The 8 Best Bars to Celebrate the New Year in Delaware!

Delaware is a pretty great state for New Year’s Eve bashes. You’ll get the bright lights of downtown, fabulous fireworks, a boat parade, an anchor drop, and some of the freshest crab on the east coast. Plus, the First State knows how to party, as many of these bars even drop their cover charge to help usher in the New Year in style. So don that top hat, put on your Sunday best, and let’s check out the eight best bars to celebrate the new year in Delaware.

1. The Starboard, Dewey Beach, DE

Party with the Starboard this New Year’s Eve starting at 7 p.m. It’s Dewey’s Greatest New Year’s Eve Party! Enjoy fully-heated decks, a complimentary coat check, live entertainment, a full land and seafood buffet, tons of party favors, a champagne toast. Plus, the bar will be open, serving up wine, craft beer, and delicious cocktails. So join the Starboard to dance your way into 2018.

2. Firestone Roasting House, Wilmington, DE

New Year’s Eve at Firestone is one of the best all-inclusive events in the area. The NYE package includes a premium open bar, full dinner buffet that is open all night long, and live entertainment on the waterfront. This year catch DJ Willoughby and DJ BIS as well as Steal the Sky and Corduroy. The inside bar is large and accommodating, and the patio bar is completely enclosed and heated, keeping you nice and toasty for your New Year’s toast.

Happy hour all night after 4pm at the bar! Come out and get a 1/2 priced cheese steak! #happymonday #happyhour #delawareriverfront

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3. Catherine Rooney’s, Wilmington, DE

Get your Irish on at Catherine Rooney’s this New Year’s Eve with live Irish music and a complimentary Irish toast to celebrate 2018 in the homeland.  Then stay late for two a DJ dance party and another complimentary champagne toast at midnight. There’s no cover for this event, and you will have the option to reserve an authentic Irish three-course dinner, so find your inner leprechaun at Catherine Rooney’s in 2018.

4. Dover Downs Fire & Ice Bar, Dover, DE

Join Fire & Ice as they ring in the New Year with a bang. Choose to spend your night in the lounge area, VIP seating—which includes a bottle of champagne—or the bar area. Either way, you’ll be grooving to tunes from To The Max, a highly active club, and dance band. This well-choreographed six-ten piece ensemble pays tribute to an overwhelming variety of musical genres, and they have performed nationwide. Feel the energy of 2018 with Fire & Ice. 

5. Lewinsky's on Clinton, Delaware City, DE

Despite the name, this bar has nothing to do with politics. Lewinsky’s is a laid-back bar & grill that offers an exciting array of pub grub, karaoke, happy hours, and live weekend music. Plus, they invite you to their New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. Get drinks from the bar, live entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight to ring in the New Year. So, let Lewinsky’s on Clinton show you how to have a good time at you rock your way into 2018.

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6. MadMacs, Newark, DE

Come ring in the New Year with the Mad Macs Family starting at 8 p.m. Enjoys a live DJ and premiere bartenders behind the bar mixing up the cocktails.  The entire staff will be dressed up and ready to party their way into 2018. Plus, there’s a champagne toast at Midnight and tons of party favors.  Then, on New Year’s Day, roll out of bed in your jammies for a fabulous brunch from 10-2pm. Seriously, show up in your long johns and get 15% off your meal. Happy 2018!

7. Irish Eyes Restaurant & Pub, Lewes and Milton, DE

No one parties like the Irish. So join Irish Eyes for a buffet featuring some signature Irish dishes, a dessert station and champagne fountain at midnight. The bar will be serving the good stuff all night long, and there will be live music featuring DJ Jazzy G with local favorites. Plus, watch the Anchor Drop from the Overfalls at Midnight. Irish eyes are smiling, indeed.

Blessed 💛

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8. FINS Fish House & Raw Bar, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Join FINS in Downtown Rehoboth to say goodbye to 2017 by the sea. Offering a pre-fixe menu, drink specials, and more for the occasion. FINS knows seafood, and you’ll get nothing but the best, and the freshest Delaware has to offer. So get dolled up and have a night in a town that will be expecting you.  

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