The year is coming to a close and you may not know what you’re going to do next year, but you know what you’re going to do on the very last day of 2018: c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e.
Thankfully, no one has to go across town to celebrate (unless they just really want to) because there’s plenty of local hubs ringing in the new year.
But before you get your party shoes on, grab a special New Year’s Eve brunch at The Union Kitchen, 3452 Ella Blvd, available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get ready for the night with $1 Mimosas and $3 Bloody Marys.
For dinner stop by Haroldís Restaurant & Tap Room, 350 W. 19th St., for a Swanky Southern Supper, a three-course meal or off-menu options curated by executive chef Kathy Elkins. Upon arrive you’ll be treated to champagne and bread.
For the first course choose between Shrimp & Okra Gumbo, a Winter Salad, or Whitehurst Heritage Farms Confit Chicken & Rosemary Cornbread. For the second course choose between Black Hill Meats Beef Short Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, and Oyster Mushrooms; Beef Demi-Glace Harissa Brick Chicken, Fragrant Basmati Rice; Blistered Shishitos Seared Scallops, Capellini, and Lemon Gremolata; and Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potato Hash, Fried Egg, Cilantro and Sesame Seed Pesto.
Finish the meal off with Champagne Mousse, Flaming Creme Brulee, or Chocolate Heath Trifle.
The price will be $65 plus tax and gratuity, and with a wine pairing it will be $85 plus tax and gratuity.
Another dinner option is at BCK: Kitchen and Cocktail Adventures, 933 Studewood St. BCK is celebrating with a throwback theme and a four course meal at $45 a person. Come in retro gear to drink retro cocktails. Stay until midnight for a champagne toast.
If you’re looking for more of a party, you can head to Johnny’s Gold Brick, 2518 Yale St, starting at 8 p.m. They’ll have DJ Bang Fasa all night, as well as drink specials and a midnight champagne toast. The best part is the Whataburger buffet they’ll have set up at midnight. No cover or RSVP.
Swing by Lei Low Bar, 6412 N. Main St. Ste. C, at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to experience Cuba’s finest drinks. Lei Low Bar will be featuring Crossroads of the World, giving party goers the opportunity to eat from a menu of Cuban classics that pay homage to Cuba’s great bars and bartenders. No cover and no reservations.
Spend the holiday shrouded in mystery at Heights Bier Garten’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at 1433 N. Shepherd Dr. Ladies will receive a complimentary mask upon arrival, and they’ll be offering $5 glasses of bubbles, as well as a complimentary glass for a midnight toast. Live music will be provided by If You Have to Ask and DJ Angiesliste. No cover, but you may want to reserve a table. Begins at 8 p.m.
For a jazzy night spend the eve of the new year at The Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th St., with the Boomtown Brass Band. Boomtown Brass Band evolved into a performing ensemble steeped in the traditions of authentic 1920s hot jazz. Ticket purchase will include a self-serve dessert buffet and a champagne toast at midnight.
Other parties happening in the ëhood: Bungalow Heights, 1919 Beall St; Poitin Bar & Kitchen, 2313 Edwards St.; Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale St.; and Bobcat Teddyís Ice House, 2803 White Oak Dr.