Why Staying In Is Sometimes Way Better Than Going Out

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In December, when I got a text from a friend asking what I was doing for New Year’s Eve, I responded  saying, “Mmmm, I’m thinking of doing nothing.” In no more than 20 seconds my phone vibrated: “You should be embarrassed for even thinking that,” she replied.

It’s not that I don’t like New Year’s Eve; it’s actually my favorite holiday. I love pretty much everything about it: champagne, fireworks, watching people drunkenly recite their “new year, new me” speeches, and the glitter—oh, the glitter is good. But the thing is, I never love New Year’s Eve quite as much as I think I’m going to. So this year, as a sort of experiment in managing my expectations, I decided to ring in the new year doing nothing at all, with no one at all. Spoiler alert: It was the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in years. Five reasons why, below.

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Anthems to Take You Bopping Into the New Year

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Here we are again kids: another year. I have heard some people say 2014 was a great year, some said it sucked, some were indifferent. Well, part of my job as a DJ is to make sure you have a good soundtrack to start things out on a positive note. Have fun, be safe and crank up this list of tunes that will keep you boppin’ around all night!

Check out the playlist in the videos below, or follow it on Spotify so you can play the songs straight through, here.

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5 Philly Bartenders Spill Their Best New Year’s Hangover Cures

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There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning, still decked out in your clothes from last night, wearing the added accessories of a throbbing around your head and a serious ache in your stomach. But hey, it happens. Especially on, say, the morning following New Year’s Eve. Blame it on that friend who screams, “It’s New Year’s Eve! Let’s do SHOTS!” every half hour on the dot—we all have one.

The unbearable headache can be contributed to the not-so-kind combo of dehydration and cytokines, chemical messengers that trigger inflammation. And the nausea? Well, that’s withdrawal. Now, your best bet to steer clear of these post-party symptoms would be to tell your shot-obsessed friend to shut up, and to take it easy on the alcohol. But sometimes—like on those nights that cause you to wake up the next morning still wearing yesterday’s jeans—that proves impossible.

So what do you do? Well, if you can make it to your computer, you can refer to this post for some advice. Here, we’ve enlisted five local folks in the business of serving alcohol to weigh in on what they consider to be the best hangover cures. And it turns out, Philly bartenders are a lot like us: They too have strong beliefs in the powers of Netflix, greasy food and Bloody Marys.

Below, for all you unlucky folks who make the mistake of over-imbibing tonight, five Philly bartenders personal hangover cures. (And please, read with a grain of salt because, while these guys are alcohol experts, but they are not medical professionals. Meaning: whether you think prescribing yourself a Bloody Mary for breakfast is a good idea is entirely your call.)

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Diner En Blanc Team Throwing A New Year’s Eve Party

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The team behind Philly’s annual Diner En Blanc party is getting into the game early this year by throwing a French-themed NYE party at the historic Down Town Club (the Public Ledger Building at 6th and Chestnut). They’re teaming up with Cescaphe events to build out a one-night-only version of Paris with themed rooms, bringing to Philly the Hôtel Costes in the Place Vendôme, the Moulin Rouge and Versailles. There’s going to be live music and entertainment, food, French cocktails, an open bar running all night–all the basics you need for a proper New Year’s Eve soiree.

General admission tickets get you in the door at 10:00pm (the party runs ’til 2:00am), and they’ll run you $145 per person. VIP tickets are pricier ($200 a head), but if you fancy yourself Very Important, you’ll get in an hour early for a special cocktail party. Oh, and also? A phase one registration to 2015’s Diner en Blanc Philadelphia (ticket registration still required, but still–this gets you on the list).

Of course, there’s a menu. And of course, we have it. Check it out below.

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Yoga White Party at the Art Museum on New Year’s Eve

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Yoga at the Art Museum

Here’s one New Year’s Eve event that won’t leave you with a killer hangover come New Year’s Day: The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Pay-What-You-Wish Yoga White Party. As you might already know, the Art Museum hosts pay-what-you-can yoga every Wednesday evening and, in celebration of New Year’s Eve, next Wednesday, the 31st, they’ll be going all out.

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Atlantic City’s Pro Bar AC Resurrects for One-Night-Only New Year’s Bash

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The newly revamped Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City is throwing a super queer bash on New Year’s Eve that is a major throwback to AC’s gay nightlife. For one night only, partiers will be able to enjoy the Divas Reunion Show, featuring some of the greatest impersonators of Joan Rivers, Patti LaBelle, and Dolly Parton, and if that wasn’t enough, Pro Bar, the gay nightclub that shuttered in 2013, is bringing back the dancefloor to Claridge for an all-night bender. Read more »

Alla Spina to Turn into Club Vetri for NYE

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Here’s hoping Alla Spina’s North Philly Sausage Cheesesteak is available latenight.

On New Year’s Eve Alla Spina is transforming itself into “Club Vetri.” There will be a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and as importantly, food stations featuring dishes from all of the Vetri Family restaurants (Vetri, Amis, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Lo Spiedo and of course Alla Spina). Tickets start at $120 and rise as we get closer to New Year’s Eve.

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Aldine Offering Three NYE Options

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Photo by Emily Teel

George Sabatino’s Aldine is offering three tasting menus on New Year’s Eve. The first seating at 5:30 p.m. is three-courses and $55 per person. The second seating is at 7:30 p.m. and features a special four-course tasting menu for $75 per person. The final seating is at 9:30 p.m. and includes the $100 per person dinner will feature five-courses of primo ingredients like uni, foie gras and lobster.  A Champagne toast will also happen at midnight.

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Hop Sing Laundromat is Throwing a Sneakers Party

Wear sneakers to Hop Sing Laundromat on New Year's Eve.

Wear sneakers to Hop Sing Laundromat on New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Eve, Hop Sing Laundromat is loosening its legendary dress code for one night only. From 10 p.m. till closing,  is waiving his must-wear-shoes policy and offering guests the chance to wear sneakers.

Lê tells us, guests have asked for the opportunity to break one of the rules and he feels that there’s no better night than the night everyone else is getting dressed up and paying a premium for just about everything.

Hop Sing opens at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and the dress code will be in effect till 10 p.m. As always, there is no cover at the Chinatown bar. Hop Sing will also be closed from Tuesday, December 23 to Thursday, December 25.

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Marigold Kitchen Is Teasing Their Secret New Year’s Eve Menu

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Dinner at Marigold Kitchen is always a surprise. The way ex-chef Rob Halpern ran the menu, it was a constantly evolving spread of amuses and tastings that would sometimes change night to night and table to table. And now, the way new chefs Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza do things is roughly similar–all tasting menus, no a la carte, just a blindfolded adventure every time you walk through the door.

Except for this New Year’s Eve.

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