The 10 Best Bars to Celebrate the New Year in Connecticut!

Five, four, three, two, one…Happy New Year! Ring in the new year and say farewell to the last with one of these bashes held at some of Connecticut’s finest bars. With live music, drinks flowing, and awesome vibes, you are sure to have a memorable start to your year.

1. Strange Brew Pub, Norwich, CT

Head to Strange Brew Pub in Norwich for a 21-and-up party that offers free general admission. Live music will be played on-site beginning at 9:30 p.m. by DJ Tom Cat. Strange Brew Pub is a beautiful live music venue and bar, so this will certainly be hopping on NYE 2018.

2. Hard Rock Café New Year’s Eve at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT

With doors opening at 10 p.m., Hard Rock Café is offering guests over 21 years-old a 2018 New Year’s Eve celebration with Darik and the Funbags. The party starts with pumping music from DJs, and continues with dancing and drinks. VIP tables, booths, and private rooms are available for guests looking to splurge on their celebration.

3. American Pie & Pub, Seymour, CT

Bon Jovi lovers will definitely want to get tickets for this New Year’s Eve cover band show at American Pie & Pub. Tickets include their first drink at the bar, snacks, and a champagne toast at midnight. This club is ready for you to party while you count down till midnight.

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4. New Year’s Eve Bash at Hilton Mystic, Mystic, CT

Have a safe New Year’s Eve with friends by staying at the Hilton Mystic and partying the night away in their bar. The event includes live music played by Wicked Peach, a champagne toast at midnight, and a buffet starting at 1 am. Planning your New Year’s Eve at the Hilton Mystic will make the planning for your night very easy.

5. Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT

Ring in the New Year at Toad’s Place, New Haven’s most well-known live music venue. This year, Toad’s Place is hosting Max Creek with Creamery Station as the special guest. You can expect party favors, a giant balloon drop, and a continental breakfast after the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Did someone say pizza rolls ?? #tbt

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6. New Year’s Eve Gala at Saybrook Point Inn, Old Saybrook, CT

If you want to celebrate New Year’s out, but don’t want such a wild night filled with crowds in their 20s, the New Year’s Eve Gala at Saybrook Point is a great option. This New Year’s Eve event is an elegant affair full of dancing to tunes played by the Cartells. Ticket prices include an open bar, champagne toast, raw bar, dinner, dessert, and more. And to fully enjoy your night without worrying about how to drive home, how about booking a room at the luxurious Saybrook Point Inn?

7. Shrine at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT

Starting at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31, Shrine is having a New Year’s Eve dance party. DJ JD will be playing music, and ticket prices are reasonable at $50. No matter the night, Shrine is popular club for drinking and dancing, so it will surely be packed with a cool crowd.

Awesome to see @kapslap in person. Good times at Shrine

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8. Avalon at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Enjoy a night of dancing, drinking, listening to the latest hit music, and gambling at Mohegan Sun. When you spend your New Year’s Eve at Mohegan Sun, your night will be spent in the best location while listening to music played by DJ Tom Macari. Avalon is a dress to impress bar, so be sure to come wearing your finest.

Let the night begin 😏 #MoheganSun #SECT #Chihuly

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9. Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook, CT

Another stunner of an option for a classy countdown till midnight is the celebration at Water’s Edge Resort. Several different packages are on offer for partying at Water’s Edge Resort including an overnight package. The overnight package includes admittance into their dinner and dance party, featuring a reception, gourmet dinner, live music played by Nick Fradiani Sr. and the Langley Project as well as a balloon drop and champagne toast, and accommodations. 

10. Scorpion Bar at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT

Make your night one you won’t easily forget by dancing to music played by Jay Spring. This hopping New Year’s Eve party will see you counting down to the New Year with great live music in an energetic atmosphere. If you aren’t ready to head home following the party, Foxwoods stays open 24/7, so you can try your luck at the tables or stay in the convenient MGM Grand.

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