James Street Gastrupub and Speakeasy
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
If you’ve heard the buzz about—or are still kicking yourself for skipping—G.A.P.P.’s 2014 and 2013 parties, then this is your your to make things right. Resolve to be there—and grab tickets now because this is one NYE bash that’s likely to sell out—when G.A.P.P takes over James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy‘s swank ballroom for five hours of good vibrations.
For this year’s “NYE Edition,” G.A.P.P.-ers will be treated to dance-worthy grooves by DJ Selecta and DJ Phil, a celebratory champagne toast at midnight, late-night gastropub fare and premium drink specials.
G.A.P.P.’s signature NYE experience is a great choice for those among us looking to avoid the throngs of thousands and seeking a way to ring in 2016 with a cozy welcoming vibe that still feels festive and fancy. And with admission at $20 online or $30 at the door, this NYE fete won’t break the bank.
A collective of 30-somethings rewriting the book on the standard New Year’s Eve fare, G.A.P.P.—aka GrownAss People Party—has been busy reviving Pittsburgh’s nightlight scene with monthly word-of-mouth parties that draw diverse crowds and highlight Pittsburgh’s varied nightlife spots. Initially only advertised via select e-mails, G.A.P.P.’s original “party manifesto” came with clues such as: “It will be at a cool bar, with great music and late night dancing,” “You will not know everyone in the room,” “It will not be a homogeneous crowd,” You will not feel old-ish and weird, “You will not be required to network” and “This will feel like parties are supposed to feel.”
Launched in September 2014 at Taverna 19, G.A.P.P. is marking its third annual New Year’s Eve edition at the Northside venue. The brainchild of Hilary Brown, G.A.P.P.’s planning crew includes an evolving collective of Pittsburgh professionals and creatives. Back then at its pilot party, GAPP hoped to draw about 60 people. When more than 120 showed up, they knew they were onto something. Fast-forward to 2015, and the G.A.P.P. crew already has a string of sold-out, not-to-miss parties in their arsenal.