Ring 2014 In With Style: It's Never Too Early to Start Planning for New Year's Eve. A Beginner's Guide to Some of Cleveland's Hottest Events

Cleveland Rocks – New Years Eve 2014 "Electric Ice"

Ohio Homecoming and the Cleveland New Years Alliance proudly present the "Cleveland Rocks New Year's Eve – Electric Ice" event in Public Square. The free festival-like party will have food trucks, a beer garden, live ice sculpting, fireworks and more. Live beats by headlining electronic dance music band Krewella will get you moving and help to combat the cold. Native Clevelander Drew Carey will be in attendance, along with other Cleveland celebrities like newly re-elected Mayor Frank Jackson and Ed Fitzgerald. Carey will deliver the countdown into 2014, which will be broadcasted live on 19 Action News for all of Northeast Ohio. The event is free and runs from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. While it may not be as iconic as the ball dropping in Times Square, it's a step towards starting a tradition that puts Cleveland on the map as a New Year's Eve destination.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

It's Brew Year's Eve at the Great Lakes Brewpub. There will be live music by Becky Boyd and DJs from Platinum Entertainment. Capture the moment in the photo booth! Enjoy 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 greatlakesbrewing.com. Space is limited, so act quickly. The Great Lakes Brewing Company is at 2516 Market Avenue in Ohio City.


Ring in the New Year at Reddstone. Cost is $50 for guys and $20 for girls. Tickets include unlimited food, drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight. Reserve your tickets quickly, this party always sells out! The festivities begin at 9 pm. The bar will be open to the public as well. Get tickets at www.reddstonecleveland.com or by calling 216-651-6969. Reddstone is at 1261 W 76th Street.

The Barking Spider 

Bring in the New Year at the Barking Spider Tavern. The event begins at 8:00 pm with a potluck. Local swamp rock band Cats On Holiday takes the stage at 10:00 pm, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. Visit http://www.barkingspidertavern.com or call 216-421-2843 for more information. The Barking Spider Tavern is at 11310 Juniper Road.  

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 hardrock.com for more information. Hard Rock Café Cleveland is at 230 West Huron Rd.

The Cleveland Improv

Comedian Brad Williams brings his standup show to Cleveland. There will be three performances — 6:00, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. The first and last shows are $65, the middle show is $35. For more information and tickets, call 216-696-4677 or go to clevelandimprov.com. The Cleveland Improv is at 1148 Main Ave. on the West Bank of the Flats.


Orny Adams headlines New Year's Eve at this downtown entertainment venue inside Pickwick and Frolic. A variety of dining options, party packages, and show times are available. Visit pickwickandfrolic.com or call 216-736-4242 for information and reservations. Pickwick and Frolic is at 2035 East Fourth St. in downtown Cleveland.

Crop Bistro

In the mood for a fancy dinner? Ring in 2014 with a lavish six-course tasting menu (and the gratis champagne at midnight) for $95. Ohio city will be bumping through the evening and there's no place better to start off your New Year's than Crop, where Cleveland's intense flavors and "culinary whimsy" are elegantly telescoped. To make a reservation at Crop, have your credit card handy and call 216-696-2767; or make reservations online via Open Table. For more information, visit cropbistro.com. Crop Bistro is at 2537 Lorain Ave. in Ohio City.

Touch Supper Club 

For a $10 cover, you'll have room on the basement dance floor to get sweaty and festive. Expect dance music and hits from resident DJs, and beer and cocktails from an accessible basement bar. Touch is at 2710 Lorain Ave. in Ohio City.  Call 216-631-5000 if you have questions, but no need to make reservations for this holiday dance party. 


Join Broadway Extraordinaire Ann Hampton Callaway -- one of the world's most popular cabaret vocalists -- for a special performance. She'll be delighting audiences twice on Dec. 31, at 7:30 and then at 10:00. Tickets are $50. Get them now. 


Club it up at Anatomy Night Club on W. 9th. Featuring sleek decor and Cleveland›s best AV system, enjoy a clubtastic NYE with drinks and dancing all night long. Anatomy is at 1299 W. 9th Street. And you can always reserve a table with bottle service in their VIP section by calling 216-363-1113. 

Around the Corner

Lakewood's West End will be thumping all night long. Around the Corner's NYE party includes a balloon drop, free party favors, four bars, live music from kickass cover back Pop Rocks, a DJ and more. From 7:30-9, for only $20, you can get appetizers and an open bar. After that, no cover charge at all. Call 216-521-4413 for details or go to atccafe.com. Around the Corner is at 18616 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Greenhouse Tavern

Ten+ courses await you at Greenhouse Tavern's insane NYE dinner special. So many courses of food, including things you can't pronounce and things you've never heard of.  Included are a sauerkraut & caviar course, a lobster shell course, and a mille feuille course. All that and more for $99. Reservations from 5-9:45 p.m. (after which you can head to Public Square, just down the street). Call 216-443-0511 for deets.   

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Cecily Rus

Cecily Rus joined Scene as a blogging intern in September 2013. She is a recent graduate of Colgate University, where she majored in English/Creative Writing. She has previously interned at Scene Magazine in Boston. Her interests include traveling, cheeseburgers and Game of Thrones. Cecily is a Lakewood native...
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