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A New Year’s Eve to Remember, Not Regret

Fun LGBT New Year’s Eve ideas for sweeping your partner off their feet and into the new year in New Orleans.

New Years Eve on the Mississippi
Revelers watching the fireworks show along the Mississippi River.

A few years back, I decided my partner and I needed a romantic reboot to ring in the New Year. Unfortunately, since I’d come up with this brilliant plan three days before New Year’s Eve, my options for finding perfection were about as promising as Freddy Mercury rising from the dead to serenade us.

After hours of searching, only one place had vacancy. It seemed perfect. They boasted fishing, hiking trails, and horseback riding. Even a continental breakfast every morning.

The reality was quite different.


Inside our trailer-turned-cabin sat a heart-shaped tub, sure. But it was filled with scum. There was no horseback riding, no fishing, no hiking trails, and no continental breakfast. Wrapped Little Debbie cakes don’t count. Since then, I’ve learned that advance planning has its benefits — and I’m passing this gift on to you.


Armed with these romantic New Year’s Eve date ideas, your 2017 is about to go off without a hitch – or a heart-shaped tub filled with scum.

New Year’s Eve Date Ideas

Swing Dance in the New Year

Get dolled up for a night of swing dancing with the Victory Swing Orchestra at The National WWII Museum. Tickets include a four-course meal, drinks and dessert served on the dance floor at midnight. Members get a discount

Take a New Year’s Eve World Tour

Start your evening off in Italy by devouring a delicious meal at AVO. Then grab a pint or two in Great Britain by visiting The Bulldog. Warm up in the Caribbean at the Rum House. And before the night is over, dance a jig in Ireland at Tracey’s. The best part? You don’t need a passport.

If you want to dance, check out Pretty Lights at Mardi Gras World. This will be a great spot to see the fireworks at midnight. (Courtesy photo)

Trip the light fantastic

For boy toys who like to shake-shake-shake, grab tickets to Mardi Gras World’s Pretty Lights, a New Year’s Eve party filled with live music that is guaranteed to get you off your feet. Special guests include Emancipator, Curren$y & The Soul Rebels, Manic Focus, Chris Karns and Maddy O’Neal.

Have a one-night standup with Amy

That’s right. Amy Schumer is here at the Mahalia Jackson Theater this New Year’s Eve. And you have a chance to see her – live – in all her glory. And as an added bonus, your abs will get a killer workout from the loud laughing you’ll be doing.

Bali Hai, Bali Ho! A New Year’s Eve we go

Hit up the New Feelings Marigny Cafe, Bar & Courtyard Lounge for the city’s most unique, four-course New Year’s Bali Hai-themed dinner. It’s a beach-inspired event that will have your taste buds tapping and your toes curling with delicious delight.

Ring in the new year with DJ Soul Sister, a local favorite. (courtesy photo)

Hustle up some fun

Head on over to the Hi-Ho Lounge on St. Claude Avenue from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. for some serious fun with D.J. Soul Sister. There’s no cover and no reason not to have an incredible time this New Year’s Eve.