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2018 New Years Eve Parties with Live Music – Charleston, SC

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Whenever I hit the town for New Years Eve, live music is a must. While I certainly understand the argument “New Years Eve is the most overrated night of the year!” … New Years Eve live music shows are a different breed. What Phish does at Madison Square Garden is a prime example. All the incredible bands in Nashville throw their own parties with confetti and covers you’d never normally hear. Nothing is more joyous than live music and the people who attend those shows. You’ll make 10 new friends easily. So, here’s what’s brewing around Charleston,SC for the final night of 2018:

Venue Details
Burns Alley
Downtown Charleston
(Link to Flyer)
See Water
DJ Moldy Brain

Cost: $30 (includes champagne)

What to Expect
: See Water is a mix of reggae and punk rock – like a heavier Sublime. They recently did an all Black Sabbath covers show, which rocked the Pour House. I expect a lot of fun. Having a DJ between sets will keep the party going in Charleston’s best dive bar. $5 gets you a tall boy of PBR and a whiskey shot all night.  

Disclaimer: This is the party I’ll be attending.

Charleston Pour House
James Island
(Link to Flyer/Tickets)
Perpetual Groove
Cost: $25/$30 at door

What to Expect
: This nationally touring band brings with them an incredible light show. If you love Umphrey’s McGee, you’ll love this band. Having the indoor and outdoor bars leaves plenty of room for everyone.

Uptown Social
Downtown Charleston
(Link to Flyer/Tickets)


80’s Prom with Danny May and DJ Arenaissance
Cost: $100 (4-hour Top Shelf Open Bar from 9pm-1am)

What to Expect: If my boys and I weren’t married, this would be without question my spot. It’s a young crowd and with two floors and a large deck, there’ll be a lot of action. Danny May is an incredible musician whose covers will for sure get everyone on the second floor dancing. Plus, there’s the added bonus of costumes for conversation starters (I’d expect a lot of people will not be in costume if that’s your flavor).

The Royal American
Downtown Charleston


FANCY AS FUCK New Year’s Eve Party with DJ Kevbo
Cost: $20 (includes free champagne toast, chili bar)

What to Expect: If you like indie house music, here’s your spot. Always great people at this bar including the hard-working staff…one of my favorite spots in town.

Downtown Charleston
(Link to tickets/flyer)


NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION with DJ Elements and Live Band
Cost: $35 (hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast)

What to Expect:  Good option if you want a chiller vibe but still get rowdy.

The Commodore
Downtown Charleston
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New Year’s Eve at The Commodore with The Black Diamond Band
Cost: $70 (hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast)

What to Expect: If you want to feel like you stepped back into a 1970s jazz club and dance to all the best funk and soul music covers, here you go. Expect to hear Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Childish Gambino, Prince, etc.

Cocktail Club
Downtown Charleston


New Year’s Eve with David Higgins Band
Cost: $0

What to Expect: Every time this pop/rock party band plays this venue there are a lot of girls. There’s a nice outdoor area with couches to breakaway from the crowd when you want.  

The Windjammer
Isle of Palms


New Years Eve with Weird Science (80s cover band)
Cost: $20

What to Expect:  Partying at a great music venue located on the beach is always going to be a win.


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