Still trying to figure out what to do this New Year's Eve? Creative Loafing has the skinny on all the Bay area's various throwdowns, and we've weeded out the worthiest for your party planning convenience. Want to hip us to a party we don't have listed here? Shoot an e-mail to Leilani@cln.com. Want to see a list of solely live music offerings? Click here.
Wake Up! Don't Be Absinthe Nova New Year’s Eve Party
Locals are invited to don their party best and celebrate the New Year at NOVA 535 Art Lounge. Offerings include tasty hors d'oeuvres, live music and entertainment by Brujas del Agua and a guest DJ after midnight, and a free shot of absinth for all guests to start the year green. Wed., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, $9 (ages 21 and up only).
Bungalow Bistro Exclusive New Year's Eve Celebration
The Seminole Heights Euro-American eatery presents a special NYE four-course menu. The offerings are as follows: Sambuca mussels, tempura vegetables, or tofu fondue (first course); gorgonzola wild mushroom cream soup or bistro salad (second course); duck au deux, prime rib or Asian marinated salmon (third course); and espresso crème brule, chocolate truffle, or apple tart tatin. Wed., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. dinner and after-party with music and a champagne toast at midnight, 5137 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, $49 per person/$99 couples. To make reservations, call 813-237-2000.
Café Bohemia New Years Eve Party Under the Stars
Cowboy Mafia performs two sets in Cafe Bohemia’s downtown St. Pete courtyard, where you can see the fireworks without having to deal with the First Night crowds and can grab drinks next door at Steve's Tavern. Wed., Dec. 31, 10 p.m., 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, $5, 727-895-4495.
Seminole Hard Rock New Year’s Celebrations
The casino hosts promotions, live entertainment, free party favors and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight at the Center Bar, a “Naughty New Year’s Party by the Pool,” and the “West Coast Toast” at Floyd’s, a live broadcast of the ball drop from Los Angeles at 3 a.m. and dance party with Miami Club Space resident DJ Ivano Bellini along with Floyd’s resident DJs Santana and Chris Craze. Wed., Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-6 p.m., 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa, $50 ($40 with poolside admission), 813-627-7625.
A Step Across Time
City of Imagination invites locals to come out and enjoy hits from the 1940’s through today by DJ James and Flashback with Roy, who sings and plays trumpet and trombone accompanied against music by Bennett, Sinatra and others. Wed., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, $15. To make advance reservations for parties of 10 or more, 727-893-1070.
Sister Hazel New Year's Eve Bash
Although not quite a hometown band, Gainesville adult contemporary rockers Sister Hazel have managed to cultivate a rather dedicated Bay area fanbase with frequent tour stops and the occasional New Year's Eve concert. This year's NYE shindig at Jannus Landing is an all-ages affair with party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and a buffet provided by Harvey's 4th Street Grill. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 31, 16 Second St. N., downtown St. Petersburg, $39.99 in advance.
New Year's Eve with John Pinette
Belt-busting, buffet-loving comedian John Pinette is the headliner for a pair of New Year's Eve shows at Tampa Improv -- one for the dinner crowd, one for the late-night NYE revelers. Wed., Dec. 31: "Back to Buffet" Dinner Show, buffet seating starts at 5:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., $55 per person (dinner buffet includes chicken, beef and fish selections); and New Year's Eve Celebration Show, 10 p.m., $48 per person (includes assorted cheeses and crackers, or mixed berries and whipped cream, as well as a champagne toast, party favors and post-show dancing), 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Centro Ybor, Ybor City, 21 and up only, 813-864-4000, tampaimprov.com
Beak's New Year's Eve
Beak's Old Florida hosts a free NYE celebration with live music by Ricky Wilcox and Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, contests and prizes, noisemakers for all, and a champagne toast at midnight. Wed., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Beak's Old Florida, Central Ave., St. Petersburg, free admission.
Aqua-Eve at the Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium throws its traditional New Year's Eve party with live music, food, beer and wine, and a champagne toast at midnight and a prime view of Channelside's NYE fireworks display. Wed., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, $90 general before Dec. 21/$100 general after Dec. 21 (discount for members), 813-273-4030, flaquarium.org
Fireworks at Channelside
See the Channelside fireworks display for free at midnight from the Channelside courtyard or while sipping a drink at any of the Channelside area bars (Margarita Mama's, Wet Willies, Bennigans, Hooters). You can also reserve a spot aboard the Yacht Star Ship Cruise, and view the pyrotechnics from the deck while enjoying an open bar, food, live entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. New Year's Eve Celebration Cruise, Wed., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. boarding, 10:30 p.m. departure, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa, $99.95 per person, 813-223-7999, yachtstarship.com.
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