Yo, IC! Where the party at? Your 2015 guide to New Year’s Eve in Iowa City

Pop some bottles this NYE. -- photo by acearchie.
Pop some bottles this NYE — cropped image originally from acearchie.

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner… and you’re still looking for plans? Well, look no further:

Paris Je T’aime

FilmScene — 4 p.m. $22

Bonne année! Join your fellow Francophiles for the third-annual Parisian NYE celebration at FilmScene. Countdown en français with champagne, pâtisserie and a livestream from the Eiffel Tower, followed by a screening of Paris Je T’aime. Doors open at 4 p.m., countdown begins at 4:59:50 p.m., Paris Je T’aime begins shortly after 5 p.m.

Wylde Nept

The Mill — 4 p.m. $10

Sláinte! Grab a glass of Guinness, a shot of Tully and a seat: the chainmail-wearing, kilt-donning, celtic sextet Wylde Nept returns to The Mill this Thursday. The band gets the party going early, so the audience is nice and buttered by the time the 6 p.m. Irish New Year is rung in.

NYE at the Bistro

Northside Bistro — 4 p.m. $35-50

If a romantic dinner is more your style, Northside Bistro will be ringing in the new year with a special prix fixe three-course dinner featuring some of the chef’s favorites and complimentary sparkling wine (or cider). Make your reservation for after 10 p.m. for additional specials on sparkling wines.

New Year’s Celebration

Pullman Diner — 10:30 p.m. Free

This New Year’s Eve, Pullman will host DJ Wolfmixer with happy hour specials from 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. Best of all? No cover charge!

NYE Dinner with Miranda Simonne and Kyle Lahr

Trumpet Blossom — 7 p.m.

For a low-key show in a cozy environment with a heartfelt meal, head down to Trumpet Blossom, which will feature live music from the NYC-based Miranda Simonne and Kyle Lahr. The entertainment ends at 9 p.m., leaving you plenty of time to get turnt after filling up on a delicious vegan meal.

New Year’s Eve

Clinton Street Social Club — 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Trying to dress snappy and get jazzy? Clinton Street Social Club will host two sets by the Scott Barnum Trio to accompany their specialty three-course dinner ($38-55).

New Year’s Eve Party

The Union Bar — 8 p.m.

If you’re looking for an epic party check out The Union Bar, which will feature live DJs, multiple dance floors and a $5,000 balloon drop.

New Year’s Eve Party

Blue Moose Tap House — 9 p.m. Free

Blue Moose will host a 21+ dub-dance party featuring music by KAGE, Amru, Levi, Andrew and Timmy and a coordinating light show with 3D visuals by OnO.

Winterland with the Candymakers

Gabe’s — 10 p.m. $10-100

Jam the night away with Iowa’s own Grateful Dead tribute band, Winterland. The night kicks off with old-school R&B masters the Candymakers.

Dead Larry with Soul Phlegm and Rude Punch

Iowa City Yacht Club — 10 p.m. $10-15

Get funky at the Yacht Club with Iowa City natives (now Minneapolis-based) Dead Larry. This psychedelic rock band knows how to get a room dancing and keep the party going.

New Year’s Eve Party

Studio 13 — 10 p.m.

Sasha Belle, Myling Belle and DJ N8 are ready to ring in the new year with a drag show, free champagne toast and midnight balloon-drop featuring cash and prizes.


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New Year’s Eve Dance Party

The Mill — 10 p.m. Free

Hip-hop enthusiast DJ Johnnysixx will be spinnin’ your favorite old school jams along with some of the hottest tracks from the past year to ring in 2016. Be sure to stick around for the free champagne toast at midnight.

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