New Year’s Eve is the one night a year everyone seems okay with a little overindulgence and OKC has a slew of parties and dinners to put a festive cap on the old year and ring in 2020. We begin with one of the oldest NYE parties in the metro—and it’s for all ages and all levels of athletic ability.
Opening Night technically begins in the afternoon with the Finale 5K race. We assume that this is to make you feel less guilt about all the Champagne later. The party stretches from the Civic Center into Bicentennial Park, across the street to the Municipal Building, and then all the way down Park Avenue to the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. Live music will be in multiple venues from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and includes styles for all tastes. Additionally, there will be several food trucks and a 21+ New Year’s Cheers tent to get you ready for the grand finale fireworks at midnight.
You can’t just pop up to Vast to check out the fireworks from the 49th floor of the Devon Tower. It’s a busy night on top of the city, so management strongly recommends reservations for one of their three seatings. They have three price points available for the four-course prix fixe menu, and the price increases as the evening gets later, but the late service gets the best view. The bar and cocktail lounge will be open until 11 p.m., and after that, the elevator up will be locked.
If late-night partying isn’t really your thing (or even if it is) The Hamilton Supperette and Lounge in Northpark Mall has an around-the-world adventure for you. A four-course meal—including creative, thoughtful options for vegetarians and vegans—is accompanied by sparkling wine from Oregon, France, Italy, and of course, Champagne. Seatings are at 5, 7, and 9 p.m., and reservations are strongly recommended. The seatings give you time to get to a party, or even get downtown for fireworks if you choose the latest slot.
The Ambassador Hotel in Midtown is hosting a Roaring ‘20s party on the top floor of the hotel from 7 p.m. until last call. Both O Bar and the Heritage Room will be open with patio access for the best views of downtown and fireworks. The $120 ticket gets you a seat in O Bar and a bottle of Champagne, while the $25 general admission gets you a Champagne toast on arrival. Café Cuvée on the ground floor is open for dinner service with full menu and some NYE specials.
The biggest dance party in the city is likely to be at the Uptown Get Down at Tower Theatre. This year, the party will be all through the building as Ponyboy—newly under Tower ownership—joins the celebration. Ponyboy has local DJs from 8 p.m. to last call, and Tower Theatre’s main stage will have local bands interspersed with Denton, Texas-based DJ Free Mode. Once Jabee offers the midnight toast—free to all attendees thanks to LaMarca Prosecco—it’s Free Mode only until last call, so get ready to dance in 2020! This is a 21+ party only, and it’s free to enter (you read that right).
The newly remodeled Yale Theater joins the celebration this year with Adele Wolf’s Burlesque and Variety Show! A local favorite, Adele Wolf’s shows feature some of the country’s best showgirls, audience participation, a photo booth and raucous fun for everyone. Yes, you should feel free to wear a costume; everyone on stage will be (mostly) in costume. Show begins at 9 p.m. and closes with a midnight toast.
Finally, the Oklahoma City Thunder are home against the Dallas Mavericks on New Year’s Eve, so get downtown early if you’re headed to the game. The 7 p.m. tip means you have time for dinner at Café Cuvée, a family friendly circuit (or two) of Opening Night, cocktails at Flint, or beers on the deck at Social Capital.