Five Unique Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pittsburgh

From roller skates to fried chicken, there is a party for every taste.

by Lindsay Patross
December 27, 2018

UPDATE December 2019: Check out our guide to New Year’s Eve Parties in Pittsburgh for 2019!

Now that you’ve ripped off all of the wrapping paper and hauled the mountains of trash out to the curb, it is time to get your plans in order for New Year’s Eve. Here are our picks for the places in Pittsburgh to watch the ball drop, sip champagne and, literally roll into the new year.

For those who can’t make it to midnight…

Noon Years Eve Pittsburgh
Photo credit: Pittsburgh Zoon Facebook page.

Noon Years Eve @ Pittsburgh Zoo

For the kiddos or the adults who don’t want to wait until 11:59 pm, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is hosting a mid-day celebration complete with a ball drop at Noon.

Tickets: The Noon Years Eve party is included in the price of admission.

Event Website, Facebook Event

For those who prefer to celebrate on wheels…

Neville Island New Years Eve Skate Party
Photo credit: Neville Roller Drome Facebook page.

Rolling in the New Year @ Neville Roller Drome

The Neville Island skating rink is hosting a 1970’s themed New Years Eve party to help you roll into 2019 in style.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Facebook Event

For those who hate cover charges and love fried chicken…

Nye pittsburgh
Photo credit: The Independent Facebook page.

Fried Chicken Prix Fixe Dinner @ Independent Brewing Company

When is the last time you saw “prix fixe” and “fried chicken” in the same sentence? Well, there is a first time for everything. We happen to think this is a great way to ring in the new year. Chef Jamilka will be making buckets of fried chicken, there will be champagne and a special selection of fancy beers. There will also be complimentary Totino’s Pizza Rolls.

Tickets: $50/person, make a reservation on the Independent Brewing Company reservation page.


For those who love books…

Amazing Books NYE Pittsburgh
Photo credit: Amazing Books & Records Facebook Event.

New Year’s Eve Booklovers’ Bash @ Amazing Books Downtown & Squirrel Hill

Amazing Books Downtown & Amazing Books Squirrel Hill will be open from 8 pm to Midnight to help you ring in the new year and kick off your new reading habit. There will be beer and records playing at both the Downtown and Squirrel Hill locations. (Have you checked out our guide to Pittsburgh’s Independent Bookstores yet?)

Facebook event

For those looking for unlimited drinks and breakfast bar…

Pittsburgh NYE toast 19 dj bamboo
Photo credit: Creatives Drink Facebook page.

Toast ’19 @ Beacon

The team behind creative drinks is planning an epic Pittsburgh NYE party downtown. The tickets are $125 but include an open bar, appetizers and a breakfast bar from Market Street Grocery. (Pittsburgh pro-tip – the breakfast casserole at Market Street Grocery is the best breakfast in town, you have to get there early because they often sell out). Music will be provided by DJ Bamboo.

Tickets: $134.24 @ Eventbrite

Facebook event

More NYE events in Pittsburgh

Looking for more ways to ring in the new year? Check out these New Years Eve party listings: from Next Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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