New Year’s Eve 2021: Parties, Festive Feasts & Drink Specials

Sip, taste & dance your way into the new year

Goodness. 2021 sure flew by fast, didn’t it? The city welcomed a handful of new restaurants and bars, said goodbye to some, and then celebrated plenty of anniversaries throughout the year.

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Much like New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day last year, local restaurants and businesses are celebrating any which way they can. Whether it be a fancy dinner or some incredible drink specials, there ought to be something out there that’ll catch your attention.

So, no matter how you decide to welcome the new year, try celebrating it locally. Many places are open, but here are a few that are offering something special for the holiday.

1912 Brewing Company

2045 N. Forbes Blvd. #105
Taproom at 1912 Brewing Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taproom at 1912 Brewing Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This New Year’s Eve from 1 – 11 p.m., 1912 Brewing Company wants you to dance the night away and welcome the New Year with some tasty brews. They’re hosting a disco-themed party so dress up in your grooviest dancing shoes. The ball will be dropping at 10 p.m. with a complimentary champagne toast.

For more information, follow 1912 Brewing Company on Facebook.

Bawker Bawker Cider House

400 N. Fourth Ave.
Bawker Bawker Cider House

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Here’s a fun spot to shake your tail feather this New Year’s Eve. From 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, December 31, the cider house is live music, a sparkly cider toast at midnight, and Jell-O Cider Shots. Keep in mind, they’re opening earlier in the day at 2 p.m. if you’d rather party sooner.

For more information, follow Bawker Bawker Cider House on Facebook

Borderlands Brewing Company

119 E. Toole Ave.

The brewery nestled along the train tracks in downtown Tucson is staying open later — until the ball drops at midnight — so stop on by for a beer, taco, and good times out on the patio or inside the taproom. Heck, bring your dog along, too.

For more information, follow Borderlands Brewing Company on Instagram.

Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

1801 N. Stone Ave.
Ribs at Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ribs at Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Brother John’s is celebrating the New Year on Friday, December 31 beginning at 9 p.m. It’s also their anniversary, so it’s a double whammy of opportunities to party. There’s going to be a $25 cover to get into the celebration, which includes live music by the Zona Libre, a balloon drop, party favors, a champagne toast, and — last but not least — free menudo after midnight.

For more information, visit brotherjohnsbbq.com

Casa Marana

8225 N. Courtney Page Way

Ring in 2022 with craft beer and cocktails in Marana. Casa will be throwing a party on Friday, December 31 from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., featuring $10 Gucci Maine Blue Champagne all night. Plus, there’s a champagne toast at midnight.

Also, don’t forget to capture the moment with their pop-up photo wall.

For more information, follow Casa Marana on Facebook

Catalina Brewing Company

6918 N. Camino Martin

Photo by Jackie Tran

Ring in the new year Catalina Brewing-style, so to speak, on Friday, December 31. They’ll have fire pits to keep you warm and cozy, games, a potluck, dance music, and a champagne toast at midnight. Also, they’re celebrating the east coast New Year at 10 p.m. if you don’t want to stay up so late.

For more information, follow Catalina Brewing Company on Facebook

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Commoner & Co.

6960 E. Sunrise Dr.
Bourbon Trail at Commoner & Co.

Bourbon Trail at Commoner & Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Commoner & Co. is hosting a prix fixe menu for $60 per person on Friday, December 31. The menu includes a White Sonoran Wheat Salad, Seafood Pasta, and Chicken Leg Confit. Be sure to make your reservations.

For more information, follow Commoner & Co. on Facebook

Contigo Latin Kitchen

3770 E. Sunrise Dr.
Contigo Latin Kitchen

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Before the clock strikes midnight, Contigo is serving up a special New Year’s Eve dinner. The meal is $75 per person and they’re suggesting you make your reservations sooner than later — sellout warning.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu

Starters
  • Para Empezar – Warm Bagette with green chimichuirri, spicy olive tapenade, and jamon butter
First Course (choice of)
  • Ensalada de Pato – Crispy duck carnitas, baby gem, blue cheese, candied pecans, pomegranate seeds,
    and a tamarind vinaigrette
  • Sopa de Elote y Huitlacoche – Roasted corn chowder and sauteed huitlacoche (vegan)
  • Jalea de Mariscos – Fried lobster tail and Guaymas prawns, saffron butter, salsa criollo
  • Empanadas de Lomo – Beef tenderloin, Manchego, potato, tomato, aji Amarillo aioli
Entrée (choice of)
  • Pollo Rostizado – Half roasted chicken, confit potatoes, grilled vegetable, and salsa macha
  • Mar y Tierra – Grilled filet mignon and Guaymas prawns, rajas, and lime chile butter
  • Coliflor al Horno – Marinated and roasted cauliflower steak, garlic mashed potatoes, tequila salsa, cactus
    salad, and crispy leeks
  • Pescado con Mole – Pan-seared Chilean seabass, creamy rice cake, mole negro, and charred scallions
  • Pierna de Cerdo – Guajillo braised pork shank, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and rioja reduction
Dessert (choice of)
  • Chocolate Mousse Tart – with Patron XO sauce
  • Mexican Coffee Tres Leches – with Chantilly cream
  • Raspberry Mango Crème Brulee
  • Dulce de Leche Cheesecake – with roasted pineapple
  • Fresh Berries – with Chantilly cream

For more information, visit eatatcontigo.com

The Coronet

198 W. Cushing St.
The Coronet

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The Coronet is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner from 5 – 9 p.m. The feast is five courses at $110 per person and $155 per person if you’d like wine pairings. Make a reservation sooner rather than later if you’re considering stopping by.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu

Amuse
  • Roasted Corn and Coconut Panna Cotta – Malaysian curried rambutan
  • Paired with Belstar Prosecco
First Course (choice of)
  • Pear and Pickled Chanterelle Salad – tatsoi, frilly mustard greens, butter lettuce, smoked almonds, and a champagne vinaigrette
  • Mushroom Soup “Cappuccino” – arancini truffles and sherry spume
  • Either dish is paired with Schloss Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner Kamptal
Second Course
  • Applewood Smoked Brie – brandied apple chutney, toasted pepitas, and Barrio Bread
  • Paired with Sommariva “Il Rosa” Vino Spumante Rosato Brute
Third Course (choice of)
  • Beef Carpaccio and Beet Tartare – enoki mushroom, radicchio, cornichon, pickled grape, torn baguette, and bourbon aioli
    • Paired with Clos Siguier Malbec
  • Oysters on the Half Shell – cucumber, watercress granita, and a champagne foam
    • Paired with Santiago Ruiz Albarino Loureiro Treixadura Rias Baixas
Fourth Course (choice of)
  • Roasted Beets and Seared Trumpet Mushrooms – Southwinds roasted squash, cider beurre blanc, green apple, charred cauliflower, and herbs
    • Paired with Alpha Estate Malagouzia
  • Pan-Seared Seabass – Southwinds roasted squash, cider beurre blanc, green apple, charred cauliflower, and herbs
    • Paired with Alpha Estate Malagouzia
  • Seared Venison Tenderloin – roasted hakurei turnips, parsnip puree, verjus plumped sultana, date puree, orange braised endive, and spice port reduction
    • Paired with Alpha Estate “Hedgehog” Xinomavro
Fifth Course (choice of)
  • Cardamom Poached Pear – with honey, whipped cream, and pistachios
  • Tackroom Chocolate Mousse – with pecans, olive oil, whipped cream, and berries
  • Either dish is paired with Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Charleston Sercial Madeira

For more information, visit coronettucson.com.

Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St.
Cup Cafe patio (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress)

Cup Cafe patio (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress)

The downtown spot is offering a few celebratory dishes on New Year’s Eve from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and then again at 4 – 8 p.m. Also, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and then 4 – 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Dining Specials

  • Black-Eyed-Peas, spinach, and broth (cup for $6 and bowl for $9)
  • Traditional Mexican Pozole Rojo—pork, hominy, red chiles, and broth (cup for $6 and bowl for $9)
  • Grilled beef tenderloin and roasted lobster tail – with charred lemons, clarified butter, smoked baked potato loaded with bacon bits, sour cream, green onion, shredded cheddar, and grilled white and green asparagus bundles ($40)

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

Espresso Art Café 

942 E. University Blvd.

 

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The spot on Main Gate Square is bringing in the New Year on Friday, December 31 starting at 8 p.m. with drink specials starting at $5. Plus, if you feel like sharing, you can get a bottle of bubbles for $20.

For more information, follow Espresso Art Café on Facebook

Feast

3719 E. Speedway Blvd.
Assorted dishes at Feast (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted dishes at Feast (Credit: Jackie Tran)

In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant is offering a New Year’s Eve menu on Friday, December 31. The meal is $65 per person and an extra $45 for wine pairings. Take a gander at the menu below and they’ve also got an a la carte menu for the holiday, too.

First Course (choice of)
  • Bay leaf butter-poached shrimp – with spinach-almond custard and tempura-fried Spanish olives.
    • Paired with NV Orleans Borbón Manzanilla Sherry, Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda
  • Goose and mushroom ragout – with pine needle essence, served in goose demiglace with cappuccino top and cracklings
    • Paired with 2014 GoGi “Birdie” Pinot Noir, Ampelos Vineyards, Santa Rita Hills
  • Roasted Delicata squash stuffed with roasted sweet peppers – with crispy shallots and tomato-caper cream
    • Paired with 2015 Domaine Comté Abbatucci “Faustine” Red Blend, Vieilles Vignes, Île de Beauté
Second Course (choice of)
  • Cashew custard tart – with lemon-peel crust, paper-thin omelet, garlic-honey cashews, and roasted winter vegetables tossed in spinach pesto
    • Paired with 2015 Hanzell Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley
  • Lobster in peach cream over caramelized Nappa cabbage – served with a pear-almond tuile
    • Paired with 2016 Yves Cuilleron “Lyseras” Saint-Joseph Blanc
  • Licorice-glazed double lamb chop – served over pasta alla Gricia, with micro basil and radish sprouts
    • Paired with 2009 Château Massereau “Cuvée K” Bordeaux Supérieur
Third Course (choice of)
  • Flourless chocolate cake – with Agricole Rum-spiked figs, with limequat crème anglaise
    • Paired with 2016 Olivares Dulce Monastrell, Jumilla DOP
  • Pain d’Épices – with dried apricot and ginger compote, with cultured Chantilly cream
    • Paired with 2017 Jorge Ordoñez “N? 2 Victoria” Moscatel Dulce, Málaga DO
  • Double cream Brie on brioche – with Italian meringues streaked with caramel and passionfruit
    • Paire with 2015 Champalou “La Moelleuse de Champalou” Vouvray 

For more information, visit eatatfeast.com

Festa International Buffet

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
(Credit: Casino Del Sol)

(Credit: Casino Del Sol)

The fancy buffet is open on New Year’s Eve from 3 – 10 p.m. with a special feast for $55 per person.

New Year’s Eve Feast

  • Prime rib
  • Turkey
  • All the fixings
  • Crab legs
  • Shrimp
  • Oysters
  • Desserts and more

For more information, visit casinodelsol.com

Flora’s Market Run

2513 E. Sixth St.
Flora's Market Run

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Flora’s Market Run is currently taking reservations for New Year’s Eve on Friday, December 31. The three-course prix fixe dinner is $55 per person and an additional $25 for wine pairings. The menu has the likes of Beef Tartare, Truffle Pizza, and Champagne Strawberry Shortcake. 

For more information, visit florasmarket.com

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd.
Tomahawk Steak at Hacienda del Sol (photo by Jackie Tran)

Tomahawk Steak at Hacienda del Sol (photo by Jackie Tran)

The celebration is happening inside the Casa Luna Ballroom at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort on Friday, December 31. You can expect to find music, food, and a dandy celebration to ring in 2022.

The dinner buffet is from 6:30 – 9 p.m., the dessert buffet is from 9 – 11 p.m., and the dance party starts cuttin’ the rug at 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. If you want to enjoy all three, it’s $100 per person and then just $35 per person for the dessert and dance party.

For more information, visit Hacienda Del Sol on Facebook

Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.
Cocktails at Hotel Congress

Cocktails at Hotel Congress (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress on Facebook)

The historic hotel is throwing a “101 Years of New Year’s Eve” party from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday, December 31. Tickets are $75 per person and include a champagne toast, a Fluer de Congress cocktail, a treat from the Seafood Truck, a photo booth, a seance ticket, fireworks, live music, a speakeasy whiskey bar, and all of the entertainment happening that night.

Oh, and you need to be at least 21 years old to attend.

Seafood Truck Menu

  • Sonoran shrimp ceviche – with tostadas
  • Classic shrimp cocktail
  • Raw oyster shooters on a half shell – with classic hot sauce and lemon or passion fruit caviar and shaved fennel
  • Grilled octopus salad – with smoked paprika vin, mandarin orange segments, julienne radish, and arugula
  • Lemon and ginger poached and grilled octopus – with microgreens
  • New England crab cakes
  • Crab and corn hush puppies
  • Tempura battered fried calamari rings and tentacles – with chipotle jalapeño mayo and microgreens

For more information, visit eventbrite.com

Hotel McCoy

720 W. Silverlake Rd.
Entrance at Hotel McCoy (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Entrance at Hotel McCoy (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Here’s a fun event for guests of the hotel on Friday, December 31 from 7 p.m. – midnight.

If you’re interested in a night of music, dancing, and partying at the oasis pool then Hotel McCoy is the place to be this year. Only those that book a room can join in on the evening’s festivities, which is 1920s-themed and will include a champagne toast, a fortune teller, and music by Little Cloud, Barefoot on Bumblebees, and DJ Buttafly.

For more information, follow Hotel McCoy on Facebook

IBT’s 

616 N. Fourth Ave.

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IBT’s is going big this New Year’s Eve with a “Black and White Party” from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday, December 31. The Drag Show begins right at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 per person.

For more information, follow IBT’s on Facebook

Jonathan’s Cork

6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

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Jonathan’s Cork will be open on New Year’s Eve from 4 – 8:30 p.m. and is serving up a couple of specials along with the regular dinner menu.

Holiday Specials

  • Fresh Sea Bass with Crab Cream Sauce ($28.50)
  • Blue Cheese Stuffed Filet Mignon ($39.00)

Reservations for both are highly recommended. For more information, call (520) 296-1631.

Louie’s Pub

746 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Scorpion bowls at Louie's Pub

Scorpion bowls at Louie’s Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Louie’s wants you to cheers the New Year from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday, December 31. They’ll be offering a champagne toast at midnight, live music from a local DJ, and (drum roll) free Menudo for all of those stopping by the neighborhood dive bar.

For more information, follow Louie’s Pub on Facebook

Maynards

400 N. Toole Ave.

Chef’s Board Combo from happy hour at Maynards Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The downtown restaurant is serving up a seven-course tasting menu from 5 – 10 p.m. on Friday, December 31. Seats are $125 per person and an additional $30 if you’d like wine pairings. The menu includes scallops, NY Strip, Maple-Glazed Honey Nut Squash, and more.

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com

Monterey Court

505 W. Miracle Mile
Monterey Court

Cocktails at Monterey Court (Credit: Isaac Stockton)

Monterey Court is rining’ out 2021 with Heather Hardy & Dusty City Blues and a feast to go along with the music. For $60 per person, that gets you into the show and then the four-course dinner, which includes dessert, champagne, and complimentary coffee and tea.

There’s also an a la carte option for $20.

For more information, visit montereycourtaz.com

North Italia

2995 E. Skyline Dr.
North Italia

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North Italia is hosting a three-course New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner to help you kiss 2021 goodbye on Friday, December 31. There’s going to be a starter, one entrée, and one dessert for $60 per person. Additionally, the regular menu will be available, too.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu

Starter
  • Cacio e Pepe Lobster Risotto – grana Padano frico, parsley, EVOO
Entrée (choice of)
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Anolini – broccolini, toasted hazelnuts, espelette pepper, brown butter emulsion, herb bread crust
  • Spicy Cioppino – halibut, shrimp, mussels, fennel, crushed tomato, strozzapreti, Calabrian chili, grilled ciabatta
Dessert
  • Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake – vanilla gelato, glazed pecans, orange honey oat crumble

For more information, visit northitalia.com

The Parish

6453 N. Oracle Rd.
Oyster Po-Boy at the Parish (Photo courtesy of the Parish)

Oyster Po-Boy at the Parish (Photo courtesy of the Parish)

The Parish is open from 11 a.m – 3 p.m. on Friday, December 31 for lunch, and then a New Year’s Dinner Party is taking place from 5 p.m. – midnight. Stay tuned for more details on the dinner and reservations are highly recommended, too.

For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.

PY Steakhouse

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Filet Mignon at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Filet Mignon at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

PY Steakhouse is open on New Year’s Eve from 4 p.m. – midnight, and New Year’s Day from 4 – 11 p.m. On each day, you’ll find a couple of specials to sink your teeth in.

New Year’s Eve Specials

  • Surf & Turf – Filet mignon, Atlantic lobster tail, whipped potatoes, grilled asparagus, demi-glace, and drawn butter ($68)
  • Black-Eyed Pea Soup ($10)
  • House-Smoked Ham Hock – with ramp vinegar

New Year’s Day Special

  • Slow-Roasted Prime Rib Eye – Loaded mashed potato, chef’s vegetables, au jus, and creamy horseradish ($55)

For more information, visit casinodelsol.com

REVEL

416 E. Ninth St.
REVEL Wine & Beer Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

REVEL Wine & Beer Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

On Friday, December 31 from 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., swing your way into 2022 with a glass of wine in your hand and some dancin’ along to the grooves of the Autumn Dominguez Quintet.

For more information, follow REVEL on Facebook

The Surly Wench Pub

424 N. Fourth Ave.

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There’s a major throwback party happening on Fourth Avenue this Friday, December 31 starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $10 to get in and it includes 80s music, a champagne toast at midnight, a totally tubular photo booth, free giveaways, and drink specials.

Be sure to take a gander at their food menu, too.

For more information, follow The Surly Wench Pub on Facebook

The Royal Room

450 N. Sixth Ave.
Mi Rey, Royale, Coup D'Etat, and Noble Intentions cocktails at the Royal Room (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mi Rey, Royale, Coup D’Etat, and Noble Intentions cocktails at the Royal Room (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The downtown bar that loves you — and really means it, too — is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a live DJ from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, December 31. There are plenty of incredible cocktails to keep you busy all night and check out the tater tots, too (you won’t be disappointed).

For more information, visit The Royal Room on Instagram.

Tap & Bottle Downtown

403 N. Sixth Ave. #135

 

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Here’s an early New Year’s Eve celebration if you’re got to get up early the next day. Tap & Bottle is holding their festivities from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, December 31. They’ll be having live music with Naïm Amor and The Cocktail Hours, and then a complimentary toast at 6 p.m.

For more information, follow Tap & Bottle Downtown on Facebook

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Union Public House

4340 N. Campbell Ave.
Angel's Envy Whiskey at Union Public House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Whiskey (Credit: Jackie Tran)

There’s a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner special happening over at St. Philip’s Plaza this year on Friday, December 31. The meal is $35 per person and is accompanied by live music with Little House of Funk from 7 – 10 p.m. Afterward, DJs will be spinning the beats with a champagne toast at midnight.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Special

  • Red Snapper – with wild rice with cranberries, heirloom carrots with lemon and honey, on a bed of sautéed spinach, and a drizzle of cranberry sauce

For more information, visit follow Union Public House on Facebook

Westbound

267 S. Avenida del Convento #12

 

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From 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., Westbound is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash on Friday, December 31. There’s going to be live music, blazin’ fire pits, Hot Toddies, food trucks, a toast at midnight, and Shot-Ski specials. Oh, and dress up in your finest ski gear if you’re feeling festive.

For more information, follow Westbound on Instagram.

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