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The biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the south take place in Atlanta. You will find everything from concerts to family events and even throw in some all-night partying at any number of cool venues in the metro area. Grab your party hats and noisemakers and head on out to ring in 2013 at these events.
Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama St. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-2311

It’s the 24th annual Peach Drop and it’s a great day of entertainment, food and music for the whole family in downtown Atlanta. Underground Atlanta is the venue for live music performances and your best sight line to see the 800-pound peach as it drops just before midnight.

Atlanta New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl
Various Venues
Atlanta, GA 30303

Atlanta is one of the biggest cities for old fashioned pub crawls and the folks at PubCrawls.com are trying to break a record this New Year’s Eve. The earlier you book, the more money you save. Specific pub details will be released closer to the end of the year, but you can reserve your spot now.

The Sundial Restaurant
210 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 589-7506

For around $100, one of the most exclusive restaurants in Atlanta, The Sundial, will offer a four-course meal and a midnight toast. There is no better night out than at Atlanta’s revolving restaurant on top of the Westin Peachtree. It’s a night you won’t forget.

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Wild Wing Cafe – Marietta
2145 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 509-9464

The Wild Wing Cafe always packs it in for New Year’s Eve. It has some of the best wings in town and great drink specials all night long. Add a performance by 80’s cover band Flux Capacitor and the party is sure to go way past midnight.

1065 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 745-5745

Midtown’s eleven at the Loews Atlanta is more than fine dining, it’s an experience. Take advantage of two seatings this New Year’s Eve: a four-course offering at 6 p.m. and a five-course extravaganza at 9 p.m. You won’t find a better meal in Atlanta and the service is spot on. You may even want to spend the night at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. The dinner prices range from $75 to $90. Make your reservations today.

Sprig Restaurant
2860 Lavista Road
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 248-9700

It’s southern comfort food at its best. Sprig has a great menu and it even ups the ante on New Year’s Eve with some special additions. This is a place for foodies and a great environment for ringing in 2013. Special and regular menus are available and live entertainment begins at 9 p.m.

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Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 577-1234

Check out all the Hyatt Regency Atlanta has to offer while partying on New Year’s Eve. An open bar and great bands are on the agenda for December 31 and a massive balloon drop will occur at midnight. This party usually sells out, so check the hotel’s website for all the info. Ticket prices range from $100 to $200.

The Possum Drop New Year’s Eve Celebration
Outside on Head Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303

If you don’t want to battle the masses at the Peach Drop, head a little northeast in downtown Atlanta to The Possum Drop. Hosted by country music legend Rhubarb Jones, this is southern rock at its best on New Year’s Eve. The band Cotton Road will be performing, as will an Elvis impersonator. Don’t miss this unique event.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.