In our experience, you either love New Year’s Eve or maybe you’d rather just stay home in your PJs. We’re here to help both of you! Our list of the ultimate Jersey Shore New Years Eve events has something for everyone no matter what your style is. Spend the evening getting cozy at a waterfront restaurant, listening to live music at your favorite watering hole, playing games with the family, or even brunching on the 1st. No matter how you’re looking to end your year, make sure you give 2018 it’s proper send off and 2019 a proper hello!
Jersey Shore New Years Eve
The New Year’s Eve Bash at Rory’s Pub is exactly where you want to be ringing in the new year! Enjoy a premium open bar from 8- midnight, a free buffet featuring delectable dishes like garlic shrimp linguini, chicken francese, penne vodka, mini Reubens, beef sliders and more from 8-11pm, a champagne toast at midnight and of course plenty of great music alongside a roaring fireplace! $75 per person before December 24th and $85 after (limited to 100 people!) 1124 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732-383-7685 www.roryspub.com
Mister C’s Beach Bistro and Bar is bringing in the big singers with their New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Featuring the Jersey Shore’s #1 R&B vocalist, Billy Brown, Jersey Diva Jodi Josephson and Bobby Valli, brother of Frankie Valli, you’ll find yourself crooning into the 2019. Enjoy an a la carte menu and a one hour “warm up” performance from 5:30 – 8:00pm or a four course dinner ($90 plus tax and tip) from 9:00pm – 1:00am, either way you’ll be toasting to the new year beachside style. Ocean Place and Allen Avenue, Allenhurst 732-531-3665 www.mistercsbeachbistro.com
Find your beach this New Year’s Eve with Pinot’s Palette in Red Bank. You’ll enjoy an evening painting the Sunset Palms while sharing a glass (or three) of your favorite wine with some friends. We’re thinking this is the hottest way to start off your night! Class runs from 8-10pm, $39 per painter. 12 Broad Street, 1st Floor, Red Bank 732-219-9222 www.pinotspalette.com/redbank
Three courses, open bar, a live band, a DJ AND a midnight breakfast buffet? One of the hottest new restaurants is bringing the heat for their first New Year’s Eve event! For just $85 per person plus tax and gratuity, you’ll dine on Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Lobster Bisque, Crab Cakes, NY Sirloin and much, much, more. It’s all at The Proving Ground – who’s proving they are and will stay the place to go into 2019. 56 Shrewsbury Avenue, Highlands 732-872-2266 www.theprovingground.com
Take 2018 out for a spin with Freestyle Artist ROCKELL who will be performing live “In a Dream,” “Can’t We Try,” “When I’m Gone” and more! Add on DJ Marc V who will be spinning all the music you love from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s and Joey Harrison’s River House has a night out that you won’t forget (including a stunning sunset!) Sit down in the ballroom for just $99 per person to enjoy an extensive hot and cold buffet, a four hour premium open bar, champagne toast, walk up bars, ice shot luge, and more! 361 East Lacey Road, Forked River 609-242-2648 http:/jhriverhouse.com/
Can you get everything you want for just $40 on one of the biggest nights of the year? At McDonagh’s Pub, that’s a resounding yes! Sign up for a three hour open bar that includes well drinks, house wine and domestic beers as well as party favors and a midnight champagne toast for just $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Late night menu available from 10pm – 12am and music all night long! 2 W Front Street, Keyport 732-264-0999 www.mcdonaghs.com
Asbury Park’s Convention Hall is sending a love letter to NYE 2019. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in true Jersey Shore style in one of the most iconic venues along our coast. Open bar from 10pm – 1:30am, hors d’oeuvres all evening long, DJ’s and an unforgettable night out on the town. Be sure to dress to impress! Tickets are $120 for early admission and $150 after. Group rates are also available as well as a VIP experience! 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park https://asburyparkhall.com/convention-hall/
We know NYE tends to go to the adults, but iPlay America is bringing back their Family Event of the Year! For just $39.99 per person in advance, you’ll get access to unlimited rides, a $10 game card, DJ, prizes, giveaways, party favors, confetti cannons at midnight, and a live showing of the ball drop on the projectors throughout city square! Purchase a party and dining pass and you’ll get all of the above, plus access to a dinner buffet. Or up the ante a bit with the Dining Pass where you and your family will also enjoy a special NYE Pre Fix Menu! 110 Schanck Road, Freehold 732-577-8200 https://www.iplayamerica.com/event/new-years-eve-party/
Sick of the high cover charges and crowded bars? At Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant they’ll be serving their regular menu along with carefully crafted specials. You’ll also enjoy live music from 4-8pm with Brue Crew and then 9pm – 1am with Goldenseal. It all includes a special countdown to midnight complete with complimentary champagne toast, hats, and noisemakers. What better way to ring in 2019 than with an ocean view! 100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-870-1200 http://www.rooneysocean.com/
Dine on not one, not two, but three courses of the Chef’s signature dishes for just $75 per person at Porcini. Imagine plates of Lamb with Red Wine Jus and fresh pastas as you say Arrivederci to 2017 and Benvenuto to 2018. 168 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-291-3080 http://www.restaurantporcini.com
1901 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach
You’re officially invited to a fun night out that won’t break the bank! Ring in 2018 at the newly renovated Marlins Cafe where you’ll enjoy a champagne toast at midnight, raffle prizes, giveaways, and live music. With a pool table, dart boards, and a shuffleboard table as well as 12 beers on draft and signature frozen cocktails, you can guarantee yourself a good time.
Bum Rogers Tavern & Crab House
2207 SW Central Ave, Seaside Park
Hang out with the locals this New Year’s Eve at Bum Rogers Taven & Crab House. In addition to crabs (of course), you’ll enjoy a lavish dinner buffet, top shelf open bar from 9:00pm – midnight, a heated smoking bar, noisemakers, hats, and of course, musical guest, Rock Bottom Band. Just $85 per person or $150 per couple.
Let the old world glitz of The Molly Pitcher Inn lure you into 2018. From a fine dining experience overlooking the Navesink River in the beautiful dining rooms to a nightcap at the bar, and a great night’s sleep in one of their hotel rooms, it’s the way to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2019 in style. 88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank 732-747-2500 www.themollypitcherinn.com
The sister hotel of Molly Pitcher Inn, the Oyster Point Hotel is just as breathtaking with a more modern vibe. No matter where you decide to welcome the new year, you can be sure that you’ll be treated to a five-star dining experience, cocktails, and a great night’s sleep. (Waking up to views of the Navesink on January 1st is pretty good too, if we do say so ourselves). 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank 732-747-2500 http://www.theoysterpointhotel.com/
No joke about it, The Court Jester is home to a Jersey Shore New Years Eve party like no other. Expect comforting dishes, cocktail specials, live music, and of course a lot of fun (and maybe some delightful tricks!) 16 East Main Street, Freehold 732-462-1040 http://www.jestersweb.net
Looking for an all day NYE event? The Marina at Oceanport is back with at it this year! Their celebration begins with lunch from 11:30am-3:00pm, with their full menu and specials being offered immediately afterwards until 9pm. You’ll have a chance to dance your heart out beginning at 6pm with live music lasting until 9pm. There’s NO cover charge – just food, drinks, friends, and celebration! 10 Riverside Avenue, Oceanport 848-456-4396 https://www.marinaatoceanport.com/