56 New Year’s Eve events in Madison

Parties, dinners and more to bid 2019 farewell
56 New Year’s Eve events in Madison
Photo courtesy of Comedy on State
Comedy on State will offer drink specials, including this French 75, as well as a midnight champagne toast during the 10:30 p.m. show at New Year's Eve with Ian Bagg

Tuesday has a lot of pressure on it, being the final day not only of 2019 but of the 2010s. These events are here to help you celebrate the end of one decade and the beginning of another. Choose from parties, special dinners, shows and family-friendly activities to ensure 2019 gets the goodbye (or good riddance) it deserves.

Prix Fixe and Special Menus
Start the night off right with a dinner to remember at these restaurants, offering specials or prix fixe menus on New Year’s Eve.

According to the Michelin Guide, the word “omakase” roughly translates to “I’ll leave it up to you.” Leave it up to chefs Itaru Nagano and Jack Yip at RED, and trust that the nine-course feast they have selected and prepared is the right way to ring in the New Year, including delicacies like toro tartare, Tsukiji Market sashimi and salmon mi cuit, among others. For an additional $40, imbibe with an optional sake or wine pairing. $110. Seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Click here for more information

A lot has happened for the Madison dining destination L’Etoile in the last decade, including Chef Tory Miller’s win over Bobby Flay, multiple James Beard nominations and a 40th anniversary. Join in the celebration this New Year’s Eve and reserve a table to enjoy a delectable three-course menu. For an additional $65, guests can luxuriate in a wine pairing for the courses. $95. Click here for more information

Head to Graze for a three-course New Year’s meal, featuring course selections like seared scallops with a fried rice cake, duck confit salad and seared Brussels sprouts. For dessert, what better way to end the year than with a warm toffee pudding. Add a wine pairing to your meal for $35 more. $65. 4:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Order a la carte or partake in a three-course feature at Johnny Delmonico’s Steakhouse. Begin your evening with oyster Rockefeller, hand-cut beef tartare (pictured above) or baked goat cheese, and progress onto the delicious courses ahead. For dessert, savor a cinnamon creme brulee, flourless chocolate torte or, in Wisconsin fashion, a duo of state-made cheeses served with honey and walnuts. $65. 5-10 p.m. Click here for more information

Cento will offer a special four-course, prix fixe menu prepared by Chef Chris Meyers. Enjoy main course options like squid ink campanelle, 10-ounce prime New York strip, potato gnocchi and more, with chocolate bombolini, tiramisu, cranberry pot de creme or lemon sorbet for dessert. Dinner comes with a glass of prosecco. $75. 4:30-10 p.m. Click here for more information

Choose the wild game or vegetarian menu at Osteria Papavero to ring in the new year with authentic Italian cuisine. Either option comes with five courses and a wine pairing. $89. 5-9:45 p.m. Click here for more information

Reserve a table at Mint Mark to be blown away by either five or seven courses. Lightly smoked beet tartare, roasted mushroom and more will be served to vegetarian diners, while meat-eaters can delight in courses including local chicken and scallops. Guests can elect to do the optional wine pairing at either dinner, for $40 at the early meal and $50 at the late one. $90-$120. Seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Click here for more information

The Morris Ramen team will prepare a seven-course feast this New Year’s Eve, featuring dishes like a satsuma, beet and sunchoke soup and curry, squid ink, turnip and hijiki mazeman. An optional cocktail pairing will be available for an additional $45. Reserve a table to welcome the Year of the Rat. $75. 6-9 p.m. Click here for more information

Reserve a spot at Bar Corallini for a five-course prix fixe menu. Start off with an antipasti board served family-style (pictured above), and choose from eggplant Parmesan, whole roasted branzino, pollo al mattone (brick chicken) or pan-seared beef tenderloin for your main course. $75. 4-10 p.m. Click here for more information

Chef Evan Dannells of Cadre will prepare an exquisite three-course meal in his signature Wisco-French style. Guests can choose from three appetizers, four entrees and three desserts, with options like prime rib, sea bass cheeks and seared lamb, with blood orange creme brulee, white mint sorbet or a chocolate tart for dessert. $65. 5-11:30 p.m. Click here for more information

2019 is the Year of the Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac, so why not take the year out at Pig in a Fur Coat. Reserve a table to delight in a four-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing. $80. Click here for more information

Celebrate the eve of 2020 at Heritage Tavern by indulging in a special four-course menu. Guests pick from four options for each course, with choices like the dry-aged beef rib-eye, pictured above, served alla Rossini. For $40 guests can partake in a cocktail or wine pairing for each course. $85. 5-10 p.m. Click here for more information

Salvatore’s Tomato Pies will offer a four-course dinner, supper club-inspired and served with a complimentary Old-Fashioned or a glass of sparkling wine. Courses include a cup of clam chowder or house salad, a seafood plate, a standing rib roast and cherry cheesecake for dessert. $78. 4-10 p.m. Click here for more information

If it’s just a pair you, Karben4 Brewing will offer a “Menu for Two” New Year’s Eve dinner. Choose an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert from the brewery’s special New Year’s Eve menu, also available for larger groups. Add on suggested beer pairings for each course, or, better yet, grab a $30 all-you-can-drink wristband for all the beers or hard seltzers your heart desires. 5-9 p.m. Click here for more information

For a three-course dinner complete with a beer pairing, reserve a spot at Union Corners Brewery. Choose from halibut curry or 72-hour prime rib for your main course (with vegetarian options available upon request), and work your way through the meal to get to that house-made ice cream at the end. After dinner, all-you-can-drink wristbands will be available for $20 starting at 9 p.m. $40. 5-8:30 p.m

Live Performances
Madison venues offer lots of live shows featuring local and national performers on New Year’s Eve. Kick back and let these acts take center stage to greet the new year.

Have the last laugh of 2019 by reserving tickets at Comedy on State for New Year’s Eve with Ian Bagg. If Bagg’s appearances on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and several Tim Robbins films don’t sell you, Comedy on State will offer cocktail specials like the French 75 pictured above, along with champagne and party favors during the late show, so you can toast to 2020 with a chuckle. $20-$40. Shows at 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Click here for more information

See the show that’s been called “Wisconsiny” and “surprisingly touching” at Barrymore Theatre. “Guys on Ice” tells the story of two ice-fishing buddies through musical comedy, and has graced stages with Midwestern culture in its sincerest form since 1998. Starring Doug Mancheski and Steve Koehler, this is a heartwarming way to celebrate the holiday. $32. 4:30 p.m. Click here for more information

For a high energy show, get tickets to see Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press at The Sylvee on New Year’s Eve. The Midwest-based group will play cover jams all night, and Madison’s Don’t Mess with Cupid will bring the funk/soul tunes. Ian’s Pizza will be available and a White Claw toast will take place at midnight. $30 in advance, $35 day of show. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8:30 p.m. Click here for more information

See a Grammy Award nominee at Red Zone by purchasing tickets to NYE with Afroman at the Annex. The rap artist, otherwise known as Joseph Foreman, began releasing music independently in the late 1990s, with his 2001 hit “Because I Got High” garnering popularity through the file-sharing platform Napster. His music has shown up in films like “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Disturbia” and “The Perfect Score.” $25. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Click here for more information

Ring in the new year with rhythm and soul and head to Majestic Madison for New Year’s Eve with The People Brothers Band. Originally from Madison, the band has won several awards from local groups, including the Madison Area Music Association and Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison readers’ poll. Special guests Frogleg, Porky’s Groove Machine and Feed the Dog will also perform. $30 in advance, $35 day of show. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Click here for more information

Go to BarleyPop Live and see several acts as part of New Year’s Eve at BarleyPop Live. Madison-based bands Whisky Pig, Treatment, Bereft, Birth of Tragedy and Warhawks will deliver hardcore, punk, metal and psych rock and roll to amp up the night. $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Click here for more information

Catch a show at the Wisco’s NYE with Dead Medium Resurrection to ring in the new year with some punk, funk and hip-hop from Dj Dead Medium Resurrection. Free. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Click here for more information

Travel back in time, or just over to East Washington Avenue, for a New Year’s Party with Rock Icons Tribute Show at the Brink Lounge. Tribute bands Petty 3 and Piano Man will perform hits from legends Tom Petty and Billy Joel, and guests can partake in a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. A full buffet will be offered separately. $10. 7 p.m. Click here for more information

Celebrate at High Noon Saloon’s A Funky New Year’s Eve Celebration with Mama Digdown’s Brass Band for a night that captures excitement and spirit. The Madison-based Handphibians will also perform, bringing a taste of Brazil to the stage to complement Mama Digdown’s Brass Band’s New Orleans-style brass band. Hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast come with tickets to the show. $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m. Click here for more information

Welcome 2020 with funk and reggae at the bar and venue formerly known as the Winnebago. Attend the venue’s New Year’s Eve Bash with Wurk and Spare Change Trio to groove to Madison band Wurk’s funk-fusion and Spare Change Trio’s reggae, funk and jazz-fusion (the band notably uses a digeridoo in its performances). $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Click here for more information

Hear local soul samba at North Street Cabaret as Samba Novistas & DJ TrixZ take the stage. Ring in the new year Brazilian-style, and imbibe at the venue’s full bar. $10. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Click here for more information

Joe Nosek and Oscar Wilson head Midwest-launched blues group The Cash Box Kings, who you can see at the Knuckledown Saloon during The Cash Box Kings – New Year’s Eve 2020. The group recently signed to Alligator Records, a Chicago-based independent blues record label. Entry to the event includes party favors, a buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. $25. 9 p.m. Click here for more information

Throwback to the early 1950s with the vintage country, honky tonk, swing, boogie, and blues of The Grouvin’ Brothers at the Malt House. The group will perform using vintage instruments as usual, and champagne will be served in celebration. 8-11 p.m. Click here for more information

Themed Parties
We’ve waited patiently for the arrival of the 2020s and can now unabashedly throw as many Gatbsy-themed affairs as desired. Check out these themed parties, many of which are 1920s-inspired, for fun twists on New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Say hello to the ’20s by going back in time to them. Celebrate at Madison’s Roaring Into the ’20s party to dance, drink and dine your way into the new decade. Dress to impress and enjoy the evening, hosted by DJ Brook and filled with 1920s glamour and style. Open dinner will begin at 5 p.m., and private VIP booths are available to reserve. $20 cover charge. 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m.

For more 1920s-themed frivolity, go to Bierock for New Year’s Eve: A Great Gatsby Celebration. Tickets include a ’20s-inspired buffet, two drink tokens, a specialty cocktail menu, an all-you-can-drink early bird hour between 8 and 9 p.m. and a midnight champagne toast. 1920s and flapper attire is encouraged. $35. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Click here for more information

The Ivory Room Piano Bar will also hold a 1920s throwback bash, with its Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Party. Tickets include four free drinks per person, cocktail service, a party favor and a champagne toast at midnight. Arrive in your ’20s best and get ready for a night of dueling piano entertainment. $30. 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Click here for more information

Marvel fans might want to spend the evening gaming at I/O Arcade Bar for A Marvelous New Year’s at I/O Arcade. To celebrate, the arcade will screen a Marvel movie marathon and drink specials, as well as a midnight champagne toast and a countdown. Cosplays are encouraged. 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Click here for more information

Take a break from the cold end-of-2019 weather at Camp Trippalindee’s New Year’s Eve Luau Party at Camp T. Say “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” (Hawaiian for “Happy New Year”) amidst tropical decor, while celebrating with food and drink specials. DJ Avalon will pump up the atmosphere, playing music from 10 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. $10. 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Click here for more information

The theme of the evening is “all things blue” if you head to the Edgewater for Destination Blue Year’s Eve in the Grand Ballroom. That means bluegrass music brought to the venue by local band Wheelhouse, blues from local bands The Jimmys and The Chris O’Leary Band, as well as delicious appetizers and cocktail specials. Tickets include complimentary wine and beer, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. $95. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Click here for more information

More Nightlife
Revel in your vices and start those New Year’s resolutions the next day. Head to these events to pack the last night of the decade with frivolous fun.

Passed hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ and an open bar will fuel the fun at DLUX’s New Year’s Eve at DLUX. Dress to the nines and say goodbye to 2019 with a champagne toast at midnight. Reserve a table to indulge in a magnum bottle of Segura Viudas Brut Reserva. $85. 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Click here for more information

Essen Haus and Come Back In will jointly host an All-Inclusive New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Purchase tickets to enjoy drinks, dinner and both pre- and post-dinner food (a buffet will be served prior to dinner, which begins at 7 p.m., while desserts and a limited menu will become available after dinner at 10 p.m.) From 9 p.m.-1 a.m. the Gary Beal Band will entertain with live polka at Essen Haus, meanwhile The Family Business will take the stage at Come Back In. $80. 6p.m.-2:30 a.m. Click here for more information

Reserve a ticket for New Year’s Eve Party at TK with DJ Phil Money at Tavernakaya. Music from DJ Phil Money will begin at 10:30 p.m., but drinks and festivities will be ongoing throughout the night. The cover charge includes party favors and a champagne toast. $10. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Click here for more information

Also on Capitol Square, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. will host NYE @ The Dane. Party favors and a champagne toast will supplement the night, featuring music from DJ Vilas Park Sniper, and food specials will include beef Wellington bites of shaved prime rib with lobster served over puff pastry. $5. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Click here for more information

Head to One Barrel Brewing Co. for more great local beer at New Year’s Eve at One Barrel Brewing Co. Live music from local talents Dan Walkner, Nick Brown, Ben Wolf, Josh Harty, and Corey Mathew Hart will put on a show and keep the party rocking and rolling into 2020. 5-8:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Kick off 2020 at Shamrock Bar & Grille’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. A buffet and midnight champagne toast will be free, and DJ Tim Walters will bring the beats, mixing the best of 2019 and stoking up the party. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Click here for more information

Nomad World Pub’s new location on West Gorham Street is open and ready for 2020, so come celebrate at NYE Dance Party at Nomad World Pub Madison. DJ Chamo will provide beats, and the third floor will be open where guests can dance all night. A balloon drop and champagne toast will welcome the new year at midnight. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Click here for more information

Dine on a classic supper-club inspired meal to kick off an evening of fun at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. Have a laugh as comedian Johnny Beehner, who has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, FOX’s “Laughs” and “Gotham Comedy Live,” as well as on live and radio comedy shows. The hotel will host three parties, featuring musical performances by VO5, DJ Dance Party and Live Jazz with Harmonious Wail,. And guests will receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, of course. $90 without overnight accommodations. 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Click here for more information

If you’re feeling lucky, enter Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison’s Toast to 2020 Prize Drawings. Six winners will receive $2,020 (a good way to start the year), and 18 others will win rewards of varying amounts. Three winners will be drawn every half hour between 1 and 4:30 p.m., and another six winners will earn $1,000 of New Year’s Eve cash each hour between 6 p.m. and midnight. Plus, party favors, a midnight champagne toast and Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos will add to the fun. 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Click here for more information

For a more risk-averse evening, head to Buck & Honey’s in Monona for its New Year’s Eve Late Night Party. Tickets to this event include an open bar and midnight champagne toast, as well as late night appetizers. DJ V?rtigo will bring the music, so guests can dance their way into 2020 in the Inland Room. $90. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Click here for more information

Those looking to party hard on the last night of 2019 should elect to spend the night at Crucible for 20:20 New Year’s Eve All Night: All Out. Presented by Drop Bass Network and Speaker Creatures, guests can party on well into the morning of Jan. 1. Acts include James Pennington (also known as Suburban Knight), Soundmurderer, Mystic Bill and more, and will supercharge the event with music all night long. $40. 8 p.m.-7 a.m. Click here for more information

Liquid Madison will also host a dance party with New Year’s Eve 2020 at Liquid Madison, featuring a red carpet photo shoot and all-night Patron specials. A video countdown to midnight will lead attendees into the new year, with a balloon drop and a champagne toast. Guests also get the chance to see Kai Wachi and Ekali, who will play at the venue that night. $20-$25 admission. Doors open at 9 p.m. Click here for more information

If you’re still going strong at 6 a.m., Robinia Courtyard will offer early-morning ping pong as part of NYE Winterfest 2020. Home to Jardin Restaurant, Black Locust Cafe and MadisonTap, Robinia Courtyard will be filled with a hookah lounge, its newly opened heated outdoor domes, oyster bar and late night fry bar. That’s not to mention the midnight champagne toast, appearances from several local DJs and live musical acts. $20. 9 p.m.-8 a.m. Click here for more information

Family-Friendly Activities
Those who are used to a pre-midnight bedtime routine probably won’t be awake to play ping pong at 6 a.m. Or if you have children, you can opt for one of these early, family-friendly events instead.

Presented by UnityPoint Health – Meriter, Madison Family Eve celebrates 29 years at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center this New Year’s Eve. With an array of activities, including a LEGO robot workshop, a magician and a juggling and unicycle act, the whole family can have a blast at this annual event. Kids can (safely) try trapeze and tightrope walking, bounce on inflatables or get creative at the coloring and craft stations, and still get to bed at a reasonable hour. $10 for adults, $8 for children. 4-7:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Take the family to Madison Ice Arena for New Year’s Eve Public Skate. Skates are available to rent for $3, so you can glide into 2020 and be home before the ball drops at midnight. $5 for adults, $3 for children, students and seniors. 4-6 p.m. Click here for more information

Madison Children’s Museum will host a New Year’s Eve (Afternoon) Dance Party. A DJ will provide dance music beginning at 2:30 p.m., and New Year’s Eve countdowns will take place at 3 and 4 p.m. Glow bracelets and plenty of sparkling juice will go around. $9 for non-members. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Have an active afternoon with Family New Year’s Eve Event at Keva Sports Center in Middleton. Between balloon art, NERF games, live music, cookie decorating and a plethora of activities offered by the sports center, this holiday event has something for everyone. Celebrate New Year’s few hours early with a balloon drop at 7:30 p.m. $9 for adults and $7 for children in advance, $13 for adults and $9 for children day of event. 2-8 p.m. Click here for more information

Eat, play and party at Dave & Busters in Madison at Midday or Late Night Family NYE 2020. Complete with churro stations and appetizer buffets, this event allows families to play games until the video ball drop to celebrate the arrival of 2020. Two packages will be available for each event. One package includes unlimited video game play. $34-$56. 5-8 p.m. or 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Click here for more information

Tire your little ones out at indoor trampoline park Sky Zone’s Club GLOW. Jump around for 120 minutes and ensure that you don’t go into 2020 restless or antsy. The space will come to life with a DJ booth, face painting, disco ball and blacklights. $33 plus mandatory $5 GLOW tee shirt and $3 SkySocks. 6-8 p.m. Click here for more information

Let a naturalist lead the way into the new year on a UW Arboretum New Year’s Eve Night Walk. Marvel at the arboretum’s prairie, savannah, wetlands and forest ecology, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate to celebrate peacefully. The walk will begin at the UW Arboretum Visitor Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Get a strike at Schwoegler’s Entertainment Center for New Year’s Eve Bowling. Rent a lane or play by the game, and have some fun with cosmic lights and music as you knock down some pins. Meanwhile, for adults, drink specials will accompany a DJ and karaoke in the bar area from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., with a champagne toast at midnight. $5 per person, $60 to rent a lane. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Click here for more information

For another bowling bash, head to Bowl-A-Vard Lanes for New Year’s Eve at Bowl-A-Vard. Madison country band 5th Gear will play live music starting at 9 p.m., plus the venue offers two-for-one Tuesday specials on bowling games and shoe rentals. $10 per person including shoe rentals, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Click here for more information