There are lots of options for you on New Years Eve Downtown. The weather also looks like it will be playing nice this year as it will be partly cloudy and in the 20’s when the ball drops.

If you’re on a budget and can’t afford to hit up the private parties or cover charges for the bars/clubs, then Fountain Square should be your destination. There will be free ice skating, music, and fireworks. There will also be hot drinks, food, and an “ice bar” set up in the corner of the ice rink that will be serving adult beverages all night long.

If you have the resources and entourage then one of the private parties might be for you. Be sure to check out Bootsy’s as it looks to celebrate its first NYE Downtown. You can reserve a table at Bootsy’s and enjoy the typical tapas and sushi that Bootsy’s is known for. There will also be a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight.

If you’re looking for a more neighborhood bar type feel that will have some great food and plenty to drink, then Arnold’s might be a good spot for you. For $39.95 you’ll get a five course gourmet meal, party favors, and the requisite midnight champagne toast. For music Arnold’s will have Lagnaippe entertaining the crowd with their cajun sound.

So no matter what your scene or budget is you can find a spot for you in the heart of Cincinnati on New Year’s Eve. Have a great time, and be sure to take advantage of the free cab rides being provided through MADD and AAA on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Photo Credit: Metromix Cincinnati

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Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.