New Years Eve in Detroit

Ring in the New Year with style at one of these fabulous Detroit functions.


Photo from the New York Times

Photo from the New York Times

My Pick:

Protection Spell: Tunde Olaniran NYE at El Club

I’ll be ringing in the New Year at El Club, getting down to Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran. El Club is one of my favorite venues in Detroit, I love the grimey-in-a-good-way vibe. Tunde Olaniran was one of the best acts at Mopop this past summer, he brings his performance to life with unique costumes and an energetic rapport with the audience.


Free Fun:

Campus Martius and Cadillac Square:

“The Meridian Motor City NYE Drop is a free outdoor party in the heart of the city that boasts live music, food trucks, bars, kids’ activities, fire pits and a ball drop. The first drop hits at 6:30 p.m. for the little ones and then resets for midnight. VIP packages are available. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit.” excerpt from The Detroit News


NYE dinner services:

El Barzon:

“Early bird 3 p.m. seating special includes two entrees, soup or salad and bottle of wine for $50 per couple. Additional seatings at 5, 7 and 9:15 p.m. 3710 Junction, Detroit. (313) 894-2070.” excerpt from The Detroit News


Grey Ghost Detroit:

A five-course dinner featuring choice of duck breast or dry aged strip steak, plus black kingfish, soup dumplings and razor clams. Restaurant opens at 4 p.m. $75 per person, additional beverage pairings available. Walk-ins welcome for the bar area, which will serve an al carte menu. 47 E. Watson, Detroit. (313) 262-6534.” excerpt from The Detroit News


For a classy NYE:

New Year’s Eve Party at the Peterboro Dojo:

The Peterboro is celebrating its first New Year's Eve by throwing an Asian-themed, 'Enter the Dojo' party. It will feature DJ _____ producing the beats, while you savor New Holland Spirit based cocktails and complimentary appetizers all night. We'll also have an Asian-inspired ice luge to be enjoyed with your favorite liquor and ensure the Cass Corridor enters 2017 in style. Admission includes 2 drink tickets, appetizers, tax & gratuity. $50 per person.” excerpt from Facebook event page


Planet D Nonet at Dirty Dog Jazz Café: 

“Seatings at 5 and 9 p.m. Reservations recommended. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.” excerpt from The Detroit News


Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs the Music of Prince at Orchestra Hall at the Max:

 “10 p.m. $70 and up. Dinner packages available. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.” excerpt from The Detroit News

NYE at one of Detroit’s favorite bars:

Honest John’s It’s 12 AM Somewhere NYE Bash

“Help us celebrate the New Year’s a half dozen times on New Year’s Eve! We start with a countdown for France/Spain at 6:00pm and every hour another nation until our own ball drops here in Michigan, where we will have a High Life toast! NEW DRINK SPECIALS EVERY HOUR. FOOD TIL 3AM. NO COVER, NO DRESS CODE, NO FUSS” excerpt from Facebook event page


DJ, punch and champagne toast at Punch Bowl Social:

“9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. 1331 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 749-9738.” excerpt from The Detroit News


New Year’s Eve at Northern Lights Lounge

“Swanky musical stylings by DJ Tony Nova with very special guests. Mediterranean Dinner Buffet at 9:30pm. (Chargrilled Boneless Chicken Breast, Rice Pilaf, Chopped Fresh Salad, Feta and Olives, Housemade Hummus, Grilled Pita) Party Favors and Dessert at Midnight. $20 per person. Doors at 9PM. Open til 3AM. 21+. $5 Splits of Jean Louis Cuvee Brut all night!” excerpt from Facebook event page

Dance Yrself Clean:

Russell Industrial Center:

Bass Supremacy with five stages of DJs. 7 p.m.-4 a.m. $30, $60 VIP. 1600 Clay, Detroit.” excerpt from The Detroit News


Fillmore Detroit:

Tickets to the New Year’s Eve Resolution Ball include admission, drink tickets, pizza and coney buffet, balloon drop, confetti and more. 8 p.m. $80-$125. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.” excerpt from The Detroit News


Greensky Bluegrass at Royal Oak Music Theatre:

7 p.m. $39.50-$60. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2890.”  excerpt from The Detroit News