Years ago, we discovered two secrets to having the best New Year’s Eve experience possible.
- Get out of town.
- Avoid any sort of party with a cover charge and cheap champagne toast at midnight.
Combine these two concepts and prepare for magic.
By celebrating in another city, it’s much easier to have the New Year’s Eve of a lifetime.
“Remember that barefoot party on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta?” is far preferable to “Was it 2011, 2009 or 2006 when we passed out in front of JR’s with a party horn stuck in a precarious place?”
Over the past two decades, we’ve been fortunate enough to spend about a dozen final nights of the year in other cities. In every instance, we opted to hang out in the streets and party with the people versus standing in a crowded, generic nightclub that could be anywhere in the world.
That’s why we’re returning this year to New Orleans. Because in the French Quarter, the party is everywhere. From the streets and sidewalks to merriment overflowing from the balconies above, the laughter and revelry is second-to-none.
Plus, drinks are cheap, whether you bring your own or order from the to-go windows of almost any bar.
At some point, though, work your way to Jackson Square where live music fills the air in the hours leading up to 2015. Replace the ubiquitous ball in Times Square with a fleur-de-lis drop at midnight, throw in fireworks over the Mississippi River and you’ve got the start to a party that can easily go until dawn, with dancing in the streets outside the gay bars an absolute given.
After all, if you’re going to kiss someone at midnight, it might as well be French.
New Year’s in New Orleans
Find rooms for stays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s at some of our favorite properties, including the Whitney Hotel, the Windsor Court Hotel, or any of the properties in the New Orleans Hotel Collection.