Columbus New Year’s Eve event roundup

By Columbus Alive
From the December 27, 2011 edition

You have just a couple of days to figure out where your first kiss of the new year will happen.

A quick round of calls to restaurants showed reservations are being snatched up swiftly (unless you’re in to dinner at 5:30 p.m.). Seize the moment and make your plans now.

Here’s a small sample of the many, many ways Columbus will ring in 2012.

Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., North Campus. 614-262-6001. New Year’s Eve celebration with Envelope and DJ Detox. 18 and over.

Bar 23, 584 N. High St., Short North. 614-224-2323. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $75 per person, all inclusive. Smart casual dress. Free appetizers 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Champagne toast.

Bar Louie, 504 N. Park St., Arena District. 614-220-0900. 9 p.m.-midnight. Balloon drop, champagne toast. VIP package available.

The Big Bang, 401 N. Fourth St., Arena District. 614-233-9999. bigbangcolumbus.com. Dinner, party, champagne. General admission and reserved-table options available.

The Bluestone, 583 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-884-4646. liveatthebluestone.com. Glow Party, 18 and over, VIP package available. $15-$30.

Brazenhead, 1027 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview. 614-792-3738. Featuring the Floorwalkers. Live music at 10 p.m. Complimentary late-night buffet. Irish car bomb toast at midnight. Happy hour pricing until 8 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Brazenhead, 56 N. High St., Dublin. 614-792-3738. Featuring Jenkins & Scott. Live music 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Irish car bomb toast at midnight. Late-night snack buffet. $5 at the door.

Brothers Bar & Grill, 477 N. Park St., Arena District. brothersbar.com. New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Free party favors, hats, leis, more. Champagne toast.

Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar, 26 E. Fifth Ave., Short North. 614-388-9765 brothersdrake.com. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Drink specials and snacks. Mead toast at midnight. DJ Bernard Marx, Threeocracy. No cover. Dress to impress and tip the performers.]

First Night Columbus, Downtown. 5 p.m. Family friendly activity. More than 100 entertainers in several Downtown performance sites. Hands-on activities. Fireworks at midnight. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets at Giant Eagle and Cosi eateries.

Gresso’s, 961 S. High St., German Village. 614-444-0131. gressos.com. Drinks, DJ, champagne toast, pizza buffet, free shuttle. $59.

Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. High St., Downtown. 614-463-1234. Nine live bands, DJ, karaoke. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages included. $129 per person. Overnight packages available.

India Oak Bar and Grill, 590 Oakland Park, Clintonville. 614-261-9355. 8:30 p.m. Live music by Toast. No cover.

Level Dining Lounge, 700 N. High St., Short North. 614-754-7111. levelcolumbus.com.

O-GEE x NYE 2012, Barrio Tapas, 185 N. High St., Downtown. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Old-school hip-hop. Black tie optional. An homage to the ’90s. $20, $40 VIP. Tickets at clubzone.com.

Park Street Cantina, 491 Front St., Arena District. 614-884-2108. parkstreetcantina.com. New Year’s Eve Fiesta. 21 and over. No cover.

Park Street Complex, 525-533 Park St., Arena District. Park Street Saloon, The Social, Park Street Patio. Hosted by Jimmy Jam from WNCI 97.9. Cash bar. $10 pre-sale. Pre-sale tickets at nyecolumbus.com.

Park Street Tavern, 501 Park St., Arena District. 614-221-4099. Live music with Crescent Fresh. Open bar, party favors, gourmet buffet, champagne toast.

ProMusica Celebrate! A New Year’s Eve Concert, Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., Downtown. 8:30 p.m. Broadway tunes and a night in Vienna.

Sequoia Pro Bowl New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Bowl Party, 5501 Sandalwood Blvd., North Side. 614-571-2135. sequoiaprobowl.com. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Bowling party for up to six per lane. Includes laser lights and music, shoe rental, hats and noise makers, champagne toast at midnight. $95 for up to six participants.

Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614-416-7625. shadowboxlive.org. Dinner banquet. Dr. Simple playing cool and mellow in the Backstage Bistro. Bill Who? rocking down top 20 rock anthems on the Shadowbox Live stage. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $100 individuals, $180 couples.

Skully’s, 1151 N. High St., Short North. New Year’s Eve bash with’80s, ’90s and now dance party. Free champagne toast and party favors at midnight.

Renaissance Hotel, 50 N. Third St., Downtown. newyearsevepartycolumbus.com. 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. DJs Ductape, Matt Majik, Sin Diesel, more. Open bar, hors-d’oeuvres. VIP level includes premium liquor options and entrance to VIP section. $119-$149.

Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. Third Ave., Grandview. 614-299-4987. woodlandstavern.com. Live music starts at 9 p.m. Featuring Mike Perkins. Champagne toast, buffet. $10.