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Celebrating this New Year’s Eve

12/11/2017 | Chris Dearman

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Whether you are looking to celebrate by having dinner and drinks with loved ones, or partying the night away with friends, New Year’s Eve on the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers plenty of options to choose from. With midnight balloon drops, concerts, comedians, dinner, dancing, gaming, and more, here are some ideas to consider when planning your NYE celebrations. 

If you are like many that start a new diet on January 1st, you will want your "last supper” to be one indulging with great food and drinks. If celebrating with young ones, you can visit the family friendly Salvetti’s Italian Grill in Ocean Springs, where it is like taking a trip to Italy without leaving the MS Gulf Coast. Salvetti’s features authentic Italian cooking with dishes such as Shrimp Parmigiana, Calzonewich, specialty pizzas, sub sandwiches, baked ziti, and more. Everything is cooked fresh from family recipes passed down through generations.  

Around the corner from Salvetti’s you can visit Mosaic Tapas Bar, which is known as "The most cosmopolitan spot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Mosaic will have a special menu for the occasion featuring a variety of cuisines with American, Cajun, and Latin influences. Exotic specialty drinks are available, and Ja’ Rhythm will provide the entertainment with their cool Gulf Coast reggae. Doors will open a 4pm, and champagne and party favors will be provided. 

While in Ocean Springs, be sure to stop by Perfecto Cigar shop for the perfect place to unwind with a fine cigar, comfortable seating, and a relaxing atmosphere. Perfecto keeps over forty cigars in stock, with brands such as Gurkha, Camacho, La Palina, Oscar, Oliva, Kristoff, Kafie, Ashton, Perdomo, and a large selection of Mississippi craft beers. It’s perfect place to spend the evening, or to get a cigar for your NYE celebrations.

On the other side of the Coast, there are some great restaurants to consider as well. With upscale, eclectic dishes created by an award-winning chef, Cork & Cleaver Italian Bistro in Bay St. Louis has quickly become one of the Coast’s premiere dining spots for true Italian fare. From seafood and wild game, to homemade pasta and Marra Forni oven-baked pizzas, Chef David Dickensauge prepares his dishes from the finest of ingredients, and the highest quality meats. 

Further North, Rooster’s Restaurant in Kiln is the place to go to get delicious homemade cooking, great service, and a cozy family atmosphere. With a full service bar, you will find a large variety of creative cocktails to help ring in the New Year. 

The QuarterDeck Bar in Long Beach, who recently celebrated their three-year anniversary, holds a huge New Year’s Eve party each year. With drink specials, pool tables, darts, cornhole, and some of the nicest people you’ll meet on the Coast, you are guaranteed to have a good time. 

For those looking to possibly mix a little gambling with their celebrating, the Coast’s twelve casinos provide a myriad of options to ring in the New Year. The popular party band, The Molly Ringwalds, will be performing again at the Beau Rivage. Comedian Darren Knight is bringing his Southern Momma An 'Em Comedy Tour to the IP Casino, and Eugene Eash Band with DJ Hurricane will get you on your feet moving at the Golden Nugget, where if you want to something to eat beforehand, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

After all the partying the night before, you may be in need of some hangover relief. Don’t worry, look no further then Aztecas Restaurant & Cantinas in Gulfport and Gautier where you will find outstanding Mexican cuisine, and one of the best margaritas on the Coast. You will be feeling better in no time. Happy New Year! 

Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina

2405 Highway 90

Gautier, MS

(228) 497-2100

Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina

9400 Highway 49

Gulfport, MS

(228) 265-7263

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

151 Beach Blvd

Biloxi, MS

(228) 436-7898

C&C Italian Bistro

111 Main Street

Bay Saint Louis, MS

(228) 344-3295

Mosaic Tapas Bar

1010 Government St

Ocean Springs, MS

(228) 818-9885

Perfecto Cigar Shop 

3827 Bienville Blvd, Ste 6

Ocean Springs, MS

(228) 215-1152

QuarterDeck Bar

100 Jeff Davis Ave

Long Beach, MS

(228) 284-1654

Rooster's Restaurant 

16160 Highway 603

Kiln, MS

(228) 255-5767

Salvetti's Italian Grill

708 Washington Ave

Ocean Springs, MS

(228) 875-7071

Chris Dearman