Idris Elba For New Year’s Eve In Atlanta? Yes, Please.

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You survived a holiday season full of gifting, family and stuffing yourself silly and if anyone deserves a reward for that, it’s you. New Year’s Eve is near and it’s the last chance to shine this year. Holiday parties in Atlanta are infamous for bringing out everyone who is anyone, and New Year’s is no exception. It’s well known that on a regular night the competition among the city’s top party promoters is fierce so where will Atlanta’s elite be hanging out? Grab your girdles girls and check out the list below, this level of kickin’ it is poised be epic:

Ocean’s 20Twelve at the Venetian Room

Guaranteed to be the next best thing to being in Vegas with live showgirls, casino games, gifts and prizes, hot music from premier DJ’s E-Class, Mars, and Tai Boogie — plus a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Ball out this NYE, Vegas style. Remember, what happens in the Venetian Room, stays in the Venetian Room.

Twelve at Twelve at the Westin Hotel, Buckhead

This party appears to have something for everyone. The doors open at 8 p.m. to two ballrooms with free hor d’oeurvres and Korbel champagne until 9:30, live music from 8:30-9:30, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Of course, the DJ’s will be spinning in both ballrooms, keeping the party all the way turned up. Purchase tickets in advance, none will be sold at the door.

One Twelve at the Fox Theater

Everything about this Grey Goose-sponsored, black tie affair says win. Rendezvous in a luxury “winter wonderland,” hosted by club king Alex Gidewon and the lifestyle specialist Kenny “The dream is real” Burns. This affair looks to be one for the beautiful and sexy people. Like Kenny Burns would say, “Now go touch yo’ self.” Ow!

Professional Relaxation at the Biltmore Ballroom

It looks as though the professionals are about to get real unprofesh. If the promo video is any indication of the rachet fun to be had at this event, then well, there are just no words. Get low and watch for yourself. Pause, on second thought there are four that come to mind: hosted by Idris Elba. That. is. all.

For those of you who shun the typical party scene, we’ve got you covered with some alternative fun times for New Year’s:

Moroccan Style NYE at Imperial Fez

Leave your dancing shoes at the door and get prepared for a five-course Moroccan feast. What could be more sensual than eating with your hands and swaying to the Middle Eastern beat while mesmerized by twirling, swirling belly dancers? Top things off with a champagne toast and you’ve got an intriguing New Year’s night. Call ahead to reserve seating, as it is limited to two shows, 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The Lobby at Twelve

This one is for those looking for a lightweight soiree at a decent time. The Lobby Bar and Bistro band will strike up at 8 p.m., so arrival at around 7 is encouraged. There will be mixing and mingling as usual but with a very grown-up crowd (it’s unlikely that anyone will be falling down intoxicated). Enjoy a three-course meal, champagne and live music by the Che Marchall Trio until 12:30 a.m.

The Sundial at the Westin Hotel

Float into the New Year overlooking the city atop Atlanta’s honeycomb hideout and only rotating lounge/restaurant. Dinner reservations are strongly advised. Otherwise, if your appetite is on the light side, ordering from the regular lounge menu is an option until midnight, along with libations and live entertainment provided by, Mose Davis. At $25 per person, this may be the steal of the night.

Agatha’s Dinner Theater

Laugh your way into the New Year over a five-course mystery dinner theater show, “Yes Virginia, Someone Killed Santa Claus.” Audience interaction is required, so down some wine and don’t be shy. Because it is NYE, reservations are suggested.

– Talia