Shadyside.
For their New Year's Eve celebration, guests can enjoy a five-course feast with drink pairings and toasts during two separate seatings at 5 pm or 8:30 pm. This one comes in at $250 but will surely be a treat for those who love their delightful cuisine!
More information about Lilith's dinner can be found here.
Space Bar Pajama Party
Want to party like it's 2999? Okay, we admittedly don't know what year Space Bar celebrates New Year's Eve, but if craft cocktails served on a starship are your jam, they have an aptly named pajama party to ring in the New Year at downtown Pittsburgh's newest bar!
Tickets for the New Year's Eve celebration are $30 and include a themed cocktail, a Champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, and entry into the space pajama contest. Yes, not just regular pajamas, space pajamas.
May the best astronaut, alien, or other appropriately themed pajamas win!
More information about Space Bar's pajama party can be found here.
CAVO New Year's Eve 2024
Is a nightclub more your speed to ring in the New Year? The Strip District's resident club, CAVO, is having a celebration from 8 pm to 2 am on New Year's Eve with hors d'oeuvres, Champagne, and a ton of music and dancing, of course!
Tickets to CAVO's party start at $60 for hors d'oeuvres, a dessert bar, and a Champagne toast, whereas a VIP package at $125 per ticket includes an open bar and a VIP entrance/area.
More information about CAVO's party can be found here.
Looking for some family-friendly New Year's fun outside of the city? Harmony's Silvester Celebration celebrates the borough's German heritage with festivities throughout the day, including a 5K and one-mile fun run, shopping, and a ball drop to ring in the New Year at 6 pm with fireworks.
Why 6 pm, you may ask? Well, this one is not designed purely to be friendly to little ones who may not stay up to midnight, but rather that you ring in the New Year on German time!
More information about Harmony's Silvester Celebration can be found here.
New Year's Eve All Access Pass (at Select Businesses)
Do you want to visit numerous bars and restaurants for New Year's Eve festivities? The AMPD Group in Pittsburgh is having an All Access Pass party at many locations around the city!
Three unique passes focus on downtown Pittsburgh, the South Side, or all of Pittsburgh. Admission covers entry to select properties (based on the pass) that include Social House, The Standard Market & Pint House, Scarpino, Penn Society, Avalon Social, and Skybar.
The downtown pass with open bar access is $90, the South Side pass with open bar access is $75, and the all-access pass (without open bar) is $120 for those who want to hit both downtown and South Side throughout the night.
More information about the New Year's Eve All Access Pass can be found here.
Do you have a favorite New Year's Eve party in Pittsburgh? Comment below to share!