10 free New Year's Eve parties in New Orleans_lowres

 

In this week’s Gambit, we covered some great concerts to check out as you bid adieu to annus horribilis 2016  -  but what if you just want to get drunk and dance without breaking the bank? Below, find a shortlist of parties with no cover to attend while you kiss this year goodbye. (And remember, showing up at the riverfront, as pictured above, is always free.)

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Mid City Yacht Club Block Party. The neighborhood bar hosts a block party that culminates in a fireworks display. It’s usually pretty low-key, and there’s room to spread out on the bar’s back patio. 7:30 p.m. 

Escape from 2016. A dance party at Voodoo Lounge features the music of the recently deceased (Prince, Bowie, et al.) spun by Whirling Dervish goth royalty Eugene Oubliette. Schadenfreude also plays. 9 p.m. 

Hustle. DJ Soul Sister’s notorious rump-shaking weekly at Hi-Ho Lounge falls on New Year’s Eve this year. 11 p.m. 

F*ck 2016. DJs Matt Scott, yrstrly, Nice Rack and Carmine P. Filthy man the decks at Bywater’s newish Okay Bar; there's free Champagne at midnight. 10 p.m. 

New Year, Who Dis? In the last year or so, Sidney’s Saloon has become an unlikely hotspot for dance parties, including the bounce music/club kid mash-up Glitter Tits monthly. There’s a party in a similar vein with DJs Kerem, Tatum and Ricky Ostry for New Year’s Eve. 10 p.m. 

New Year's Eve Celebration. Fresh off a rebrand from this location's former incarnation as Rue St. Louis, Bar Mon Cher hosts a party with blue Champagne and a performance by Eight Dice Cloth. 10 p.m. 

New Year's Eve 2017 at Twelve Mile Limit. The cozy Mid-City cocktail dive invites regulars and visitors alike for a New Year’s Eve function; DJ Ann Glaviano (who does the bar’s regular Heatwave party) plays. 9 p.m.

Big New Year’s Eve Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble. At Bar Redux, DJ Andy Average plays “ska, punk, lounge, rock ’n’ roll, New Wave, R&B, soul and reggae,” and there are party favors and Champagne. 10 p.m. 

New Year's Eve Dance Party. The Den’s ongoing series of weekend dance events continues with a New Year’s Eve function on bo. DJs Otto and Ill Medina play. 10 p.m. 

Mod Dance Party. Another one of the city’s long-running parties (featuring DJ Matty) that falls on New Year’s Eve this year. Like so many functions at the pocket-sized Circle Bar, it’s sure to be packed. 10 p.m.

Looking for more (or more family-friendly) options? Check our complete list of New Year's Eve events.