If you’re still unsure about how you’re going to ring in the new year, here are a few local events that won’t disappoint. Start 2018 right with a party at a brewery or night at the Museum.
New Year’s Eve Future Party
Ring in the new year with a futuristic party at the Ypsilanti Microbrewery! Arbor Brewing Company will have plenty of new and vintage bottles for sale and an abundance of space for dancing. Whether you come dressed in your futuristic best, or would prefer to enter 2018 as your casual self, this is a party you won’t want to miss.
7pm-2am. Arbor Brewing Company. 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti. 734-480-2739. arborbrewing.com. Free
New Year’s Eve Improv Show
Pointless is celebrating their second anniversary and New Year’s Eve all in one night! This special show will feature live music, stories from special guests, lots of hilarious improv from the League of Pointless Improvisors, and a countdown to Midnight.
8pm, 10:30pm. $15. Pointless Brewery & Theatre. 3014 Packard St, Ann Arbor. 989-455-4484. pointlessbrew.com
2018 Party at Cultivate
Cultivate’s cozy Coffee House and Taproom is the perfect place to celebrate the New Year.
The bar, which touts an impressive variety of beers on tap and cocktails with house-made syrups, will feature a special drink menu and champagne for the midnight toast. Alvorada America and Al Bettis will provide the live music while Wood Fired Up Pizza will be on site from 8:30-11pm. Cultivate’s co-directors, Ryan & Bekah Wallace, will be making a special year end announcement that you won’t want to miss!
7pm-1am. Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse. 307 N. River St, Ypsilanti. 734-249-8993. cultivateypsi.com. Free
New Years Eve Live w/Heather Black Project
What better way to bring in the New Year than with soulful Jazz and cocktails? Vocalist Heather Black returns from Traverse City to lead her quintet of Ann Arbor Jazz legends. Enjoy a classy evening with a special three course menu featuring dishes like diver scallops, miso-cured sea bass, champagne mousse, and of course, a glass of champagne.
9:30pm-12:30am. $10-$45. Ravens Club. 207 S. Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-214-0400. theravensclub.com.
A Jaunty New Year’s Eve with the Ben Daniel’s Band
The theme is a Jaunty New Year’s Eve, based on one of the Alehouse’s earliest and most popular beers, the Jaunty Woodsman IPA. Toast the New Year in your jeans, overalls, and flannel while celebrating the beautiful outdoors that surround Chelsea. There will be music by Ben Daniels Band, tasty hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth, and a bonfire on the patio. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary toast at midnight.
8pm-12:30am. $50. Chelsea Alehouse. 420 N. Main, Chelsea. 734-475-2337. chelseaalehouse.com
New Year’s Eve w/Deep Space Six & Hullabaloo
Jam Band Deep Space Six has been together for 25 years and is celebrating with music all New Year’s Eve. Local favorites Hullabaloo will start the night off with infectious dance music and special guests will join on stage into the morning!
9pm-4am. $10. Club Above. 215 N. Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-686-4012. club-above.com
Night at the Museum Gala
Start of 2018 in the unique setting of the Museum of Natural History. Tickets include strolling hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, valet parking, and a champagne toast at midnight.
9:30pm-1am. $125. University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. 1109 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-764-0478. lsa.umich.edu
New Year’s Eve Party at SALT
Enjoy a dinner spread and small batch special releases of Salt Springs’ finest craft beer. Dinner will include an appetizer table, raw bar, entree buffet, and dessert table. Tickets also include two drinks per person plus a champagne toast. Music and dancing until 1am.
8pm-1am. $85. Salt Springs Brewery. 117 S. Ann Arbor St, Saline. 734-295-9191. saltspringsbrewery.com