Arnie’s on the Levee presents their party with music by DJ Mike B and DJ Fatboy. VIP admission includes an open vodka bar, party favors and an upscale buffet. Buffet dinner and champagne toast included in standard admission. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. VIP seating is $75 and $100 at the door. 8 p.m. 120 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-4340.
The Back Porch Saloon hosts DJ dance music and a champagne toast at midnight. Dining menu and post-midnight breakfast available. Free. 9 p.m. 9626 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester, 513-874-2432.
Bar Louie’s NYE party includes a dinner buffet (starts at 8:30 p.m.), open bar 9 p.m.-midnight (no shots, doubles or premium liquors) and a champagne toast at midnight. DJ dance music. $75. 9 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-291-4222.
Bartini’s Martini Lounge offers two packages to help you celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. The early party runs 6-8 p.m. and features dining specials, then continues throughout the evening. Admission after 8 p.m. is $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 508 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-5001.
Blinkers Tavern’s New Year’s Eve Bash features entertainment by Bev Lucken and Chuck Evans. Regular menu includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m. 318 Greenup St., Covington, 859-360-0840.
The House of Blaque Thai rings in the new year with the Remix 2012 New Year’s Eve Party. VIP lounge features private seating, buffet and open bar. General admission includes complimentary drink tickets and buffet. $50, $35 advance; VIP: $65, $50 advance. 8 p.m. 7030 Reading Road, Bond Hill, 513-351-3592.
The Blue Wisp presents the New Year’s Eve Music Festival for the 99%. Dancing, dessert and champagne toast at midnight. $25 or $20 in advance. 8 p.m. 318 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-241-9477.
The Boogie Nights Nightclub offers up its New Year’s Eve Party, complete with the ultimate in '70s and '80s dance music. Includes champagne toast at midnight. Michael Jackson tribute by Pete Carter. $50 couple, $30 single; $40 couple, $25 single advance. 9 p.m. Hollywood Casino, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, Ind., 888-274-6797.
Brothers Bar & Grill spins dance music for NYE. Free party favors and a midnight toast. 21 and up. No cover. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-291-BROS.
Cactus Pear’s New Year’s Eve Salsa Weekend brings a Latin twist to NYE. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha. Free parking. $15. 9500 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, 513-791-4424.
The Comet merges the down home sounds of Magnolia Mountain and Frontier Folk Nebraska with Northside’s urbanity for their NYE event. Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-8900.
FB’s serves up a New Year’s to remember with two DJs spinning on the lower level and one on the top. VIP tables available. $20; $40 VIP. 9 p.m. 126 W. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-246-4333.
Dee Felice Cafe serves up NYE music by the Sleepcat Band. Regular menu. Free. 7 p.m. 529 Main St., Covington, 859-261-2365.
Jefferson Hall’s New Year’s Eve Bash features live music from 4th Day Echo. Admission includes party favors and a champagne toast. $5. 8 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-491-6200.
Jim & Jack’s on the River hosts a whirlwind NYE that features live music by The Avenues. Admission includes draft beer, dinner buffet and champagne. It’s a hell of a deal. $45. Buffet 7-9 p.m. and dancing 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 3456 River Road, Riverside, 513-251-7977.
Keystone Bar presents its “No Hassle New Year’s Eve Party.” There’s no line, no cover and a complimentary mac and cheese bar. 9 p.m. Also check out their New Year’s Day Brunch with Bloody Marys and mimosas served from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m Jan. 1. 313 Greenup St., Covington, 859-261-6777.
Legends Nightclub celebrates the end of 2011 with music by Pandora Effect. Deli buffet included with admission. Like a broken drum, it can’t be beat. $10. 9:30 p.m. 3801 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, 513-662-1222.
Longworth’s offers up live music by NWE and Swimsuit Models, dancing, drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. Drink specials 5-9 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 7 p.m. 1108 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-651-2253.
Lunar celebrates New Year’s Eve with several different packages available. The countdown begins at 9 p.m. DJ to be announced. $25 general admission; $50 includes appetizers and champagne; $300 for a table for two; $800 for a table for eight; private rooms available. 435 Elm St., Downtown, 513-315-8498.
The Madison Theater offers three floors of entertainment with live music by The Naked Karate Girls and DJs spinning '80s and '90s dance hits.
Mansion Hill Tavern has music by Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight. 7 p.m. $25 per couple or $15 for singles. 502 Washington Ave., Newport, 859-581-0100.
Mayday presents The KOIPound Carnivale, a Burning Man-styled NYE. Costumes encouraged. Last year’s dug into our psyches like Dr. Caligari’s needle. Ages 21 and up. Call for more info. 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-541-0999.
Mariner’s presents the Mike Davis New Year’s Eve Show. Davis is an Elvis tribute artist. Includes buffet dinner with coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. $50. 9 p.m. 7391 Forbes Road, Sedamsville, 513-465-9037.
Mount Adams Pavilion presents its New Year’s Eve Ball. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast at midnight, complimentary Hors D’oevure buffet and party favors. Three DJs will be spinning on two floors. $35 advance. $40 door. 9 p.m. 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-744-9200.
MOTR Pub celebrates the turning pages of the calendar with the musical stylings of You, You’re Awesome. The bartender was cool enough to answer the phone and my questions about NYE in song. Impromptu operas are badass and so is MOTR. Live a little and get your ass to the party. Free. 10 p.m. 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-MOTR.
Get your rear in gear and head to Northside Tavern’s NYE event. You’ll jig like a flea doused in a neurotoxin at 2011’s ultimate installment of DANCE_MF. Indie, Dance and New Wave. We swear, it’ll make your brain snap a synapse or maybe grow some new ones. Free, like the wind. 10 p.m. 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-3603.
The newly opened Penguin Dueling Piano Bar hosts a festive party with a champagne toast and their famous dueling pianos to ring in 2012 in a way Jerry Lee Lewis would appreciate. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 or $65 for drink wristbands that include unlimited drinks — everything but shots and premium liquors. 441 Vine St., Downtown, 513-651-2800.
The Righteous Room’s “Stress Free New Year’s Eve” offers no hassles and admission with no cover. DJ Matt Joy spins in the back courtyard. Tables available. 10 p.m. 641 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-4408.
Schwartz Point is one cool place to listen to authentic Jazz. Not smooth, but sultry. Their NYE show features the Ed Moss Trio. Champagne and an excellent buffet included. Really, this is the one for classy, hip adults. $15. 9 p.m. 1901 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-651-2236.
This may be the last NYE you’ll ever spend at The Southgate House. This is, by all reckonings we’ve seen, the stately venue’s final night. Music by The Dopamines, Dear Landlord, Banderas, Vacation, The Frankl Project, Mixtapes, White Walls, New Creases, Be My Doppelganger, SHIVS, Army Coach, Loudmouth, Billy Wallace and the Virgin Blues and Wm. “Billy” Catfish Orchestra. $10 advanced, $15 at the door. The website says it’s sold out, so Plan A is try at the door anyway, Plan B is a scalper and Plan C is something insidious. It’s the end of this world as we know it, so do what you can. 9 p.m. 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201.
Terry’s Turf Club presents Eric Campbell & The Bevadors. Free show. 8 p.m. 4618 Eastern Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-533-4222.
Oh, that this could go unsaid: Make reservations. Don’t show up at a place that serves real food and expect to be able to sit down to a meal. It’ll make you look like a real ass in front of your paramour. Also, if you have kids, why not celebrate NYE and watch kids, alternately, in shifts. A lot of these restaurants have multiple seatings. You can use this to your advantage. Bon appetit!
Arnold’s offers up a five-course dinner, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Music by Todd Hepburn 6-8 p.m. and Young Heirlooms at 9 p.m. No cover, but reservations are necessary. I mean, seriously, did you think you could walk right in? It’s Arnold’s for cryin’ out loud. 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234.
Dine on a four-course menu comprised of amuse-bouche, appetizer, soup/salad, entrée and dessert at Bella Luna. $99 per couple. Limited seatings. Reservations required. 4632 Eastern Ave., Linwood, 513-871-5862.
The Celestial Steakhouse’s “New Year’s Eve Bash” includes party favors, a champagne toast and live music by Doug Schmutte and Jessica Hendy. $25 or free admission with dinner purchase. Reservations required. 8:30 p.m. 1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-241-4455.
Everybody’s a smart ass on NYE, why not spend it with some guys who are actually good at it and sober? The Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant rings it in with Steve Wilson, Mike Baldwin and host Mike Paramore. Buffet dinner included. First dinner seating 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is $45; first show begins at 7 p.m. Show only is $20. Second dinner seating 9:30-10:15 p.m. and costs $70; second show begins at 10:30 p.m. and includes a champagne toast. Show only is $45. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-957-2000.
Jean-Robert’s Table offers up a gourmet NYE celebration. There is a four-course dinner at 6 p.m. for $75 or a six-course at 9 p.m. for $125. Special Saint Sylvestre Menu. 713 Vine St., Downtown, 513-621-4777.
Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar tickles the ivories this New Year’s Eve with three acts for the price of one: The Gangsters dueling pianos, The Rusty Giswolds and DJ Mark McFadden. Admission includes an open bar, a prime rib buffet, dessert, coffee bar and a champagne toast at midnight. $100. 8 p.m. 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, 859-491-8000.
Comedian Tommy Johnagin performs with Ryan Singer at Go Bananas Comedy Club at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Late show includes party favors, snack plates and champagne. $20 for the early show (18 and up) and $45 (21 and up) for the late show. 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, 513-984-9288.
The Grand Finale presents a New Year’s Eve dinner for two. Includes appetizer, salad and bread, entree, side crepes and dessert. Each couple receives a full bottle of champagne. Hats and horns passed out at midnight. $169 per couple. 3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-771-5925.
The Melting Pot’s NYE dinner includes an appetizer, cheese fondue, salad, entree and chocolate fondue dessert. $149 per VIP couple includes bottle of Moet Imperial champagne and framed picture, available all day. $124 per couple 3-9:30 p.m. includes goodie bag and two glasses of champagne. $99 per couple after 9:30 p.m. includes bottle of champagne and $25 return-visit gift certificate. 11023 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-530-5501.
Orchid’s at Palm Court spins a film noir twist into your NYE. Too cool! Four-course prix fixe menu 6-8 p.m. $85; Six-course prix fixe menu 8:30-11 p.m. $105. 35 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-421-9100.
Vito’s Cafe offers a five-course meal with two seatings — 6 and 9:30 p.m. $60 (add a half bottle of Prosecco Sparkling Wine, $75). 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, 859-442-9444.
York St. Café has music by SwingTime Big Band. Dinner available in the dining room (reservations suggested). $15 cover for the show includes a champagne toast. 8 p.m. 738 York St., Newport, 859-261-9675.
The 20th Century Theater hosts “The Ball on the Square” featuring live music and street entertainers. Food and drinks (adult and otherwise) available. Midnight ball drop and fireworks. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-731-8000.
Self Diploma performs at Bogart’s for NYE. Special guests DJ E-Tryne and DJ D-Lo. $12-$17. 8 p.m. 2621 Vine St., Corryville, 513-872-8801.
All aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train for a trip to 2012. It’s an old-school rail ride from Madisonville to the Riverfront and back again with a four-course meal. The ride lasts about three hours. First seating at 6 p.m, second seating at 10 p.m. $74.50. 4725 Madison Road, Madisonville, 513-791-7245.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s “Swingin’ New Year’s Eve 2011” features classic American song and dance followed by a formal ball. Included is live dance music by Hank Mautner, dinner, wine and champagne. Costumes and black ties are optional. Reservations required. $175. Concert only is $10 and up. 7:30 p.m. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-3300.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden gives kids a chance to celebrate the transition to 2012 with “Happy Zoo Year.” Included is the pageantry of the Festival of Lights, black light puppet shows by Madcap Puppets (6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.) and visits by the Baby Zoo Year and Father Time. Also look for animal shows and an early NYE countdown at 8:55 p.m. with fireworks. $10-$14 (free for members). 5-9 p.m. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700.
The New Year’s Eve Blast at Fountain Square offers free ice skating and DJ music. Food and light fare are available for purchase. Count down to midnight with the folks from Fox 19 and ring in the new year with fireworks. Free. 8 p.m. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, 513-763-8036.
Know Theatre of Cincinnati and CityBeat present the “NYE Speakeasy Party.” Just like during Prohibition, you’ll find flappers, casino games, dancing, martinis and dining under one roof. Food provided by Arnold’s Bar & Grill, Mayberry, Skirtz & Johnston, Shanghai Mama’s and Washington Platform. Proceeds benefit Know Theatre. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 8 p.m. 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-300-5669 or www.knowtheatre.com.