Scene's New Year's Eve Guide

Here to help you ring in the new year

Hey, party people: The New Year is nearly upon us, meaning it's time to lock in those end-of-year plans. Whether it's comedy clubs or crab races, food trucks or five-course blowouts, you'll find it in our dandy guide to local festivities.

Restaurants, Pubs & Clubs

Around the Corner: If you've ever yearned to welcome in the New Year with hermit crab races, this is the party for you. Besides the crustacean capers, there will be dancing, live music from Echo Forte, and a champagne toast at midnight. No cover. The fun begins sometime around 9 p.m. Call 216-521-4413 for details or go to Around the Corner is at 18616 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Avenue Tap House: It's a winter wonderland from 9 p.m. to close, with Tricky Dick and the Cover Ups. Your $50 ticket gets you unlimited Three Olives vodka and domestic drafts, along with finger foods, prizes, and giveaways. Visit for details. They're at 18206 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Bar 107: Enjoy a three-course dinner, open bar, ball drop, party favors, and a champagne toast, along with live entertainment by Jeff Varga from 7 to 11 p.m. and tunes from DJ Hondros from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost is $50 per person or $95 per couple. Tickets are limited and reservations are requested by Dec. 23. Call 440-973-4431 or visit Find them at 107 Front St. in Berea.

Barroom Cleveland: It's Euro House in Bartini, a live broadcast from NYC in Barroom, a champagne toast, and more. VIP tables are $250, general admission is $25, open bar is $75, open bar plus dinner is $100. After midnight, admission is $10. Call 216-685-0000 ext. 303 for reservations and info. Barroom Cleveland is at 200 Euclid Ave. in downtown.

Battery Park Wine Bar: Enjoy a four-course dinner with a DJ, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight for $45. No cover. Make reservations at 216-631-9463 or visit The wine bar is at 7524 Father Frascati Ave.

Blind Pig: Welcome 2012 with a Miami-style party beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include open bar until 9 p.m., light apps until 8:30 p.m., access to both the Blind Pig and Dive Bar, live entertainment and DJs, a champagne toast at midnight, a balloon drop, and party favors. Get tix by phone at 216-621-0001. The Blind Pig is at 1228 West Sixth St.

B Side Liquor Lounge: Spend your New Year's Eve with DJ MisterBradleyP. There is no cover charge but table reservations, which include a bottle of champagne, run $150. Make reservations at 216-932-1966 or go to for more information. B Side Liquor Lounge is at 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd. in Cleveland Heights.

Cadillac Ranch: It's a live performance by Hype Syndicate, a champagne toast, and more. VIP tables are $250, general admission is $25, open bar is $75, open bar plus dinner is $100. After midnight, admission is $10. Call 216-685-0000 ext. 303 for reservations and info. Cadillac Ranch is at 200 Euclid Ave. in downtown.

Chez Francois: New Year's Eve is a hectic time: lots to do, even more to see. Chez Francois understands this, and is offering three separate seatings for dinner. The first is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the second is from 7 to 9 p.m. and the final one begins at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $65 for the early seatings. The late seating is $85 and includes music and dancing. To make a reservation, call 440-967-0630 or go to Chez Francois is at 555 Main St. in Vermillion.

Craft Brew Garden: Enjoy a New Year's Eve party with Skinny Moo Live at 9 p.m. Cost is $5. For more information, call 440-885-BREW. It's happening at 5513 Pearl Rd. in Parma.

Creekside Restaurant & Bar: Creekside's $59.95 dinner for two includes a choice of appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert to share from 4 to 11 p.m. (The full dinner menu is also available.) Make reservations by calling 440-546-0555 or visit You'll find them at 8803 Brecksville Rd. in Brecksville.

Crop Bistro: Join the culinary crew at Crop for a six-course meal complete with an amuse bouche and a complimentary glass of champagne. (Vegetarians and those with food allergies can be accommodated; please note your restrictions when making reservations.) Final seating is at 10 p.m. and the cost is $95 plus tax and 20% gratuity. To make a reservation, have your credit card handy and call 216-696-2767; or make reservations online via Open Table. For more information, visit Crop Bistro is at 2537 Lorain Ave. in Ohio City.

Dragonfly: A special four-course menu, a complimentary glass of champagne, and tunes from DJ Robin Harris are among the New Year's Eve festivities at this Ohio City restaurant. Dinner is served beginning at 5 p.m. The four-course meal is $55 plus tax and tip; the regular menu also will be available. For information and reservations, call 216-696-7774 or go to Dragonfly is at 1865 West 25th St. in Ohio City.

Drop Bar: Welcome 2012 at Drop Bar, where your $99 individual ticket gets you access to the open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Get your tickets at 216-862-3314 or online at You'll find them at 1392 West Sixth St. in the Warehouse District.

DVine Wine Bar: If debauchery isn't your thing on New Year's Eve, DVine Wine Bar will be open to provide a mellow atmosphere and a nice Merlot. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; no cover charge. Reservations are recommended at 216-241-8463 or, where you'll also find a menu and wine list. DVine Wine Bar is at 836 West St. Clair Ave. in the Warehouse District.

Fahrenheit: A special Grand Tasting menu and musical entertainment by the four-piece combo Ace Molar (featuring local TV personality Todd Meany) are what's happening at Rocco Whalen's Tremont hotspot. Seatings are at 6:30 and 9 p.m.; price is $100 per person and includes a glass of champagne upon arrival. To purchase tickets, call 216-781-8858 or go to for more information. Fahrenheit can be found at 2417 Professor Ave. in Tremont.

Fire Food & Drink: Fine food, great wine, and smooth jazz: All the necessities are covered at this New Year's Eve dinner on Shaker Square. Seating begins at 7 p.m.; cost is $140 per person. For reservations, call 216-921-3473 ext. 148; find more information, including the full menu, at Fire is at 13220 Shaker Square in Cleveland.

Fountain: Executive chef Brian Okin has created a special a la carte menu for the evening, filled with indulgences like lobsters, oysters, and veal chops. Seatings are at 5, 7, and 9 p.m. with the bar staying open until the wee hours of the morning. Make reservations at 216-755-1255 or go to for more information. Fountain is at 34105 Chagrin Blvd. in Moreland Hills.

Great Lakes Brewing Company: It's Brew Year's Eve at GLBC, and you'll find live music, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and plenty of beer from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Cost is $60. For more information, call 216-771-4404; or register online at Space is limited, so act quickly. The Great Lakes Brewing Company is at 2516 Market Avenue in Ohio City.

The Greenhouse Tavern: It's an End of the Mayan World celebration on East Fourth Street. The Greenhouse is fully aware that this could be the last New Year's Eve party we'll ever attend, so they're pulling out all the stops with a nine-course meal accompanied by musical entertainment from a host of DJs. Seatings are available from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Dinner is $89 with an additional $45 for the nine-course beverage pairing. To make a reservation, call 216-443-0511 and have your credit card handy; or go to for more information. The Greenhouse Tavern is at 2038 East Fourth St. in downtown Cleveland.

Hard Rock Café: This year's annual Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash includes live music, a hearty appetizer buffet, a full bar with a champagne toast at midnight, and deluxe accommodations at The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The festivities begin at 9 p.m. and the cost per couple is $349. To make reservations, contact the Renaissance Cleveland at 1-800-HOTELS1 or go to for more information. Hard Rock Café Cleveland is at 230 West Huron Rd.

Heck's Cafe: Enjoy a five-course champagne dinner by candlelight from 4 to 11 p.m. for $50. Reservations can be made at 216-861-5464. Heck's is at 2927 Bridge Ave. in Ohio City.

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse: All Hyde Park locations will be open for business as usual from 4 p.m. to midnight. In addition to the regular menu, special options include the $44.90 three-course Sea & Shore menu; or stop by before 6:30 p.m. for the $19.90 two-course menu. To make reservations at the downtown location (123 West Prospect), call 216-344-2444. Visit for more information and a list of other Cleveland-area locations.

Johnny's Bar: Enjoy the sweet sounds of Cliff Habian and his three-piece jazz combo during your choice of 6 or 8:30 p.m. seatings. To make a reservation, have your credit card ready and contact Sheila Santosuosso at 216-281-0055; go to for more information. Johnny's Bar is at 3164 Fulton Rd.

Johnny Mango: Mark the morning after at Johnny Mango, where the special Hangover Brunch menu will have the cure for what ails you on New Year's Day. The special menu is available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations are necessary but for more information call 216-575-1919 or go to Johnny Mango is at 3120 Bridge Ave. in Ohio City.

Lux Nightclub: Be part of Akron's largest New Year's Eve party, complete with party favors, champagne, and dancing. 18 and over, please. Presale tix are $10 on the website, or snag them by phone or at the door. Call 330-253-7674 or visit Lux Nightclub is at 1 West Exchange St. in Akron.

Michaud's Towne 'N' Country: The New Year's Eve Bash 2012 starts at 5 p.m. and includes a buffet dinner, a late-night nacho bar, and six rooms of dancing and live entertainment. Cost is $65 at 440-238-7078; visit for details. Find them at 16808 Pearl Rd. in Strongsville.

Moxie: Enjoy the regular dinner menu plus specials by executive chef Jon Bennett. A DJ begins spinning at 9 p.m. At midnight, ring in the New Year with a glass of champagne and noise-makers. The fun continues till 2:30 a.m. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins may be accommodated. Call 216-831-5599 or go to Moxie is at 3355 Richmond Rd. in Beachwood.

Muse (at the downtown Ritz-Carlton):On New Year's Eve, enjoy a multi-course meal with seatings at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Dinner is $120 per person; pair wine with your meal for an additional $35. On New Year's Day, enjoy a Rock 'n' Roll Pajama Party Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $65 for adults and $20 for kids. For more information, call 216-902-5255 or go to The Ritz-Carlton is at 1515 West Third St. in downtown's Tower City.

Now That's Class: A $25 ticket gets you free beer, assorted Mexican dishes, a complimentary glass of champagne, and plenty of live music. Hours are 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and just $15 if you stumble in after 1 a.m. For more information or purchases, call 216-221-8576 or go to You'll find them at 11213 Detroit Ave.

Paladar: Wish you had the bucks to ring in the New Year in Cozumel or Buenos Aires? Paladar may be the next-best thing. The Latin kitchen and rum bar is bringing in the jazzy Latin vibrations of the Moises Borges Trio, best enjoyed with the night's succulent specials — and the maracas for all attendees are free! Dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, call 216-896-9020 or go to Paladar is at 28601 Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere.

Sans Souci: Enjoy a tantalizing four-course menu coupled with a glass of champagne. Seatings are available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; cost is $42 plus tax and tip. Reservations can be made by calling 216-902-4095. Sans Souci is in downtown's Renaissance Hotel at 24 Public Square in Cleveland.

Sarava at Shaker Square: Come for the 3-course, $55 dinner, or for the $15 party featuring DJs Mazi and Frankie Flores spinning samba, bossa nova, and salsa music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. — or both. For more information, call 216-295-1200 or go to Sarava at Shaker Square is at 13225 Shaker Square in Cleveland.

Scoundrels Bar & Grill: Enjoy New Year's Eve with an appetizer buffet, party favors, a split of champagne at midnight, and Faction. Admission is $15. Find out more by calling 440-234-3455 or visit their page on Facebook. Scoundrels is at 826 Front St. in Berea.

Taza: Grab your favorite snow bunny and head to Taza for New Year's Eve, where $249 will snag you a three-course dinner for two, two drinks each, and access to the open bar at nearby Drop Bar. Get your tickets at or by phone at 216-862-3314. Taza is at 1400 West Sixth St.

The Third Place Tavern: For $35 per single or $60 per couple, you can enjoy an all-request DJ, party favors, champagne toast, a big buffet, and select draft beers and liquor. Find out more by calling 216-941-1333 or online at They're at 3314 Warren Rd.

Tremont Tap House: Brew-heads with an affinity for fine dining will be hard-pressed to pass up the third annual Dogfish Head Beer Dinner. The gastropub will begin serving the five-course meal at 6 p.m.; reservations made prior to Dec. 25 cost $50 while those made after are $60. (The regular menu is also available.) For more information, call 216-298-4451 or visit The Tremont Tap House is at 2572 Scranton Rd.

Velvet Dog: Enjoy two floors of dancing, DJs, hats, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. General admission is $25 in advance, or $35 at the door. VIP tix are $125 and include open bar, a buffet, and access to the heated rooftop patio. Get tickets and info at 216-664-1116 or online at Find them at 1280 West Sixth St.

Funny Stuff

The Cleveland Improv: Comedian Loni Love brings her standup show to Cleveland. There will be two performances at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Early show admission is $35; the late show is $65. For more information and tickets, call 216-696-4677 or go to The Cleveland Improv is at 1148 Main Ave. on the West Bank of the Flats.

Funny Stop Comedy Club: Comics Dave Landau and Martin Butter stop by the Funny Stop tonight for a New Year's Eve show. Call 330-923-4700 or visit for prices and showtimes. Find them at 1757 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls.

Hilarities: John Caponera headlines New Year's Eve at this downtown entertainment venue inside Pickwick and Frolic. A variety of dining options, party packages, and showtimes are available. Visit or call 216-736-4242 for information and reservations. Pickwick and Frolic is at 2035 East Fourth St. in downtown Cleveland.


Chagrin Valley Little Theater: Celebrate the New Year with Pat Mazzarino & Friends, an entertaining revue complete with comedians, special guest vocalists, and showstopping tunes from classic Broadway musicals. The fun starts at 8 p.m.; your $25 ticket includes wine and hors d'oeuvres in the River Room after the show. For more information, call 440-247-8955 or visit The theater is at 40 River St. in Chagrin Falls.

Cleveland Pops Orchestra: It's the Cleveland Pops' 16th annual New Year's Eve Concert & Dance at Severance Hall and it may be the best one yet. The fun begins with a 9 p.m. concert featuring three Broadway performers belting out numbers from The Phantom, Les Mise, and more, followed by dancing from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ticket prices start at $48, and include cash bars, free coffee and desserts, and a fantastic balloon drop at midnight. Or make it a package by adding an overnight stay at the InterContinental Hotel, complete with breakfast, overnight parking, and free transportation to and from the concert; packages start at $125. Call 216-765-7677 or go to for reservations and more information. Severance Hall is at 11001 Euclid Ave. in University Circle.

The House of Blues: Gypsy Relic will be leading the party in the Cambridge Room. Doors open at 8:30 and the band begins at 9:30 p.m.; general admission tickets are $15. On the Scene stage, you'll find Bruce in the USA, beginning at 10 p.m. General admission is $20 in advance, $25 DOS, and $30 for reserved balcony seating. Special dinner/show and dinner/show/hotel packages are available. For more information, call 216-523-2583 or go to The House of Blues is at 308 Euclid Ave.

Nighttown: Dominick Faranicci returns to his hometown for shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20; the regular a la carte dinner menu is available. Call 216-795-0550 or visit for tickets, reservations, and other inquiries. Nighttown is at 12387 Cedar Rd. in Cleveland Heights.

Ohio City Sonic Temple: You'll find local bands, an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres from Umami Moto, and a midnight toast inside Ohio City's Halcyon Masonic Temple, which has been renamed especially for the night's festivities. The party runs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Among the live entertainment, you'll find the Feedbacks and Filmstrip. Full access tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door. After 10 p.m., prices drop to $25 and $30. Visit for info and purchases. The Ohio City Sonic Temple is at 2831 Franklin Blvd. in Ohio City.

Rustic Hills Country Club: It's "Fire & Ice" at this Medina country club, where you'll find musical entertainment, dancing, an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a seafood tower, a carving station, and lavish flaming desserts from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $95, and less for members. For further details, call 330-725-4281 or go to The country club is at 5399 River Styx Rd. in Medina

The Tangier: The Akron stalwart has three separate ways to ring in the New Year: a candlelight dinner and dance ($95), the Get On Up dance party and buffet ($80), or a concert by the Dave Matthews Tribute Band and a buffet ($65). Call 330-376-7171 or visit for details and reservations. Tangier is at 532 West Market St. in Akron.

Winchester Music Hall: Check out singer, songwriter, and folk-rock goddess Catie Curtis in a concert featuring material from her new album, Stretch Limousine on Fire. Acoustic guitarist, singer, and songwriter Diana Chittester opens the 9 p.m. show. Stick around for a midnight toast and party favors. Tickets are $20. Call 216-226-5681 or visit for purchases. The Winchester is at 12112 Madison Ave. in Lakewood.

Other Fun

Dave & Busters: It's time for a New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, where your $70 ticket gets you drama, dinner, games, dancing, a countdown to 2012, and a champagne toast. The fun runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Get tickets by phone at 440-892-1415 or online at Dave & Busters is at 25735 First St. in Westlake.

Freeway Lanes: The Big Easy Extravaganza begins at 9 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. for adults 21 and over. Tickets include buffet, dessert, cash bar, and a champagne toast at midnight. Minimum of four bowlers per lane; tickets cost $60 per couple or $30 per person. Reservations are required at 440-248-4080; or go to for further info. Find them at 3185 Bainbridge Rd. in Solon.

Kent Lanes: From 1 to 3 p.m., $65 gets you two hours of moonrock bowling, shoe rental, munchies, soft drinks, pizza, and party hats. From 4 to 7 p.m. or 8 to 11 p.m., $90 gets you three hours of moonrock bowling, shoe rental, a pizza and pasta buffet, party hats, and favors. Plus there's a DJ and a free champagne toast at midnight in the 11th Frame Lounge. The lanes are at 1524 South Water St. in Kent. Call 330-673-1448 or visit for more information.

Nautica Queen Dinner Cruise: Celebrate the New Year with a five-hour dinner cruise complete with an unlimited buffet, live music, champagne, and party favors. Boarding is at 8 p.m. and passengers will be returned at 1 a.m. Tickets are $75, plus tax and service fee, at 216-696-8888 or The Nautica Queen docks at 1153 Main Ave. on the West Bank of the Flats.

Progressive Field: It's Snow Year's Eve at Progressive Field from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Your $99 dinner-and-party package includes a prime rib dinner buffet, two drink tix, dessert bar, DJs, dancing, a champagne toast, fireworks, parking, and a breakfast buffet at midnight. Or snag the Party-Only package for $49. Check out for tickets, information, and full menus. It's happening at the Terrance Club at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland.

Windows on the River: You'll find an open bar, hors d'ouevres, two rooms of entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and lots of party favors at this popular New Year's Eve party palace. The fun begins at 8 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. Tickets cost $80 plus tax. For party info and tickets, call 216-861-1445 or go to An overnight package with the DoubleTree Hotel is also available; pricing is available at 216-241-5100. Windows on the River is at 2000 Sycamore St. in the Powerhouse at Nautica.

Take the Kids

The Children's Museum of Cleveland: It's the sixth annual New Year's at Noon Celebration at the Children's Museum. The family friendly fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets include food, drink, dessert, and a DJ; price is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and free for children ages two and under. Purchase tix in advance at 216-791-7114 or go to The museum is at 10730 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland.

Freeway Lanes: Chose from among three family friendly bowling parties at Solon's Freeway Lanes. The Senior New Year's Social ($12) runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Early Family Cosmic Bowling ($20) runs from 3 to 5 p.m. The Family Cosmic Bowling Party ($24) goes from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets include food, drinks, dessert, and party favors. Call 440-248-4080 or go to to make reservations. The bowling alley is at 3185 Bainbridge Rd. in Solon.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Yay! It's Noon Year's Eve — a daylight celebration aimed at the whole family. On the don't-miss list: crafts, animal encounters, costumed characters, a dance party hosted by Radio Disney, and a countdown to noon with a ball drop and non-alcoholic toasts. Adult admission is $7, and less for kids. Visit, or call 216-661-6500 for more information. The zoo is at 3900 Wildlife Way.

First Night Akron: This annual New Year's Eve celebration takes place at indoor venues throughout downtown Akron, including the Akron Art Museum, the public library, the Akron Civic Theatre, and assorted shops and restaurants. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight; a $10 lapel button gets you into the doings. Call 330-374-7690 or check out for details, directions, and events schedules.

Great Lakes Science Center: Get your party on a day early — on Friday, December 30 — with New Year's Eve Eve at GLSC. Enjoy carpet-skating, the Big Science Show, a holiday double-feature in the Omnimax Theater, and plenty more family friendly activities. Then top it all off with a countdown, a gingerale toast, and a 2,012-balloon drop. Hours are 7 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $24. Check out or call 216-694-2000 for more information. You'll find them at 601 Erieside Ave.




Clarion Hotel: After dining at the Beachwood Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, return to your deluxe room in the Clarion Hotel, where you will find a chilled bottle of champagne and dessert, and a breakfast buffet the next morning. The package costs $149. Call 216-831-5150 for more information. The Clarion is at 26300 Chagrin Blvd. in Beachwood.

Days Inn and Suites: It's a full New Year's bash complete with an open bar, buffet dinner, DJs, dancing, a midnight balloon drop with champagne toast, and overnight accommodations for two. This all-inclusive party goes from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and costs $229 per couple. To purchase tickets, call 1-866-824-8212 or go to the event page at The Days Inn and Suites is at 4742 Brecksville Rd. in Richfield.

The Ritz-Carlton: From 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., enjoy dancing in the Lobby Lounge on 6 with a cash bar and a la carte snacks. (For dining options, see the Restaurant listing for Muse.) For more information, call 216-623-1300 or go to The Ritz-Carlton is at 1515 West Third St. in downtown's Tower City.

Cleveland Botanical Garden: December 31 is your last chance to catch WinterShow 2011, a seasonal celebration complete with gingerbread houses, decorated trees, and holiday entertainment. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $8.50 for adults, and less for members and children. Call 216-721-1600 or go to for details. The CBG is at 11030 East Blvd. in University Circle.

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