Raise your glass! A guide to the best New Year’s Eve bashes in Dayton 

As we prepare to entire an entirely new decade of existence, it’s hard to ignore the hard year that the city of Dayton and Daytonians in general have endured. Despite this trying year, we’re dusting ourselves off and entering into the new year with a healthy dose of positivity and light. The best way to kick off this new state of being? Heading to one of these rockin’ New Year’s Eve parties taking place all around the Miami Valley. 

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✨ New Year’s Eve: Bella Italia!


Ring in the New Year and celebrate the arrival of 2019 with an Italian flair from the Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. In the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) will present New Year’s Eve: Bella Italia! 

The Schuster Center New Year’s Eve traditions that revelers have come to love and anticipate will again be part of the evening’s festivities: delicious food-by-the-bite available for purchase in the Wintergarden beforehand, a flute of champagne at intermission, and a colorful climactic balloon drop.

Where: 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton

When: 8-10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31

Cost: Tickets start at $20

More info: Website | (937) 228-3630

✨ NYE at Crowne Plaza

Photo: Staff photo by Lauren Rinehart

On NYE, the Crowne Plaza in Dayton is hosting a sophisticated soiree to close out the year. The Crowne Plaza New Year’s Eve Party begins at 8:30 p.m. and will include complimentary party favors, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, live music by SWAGG and a celebration of the new year with a Champagne toast, exploding balloons and a live broadcast of the ball drop at midnight. 

For those who would like to grab a special meal before welcoming the new year, the Crowne Plaza is also serving up a special four-course meal by Chef Kenny Arnold. Seating begins at 5 p.m. and reservations are available until 9 p.m. The special holiday menu, which includes Pappardelle with Veal and Pork Ragout and Crab Cakes with Chili Lime Mayo, is $65 per person, with wine pairings for an additional $35. St. Clair Street will also be performing at View 162 for guests from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Prices do not include gratuity or applicable taxes.

Where: Crowne Plaza, 33 E. 5th St., Dayton

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31. 

New Year’s Eve Party schedule:

8:30 p.m. - Ballroom Registration/Bar 

9-11 p.m. - Hors d'oeuvres

9 p.m.-1 a.m. - SWAGG

Midnight - Champagne Toast & Party Favors

Cost: Party-only tickets start at $75 per person. Party with cocktails start at $115 per person. The special holiday menu at View 162 is $65 per person, with wine pairings for an additional $35. Purchase your tickets for both events at cpdayton.com.

More info: WebsiteFacebook | (937) 224-0800

✨Dayton’s Rockin’ NYE Ball Drop at Yellow Cab Tavern

The Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton hosted the second annual Dayton’s Rockin NYE Ball Drop Monday. Two bands, The Big Wazu and Team Void, played during the evening and Ball Drop and New Year’s toast at midnight were part of the fun. DAVID MOODIE / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

The Yellow Cab Tavern is bringing back its New Year’s Eve ball drop party for the third year in a row. Tickets are $10 in advance at soundvalleydayton.com (advance tickets are only available for purchase until Monday, Dec. 30 at 11:30 p.m.) and at the door for $15. 

“We did our first Ball Drop at the Yellow Cab three years ago, and, as home to so many of Dayton’s great shows and events, they’re the perfect location,” said event organizer Brian Johnson. “Plus, they expanded their patio this year, so the ball drop for 2020 is shaping up to be the biggest and best one yet!”

The “unmatched” rock ‘n’ roll party will host the “dead luchadores” TEAM VOID and “psychedelic wizards” Salvadore Ross. Zac Pitts of Living Dayton and Sound Valley will be the special “master of ceremonies.” 

Usher in the New Year by gathering in the parking lot outside as Pitts counts down to 2020 and the annual Ball Drop. (And don’t worry, your ticket to the event also includes a midnight toast). Yellow Cab’s resident food truck, the Pizza Bandit, will be serving up slices all night long. 

“Yellow Cab has fostered such a supportive community around the artists, musicians, poets and attendees that call it home. They were our first choice to host the ball drop,” Johnson said. “There’s no need to travel to New York to celebrate the New Year when you can have even more fun with your friends and neighbors close to home!”

Doors are at 8 p.m. and music is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton 

When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at door

More info: Facebook 

Celebrate the Third Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Yellow Cab Tavern.

✨ Roaring ‘20s New Year’s Eve Celebration at Jag’s Steak & Seafood

Jag’s Steak & Seafood in West Chester Twp. will unveil a re-imagined menu with new entrees and small plate features, plus new private dining packages. STAFF FILE PHOTO
Photo: Staff Writer

This is one of the region’s favorite New Year’s Eve traditions. However, this year, Jag’s Steak and Seafood annual New Year’s Eve celebration comes with a twist: each person attending the NYE bash is encouraged to emulate the dress and attitude of the Roaring ‘20s. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and continue through the New Year, with last call at 1 a.m. For $85, guests will receive a complimentary champagne welcome, a four-course meal selected from a special menu, a toast at midnight, and a night full of live music from My Sister Sarah. For $25 more, guests will receive carefully selected wine pairings to accompany each course (excluding dessert). Guests can also partake in Prohibition-inspired cocktails. Even if you won’t be dining at the restaurant, a $25 entry ticket is required.

Where: Jag’s Steak & Seafood, 5980 W. Chester Road, West Chester Township

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cost: The meal is $85 per person. Wine pairings are available for an extra $25. Entry to the restaurant without dining is $25. Reservations must be made beforehand by visiting opentable.com or calling (513) 860-5353

More info: Facebook

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✨New Year’s Eve Grand Ball 2018  

Spend New Year’s Eve in the Civil War era among re-enactors in colorful costumes and gowns at the New Year’s Eve Grand Ball at the South Charleston Town Hall and Opera House. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

If you want to try something truly different, celebrate New Year’s by transporting yourself back in time to the Civil War era. Although costumes are not required, men and women are encouraged to wear historical suits and formalwear (though not hobnail boots). Couples will participate in Victorian dances (no prior experience required) to the brass and percussion music of the 2nd Brigade Cavalry Band. There’ll be a full buffet of appetizers and desserts and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Where: Town Hall & Opera House, 35 S. Chillicothe St., South Charleston  

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.-midnight  

Cost: $25 (individuals) and $45 (couples) until Christmas Day, $30 each from Dec. 26 forward. Purchase your tickets eventbrite.com

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Gastropub Bar 145 and its companion, Reset, are two of the newest Daytonian-owned businesses at Austin Landing.

✨ NYE at Austin Landing 

This year, Bar 145 at Austin Landing is hosting a Great Gatsby-themed extravaganza, complete with a “huge light & laser light show, midnight balloon drop, complimentary champagne toast, appetizers & hors d'oeuvres, and various dance music (Pop, Hip Hop, Trap, EDM, Latin & more),” according to the event page. DJ Jimmy Rock will be hosting the event. 

Limited tables and VIP available. 

Where: Bar 145, 10259 Penny Lane, Miamisburg

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1

Cost: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com

More info: Facebook

✨ NYE New Carlisle Ball Drop 

The New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is adding something new this year, it’s ninth annual celebration. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writer

The tenth annual New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will go off rain or shine on New Year’s Eve. The event begins at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in downtown New Carlisle. The family-friendly event, presented by the Heritage of Flight Festival Committee, is free and features activities like ice sculpting, fireworks, carriage rides, music, and raffles. The ball drop draws people from as far as Cincinnati and all over the area, with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people attending.

Where: Main Street in downtown New Carlisle

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Cost: Free

More info: newcarlisle.net

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Celebrate NOLA style with Lily’s Bistro

Celebrate A NOLA New Year's Eve Dinner at Lily's Bistro on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Lily’s Bistro invites you to spend the holidays with them this season as they host A NOLA New Year’s Eve Dinner on Dec. 31, and a special New Year’s Day brunch on Tuesday, Jan. 1. ‘A NOLA New Year’s’ will be Lily’s seventh year hosting a premium, 5-course dinner menu made up entirely of festive New Orleans-inspired specials to ring in the new year. 

“We want all of our guests to roll into 2020 with high spirits and hope for what’s to come,” said Emily Mendenhall, Lily’s Bistro Owner. “Our NOLA New Year’s Eve Dinner offers diners a delicious way to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new.”

They will be offering a more expansive and specially-priced champagne and sparkling wine list for New Year’s Eve as well, and the dinner menu and cocktail menu include nods to owner Emily Mendenhall’s former home of New Orleans.

“Having spent a number of years there, New Orleans boasts incredible flavors,” Mendenhall continued. “What better way to party into the new year than by celebrating the cuisine of a city known for partying?”

When: NOLA New Year’s Eve Dinner on Tuesday Dec. 31, from 5-11 p.m., and New Year’s Day Brunch offered on Jan. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Where: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton  

Cost: $59 per person, plus tax and tip. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (937) 723-7637 or visiting their Yelp page

More info: Facebook

Celebrate a NOLA New Year's Eve Dinner at Lily's Bistro on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

✨ Harlem Globetrotters 

Lynette Woodard, first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The beloved basketball team returns for its annual New Year’s Eve game at Wright State's Nutter Center. This year, they are bringing an entirely new show to the court - “Pushing the Limits.” Beginning at 2 p.m., get close and personal with Harlem Globetrotters Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, and female stars TNT Lister, Swish Sutton, and Torch George.

Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn 

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at $19 on nuttercenter.com

More info: WebsiteFacebook 

Joe Head co-owns the Century Bar in downtown Dayton with Diane Spitzig. LISA POWELL / STAFF

NYE at The Century Bar

Along with marking the end of a year and decade, the New Year’s Eve bash at The Century Bar also marks the end of a nearly eight-decade run in their location at 10 S. Jefferson St. The popular Dayton bourbon bar is moving next door to a new location some time in 2020. The Century Bar’s NYE party begins at 10 p.m. and will be open to the public with a $10 cover charge. The full menu will be available all night long. 

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Where: The Century Bar, 10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cost: $10 cover charge

More info: Facebook 

The Dublin Pub presents Jameson’s Folly on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Tina Lawson

Ring in the Roaring ‘20s at the Dublin Pub

Celebrate both the Irish New Year and American New Year at the Dublin Pub, beginning at 6 p.m. Aside from listening to Jameson’s Folly and engaging in revelry with those closest to you, the Dublin Pub welcomes all of its visitors to toast to the Irish New Year at 7 p.m. and American New Year at midnight, of course. If you’re feeling up to it, dress up in fedoras and flapper attire to ring in the new decade.

Where: The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton 

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook 

Celebrate the New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Mother Stewart's Brewing Company in Springfield on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company

Springfield’s first New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company. Before Springfield’s first celebratory ball drop takes place, guests can enjoy live music from Frequency and Subterranean, beginning at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. 

“We’re really excited to bring the fun of a New Year’s Eve Ball Drop to the Champion City,” said Brian Johnson, the event’s organizer. “Mother Stewart’s is so ingrained in the local community and part of what makes downtown Springfield a special place. It’s the perfect location to ring in the new year!” 

Discounted advance tickets can be purchased for $10 at soundvalleydayton.com. This presale ends on Monday, Dec. 30 at 11:30 p.m. After that point, $15 tickets can be purchased at the door. All tickets include a midnight toast. 

“You don’t want to miss this first time ever event at Mother Stewart’s,” Johnson continued. “It’s going to be the perfect way to wrap up 2019 and welcome 2020 alongside family, friends and neighbors.” 

Where: Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, 102 W. Columbia St., Springfield

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 8 p.m., live music begins at 9 p.m. and the night ends with the celebratory ball drop at midnight.

Cost: Presale tickets are $10 and tickets at the door are $15

More info: Facebook

Celebrate the New Year's Ball Drop at Mother Stewart's Brewing Company in Springfield on Tuesday, Dec. 31.