Six Ways to Ring in the New Year

12:00 December 28, 2020
By: Brhea Washington

Cheers to 2021! What better way to celebrate the end of crazy 2020 than by ringing in the New Year right? According to, the first New Year's celebration dates back 4,000 years, when Roman emperor Julius Caesar first declared January 1 to be a national holiday. The month of January takes its name from Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, who presided over doors, passages, and transitional life periods. Janus is also depicted as having two faces looking in opposite directions, one looking to the past and the other towards the future. In the face of such a challenging year, this is a perfect representation, as we all reflect on what has happened so far but are looking forward in hopes of what's to come. To help transition into the New Year, here is a list of six ways to ring in 2021, in celebration of hopefully happy, healthy, and better days to come.

Bar Marilou

Located in the CBD, Bar Marilou is a beautiful cocktail lounge located inside of the Maison de la Luz hotel. On New Year's Eve, Bar Marilou will provide an open bar with delicious passed hors d'oeuvres and live performances from a jazz band trio and DJ Tristan Dufrene. Tickets are available for purchase on the bar's website. Visitors can not only enjoy Bar Marilou's selection of food and drinks, but also the nice atmosphere and ambiance of this French-style bar. 544 Carondelet St., (504) 814-7711,

Harrah's of New Orleans

Harrah's of New Orleans is giving guests a chance to roll into 2021 in a brand-new Mercedes-Benz GLE 350. Want a chance to win a brand new car? Visit the casino every Tuesday and play to gain more entries towards the big prize. You can also gain double the entries on December 30 and January 1, and the winner will be announced at 10:30 p.m. on January 2. Harrah's casino has over 100 table games and more than 1,500 slot machines, for visitors to ring in 2021 while trying their hand at their pick of various games. 8 Canal St., (504) 533-6000,

Cheer for Your Favorite College Football Team

On New Year's Day, football fans can make a plate of black-eyed peas for good luck and watch the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Kick back and relax at home while watching the annual college football bowl game, a tradition that has been taking place in New Orleans every year since 1935. This year's Sugar Bowl is a semi-final game of the national college football championships, with the winner going on to Miami. This New Year's Day also marks the 87th Sugar Bowl game. Enjoy the New Year with a New Orleans pastime by watching the game, being played at the Superdome on January 1, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro

Champagne-lovers, toast to 2021 with bubbly at Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro. This wine bar has one of the largest wine selections in the French Quarter and a delicious menu of entrees, desserts, salads, and more. Orleans Grapevine is known for its relaxing, serene atmosphere and delectable menu items for visitors to enjoy. Call ahead for reservations, as they are sure to book up, and limited seating is available. 720 Orleans St., (504) 523-1930,

The Royal Frenchmen Hotel

Check out The Royal Frenchmen Hotel, which finds its home in the Frenchmen Street Entertainment District: a perfect location to spend New Year's Eve and just a short walk to various restaurants in the city. The hotel will also have live music outside on its balcony, featuring local great Glen David Andrews. Whether you're interested in booking a room for a getaway or trying their Royal Bar with plenty of great cocktails and beers, The Royal Frenchmen Hotel is a great place to celebrate New Year's. 700 Frenchmen St., (504) 619-9660,

The Cannery

The Cannery welcomes you to say goodbye to 2020 and all its tragedies in their beloved Mid-City location. This multi-purpose event venue is offering premium food, fabulous drinks, and entertainment to ring in 2021 in the best way possible. Tickets are available to purchase online through their website. Come to The Cannery to celebrate an unforgettable New Year's Eve at the end of a very unforgettable year. 3803 Toulouse St., (504) 486-8351,

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