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ArtRat’s very Heartside NYE guide


New Year's Eve images from South Division businesses in Grand Rapids.

ArtRat Gallery is enjoying a long winter’s nap until Jan. 5, but our Heartside neighborhood is staying lit to welcome 2023 this Saturday night. 

Whether you’re looking for a formal dinner, a costume party, a basement punk concert or a good old-fashioned bar crawl, check out a dozen New Year’s Eve events within a 5-minute walk of ArtRat Gallery (46 Division Ave. South). 

 

Straight outta Heartside: ArtRat's NYE picks

Apartment Lounge (33 Sheldon Ave. SW). The Apartment Lounge’s first party of 2023 “is going to be a big deal,” manager Jason Martin told ArtRat. “My favorite part is seeing how much fun everyone is enjoying the performances.” For $10 cover, you can be a part of the festivities at Grand Rapids’ oldest LGBTQ-friendly bar. The event will be hosted by drag doyenne Jasinya Maria Sanchez, and the cover includes party favors and a champagne toast. Jason tells us there’s only one more booth available (which includes charcuterie and a bottle of bubbles), so reserve your front-row seats before it’s too late. 

Beacon Corner Bar (38 Fulton St. W). Grand Rapids’ new home for Long Island-inspired “sea and land fare” has two reasons to party: It’s celebrating both the new year and its own one-year anniversary with a three-course coastal dining experience that features live music by Mark Levengood. ($65)

Canopy by Hilton (131 Ionia Ave. SW). Want to ring in 2023 from a rooftop? The Hilton invites you to head up to Knoop Rooftop Beer Garden, “Grand Rapids’ only rooftop lounge NYE experience.” There will be charcuterie and New York Sours, not to mention an amazing view. Tickets are available here. ($100)

Divani (15 Ionia SW). “This year has gone by so fast, and we are looking forward to celebrating the beginning of 2023 with you!” The chefs at Divani have created a $75, three-course menu (with gluten-free options) to ring in the new year. Reserve your table here

Dublin Hall (100 Ionia Ave. SW). Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh! (That’s “Happy New Year!” in Irish Gaelic.) Raise a pint at Dublin Hall’s Glitter and Gold Party, with music by DJ Tony Banks. The event will include party favors, a late-night buffet and a champagne toast. Doors open at 9pm; tickets are $40 pre-sale or $50 at the door.

GRNoir Wine and Jazz (35 Division Ave. S). Co-owner and sommelier Shatawn Brigham told ArtRat that GRNoir will offer “six to eight” varieties of bubbly for your New Year’s delectation, as well as live jazz from saxophonist Alain Sullivan and his quartet. 

House Of Wine (53 Monroe Center St. NW). Do you get a kick from champagne? House of Wine invites you to “treat yourself” by making a NYE reservation for drinks and small plates. They’ll be hosting an exclusive champagne tasting to help kickstart your New Year’s Eve celebration. (Book online here.) 

Lilith’s Lair (25 Division Ave. S). Heartside’s new queer-owned salon is proud of its creative and inclusive environment. On NYE, you can explore the space with an evening of glitter, local art vendors and pole performances. Stylists will be offering discounts on glitter-y makeup and hair applications from 6-8pm so you can leave “ready for the countdown at your local gathering place!” Pole performances will run from 8:30-9:30 pm. (Get your $10 tickets here!)

Rockwell Republic (45 Division Ave. S). ArtRat’s neighbors at Rockwell Republic are looking back to the 1980s this New Year’s Eve: Sport your biggest hair and brightest windbreaker, and enter to win a $200 cash prize at the gastropub’s '80s-themed costume party. Book ahead for a complimentary champagne toast; the festivities begin at 8:30pm.

Rumors Night Club (69 Division Ave. S). Head on down to South Division’s venerable LGBTQ+ nightclub, and celebrate the 2023 New Year with a snack buffet, party favors and a house diva performance, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Legendary Rumors DJ Monica Parker will be spinning tracks alongside DJ Timmy T. Doors open at 8pm, admission $25.

Skelletones (133 Division Ave. S). If you’re more the party-crashing type, there’s still a place for you (that isn’t your parents’ garage) this Saturday night. The all-ages, alcohol-free music venue is hosting its New Year’s Eve Trash Bash: a “big family reunion” featuring Chain Ripper, The Mollusks, The Sissy Boys, Dregs, American Cheese and Fetus Deletus! Come check out these Michigan punk/metal/hardcore bands from 7pm till midnight. (The gnarliest NYE celebration in town costs just $10 a ticket!)

And if you prefer a lower-key start to 2023, stock up at Grand Vin (15 Ionia Ave. SW)! Owner Kimberly Grimm told ArtRat, “We won’t have an event at the shop on NYE, but we do have over 60 different types of sparkling wine available at every price point to help customers celebrate at home!” Stop in from 11am till 4pm on Saturday so house sommelier Thom Grimm can help you put the right fizz on your New Year’s Eve.

 

Did we miss any NYE events you want ArtRat to know about?

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