This could be the last New Year's Eve ever, so you've got to party accordingly. We, here at CL , have compiled a massive list of shenanigans for you to examine before making a final decision on where you'll be ringing in 2012.
Allure Lounge: Nu Year's Eve party hosted Teice. Presented by Tom-Tom Productions and Nu-U. $10 in advance; free with flyer until 10:30 p.m. 1508 S. Mint St. 704-333-8555. www.allurerestaurant.com.
Bar Charlotte: The Last NYE Ever party includes favors, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, mechanical bull rides and a balloon drop with cash and prizes. $20 in advance. 300 N. College St. 704-342-2545. www.barcharlotte.com.
BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon: Flappers unite for a romp back in time to the Roaring Twenties. The shindig includes party favors, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and light complimentary hors d’oeuvres served throughout the night. Don’t forget your feather boa. Tickets guarantee admission before 10:30 p.m., after will be firstcome, first serve. $25 and up. 8 p.m. 210 E. Trade St., Suite B-120. 704-971-4440. www.blackfinncharlotte.com.
Breakfast Club: The ninth annual Back to the Future Bash features three levels of festivities, party favors, a champagne toast and confetti blast at midnight and, most importantly — for those of you who haven’t quite moved forward musically - '80s and '90s dance mixes all night long. $20 in advance. 9 p.m. 225 N. Caldwell St. 704-374-1982. www.that80sclub.com.
Buckhead Saloon: New Year’s Eve party featuring beer, wine, liquor and soda, party favors, live music by The Scott Munns Band and DJ. For more information or to make reservations, e-mail [email protected] $50. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 201 E. 5th St. 704-370-0687.
Dharma Lounge: DJ Jask headlines and Identity Theft and Tag Techno host with performances from a handful of DJs — Jason Phillips, KT Caustic, Kev Kev, Nat Eichler and Proton Jones — who want to enlighten you with their spinning capabilities. Champagne toast at midnight too. $12 in advance. 9 p.m. 1440 S. Tryon St. 704-334-8336. www.dharmacharlotte.com.
Butter: Music provided by DJs Ciprian, A Huf and Edouard. To reserve tickets of VIP tables, call 704-295-1565 or visit www.ticketleap.com (keyword: Butter NC). 8 p.m. 950 Seaboard St. 704-295-1565. www.buttercharlotte.com.
Founders Hall: You can expect a New Year’s Eve shindig by the likes of Bluegoose, Inner Circle Events, The Sol Kitchen, RoundTable Ent. and M. Simmons to be pretty slick. Music by DJ C. Rob provided. VIP tickets include a premium top-shelf open bar and a food menu. For more information, visit www.nyecharlotte.com. $20 and up. 9 p.m. 100 N. Tryon St.
The Chop Shop: NYE party features music from DJs and headliner, Iron Cordoba, fetish performers and dancers from Single Cell Productions, booze, games, aerial artists and bellydancing by Niamia Sultana. $5. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 704-765-2467. www.chopshopnoda.com.
The Comedy Zone Charlotte: John Wesley Austin, aka “cowboy comedian,” has lassoed his funniest material for tonight’s performances — yeehaw to that! The late show features a final countdown to 2012 with party favors and a champagne toast. $20-$22.50 for dinner show at 8 p.m. ; $30-$32.50 for late show at 10:15 p.m. 900 Seaboard St., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Corner Pub: The NYE bash features drink specials and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Register between 7 p.m.-10 p.m. to win a $100 Corner Pub gift card (winner will be announced after midnight and must be present to win). 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 335 N. Graham St. 704-376-2720. www.cornerpubcharlotte.com.
Coyote Joe’s: $10 cover includes free party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m. and live music by Out Of The Blue kicks off at 9 p.m. 7 p.m. Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-399-4946. www.coyote-joes.com.
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: New Year’s Eve party featuring four bars with beer, wine and top-shelf liquor, two buffets, a champagne toast at midnight, music from DJ Mike D and DJ Dynamite and more. $70. 911 E. Morehead St. 704- 377-3808. www.neighborhoodgrille.com.
The Dirty Martini: NYE celebration with free hor d'oeuvres (from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.), party favors, a balloon drop, a broadcast of the countdown in Times Square, a champagne toast at midnight, and guest DJ. $10-$15. 17036 Kenton Drive. 704-533-3054. www.lkndirtymartini.com.
Dixie's Tavern: Casino Royale is a Vegas-style New Year's Eve shindig featuring light hors d'oeuvres, alcohol, party favors and music by DJ Fat Kidd. Hosted by Crash of Kiss 95.1. $60. 9 p.m. 301 E. 7th St. 704-374-1700. www.dixiescharlotte.com.
Flying Saucer: Beer, beer and more beer — that’s what comes to mind when we think of Flying Saucer. Situated by UNC Charlotte, the crowd is mixed with college students and folks who are smart enough to know there’s good beer from around the world to be found here. For New Year’s Eve, there will also be party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, special drink specials and live entertainment. $10. 9 p.m. 9605 N. Tryon St. 704-568-7253. www.beerknurd.com.
Gallery Restaurant & Bar: New Year’s Eve party with music from a guest DJ, appetizers, drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. $25. 9 p.m. 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-248-4100. www.gallery-restaurant.com.
Galway Hooker: All-you-can-drink (beer, wine and house liquor), light hors d’oeuvres, a live countdown and champagne toast at midnight, party favors and two Levels of entertainment, provided by Early Ray and DJ Echo. VIP tables available. $60. 9 p.m. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.galwayhookerpub.com.
Grand Central: New Years Eve party with a special guest performance by Big Bub. 9 p.m. 1000 Central Ave. 704-377-4596. www.grandcentralevents.com.
Hartigans: New Year's Eve extravaganza featuring a balloon drop (with $250 in cash and prizes) and a champagne toast at midnight. $10. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 601 S. Cedar St. 704-347-1841. www.hartigans.com.
Howl at the Moon: Those of you looking to sing along to a range of covers provided by dueling (and goofy) piano players will find good company here. Even the out-of-tune mellow out after one too many sips from a fruity cocktail bucket. For New Year’s Eve, the venue is offering special packages with reserved seating, a buffet, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. $25 and up. 8 p.m. 210 E. Trade St. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com.
Joker’s Dueling Piano Bar: Featuring entertainment by three of the nation’s leading piano bar performers, party favors, an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, drink specials, a champagne toast at midnight and the chance for one lucky couple (from the reservation list) to win a dinner cruise on the Lady of the Lake luxury yacht. For reservations, call 704-663-2628. $25. 7 p.m. 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-2628. www.queenslanding.com.
Kalu Asian Kitchen: Resolutions New Year’s Eve party features a celebrity guest DJ, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toasting, live video feeds and more. For reservations, call 704-293-9359. $10 in advance. 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Kalu Asian Kitchen, 505 E. 6th St. 704-910-4877. www.kalunc.com.
Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill: The NYE party includes beer, wine, liquor & soda, hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. To reserve tables, e-mail [email protected] $65. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 336 N. Caswell St. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.
Marigny: The venue’s Krew Years Eve party features a performance by the lovely songstress Julissa Veloz — better know as “Tiara girl” after her stint on season eight of American Idol.With DJ Jay R. $12-$15. 1440 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. 704-910-4444. www.marignycharlotte.com.
Matthews Community Center: Opening Night Matthews: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem lets you ring in the New Year with Matthews Playhouse of Performing Arts’ murder mystery show. Solve the case and guess “who-dun-it” before the clock strikes midnight. 7 and 9 p.m. 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
The Men’s Club: New Year’s Eve Bash $25 four-course meal served from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. and drink specials ( $4 crown and down, $2 beers). 7 p.m. 444 Tyvola Road. 704-525-8525.
Mez & Kazba: The Black Tie New Year's Eve Ball includes admission to both venues and party favors. Open bar tickets, VIP tables and dinner packages also available. $50 for general admission. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 704-971-2400. www.mezcharlotte.com.
Palmetto Grill & Bakery: New Year’s Eve Charity Event Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. The event will also feature a DJ, a charity auction for Samaritan’s Feet, a broadcasting of NYE festivities and a champagne toast at midnight. $65. 7 p.m. 7106 Brighton Park Drive. 704-573-1444.
Pesto Bar & Grill: Let’s Toast NYE Gay and Lesbian Celebration presented by SugaWalls Ent. & Holly J Events. 10 p.m. 445 W. Trade St. 704-334-7088. www.prestobarandgrill.com.
Phoenix: Glam and glitz go hand in hand at Decades Disco Ball. The dazzling New Year’s Eve shindig features performances from an entourage of glittery go-go dancers, an aerialists, stilt walkers and diva drag queen Bethann Phetamine. DJs Johnny Vicious, Andy Kastanas, Scott Weaver, Tober, Dick Tracey, Sasha Taylor and Steve Tuohy to spin through the night. $15-$20. 300 N. College St. 704-375-8765. www.phoenixofcharlotte.com.
Privilege Day & Night Club: Once in a Lifetime party is hosted by Ciroc Boys. VIP tickets and packages include breakfast, skip lines, a champagne toast and party favors. Prices vary. 704-890-7436. www.privilegecharlotte.com.
Prohibition: 1920s-themed party with an open bar (stocked with liquor and beer), a special guest DJ, party favors, a balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. 200 N. Tryon St. 704-358-4244. www.prohibitionclt.com.
Queens Landing: New Year’s Eve cruises aboard the Catawba Queen and Lady of the Lake. Cruises (in varied packages) offer live entertainment, food, champagne toasts and party favors. For reservations, call 704-663-2628. 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-2628. www.queenslanding.com.
Re:Public: Rich & Bennett’s NYE bash features open bar with beer, liquor, wine and champagne, light food provided by Cosmos, DJ Complete spinning inside, DJ Nick Spain spinning on the enclosed patio, a balloon drop/confetti cannons at midnight, party favors and more. For more information, visit www.rockhouseevents.com. $55-$100. 9 p.m. Re:Public, 314 N. College St. 704-375-0733. www.republicofcharlotte.com.
The Ritz-Carlton: Includes a four-hour open bar, music by DJ Tomato Slice, a champagne toast at midnight and great views of the Uptown skyline. Held in The Aqua Lounge. 9 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, 201 E. Trade St.
The Saloon: The party features an open bar and buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, a balloon drop with $1,065 in cash and prizes and live music by Bling Crosby and DJ J. Good. Hosted by DZL from 106.5, The End. $50 for the first 100 tickets. 6 p.m. 935 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-716-2327. www.thesalooncharlotte.com.
The Scorpio: This is the place to go for a drag show. Tonight’s Rehab dance party kickoff features music from DJ Pepito, and performances by go-go boys and Charlotte area queens (including special guest Angela Lopez and hostess Tiffany Storm), $100 cash prize goes to the hottest patient ... er, guest. 8 p.m. 2301 Freedom Drive. 704-373-9124. www.thescorpio.com.
Skinnyz Bar & Grille: New Year’s Eve party featuring a champagne toast at midnight, party favors, a special dinner menu, entertainment by Cravin’ Jane and a sampling of appetizers throughout the evening. For reservations, call 704-893-2157. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. 15060 Idlewild Road. 704-893-2157. www.skinnyz.com.
Suite: A limited number of advance tickets, as well as private suites are available at New Year’s Eve Black Tie Affair. For more information, e-mail [email protected] 210 E. Trade St. 704-971-7878. www.suitecharlotte.com.
The Sunset Club: NYE bash with an all-you-can-eat buffet (from 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.), all-you-can drink of beer, wine and liquor (from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.), and champagne toast at midnight. VIP table reservations available. $75 per person; $150 per couple. 8 p.m. 1820 South Blvd., Suite 106. 704-916-9292. www.sunsetclubcharlotte.com.
Tempo: The New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball features a live broadcasting with Fly Ty, music by DJ Hukher of 92.7, and a complimentary buffet and champagne and wine bar. 4809 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-391-8909. www.tempocharlotte.com.
Town Tavern: The New Year's Eve party includes beer, wine, liquor & soda, light hors d'oeuvres, a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. To order tickets, reserve tables or for more information, call 704-334-3324 or email [email protected] $65. 200 N. Tryon St. 704-334-3324. www.towntaverncharlotte.com.
Tilt: New Years’s Eve at Tilt featuring an open bar (shots not included, but on special for $2), a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and music by DJ Precise. $60. 9 p.m. 127 E. Trade St. 704-347-4870.
Uptown Cabaret: New Year’s Eve Party featuring drink specials ($3 long necks, $4 u-call-it’s), a champagne toast at midnight, a late night breakfast and a cash balloon drop. No cover. 108 E. Morehead St. 704-344-0802.
Vapiano: Majestueux III New Years Eve party is a grand celebration presented by Six Figure Entertainment. 9:30 p.m. 201 S. Tryon St. 704-332-2440. www.vapianointernational.com.
VBGB Beer hall & Garden: VBGB and NoDa Brewing Company have teamed up to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Free hors d’oeuvres, top-shelf open bar (with NoDa beers — yum!), a champagne toast at midnight and music by DJ J. Overcash (same last name, but no relation to myself). $40-$50. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 920 Hamilton St. 704-333-4111. www.vbgbuptown.com.
Visulite Theatre: Featuring a live performance by John Earle, Of Good Nature and headliner, Simplified. $22-$25. 9 p.m. 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-358-9200. www.visulite.com.
Whisky River: Studio 54 NYE Party, featuring music from a special guest DJ, an appetizer buffet, party favors and a champagne toast. $30. 5 p.m. 210 E. Trade St. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.
Wild Wing Cafe: Wing in the New Year celebration featuring a live performance by Joystick and DJ Scooter. EpiCentre location, 210 E. Trade St. 704-716-9464. New Year’s Eve celebration with performances by the Brett Cates Duo. Ayrsley location, 2132 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Suite D. 980-297-7000. New Year’s Eve celebration with a performance by The Arostocrats. University location, 9539 Pinnacle Drive. 704-708-9453. www.wildwingcafe.com.
The Wine Shop at Foxcroft: Offering a special New Year's Eve three-course dinner with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. $50 per person. 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 7824 Fairview Road.704-365-6550. www.thewineshopatfoxcroft.com.