The 8 Best Bars to Celebrate the New Year in South Dakota!

No holiday or celebration can hold a candle to New Year’s Eve. And in South Dakota, we go big. This is your last opportunity to party before the year ends! Ring in the new year at these eight awesome South Dakota bars. 

1. Saloon #10, Deadwood, SD

The notorious Saloon #10 in Deadwood hosts an equally well-known party each New Year’s Eve. The night will be off the hook and feature cold drinks, live music, dancing, and the midnight countdown. See you there!

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2. Deadwood Gulch Casino & Resort, Deadwood, SD

In the infamous Deadwood, this casino and resort has it all! There will be several thousand dollar cash giveaway, and you'll never be hungry at this party because there is a prime rib and crab buffet. Reserve a room in advance so you can go right to sleep after partying the night away! Other events throughout the New Year's weekend include a VIP slot tournament, cash tank hot seats, dessert bar, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries at midnight, and more. For serious partiers, check out the New Year's Eve package which includes a room for two, prime rib and crab buffet for two, party favors, casino party, dessert bar, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, and a hot breakfast on Monday morning.

3. Vertex Sky Bar, Rapid City, SD

Hotel Alex Johnson and the high-altitude Vertex Sky Bar team up each New Year’s Eve to host one crazy night. The Hotel Alex Johnson will have a midnight ball drop, champagne toast, ballroom party, and party favors. For an additional price, guests can have access to the Vertex Sky Bar on the top of the historic hotel. Guests will have the best seat in the house to watch the New Year's activities unfolding throughout downtown, as well as enjoy the inviting atmosphere, cold drinks, and delicious snacks at the bar. To be prepared and ensure your spot, order your tickets in advance.


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4. Clifford's Steak & Ale, Watertown, SD

Good drinks and music aren’t the most important aspect of a great New Year’s party, the food is—and Clifford’s Steak & Ale in Watertown has all three! With hand cut steaks, burgers, sandwiches, ribs, seafood, and more, this is the best place in town to ring in the new year and enjoy one last hurrah before the New Year’s resolution diet starts. The friendly and warm atmosphere is a great environment for making new friends that will last till the new year.

5. American Legion Sioux Falls Post 15, Sioux Falls, SD

The American Legion Post 15 in Sioux Falls was rated as being one of the best places in town to celebrate New Year’s by the radio station Mix 97-3… and for good reason. Party with veterans, their families, and community members at this exciting New Year’s Eve party that features food, party favors, snacks, and cool drinks.

6. Paramount Studio Cocktails & Food, Sioux Falls, SD

While Paramount Studio Cocktails & Food in Sioux Falls likely won’t have a wild party, it will be an unbeatable evening regardless. This classy establishment has been a hotspot for elegant downtown diners since 1977. The night will have live music, a casual menu, and some of the best drinks around.

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7. Ignite Nightclub, Rapid City, SD

Ignite Nightclub is party central for Rapid City and the surrounding area, so of course their New Year’s celebration will be unbelievable! This nightclub is located in the (kol) restaurant in downtown Rapid City. On weekend nights, the restaurant is transformed into an energy club with a Vegas and Miami atmosphere. There will be live music from acclaimed DJs and musicians, unique drinks like one with flowers frozen in the ice cubes, and a lively environment. Party on!

8. Red Door Bar, Mitchell, SD

This small pub is a great place to make friends and get to know the locals over a cold beer. For the holidays, Mitchell’s Red Door Bar hosts poppin’ parties especially for New Year’s Eve. For an unforgettable night, the Red Door Bar is the bar to be to welcome in the new year.

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