For most of us, there comes a time when driving beats, endless flashing lights, and bodies jam-packed elbow-to-elbow cease to be entertaining. Whether that happens when you’re 23 or 76 doesn’t matter; what matters is that you welcome the changing perspective and follow your heart’s desire without guilt or regret. Portland is a pretty chill place to spend New Year’s Eve as it is, but if you’re looking to avoid the raucous bar set this year and usher in 2018 a little more relaxed and a little less cramped, look no further than these four ways to celebrate in style, far from the maddening crowds.
Where to go in Portland for a chill NYE
Beaverton City Library is the place to be on New Year’s Eve if you’re looking for low-key fun that serves a good cause. Tickets will get you a night of dancing to your favorite tunes courtesy of the Party Doctor, along with games like Jenga Giant, mini golf, and Ping-ong. Play laser tag among the stacks, and peruse the books while you’re hiding, if you must. A photo booth will be on hand to capture all the fun. Uptown Market will be hauling in all manner of food and cocktails to keep you fed and lively all night long, and a midnight balloon drop will transform the library’s grand staircase. The proceeds from Loud in the Library will benefit the Beaverton Library Foundation.
When: Dec 31, 9pm – 1am
Where: 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton
For some interactive fun on New Year’s Eve, let loose your inner private eye. The Dinner Detective offers a one-of-a-kind dinner event featuring…a murder! You’ll be seated at a table for a delicious 4-course dinner. Between courses, the story unfolds, improvised by comedic performers who are dressed just like everyone else—except the detectives. As the night progresses, murder and mayhem are served up as guests unearth hidden clues and help the detectives solve the mystery, all while trying to figure out who’s in on the joke. At the end of the show, one lucky guest wins a prize package for coming closest to solving the crime. Each ticket includes an interrogation reception, appetizers, an entree, and dessert. A full cash bar serves up cocktails, wine, and beer.
When: Dec 31, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown, 435 NE Wasco St
Pink Martini has been a beloved staple on the Portland music scene—and, indeed, the national scene—since 1994. Je Dis Oui!, the ensemble’s 9th studio album, reflects the band’s history of global inclusivity with 15 tracks spanning 8 languages. Catch this remarkable 15-piece group when they perform on New Year’s Eve with the Oregon Symphony. Featuring singers China Forbes and Storm Large with special appearances by Ari Shapiro, the von Trapps, and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, the music will include the finale of Beethoven’s 9th in all its full-throated glory. The lineup also includes the Pacific Youth Choir Alumni Singers, the Oregon Repertory Singers, and vocalists from Portland State University.
When: Dec 31, 10:30pm
Where: 909 SW Washington
If your idea of a fabulous, laid-back New Year’s Eve involves your favorite soft pajamas and a new series to binge-watch on Netflix, so be it. But you’ll need sustenance, and Uber Eats can deliver. Hankering for some pizza? Burgers? Sushi? Or Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or Thai? Pick your poison from a long list of options, and have it delivered right to your door, fresh, hot, and ready to eat.
A chill New Year’s Eve sets the tone for a chill new year, and if that sounds good to you, count your heads, make your reservations early, and spend the last vestiges of 2017 with the people you love best.