It's almost time for New Year's Eve and some of you are still scratching your heads and trying to figure out where to celebrate. Luckily, we've compiled a lengthy list of events, as well as some of our top picks for cheap, avant-garde and luxurious shenanigans. Knowing that some of you are homebodies and that nothing beats a good house party, we've also come up with a list of do's and don'ts for NYE behind closed doors and a list of drinks you might stir into the mix. Whatever you decide to do, you can't go wrong with some of these options. As a safety precaution, we've also included some of the best ways of getting around. (Don't take these transportation options for granted. It's better to be safe than sorry later.). May the force be with you all when 2016 rolls around. Cheers!
Go to a brewery. Many craft breweries around town are having their own shenanigans, which don't require a cover. Sycamore Brewing's New Year's Eve party will feature food trucks, live music, a large heated tent, bottles of champagne, pitchers of beer and more. The environment is relaxed and there's no dress code, so feel free to break out the Ninja Turtle T-shirt and jeans. Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St. sycamorebrew.com.
Petra's in Plaza Midwood. From 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., there will be live jazz and from 10 p.m. until close music will be provided by DJ Phillip. There's always a fun crowd here and the $5 cover is worth it for the entertainment. Also, the booze won't drain your bank account — that is, unless you let it. Free champagne toast at midnight, too. $5. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Petra's, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. petrasbar.com.
Amelie's in Noda or Uptown. With two late-night Charlotte locations to choose from this French-style bakery is a no brainer. 'Wow' your date with an whimsical ambiance and a salted caramel brownie. Noda location, 2424 N. Davidson St. open 24/7; Uptown location, 301 S. Tryon St. (call for hours) ameliesfrenchbakery.com.
CLT New Year's Eve. This family-friendly and alcohol-free event is being held in Romare Bearden Park this year and features live entertainment. Surrounded by buildings and BB&T Ballpark, it's an ideal place for a romantic, low-key outing. Bring a blanket and wait for the sparks to fly (fireworks, that is). Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. charlottecentercity.org
Try a neighborhood pub. Not all pubs in town believe in the "go big or go home" NYE motto. Call to see whether or not they've succumbed to ridiculous cover charges. Big Ben British Pub's is among those that's keeping things classy without emptying your wallet. They're offering free cover, live music (CharleyHorse Trio) and a champagne toast at midnight. Call for seatings. Dec. 31. Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant, 2000 South Blvd. 704-817-9697. bigbenpub.com.
...TO EXPENSIVE ESCAPES...
Sequins and Bow Ties New Year's Eve at Renaissance SouthPark Hotel. Do it big at this hotel party, which includes a live performance by U-Neek Flavur. Special packages include deluxe overnight accommodations, two tickets to the party, a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres from 7 to 8 p.m., four-course dinner from 8 to 10 p.m., an open bar from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., a champagne toast at midnight and breakfast for two the next morning in the restaurant. Late check out based upon availability. $175 for individual party tickets; $475 couple packages. Dec. 31. Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark, 5501 Carnegie Blvd. 704-501-2510. marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltrp-renaissance-charlotte-southpark-hotel/.
New Year's Eve at Corkbuzz. Corkbuzz, which opened it's Charlotte location earlier this year, is offering a a special five-course dinner created by Chef Allen Evans for on New Year's Eve. The cost is $75 per person, with optional wine pairing — do it! — for an additional $75 per person. After dinner there will be half-priced bottles of champagne (not including sparkling, though). To make reservations, call 704-625-1328. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required. For more information, visit eventbrite.com. Dec. 31. Corkbuzz, 4905 Ashley Park Lane, Suite J. 704-625-1328. charlotte.corkbuzz.com.
Rich & Bennett's #MOFO New Year's Eve Bash. This New Year's Eve party and crawl, presented by Rich & Bennett, will have stops at Angry Ales, Southside and a craft beer tent in the heart of Montford. Featuring DJs, party favors, a balloon drop, passed appetizers, drinks (beer, wine, liquor, champagne options) and TVs screening the Time Square ball drop. VIP tables and seating packages available. $95-$120. Dec. 31. rockhouseevents.com/events.
New Year's Eve at VBGB. While VBGB might not seem like the fanciest place to celebrate New Year's Eve, especially if you're there every Thursday for trivia outings, it sure gets a thumbs up for throwing one hell of a party. All-inclusive tickets include a buffet, music from a DJ and special brews throughout the night. The venues heated tent outside offers extra room, but there's still likely to be plenty of elbowing. $65 and up. Dec. 31. VBGB Beer Hall & Garden, 920 Hamilton St. 704-333-4111. vbgbuptown.com.
New Year's Eve at Queens Landing. Sure, this event is all the way up in Mooresville, but it's your best classy bet to ringing in the New Year up at Lake Norman. Featuring light hors d'oeuvres served throughout the night and a full menu from Jacks Dockside Gril, there's also music from Johnny B with Carolina's Beach Party, Jim Quick and the Coastline Band, Sammy O'Banion and a broadcasting on the ball drop and champagne toast at midnight. Breakfast buffet with a prime rib carving station, omelets, shrimp & grits and more. VIP tickets will get a meet and greet cruise and have reserve seating. $65-$100. Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Queens Landing, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-2628. queenslanding.com.
New Year's Eve Dinner at Bubble. While Bubble crafts some of the best cocktails in the Q.C., it also offers and upscale ambiance. Come for a three-course dinner and stick around for the late night party. $125/couple for a three-course, price-fixed menu, which includes a glass of champagne and admission into the late night party. Dec. 31. Bubble, 210 E Trade St. 704-733-9427. bubblecharlotte.com.
New Year's Eve Extravaganza at The Westin. This Uptown hotel has transformed it's floors so that you feel like you're somewhere far away from Charlotte. There's the Venetian (with top 40/pop/hip-hop music) and La Rumba (salsa) ballrooms. Various packages and extras. Dress code is "upscale and elegant" — of course! For more information, visit eventbrite.com. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St.
Around the World New Year's Party at All American Pub, Oakroom and Slate. $65 gets you into the all-inclusive party, which also includes DJs playing old and new vibes, party favors, a balloon drop, a photo area, multiple bars and an all around good atmosphere with three locations to choose from. Plus, proceeds benefit Charlotte Habitat for Humanity for Young Professionals. VIP packages also available. Dec. 31. 200 East Bland St. sportslinkus.com.
New Year's Eve at Evoke. The restaurant, which picked up several wins in our own Best Of Charlotte 2015, is having a five-course prix-fixe menu and two seatings. Folks who attend will be fed well and will also enjoy live entertainment and champagne. $99 per person for 6 p.m. seating; $135 per person (includes a bottle of Tattinger champagne per two people) for 9 p.m. seating. Dec. 31. 555 South McDowell St. 980-237-5354. evokerestaurant.com.
Gorgeous NYE at The Ritz. This is a semi-formal affair with VIP complimentary hors d'oeuvres served butler-style. There will be two separate ballroom parties, multiple bar stations, music from DJ B-Lord and DJ Hotrod. For tickets and VIP info, visit kingentevents.com or call 704-336-9139 or email email@example.com. For more information on tickets, visit eventbrite.com. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, 201 E. Trade St.
...TO AVANT-GARDE EXPERIENCES...
- John W. Love (Photo by Jeff Cravotta)
1. Calm: A Holiday Meditation & Yoga Series. Join performance artist/actor/meditator John W. Love and yogi/Revolution Ego owner Kelley Carboni-Woods for yoga and meditation. There will also be tea, organic libations and other treats. What better way to go into the new year than by cleansing the mind? Love will push all the negative energy right out the door. $32.64-$132.87. Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. (If you can't make it out for NYE, try it on New Year's Day — Jan. 1, 10 a.m.) Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., Suite 101. calmseries.eventbrite.com.
- Brad Williams
2. NYE Celebration With Brad Williams at The Comedy Zone. The late Robin Williams once called comedian Brad Williams "prozac with a head." But his standup, which revolves around sex, relationships and other life observations, also addresses disabilities and his own dwarf-like stature. Party with a little person who can give you big laughs this year. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $25-$37.50. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. cltcomedyzone.com.
3. Ichibancon. Charlotte's anime, gaming, and Japanese culture convention happens to fall on New Year's Eve this year. That being said, you can partake in anime-related activities and learn about Christmas and New Year's in Japan. There's also retro gaming, cosplay photography, a Pokeman palooza extravaganza, improv and more. Adjust your wig properly before attending the New Year's Ball. $10-$45. Dec. 31, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Jan. 3. Embassy Suites Concord, 5400 John Q. Hammons Dr. NW, Concord. ichibancon.com.
4. New Year's Eve White & Gold Naked Sushi Party at The Mandrake. It's New Year's Eve, so while eating sushi off of a nearly nude bod doesn't sound like the most sanitary idea, it's a pretty good way to remember where your food came from. This upscale party also features music (DJ Skinner, DJ Fuzz, DJ Tober, Rob Knight, Kaizen, Simple Simon and DJ Kai). Tickets are all-inclusive with sushi, oysters, desserts a champagne toast at midnight and drinks throughout the night. Dress code is "grown up and sexy," so wear your best and if your best isn't good enough, then go shopping ahead of time. $125. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. The Mandrake, 333 W Trade St. 704-370-3006. themandrakeclt.com.
- Tamanna Bhatia
5. Bollywood Dreams New Year Bash. Want to spice up your New Year's Eve? Try heading to this party with Indian actress/model Tamanna Bhatia. Hyderabad anchor/TV host Pradeep Machiraju and DJ Ameet will be there, too. Let your feet breakout into a Bollywood dance on the floor of Grady Cole Center. $49 and up. Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive. 248-227-8617. bollywooddreams.us.
- Laganja Estranja
6. New Year's Eve Party at Bar at 316. Laganja Estranja (Jay Jackson) who starred on season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race will be at this party, which is hosted by local drag queen Buff Faye. Estranja, who is also a rapper and jewelry designer, has a pretty kickass style. Tickets to the show include VIP access, NYE prizes, a champagne toast, party favors and a special meet & greet with Estranja. $20-$25. Dec. 31. The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave. 704-910-1478. thebarat316.com.
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
7. Sparkle & Glow New Year's Eve at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. While the garden closes before midnight strikes, you can enjoy the shenanigans here and get back to your pad in time to watch the ball drop on TV in the comforts of your own home. The focus of the party is to celebrate NYE traditions from around the world. But you'll also get the chance to walk the garden, which has been spruced up with lights and decor. There are also family activities, live accordion music and a biodegradable flying luminaries aka sky lanterns release — wishes for the New Year encouraged — at the end of the night. Champagne tasting (five, half-glass pours) for an additional $20 per guest. Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. dsbg.org.
TOP 5 WAYS TO GET HOME
5. Your own two feet — Whether you're headed to bed from a night on the couch, or stumbling down sidewalks from the neighbor's, this one's tried and true.
4. Uber — It's New Year's Eve. You can probably expect to pay $1,500 to go two blocks.
3. TakeHome — So, no one wants to be the D.D.? TakeHome will be serving as local designated drivers this holiday season. No word if they'll be willing to hit a drive thru on the way.
2. Via D.D. — No one wants to be the designated driver, but sometimes you have to take one for the team. There's no cheaper, safer way to go about it.
1. The walk of shame — Maybe that kiss at midnight meant a little extra. Perhaps they want to meet you for breakfast and would rather nudge you than call you to make plans.
NEW YEAR'S HOUSE PARTY TIPS
Invite your neighbor At least give the poor folks some warning. The last thing you need is the cat lady next door straggling over at 11:45 to tell you and your friends keep it down. There's no work or school on New Year's Day, so the family next door will have no reason to call the police on you...unless, they're bitter about not getting an invite.
Sync the clocks Have you ever been at a Super Bowl party with two TVs and one is 10 seconds behind? It leads to problems when you hear cheering the next room over before you even know what happened. Make sure everybody in every room will be toasting in unison this New Year's.
Eat up before you turn up You don't want to be the guy or girl passed out in the tub at 11 p.m. A good belly-full of food will soak up some of that liquor and allow you to party into the night.
Pay your cable bill Yes, it's cliché, but watching the ball drop in NYC is a good thing for folks to rally around. Also, you can watch all the people in Times Square smush together for hours in the lead-up and be thankful your in a warm house and can get to a bathroom without being crushed.
Find the right Spotify station This is not the night for Adele's new album. It's not the time for emo folk, either. Let the banjos be, and play some of 2015's most high-energy stuff. Might we recommend something along the lines of Big Grams, Dead Weather or Kendrick Lamar.
Light a sparkler indoors Do we even have to explain this one?
Kiss whomever's closest at midnight As with the mistletoe, the final countdown of 2015 does NOT give you free reign to harass the nearest chick by trying to make out with her. Beside, her boyfriend might be in the bathroom and that's a good way to get your bell rung to ring in 2016.
Invite a gun nut The thing about people who love guns is that they spend all year arguing on Facebook about how important they are but never really get to use them except for during lonely trips to the range. Some use New Year's as a reason to show them off and shoot them into the air. Needless to say, this is idiotic.
Serve champagne before midnight Champagne used to be special. You'd only see people popping bottles for New Year's, job promotions or Jay Z video shoots. Until, that is, brunch became the biggest thing since sliced bread (toasted with a poached egg on it). Mimosas have watered down the importance of champagne. So, just for this one night, hold it off and pop the bottle when it's meant to be popped. Make champagne great again.
Break your resolution before 6 a.m. You promised yourself that 2016 would be the year that you finally ended it with that on-again-off-again boyfriend of yours. He screwed you over how many times? We know he's at the party and giving you that eye, but waking up in that same damn bed again won't be a good look.
TOP 5 NEW YEAR'S EVE DRINKS
5. Champagne — Be a walking cliche.
4. Whiskey — Because sometimes you just drink to forget.
3. Martini — Sophistication is key.
2. Miller High Life — It's the champagne of beers!
1. AMF — Vodka, rum, tequila, gin... adios, motherfucker!
MORE NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS
13th Annual Back to the Future Bash at Roxbury New Year's Eve at Roxbury, an '80s and '90s nightclub, includes party favors, glow sticks, four bars, drink specials, multiple dance floors, a patio and a champagne toast at midnight. Table reservations available. $20 before Dec. 26; $25 after. Dec. 31. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St. 704-375-8090. roxburynightclub.com.
2K16 New Year's Eve at Vapiano Eddietainment, NXLevel Charlotte and Moxie Society present this New Year's Eve party at Vapiano. Featuring music by DJ Ngenius and DJ Shaun Nyce. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. VIP packages and table reservations available. For more information, visit resolution2k16.com. $20 and up. Dec. 31. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St. 704-332-2440. vapiano.com.
Black & Gold New Year's Eve Party at Vibrations Vibration's presents this New Year's Eve party hosted by Old School 105.3's Rae Styles with music from DJ K-Nyce. Featuring a broadcast of the Time Square countdown, party favors, balloons, a champagne toast at midnight and chicken and waffle plates. VIP seating and reserved tables available. Dec. 31. Vibrations, 5237 Albemarle Road. vibrationsclub.com.
New Year's Eve at Brazwells Premium Pub (Ballantyne) Reserve a table at Brazwell's Premium Pub and enjoy a three-course meal by Chef Matt Bauwin. $75 per couple includes the meal, a bottle of wine and a complimentary champagne toast and party favors. Our regular menu will also be available. For reservations, call 704-817-5554. Thurs., Dec. 31. Brazwell's, 11318 N Community House Road. ballantyne.brazwellspub.com.
New Year's Eve at Brazwells Premium Pub (Montford) For New Year's Eve, Brazwells is offering no cover, drink specials, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. Dec. 31. Brazwell's, 1627 Montford Drive. 704-523-3500. brazwellspub.com.
Casino Royale Label's annual New Year's Eve party featuring music by DJ Scene. 21 and up. Dec. 31. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. labelcharlotte.com.
Casino Royale New Year's Eve Party at Press Box New Year's Eve party with NYC's Hot 97's DJ Magic and DJ Freedom in the casino room. For advance tables, call 718-838-8913. Dec. 31. The Press Box Bar & Grill, 9609 N. Tryon St 704-717-2727. thepressboxnc.com.
Flappers & Dappers New Years Eve Affair at Barreled at The Lift Speakeasy Wear your 1920s garb and/or zoot suit to this Roaring '20s themed party. Music from DJ's Nurotik & Amalgam starts at 9 p.m. 21 and up. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-626-8850. Dec. 31. Barreled at the Lift Speakeasy, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road. barreledcharlotte.com.
LIT New Year's Eve Party at Vanity RSVP for free admission until 10:30 p.m. or make VIP reservations in advance. Dec. 31. Vanity Nightclub, 500 W. 5th St.
New Year's Eve at All American Pub General admission includes coat check, beer, liquor, wine, midnight champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors and photo area. VIP packages available, too. For more information, visit eventbrite.com. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St. 704-370-2000. allamericanpubclt.com.
New Year's Eve at Angry Ale's Angry Ales celebrates New Year's Eve with a variety of packages, including. a DJ, party favors, a balloon drop, passed appetizers, snack packs and drinks (beer, wine, liquor, champagne). $20-$120. Dec. 31. Angry Ale's, 1600 Montford Drive. 704-525-3663. angryales.com.
New Year's Eve at Blackfinn General admission tickets to Blackfinn's New Year's Eve party include a champagne toast at midnight, giveaways and party favors. For tables and VIP packages, email email@example.com. Dec. 31. BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon, 210 E. Trade St., Suite B-120. 704-971-4440. blackfinncharlotte.com.
New Year's Eve at Fitzgeralds All-inclusive party package includes liquor, beer, wine and champagne. There will also be a breakfast buffet, a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $60 and up. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, 201 E 5th St. 704-370-0687. fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.
New Year's Eve at Flying Saucer This New Years Eve party at Flying Saucer will feature music from DJ Shy at 9 p.m., in addition to party favors and a champagne toast. $10 cover. Dec. 31. Flying Saucer, 9605 N. Tryon St. beerknurd.com/stores/charlotte/.
New Year's Eve at Harvey B. Gantt Center Six Figure Entertainment presents this roaring '20s themed New Year's Eve party. The bar will be in full swing and music will be provided by DJ Paradime. VIP packages and tables with bottle service are available. Dec. 31. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 South Tryon St. 704-547-3700. ganttcenter.org.
New Year's Eve at Howl at the Moon General admission starts at $40 and includes guaranteed entry, two house drinks (up to $8.25), a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. For more information, visit eventbrite.com. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Howl At The Moon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-936-4695. howlatthemoon.com.
New Year's Eve at Kennedy's An all-inclusive party package that includes liquor, a breakfast buffet, music from a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, email email@example.com. $70 and up. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 336 N. Caswell St. 704-375-0218. kennedyscharlotte.com.
New Year's Eve at Lebowski's Offering drinks specials, a late night menu and a DJ. Free cover. Dec. 31. Lebowski's Grill & Pub, 1524 East Blvd. 704-370-1177. lebowskisgrillandpub.com.
New Year's Eve at Suite Featuring a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is strictly enforced. For VIP reservations, email VIP@suitecharlotte.com. Dec. 31. Suite, 210 E. Trade St. 704-971-7878. suitecharlotte.com.
New Year's Eve at The Rabbit Hole Featuring live music from two of the Queen City bands, Sun-Dried Vibes and Of Good Nature. Lovely Budz will be kick off the night and there will be free champagne at midnight. $10-$12. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. The Rabbit Hole, 1801 Commonwealth Ave.
New Year's Eve at Tilt on Trade Celebrate New Year's Eve with this $50 all-inclusive party package, including party favors, drinks (liquor, beer and wine) and a champagne toast at midnight. For more information on group sales, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 21 and up. Dec. 31. Tilt on Trade, 127 W. Trade St. tiltontrade.com.
New Year's Eve at TropixNC Urban International presents this New Year's Eve party with music from NC's own DJ 7/7. For more information, visit eventbrite.com. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. TropixNC, 4701 N. Tryon St.
New Year's Eve at Whisky River New Year's Eve party with party favors, a broadcast of the ball drop, free mechanical bull rides, a champagne toast at midnight and a double balloon drop. Limited VIP packages available. For VIP registration, email email@example.com. 21 and up. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. 704-749-1097. thewhiskyriver.com.
New Year's Eve Bash at Galway Hooker Galway Hooker's all-inclusive New Year's Eve Bash includes drinks (beer, wine, liquor), a heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet, live music (Matt Stratford Band and a DJ spinning top 40), party decor and party favors. VIP packages available. For more information, visit www.galwayhookerpub.com/content.php?pid=54. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. galwayhookerpub.com.
New Year's Eve Black & White Masquerade Party The New Year's Eve party includes dancing, food, drinks, live performances, a New Year's toast and a Signature Model Haute Exclusive Fashion Show. For more information, visit eventbrite.com. $45-$60. Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. The Royal Orchid Event Centre, 11812 Carolina Place Parkway, Suite A, Pineville.
New Year's Eve Celebration at Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar Featuring DJ Eye U and a champagne toast at midnight. There's also a menu with tasty gourmet burgers and whiskey concoctions. Dec. 31. Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar, 201 N Tryon St. eatmorecowbell.com.
New Year's Eve at Diamond Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Diamond, which will be offering late-night grub until 4 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 31. Diamond Restaurant, 1901 Commonwealth Ave.º. 704-375-8959. www.diamondcharlotte.com.
New Year's Eve at Soul Gastrolounge Featuring special dinner and drink features, as well as music from DJs Kosta X and Paul Margiotis. Thurs., Dec. 31. Soul Gastrolounge, 1500 Central Ave., Charlotte. 704-348-1848. www.soulgastrolounge.com.
New Year's Eve Under the Stars at Rooftop 210 Heated tent with DJs. Tickets are all-inclusive and include a food buffet and passed appetizers. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St., Suite 230B. rooftop210.com.
New York New York New Year's Eve at Leroy Fox Features a five-course meal with a wide selection of New York City themed cocktails and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. There will also be party favors and a DJ. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Leroy Fox, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road. 704-366-3232. leroyfox.com.
No Theme, No Attitude, Just NYE at Bar Charlotte Features a champagne toast at midnight, free mechanical bull rides, party favors, confetti blasts, glow sticks and a balloon drop at midnight. To buy tickets, visit nye2016bar.eventbrite.com. Dec. 31. Bar Charlotte, 300 N. College St. 704-342-2545. barcharlotte.com.
New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Show Interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show and four-course plated dinner. $54.95-$59.95. Dec. 31, 7-10 p.m. Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel, 3315 Scott Futrell Drive. thedinnerdetective.com/charlotte/.
New Year's Eve Party at Hattie's Karaoke at 9 p.m. and a "champagne of beers" toast when the ball drops. There will also be a DJ, drink specials, hors d'oevres and an ice luge. Free admission. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Hattie's Tap & Tavern, 2918 The Plaza.
Southern Skyline New Year's Eve Featuring entertainment, a champagne toast and more in an elegant atmosphere. $125 and up. Dec. 31. Omni Hotel Charlotte, 132 East Trade St. http://southern-skyline.com/.
The Uproar: A Vintage NYE Affair at Strike City Celebrate New Year's Eve at Strike City via a 1920's style party with drinking and dancing. Private tables and bottle service is available. 21 and up. Dec. 31. Strike City, 210 E. Trade St. 704-716-9300. strikecitycharlotte.com.
Village Tavern New Year's Eve Masquerade A masquerade themed New Year's Eve party with music from DJ Chase Morgan, drink specials and appetizers. For reservations, call 704-552-9983. $20. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Village Tavern, 4201 Congress St. villagetavern.com.
New Year's Eve at Whiskey Warehouse Includes no cover, drink specials, a DJ, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. Dec. 31. Whiskey Warehouse, 1221 The Plaza. 704-334-7005. whiskeycharlotte.com.