Want to ring in the new year but don’t feel like waiting until midnight to do so? Twin Lights Brewing has you covered.
The craft brewery, which opened in Tinton Falls earlier this year, is closing out 2022 with an Irish New Year’s Eve party starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Taking part in a tradition previously observed by the former Clancy’s Tavern in Neptune, Twin Lights’ festivities will be happening on Irish time — meaning the ball drops at 7 p.m. our time.
The party runs until 10 p.m., and there will be live music by the Daily Rituals.
Go: Irish New Year’s Eve Party, Twin Lights Brewing, 4057 Asbury Ave., Tinton Falls; twinlightsbrewing.com.
Here are other things to do at the Jersey Shore to ring in 2023:
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Visit Laylow on New Year’s Eve from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. to experience the last night of the special “SleighLow” Christmas cocktail pop-up bar. Your $50 ticket gives you access to the bar, and includes a choice of two signature cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight.
Advance ticket purchase at sevn.ly/xrneDJi8 is recommended.
Then stop by Reyla for the “Annual New Year’s Day PJ Brunch” starting at 11 a.m. Put on your pajamas to enjoy music by DJ Chris Spirito, great bites and $25 bottles of bubbly. Visit sevenrooms.com/reservations/reyla for reservations.
Reyla will also feature food and drink specials throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. The third sister in the bunch, Barrio Costero, will serve food and drink specials on New Year’s Eve as well.
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What a Wonderful Year at the Wonder Bar
The What a Wonderful Year music festival plays the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park on Thursday and Friday, with 20 acts performing each night.
Opening night includes Jarod Clemons and the Late Nights, The Extensions, Candy Cavity, Olivia Bec, Levy Okun, Renee Maskin, Drewsie, Nikki Nailbomb, Izzy Miz and Bobby Mahoney.
Alexander Simone & WHODAT? Live Crew, The Foes of Fern, Pamela Flores, Blaise, Karma Gambit, King Ramses, 8DayzStr8, Dan Apy, Lexx Banko and Scxtty play on night two.
The fun starts 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Transparent Clinch Gallery, 210 Fifth Ave., with a special reception, including red carpet photo opportunities and a chance for ticket-holders and members of the public to mingle with performers.
Festival sponsor Last Wave Brewing of Point Pleasant Beach has revived What a Wonderful Beer, its commemorative, crushable and hoppy 5% ABV amber ale for the occasion.
Other festival sponsors include Tito’s Handmake Vodka, Asbury Park Brewery, Playa Bowls, Vydia, Mogo Korean Fusion Tacos and Telegraph Hill Records, with additional support provided by 90.5 The Night Brookdale Public Radio, Asbury Park Vibes and the Wonder Bar.
Go: What a Wonderful Year, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Wonder Bar, Fifth and Ocean Avenues, Asbury Park. Advance tickets, $20 per night or $35 for a two-night pass, are available at the Stone Pony box office, 913 Ocean Ave., as well as via Ticketmaster or from any of the performers; whatawonderfulyear.com.
A New Year’s Evening with Kevin Smith
Red Bank-born, Highlands-raised filmmaker, podcast impresario and renowned orator Kevin Smith will be rolling the credits on 2022 at his SModcastle Cinemas in downtown Atlantic Highlands.
A New Year’s Evening with Kevin Smith will find the “Clerks” auteur hosting a question-and-answer session with the audience starting at 10 p.m. Saturday night, and we expect the man who gave the world Silent Bob to talk his way into 2023.
Go: A New Year’s Evening with Kevin Smith, 10 p.m. Saturday, SModcastle Cinemas, 82 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, $37 general admission, $75 for admission and a photo opportunity with Smith; smodcastlecinemas.com.
New Year’s Eve Twilight Run in Manasquan
There’s still time to get some steps in before the end of the year.
The Jersey Shore Running Club hosts its 19th annual New Year’s Eve Twilight 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk and after-party on Saturday at Leggett’s Sand Bar in Manasquan.
The run along the Manasquan beachfront will be followed by a buffet at Leggett’s. Proceeds will support the Belmar/Lake Como Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Chef Lou’s Army.
Go: 19th annual New Year’s Eve Twilight 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk and after-party, 4 p.m. Saturday at Leggett’s Sand Bar, 217 First Ave., Manasquan. Race day registration is $35, or $20 for just party admission, T-shirt and buffet; runsignup.com.
Noon Year’s Eve at American Dream
Here’s a countdown for the whole family; Nickelodeon Universe theme park at the American Dream complex in East Rutherford hosts a Noon Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, with the all-ages fun starting at 11 a.m.
The inaugural event will include character meet-and-greets, selfie opportunities, rides, a DJ and more fun.
Go: Noon Year’s Eve, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford. $79 All-Access passes include arts and crafts, treats and a party swag bag; americandream.com/noon-years-eve-party.
One Big Party at Bally’s
The Yard, an indoor/outdoor beer garden-style hotspot at Bally’s in Atlantic City, hosts One Big Party on Saturday night.
Tickets, $75, include open bar and hors d’oeurves from 9 to 11 p.m., followed by a cash bar and beer specials. Stealing Savannah will be keeping the live music going.
Go: One Big Party at the Yard, Bally’s Atlantic City, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, $75; casinos.ballys.com.
Mack New Year’s Day Jam
It’s never too early in the year for some good jams.
Local scene-maker and harmonica maestro Sandy Mack is wrangling together a top-flight crew of area players to kick off 2023 on Sunday afternoon at Salty’s Beach Bar in Lake Como.
The core band is expected to feature Kevin Hill of Secret Sound, Jon Schepis of Fungkshui, Matt Alach of Desert Jellies, and Kevin Cooper, Brian Abrecht and Mack of the Holy Tokers, as well as special guests.
Go: Mack New Year’s Day Jam, 4 p.m. Sunday, Salty’s Beach Bar, 1705 Main St., Lake Como.
Parts of this story have previously been published.
Gabriela Laracca contributed to this story.