New Year’s Eve. It’s the most hotly anticipated night out of the year.

So much so, that more than not often it’s a complete bust. Our previous optimism is challenged with a series of hurdles that on their own would ruin a night out. Between queuing too long in the freezing cold, feeling too fat (after one too many tins of Quality Street) in our Christmas finery, and sincere regret that we didn’t have the foresight to take out a small loan to pay for drinks.

New Year's Eve guide

So this year we’ve come prepared ahead of time with our:

Top 6 New Year’s Eve Events In Belfast

We’ll be purchasing our tickets ahead of time (that’s how grown up we are now), trying to resist the Christmas leftovers, and thinking logistically in keeping with our drinks budget which event suits us best. But don’t let our top pick sway you, choose for yourself from the amazing options below…

1. AVA X NYE X Shine

Mandela Hall Queen’s University Students’ Union, 31 Dec at 9:30 pm, £18 / £16

Shine - New Year's Eve

Belfast’s AVA (Audio Visual Arts) Electronic Festival and Shine have announced a special collaboration that is to take place this New Year’s Eve, rounding off the 20 Years of Shine in emphatic style, all on one of the biggest nights in the clubbing calendar, New Year’s Eve.

Irish favourite Paul Woolford AKA Special Request will top the bill, after an immensely successful year including signing to XL records and more recently an outstanding BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix as Special Request. Woolford will be supported by some of the best local talent around including Space Dimension Controller, Psycatron, Schmutz and Jordan as well as the newly launched Belfast Underground Radio, who will broadcast live from Room 3 with DJ’s Holly Lester, JC Williams, Deep City Groove & Dilly.

Use your Boxing Night ticket stub for £12 admission before 11.30pm while spaces last.

2. Titanic Royale

Titanic Belfast Queen’s Rd, 31 Dec at 7:30 pm, £40

Titanic Royale Event - New Year's Eve

The Titanic Belfast is doing Casino Royale this New Year’s Eve and we can’y cope.

You’ll get to enjoy a fabulous supper, try your hand at blackjack and dance the night away in front of the stunning Titanic staircase, all the while sporting ‘Cocktail’ attire.

One ticket will get you:

New Year’s Cocktail On Arrival
Themed Evening Supper
James Peake Experience
Casino and Roulette Tables
Midnight Piper
DJ Entertainment

Check out for more info and to book your tickets.

3. The Beautiful & Damned

MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Dec 31 at 8.30pm, £17

NYE at The Mac

Inspired by Fitzgerald’s classic The Beautiful & Damned, relive the gloss and glamour of the Jazz Age as the MAC transforms into a glittering New York gin palace.

Complete with DJ, The Floating Speakeasy DJs, late night live band, Johnny Bravo and the Riviera and plenty of vintage cocktails.

Get your glitz on – they’ll be sharing some outfit inspiration on Pinterest in the lead up to the event.

Admission price includes complimentary drink in the countdown to midnight.

4. Meltdown: Hells Bells

Mandela Hall, Queen’s University Students’ Union, Dec 31 at 9pm, £5

Meltdown NYE Ball

After a sold out Halloween Headbangerz Ball in October and some very crazy nights in between – the larger capacity Speakeasy brings you a very special New Year’s Eve Meltdown!

Due to the insane demand on the door at the last few upgraded Speakeasy events, some tickets will now be available online in advance to guarantee entry and avoid disappointment. These are limited and available now from

Drinks offers include:

3-For-£5 on most Spirits/Bottles/Shots
3-For-£5 on Pints of Tennents
£4 Double Vodka & Redbulls
2-For-£5 on Bottles of Spatten/Desperados/Pilsner.

5. Suited & Booted New Year’s Eve Special

Empire, 40-42 Botanic Avenue, Dec 31 at 8.30pm, £10

Empire NYE

Suited & Booted New Year’s Eve Special featuring Boss Sound Manifesto, The AFresh Band, Buzz Sounds Crew DJs, guest host and more acts to be announced.

6. Terri Hooley’s New Year’s Eve Hootenany

Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon St, Dec 21 at 9pm, £11.49

oh yeah nye

Last year, Terri Hooley was in hospital terribly ill. This year, he’s ready to party.

With DJs Stuart Bailie, Ian Morrison and guests. Expect good music, almighty craic, prizes and surprises.

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