New Year’s Eve can be an expensive night out, if you want to celebrate on the town rather than at home with family and friends. We’ve put together a list of events that feature a free or cheap admission price — and we’re defining a “cheap” cover charge as under $30, but we’ll go a bit higher if the admission fee includes drink tickets or free food.
In most cases, we’ve provided general admissi0n info for these events — but most have VIP upgrades and you can click thru the links to find those details.
This list also includes restaurants with great dinner specials on New Year’s Eve, for those who’d like to dine out and then join a party.
If you’re under 21, please check the age limit for entry before you buy tickets.
In case you didn’t know… there is no Peach Drop at Underground this year.
Have fun, drink responsibly, and plan a night out that doesn’t involve getting behind the wheel if you plan to celebrate with alcohol.
You may also be interested in:
FREE New Year’s Eve Bash at The Battery
This is actually two FREE events — an “early innings” event for families with young children, followed by the “late innings” festivities for everyone else.
The family-friendly early innings, for those wishing to ring in the New Year early, will start at 6 p.m. in the Plaza. The Heavy Hitters and BLOOPER will be on hand as well as David Girabaldi, a performance painter who transforms blank canvas in minutes. At 8 p.m., balloon baseballs will drop in celebration of the “New Year,” so the wee ones can ring in 2020 without pushing bedtime too far.
The late innings festivities start at 9 p.m. The 12South Band and David Girabaldi will provide the entertainment from the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage. The midnight countdown will include pyrotechnics and 2020 will begin with a confetti and aerial fireworks display.
FREE Rooster Drop and fireworks at East Atlanta Village
This is also a family-friendly event, meaning there will be TWO firework displays:
- 8 p.m., before the kids’ bedtime
- midnight, to ring in 2020
Get all the details, including info on food trucks, concert line-up, parking, and more.
NOTE that Union EAV, a bar on Flat Shoals Ave, is hosting a NYE party with a $10 cover charge — for those who prefer not to celebrate outdoors.
DISCOUNTS for Brew Year’s Eve in downtown Atlanta
We’ve compiled all the discounts for this event, and you can see them here. You can get tickets that include a 5-hour open bar for as low as $29 to $49 (plus fees) through various deals. The open bar includes beer, wine, sodas, and bottled water. If you’re a beer lover, this could be a great deal for you!
DISCOUNTS for New Year’s Eve party at HOBNOB Midtown
This looks like a good deal for an all-you-can-eat and drink event! The price of admission for this event includes unlimited pizza and bottomless beer and champagne, as well as party favors, and live music. Thanks to a Groupon deal, you can get tickets for just $49 (regular price is $79). The party goes from 9 p.m. till 1 p.m. Before 9 p.m., the regular menu is available.
New Year’s Eve ’20s party at Hampton + Hudson — $10 cover and $5 drink specials
Doors open at 8 p.m. The party includes food and drink specials, a 1920’s theme, live band, martini bar, photo booth, and midnight champagne toast. Dress in 1920s period costume, or come any way you’d like. Hampton + Hudson is located on N. Highland Ave. in Inman Park. Get the details.
Prime rib dinner at The Shed at Glenwood for $30 per person
The special includes prime rib with two sides, and a glass of red wine or bubbly — for just $30 per person. It’s available from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and there were still reservations available through OpenTable.com at the time of writing. Details and online reservations.
New Year’s Eve Party at Stillfire Brewing in Suwanee — $25 general admission
Tickets are just $25.00 in advance or $35 at the door (if available). You’ll get one drink ticket with this admission price. The celebration goes from 7 p.m. till 2 a.m. and features special new beer releases, live music from local bands, dancing, and fun. Get more info and buy tickets.
New Year’s Eve Comedy Bash for $10 in Norcross
Laugh in the new year! The event includes an evening of comedy, party favors, countdown to midnight, and champagne toast. Presented by ATL Comedy Theater. Located at 4560 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross. Get details and buy tickets.
Wild Heaven Brewery’s Roaring Twenties party — $15 cover
Ring in the ’20s with your favorite music from the last decade, your closest friends, and a ridiculous party that won’t break the bank. Dress in your swankiest ’20s attire or come as you are. Everyone is welcome. Free 1920s photo booth, countdown, toast, live deejay. The party goes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Note that this is the Wild Heaven West End location, on the BeltLine’s Westside Trail. The address is 1010 White Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
Get details and buy tickets.
New Years Eve ’80s MTV Party at Keegan’s Irish Pub in Vinings — $10 cover
Keegan’s Irish Pub
4687 South Atlanta Road Southeast
Smyrna, GA 30080
Get the details.
Down With the Decades at the W Hotel in midtown
We’re including this event because there are so many price levels — you can decide what’s right for your wallet. Tickets for entry only are $40. If you plan an evening of heavy partying, you can get an admission package with unlimited drink tickets starting at $100 per person. Get the details.