If you’re lucky enough to be starting the new year in Missoula, chances are you’re looking for the perfect way to spend it. And with live music and handcrafted cocktails around every bend, you’re bound to find a celebration right up your alley. Here are some of our favorite ways to ring in the new year in 2019.

For the live music enthusiast

Missoula is tailored to the concert-goer in us all. Stop by the Wilma Theatre on December 31st to kick off the new year with The Lil Smokies, a local band serving up some eclectic bluegrass.

If you’d rather get down at a smaller, but just as lively venue, cross the street on over to the Top Hat where Montana bands Letter B and Hawthorne Heights will be grooving all the way into 2019.

For the cocktail aficionado

Whether you’re a sucker for handcrafted cocktails or loyal to light beer, Missoula can accommodate. For those looking to lay low with your favorite cocktail, we recommend starting the night at Montgomery Distillery for their NYE edition of Moscow Monday! Every $1 from every drink will be donated to a local nonprofit that supports climbing in Missoula.

Once you’ve had your Moscow Mule, walk over to Plonk for live music, unique cocktails, and (if you’re fast enough to get reservations) four stunning courses. Email ben@plonkwine.com for reservation inquiries.

For the whole family

New Years Eve starts early at Bayern Brewing’s Pig Roast party! Enjoy a traditional lagers and ales while the whole family feasts on roasted pig and other German specialities.

For something different

Some of us want to party our way right into 2019, while others enjoy taking the time for reflection. Join friends and family at the Peace Luminary Lighting in Caras Park anytime between 4pm and midnight to light a luminary and spread love and positivity for the year ahead!