[image-1] Alert, alert: There are 17 days until New Year’s Eve. That’s just a little over two weeks to snag tickets to hot parties in town. Don’t wait too long, some of these parties sell out fast. Here are our top picks for the city’s fêtes, from fancy to free.
For more NYE 2018 events, see our full listings.
Memminger Auditorium at 8:30 p.m. $185
If you’re gonna drop $185 you better have a bomb ass NYE. And we think you’ll get just that at Memminger Auditorium’s Charleston Wonderland party, hosted by 95SX. Guests can check out performances from circus performers and dance crews, photo booths, a cigar bar, an interactive social media wall (way more fun post-champagne we imagine), and live music form Quiana Parler and Friends, as well as tunes from DJ Rehab. Woof. Oh yeah, and there’s an all-inclusive bar as well as “hearty” passed hors d’oeuvres, late night slider stations, and “surprise creations.”
Snyder Grand Ball
S.C. Aquarium at 8 p.m. $149
If it ain’t broke … the Snyder Grand Ball a.k.a. the baller NYE party held at the aquarium every year is our go-to fancy fete. Pricey? Sure. But at least you know you’re getting a full bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a sweet waterfront view to ring in the New Year. This year’s party features music from the David Higgins Band and DJ Natty Heavy.
Midnight at the Rice Mill
Historic Rice Mill at 8 p.m. $125+
The Historic Rice Mill has the word historic in its name so ya know it’s got to be good. This party features music from DJ Moo Moo, a full bar, food stations, and a champagne toast at midnight. The best bang for your buck, though, is upgrading to VIP for just $25. That ticket also gets you a champagne greeting and passed hors d’oeuvres.
The Alley New Year’s Eve
The Alley at 9 p.m. $85/general
For under $100 you can enjoy music from DJ Phamtastik, beer, wine, and liquor, and light hors d’oeuvres. This event also features a photo booth, free bowling, and free arcade games. If you wanna up the ante, snag VIP tickets ($750 for 5 people), which get you your own private bowling lane, private server, and premium booze.
Ink N Ivy New Year’s Eve Champagne & Cocktails
Ink N Ivy at 9 p.m. $35/until Dec. 16, $50/after Dec. 16, $90/couples
Ink N Ivy, one of Upper King’s newer additions, is prime for partying. Come on, have you seen the wild and wacky decor? The place also has two (ish) floors, so you can strut your stuff up and down stairs all night. Enjoy entertainment on “every level,” as well as hors d’oeuvres stations, party favors, a champagne toast, and balloon drop. You can still snag $35 tickets until this Sat. Dec. 16.
New Year’s Eve Affair
Warehouse (starting at) 6 p.m. $50
There’s something kinda special about not knowing if you’ll make it to your party in time. That’s why Warehouse is opening their doors up extra early for this first come first served party featuring passed bites, party favors, drink specials, and music from DJ Raquest.
NYE at the Shelter
The Shelter Kitchen + Bar at 8 p.m. Free to attend
It don’t cost a thing to get down on Shem Creek with the Shelter’s NYE party. There will be music from DJ Flip, a champagne toast at midnight, and party favors.
New Year’s Eve at O-Ku
O-Ku at 9 p.m. Free to attend, $10/after 10 p.m.
You can get fancy at O-Ku with a $100 chef’s tasting for dinner … or you can stuff your face with takeout pizza and head to the King Street bar and restaurant at 9 p.m. when you’ll get in for free. Guests can enjoy live music and a champagne toast.
DIG into New Year’s Eve
Daniel Island Grille at 8 p.m. Free to attend
DIG may just have the best deal in town, well, on Daniel Island at least. Head there for a champagne toast at midnight followed by a complimentary breakfast buffet. Yep, free breakfast food.