Ball Droppings: Dozens of ways to Spice up your New Year’s Eve
It’s that Scary time of year again, Baby, when you get your hopes up, your Sporty plans squared away and your anticipation in full throttle … only to be Gingerly let down year after year. Seriously. When’s the last time you truly had fun on NYE? Between finding taxis, shepherding your friends and pinning down a place that promises the Poshest party — it’s downright exhausting and never lives up to its potential. Makes us wonder: What would the Spice Girls do? —Sara HavensBARS/CLUBSAir Devil’s Inn2802 Taylorsville Road, 454-4443. Live music by Trouble Junction. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: Free.Angel’s Rock BarFourth St. Live, 540-1461, www.angelsrockbar-ky.com. “Studio 54th Street” New Year’s Eve Bash. Includes champagne toast and party favors. One cover for two clubs (including Tengo Sed Cantina): $20 after 11 p.m.Bearno’s by the Bridge 131 W. Main St., 584-7437. Live music by Butch Rice and Strumbeat. Includes karaoke and champagne toast. Cover: $70 all-you-can-eat/drink. Bearno’s Highlands 1318 Bardstown Road, 456-4556. Karaoke with Larry-oke. Includes champagne toast, party favors and $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts. Cover: Free. Big Dave’s Outpost 1801 Bardstown Road, 459-9142. Live music by Hank Sinatra. Includes party favors and champagne toast. Cover: $5. Brendan’s Restaurant & Pub 3921 Shelbyville Road, 895-1212. Live music by Joey Sandals. Includes champagne toast, balloon drop and special menu. Cover: $5. City Block133 W. Liberty St., 589-3866, www.cityblocklouisville.com. Includes champagne toast, party favors and more. Cover: $15 (adv.), $20 (adv. reserved seating), $20 (door), $25 (door reserved seating). Coyote’s: Live music by High Noon and The Borrowed Time Band. Fox Den: Live rock music TBD. Vinnie’s: Variety show by The Great Pretenders. VIP areas and bottle service available for large groups. Loser’s: Karaoke. Rockit Club: Hip-hop and R&B music. List Nightclub: Top 40 music from DJ Dirty. VIP areas and bottle service available for large groups. Colosseum at Caesars IndianaElizabeth, Ind., (888) ROMAN-4-U. Live music by The Times Band. Includes champagne toast, party favors and $250 cash giveaway every hour from 8-11 p.m., $1,000 cash drawings from 1-11 p.m. and $10,000 cash drawing at 12:30 a.m. Cover: Free.Comedy Caravan1250 Bardstown Road, 459-0022. Bob Batch and Lamar Williams perform two shows, at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Includes party favors, champagne toast and balloon drop. Cover: $15 (8 p.m. show), $30 (10:15 p.m. show).Connections120 S. Floyd St., 585-5752. Live music by DJ Scotty K. Dance bar opens at 9 p.m., first drag show at 10:30 p.m. Includes champagne toast and balloon drop. Cover: $20. Creeker’s Bar & Grill6330 Bardstown Road, 762-0370. Live music by Ask Bradley. Includes light buffet and champagne toast with a masquerade theme. Cover: $25/couple, $15 single (adv.); $30/couple, $20/single (door). Dutch’s Tavern3932 Shelbyville Road, 895-9004Music by Kimmet & Doug. Includes party favors. Cover: $6.Expo Five Dome2900 S. Seventh St., 636-3532. Live music by DJ Rage from G-Unit, Hurraseason, B. Simm, Dodi, Kentucky USA, DJ Thru Da Roof, DJ Styn, Hype Men Graffiti, Young Renegade and A Boogey. Includes party favors and champagne toast. Cover: 50 cents for ladies, guys TBD.Flanagan’s Ale House930 Baxter Ave., 585-3700. Music by DJ Warren. Includes party favors, champagne toast and cash balloon drop. Pre-party with Ancient Order of Hibernians from 5-7pm. Cover: $10. Fourth Street Live (bars listed individually)www.4thstlive.com. A tribute to Studio 54th St. Music by DJ Ben. New York NYE broadcast on big screens. Dinner and VIP packages available at most clubs. Cover: Free.Golden Nugget2922 Hikes Lane, 454-9914. Music by DJ Earthquake. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $5. Hideaway Saloon1607 Bardstown Road, 485-0114. Live music by Sativa Gumbo and Thirteenth Sun. Includes party favors and champagne toast. Cover: $10.Highlands Tap Room 1279 Bardstown Road, 459-BEER. New Year’s Eve Karaoke party. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: Free.Howl at the MoonFourth Street Live, 562-9400, www.howlatthemoon.com. Live music, because it’s a dueling piano bar. Includes champagne toast, appetizer and dessert buffets and party favors. Party starts at 7 p.m. Cover: $20 general admission (includes first round); $400 for a four-top; $75 per person for a railing spot.Jazz Factory at Glassworks 815 W. Market St., 992-3242, www.jazzfactory.us. Live music by The Don Krekel Orchestra. The annual NYE Big Band Dinner Dance & Extravaganza includes fortune telling, party favors, a champagne toast and glassblowing, as well as high-order food and drink. Seatings for dinner are at 7 and 9 p.m. Cover: $135.Jerry Green & Friends 4805 Brownsboro Road, 897-7753. Live music by Jerry Green & Friends, party favors, hors d’oeuvres 7-9 p.m., champagne toast at midnight. Cover: $45. Jim Porter’s 2345 Lexington Road, 452-9531, www.jimporters.com. Live music by The Lost Boys, Rock Station and Boogie Men Blues. Ball drop and champagne toast. Party starts at 6 p.m. Cover: $25 general admission, or hotel packages (including transportation) available through Ramada Inn Downtown North for $150. Joe’s Older Than Dirt 8131 Lagrange Road, 426-2074. DJ. Champagne toast at midnight, plus party favors and select drink specials. Cover: Free. Legends at Caesars Indiana Elizabeth, Ind., (888) ROMAN-4U. Live music from The Tymes Band. Includes champagne toast, party favors and more. Cover: Free.Longshot Tavern 2232 Frankfort Ave., 899-7898. Live music from The Merry Pranksters. Includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Cover: Free. Lucky Strike/FeltFourth Street Live, 560-1400. J-Dub’s Sixth Annual NYE Bash will feature live music from DJ K-Dogg, a champagne toast and who knows what else. Doors open at 9 p.m. and you have to be 21 to party. Dress code is “dress to impress.” VIP packages are available by calling the number above, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Maker’s Mark Lounge Fourth Street Live, 568-9009, www.makerslounge.com. Studio 54th Street disco DJ. Includes champagne toast, party favors and snacks. Prix fixe dinners, $75 and $125. Cover: $10.Molly Malone’s 933 Baxter Ave., 473-1222. Live music by Walnut Street Blues Band. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: TBD.Monkey Wrench 1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433. Music by DJs Matt & Woody of WFPK. Includes finger foods, party favors and snacks. Cover: $12 (adv.).O’Shea’s 956 Baxter Ave., 589-7373. Live blues, funk and soul by Jimmy Davis. Roaring 1920s style. Includes champagne toast, party favors and snacks. Special menu planned. Cover: $8 after 10 p.m.Phoenix Hill Tavern 644 Baxter Ave., 589-4957, www.phoenixhill.com. Live music by Speed of Sound, 99mph, King Sonic, Blowfly, Naked Garden and Face Down. Includes champagne toast, party favors, balloon drop and snacks. Hotel packages available. Cover: $25.The Place to Be8807 Third Street Road, 933-7715. Live music by The Ancientes. Includes champagne toast and party favors and breakfast. Cover: $TBD.Pour Haus 1418 S. Shelby St., 637-9611. Wax/Glover Moth*rfuc@er New Year’s Extravaganza Revue featuring live music, special guests, DJs and more. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $15. The PubFourth St. Live, 569-7782, www.publouisville.com. Live music. Includes champagne toast, party favors. Cover: Free.R Place Pub 9603 Whipps Mill Road, 425-8516. Live music by XS. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $5.Red Star TavernFourth Street Live, 568-5656. Live music by DJ Carlos Morales. Includes open bar, appetizer buffet, champagne toast, party favors and prizes. Cover: $75.Rubbie’s Barbecue and Brew6905 Southside Drive, 367-0007. Live music TBA. Includes party favors and champagne toast. Cost: TBD.Rustic Frog1720 Old River Road, New Albany, (812) 944-0576, www.therusticfrog.com. Live music by Stone the Crow, Rayzer, “Freddie” and 2 Pump Chump, and finals of wet T-shirt contest. Includes food, champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $15.Saddle Ridge432 S. Fourth St., 569-3507, www.saddleridgelouisville.com. “Gangsters & Dolls” theme. Includes champagne toast, party favors, balloon drop and gourmet buffet. VIP table service available. Cover: $15 (adv.), $20 (door).Saints131 Breckenridge Lane, 891-8883. Live music by DJ Coxx. Includes party favors, champagne toast, balloon drop and buffet. Cover: $15/person, $25/couple.Shenanigan’s1611 Norris Place, 454-3919. Live music by Doc & the Test Tubes. Includes party favors and champagne toast. Cover: Free (as always).Steinert’s 2239 Charlestown Road, New Albany, (812) 945-8827. Live music by Big Rock Show. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $10. Stevie Ray’s230 E. Main St., 582-9945. Live music by The Predators. Theme is “Heaven Can Wait in 2008,” so wear red and show devilish style. Includes champagne toast, party favors and balloon drop. Cover: $140 for table for four.Sully’s SaloonFourth Street Live, 585-4100, www.sullyssaloon.com. Studio 54th Street theme. Offering three packages — Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each includes champagne toast, party favors and more. The Swamp5300 Cane Run Road, 449-0203. Live music by Molatov Cocktail. Includes champagne toast, party favors, shrimp cocktail and breakfast buffet. Cover: $TBD.Tailgater’s 2787 S. Floyd St., 637-1881. Live music by The Acoustipimps and a DJ. Black-and-white party. Includes champagne toast, party favors and buffet. Cover: $15.Tengo Sed CantinaFourth St. Live, 540-1463, tengosed-ky.com. “Studio 54th Street” New Year’s Eve Bash. Includes champagne toast and party favors. One cover for two clubs (including Angel’s Rock Bar): $20 after 11 p.m.Third Base Tavern 134 Spring St., Jeffersonville, (812) 283-4947. Live music by Wolf J. Flywheel. Karaoke downstairs. Includes champagne toast, balloon drop and party favors. Cover: $10.Third Street Dive440 S. Third St., 587-0706, www.myspace.com/thirdstreetdive. Live music TBD. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: TBD.T.K.’s Pub 5442 Del Maria Way, 499-5673. Live music by J.D. Shelburne. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $10.Tink’s Pub 2235 S. Preston St., 634-8180, www.tinkspub.talkspot.com. Live music by Boyzz By Knight. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $5.Wick’s Pizza, Baxter 973 Baxter Ave., 456-1559, www.wickspizza.com. Live music by Nova Red. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: Free.Wick’s Pizza, Dixie10966 Dixie Hwy., 995-4333, www.wickspizza.com. Live music by a DJ and band TBD. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $15 (includes all-you-can-eat pizza).Wick’s Pizza, Goose Creek 2927 Goose Creek Road, 327-WICK, www.wickspizza.com. Live music by a DJ. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: $TBD.Wick’s Pizza, Middletown 12717 Shelbyville Road, 213-WICK, www.wickspizza.com. Champagne toast at midnight. Cover: Free.Willy’s/Dublin Cellar 942 Baxter Ave., 583-2969. Live music by DJ Mikus. Includes champagne toast and party favors. Cover: VIP ($100, includes bottle of champagne and buffet), General (TBD).Zazoo’s 102 Bauer Ave., 894-8030. Live music by DJ. All-you-can-drink for $65. Includes champagne toast, party favors and White Castle sliders! Cover: $65.Zena’s Cafè 122 W. Main St., 584-3074. Live music by Tim Krekel. Includes champagne toast, party favors and appetizers. Cover: $20 ($30 for reserved seating).RESTAURANTSAsiatique1767 Bardstown Road, 451-2749, www.asiatiquerestaurant.com. Features a prix fixe four-course menu with complimentary sparkling wine. A party with DJ Fluid begins at 11 p.m. Cost: Dinner is $55/person; $45/person if seated before 6:30 p.m. Party is free with dinner; $20 without dinner. Reservations are for two-hour seatings and must be made 24 hours in advance. Avalon1314 Bardstown Road, 454-5336, www.avalonfresh.com. “Pick 3” NYE Package for two — seatings at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Includes bottle of wine or champagne. Cost: $75/couple.Blu Italian Mediterranean GrilleMarriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St., 627-5045. Live music by Bobby J & The Flying Martinis. Package includes dinner, overnight stay, bottle of champagne, party favors and more. Seatings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Cost: $350/couple.Captain’s Quarters5700 Captain’s Quarters Road, 228-1651, www.cqriverside.com. Live music by P.S. Willie in the lodge. Dinner cruise on CQ Princess yacht includes DJ, dancing, champagne toast and souvenir champagne flute. Cost: $95/person.English Grill at The Brown Hotel335 West Broadway, 736-2996, www.brownhotel.com. Gala New Year’s Eve celebration includes Chef Laurent Géroli’s five-course dinner, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and dancing. Live music by the John Linton Ensemble. Dinner seatings at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Cost: $135/person.Holly Hill InnMidway, Ky., (859) 846-4732, www.hollyhillinn.com. Seven-course dinner includes champagne toast and wine flight. Reservations available from 5:30-10 p.m. Cost: $75 with a vegetarian option for $65.Lynn’s Paradise Café 984 Barret Ave., 583-3447, www.lynnsparadisecafe.com. Pajama party New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. People who come wearing pajamas get a prize. Full menu and drink specials all day. Reservations recommended. The Melting Pot2045 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, 491-3125, www.meltingpot.com. Special four-course fondue menu, includes champagne toast. Reservations available starting at 5 p.m. Cost: $60/person with optional $20 drink special. Park Place on Main401 E. Main St., 515-0172, www.diningonmain.com. Four-course dinner with seating available from 5-10 p.m. Live music by The Steve Crews Jazz Trio. Includes champagne toast. Cost: $75/person. Primo445 E. Market St., 583-1808, www.primorestaurant.net. Three-course prix fixe menu. Reservations accepted from 6-10 p.m. Cost: $45/person.Proof on Main702 W. Main St., 217-6360, www.proofonmain.com. A la carte menu available from 5:30-7 p.m. Special tasting menu available at 9 p.m. Live music by Decades in lounge with party favors and champagne toast. Cost: $121/person.Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant150 S. Fifth St., 580-1350, www.vincenzositalianrestaurant.com. Full menu available. Dancing and live music by Boogie Morton & Gang at 8 p.m. Reservations accepted. HOTELS21C Museum Hotel700 W. Main St., 217-6300, www.21chotel.com. Package includes party at Proof on Main and dinner and room for two. Cost: $521/couple.Clarion Hotel and Suites9700 Blue Grass Parkway, 491-4830, www.clarionhotel.com. Dinner buffet, champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors, live music by the Fanatics. Cost: $129/couple. Standard room is $59. Executive Inn — RivermontOwensboro, Ky., 800-626-1936, www.executiveinnrivermont.com. Live music by Ronnie McDowell and Thomas Michael Band. Packages include two show tickets, room for two, dinner for two, party favors, champagne and breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day. Cost: Packages start at $245/couple.Executive Inn978 Phillips Lane, 367-6161. Live music by Wulfe Pack. Includes party favors, champagne toast, dancing, overnight stay and New Year’s Day brunch. Cost: $203.99/couple.Executive West 830 Phillips Lane, 367-2251, www.executivewest.com. Live music by Caribou. Packages include room for two, dinner buffet, two drink tickets per person, champagne toast and “recovery breakfast” on New Year’s Day. Cost: $269/couple.Galt House Hotel and Suites140 N. Fourth St., 589-5200, www.galthouse.com. “Vegas in the ’Ville”-themed party. Three packages, from $259/couple to $349/couple. All include champagne toast, dance party, live music, dinner buffet, casino games and cocktail reception. Holiday Inn Airport South2715 Fern Valley Road, 964-3311, www.holiday-inn.com. Two packages: 1) Room for two, two tickets to party with party favors. Cost: $174.95/couple. 2) Room and party plus dinner buffet and brunch. Cost: $249.95/couple. Both packages are BYOB. Holiday Inn Lakeview505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Ind., 812-283-4411. Two packages, both include overnight room, champagne toast, brunch and cash bar. 1) Dinner and dance in ballroom. Cost: $199/couple. 2) Live music by Jerry Utley in lounge. Cost: $149/couple.Holiday Inn Southwest4110 Dixie Highway, 448-2020. Package features prime rib dinner buffet, DJ, four drink tickets, champagne toast, party favors, cash bar New Year’s Day breakfast and 2 p.m. checkout. Cost: $159/couple. Hyatt Regency320 W. Jefferson St., 581-1234, www.louisville.hyatt.com. Live music by V-Groove. Package includes room for two, dinner buffet, balloon drop, party favors, “Regency Recovery Kit” and late checkout New Year’s Day. Cost: $350/couple.Seelbach Hilton Hotel500 Fourth St., 585-3200, www.seelbachhilton.com. Package includes room for two, three-course dinner for two, four drink tickets, party favors and champagne toast. Cost: $339/couple. Optional upgrade for an additional $50 includes reserved seating and autograph signing by the Monarchs. AND SO ON …AMF Rose Bowl Lanes2217 Goldsmith Lane, 451-5717, www.amf.com/rosebowllanesky. Two packages: 1) From 6-9 p.m., family-friendly party with a lane for four, shoe rental, party favors, champagne and simulated New Year’s at 8 p.m. Reservations recommended. Cost: $55.95. 2) From 10 p.m.-1 a.m., adult party with lane for four, shoe rental, party favors, champagne and New Year’s at midnight. Reservations required. Cost: $74.95. Executive Strike and Spare 911 Phillips Lane, 368-1651, www.strikeandsparebowling.com. Party package includes five hours of bowling for up to six people, party favors and champagne or sparkling cider, with prize giveaways and karaoke. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost: $100 per lane. French Lick Resort CasinoFrench Lick, Ind., www.frenchlick.com. Live music by Duke Ellington Orchestra. Includes several overnight-stay packages. Mayor’s Family New Year’s Eve PartyThe Louisville Gardens, 525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 574-5000, www.louisvilleky.gov. Live music, rides, rock-wall climbing, party favors, quiet room for younger children and prize giveaways, all provided in part by Radio Disney. Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center1860 Mellwood Ave., www.LouisvilleUncorked.com. Louisville Uncorked presents “The Funkin’ Groovin’ NYE Bash” by Hpnotiq and PAMA Liqueur. Live music by The Jimmy Church Band. Includes food, drinks and entertainment. Cover: $75/person.Paroquet Springs Conference CenterShepherdsville, Ky., 955-7009, www.paroquetsprings.org. “A Night to Remember” party. Live music by The Headstones. Cocktail hour at 8 p.m., followed by dancing and breakfast. Cash bar. Cost: $60/person. Spirit of Jefferson Cruise & Gala401 W. River Road, 574-2992, www.belleoflouisville.org. Two packages: 1) From 5-7:30 p.m., early dinner with cash bar and DJ. Cost: $35 for an adult meal and excursion ticket; $15 for an adult excursion ticket only. 2) From 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., New Year’s Eve Gala with dinner buffet, DJ, dancing, champagne toast and party favors. Cost: $49.95 for an adult meal and excursion ticket.