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Get Down On the Town 

What's happening at your favorite bar on New Year's Eve

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If you’re itching to hit the town on New Year’s Eve but still haven’t made up your mind about which bar will show you the best time, we pulled together a cheat sheet of many Salt Lake City’s bars’ and clubs’ offerings. If you don’t see your favorite bar below, check our event listings at And if checking out a concert is more your style, see p. 48 for NYE music events.

Area 51
Tagged as the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, guests are encouraged to dress in fantasy costumes. Enjoy a Champagne toast, party favors and a free raffle giveaway of more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. There will also be gift bags for the first 100 people through the door. Cover is $10. Doors open at 8 p.m. 18 and over. 451 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-534-0819,

Bar Named Sue
Southern country-rock legend D. Ryan will be onstage, straight outta Texas. Plus, there will be plenty of party favors and a Champagne toast. Music starts at 10 p.m. The cover cost is TBA, but Bar Named Sue says you can expect it to be cheap. 3928 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-274-5578,

Get cleaned up for the Black Tie Affair with the Joshua Payne Orchestra. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. The night includes a Champagne toast. Doors open at 8 p.m. 155 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-2287,

The Bourbon House
Local band Chalula will be bringing down the house. Plus, expect free party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. No cover. Music starts at 10 p.m. 19 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-746-1005,


Local reggae band Wasnatch will be onstage. For a $5 cover, expect giveaways, party favors, gift certificates and a Champagne toast. Doors open at 8 p.m. 244 25th St., Ogden, 801-394-1713,

There will be an actual red carpet at this movie-themed New Year’s Eve bash, so make sure to wear your best for this event, which also includes prizes, a costume contest, free pool, a free screening of Back to the Future and a film fest featuring local filmmakers. 677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-322-3891,

Circle Lounge
At the Black & White Party, there will be an all-you-eat sushi bar from 7 to 11 p.m. for $30 (which includes cover) and music by SCADA and DJ Mad Mike. For ladies, there’s no cover or line before 11:30 p.m., but it’ll be $10 after. Cover charge for guys is $15. 328 S. State, Salt Lake City, RSVP by calling 801-673-3162,

Club 90
For a $10 cover, partiers can cut a rug to local cover band LOL (aka Listen Out Loud). Party favors and appetizers will be supplied, and table reservations are also available. Pre-purchase tickets at Club 90. Doors open at 8 p.m. 9065 S. Monroe St. (150 West), Sandy, 801-566-3254

Deer Hunter Pub
A $5 cover lets you get down to local country-rock band The Stewart Dodge Band. There’ll also be plenty of party favors and Champagne toasts. Doors open at 8 p.m. 2000 N. 300 West, Spanish Fork, 801-798-8582,

Dick N’ Dixie’s
There won’t be a cover at this downtown spot, but there will be a bunch of giveaways, a Champagne toast and a special “midnight surprise.” Doors open at 7 p.m. 479 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-521-3556

DJ Mom Jeans (aka actor Danny Masterson) will be performing with DJ Lux. Cover is $50 and doors open at 8 p.m. Buy tickets in advance at 625 Main, Park City, 435-226-5340,

Fat’s Grill
Check out live music from local bands Nathan Spencer & the Low Keys and The Rugs. For a $5 cover, expect a Champagne toast, party favors, appetizers and door-prize swag. Best of all, free parking in the back! Party starts at 9 p.m. 2182 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-484-9467,

This downtown gastropub will be hosting VJ Birdman on the 1s and 2s. Expect plenty of New Year’s Eve party favors and giveaways. There’s a $5 cover after 8 p.m. 326 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-819-7565,

The Green Pig
Local cover band The Gamma Rays will be holding down the stage. There’s a $5 cover after 9 p.m., but ladies are free all night. Party favors and Champagne toasts will be aplenty. 31 E. 400 South, 801-532-7441,

This is one of the club’s biggest parties of the year and features music by DJ Scotty B, balloon drops, prize giveaways and dinner specials. Cover starts at $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Reserved tables and a VIP area are available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 832 E. 3900 South, 801-268-2228,

The Hotel
The New Year’s Eve Prom will feature three DJs (DJ Juggy, DJ Handsome Hands and DJ Sayo) performing in three different rooms with three different balloon drops. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance from Doors open at 8 p.m. 155 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-478-4310,


Huka Bar & Grill
Come dressed in your best suit or cocktail dress for this swanky party. Music will be provided by DJ Seanny Boy and DJ Awdamaddi. Cover is a mere $7 and includes Champagne by the glass, party favors, noisemakers, a balloon drop and reserved tables. Doors open at 5 p.m. 151 E. 6100 South, Murray, 801-281-4852,

Inferno Cantina
The Black & Gold Party with DJ Erockalypze will be kicking off at 9 p.m. Cover is only $5 after 10 p.m. and includes party favors, a balloon drop, prizes and a Champagne toast. 122 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-883-8838,

Keys on Main
Local jazz favorite the Daniel Day Trio will be onstage from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by Key’s signature dueling pianos. There’s a $10 cover for this black-tie event; appetizers and a Champagne toast will be provided. 242 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-363-3638,

Liquid Joe’s
For just a $5 cover, check out five metal bands. Plus, there will be $1 Champagne and tables available to reserve. Doors open at 7 p.m. 1249 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-5637,

Lumpy’s Downtown
Ring in the new year with an old-timey speakeasy theme. Staff will be dressed up as Prohibition bootleggers; guests are encouraged to dress up as well. There will be a $1,000 cash giveaway, prizes, a balloon drop and, staying with the Prohibition theme, Champagne will be served in coffee cups. DJ Fonik will provide the tunes. Doors open 9 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover. 145 Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-883-8714,

Lumpy’s South
For a $10 cover, party-goers can get down to DJ Eflexx. There will be a Champagne toast and a $1,000 cash drop at midnight. Table service is available with reservations. Doors open at 9 p.m. 8925 S. Harrison St., Sandy, 801-255-2078,

Marriot at Salt Lake City University Park
For $49, you can get down at the Puttin’ on the Ritz, a Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve bash. Expect a DJ and live music from the John Flanders Quartet, wine classes, dance lessons and even a pub quiz hosted by Geeks Who Drink. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at 480 Wakara Way, 801-581-1000

Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery
Guests are encouraged to wear their finest white getups for the New Year’s Eve White Party. A huge variety of Champagne will be available as well as reserved booths. Expect music by DJ Godina. Cover is $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Booths are available for reservation. Doors open at 9 p.m. 9 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City, 801-328-0304,

Metro Bar
This club will be offering up $15 bottles of Champagne and tunes from DJ Justin Hollister, DJ (DJ/DC) and DJ Matty Mo. There’s a $5 cover all night, but if you RSVP, admission is free as long as you show up before 11 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. 540 W. 200 South, 801-652-6543,

Oscars Social Club
One awesome thing about Oscars is that there’s never a cover. Music will be provided by DJ Ultrafit, along with a very special guest DJ. There’ll be Champagne toasts, a balloon drop and giveaways. Tables are available for reservation. Doors at 7 p.m. 8136 S. State, Midvale, 801-566-3222,

Piper Down
It’s “My Big Fat Irish New Year,” with live pub-rock band Coreshot. There’s a $5 cover, but ladies get in free. You’ll find all of the usual New Year’s Eve favorites like Champagne toast at midnight and door prizes. Doors open at 8 p.m. 1492 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-468-1492,

The Tavernacle
Get ready for the 11th-annual NYE party with Rebecca and Jeremy on the dueling pianos. Balloon drops and party favors can be expected. Cover is $10 and music starts at 9 p.m. 201 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-519-8900,

The Trapp
DJ Dennis will be on the decks at this party. There’s no cover, but there will be party favors, swag, appetizers and a balloon drop. Doors open at 9 p.m. 102 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City, 801-531-8727,

The Veranda
The Murray nightclub will feature DJ 6io and DJ Jo-Mira. Cover will be $20 and includes a Champagne toast, party swag, a $2,000 cash drop and, best of all, an authentic Italian buffet. Doors open at 7 p.m. 4760 S. 900 East, Murray, 801-268-1399,

Wasted Space Bar
This party bar will be charging no cover and will be bringing in a huge lineup of local DJs. Also, expect a Champagne toast at midnight and special giveaways. Doors open at 8 p.m. 342 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-531-2170


The Westerner
For only a $5 cover, cowboys and cowgirls can get down to two live country bands, Mark Owens and Dub Reed. There will also be a balloon drop, bull rides, pool, karaoke, a steak dinner special and free table reservations. Doors open at 6 p.m. 3360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City, 801-972-5447

The Woodshed
Local reggae band The Green Leefs will be playing the Black & White Party, which will also feature a Champagne toast at midnight. No cover. Doors open at 9 p.m. 60 E. 800 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-0805,

Zest Kitchen & Bar
Vegetarian eats and dance-able beats are available for this New Year’s Eve shindig. Dinner (reservations required) will be served from 7 to 10 p.m. After that, a $5 cover lets you get down to DJ Felix and DJ Riche Boom. 275 S. 200 West, 801-859-8505, NEW YEAR'S EVE GUIDE

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