New Year's Eve Fun

How do you want to spend the last night of 2010? You could dance the night away in Northside, toast with champagne in Mount Adams or even skate into 2011 at the Beach Waterpark. Whatever your preference, we've got New Year's Eve events to suit every tast

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Bar Events

Arnie’s on the Levee presents “The Ultimate New Year’s Eve” with music by DJ Jake the Ripper. VIP admission includes an open vodka bar, party favors and a buffet. Buffet dinner and champagne toast included. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. VIP seating is $75. 8 p.m. 120 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-4340

Arnold’s Bar and Grill has their regular menu for the evening, and the NYE celebration features music by Hickory Robot, a champagne toast and party favors. $10. Call for reservations. 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234

The Back Porch Saloon hosts dance music by DJ Dex and a champagne toast at midnight. 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. $65 in advance, $75 at the door. 8 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 an appetizer buffet ($50 in advance), then continues throughout the evening. Admission after 8 p.m. is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 508 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-5001

The Beer Sellar’s NYE package includes a champagne toast and a gigantic balloon drop at midnight. Live music by Jack Trigger. Admission also includes two drink tickets and a buffet. $20. 9 p.m. 301 Riverboat Row, Newport, 859-431-6969

Blackfinn and Lodge Bar present “New York, New York: A Big Apple New Year’s Eve” featuring hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, a $10 Blackfinn gift card and access to three bars (Blackfinn, Suite at Blackfinn and Lodge Bar). $25. 19-35 E. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-721-3466

The Blue Wisp presents the “New Year's Eve Big Band Dance” featuring a Jazz performance by the Monday Night Big Band. Admission includes dessert and champagne. $40. 9 p.m. 318 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-241-9477

Brothers Bar & Grill presents the “New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.” Free party favors and a midnight toast. 21 and up. No cover. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-291-BROS

FB’s “Frank Barron NYE 2011” rings in the New Year with music by DJ Phatboy and DJ DQ. VIP ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and champagne. $20 ($40 for VIP admission). FB’s ticket stubs are good for admission to Lunar after midnight. 9 p.m. 126 W. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-246-4333

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 one free drink, late night food and a champagne toast at midnight with party favors. $40 or free admission after midnight. 8 p.m. 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, 859-491-8000

Chad Daniels and Andi Smith perform at Go Bananas Comedy Club at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Late show includes party favors, snack plates and bottles of champagne. $15 for the early show (18 and up) and $40 (21 and up) for the late show. 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery,513-984-9288

Grammer’s features tunes spun by DJ Gerald and DJ Noah Sweeney of Animal Crackers. $5 cover. 1440 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-8300

The Greenwich features live music by Triage as well as Eugene Goss, Billy Larkin and Othello Molineaux, “The World’s Greatest Steel Drummer.” Party favors, a midnight toast and an organic breakfast to kick off 2011 are included. $60 per couple or $40 for a single. 9 p.m. 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-221-1151

Jefferson Hall’s NYE party features live music from 4th Day Echo, an appetizer buffet and happy hour drink specials 7-9 p.m. Live music starts at 10 p.m. $30. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-491-6200

Jim & Jack’s on the River features live music by The Avenues. Party includes a dinner buffet and hors d’oeuvres. $35. Buffet 7-9 p.m. and dancing 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 3456 River Road, Riverside, 513-251-7977

Keystone Bar hosts its “No Hassle New Year’s Eve Party.” There’s no line, no cover and a complimentary free 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

Longworth’s offers up live music, dancing, drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. $10 in advance, $20 at the door. 8 p.m. 1108 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-651-2253

Lunar celebrates its grand opening with a “launch” party on New Year’s Eve. The countdown begins at 9 p.m. Get table reservations and ticket package details by emailing [email protected] 435 Elm St., Downtown,

The Madison offers continuous live music by Papadosio, The Werks and The Skeetones. $20. 8 p.m. 700 Madison Ave., Covington, 859-261-1117

Mansion Hill Tavern has music by The Juice, 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 “Carnivolution” featuring Incendium Arts and Phoenix, Dante’s Gypsy Circus, Carenza Bint Asya, Valkria and more. Costumes encouraged. Ages 21 and up. $10. 9 p.m. 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-541-0999

The Seedy Seeds perform a free show at MOTR Pub. 10 p.m. 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-6687

Mount Adams Pavilion has DJs spinning on two levels. Two drinks, hors d’oeuvre buffet, party favors and champagne toast included. Cocktail attire preferred. $30 (discounts available for groups of 10 or more). Doors open at 9 p.m. 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-744-9200

In a reprise of last year’s knock-out NYE party, Bad Veins performs at Northside Tavern. No cover. 10 p.m. 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-3603

The newly opened Penguin Dueling Piano Bar hosts a festive party with personal champagne bottles, appetizers and party favors, plus a 1,000-balloon drop and confetti cannons ringing in 2011 at midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25 or $75 for drink wristbands that include unlimited selected drinks. 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. 9 p.m. 641 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-4408

The Southgate House offers a huge whole-house party with performances by Banderas, Mad Anthony, The Dopamines, The Frankl Project, Straw Boss and Underbelly Comedy. 21 and up. $10. 9 p.m. 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201

DJs C. Witzel and Marty Spitfly work the turntables at The Stand’s “Dip Dip Dive” party featuring a vodka ice luge, sliders, cheese coneys, dancing, a photo booth, champagne, and so much more! $5. 9 p.m. 3195 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-5006

Ticket’s Sports Bar hosts a comedy show featuring the Dysfunctional Comedy Tour, which includes seven comedians. Buffet and champagne included. 7 p.m., with the show at 9 p.m. $30. 100 W. Sixth St., Covington, 859-431-1839

Dinner Packages

The Celestial Steakhouse’s “New Year’s Eve Bash” includes party favors, a champagne toast and live music by Doug Schmutte and Jessica Hendy. $15 or free admission with dinner purchase. Reservations required. 9 p.m. 1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-241-4455

Annette Shepherd jazzes up the new year at Chez Nora restaurant. No cover. Reservations recommended. 8 p.m. 530 Main St., Covington, 859-491-8027

Dee Felice Café presents their standard New Orleans-style menu with live music by the Sleepcat Jazz Band led by Bill Gemmer. 7 p.m. 529 Main St., Covington, 859-261-2365

Laugh your way into the New Year with Finesse Mitchell at Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant. Buffet dinner included. First dinner seating 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is $50; first show begins at 7 p.m. Second dinner seating 9:30-10:15 p.m. and costs $75; second show begins at 10:30 p.m. and includes a champagne toast. Hotel packages at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Cincinnati include dinner and dessert and are $225 for the early show or $275 for the late show (per couple). Shuttle service provided to the hotel. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-957-2000

The Grand Finale offers a feast for two with dessert and a full bottle of champagne. Seatings from 5-11 p.m. $169 per couple, including tax and gratuity. 3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-771-5925

Jean-Robert’s Table offers a 6 p.m. seating with a four-course dinner and a 9 p.m. seating with a six-course dinner. 713 Vine St., Downtown, 513-621-4777

Shadowbox Cabaret offers a nonstop three-hour set full of classics from years past, starting with an upscale buffet dinner at 9 p.m. The show pauses at midnight for a champagne toast, then the music and antics continue. $50. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-581-ROCK

Teller’s of Hyde Park has their standard menu, and the New Year’s Eve party includes live Jazz, a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Reservations are encouraged. 2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-4721

Vito’s Café presents a New Year’s Eve Gala featuring a five-course meal with live music (piano and vocal performances by the singing waitstaff and the eponymous Vito). Champagne included. 6 and 9:30 p.m. seatings. $60. 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). $25 cover for the show. 8 p.m. 738 York St., Newport, 859-261-9675

Special Events

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. $20. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-731-8000

BB Riverboats hosts a New Year’s Eve Cruise so you can ring in the new year on the river with Cincinnati’s sparkling skyline providing a spectacular view. Includes a three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split of champagne at midnight, late night snack buffet and party favors. $80 per person. Sails at 9 p.m. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, 859-261-8500

The Beach Waterpark has the next best thing to a warm-weather New Year’s Eve on a tropical beach — “The Beach on Ice: Rockin’ Round the Ice New Year’s Eve Bash.” Ice skating, noisemakers, party hats and a ball drop plus a buffet and dancing. There’s an early countdown so you can get home before midnight. Admission is $9, kids are $5 (2 and younger are free); online discounts available. Skate rental and rides not included. Meals are $9.95 or $6.99 for children; parking is $6. 5-10 p.m. Countdown starts at 9 p.m. 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason, 513-398-7946

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company celebrates the New Year with a performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)! at 7:30 p.m. $22. 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-2273

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s “New Year’s Eve Concert and Ball” features the music of George Gershwin in a classy concert followed by a formal ball. Included is live dance music by Randomonium, three-course dinner, wine and champagne. Costumes and black ties are optional. Reservations required. $160. 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 2011 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 fireworks. $14, $9 for children and seniors (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 Sts., Downtown, 513-763-8036

Hamilton County Park District presents the Family New Year’s Eve, an early party that’s appropriate for children with balloon sculptures, a magician, face painting, an early ball drop and more. $5 per child; adults are free. Reservations recommended. Seasongood Nature Center at Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Anderson Twp., 513-521-PARK

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. Proceeds benefit Know Theatre. $12 in advance, $20 at the door. 8 p.m. 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-300-5669 or

Mecklenburg Gardens presents “Midnight in Munich,” a family-friendly celebration of the new year and our city’s German heritage. The fun starts at 5 p.m. with appetizers and a screening of the film Dinner for One. At 6 p.m. the stroke of midnight in Munich is heralded with accordian music and champagne. A traditional German buffet and unique traditions such as lead pouring (similar to the use of tea leaves for fortune-telling) follow. $25. 302 E. University Ave., Corryville, 513-221-5353

Giving up gambling in 2011? One more night won’t hurt. Turfway Park presents the “Track Bash New Year’s Eve Party” featuring live music by Color Blind. Races begin at 5:30 p.m. Upscale buffet, cash bar and champagne available. WEBN-FM remote broadcast and balloon drop at midnight. $100 for VIP tables, $55 for the buffet, $5 for the Bubble Lounge and free general admission. 7500 Turfway Road, Florence, 859-371-0200

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