The countdown is on until New Year’s Eve. The countdown is also on to decide what the hell you’re doing for New Year’s Eve. No pressure, right?
Here’s a look at where you need to be—you know, if you want to see and be seen:
First up, it’s an oldie, but a goodie. Of course, we’re talking about New Year’s Swingin’ Eve at Union Station. Dress to kill and be ready to jump, jive, and wail with a big-band blitzkrieg complete with dancing and celebratory Champagne. Oh, and let’s not forget the balloon drop! It’s a bubbly, balloon-filled, big-band bonanza.
Want something a little more raucous? Get ready for NYE Live! at the KC Live! Block at P&L. It’s a thumpin’, bumpin’ DJ-centric evening. Not only are you surrounded by some of the metro’s best bars and restaurants, P&L always finds creative ways to keep you coming back for more. Oh, and let’s not forget the confetti cannons!
Need to impress a date? Need to find a date? The brand-spankin’ new Crossroads Hotel is throwing their first-ever New Year’s Eve shindig that promises to blow everyone away. They’re calling it “transformative”. We’re not sure what that means, but we want in. Round-the-clock music and performances, open bar and craft cocktails, Champagne, and small bites for every appetite. Oh, and let’s not forget if someone tells you to get a room—well, it doesn’t get much more convenient.
Uh-oh—no babysitter? If you’re looking for kid-friendly, then consider heading to Worlds of Fun for New Year’s Eve at WinterFest, a special event featuring live music, Snoopy’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party and other family-friendly entertainment. Oh, and let’s not forget fireworks!
Needing nosh? Who doesn’t enjoy wrapping up the year with an amazing meal? Chaz on the Plaza will be open and is offering up live jazz by the Jackie Myers Trio from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tannin Wine Bar + Kitchen opens their doors for early birds at 4 p.m. and a special menu paired with (obvs!) wine. Tavern in the Village and Tavern at Mission Farmswill clear the tables in the bar area and turn it into a dance floor starting at 10 p.m. Both Tavern locations will feature a live DJ and a Champagne toast at midnight. Oh, and let’s not forget dessert!
Finally, if you want to ring in 2019 filthy rich, then you naturally need to try your luck at any of the metro’s casinos, such as Isle of Capri or Hollywood Casino. Might we remind you the party never stops there. If you want late-night (read that: early morning) gambling fun, head there after your ball-drop shenanigans. Oh, and let’s not forget—jackpot!