New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach near the Driftwood

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“Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and … something something something!”

OK, so we’re a little fuzzy on the lyrics, but rest assured we know where the party is on New Year’s Eve — that is, everywhere in Myrtle Beach.

When staying at the Driftwood, options abound for some midnight revelry that are close by — just a short cab ride away, in fact. The following are some good options.

1) First things first — are you in town with kids? Well, you need to ditch them. Wait, we didn’t mean that. Yes we did, ditch them. New Year’s is notoriously difficult for securing a babysitter, so let the fine folks at Ripley’s Aquarium do the heavy lifting for you. Children age 6 to 14 are welcome to attend a kids-only, shark-heavy sleepover from 8 p.m to 8 a.m. at the aquarium with pizza, karaoke, crafts and a non-alcoholic midnight toast. Reservations are required and cost is $49.99 plus tax per child.

2) Are you the clubbing types? 2001 Nightclub will host the Catalinas at 9 p.m. followed by a champagne toast at midnight. Get your admission for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Think drinks, dancing, dressing to impress and whatnot. Be sure to fill up on a good meal ahead of time.

3) Speaking of good meals, Boom Boom Wine Room has got a smart thing going: two seatings on New Year’s Eve, one for those who want to be home (and sound asleep) by midnight and those who want to ring in 2015 while out and about.  From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy a prix fixe menu and music by the Jazz Duo for $65 per person. The second, less formal, seating goes from 9 p.m. to midnight and includes a champagne toast and bottle of wine (per couple) for $95 per person, plus additional entertainment.

4) Then there’s Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Of course there’s a NYE celebration here. Expect live music, party favors (that last shaker of salt, perhaps?) and a midnight margarita shooter for those who eschew the bubbles. But we’d bet bubbles are available too. Warning: this will not be low key.

5) For those who prefer chuckles to chugging, Comedy Cabana will be hosting two NYE shows and will hand out autographed photos and gift certificates for a future show. The lineup includes Basile, Ron Drexel and Cooter Douglas. Reservations recommended.

6) Broadway at the Beach is a good option for those looking to include the kids. A fireworks show will kick off at 8 p.m. at Lake Broadway. After that, drop off the kids and sneak back to the clubs in Celebrity Square for champagne, confetti canons and more for $25 per person.

7) OK, this one is pretty cool. If you love the idea of ushering in 2015 in a crowd of like-minded revelers, head to Market Common for their Southern Times Square from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. The actual Times Square ball drop in New York City will be broadcast on a live feed, in addition to live entertainment, beer gardens and fireworks. Admission is free, street vendors will be on hand, and if you want to have a more substantial meal, the Market Common restaurants are accepting reservations. While New York may have the crowds and the cameras, just remember that you’ve got the weather. Cheers!

For additional recommendations of spots nearby and within walking distance, speak to your Driftwood front desk representative.

What are you planning on doing in Myrtle Beach for New Year’s Eve? Let us know!


(Posted: 12/18/14)