This New Year’s Eve, swap the Champagne for the Champagne of beers and raise a pint glass to these boozy holiday events. From a Belgian-inspired fete and movie marathons to pizza parties and a brand new Albany Park brewery, these are the best beer parties to hit up in Chicago on December 31.
Belgian New Year’s Eve at Beer on the Wall
Beer lovers, just because you’re not in Brussels doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate like you are. Head over to Beer on the Wall at noon on New Year’s Eve and ring in 2019 (by 5 p.m. CST, it’ll be midnight in Brussels) by indulging in rare Belgian and Belgian-inspired beers. Bring a Belgium-inspired bottle to share.
Details: 12-6 p.m. at Beer on the Wall; free to attend
All-Day New Year’s Eve Un-Party
Too cool for New Year’s Eve? Head over to The Beer Temple where there’s no cover, no packages and no noise-makers. Instead, there’s a complimentary champagne (of beers) toast every hour and White Castle sliders to soak it all up. Also enjoy special beer tappings that correspond with ringing in the New Year around the world, movie marathons of films set in 2019 and more.
Details: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. at The Beer Temple
Marz New Year’s Eve Party at Marz Community Brewing
Party with Marz inside their brewery with an all-you-can-eat slider bar, Lumpen DJs, unlimited small pours of select draft beers, a Marz Chug Life midnight toast, giveaways and more. Larger groups can reserve tables.
Details: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at Marz Community Brewing; $60
Piece 80’s New Years Eve Bash at Piece Pizzeria
Hang out at Piece and feel young (or old) again as DJ Larry Leg Warmer spins the best dance tunes from the ’80s. Enjoy unlimited Piece pizza/salad/dessert, bottomless glasses of craft beer, top-shelf drinks and a Champagne toast at midnight. ’80s attire optional.
Details: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at Piece Pizzeria; $90
The Last Waltz at Burnt City
Not only will this be the last party Burnt City throws of 2018, it will also be the last party EVER at their Lincoln Park location (look for the West Town location opening in March 2019). Enjoy brews, bowling, appetizers, a Champagne toast and special collaboration tappings. Groups can sign up together to get free event tickets and perks.
Details: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at Burnt City; $75
New Year’s Eve Playa Fiesta at Cruz Blanca
Ring in the new year in true Mexican seaside-style (in Chicago, of course) with sunny lagers, tropical IPAs, Baja-inspired tacos and empanadas and refreshing margaritas. Tickets include passed appetizers, four drink tokens and a DJ.
Details: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at Cruz Blanca; $60
New Year’s Eve Backstage Bash at Twisted Hippo
Welcome this new brewery to Albany Pak and celebrate the end of 2018 at their debut party (ticketed guests only)/New Year’s Eve shindig. Tickets include Twisted Hippo brews, appetizers, a keepsake beer glass and more.
Details: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at Twisted Hippo; $90
New Years Eve at ERIS Brewery & Cider House
Foodies (and cider/beer lovers), this is the New Year’s party for you. Enjoy a four-course dinner with cider and beer pairings, DJ and dancing and midnight toast with balloon drop.
Details: 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at ERIS Brewery & Cider House; $100
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Motor Row Brewing
Tickets include live blues music, Champagne toast and party favors. Buy tickets at the door or call (773) 406-6055.
Details: 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at Motor Row Brewing; $50
NYE Phish Stream at Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Jam out to the MSG NYE Phish show from the Barrel Room Bar at Haymarket—8 HD TVs and a large-screen projector will be playing the live show. There’s a complimentary High Life toast after the show ends.
Details: 6 p.m.-1 a.m. at Haymarket Pub & Brewery