By Amy Yensi

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a festive finish to 2017 with droves of partiers packing bars and restaurants across Baltimore.

At Bar Vasquez in Harbor East, seating started at 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve. A multi-course menu of Argentine delicacies is capped by a live DJ and dancing.

“It’s always the nicest menu in the area on New Year’s Eve,” says Tony Foreman, owner of Bar Vasquez.

Just steps from the Inner Harbor, another massive party rings in the new year with booming music.

Power Plant Live!, the sprawling entertainment venue, has multiple parties happening at once.

“This is a great environment; multiple bars. I’ve been here a couple times, so it’s great with me and my friend. And it’s New Year’s Eve, why not?” party-goer Darien Gray said.

A huge midnight celebration with lasers and confetti is sure to wow the crowd. And what’s a New Years party without an ice bar?

For some, the biggest draw is not having to deal with the bitter cold as Charm City says goodbye to 2017 and toasts to a new beginning.

Wherever you decide to celebrate 2018, make sure to travel safely. Designate a non-drinking driver, call a cab or stay with a friend.

Watch WJZ’s annual New Year’s Eve special Sunday beginning at 11 p.m. We will bring you all the sights and sounds from the Inner Harbor, including the spectacular fireworks show at midnight.

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