New Year's Eve 2001

Now's the time to make your plans for New Year's Eve 2001.

Fire 13220 Shaker Square Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. Brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Abbasso/Bottom's Up: House DJs Travis Owens and Quantum rock in 2002, as guests gorge on an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet and open bar until 1 a.m. Put on your sexiest outfit and you might win a bottle of Dom Perignon during the "Solid Gold 2" costume contest. Open till 5 a.m.; tickets are $100 in advance, $125 at the door. (1222 Prospect Ave., 216-566-PARTY)

Alfonso's Tuscan Grill: Start off the evening with a dinner of lobster tail, potato, vegetable, and cassatta cake. Then, dance toward midnight to the sounds of the Tony Cameratta Band. A champagne toast and a balloon drop at the stroke of 12. $115 per person; $230 per couple. Includes open bar from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a continental breakfast after 1 a.m. (17209 Lorain Rd., 216-671-9991)

Amber's Cabaret: Let your favorite dancers strut their stuff into the new year as the club puts out a buffet spread and toasts 2002 with a champagne salute. (13311 Brookpark Rd., Brook Park, 216-267-0132)

Berea Café: It's where the New Year's Eve action is in Berea! Party favors, a toast at midnight, and much, much more. (101 Front St., Berea; 440-243-7210)

Blind Pig: Last call for 2001! This $100-a-head soirée will feature an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, balloon drop, and a champagne toast at midnight. Abby Normal will rock in the new year in the upstairs bar, while a DJ spins the tunes downstairs. Doors open at 8 p.m. (128 W. 6th St., 216-621-0001)

Brogan's Pub & Eatery: A champagne toast at midnight caps off the restaurant's first New Year's Eve Blowout. For $100 per couple or $60 stag, you can dine at the buffet, choose from among 24 draught beers, and order liquor and mixed drinks from the friendly bar staff. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 26. (321 Babbitt Rd., Euclid; 216-289-6879)

Cleveland Plays: Put on your best suit and dancing shoes, head to Gray's Armory, and get ready to ring in 2002 with a bunch of sports nuts. For a $75 ticket, top-shelf libations will flow from the open bar, trays of fabulous hors d'oeuvres will satisfy any palate, and Charlie in the Box will play live music. When the party ends at 2 a.m., coffee and fresh pastries will be served. (1234 Bolivar Ave., 216-357-2988)

Cleveland Public Theatre: If you'd like to spend the evening with a not-so-stereotypical drag queen, then there's a seat waiting for you for the last performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Tickets cost $15 and $25. (6415 Detroit Ave., 216-631-2727)

Club Isabella: 2001 ends on a smooth note as the Jazz Company, featuring Al Mazur, Pamela, and friends, plays from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (2025 University Hospitals Dr., 216-229-1177)

Dick's Last Resort: Li'l Ed & the Blues Imperials are back in Cleveland to rock down the house with their own brand of blues. While the band plays, help yourself to a $24.95 all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet with all the trimmings. Dining starts at 4 p.m. (1096 Old River Rd., 216-241-1234)

E Grill Restaurant: Located in the heart of Reserve Square, this restaurant features upscale cuisine and atmosphere with casual dining prices. Convenient for New Year's Eve revelers who plan to spend the evening on Playhouse Square. Say you saw this listing and receive a complimentary dessert with dinner. (1701 E. 12th St., 216-523-8000)

Electra: New Year's Eve madness makes its way to the Rubber City. Tickets cost $10. (370 Orleans Ave., Akron; 330-253-9200)

Fat Fish Blue: For $220 a couple or $125 stag, the hurricane fountain flows as Big Al & the Heavyweights provide the gumbo party music. Feast on an all-night Cajun-Creole buffet, complete with a champagne toast at midnight. Valet parking is also available. (21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000)

Funky Buddha: Doors open at 9 p.m. for a high-energy way to usher in 2002. Dance music and a spectacular light show mix and mingle with the club's Asian-influenced decor. But watch out! Everywhere you turn, one of the lucky buddhas will be keeping an eye on you. (1360 W. 9th St., 216-776-7777)

Groucho's Saloon: Partiers can dance to the latest sounds from DJ Brian as they count down to midnight with party favors and a champagne toast. (18336 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Hts.; 440-239-0765)

Grovewood Tavern & Wine Bar: Celebrate with a hearty buffet, complimentary champagne, and music by Stone River Trio. Tickets are now on sale for $20. (17105 Grovewood Ave., 216-531-4900)

Hilarities: Ring in the New Year by laughing your fanny off to the soul-funk comedic routines of Carl Strong, who has opened in the past for the likes of Gladys Knight. (1546 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls; 330-923-4700)

Holy Spirit Party Center: A family-style dinner, open bar, and hors d'oeuvres will be served as Joe Fedorchak provides the acoustic entertainment from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets cost $45 before Dec. 15; $50 after. No tickets will be sold the day of the party. (5500 W. 54th St., Parma; 440-842-6522)

Liquid/Fusion: Celebrate 2002 with a Liquid New Year by calling to reserve space on the couch, in a booth, or in a private lounge. Tickets cost $10 at the door. (955 St. Clair Ave., 216-875-7777)

Lynn's Floodwater Café: Plunk down the $5 cover and dance away 2001 to the steamy sounds of Joe Bernetti & Blue Heat. You'll also chow down on a dinner buffet and lift your champagne glass at midnight for a toast to 2002. (5847 Canal Rd., 216-642-1420)

Mardi Gras Lounge: The sultry sounds of the Blues Explosion entertain New Year's revelers as they enjoy a full menu with party favors. The lounge will remain open until 4 a.m. (1423 E. 21st St., 216-566-9094)

The Robin Hood Inn: Two Skinny Dorks and the A.J. Leland Band team up to deliver the musical goods. The evening features dinner, party favors, a champagne toast, and a midnight ball drop. Tickets cost $25 per couple and $15 for those flying solo. (503 E. Main St., Kent; 330-677-0008)

Rockefeller Center: Sammy DeLeon & His Orchestra jazz up the New Year. For a $30 ticket, enjoy sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, raucous party favors, and a cash bar. (2479 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights; 216-321-8612)

Scorchers: For the football fanatic! Ring in 2002 with special drink prices as the college bowl games play on the wide-screen TVs. (13855 Ridge Rd., North Royalton, 440-877-1818)

Sheehan's Pub: DJ Jimmy puts the needle on the latest tunes for the New Year while the club provides a full-spread buffet, party favors, and noisemakers. The party caps off with a champagne toast at midnight. No cover charge. (13560 Lorain Ave., 216-941-9396)

Shooters on the Water: The party starts at 2:30 p.m., when kids ages 3-11 can cut up the dance floor as the DJ spins their favorite tunes until 5:30 p.m. For the grown-ups, dining-room seatings begin at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling Beth at ext. 111. After 8 p.m., partygoers will pay a $5 cover. (1148 Main Ave., the Flats, 216-861-6900)

Sly Fox Lounge: Tear up the dance floor to the DJ spins as partygoers ring in 2002 with party favors and a midnight champagne toast. (4755 Great Northern Blvd., 440-777-0961)

Spy: Relive the Rat Pack days as big-league cats and cool chicks sip highballs in this elegant, multibar drinking hole. For $50 per ticket, revelers will enjoy antipasto, fruit and cheese trays, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Watch the live broadcast of the countdown to midnight on Times Square. The new VIP Copper Lounge will feature the sounds of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Photographers; coffee bar at 2:30 a.m. Call for VIP seating packages that range in price from $400 to $1,000. (1261 W. 6th St., 216-621-7907)

Tonight Tonight: Beef medallions swimming in a brandy demi-glace. Chicken marsala drizzled with an exquisite wine sauce. Alaskan halibut tamed by a caper butter sauce. Throw in a cheese-and-veggie tray, jumbo shrimp cocktail, a mixed salad, and midnight champagne toast in this $50-a-plate celebration. (7375 Royalton Rd., N. Royalton; 440-582-2000)

The Tropicana: Advance tickets cost $47.50 per person for a buffet dinner and open bar. Eat, drink and enjoy Jady Kurrent performing live on the stage. (33493 Lake Rd., Avon Lake; 440-930-9178)

Twelve Ninety-Six: Celebrate the club's first New Year's Eve with a bottle of champagne, party favors, appetizers, and a midnight balloon drop. $40 per person and $75 per couple. (1296 W. 6th, 216-566-9621)

Vetturini's: Sweet Willy & the Solid Cats will swing into 2002 at this $100-per-couple party. From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., they provide a buffet complete with carving station and a cash bar. (2198 Murray Hill, Little Italy; 216-791-2027)

Vienna Restaurant: Whether you're on your way to a party or you want to sit back and relax with a New Year's Eve dinner special, this 24-hour-a-day eatery will cater to your end-of-the-year appetite. (5198 Pearl Rd., 216-459-1663)

Wings Food & Spirits: Shuttle buses will be available to take New Year's Eve partygoers home after this $30-a-ticket buffet blast. (786 Front St., Berea; 440-234-2219)

Wish: Doors open at 8 p.m., dancing till 4 a.m., open bar, buffet, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and a DJ. Call for more details. (621 Johnson Ct., 216-241-4410)

Whiskey Business: No cover charge for this party, complete with favors, entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. (4305 Brookpark Rd., 216-749-6020)

Willoughby Brewing Company: It's business as usual. No inflated prices, the regular dinner menu on tap, and no reservations required. It's just a good old-fashioned champagne toast and party favors at midnight. (4057 Erie St., Willoughby; 440-975-0202)


Hinckley Lake Reservation: Looking for a different way to ring in the New Year? Join naturalists Jenny McClain and Sharon Hosko for a 3.5-mile hike around Hinckley Lake. The two-hour hike starts at 6 p.m. at the boathouse. (Off West Drive between Bellus and State roads, Hinckley Township; 440-526-1012)

North Chagrin Nature Center: End the year with an outdoor adventure of either a 45-minute family hike or a 75-minute adults-only trek through the North Chagrin Reservation. (Off SOM Center Rd. and Route 91, Mayfield Village; 440-473-3370)

Rocky River Nature Center: Join a Cleveland Metroparks naturalist for a walk under the moonlight. Afterward, enjoy a pre-midnight toast with a cup of hot chocolate. (24000 Valley Parkway, N. Olmsted, 440-734-6660)

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