Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Parties 2010 - Nightlife, Information, Guide

Philadelphia New Year’s Eve 2010 – Upscale Parties

If you're looking for free events, scheduled for New Year's Eve 2010 in Philadelphia, and/or family-oriented events to kick off 2011 - such as the two New Year's Eve 2010 Fireworks shows at Penn's Landing - please refer to our separate guide for those, which is at the following link:

Philadelphia New Year's Eve 2010 Events

No Matter How Hard You Party on New Year's Eve, Remember To At Least Catch the Mummers Parade on TV, If Not In Person

And, of course, don't forget the uniquely-Philadelphian New Year's Day tradition, the 2011 Mummers Parade, on Broad Street - no matter how hard you partied on New Year's Eve...

SEPTA Will Be Offering Special, Post-Midnight Regional Rail Service From All Three Major Stations – 30th Street Station, Suburban Station, and Market East Station – To Accommodate Post-Fireworks, and Post-New Year’s Eve Party, Crowds

There will be special, highly extraordinary, post-midnight SEPTA Regional Rail service, back to the outlying neighborhoods and suburbs, on New Year’s Eve. These trains – the first SEPTA trains of 2011 – will be running outbound from Center City, in order to accommodate crowds coming from the Penn’s Landing fireworks, as well as the hordes of revelers coming from the abundant number of Center City New Year’s Eve parties, detailed on this page.

You'll be able to board SEPTA Regional Rail at the following locations, the three major Regional Rail stations:

Market East Station - 11th and Market Streets

Suburban Station - 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Amtrak 30th Street Station - 30th and Market Streets

The one closest to the Penn's Landing fireworks, is Market East, which is about ten blocks away (take a cab - it's a long walk and it's likely to be really cold, plus you don't want to miss the last train home!)

A Look at the Various Philadelphia New Year's Eve Parties 2010

The most prominent parties of Philadelphia New Year’s Eve 2010, are undoubtedly a pair, run by the same company.

The 8th Annual Glitter City Gala at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street in Old City Philadelphia

The 8th Annual Glitter City Gala will be hosted this year by the National Constitution Center, at 525 Arch Street in Historic Philadelphia. It will take place from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

Each year, the Glitter City Gala hosts over 1,500 guests, at very lavish and very expensive affairs. This year, only 400 VIP and 1,000 General Admission tickets will be sold.

The prices are steep, although there are a lot of perks. Here’s the tiered pricing:

V-VIP – There are only 100 of these tickets available, and you have to buy them in groups of at least eight attendees, and you get table service. These are $175 apiece.

VIP - There are only 300 of these tickets available. “Early Bird 1” tickets were $125 (but now sold out), “Early Bird 2” tickets were $150 (but now sold out), “Last Chance” were $160 (but now sold out). So now you’re left with $175 apiece for VIPs, the same as V-VIP, since it’s so late at this point (December 4, 2010). The one benefit is that you can buy fewer than eight tickets (unlike the V-VIPs). There are also group discounts available.

General Admission - There are only 1,000 of these tickets available. “Early Bird 1” tickets were $99 (but now sold out), “Early Bird 2” tickets were $115 (but now sold out), “Last Chance” remain at $125 (but with not many left). “Regular Price” tickets go on sale on Monday, December 6, 2010 or whenever they have only 500 tickets left - at $135. You can save $15/ticket, if you buy a group of ten or more tickets.

Regardless of what tickets you buy, there is a $4 or $5 handling/processing fee.

The official slogan is “Party Like It’s 1776”, although it really should be “Party Like It’s 1787”, the year when the U.S. Constitution was drafted and signed, at Independence Hall.

But regardless of which 18th century year to emulate, the last day of 2010 will be rocking at the National Constitution Center. Benjamin Franklin, no stranger to partying hard, would feel right at home. (His bronze sculpture is upstairs in Signers’ Hall, so Ben will be there in spirit.)

The other high-end Philadelphia New Year's Eve 2010 Party, run by the same organizer, is the...

12 Midnight - A New Year's Celebration - The Crystal Tea Room at the Wanamaker Building, Broad and Market Streets

The times, ticketing and pricing for this event appear, at least at our first reading, to be identical as the Glitter City Gala.

The 6th Annual Celebrity-Style Super-Inclusive Caribbean Gala – Hyatt Regency, Penn’s Landing – 201 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia – Doors Open At 8:30 PM Event Runs From 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM – 215.701.1960 - $140/person

The 6th Annual Celebrity-Style Super-Inclusive Caribbean Gala will take place at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing. One virtue of this particular event, is that you’ll have a perfect view – as well as a completely warm setting – to watch the spectacular midnight fireworks show, over the Ben Franklin Bridge, at Penn’s Landing.

You can read more about that on our general information guide on New Year's Eve 2010 Events.

2011 New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Tavern on Broad at the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia - $79/Person

You receive a four-hour open bar, from 8 PM to midnight, for $79. If you decide to stay at the hotel, or a nearby one, you’ll have a perfect view of the Mummers Parade the next morning on New Year’s Day.

The 8th Annual Broad Street Bash – “Celebrate New Year’s Eve Where Philly Sparkles” – The Symphony Ball Room at the Doubletree Hotel – 237 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia - Broad and Locust Streets – 215.893.1600 – Tickets Range From $110 - $159/person

This event, like the one at the Bellevue, has the advantage of being on Broad Street. There are Mummers Packages available, where you can go to the 8th Annual Broad Street Bash, and stay overnight at the Doubletree – a high-end hotel, where you’ll then also have a toasty and warm view of the Mummers Parade the next morning, right on the Avenue of the Arts.

New Year’s Eve 2010 Old City Passport – You Have Access To Three Old City Bars – Lucy’s Hat Shop, Top Hat, and Drinker’s Tavern - $85/person

We believe that in terms of bang for your New Year’s Eve buck, that this event can’t be beat. You have the variety of three high-quality Old City establishments – Lucy’s Hat Shop, Top Hat, and Drinker’s Tavern. You have open bar from 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM, with top-shelf drinks. You’ll also have food and a champagne toast at midnight, all for just $85.

The Three Spirits (Or To Be More Accurate, Places Where You’ll Have Spirits (to pardon the pun on A Christmas Carol)

All three of these Old City bars, are owned by the same “family of bars.”

Lucy’s Hat Shop is located at 247 Market Street – on the north side of Market, between 2nd and 3rd Streets – you can call 215.413.1433 for information. (The origin of its unique name – Lucy’s Hat Shop actually was a hat shop run by a proprietor named Lucy, back when Old City was primarily a clothing district. It has now been a nightclub, and a very good one, for well over a decade.)

Directly upstairs from Lucy’s is Top Hat, which is also located at 247 Market Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets, on the north side of Market Street – its phone number, likewise, is 215.413.1433.

Literally just down the street – one block further east, although you have to cross Market Street to get to the south side, if you’re coming from Lucy’s Hat Shop / Top Hat, is Drinker’s Tavern, which is located at 124 Market Street - i.e., on Market Street, between Front – the equivalent of “First” Street and 2nd Street. (It’s called “Front Street”, rather than “First Street”, because at one time, it was the street closest to the Delaware Riverfront.

In the Rittenhouse Square District, NoChe Lounge (Yes, It’s Spelled That Way) and Drinker’s Pub – Located Next Door To Each Other - Offer a Dual New Year’s Eve Party – NoChe Can Be Reached at 215.568.0551 – Drinker’s Pub at 215.564.0914 - $68/person, Includes Open Bar, Top Shelf, All Night, From 9 PM – 2 AM

If you happen to be looking for something in the Rittenhouse Square District, you probably can’t go wrong with this offer, from the same “family of bars”. NoChe Lounge, located at 1901 Chestnut Street (19th and Chestnut Streets) and Drinker’s Pub’s, located next door at 1903 Chestnut Street, are making this dual offer. The price tag is relatively low, and it's open bar all night, not just till midnight.

They also have the virtue of being located, just a short cab ride to either Suburban Station, or a slightly longer one to 30th Street Station (we’d recommend the latter, at that time of night), if you’d like to take the train home.

Drinker’s West New Year’s Eve – 3900 Chestnut Street in University City, West Philadelphia – 39th and Chestnut Streets – 215.397.4693 - $65/person or $100/couple

The same family of bars also owns Drinker’s West, which is located at 3900 Chestnut Street, near the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, in University City. As with the family’s other bars, this is a relatively affordable night out, particularly for a dating couple, who can both attend for $100.

That having been said, this neighborhood is very dicey, and is on the outer fringes of University City, in fact. And it may be particularly dangerous, on New Year’s Eve – it’s not like being in Old City, or on the Avenue of the Arts.

Accordingly, if you decide to venture that far west of Broad Street on New Year's Eve, have a heightened sense of awareness to any potential safety issues (especially if you’ve been drinking).

The Raven Lounge New Year’s Eve 2010-11 - 1718 Sansom Street - Philadelphia, PA 19103 - 215.840.3577 - $85/person, $150/couple

Also near Rittenhouse Square is The Raven Lounge, which is located on Sansom Street, between 17th and 18th Streets, west of Broad. Their price tag is a little steep, but you have a two-floored venue with three bars, open bar from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM, champagne toast at midnight, half a dozen flat screens to watch the ball drop, party favors, and hot hors d’oeuvres all night. DJ Jon Gill will provide the entertainment.

Club 27 New Year’s Eve Party in Old City – 3 Floors, DJ, Dancing – 5 Bank Street, Philadelphia, PA – Bank Street runs parallel to 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Market and Chestnut Streets – Tickets Run From $45, to $55, to $100

Another relatively inexpensive event, is the one at Club 27, which is located at 5 Bank Street in Old City, where you can actually get in for just $45.

Bank Street can be tricky to find. It is a very narrow alley, reminiscent of the Victorian London presented in the walk-through, life-size Dickens Village - A Christmas Carol, up at Macy’s, 12 ½ blocks west on Market Street, in the former John Wanamaker Store.

Bank Street runs parallel to 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Market and Chestnut Streets in Old City. We believe that Club 27, which is located closer to Chestnut Street than Market, occupies the former Envy nightclub. (And further up Bank Street, closer to Market Street, some of you may remember the old Five Spot Club, where swing dancing used to take place regularly. Club 27 is just down the alley from the old Five Spot nightclub, directly across from the Hostel.)

Finnigan’s Wake in Northern Liberties Hosts New Year’s Eve Spectacular - 3rd & Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19123 - $75/person - Call 215.574.9317 For More Information

Finnigan’s Wake – a huge, former coffin factory - is the official entry to Northern Liberties, and home of the Quiet Man Pub. It is offering a $75/person package, which is quite a good deal. The doors open at 8 PM. There is open bar from 9 PM – 1 AM (and curiously, a cash bar from 8 PM – 9 PM, and then again from 1 AM – 2 AM), an “endless buffet” on the 3rd floor, the band Technical V on the first floor, and the Bogside Rogues in the Quiet Man Pub – and three DJs as well, so there will be plenty of entertainment.

Another plus to Finnigan’s Wake, is its proximity to the Penn’s Landing fireworks, both at 6 PM and midnight, if you decide you want to see them – it’s not far from the Delaware River.

Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Parties 2010 – Cruises On the Delaware River

The Philadelphia Belle - The Newest Addition to Delaware River Cruising – Offers Both a Sunset New Year’s Eve Cruise For the 6:00 PM Fireworks, And A Midnight New Year’s Eve Cruise For the Midnight Fireworks - 215.717.1601 | 888.868.7764

The Philadelphia Belle will be celebrating its first-ever New Year’s Eve in 2010, as it was just christened earlier this year. And the Belle will be doing so in grand style, as it offers not one, but two New Year’s Eve 2010 parties on board.

The Sunset New Year’s Eve Cruise - $99.95/adult, $75.00/child between 4-12

Boarding will be at 3:30 PM. Cruising begins at 4:00 PM, and ends at 6:30 PM, but you will remain on board, dockside, till 7:00 PM. You will receive a four-course sit-down dinner (with a children’s menu available, if you choose), with a cash bar, party favors, and live entertainment, as well as a great vantage point for the 6:00 PM Penn’s Landing fireworks.

The Midnight New Year’s Eve Cruise - $180.00/adult

Boarding will be at 9:00 PM. Cruising begins at 9:30 PM, and ends at 12:30 AM, but you will remain on board, dockside, till 1:00 AM. As with the Sunset New Year’s Eve Cruise, you will receive a four-course sit-down dinner, but with a “premium open bar” (as opposed to the cash bar on the Sunset New Year’s Eve Cruise), as well as party favors, live entertainment. And of course, a superb vantage point for the midnight Penn’s Landing fireworks – with a champagne toast at midnight thrown in.

The Spirit of Philadelphia Offers a Fireworks and Dinner Cruise – Boarding at 4:00 PM – Cruising 4:30 – 6:30 PM - $109.90/adult, $65.90/child between 3-11 – 1.866.455.3866

The Spirit of Philadelphia gives you a chance to cruise the Delaware River and see the 6:00 PM Penn’s Landing fireworks. For the prices above, you get a buffet, soda and juice bar, and DJ and dancing for entertainment.

The Spirit of Philadelphia Also Offers A Very Upscale New Year’s Eve Cruise, To Take Place After the Dinner Cruise, For $249/person, But It Is Now Completely Sold Out

Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Parties 2010 - Up In Manayunk

Manayunk New Year’s Eve Passport, From Cactus Cantina & The Bayou, Main Street in Manayunk – 5 Full Bars – 2 Dance Floors - 2 DJs – Top Shelf Open Bar – Champagne Toast at Midnight – Food - 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM - $60/Person

Up in Manayunk, a good deal can be found in the Manayunk New Year’s Eve Passport, which provides you access to the revelry at Cactus Cantina (4243 Main Street – 267.385.6249) and the Bayou Bar and Grill (4245 Main St, Philadelphia – 215.482.2560) . The price tag is lower and everything is very convenient, with two side-by-side establishments.

Also on Main Street - Mad River Manayunk Is Offering Its "2nd Annual Winter Wonderland New Year's Eve - December 31, 2010 - A Snow Bunny New Year's Eve Celebration" - $90.00/person - 4100 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127 - You Can Call 215.482.2666 For More Info

Mad River Manayunk - the giant venue - has a very ambitious New Year's Eve Party. For $90/person, it's actually a pretty good deal by New Year's Eve standards. (And if you have a group of at least 4 people, you can get in for $85/person).

The Lodge - its large upstairs area - will be magically transformed into a translucent, silver-and-white Winter Wonderland. Premium open bar will be available from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM, along with an "Absolut Ice Luge Station", which dispenses "flavored vodka shots, drinks and bombs". Both rooms will have an upscale open buffet, from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. And of course, a champagne toast at midnight...

One downside, though, at any Manayunk party, is that unlike Center City New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s no way to see the Penn’s Landing fireworks.

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