The New Year is quickly approaching and, for those who don't have party plans yet, the pressure is on. The cost for many NYE events in the city this year starts at $100 and goes up from there. Now, we aren't rocket scientists, but it seems to us that most NYE "packages" are just glorified bracelet parties with a paper tiara or a party horn thrown in (really, for a PLRG birthday recently we got three hours of open bar for $30 a person). We don't think a party favor and a half glass of cheap champagne at midnight is worth triple the price of your average package party. So, in protest (and for all the PoorLittleRichGirls out there) we have come up with our own list of NYE soirees that provide the most bang for your buck.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club presents Sexy Supper Club NYE Party
Includes a five course meal, a martini or champagne cocktail, champagne toast at midnight (second seating only). Plus classic movies being played on jumbo screens and entertainment by divas Madame X and Traci Ross (fyi- it's a drag club). The perfect place for a girls NYE out.
Fizz Bar & Grill New Year's Eve Party $60-$75
This casual Lakeview spot is hosting one of the longest open bar packages we've seen. Cocktails will flow for four and a half hours. Plus they'll have apps a champagne toast and party favors, of course.
Silver Cloud New Year's Eve
Includes a four course dinner (appetizer, salad, entree, dessert) and a half bottle of champagne or wine.
Deleece Grill Pub New Year's Eve
Includes a four course dinner (beer pairing are optional) and a toast at midnight. In true Chicago style, the toast is with PBR, not champagne!
In Fine Spirits
$20.09 (advance tickets)-$50.09
This black and white theme party includes appetizers, $9 drinks (including fancy champagne), party favors and a "surprise at midnight." For just $30 more you can add a three course prix frixe menu with wine pairings.
Free Is For Me-These spot are all no cover, no reservations, no problem for NYE.
The Long Room
Free to get in and no reservations required, but no drink specials either. They will, however, be offering a comp champagne toast at midnight.
No cover or reservations required. DJ's, champagne specials and "yearbook photos."
Just cut to the chase and head over to this 4am bar for the new year. Open to everyone, music all night and $3.50 Sam Adams Winter Lager.
The ultimate in cheap NYE parties, Chief O'Neils will be starting off the night at 6pm with a toast (when the ball drops in Ireland), followed by live music until 9pm, swing lessons at 8pm and a DJ at 10pm. They'll even knock 20% off the price of all food and drinks.