New Year's Eve Kiss

06:00 December 22, 2014
By: Leith Tigges

Locations to Ring in 2015

The last big event of the holiday season is coming close and, as usual, you have to do it up big. It is, quite literally, the year’s final fun, the last hurrah. While some might look at it as just a night to party and forget, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be romantic. Say goodbye to the mistletoe and embrace the ball drop for that first kiss to really welcome in the New Year. It’s not just about the New Year’s resolutions and what kind of sparkly dress you or your date will be wearing. To really ring in 2015 the right way, you’ve got to start it off with that perfect, romantic midnight kiss. You’ve got the date, but to make the night a memorable one, you need a place that is just as special. 

Bacchanal Wine Bar
Strings of twinkling lights, delicious wines, decadent small plates and live music—all perfect ingredients for an unforgettable date night, made even better when it is New Year’s Eve. Bacchanal Wine Bar is magically romantic on any ordinary day. Tucked away among residential homes, this backyard wine bar is the perfect neighborhood spot for celebrating, making it the ideal location for a low-key, intimate New Year’s. Take a break from the end-of-the-year holiday hoopla and spend 2014’s last night with just your significant other. Unplug from the countdowns and New Year’s resolutions clogging up social media and share a romantic night. 600 Poland Ave. • 948-9111 •

Hotel Le Marais

New Year’s Eve is about treating yourself and your loved ones, and an easy, thoughtful way to do so is to celebrate the evening with a quick getaway, even if that means driving just 10 minutes away from home. Feel free to shy away from the big chain hotels and take a peek at the quaint appeal of New Orleans’ boutique hotels. Ideal for spontaneous weekends, holidays and those late nights out on the town, boutique hotels offer a luxurious and charming way to ring in the New Year.

A quiet night for two is easily made special and romantic when it turns into a mini vacation. Check out the French Quarter’s Hotel Le Marais for a chic evening. 717 Conti St. • 525-2300

City Park
This magical park offers more than 1000 acres of beauty beneath some of the city’s ancient oak trees. Roam the sculpture and botanical gardens and share a romantic evening with fireworks. With the park’s Celebration in the Oaks holiday attraction still in swing until January 3, you and your significant other will get the pleasure of the last bit of celebrating the holidays. Dozens of Christmas trees and light displays will still be adorning the park, lighting the perfect pathway for a romantic kiss at midnight. No need to spend the evening among strangers and tourists; simply enjoy the company of loved ones at this historic New Orleans beauty. 1 Palm Dr. • 482-4888 •

Jackson Square
Jackson Square is one of New Orleans’ most notorious and popular spots. Known as one of the most beautiful areas in the French Quarter, Jackson Square always draws a crowd, no matter what day it is. It’s a beautiful area to celebrate the holidays, and with the Square’s annual Christmas caroling coming to an end, the New Year’s celebrations are in full swing. Always a popular spot for New Year’s Eve, couples can gather for 15 minutes of fireworks followed by Jax Brewery’s Fleur de Lis drop, setting the scene for the perfect midnight kiss. 700 Decatur St. 658-3200

Reveillon Dinner at Andrea’s Restaurant
With the holiday happenings in New Orleans coming to a close, the city’s famous Reveillon dinners also come to an end until next year. But there’s still time to savor the last few nights of this special Big Easy tradition and surprise your significant other with an extravagant meal to close out 2014. Andrea’s Restaurant is known for its exclusively lovely and delicious dishes, promising an even better evening during the holidays for their special Reveillon dinners. You and your loved ones are guaranteed a memorable night of decadent dinner courses. Don’t forget the champagne! 3100 19th Street at Ridgelake • 834-8583 •

The Delachaise
It’s pretty much guaranteed that one or two (or more … no judgment) beverages will be involved in your New Year’s Eve shenanigans, and the Delachaise will give you the perfect backdrop for your celebratory needs. Find a table for you and your significant other on the outdoor patio, the wine bar’s signature spot of relaxation and charm. With Christmas tree lights woven throughout the branches of nearby trees and the St. Charles streetcar just mere feet away, the Delachaise offers a romantic atmosphere to ring in 2015. Choose from their extensive drink menu and feast on quality dishes of mussels and pommes frites. 3442 St Charles Ave. 895-0858

Woldenberg Riverfront Park
If you’re into spending New Year’s Eve near the water but aren’t feeling like a boat ride, spend the night at NOLA’s Woldenberg Park. Take in the 16 acres of artwork, sculptures and riverfront green space. Being in close proximity to Jackson Square, the riverfront park is a great spot for watching the evening’s fireworks along the Mississippi River. Bring a couple of chairs or a cozy blanket to share with your significant other. 1 Canal St. 565-3033

New Year’s Eve Dinner Party at Bywater Country Club 
This country club might be famous for its former clothing-optional policy, but that doesn’t mean it won’t provide the perfect setting for a romantic New Year’s Eve. Offering a five-course dinner, a live brass band and plenty of champagne, the Bywater Country Club guarantees a great setup for a great kiss at midnight. As the club’s end-of-the-year events tend to be very popular and crowded, reservations for the soiree are recommended. 634 Louisa St. • 945-0742 • 

The Tasting Room
While it’s probably obvious by now that wine is ideal for a romantic evening or holiday celebration, New Orleans’ Tasting Room reiterates this point by offering an elegant wine bar and lounge restaurant featuring romantic tastings of truffle fries and cheese plates, flutes of champagne and premium flights. The ambiance of the Tasting Room can’t be beat, and it’s the ideal restaurant for an intimate evening with great service. Start the New Year cozy, sipping on only the best wines, and finish the night with one of the restaurant’s raved-about desserts. 1906 Magazine St. • 581-3880

Creole Queen
New Orleans may be known for its crazy festivals and never-ending nights of bar hopping, but the gorgeous river is not to be forgotten. Perfect for picnics on warm, breezy afternoons and ideal for romantic walks along the water’s edge, the river gets even better when you can get yourself out on a boat, especially for New Year’s Eve. Start out 2015 on NOLA’s Creole Queen for a romantic river ride with your significant other. Order tickets online to enjoy a DJ and open bar while you sail under fireworks and sip champagne. All of the perfect romantic elements play a part in the Creole Queen’s idea of the perfect New Year’s Eve. #1 Poydras 587-1719 


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