New Year's Eve PartiesDec 08, 2017 01:07PM ● By Lindsay Wilson
Where should you ring in the new year? Local options range from downtown dance parties to kicking it cowboy-style in the suburbs and everything in between. No matter if your preference is champagne and cocktail dresses or margaritas, one of these suggestions will take you into 2018 with style.
The Max 1417 Jackson St. 402-346-4110 themaxomaha.comOmaha’s original gay nightclub will once again host its annual New Year’s Eve bash. Every corner of the club will be decorated with balloons and other festive décor. Bartenders will sling drinks at all five bars, but be sure to arrive to this celebration early. Party-goers will pack both dance floors, and lines overflowing onto downtown streets are also part of the tradition. The party starts at 9 p.m.
Voodoo Bar 304 N. 168th Circle 402-968-0700 facebook.com/voodoo.bar1 Did someone say, “free champagne?” You heard right—Voodoo Bar will continue its tradition of a free champagne toast for party people this New Year’s Eve. Guests will also be treated to free hors d'oeuvres and a DJ. Dancing, drinks, and music begin at 9 p.m.
Reverb lounge 6121 Military Ave. 402-884-5707 reverblounge.com/event/string-theory-nye-2018/ Count down the final hours of 2017 with EDM duo String Theory at Reverb, one of several local bands that will bring the year to a close in the heart of Benson. Dance, drink, and celebrate the connecting powers of music with dazzling performances. The bash will begin at 9 p.m.
Bushwackers Dance Hall and Saloon 7401 Main St., Ralston 402-593-9037 bushwackerssaloonomaha.com
If your perfect party includes line dancing, say “howdy” to this Ralston favorite. Two-step into the new year with hip-hop and pop hits thrown into the primarily country-music mix and drink specials from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. City slickers and country folk alike will get a kick out of this celebration.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular, Gene Leahy Mall 14th and Farnam streets holidaylightsfestival.org
While you’re out and about this New Year’s Eve, don’t forget to stop by Gene Leahy Mall. The spectacular fireworks show is expected to draw over 30,000 people—so be sure to arrive early. If crowds aren’t your thing, then head into the park for a quiet stroll with loved ones or simply enjoy the glimmering holiday lights. Fireworks start at 7 p.m.
This article was originally printed in the November/December 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine.