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Where to Eat and Drink on New Year’s Eve in New Orleans

From highly coveted Champagne to pre-Sugar Bowl NYE celebrations

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New Orleans is a city built on celebration and decadence, and it has no shortage of incredible options for New Year’s Eve eating, drinking, and partying. Even so, there some parties that feel extra-special. If you are going to do it up with Champagne, why not drink Champagne from the oldest producer in that region at one of the oldest restaurants in New Orleans? If you’re in town for the Sugar Bowl, why not head to a party that celebrates the Sugar Bowl and NYE and happens to be serving great barbecue? Read on for Eater’s short list of some of the more interesting parties and dinners in New Orleans on New Year’s Eve.

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1. Decadent NYE Dinner at DTB

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8201 Oak St #1
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 518-6889
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Your probably deserve to end the year with a crab fat beignet. DTB on Oak Street has a decadent, $85 four-course menu with crab fat beignets topped with Cajun caviar, fois gras “almondine,” a NY strip with butter poached lobster, and more. Start the meal with a complimentary glass of Champagne and be sure to add the optional $40 wine and cocktail pairing to the dinner. Full menu here. Plus, this Riverbend spot puts you within walking distance of notorious dive bar Snake and Jake’s so that you can end your NYE in full debauchery.

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2. Join the Congregation at Vessel NOLA

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3835 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 603-2775
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Mid City dining destination Vessel, housed in a former church with soaring ceilings and stained glass windows, might be the coolest dinner spot to bid adieu to 2017. The restaurant is no stranger to the late night dining game with its last seating at 11 p.m. on every Friday and Saturday and midnight on Sundays. Chef Eric Sibley has a five-course pre fixe with a glass of bubbles for $62, which also makes it a relatively affordable option for the night.

3. Kermit Ruffins at The Little Gem Saloon

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445 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 267-4863
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While The Little Gem has a several dinner seatings accompanied by live music on New Year’s Eve, the most coveted is between 7 p.m. and and 8 p.m. during the Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers show. A NYE four-course prix fixe dinner is available from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $80 including crab bisque and caviar, filet mignon, lobster tail, mushroom risotto, and more. Wine pairings optional. Vegetarian prix fixe available upon request. If you miss the dinner show, Kermit Ruffins plays again at 10:30 p.m. for the Black and White Ball. Tickets and info on the website.

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4. Sugar Bowl Extravaganza at The Rusty Nail

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1100 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-5515
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The countdown to 2018 is also the countdown to the New Year’s Day Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, with Clemson and Alabama facing off in the Superdome. Owned by ‘Bama alum, The Rusty Nail has all that celebrating covered with a two-day Sugar Bowl extravaganza starting on New Year’s Eve. McClure’s Barbecue will be serving all day and night. At 11 a.m., the Nail opens for NFL football. By 3 p.m., the bar turns into Tuscaloosa South with the fight song and other ‘Bama favorites played every hour. Get your yacht rock on at 9 p.m. with Where Y’acht performing. At midnight, toast with a complimentary glass of Champagne while listening to Auld Lang Syne followed by — you guessed it — the Fight Song. More info here.

5. Chez Champagne Gosset Dinner at Galatoire’s

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209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-2021
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Galatoire’s teams up with Chez Champagne Gosset for New Year’s Eve dinner. Founded in 1584, Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. The four-course dinner includes classics like poached sea scallops, filet mignon, and a gruyere and caramelized onion bread pudding with fondue. Open bar. Live entertainment by Anais St. John. Balcony access following dinner. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $225 per person,

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6. Celebrate 100 Years at Arnaud's

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813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-5433
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Arnaud’s, already an especially swanky sight to behold when it’s all decked out for the holidays, is making plans for a particularly special New Year’s Eve. The new year marks 100 years since the restaurant opened, as well as the tricentennial of New Orleans. Just before midnight, guests will receive accessories to celebrate the ringing in of the new year. Plus, its James Beard Award winning bar will be slinging holiday drinks like hot buttered rum, Tom and Jerry, and Chris Hannah’s Dickens’ Toddy.

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7. Gatsby Party at Effervescence

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1036 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 509-7644
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There’s hardly a place more appropriate to celebrate NYE than this charming wine bar that makes Champagne the star of the show all year long. Recently named Eater NOLA’s Bar of the Year, Effervescence is throwing a Gatsby New Year’s Eve Champagne celebration with live music by Harry Mayronne and Friends. The 5 p.m. seating includes a Taittinger welcome toast. The 9 p.m. seating includes a midnight Champagne tower toast. Food includes caviar, truffles, oysters, lobster, and steak. $80 per person. By reservation only. Full menu here. (Bubbles served all evening to walk-in guests.)

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8. Fireworks in the Mississippi in the Steamboat Natchez

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600 Decatur Street, Suite 308 (Toulouse Street Wharf)
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 569-1401
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Buffet dinner, open bar, and live music on this iconic steamboat. Boarding begins at the Toulouse Street Wharf at 9:30 p.m. with the boat departing shortly after, and cruising until midnight. Catch amazing views of the fireworks and a party on board until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $175 per person. More details here.

1. Decadent NYE Dinner at DTB

8201 Oak St #1, New Orleans, LA 70118
Brasted

Your probably deserve to end the year with a crab fat beignet. DTB on Oak Street has a decadent, $85 four-course menu with crab fat beignets topped with Cajun caviar, fois gras “almondine,” a NY strip with butter poached lobster, and more. Start the meal with a complimentary glass of Champagne and be sure to add the optional $40 wine and cocktail pairing to the dinner. Full menu here. Plus, this Riverbend spot puts you within walking distance of notorious dive bar Snake and Jake’s so that you can end your NYE in full debauchery.

8201 Oak St #1
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. Join the Congregation at Vessel NOLA

3835 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Mid City dining destination Vessel, housed in a former church with soaring ceilings and stained glass windows, might be the coolest dinner spot to bid adieu to 2017. The restaurant is no stranger to the late night dining game with its last seating at 11 p.m. on every Friday and Saturday and midnight on Sundays. Chef Eric Sibley has a five-course pre fixe with a glass of bubbles for $62, which also makes it a relatively affordable option for the night.

3835 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Kermit Ruffins at The Little Gem Saloon

445 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112
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While The Little Gem has a several dinner seatings accompanied by live music on New Year’s Eve, the most coveted is between 7 p.m. and and 8 p.m. during the Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers show. A NYE four-course prix fixe dinner is available from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $80 including crab bisque and caviar, filet mignon, lobster tail, mushroom risotto, and more. Wine pairings optional. Vegetarian prix fixe available upon request. If you miss the dinner show, Kermit Ruffins plays again at 10:30 p.m. for the Black and White Ball. Tickets and info on the website.

445 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112

4. Sugar Bowl Extravaganza at The Rusty Nail

1100 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The countdown to 2018 is also the countdown to the New Year’s Day Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, with Clemson and Alabama facing off in the Superdome. Owned by ‘Bama alum, The Rusty Nail has all that celebrating covered with a two-day Sugar Bowl extravaganza starting on New Year’s Eve. McClure’s Barbecue will be serving all day and night. At 11 a.m., the Nail opens for NFL football. By 3 p.m., the bar turns into Tuscaloosa South with the fight song and other ‘Bama favorites played every hour. Get your yacht rock on at 9 p.m. with Where Y’acht performing. At midnight, toast with a complimentary glass of Champagne while listening to Auld Lang Syne followed by — you guessed it — the Fight Song. More info here.

1100 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Chez Champagne Gosset Dinner at Galatoire’s

209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Galatoire’s

Galatoire’s teams up with Chez Champagne Gosset for New Year’s Eve dinner. Founded in 1584, Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. The four-course dinner includes classics like poached sea scallops, filet mignon, and a gruyere and caramelized onion bread pudding with fondue. Open bar. Live entertainment by Anais St. John. Balcony access following dinner. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $225 per person,

209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Celebrate 100 Years at Arnaud's

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Brasted

Arnaud’s, already an especially swanky sight to behold when it’s all decked out for the holidays, is making plans for a particularly special New Year’s Eve. The new year marks 100 years since the restaurant opened, as well as the tricentennial of New Orleans. Just before midnight, guests will receive accessories to celebrate the ringing in of the new year. Plus, its James Beard Award winning bar will be slinging holiday drinks like hot buttered rum, Tom and Jerry, and Chris Hannah’s Dickens’ Toddy.

813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Gatsby Party at Effervescence

1036 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Effervescence
Effervescence
Josh Brasted

There’s hardly a place more appropriate to celebrate NYE than this charming wine bar that makes Champagne the star of the show all year long. Recently named Eater NOLA’s Bar of the Year, Effervescence is throwing a Gatsby New Year’s Eve Champagne celebration with live music by Harry Mayronne and Friends. The 5 p.m. seating includes a Taittinger welcome toast. The 9 p.m. seating includes a midnight Champagne tower toast. Food includes caviar, truffles, oysters, lobster, and steak. $80 per person. By reservation only. Full menu here. (Bubbles served all evening to walk-in guests.)

1036 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Fireworks in the Mississippi in the Steamboat Natchez

600 Decatur Street, Suite 308 (Toulouse Street Wharf), New Orleans, LA 70130

Buffet dinner, open bar, and live music on this iconic steamboat. Boarding begins at the Toulouse Street Wharf at 9:30 p.m. with the boat departing shortly after, and cruising until midnight. Catch amazing views of the fireworks and a party on board until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $175 per person. More details here.

600 Decatur Street, Suite 308 (Toulouse Street Wharf)
New Orleans, LA 70130

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