Where to Ring in 2016 With Dinner, Dancing, and Champagne Toasts

by Alexander Frane on Dec 28, 2015 in Roundups
Where to Ring in 2016 With Dinner, Dancing, and Champagne Toasts

It’s kind of hard to believe that 2015 is already coming to a close, and yet 2016 looms ever closer. New Year’s Eve is always a party in Portland, with restaurants, bars, and clubs all throwing events and bringing out the fancy bubbles. For some of you, a nice meal and a glass of Champagne is all you’re looking for. For others, an all night dance party with a midnight toast is preferable. Whatever you are looking for, Portland’s got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite events for the end of 2015.
 
New Year’s Eve is the heaviest drinking night of the year, and while we here at Drink Portland enjoy imbibing, we don’t condone irresponsible drinking and especially not driving while intoxicated. Trimet is free on New Year’s, the entire cab fleet will be out, and there is always Uber and Lyft. Keep yourself and everyone else safe this year and next!
 
Blue Hour in the Pearl is offering a special $75 prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings on NYE. Reservations are available from 5–11 PM, making this a great place for an amazing NYE dinner. Plus, from 9 PM until 2 AM, Blue Hour is bringing in DJ Chelsea Starr to spin records, turning the restaurant into a dance party. Have a great meal, get some wine, then stay here for a full night of New Year’s Eve fun! (250 NW 13th Ave.; 503-226-3394)
 
Jesse Card and co.’s Bit House is celebrating its first New Year’s Eve with a dance party, naturally. BHS is closed from 8 PM to 9 PM to set up, then throwing open the doors to party. $10 gets you entry and a personal bottle of La Marca Prosecco. The party features special Four Roses cocktails, a photo booth, prosecco midnight toast, and a DJ Expensive Taste dance party. As a point of interest, Bit House Saloon took over the space of the vacated East Bank Saloon, the original host of the Champagne Ball listed further down. (727 SE Grand Ave.)
 
The cocktail bar/music venue/dance club/restaurant White Owl is always a blast, and the NYE party promises to be no exception. It’s $20 through strangertickets, or $25 at the door, and that includes a free champagne toast at midnight. White Owl is also giving out New Year’s Eve swag and giveaways, and will be offering champagne jello shots and other drinks. DJs Anton and Ronin Roc will preside. (1305 SE 8th Ave.; 503-236-9672)
 
The mega-bar Punch Bowl Social is a great place for an end of year party, with bowling, ping pong, karaoke, and more. A three-course prix fixe dinner is being offered for $65, with some options including half of a roast chicken and pork rillettes. A DJ will be spinning 90’s dance music for the party, which includes a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Best of all: no cover! (Pioneer Place, 340 SW Morrison St.; 503-334-0360)
 
Punch Bowl isn’t the only locale going vintage for 2016—Star Theater, the intimate space in Old Town-Chinatown, is throwing an 80’s dance party, complete with large screens showing music videos. The place will also be decked out with decorations, balloons, and party favors. Tickets are $35 for day-of, or buy them advanced for $25 here. (13 NW 6th Ave.; 503-248-4700)
 
Looking for something really indulgent? Try the seven-course dinner at Muselet for $65, which includes options such as winter greens with buffalo mozzarella and Oregon truffles, Wagyu steak, and poached apple with caramel, madeleine cakes, and vanilla ice cream. Optional wine pairings are available, including a $65 champagne pairing. If you want to keep the party going after dinner, opt for the bottomless champagne for only $20, starting at 11 PM. If you are eating elsewhere, you can get in on the free-flowing bubbles and snacks for $40, or $60 per couple. (3730 SW Bond Ave.; 503-265-8133)
 
The Champagne Ball is a Portland institution. It is one of the biggest, most popular events each year, and has been around for 25 years, outgrowing three different venues. Multiple dance rooms, 17 bars, live music, DJs, champagne, professional dancers and entertainers, hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, and, of course, a ball drop at midnight makes this a wild party you’ll be sure to remember (at least most of it). There’s even late night pizza to help soak up some of your champagne, and discounted hotel rooms so you can keep the party going well into 2016. Tickets are $99 and are available here. Hotel rooms are likely to sell out immediately. (921 SW 6th Ave. http://www.champagneball.com/contact-us)
 
One of the Champagne Ball’s previous spaces is now home to the Governor’s Ball, an event looking to compete with the other for being the biggest party of the year. Tickets are $125 and include a full seated dinner, live music on two stages (Patrick Lamb and Soul Vaccination), photo booths, and, yes, a midnight champagne toast. For those just looking to party, post dinner tickets are available after 10 PM for $50. (614 Southwest 11th Ave.; 503-224-3400)
 
Grab dinner at East Burn before 8 PM and skip the $10 cover charge, or just come anytime after 8 for what’s sure to be a fun party. It might not have all the glam and sensation of the Champagne or Governor’s Ball, but EastBurn is a great neighborhood spot, and you’ll be sure to have a blast at a much lower price tag. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a free champagne toast will both be offered while you dance away 2015 to the music of D Poetica and live music at 10 PM by Addverse Effects. (1800 E Burnside St.; 503-236-2876)

Photo via Flickr user hakee

Tags: Beer, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Holiday, Music, Parties, Spirits, Wine
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