• Best bars in NJ for New Years

    Best Places, Events & Bars in NJ to Ring in the New Year

    Now that Thanksgiving has passed it’s time to start making your New Year’s Eve plans! Whether you’re looking to go on a low-key dinner date with your special someone, spend time with the kids or dance the night away with your friends – we found the best spots, including some of the best bars in NJ, for you to celebrate. Say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016 while enjoying the great nightlife in NJ!


    About: Last year Battello rang in 2015 in style, leaving guests wondering how it will raise the bar this year. For 2016, Battello will transform into a wonderland that will leave you believing in the impossible (hint: last year’s celebratation featured acrobats). Ticket costs include a premium open bar, gourmet food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight and performances throughout the night.

    Event type: A Black Tie Affair

    Cost: $200 per person

    Time: 8:30PM to 12:30AM

    Website: www.battellojc.com

    Address: 502 Washington Blvd, Newport, Jersey City, NJ 07310


    First Night® Morris County

    About: First Night® Morris County is the largest First Night® celebration in New Jersey, attracting nearly 10,000 participants each year. An alcohol-free celebration of arts and culture, First Night® Morris County attracts families, seniors, singles and anyone looking for an exciting way to ring in the New Year! More than 200 artists will perform at 24 venues throughout Morristown including dance, comedy, music and children’s performers.

    Event type: Family-Friendly; Non-Alcoholic

    Cost: $20 per person

    Time: 5:00PM to 12:00AM

    Website: www.firstnightmorris.com

    Address: 46 Washington St, Morristown, NJ 07960


    The Brass Rail

    About: The Brass Rail, a bar and restaurant on Hoboken's Washington Street, blends old-city flare with cosmopolitan dining. At its annual New Year's Eve Gala, dinner guests will enjoy a three-course meal, a premium open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. 

    Event type: Chic Night Out

    Cost: $150 per person

    Time: 9:00PM to 12:00AM

    Website: www.thebrassrailnj.com

    Address: 135 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030


    The Frog and the Peach

    About: Before you cozy up to your significant other to watch midnight fireworks at Monument Square Park have dinner at The Frog and The Peach. This swanky Hub City eatery is featuring a special New Year's Eve prix fixe menu for 2016. Three and four course meals are available, depending on your appetite!

    Event type: Romantic Dinner Date

    Cost: Ranges from $68 to $85 per person

    Time: 9:00PM to 12:00AM

    Website: www.frogandpeach.com

    Address: 29 Dennis St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


    IPlay America

    About: Why go to a bar on New Year's Eve when you can go to an indoor theme park, play Whack-a-Mole and ride bumper cars? IPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey is offering a New Year’s Eve package that includes unlimited rides, attractions, party favors and giveaways throughout the night. This isn’t your typical kids-only theme park, either; IPlay is setting up a special cocktail area where adults can join the fun, too!

    Event type: Kid Tested, Adult Approved

    Cost: $39.95 per person; Toddlers play free

    Time: 7:00PM to 1:00AM

    Website: www.iplayamerica.com

    Address: 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728


    Check out our recommendations for the best bars and restaurants in NJ year round, and visit our events page for more local events in NJ and Jersey City attractions in the area this season!