New Year’s Eve isn’t just about a countdown. That’s why the local Dec. 31 party lineup includes venues boasting a full night’s worth of activities for a variety of tastes. This year’s roundup of New Year’s Eve shindigs spans everything from family-friendly games at Zoo City USA to ham and cornbread at SoHo Bar & Grill.
As the big night approaches, check The Walk of Shame blog at ledgerenquirer.com for updates on Columbus-area parties.
Here’s some of what you can expect:
Families can head to Zoo City USA, 2301 Airport Thruway, for all-ages, alcohol-free party. A $30 wristband includes everything except food and beverages. Atlantabased Family Force 5 entertains, with opening act The M&M Band. The party is 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Call 706-507-9661.
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AMF Peach Bowl Lanes, 1636 Bradley Park Drive, also has an allages party. It’s 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost is $99 per lane for parties of six, or $22 per person. Guests 21 and older who make early reservations with a $40 deposit get a free bottle of champagne. Call 706-324-4431.
Adults looking for something different from the average bar party should try celebrating at a restaurant.
Buckhead Bar & Grill, 5010 Armour Road, offers live entertainment and special entrees, as well as party favors and a variety of drinks from the restaurant’s bar. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call 706-571-9995.The club scene
Looking to celebrate in a bar? Plenty of hot spots will help you dance your way into 2009.
H2O, 6499 Veterans Parkway, has a New Year’s Eve Bash featuring DJ music, free champagne at midnight and a balloon drop with cash prizes. Action starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 706-327-9700.
The Saloon and Oyster Bar, 6005 Macon Road, celebrates with DJ music. Party starts at 9 p.m. No cover. Call 706-568-8400.
The Sports Page, 5736 Veterans Parkway, has karaoke until 1:30 a.m., as well as party favors. A steak special that serves two is $20.09. The meal special begins at 6 p.m., karaoke starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 706-641-9966.
Neighborhood bar Pop-A-Top, 210 32nd St., hosts a country music party beginning at 8 p.m. Door prizes and free food. Call 706-323-9292.
The Shanty Shack, 4475 Warm Springs Road, has free mini champagne bottles and lots of party favors. The Naked Eskimos and Foreplay entertain. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Action starts at 6 p.m. Call 706-507-3418.
SoHo Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road serves up black-eyed peas for good luck and collard greens for prosperity. Ham, cornbread, party favors and champagne will also be available at the shindig, which begins at 9 p.m. The M&M Band entertains. Cover is $10. Call 706-568-3316.
Cigar and martini bar Belloo’s, 900 Front Ave., has live entertainment from Java Monkey. Other draws include free champagne, snacks and party favors. Action starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. Call 706-494-1584.
Downtown bars celebrate with everything from live music to giveaways. Hit Broadway Dec. 31 and find which party is calling your name.
Head to Smiths, Ala., for a party at Del Ranch Bar and Grill, 4920 Lee Road 430. The Ranch Hands entertain, and you can also look forward to party favors and champagne. Party starts at 9 p.m. Call 334-297-9177.