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Ring in the New Year 

Scene's Guide to New Year's Eve

Before You Go Out . . .

Resolve to bling-bling in the new year with rhinestone combs, clips, or ponytail holders. Light up the evening with a fiber-optic hair barrette. Treat your mom or sister to a surprise dual beauty afternoon. Look your best for the new year. Carabel Beauty Salon and Store is your feminine connection.

15309 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-8616

At Sélah Salon and Spa, you will experience unsurpassed tranquility as our professional staff provides you with the very best in massage services and facial, hair, and nail treatments. From the moment you set foot in our luxurious grand foyer and throughout your visit to us, we will indulge your senses and bring you relaxation, so that you can pause, meditate, and take time to celebrate. Try an express pedicure, a 30-minute massage, or a signature spa basket.

1127 Euclid Ave., 216-338-1771, selahsalon.net

Tuxedo Warehouse is Cleveland's largest formal-wear store, offering same-day service on tuxedos, tuxedo accessories, and suits, available new or used, for purchase or for rent. Tuxedo Warehouse: Cleveland's source for fine attire since 1928.

31525 Aurora Rd., 440-349-0070, www.tuxx.com


For the Family

Ring in the New Year and bowl the night away at any of the AMF Centers, in Brook Park, Canton, Fairlawn, Kent, or Medina. New Year's Eve is the busiest bowling night of the year, so make reservations for the whole family, but do it early.

Brook Park: AMF-Brookgate Lanes, 14950 Snow Road, 216-676-4325.

Canton: AMF-Hall of Fame Lanes, 5155 W. Tuscarawas St., 330-477-7226.

Fairlawn: AMF-Riviera Lanes, 20 S. Miller Rd., 330-836-7985.

Kent: AMF-Twin Star Lanes, 2245 St. Rte. 59, 330-673-1800.

Medina: AMF-Medina Lanes, 201 Harding, 330725-4548.

www.amfcenters.com.

With every kind of family-friendly entertainment in over a dozen locations, First Night Akron is the area's largest New Year's Eve celebration. Visit downtown Akron and ring in the new year with singer-songwriter Anne E. DeChant, Acting Out! Puppets, Rhiannon Resources Temporary Airbrush Tattoos, Geldryk the World's Tallest Elf, clowns, Irish dance troupes, and live music by the Twistoffs, Valerie, Yiddishe Cup, Alex Bevan, and Colin Dussault's Blues Project. Children under 10 get in free.

330-762-8555, firstnight@downtownakron.com, www.firstnightakron.org


Downtown-Flats-Warehouse District

Celebrate New Year's Eve with us! At Baby Grand Complex, the new year's extravaganza includes a dinner buffet, live entertainment, dancing, door prizes, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy a special continental breakfast, served at 1 a.m. Tickets are available now. 3400 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, 216-391-4898

Uplifitng singer-pianist Jim Brickman brings his Holiday Tour 2005 to Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre for two shows Saturday, December 31, at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35/$45/$55 through Tickets.com. 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com

Bluesman Eugene Ross makes it a party at Fat Fish Blue.

21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com

Hard Rock Café Cleveland and Hampton Inn Downtown team up to bring you the best New Year's Eve package in Cleveland. Contact Hampton Inn at 216-241-6600 and ask for the sales department.

230 W. Huron Rd., 216-830-7625, www.hardrock.com, www.hamptoninn.com

HEWG! Productions' NYE 2006 is at the Powerhouse Pub. $20 admission includes a champagne toast, drink specials, and free admission to Howl at the Moon for all of 2006.

2000 Sycamore Ave., West Bank of the Flats, 216-861-4982

Have your final meal of 2005 at House of Blues' eclectic American restaurant, and stay for one of two concerts. In the Music Hall, pick up the pieces with the Average White Band and Liquid Soul. Show starts at 8 p.m. Choose from one of three ticket packages: $75 per person includes general-admission ticket and open bar during the show; Gold Package is $150 per person, including a three-course pre-show gourmet dinner, general-admission ticket, and open bar during the show; the Platinum Package is $400 per couple, including a three-course pre-show gourmet dinner, general-admission concert ticket, open bar during the show, and accommodations for the night at the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade. Add $25 per person to any package for a reserved-seat upgrade. 21 and over only.

In the Cambridge Room, electrifying Columbus-based rock band Zero Rain plays. Doors open at 10 p.m. for a 21-and-over show. $50 per person includes ticket and open bar during the show. Gold Package is $125 per person, including pre-show gourmet dinner, concert ticket and open bar during the show. Platinum Package is $319 per couple, including pre-show gourmet dinner, concert ticket, open bar during the show, and accommodations for the night at the Holiday Inn Express.

Packages are on sale now through the House of Blues box office; for more information, call 216-523-BLUE.

308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583

Celebrate New Year's Eve at House of Cues with the best table in town. Serving downtown's only authentic Mexican fare, with free appetizers and free pool. Doors open at 8 p.m.

740 Superior Ave., 216-241-8200, www.houseofcues.com

Party like a rock star New Year's Eve at Jillian's. Champagne toast at midnight. Get the VIP treatment at Jillian's of the Flats or Jillian's of the Heights. Eat, drink, play! Cleveland Heights: 12459 Cedar Rd., 216-397-0900.

Flats: 1148 Main Ave., West Bank, 216-575-0300

Peabody's hosts the WMMS New Year's Eve bash, with all rock, all night. Open bar is $20; 21 and over only.

2083-1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999

With a restaurant, martini bar, cabaret lounge, and comedy club, Pickwick & Frolic/Hilarities East 4th has not one but four of downtown's busiest New Year's Eve parties. Live entertainment includes comedian Rocky LaPorte, jazz musician Abe La Marca, the Midnight Martini Show, and an original revue by the Cabaret Rock Singers.

2035 E. 4th St., 216-736-4242

Experience a night of black lights, glow sticks, special lighting effects, and a midnight champagne toast. It's a night at Spy you're sure to remember.

1261 W. 6th St., 216-621-7907

The most fabulous way to celebrate this New Year's Eve in Cleveland is with sushi, Moët champagne, and Sushi Rock's fabulous New Year's dinner menu, at both the downtown and La Place locations.

Downtown: 1276 W. 6th St., 216-623-1212.

Beachwood: 2101 Richmond Rd., 216-378-9595. www.sushirockohio.com

Tequila Ranch hosts one of the wildest parties in the city's wildest districts, with live party covers by Sunset Strip, featuring former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris. Expect nothing but a good time.

1229 W. 6th St., 216-566-TACO

Underground -- as in "subterranean," as in "taking place in a cozy little decorated tunnel under one of downtown's most chic restaurants" -- has never been so sleek as at the V Lounge's New Year's Eve Bash. No cover.

347 Euclid Ave., 216-621-4678

Celebrate New Year's Dream 2005/6 at the Velvet Dog, with a $35 general-admission package or an all-inclusive $125 VIP package. Watch the ball drop on our mega video screens!

1280 W. 6th St., 216-664-1116, www.velvetdogcleveland.com

The lights dim as the masked dancers take center stage at View Ultralounge and Nightclub, downtown's sleekest new nightspot. You'll have to see the Masquerade Ball-themed party to believe it. Admission is complimentary before 10 p.m., for a party with a midnight champagne toast and very-big-screen ball-drop. Masks are provided, and proper dress is required. 21 and over. Doors open at 8 p.m.

618 Prospect Ave., 216-664-1815

Nora Jean Bruso and company bring Delta blues to Cleveland, headlining Wilbert's new year's party. Show begins 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

812 Huron Road E., 216-902-GOOD


East Side

Cleveland legend Artful Dodger reunitez for the Agora's 40th-Anniversary Party. 8:30 P.M. Advance tickets are $49.50/$59.50/$65. Day of show, tickets are $54.50/$64.50/$70 (Ticketmaster).

5000 Euclid Ave., 216-241-5555

Blonde Boy Grunt & the Groans play the Barking Spider Tavern.

11310 Juniper Rd., 216-421-2863

New Salem Witch Hunters headline the Beachland Tavern's New Year's Blowout, joined by the Tough & Lovely and Short Rabbits. Show starts at 9 P.M.

15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124

Blues siren Robin Stone provides live entertainment at Boulevard Blue. Meal packages range from $55 to $99, and a modified menu is available after 10 p.m.

12718 Larchmere Blvd., 216-721-5500

The Nick Puin Trio plays what bandleader Puin describes as traditional "real jazz" at Fire Food and Drink.

13220 Shaker Square, 216-921-3473

Alan Greene and Mr. Stress play old-school blues at the House of Swing New Year's party.

4490 Mayfield Rd., 216-382-2771

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and his quartet headline an evening of cabaret-style dining at Nighttown.

12387 Cedar Rd., 216-795-0550


Eastern Suburbs

DJs Brick Barnes, misterbradleyp, F. Gunn, and friends spin dancey rock and party classics at B-Side Liquor Lounge's New Year's Eve Masquerade Get Down, an unpretentious masquerade ball. $5, 21 and over only.

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-1966

Dare to be different this year; join Bossa Nova for an exclusive, all-inclusive masquerade ball. Wild Horses plays live rock, and live entertainment also includes masquerade dancers. Essential and VIP packages are available.

28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, 216-591-9559, www.bossanovaclv.com

Scott Brotherton rings in the new year with live lounge music at the Cabin in Willowick.

28810 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick, 440-943-5195

The Grog Shop rings in the new year with some of the city's best, most raw indie-rock bands: Amps II Eleven, Boatzz, and Sex Crimes.

2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-321-5588

Run Avril Run plays high-energy rock at Moxie.

3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, 216-831-5599

Come enjoy this New Year's Eve, Scorchers style. At Scorchers Eastlake, one of the city's best bargains includes an appetizer buffet, midnight breakfast, DJ, party favors, giveaways, and a champagne toast, all for only $7.

35534 Vine St., Eastlake, 440-953-8900

New Year's Eve at Vito's Italian Grill features live jazz by the Paul Stranahan Trio. A special menu includes the finest filet, shrimp scampi, lobster tail, center-cut Frangelico pork chop, and surf-and-turf. Appetizers, dessert, and a champagne toast are included. Admission by advance-purchase tickets only. Seating begins at 9 p.m. Couples $120, singles $65.

395 Aurora Rd., Aurora, 330-562-6010, www.vitositaliangrill.com.


West Side

The Ron Busch Quartet, with Ki Allen and other special guests, plays live jazz at the Cleveland Bop Stop, one of the city's most notable listening rooms. $25 per person, includes a buffet and champagne.

2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551

Start your New Year's Eve with a full stomach at Great Lakes Brewing Company Brewpub. Special seatings are available by reservation for 6 and 7 p.m., and last call will be at 9:30. A special menu includes warm prosciutto and Killbuck Farm mushroom salad, rabbit rillette, and braised beef Bourguignon with winter root vegetables. Call for information and reservations.

2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404 ext. 222

KP & the Chatfield Boys provide new-year cheer at the Happy Dog.

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474

Ring in the new year at Highland Square Tavern, with live entertainment by the Green. For only $15 per person, you can enjoy a buffet, party favors, noise makers, and a champagne toast at midnight.

11634 Madison Ave., 216-472-0920

Madison Crawl plays barrel-house boogie at 2527's New Year's party. Reservations only.

2527 W. 25th St., 216-771-2527

At Touch Supper Club, New Year's Eve features dinner, dancing, and drinks. Dinner runs from 7 to 9 p.m., including an appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert; $20 per person/$35 per couple. The party gets going after 9 p.m. General admission is $15, with an open-bar package available for $75 per person/$140 per couple.

2710 Lorain Ave., Ohio City, 216-631-5200, www.touchcityohio

Twist is open all day for a no-cover party. Blast into the new year with a wild and fun party that includes a cash-filled-balloon drop, champagne toast, and confetti-launching cannons at midnight. Happy new year!

11633 Clifton Blvd., 216-221-2333


Western Suburbs

At the first New Year's Eve party at Ace's Bar and Grill, guests will enjoy a full gourmet buffet-style dinner, with an open bar, champagne toast, and DJ Duke all night. The party is private, so tickets must be purchased in advance.

6600 Biddulph Rd., Biddulph Plaza, Brooklyn, 216-741-4911

400 Pieces plays live rock at Around the Corner Saloon & Café.

18616-20 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-4413

Crazy Rita's, Lakewood's newest bar and grille, celebrates its first New Year's Eve with a Crazy New Year's Bash. Expect tequila, margaritas, champagne, and country music. And watch the ball drop on 22 plasma screens.

14810 Detroit Rd., Lakewood, 216-226-7482

Celebrate your New Year's Eve Vegas-style at Signature at La Centre in Westlake. Dance to the sounds of Shout! Enjoy games of chance with fabulous prizes, sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, a surf-and-turf entrée, and an endless chocolate fountain. Hotel packages are available. Want to make it an extra-special night? Spend it in the exclusive VIP room.

25777 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-250-2000, www.signatureeventcenters.com

Watch a leprechaun's balls drop this New Year's Eve. The Avon Lake McCarthy's Ale House features high-energy retro-rock by Yellow Delicious.

33382 Walker Rd., Avon Lake, 440-930-4625

The Phantasy hosts Violent Playground, the new year's finest goth-industrial party, featuring music selected by Chamber founder DJ Cable. Admission is $6 (21 and over)/$9 (18-20), and includes party favors, hors d'oevures, and a midnight champagne toast.

11802 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-6300

Sam's Food and Beverage specializes in more than 600 kinds of beer and wine. Sam's has been in business over 25 years, and offers state minimum prices on alcohol and tobacco -- no sin tax.

2201 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, 216-0221-5544

At Scoundrels Bar & Grill, Berea's hottest New Year's Eve party provides entertainment all night long, with DJ Dale Baker, karaoke, and dancing. A complimentary buffet is open from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a midnight champagne toast. Free party favors and giveaways run all night.

826 Front St., Berea, 440-234-3455

At Tommy's Beachcliff Tavern, folks're gonna party like it's 1979. In the Tavern, you can enjoy a live DJ spinning all your classic-rock requests. In the Ballroom, the Generation Gap quintet plays rock from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. There's plenty of room for dancing in both the back and the front. A special menu is available. A $5 cover includes party favors, balloon drop, champagne toast, and all entertainment. Call today for more information or to reserve your table.

19245 Detroit Ave., Rocky River, 440-333-4686

At Tommy Rockers, Tommy, Kathy, and our outstanding staff present the perfect combination: a friendly, safe neighborhood pub; a fun, relaxed neighborhood atmosphere; and nonstop live entertainment.

114 Antioch Rd., Elyria, 440-3366-9162

The Tony Koussa Jr. Band headlines the revelry at the Savannah, the western suburbs' biggest blues bastion.

30676 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-892-2266


Southern Suburbs

Cleveland Boys play a little bit of everything at Carrie Cerino's Ristorante.

8922 Ridge Rd., North Royalton, 440-237-3434

The Jammin' Java Place hosts a New Year's karaoke party until 2 a.m.

7007 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma, 440-743-0843

Bradford White rings in the new year at the Lampliter Lounge.

6339 Olde York Rd., Parma Hts., 440-845-7897

Quotes II is known for having the top ladies' night in Cleveland. The Quotes experience includes great service, great food, and attractive, attentive staff. Come party with us on New Year's Eve -- or any night!

6855 Ridge Rd. (Ridge Day Plaza), Parma, 440-888-8900

At the all-inclusive New Year's Eve party at Shula's Steak House 2, $199 includes dinner for two, a hotel room, DJ and dancing, and a midnight champagne toast.

6200 Quarry Ln. (in the Hilton South), Independence, 216-901-7852

Celebrate New Year's Eve, Signature-style! At the Avalon, the new year's party runs from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring appetizers, surf-and-turf dinners, open bar, continuous live entertainment, continental breakfast, champagne toast, and membership giveaway. $180 per couple. 11409 State Rd., N. Royalton, 440-582-1987, www.signatureeventcenters.com


Akron-Kent-Canton-Summit County

Visit Club Khameleon for some of the area's finest rock, from Courageous Minority, Carp Rider, and Mezz Recipe.

626 N. Water St., Kent, 330-673-6606

Outlaw plays lively country at the Dusty Armadillo.

3147 SR 44, Rootstown, 330-325-0647, www.dustya.com

Comedienne Thea Vidale is best known for her ABC sitcom Thea, but tonight's entertainment will be markedly different when she brings her extremely adult show to Hilarities, with opener Mike Conley. Reservations are required. Two shows: 7 and 10:30 p.m. $21-$50; meal options are available.

Temporarily relocated to 1767 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-4700.

Akron's Lime Spider brings in the new year with no big production -- and no cover. Looking back over the last few years' celebrations, that's certainly worth something. Friday December 30, visit the Spider for the second annual Night Before New Year's Party, for a star-studded lineup of rock, blues, and singer-songwriters, including Colin John, Anne E. DeChant, Roger Hoover, Ryan Humbert, Jaded Era, Chris Allen, and others.

207 S. Main St., Akron, 330-762-2350

The Numbers Band (aka 15 60 75) celebrates its 35th year at Akron blues spot and restaurant the Northside.

111 N. Main St., Akron, 330-434-7625

Posh Nite Club: Hands-down, we throw the biggest, most extravagant events in Ohio. Don't miss this one! One awesome party, two great options: A 15-item dinner buffet, with all you can eat, starts at 6 p.m., for $39.99. Pre-sale tickets for the New Year's Eve Party are $15, and $20 at the door; the party starts at 8 p.m. Watch the ball drop from Times Square, and enjoy our balloon drop with party favors and champagne splits.

1 W. Exchange St., 330-253-7777, www.posh-niteclub.com

Power metalers Mob Scene headline New Year's Eve of Destruction at Akron's R/E, with the return of F.M.A. Admission is $3 over 21/$5 under 21, including catered food, a midnight champagne toast, and all the guitar you can handle.

117 E. Market St. (upstairs), Akron, 330-375-9690, www.renightclub.net

2 Skinny Dorks, one of Northeast Ohio's most popular alt-rock bands, headlines the 7 Martini Lounge.

4691 Dressler Rd. NW, Canton, 330-649-7777

Akron mixmaster DJ Mario Nemr hosts the New Year's Eve party at Thursday's Lounge, which features free admission, free home cooking, and killer dance tunes in all genres.

306 E. Exchange St., Akron, 330-253-2651, www.thursdayslounge.com


Gay & Lesbian

DJ Dan Spurlock spins some of the city's hottest dance music at Bounce.

2814 Detroit Ave., 216-357-2997

Before the ball drops in New York City, Cocktails/Daddy will hold a New Year's Eve Fetish Ball.

1009 S. Main St., Akron, 330-376-2625

At the Grid/Orbit, $10 buys a party that lasts well into 2006, with tag-team DJs and a midnight extravaganza show on two levels, with four bars. Festivities include balloon drops, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, and a champagne toast. Open until 6 a.m.

437 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, 216-623-0113

Admission to Union Station Video Café is free before 10 p.m., so get there early for a champagne toast and a countdown of the year's top 30 videos. A special package includes dinner and admission to Bounce. Visit the website for reservations.

2814 Detroit Ave., 216-357-2997, www.clevelandcocktails.com

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