Kiss 2016 Goodbye

Parties, events, dinners and drinks to wrap up a cringe-worthy year

Let’s not beat around the bush here: 2016 sucked. From gut-wrenching celebrity deaths and the presidential election to a certain gorilla who shall not be named, anticipation for the New Year is particularly great. Thankfully, Cincinnati has no shortage of ways to count down the year’s final seconds. Raise your glass, kiss 2016 goodbye and toast to 2017. *All events take place Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted. 

FEASTS

2016 Had Me Like… at Queen City Radio — Get rid of that hangover with brunch from the Sunny Side food truck and/or keep the booze flowing with five for $12 Miller Lite buckets at the bar. During the event, QCR will be collecting donations for Caracole, Inc., which provides safe, affordable housing and services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 1. Free admission. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Downtown, qcrbar.com.

Fifty West Brewing Company New Year’s Eve Celebration — A private four-course beer dinner from chef John Tomain to celebrate the end of 2016. The NYE-themed meal features a cocktail kick-off, and then four courses paired with four beers from brewmaster Blake Horsburgh. 6 p.m. $55. Fifty West Brewing Company, 7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, facebook.com/fiftywestbrewingcompany.

Jag’s New Year’s Eve Around the World — Dining rooms will be transformed into cities from around the globe, each with its own unique menu. Step into Sydney for kangaroo roast and barbecue prawns before heading to New York for some classic pizza and cheesecake. Black-tie optional. Passports include food, entertainment, champagne at midnight and four drinks. RSVP required. 8 p.m. $100 Silver Passport; $125 Gold Passport (includes top-shelf liquor and premium wines and beers). Jag’s Steak & Seafood, 5980 W. Chester Road, West Chester, 513-860-5353, jags.com.

Midnight in Munich New Year’s Eve Dinner Party — Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with authentic German beer, a champagne toast, a balloon drop and a live stream of the Brandenburg Gate fireworks in Berlin, Germany (which celebrates NYE at 6 p.m. Zinzinnati time), all topped off with dinner — an authentic German buffet. RSVP required. 4:30-9 p.m. $32. Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 E. University Ave., Corryville, mecklenburgs.com.

Nectar New Year’s Eve — A three-course prix fixe meal with a selection of sweets for dessert. Vegetarian menu available upon request at reservation. RSVP required. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $65. Nectar, 1000 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, dineatnectar.com. 

New Orleans New Year’s at BrewRiver GastroPub — Chef Michael Shields serves up a Creole four-course meal. RSVP required. 5 p.m.-midnight. $45; $65 with champagne. BrewRiver GastroPub, 2062 Riverside Drive, Downtown, brewrivergastropub.com.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Restaurant L — Jean-Robert de Cavel’s newest creation serves up six courses — or nine with late seating — with optional wine pairings in honor of the New Year. RSVP required. 5:30 p.m. early seating; 9 p.m. late seating. $125 early seating; $175 late seating; wine pairing extra. Restaurant L, 301 E. Fourth St., Downtown, lcincinnati.com.

New Year’s Eve Eve at Christian Moerlein — Ring in the New Year a day early with a belly full of authentic German food. A buffet includes bretzel, schnitzel, rotkohl, wurst, sauerkraut and more, accompanied by plenty of beer and live music by Prost. The night also includes a tour of the brewery. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 30. $35. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, christianmoerlein.com.

New Year’s Eve at Bella Luna — A multi-course meal with a choice of Harry’s selection of red or white wines. Dish selections include choices like calamari, prime rib cannelloni, beef Barolo, pork loin and tiramisuRSVP required. 4:30-9 p.m. $99 per couple. Bella Luna, 4632 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum, bellalunacincy.com

New Year’s Eve at Jean-Robert’s Table — Ring in 2017 at Table with a three- or five-course menu. The first seating features three courses with an optional wine pairing; the later seating features five courses, again with an optional wine pairing. Additionally at the bar, find a lobster and truffle tray for $60 all night long. Seating is very limited; RSVP required. 6 p.m. early seating; 8:45 p.m. late seating. $75 early seating ($45 wine pairing); $135 late seating ($60 wine pairing). Jean-Robert’s Table, 713 Vine St., Downtown, 513-621-4777, jrcincy.com.

New Year’s Eve at La Petite France — Ring in 2017 with a three-course French New Year’s eve feast. RSVP required. 5 p.m. $59.95. La Petite France, 3177 Glendale Milford Road, Evendale, lapetitefrance.biz.

New Year’s Eve at La Petite Pierre — Celebrate 2017 with a four-course Parisian menu featuring innovative twists on French classics. Upgrade to a wine-pairing package, featuring vintage champagne. RSVP required. 7 p.m. $125; $200 with wine pairing. La Petite Pierre, 7800 Camargo Road, Madeira, lapetitepierre.com.

New Year’s Eve at Metropole — Round out 2016 in culinary splendor. Chef Jared Bennett will prepare a four-course prix fixe menu with an amuse-bouche and bubbly for toasting. RSVP required. 7:30 p.m. $99. Metropole, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, metropoleonwalnut.com.

New Year’s Eve on the Cincinnati Dinner Train — Dining tickets include a four-course dinner, and drinks are available from the train’s full-service bar. The train’s trio, the Queen City Sisters, provide live music that channels the 1940s. Trains depart at 6 and 10:30 p.m. $84.95 dining ticket; $29.95 coach. Embarks from 2172 Seymour Ave., Golf Manor, cincinnatirailway.com/dinnertrain.

FÊTES

An Elegant Affair at Igby’s — Raise a toast to 2017 at this cocktail-attire bash with music by DJ Ice Cold Tony. Bottles of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne will be available for $65. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20; VIP and premium packages available. Igby’s, 122 E. Sixth St., Downtown, igbysbar.com.

Axis Alley New Year’s Eve — Break a sweat, not the bank. Ticket price includes appetizers, drinks, DJs and a three-hour bowling package. 21 plus. 9 p.m. $65. Axis Alley, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-652-7250, axisalleylevee.com.

Below Zero’s Pop into 2017 — Say hello to 2017 at Below Zero. DJ Jules hosts the evening, dropping beats to keep kids bouncing, while bartenders pour alcohol and champagne specials. Includes party favors. Bring a positive attitude and a valid ID. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/belowzerolounge.

Bill NYE Bash at 16-Bit — Celebrate the New Year at 16-Bit with a Bill Nye-inspired bash. Features Bill Nye cocktails, a marathon of Bill Nye the Science Guy TV show, limited-edition T-shirts and giveaways. 7 p.m. Free admission. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, 1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 16-bitbar.com/cincy

Boogie Nights NYE — Party Vegas-style at Hollywood Casino’s ‘70s and ‘80s nightclub. 9 p.m. $15 single; $25 couple. Hollywood Casino, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, Ind., boogienightsusa.com/indiana.

Cheers to the New Year at Rhinegeist — Celebrate 2017 with beer, wine and cocktails at Rhinegeist. The night includes food from Gomez Salsa, a balloon drop at midnight and music by DJs Matt Joy and Will Ross in the Tap Room. Jess Lamb will be serving up a steady dose of live Jazz and Soul in the upstairs Speakeasy. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 at the door if available; pre-sale sold out. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Downtown, rhinegeist.com.

Cincinnati Donauschwaben’s New Year’s Eve — This German celebration includes a cash bar, appetizers, a sandwich bar, assorted desserts and live music by The Alpen Echos. RSVP required. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $25. Cincinnati Donauschwaben, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain, cincydonau.com.

CityBeat and Know Theatre’s New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party — CityBeat teams up with Know Theatre for this 8th-annual underground party. Don your fedora and flapper dress and party like it’s 1923. Bartenders will serve Manhattans, Sidecars and Martinis throughout the evening, leading up to a free champagne toast at midnight. Proceeds benefit Know Theatre. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $40 advance; $50 door. Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, knowtheatre.com.

Drink in the New Year at The Drinkery — Start 2017 off right at The Drinkery with alcohol, dancing and music by DJ Kenneth Wright. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. The Drinkery, 1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/drinkery.otr.

First Midnight: New Year’s Eve Party at JACK Casino — Ticket includes two drink tickets. Entertainment announcement forthcoming. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $50; tables and cabanas available. JACK Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Downtown, jackentertainment.com/cincinnati.

Leggy and Electric Citizen at The Comet — Welcome 2017 with a blend of dreamy bubblegum pop from Leggy, followed by the fringy, gauzy Rock & Roll of witchy Electric Citizen. 11 p.m. Free. The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, cometbar.com.

MOMENTUM: NYE Party at 21c Museum Hotel — 21c Museum Hotel teams up with IRL Gallery and Modern Makers for this avant-garde party that toes the line between fantasy and  reality. Museum and event spaces will be filled with music, video and cutting-edge art, including a pop-up exhibit of virtual reality- and time-based media works. Tickets include an open premium bar and appetizers from Metropole. Music by DJ Direct Deposit and DJ Sabastooge. 9 p.m. $150. 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 21cmuseumhotels.com.

Mount Adams Pavilion’s New Year’s Eve Ball — This posh party includes two DJs on two levels, party favors, a champagne toast and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. 9 p.m. $40; $50 at the door (if available). Mount Adams Pavilion, 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, mountadamspavilion.com/nye.

New Year’s Eve 2017 at The Madison — Get dressed to the nines and enjoy a full buffet dinner (and midnight snack) before exploring three floors of entertainment, including tunes by Self Diploma. Includes a champagne toast. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $99; $149 VIP. The Madison, 700 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., thecovingtonmadison.com.

Fibonacci Brewing Hop Drop — Event includes two drinks, a champagne toast and heavy appetizers from a local Thai chef. A Hop Drop outside the brewery rings in the New Year at midnight. 8 p.m. $30. Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Road, North College Hill, fibbrew.com.

Hotel Covington New Year’s Eve — Dinner service will be available at Coppin’s until 10 p.m., featuring special New Year’s Eve dishes, followed by a party in the lobby. The no-cover fête includes a NYE drink menu and specials with four bars, a DJ, dance floor, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, party favors, midnight surprises and tons of bubbly. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 and under. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, hotelcovington.com.

Howl at the Moon | Splitsville New Year’s Eve — General admission tickets include an appetizer buffet, two premium drink tickets and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $35. 145 E. Second St., The Banks, howlsplitsville.com.

Listermann Brewing Company New Year’s Eve Bash — Listermann had a great 2016: the brewery won best barrel-aged beer in the USA. And they’re looking to celebrate big with drink specials, music from DJ Mowgli, light apps and Chickow. Formal dress encouraged. 8 p.m. Free admission. Listermann Brewing Company, 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, listermannbrewing.com. 

New Year’s Eve Speakeasy with the Cincinnati Pops — The Cincinnati Pops transport guests to the 1920s and ’30s inside the historic Taft Theatre, which opened its doors in 1928. The Pops and Hot Sardines Jazz band jam until 10 p.m., and beads, boas and other Roarin’ ’20s attire is encouraged. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Over-the-Rhine, tafttheatre.org

NYE 2017 at Mynt Martini — Hang out on Mynt’s heated outdoor patio, watch a balloon drop and have a front-row seat to Fountain Square’s fireworks display. 8 p.m. $25; $1,500 VIP. Mynt Martini, 28 Fountain Square Plaza, Fifth Third Center, Downtown, myntcincinnati.com.

The Rook OTR New Year’s — Play organized group games, participate in tournaments and choose from more than 800 board games in The Rook’s library. 9 p.m. $15 online; $20 door. The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, therookotr.com.

Soaked in Champagne at Japp’s — Japp’s annual NYE party features a special champagne-cocktail menu, party favors and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight! 8 p.m. Free admission. Japp’s Since 1879, 1136 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, wellmannsbrand.com.

The Stretch NYE — The bar’s inaugural Clink and Drink party. Admission includes party favors, a Holtman’s Donut bar, champagne toast, DJ, special-edition kegs of Rhinegeist Bubbly, Eufloria Sparkling Wine on tap and a live screening of the ball drop on Times Square. 9 p.m. $15. The Stretch, 191 East Freedom Way, Downtown, thestretchcincy.com.

Taft’s New Year’s Bash — Fill up with a four-course meal complete with beer pairings, followed by a special rare beer tapping at midnight. The Eden Park Band performs live throughout the evening. Come dressed to impress, but no black tie required. 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $40 standing; $100 table reservation (includes four-course dinner). Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, taftsalehouse.com.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

BB Riverboats’ New Year’s Eve Cruise — Ring in the New Year on the water. This annual cruise includes a special three-course entrée buffet, entertainment, party favors, a late-night snack buffet and a split of champagne at midnight. 8 p.m. boarding; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. sailing. $105 adults; $65 kids. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport on the Levee, bbriverboats.com.

Happy Zoo Year — An early countdown for party animals young and old. Explore the Festival of Lights one last time before it closes Jan. 1 and discover party favors and costumed characters throughout the zoo. 5 p.m. Free with zoo admission: $18 adults; $13 children and seniors. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.

Noon New Year’s Eve Party — The Cincinnati Library swaps a.m. for p.m. during its Noon New Year’s party for kids. Face-painting, games and family-friendly activities lead up to an early countdown to 2017. 10:30 a.m. Free. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St., cincinnatilibrary.org.

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