New Year’s Eve Events & Parties in Rochester

The year may be coming to an end, but the fun is only just beginning here in Rochester. One thing this city knows how to do is party, especially on New Year’s Eve. If you’re planning a trip to Rochester for the holidays, or even if you already live here, you may be wondering where to go on New Year’s Eve for a good time, and I think I can help with that.

friends partying at bar

Come December 31st, there’s going to be a party pretty much on every corner of the city and it’s almost impossible to stop by every single one in a night. That’s why it’s important to have a game plan and find the best New Year’s Eve parties in the city ahead of time, and I can help with that. 

I spent a lot of time recently scouring the city for things to do on New Year’s Eve in Rochester, and I certainly did not come back empty-handed. Down below, you’ll find a list I’ve put together containing all the most fun and exciting events and parties across the city.

If you’re not sure where to start your night of debauchery on New Year’s Eve, then you need to keep on reading and you’ll know exactly where to go for the best NYE parties in Rochester.

New Year’s Eve Bash 2022

Source: Eventbrite

New Year’s Eve with Johnny Rawls performing his legionary Blues opening with Griffith & Martino. Ticket price includes hor ‘dourves and cash bar. Discount room rates for attendees at the Quality Inn in Geneseo – just let them know you are attending the event when booking your room.

Open G New Year’s Eve Party at Whiskey River!

Rock in the New Year with band Open G! They’ll be performing at Rochester’s Whiskey River Pub and Grill, playing rock, blues, and southern rock jams. 

Whiskey River Pub and Grill is known for its great food, ambiance, and live music, so it’s the perfect place to ring in the New Year. 

Bruce Pitts & The Loose Wigs New Years Eve Show!

Join us for New Year’s Eve! A Fantastic Show filled with Funky Favorites and Special Guests….

Complimentary Appetizers and A Champagne Toast at Midnight with a Cash Bar ALL NIGHT!


Will parking be available?

Depending on the venue, yes. Some places even offer a valet service!

Is there a dress code?

Some restaurants and bars require pants or a jacket, but it’s best to check ahead with any establishment you plan to visit. 

Will there be hotel accommodations?

Yes! Several hotels around the city will be hosting events for the holiday.

Will there be food at the NYE parties?

Depending on the venue, yes. Many restaurants and bars will be offering limited NYE menus. 

Do I need a ticket?

Many events will require a pre-purchased ticket, but some are free to the public. 

Are there Fireworks in Rochester?

Many cities will have fireworks to celebrate the New Year. Check your local area to see where and when the fireworks will be. 

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.