Photo by Jim Schuyler of Essex, Md.

Photo by Jim Schuyler of Essex, Md.

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular
HarborPlace Amphitheater
Between Light and Pratt Street Pavilion
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 752-8632

Hours: Dec. 31 – 9 p.m. to 12:30
Price: free

Live music, food, drinks and one of the best fireworks shows in the nation are coming to Baltimore yet again for the New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Expected to take over the entire Inner Harbor amphitheater area, the Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular will feature a full fireworks show that will take off at midnight on the dot. Enjoy the main event with live music from local bands while you’re waiting for the fireworks, which will start around 9 p.m. Whether you spend this New Years in your home or venture out into the city, you’ll be able to view a sky covered with neon lights during this free fireworks show. Don’t fret over parking fees or hotel accommodations, as this guide will help you set up a great night before the New Year.

mta bus

Maryland Transit Administration
6 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 539-5000

Price: $3.50 all-day pass

Before you start a long night of endless partying for Baltimore’s New Years Eve Spectacular, make sure that you are not responsible for driving on one of the most hectic nights of the year. The Maryland Transit Administration of Baltimore is sponsoring this year’s NYE Spectacular and is offering a discounted day pass. With trains running every five to 10 minutes, you won’t have to wait all night to get your partying started. Take the light rail, which drops you off right in the middle of Camden Park, or take the subway directly to the harbor. Don’t worry if you’re not carrying cash because this bus and train service uses a credit-card friendly system, which accommodates all of your financial needs.

Hotel Monaco Baltimore
2 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(443) 692-6170

Price: $260/night
Hours: Dec. 31 – 3 p.m. check-in/12 p.m. check-out

Once you’ve rented a cab to the city, be sure to tell your cab driver to make a stop at Hotel Monaco Baltimore to unwind from all of your New Year’s partying. The three-story lobby covered with marble floors and stained-glass windows will have you feeling like you’ve entered a haven. Hotel Monaco offers services, including high-speed Internet, complimentary morning coffee and newspapers, laundry services, dry-cleaning services and a spa and fitness center. Central to the Inner Harbor, you’ll be right in the midst of all downtown’s festivities.

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Photo Credit: Rusty Scupper via Facebook

Photo Credit: Rusty Scupper via Facebook

Rusty Scupper
402 Key Highway
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 727-3678

Price: $31 to $50 per meal
Hours: Dec. 31 – 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

After you’re secured your lodging for the night, head over to Rusty Scupper to fill your stomach with the freshest seafood in Baltimore. With three levels of dining areas, you can be sure to witness the entire scene of the Inner Harbor. At this waterfront restaurant, you may dine in their upper deck, which has an outdoor patio, so you don’t miss out on any of the hype. Along with the most exquisite seafood cuisine, including Maryland crab cakes and soups, you may enjoy the sounds of local jazz bands. Be sure to make reservations to indulge in this fine-dining experience, which extends its hours to 11 p.m. for New Year’s Eve.

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Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge
8 E. Preston Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 244-1020

Hours: Dec 31 – 4 p.m. to Jan. 1 – 6 a.m.

Before you begin to enjoy the lively New Year’s Eve Spectacular, make sure you pre-game at the Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge, not too far from the amphitheater between Pratt and Light streets. The extensive cocktail and beer selection will spark your buzz before you hit the fireworks show. Right in the historic Mount Vernon of the Inner Harbor, Dionysus can be both your pregame and after-party plan because this bar stays open until 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Cherise Lesesne is a freelance writer covering all things Baltimore. Her work can be found on