New Year’s Eve is celebrated by many establishments in St. Augustine. Several bars, venues, and galleries downtown stay open later, have live music, and share complimentary champagne for a midnight toast. In addition to these many celebrations, each year a few locals set off fireworks from their boats in the Matanzas River. Whether you are interested in viewing the fireworks, hanging with the locals at a pub, or using the beautiful Nights of Lights Festival as a backdrop for your New Year’s Eve photos, St. Augustine has a way for everyone to ring in the New Year!
Many of the best New Year’s Eve memories include a glass of champagne and sometimes a few bottles. Staying at one of the Inns or Bed & Breakfasts located in the Historic District makes it easy for the guests not to have to worry about making arrangements for transportation. Walking to many of the venues is an option. Set sail on the Black Raven under a display of fireworks or travel back in time to the Gilded Age with the Lightner Museum. Downtown St. Augustine will host many New Year’s Eve parties this year so how you choose to welcome the New Year will surely be unforgettable.
New Year’s Eve on Pirate Ship Black Raven
The Black Raven is a local pirate ship that specializes in unique tours. This year, to welcome in 2018, they are hosting a New Year’s Eve party of “Piratical Proportions.” The party is adults only so those under 21 years of age will have to walk the plank. The Black Raven will depart from the downtown dock at 10:00 pm sharp, 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084, setting sail on Matanzas River. Once aboard, enjoy interactive and live entertainment, views of iconic St. Augustine sites, contests paired with prizes, delicious party food, and complimentary party gear that will rock the boat. Boats sharing the river often set off fireworks that can be viewed from the Black Raven, and of course prior to midnight bottles of champagne are popped in anticipation of a New Year’s toast!
New Year’s Eve Soirée at the Lightner Museum
Step into the 19th century Gilded Age at the New Year’s Eve party hosted by the Lightner Museum. The party will also celebrate the Lightner’s 70th anniversary, and the Alcazar Hotel’s 170th anniversary, which was the former venue built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. Naturally, the theme of the rendezvous is “Get Gilded,” and the Lightner will provide a gilded night in every sense of the word. Guests are asked to dress in gold, silver, and an opulent manner or their best festive cocktail attire. Live music by the band Ramona will start the night off, small bites by A Step Above Catering will be provided, and of course, a cash bar serving wine, spirits, and beer. At midnight look forward to a balloon drop and a champagne toast! The event begins at 9:30 pm lasting until 12:30 am.
Ice Plant Bar New Year’s Eve Party
Visit the site of Florida’s first ice plant, which is now the complex where the St. Augustine Distillery and the Ice Plant Bar reside. The craft distillery manufactures top-shelf spirits with a farm-to-table mentality, in fact, USA Today voted them the second best craft gin distillery in the United States. On New Year’s Eve from 9:30 am to 1:00 am the distillery is hosting a “first come first serve,” dance party. Dance the night away with live music and welcome 2018 with a champagne toast and balloon drop.
Other New Year’s Eve Parties in the historic district
A1A Ale Works
1 King St #101, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Renting outdoor tables, which seat four, at $200.00 a piece. Tables sell-out quickly so call for reservations as soon as possible. Live music, open until 1:00 am.
The Historic Inns of St. Augustine wish you a safe New Year’s Eve and a happy and healthy New Year!