December 31
9 p.m.—2 a.m.

Stay home or go out? What to wear and where to eat? Uber or Lyft? These are just a few of the standard dilemmas that await us annually on New Year’s Eve.

The good news? The Grown Ass People Party (aka G.A.P.P.) crew is back and here to rescue you from over-prized events, stifling crowds, stagnant renditions of “Auld Lang Syne,” and the endless loop of worrying about how to spend the very last night of the year.


Debating a new party location at the chic sushi eatery and bar Sake—conveniently situated right off the Hot Metal Bridge in SouthsideWorks—GAPP’s signature “NYE Edition” is a terrific choice for those looking to avoid the throngs of thousands and seeking a way to ring in 2017 with a cozy inclusive vibe that feels festive and fancy.

Never mediocre and never anonymous, G.A.P.P.’s fourth annual NYE bash will feature dance-all-night grooves by two of Pittsburgh’s hottest DJs—Nate Da Phat Barber and Selecta, free appetizers from 9 to 10 p.m., and a celebratory sake toast at midnight.

Resolve to be there: buy tickets now because G.A.P.P. happenings often sell out in advance. And with tickets at $25 online and $40 at the door, this is one NYE fête that won’t break the bank.

Photo: Jeni Davison.

The brainchild of Hilary Brown, G.A.P.P. was first launched in 2014 with a refreshing pilot event at the now defunct Taverna 19. Steered by a collective of Pittsburgh professionals and creatives, G.A.P.P. has been busy since, reviving the local social scene with monthly word-of-mouth happy hours, as well as Halloween and NYE parties, that consistently draw diverse crowds and highlight Pittsburgh’s varied and vibrant nightlife scene.

Buy tickets.


Looking for more creative ideas for New Year’s Eve? Check out these local events:

NYE Dinner and Brew Year’s Eve at Smallman Galley

Byeee Nyeee: A New Year’s Eve benefit for Gwen’s Girls at Howlers

New Year’s Eve at Umami

New Year’s Eve: Rock Against Trump! at The Shop

Spirit’s NYE Party

New Year’s Day: free admission at 11 YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh branches

Looking for more events? Check out our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in December and 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this December feature stories.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.