New Year’s Eve party guide: 24 events to celebrate the end of 2021 in Greater Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Get ready to pop some champagne and dance the night away: New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and Greater Cleveland bars, restaurants, clubs and venues are ready to celebrate.

Whether you want to see some live music, eat a multiple-course dinner, dress up for a masquerade or embark on a Lake Erie cruise, there’s an event for you.

Some New Year’s Eve parties require coronavirus vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results for entry. Others will take place virtually. Check with event hosts to learn more about their full pandemic protocols.

Here are some local parties to check out, on the final days of 2021.

Hosting another New Year’s shindig that’s not included here? Email [email protected] for consideration in future guides.

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Tropidelic concerts

Dance two nights away to the music of Tropidelic, first at the Grog Shop on Dec. 30 and then at the House of Blues on Dec. 31. The energetic Cleveland band has made a tradition out of its popular New Year’s Eve shows, which will also feature Little Stranger, The Quasi Kings and more this year. Tickets $25-$55, single-day and two-day passes available.

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights

House of Blues: 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Dec. 30, Dec. 31

Ekoostik Hookah at the Beachland Ballroom

Vibe two nights away with Ekoostik Hookah at the Beachland Ballroom to round out the year 2021. The band will host two concerts at the Waterloo venue, on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. Two-day passes are available for $50, while single show tickets cost $30.

15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland

Dec. 30 and 31

New Year’s Eve at Noon with Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Tune in for a virtual celebration – 12 hours before the New Year begins. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will host a Noon Year’s Eve party on Facebook, complete with a giant dinosaur egg drop and entertainment from the museum’s education department. Free.

11 a.m., Dec. 31

Nautica Queen

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Nautica Queen cruises

Celebrate on Lake Erie with the Nautica Queen’s New Year’s events. Choose either the Noon Year’s Eve or the New Year’s Eve dinner gala, which both include meals, sightseeing, music and other fun. Advance registration is required. Tickets $18.95-$88.95.

1153 Main Ave., Cleveland

Noon and 8 p.m., Dec. 31

Our brunch and breakfast series takes us to Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland

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Music Box concerts

The Music Box goes all out for New Year’s Eve, with several concerts and parties taking over the Flats music venue on the final day of 2021.

Inside the Supper Club, things kick off with a Noon Year’s Eve Motown brunch with Nitebridge ($18-$25). Later in the day, the space will host local Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumors for a show that runs until midnight ($65).

Upstairs in the concert hall, enjoy music by The Sunrise Jones, along with a champagne toast and party favors for the big day ($65).

1148 Main Ave., Cleveland

Dec. 31

Hubb’s Groove New Year’s Eve

Cleveland jazz and R&B band Hubb’s Groove will be providing the tunes all night long at the Independence location of Doubletree by Hilton. Tickets to the party are available, along with tickets that include overnight accommodations at the hotel and New Year’s Day fun. Tickets $75-$499.

6200 Quarry Ln., Independence

1 p.m., Dec. 31

Alley Cat Oyster Bar will hold a wine and oyster pairing event called Oyster Olympiad

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Alley Cat Oyster Bar dinner

Seven courses await at Alley Cat Oyster Bar’s New Year’s Eve dinner. The list includes oysters with pineapple vanilla caviar, lobster bucatini carbonara with shaved truffle, black grouper, rib-eye steaks and more. Tickets $150-$200.

1056 Old River Road, Cleveland

4 p.m., Dec. 31

Wagner’s Of Westlake

Indulge in plates of prime rib, turkey breast, smoked kielbasa, pasta marinara and more at Wagner’s Of Westlake’s New Year’s Eve buffet. The restaurant will seat attendees for the buffet starting at 5 p.m., with some dinners continuing past midnight and into the new year. There will be a dance party, champagne toast and party favors provided at midnight. Tickets $40.95-$98.95.

30855 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake

5 p.m., Dec. 31

Flight Cleveland

Tune in for a virtual happy hour with Flight Cleveland, and taste several sparkling wines and champagnes from home with experts from the wine bar. Boxes of samplers are available and attendees can access the event through Zoom. $34-$50.

6 p.m., Dec. 31

Lago East Bank

A night full of food, drinks and entertainment awaits at Lago. This year’s party, themed as “Living Art,” encourages attendees to wear their finest gowns and tuxedos for the classy evening. Tickets range from $175 for a late-night admission to $250 for early admission with dinner included.

1091 W. 10th St., Cleveland

7 p.m., Dec. 31

Twiisted Burgers & Sushi in Medina serves breakfast in Medina

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Twiisted Burgers & Sushi

A little bit of Las Vegas will arrive at Twiisted Burgers & Sushi on New Year’s Eve, with blackjack, poker, roulette, craps and more available to play. Plus, plenty of food from the Medina restaurant will be available to taste, including Beef Wellington, chilled seafood, prime rib, chocolate fondue and more. Tickets $175.

985 Boardman Alley, Medina

7 p.m., Dec. 31

Sapphire Creek Winery and Gardens has reopened with a new menu and plans on the horizon to add  The Still at Sapphire Creek with a Bourbon and Whiskey focus. Here’s a look at the space and its offerings.

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Sapphire Creek Winery

A disco inferno will spark at Sapphire Creek Winery, as the Chagrin Falls business hosts its funky disco throwback New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. There will be an open bar with themed cocktails and food available all night long, along with a dance floor, a late-night breakfast buffet and streamer guns at midnight. Tickets $350-$500, with upgrades available.

16965 Park Circle Dr., Chagrin Falls

7 p.m., Dec. 31

Woodside Event Center

Boaterhead, a smooth yacht rock cover band, will provide songs by Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Toto and more throughout the night at Woodside Event Center in Broadview Heights. The party will also include a five-hour open bar, a buffet dinner and — at midnight — a balloon drop and champagne toast. Tickets $99.

7 p.m., Dec. 31

5025 Mill Rd., Broadview Heights

Tangier Akron

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The Tangier

Feast on a huge buffet, take advantage of an open bar and enjoy a live dance party with music from Disco Inferno at The Tangier on New Year’s Eve. The hors d’oeuvres buffet menu includes stuffed mushrooms, crab cakes, antipasto and other snacks, while dinner upgrades are available. Tickets $125-$150 for dinner package.

532 W. Market St., Akron

7 p.m., Dec. 31

Cleveland Improv

Ring in the new year with plenty of laughter. Comedian and actor Guy Torry will headline two comedy sets on Dec. 31 — one at 7:30 p.m., and one at 10:30 p.m. Tickets $120-$140 for tables that seat two to four people.

1148 Main Ave., Cleveland

7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Dec. 31

Twist Social Club

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Twist Social Club

Sip cocktails and taste appetizers from a buffet by Landmark Smokehouse at Twist’s party. Cleveland’s Malibuu Peruu and other drag queens will perform, with a champagne toast to mark the end of 2021. Tickets $10-$75.

11633 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland

8 p.m., Dec. 31

Wild Eagle Saloon

Head to Wild Eagle Saloon’s locations in downtown Cleveland, Streetsboro and Broadview Heights for the chain’s various New Year’s Eve parties. Eat great barbecue, sip from open bars and enjoy live entertainment at the restaurant locations. Tickets and entertainment vary by location; visit Wild Eagle’s website for more details.

921 Huron Road, Cleveland

5001 E. Royalton Road, Broadview Heights

9470 OH-14, Streetsboro

Dec. 31

Into the Blue at Winchester Music Tavern

Peace and love will fill the Winchester Music Tavern on New Year’s Eve. Grateful Dead revival band Into the Blue will host a groovy party at the Lakewood venue. Tickets $12-$15.

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood

8 p.m., Dec. 31

Cleveland Twenty-Thirty Club New Year’s Celebration

The Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club will host its New Year’s celebration at Kaiser Gallery in Tremont, complete with appetizers, dessert, a champagne toast, a photo booth, DJ, cash bar and more. Tickets $25-$35 with club membership.

2418 Professor Ave., Cleveland

8 p.m., Dec. 31

Severance Hall

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Cleveland Pops Orchestra party

Stop by Severance for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra’s annual New Year’s Eve party, featuring tunes by the Pops Jazz Ensemble and No-Name Band, with vocals by Connor Bogart O’Brien, Ethan Peterson and Calista Zajac. Don’t miss the midnight balloon drop. Tickets $31+.

11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

8 p.m., Dec. 31

People watch fish in aquarium.

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Windows On The River

Celebrate the new year with a few undersea friends at Windows On The River. The venue’s party includes admission to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium during its extended hours, along with food, an open bar, a silent disco, a balloon drop, a champagne toast and more. Tickets $160-$175.

2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland

8 p.m., Dec. 31

The classic Akron Civic Theatre will screen "The Polar Express" and “Elf.”

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Rainbow Ball

The Akron Pride Festival will host its annual benefit event, the Rainbow Ball, at the Akron Civic Theatre on New Year’s Eve. Attendees can enjoy party food, an open bar, drag performances, a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and plenty more. Tickets $100-$150, designated driver tickets $75.

182 S. Main St., Akron

8 p.m., Dec. 31

Whistle & Keg

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Brew Year’s Eve at Whistle & Keg

There will be no limits on the food and drinks from 8 p.m. until midnight at Whistle & Keg. Plus, enjoy a champagne toast and DJ. Tickets $100-$200.

818 Huron Road, Cleveland

8 p.m., Dec. 31

Masquerade Party at Vibe Bar + Patio

Break out a fancy outfit with a mask to match at Vibe Bar + Patio, along with a champagne toast at midnight. Watch drag performances by Sabrina Caprice Heartt, Jared Jameson and Natasshja Norielle. Free.

11633 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

10 p.m., Dec. 31

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