Grab bae and ring in the new year with the one you love at these Twin Cities celebrations

By Aubrey Schield

It’s quite possibly the most romantic night of the year. Yes, above Valentine’s Day and even your anniversary; there’s something about New Year’s Eve that makes it so magical. Maybe it’s the holiday twinkle lights shining through a crisp winter night sky, or maybe the fact that you have to snuggle in close for warmth (it’s really just about survival), and don’t forget the traditional countdown to midnight quickly followed by a kiss. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying it: New Year’s Eve is one of the best nights to spend with your better half. Ring in the new year at these holiday celebrations—you and your loved one won’t be disappointed.

Dinner and Drinks
Ring in the new year over a romantic, gourmet meal with your significant other.

Corner Table
Head to this intimate eatery in south Minneapolis for a gourmet five-course chef’s tasting menu created by Executive Chef Thomas Boemer and Chef de Cuisine Kyle Bultinck. Wine pairings are optional, but highly recommended.
$170 per couple sans wine pairings; $290 per couple with wine pairings

FACES Mears Park
Located in downtown St. Paul, this restaurant is a local favorite. Choose from three-, four- and five-course dinner options with wine pairings as you enjoy their refreshingly contemporary fare.
$145 per couple for 3 courses; $165 per couple for 4 courses; $185 per couple for 5 courses
(All course options include wine pairings in price.)

Surly Brewer’s Table
The highly popular brewery and taproom is hosting a five-course beer pairing dinner in its sit-down restaurant. Menu items are contemporary spins on old favorites, such as a pork chop with candied rutabaga and salsa verde and a tender short rib accented by elderberries.
$250 per couple

Party Time
Slip into your favorite cocktail dress or don your suave suit jacket and head to these festive celebrations.

The Black and White Ball
This party celebrates the glamour and festivity of the original Black and White Ball, hosted by iconic author Truman Capote in New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Enjoy an evening of elegance from a bygone era at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Purchase a VIP ticket for early entry, complimentary coat check and a free glass of champagne upon your arrival.
$40 general admission; $75 VIP

Countdown Minneapolis
I’m personally most excited about this event because, well, I’m going to it. This party will be held in the Calhoun Beach Club Event Center in Uptown right on the shores of Lake Calhoun. Three dance floors with live DJs, VIP lounge area with separate bars and the perfect Minneapolis venue (we’re talking right on the water) make this an event not to be missed.
$25 general admission; $40 VIP

Muse Event Center in Minneapolis’ North Loop is pulling out all the stops for this glamorous New Year’s Eve soiree. Celebrate 2016 and turn a new leaf as you enjoy entertainment from live musicians, DJs, entertainers and more. Plus, you won’t want to miss Derrick Barry, internationally known Brittany Spears impersonator featured on “America’s Got Talent”.
$30 general admission; $75 VIP

NYE Masquerade
Head to this New Year’s Eve celebration in the heart of downtown Minneapolis for a fun, costumed evening at Rouge at the Lounge, an upscale venue with three separate rooms. Bring your own mask or help yourself to a complimentary one at the door. Spring for a premium ticket and enjoy an open bar, or up the ante even more with VIP tickets, which get you unlimited bottle service. Be sure to call 612-963-3930 for VIP ticket inquiries as you cannot purchase them online.
$25 general admission; $75 premium tickets; $125 VIP

Honorable Mention: Minnesota Orchestra

This New Year’s Eve, hear the world-renown classical ensemble perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with all the fanfare and celebration that the holiday deserves. Enjoy libations in Orchestra Hall’s spacious lobby prior to the 8:30 p.m. performance.

Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. If you’re willing to gamble a bit, head to the venue’s box office two hours prior to the show. With any luck, you’ll be able to purchase rush tickets.

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