By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Dec 31, 2022 at 8:31 AM

Snuggle up with some holiday cheer as OnMilwaukee shares stories of everything merry and bright in the spirit of the season.

The OnMilwaukee Ho Ho Holiday Guide is brought to you by Educators Credit Union, Harley-Davidson Museum and MillerCoors

It’s almost time to break out the bubbles and break in 2023 in style. 

Whether you’re looking for something low-key, high-energy or something in between, you’ll find it on this list of local events that are sure to help you end 2022 on a high note.

Note: Most of these festivities do require tickets or reservations, so make sure you click to get all the details!

Looking for spots to have dinner before the party? Check out our holiday dining guide for options.

Here's to an awesome New Year, Milwaukee!

Amped
910 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 939-8592
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Have a karaoke-filled New Year's Eve by renting a private studio at Amped. Enjoy 2.5 hours of awesome karaoke, complete with orientation and service from your Amped Suite Host, and drinks and food served right to your suite.

AxeMKE
1924 E. Kenilworth Pl., (414) 939-8592
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Ring in the New Year with friends, champagne, noise makers, and razor-sharp axes at AXE MKE. Sounds like a party. Check out all the details and make your reservations now.

The Bar @ Saint Kate Arts Hotel
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 270-4422
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Join in on the New Year’s festivities at Saint Kate’s eye-catching Bar. Enjoy live musical entertainment beginning at 3 p.m., plus party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. No reservations required. 

The Belmont Tavern
784 N. Jefferson St., (414) 988-6161
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The Belmont will be hosting New Year's Eve in their Jackson Street lounge, complete with amazing Stoli bottle packages. Reserve your seats by emailing belmontnye@gmail.com.

Blu @ The Pfister
424 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 298-3196
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Ring in the New Year in style at Blu, The Pfister Hotel's signature cocktail lounge on the 23rd floor. Select from pre-dinner seating (5 to 7 p.m.) or reserved evening seating with bottle service starting at 8:30 p.m. Packages are available with live music, reserved tables, premium champagne, party favors, and a dessert display created by the hotel’s Pastry Chef are available. VIP packages are also available. To book this extravagant experience, email BrandonRivas@thepfisterhotel.com. Packages start at $350 (tax and gratuity are not included). Reservations are required with full pre-payment via credit card. Reservations are refundable if canceled 48 hours prior to the event.

Company Brewing
735 E. Center St., (414) 930-0909
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Party all night, or at least from 10 p.m to 4 a.m., with DJ Bizzon while enjoying cocktail specials, tacos from Don Pastor, a midnight champagne toast, balloon drop and more. Tickets required.

Giggly @ Saint Kate Arts Hotel
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 270-4422

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Book special packages for your entire party with reserved tables, premium champagne, party favors and either a charcuterie board or dessert. Reservations required all night. Packages start at $350. Pre-dinner seatings available from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and evening seating from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. For reservations, visit Tock.com.

Howl at the Moon
1103 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.,  (414) 928-4695
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Howl at the Moon is getting ready to party all night with packages to fit any type of group. Whether you'd prefer dinner and champagne or just want to dance the night away, there's a party package to fit your style. Pricing ranges from $65 to $135 per person.

Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (414) 374-4766
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It’s a New Year’s Eve celebration for spies and those who love them!  This Casino Royale soiree guaranteed to shake up your New Year with music, party favors and casino games. Tickets are required.

Izzy Hops Swig & Nosh
2311 N. Murray Ave., (414) 249-4489
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Head to Izzy Hops Swig & Nosh for bubbly bottle specials and a complimentary midnight toast. The bar will also be open on New Year's Day beginning at 2:30 p.m. when the Green Bay Packers take on the Vikings. 

Landmark Lanes
220 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 278-8770
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Head to one of the best parties on North Ave. and ring in 2023 in the Underground City! VIP packages, an Ian's pizza buffet, karaoke and more.  Tickets required.

Lucid Lounge 
729 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 763-4545
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Ring in the New Year in style at Lucid with balloon drops, a champagne toast and music from BG GOOD. VIP tables available. Event runs from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tickets required.

Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8709
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Head to Milwaukee Brat House from 9 p.m. until bar close for their New Year’s Eve Pull Tab Party. Any drink or shot purchased earns you one free pull tab (redeemable right away). Beginning at 11 p.m., the first 75 people inside the Downtown bar will receive 23 free pull tabs redeemable at 12:15 a.m.

NorthSouth Club
230 E. Pittsburgh Ave., (414) 930-4827
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If woodsy cocktails & tropical vibes are your style, NorthSouth Club's New Year's Eve Packages include everything you need for an action-packed night to remember. Choose from axe throwing or deck shuffleboard and you'll receive party favors, extra games and prizes, a midnight countdown plus a bottle of sparkling to ring in the New Year. 

Oak Barrel Public House 
1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8320

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Transport yourself to a world of dazzling dancing flappers and dapper gentlemen at Oak Barrel's Champagne Speakeasy 2023. The festivities feature drink specials, a light appetizer buffet, champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight and more. Tickets required.

Prime Social Restaurant and Bar
7225 N. 76th St., (414) 760-1791
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Head to Prime Social for a night of confetti canons, sparklers and a light show, plus drink specials, bottle service, gourmet food and Milwaukee's top DJx playing a blend of trap, RnB and Afro Beats. 

Punch Bowl Social
1122 Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 204-7544
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Enjoy a night of live music, food from Punch Bowl's scratch kitchen, craft cocktails, plus access to all your favorite games and activities from video games and bowling to board games and karaoke. Tickets start at just $10 per person.

The Rave/Eagles Club
2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 342-7283
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The 20th annual Stellar Spark New Year's Eve Party at The Rave is a weekend mega-party featuring two days of entertainment with headliners Sudden Death and Shaq / DJ Diesel. Two day passes and single day tickets available.

Red Lion Pub
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009
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Head to Red Lion for the royal treatment at their Royal NYE Party. The evening features a dinner buffet, all-you-can-drink ticket, champagne toast and more. Tickets are required and start at $65 per person.

The Safehouse
779 N. Front St., (414) 271-2007
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A live DJ, all-you-can- drink specials, a midnight toast and appetizer buffet are included in tickets for this suaree, which runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are required (21+).

Saint Kate Arts Hotel
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 276-8686

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If you’re going to go all in (with friends) for a truly memorable New Year’s Eve, you might as well go all in at Saint Kate. They are offering guests a very special group New Year’s Eve package featuring a one-night stay with six guest rooms (Dec. 31 through Jan. 1), a New Year’s Eve dinner featuring pre-dinner drinks for 12 at Giggly and a chef-curated private dining experience for 12 in The Dark Room. You’ll also get a reserved private area for live music and cocktails in the bar after dinner (includes two bottles of champagne) and complimentary 2 p.m. late check out. Package price is $8,000 (includes tax & gratuity). Reservations are required with full pre-payment via credit card. Email BradyPankow@SaintKateArts.com to make your reservation.

Tre Rivali
200 N Broadway (414) 291-3971
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Head to Tre Rivali on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a Roarin’ Rooftop New Year’s Eve Celebration complete with music by DJ Mighty Thor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; an open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight (with select spirits); two specialty bars featuring champagne and Buffalo Trace cocktails for purchase. There will also be a buffet with light bites, a photo booth and complimentary bubbly at midnight.  Guests can also level up by purchasing a VIP table, which comes with a dedicated server, fire feature and bottle service. Tickets are $195 per person (21+ only).

Uncle Bucks 
1125 N. Old World Third St., (414) 988-0355
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Join Uncle Bucks on Third for a masquerade bash featuring three floors of celebration, three hours of open bar (restrictions apply) and music from DJ Khek, DJ ZOVO and more. Be sure you dress to impress. The best masquerade mask will be entered for a chance to win a killer prize. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. Early bird pricing on general admission is available through Dec. 24.

WhirlyBall 
185 S. Moorland Rd., (262) 786-7777
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This family-friendly New Year's bash features unlimited games and a family meal from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets required.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.