So you don’t have anyone to kiss tonight. Big deal.
This year’s local New Year’s Eve lineup is strong enough to lure even the most timid partiers out of hibernation.
The Loft unveils a new restaurant. H2O showcases a nationally known DJ. And plenty of other venues across town offer drink specials, food and live entertainment.
We’ve compiled a list of some Columbus party highlights for tonight. The Dawg House and Players are open to guests 18 and older, while all other venues on the list are 21 and older.
H2O, 6499 Veterans Parkway, hosts a performance by DJ Roonie G. The nationally recognized entertainer hails from Columbus, but has performed in places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Belloo’s, 900 Front Ave., has a New Year’s Eve Champagne Party featuring dance music from Auburn band The Good Doctor. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. A $5 cover charge includes complimentary champagne as well as snacks and party favors.
Eighty-Five, which sits below Belloo’s on Front Avenue, hosts an end of the decade dance party. Expect ’80s and indie dance tunes, and then live music from Spy for Hire. A $5 cover starts at 9 p.m.
The Dawg House, 5140 Warm Springs Road, has DJ music and a balloon drop with prizes. Action starts at 8 p.m. No cover.
Players, 1500 54th Street, offers a party beginning at 10 p.m. It’s $19.95 per couple, which includes four hours of pool time, karaoke, champagne at midnight and a complimentary breakfast.
Pop-A-Top, 210 32nd Street, has live music beginning at 9 p.m. You can also expect free food at midnight, party favors and a team dart tournament. No cover.
The Shanty Shack, 4475 Warm Springs Road, entertains guests with DJ music. Advance $10 tickets are available at the bar until 8 p.m. tonight. After that, tickets are $15. Cover charge includes a mini bottle of champagne and party favors.
SoHo Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road, hosts a Vegas-style party and will serve black-eyed peas for good luck, collard greens for prosperity and ham and cornbread because they taste good. The M&M Band will play dance party covers. A $10 cover includes food, midnight champagne and party favors.
Broadway bars host a variety of promotions, including these highlights:
The Loft, 1032 Broadway, hosts a masquerade party to “unmask” the new restaurant below the nightclub. Action starts at 5 p.m. on both floors. Big Woody & The Splinters perform beginning at 9 p.m. Cover is $10.
Expect giveaways every hour. At midnight, there’s a grand prize of a $300 gift certificate for The Loft or the restaurant. Free masks and party favors, drink specials, a champagne toast at midnight and a free breakfast buffet beginning at 12:30 a.m.
The restaurant will serve a $20 buffet with items like lasagna, chicken marsala, broccoli florentine, pastas, desserts and more.
The Oasis, 1107 Broadway, has live music from local band Haywire. It’s $15 singles, $20 couples. Expect drink specials and specials for military guests. A $5 breakfast buffet begins at 1 a.m. and includes items like eggs, sausage and coffee.
Flip Flops, 1111 Broadway, offers a masquerade party with music by Jasper Drive. Best getup wins $100. A $5 cover includes midnight champagne toast.