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Fireworks erupt over the Gene Leahy Mall for the annual celebration of New Year's Eve as viewed from the W. Dale Clark Library roof in Omaha on Dec. 31, 2012.(CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD)


The World-Herald's guide to ringing in the new year
From staff reports


No plans yet to celebrate the New Year? Here's a roundup of New Year's Eve events, including restaurant specials and nightlife options.

WHERE TO DRINK

• Bourbon Theatre | 1415 O St., Lincoln

Masquerade Ball featuring Kris Lager Band, 9 p.m., $6.

→ If you love Parliament Funkadelic, head down to Lincoln on New Year's Eve. Kris Lager Band will be performing a tribute to the famous funk group. Henry and the Invisibles and FREAKABOUT! will hit the stage, too. Come in with the best mask to win a golden ticket, earning you entry to any show at the Bourbon in 2014.

• Brass Monkey | 5611 S. 36th St.

Fun With Fred, 9 p.m., no cover.

→ Like a little variety in your beer? This sports bar has 37 beers on tap. On New Year's Eve, the Brass Monkey will feature drink specials all night long along with the beat of DJ Fred.

• Brewsky's | 8528 Park Dr.

Ninth Annual Lemon Fresh New Years Eve, 7 p.m., $5

→ Check out local cover groups Lemon Fresh Day and Hidden Agenda and a wealth of drink specials at Brewsky's on New Year's Eve. There will be free champagne at midnight at this white tablecloth event.

• The Hive Rock Club and Art Gallery | 1207 Harney St.

Hector Anchondo with Funk Trek, 9 p.m., $10.

→ The newly relocated bar and gallery has been waiting on its new liquor license, but owner Jake Gardner says the show will go on. Have a bluesy New Year's with Hector Anchondo.

• House of Loom | 1012 S. 10th St.

→ Alice in Wonderloom — New Year's Eve Through the Looking Glass, 9 p.m., $10 pre-sale, $15 day of show.

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole at this wacky new year's bash. Knock back some Wonderland-inspired drinks and tons of Champagne, including a complimentary toast at midnight. Brent Crampton and The Funk Dopolis Project will DJ.

• Jake's Cigars and Spirits | 6206 Maple St.

1980 Rocks in the New Year, 5 p.m., no cover.

→ Rock out like Dead Kennedys are a brand new band. Throw on your ratty, patched-up jean vest and knock back some tallboys at this punk-rock-themed '80s night out at Jake's. The bar will award prizes to the most “punked out” people.

• Juni Ballroom, Omaha Marriott | 10220 Regency Circle

New Year's Eve party, 9 p.m., $25, $129 for package that includes sleeping room, two tickets to party, champagne toast and breakfast for two.

→ Head to the Marriott for a party featuring country group the Sheila Greenland Band.

• Mix | 302 S. 11th St.

→ The sports bar holds its grand opening New Year's Eve with $3 cocktails on tap.

• Shamrocks Pub and Grill | 5338 N. 103rd St.

Ten Club, 9 p.m.

→ Pretend you're seeing Pearl Jam and check out this New Year's performance by the tribute group.

• Slowdown | 729 N. 14th St.

Happy Goo Year 7, 9 p.m., $20 in advance, $75 VIP.

→ Get ready to party with Goo. This all-night dance party will keep your toes tapping till they just about fall off. Snag a VIP ticket to get premium wells, Champagne and tons of other drinks for 1 cent all night, as well as appetizers from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

• The Sydney | 5918 Maple St.

Free concert with Rock Paper Dynamite, 9 p.m., no cover

→ Bring in the new year dancing with a free show at The Sydney featuring Rock Paper Dynamite, A Man Amongst Men and John Klemmensen and the Party.

• Taza Nightclub | 1507 Farnam St.

Power 106.9's New Year's Eve “Little Black Dress Party,” 8 p.m., $25 per person, $20 if you wear a little black dress, $40 for couples.

→ Taza Nightclub and Power 106.9 encourage you to dress to impress at this celebration. Ring in the new year in style with your friends.

• Vega | 350 Canopy St., Suite 220, Lincoln

New Year's Eve with Universe Contest, Eastwood Pants, Little Brazil, Gettin' Hipper Fun Bunch, 7 p.m., $15

→ Vega will have all-night performances by a number of local indie rock groups. Get your $15 worth with drink and food specials, as well as a number of other special surprises.

• The Waiting Room Lounge | 6212 Maple St.

Secret Weapon New Year's, 9 p.m., $10

→ Hang out with '80s cover group Secret Weapon at this New Year's celebration. Sing along to your favorite Warrant and Guns N' Roses songs without fear of embarrassment.

• Wilson and Washburn | 1407 Harney St.

Grand opening and New Year's Eve celebration, 9 p.m., $30 in advance, $35 at the door

→ Pop some complimentary Champagne at midnight at this celebration of Wilson and Washburn's grand opening and the new year. There will be poker tables, a DJ, free food and giveaways. Grab tickets in advance at the restaurant.

WHERE TO EAT

• Anthony's Steakhouse | 7220 F St.

→ Anthony's and Ozone Lounge have several options for a New Year's Eve meal.

The Anthony's ballroom will feature a prime rib buffet and music by Rough Cut, with a Champagne toast at midnight. Price is $60 per person.

In the Ozone Lounge, dine off the main dinner menu while band Avaricious plays. The music starts at 9 p.m., with seatings at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. An extra $10 will be added to your dinner tab.

Call 402-331-7575 for reservations.

• Blue Sushi | 416 S. 12th St. and other locations

Each location of Blue Sushi in Omaha will have its own special menu on New Year's Eve, including items from the grill and sushi bar.

All of the restaurants open at noon, and happy hour runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

→ The Old Market location's menu includes three sushi specials; one is the new year kampachi, which includes amberjack, holiday spice, orange puree, sweet potato, cranberry, olive oil powder, garlic and an orchid candy. Other specials: a crispy potato spring roll, wasabi-seared salmon and a poached Asian pear dessert.

A party starts at 8 p.m. downtown. Music from DJ Bobby will fill the second level, and the third level will feature a light show and music from DJs LeCube and Stephen Bills. A $5 cover begins at 9 p.m. and includes a Champagne toast at midnight.

For reservations downtown, call 402-408-5566.

• Blue Sushi | 16939 Wright Plaza

→ At Baby Blue, the specials include a ronin roll, which is tuna, crab, ohba, yamagobo, cucumber wrap and ponzu; a lobster claw; bacon-wrapped scallops; shrimp and grits; and a mango sorbet dessert. For reservations there, call 402-547-5959.

Blue Sushi | 14450 Eagle Run Drive

→ And at the Grayhawk Pointe location, specials include a masshiro roll, which is crispy seabass, grilled asparagus, takuan, escolar, avocado, yuzu ponzu and spicy sauce; salmon bisque; duck roulade; and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Call 402-445-2583 for reservations.

On New Year's Day, the restaurants open at noon and will have an all-day happy hour until 8 p.m.

• Cantina Laredo | 120 S. 31st Ave. # 5107

→ Cantina Laredo in Midtown Crossing will be serving a quail fajita on New Year's Eve.

A menu available Saturday through Wednesday features the special protein along with limited edition margaritas and chocolate raspberry churros. The fixed-price menu includes three courses with optional drinks. The meal is $35 per person and $15 for the optional drink pairings.

To make a reservation, call 402-345-6000.

• Dante Ristorante | 16901 Wright Plaza

→ Dante Ristorante will have a New Year's Eve fixed-price menu Tuesday. The three-course menu is $35 per person before tax and tip. For an additional $20, guests can pair wine with each course.

Dinner choices include a first course of Nebraska beef carpaccio and pickled mushrooms with olive oil; a second course of Maine lobster ravioli with Shadowbrook Farms chčvre, tarragon and vanilla bean; and a third course of wood-oven braised quail with soft polenta.

The restaurant will also serve its regular menu. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-932-3078.

• Dario's Brasserie | 4920 Underwood Ave.

→ Dario's Brasserie celebrates its seventh birthday this New Year's Eve with an array of beers, spirits and food.

Deus Brut des Flandres, a beer brewed in Belgium but finished in France as though it were champagne, and new zesty tripel and Christmas ales will be available. Cocktail offerings include the classic Sazerac; a Banyuls, the French cousin of Port; or a Chartreuse V.E.P., a world-renowned, centuries-old herbal liqueur manufactured by the Carthusian monks in the French Alps.

The menu will include several holiday twists on restaurant favorites and new dishes that include a sous vide venison chop, pheasant ragout and Colorado striped bass. Regular menu items will not be available.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-933-0799.

• Fleming's Steakhouse | 140 Regency Parkway

→ Fleming's Steakhouse will serve a three-course fixed-price menu on New Year's Eve.

The meal, which is $69.95 a person before tax and tip, features a first course of roasted prosciutto-wrapped shrimp with tomato jam and cilantro and the choice of salad, followed by a filet mignon paired with an 8-ounce lobster tail.

Other specials: A featured wine pairing, Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut, will be $12 a glass. A special dessert, a black and white roulade with lemon custard and blueberry sauce, will be available for $9.95.

For more information, call 402-393-0811.

• Lot 2 | 6207 Maple St.

→ At Lot 2, a four-course fixed-price menu for the New Year includes lots of choices. The meal, $75 before tax or tip, has choices for each course. First-course choices are either scallops or tete de cochon; second-course choices are carbonara or foie gras; third-course choices are bone-in filet, lobster stuffed with white fish or a double cut pork chop; and dessert choices are a corn cake or date tart.

Wine pairings are available for an additional $20.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-504-4200.

• Plank Seafood Provisions | 1205 Howard St.

→ At Plank, in the Old Market, the restaurant will serve its regular menu as well as a special menu on New Year's Eve.

The special menu, available a la carte or as a fixed-price meal for $41, includes Island Creek oysters; Big Eye tuna confit poached in duck fat and served with soy-glazed pork belly and a roasted beet and pickled white asparagus salad with blood orange and mustard vinaigrette; butter-poached Maine lobster; and butternut squash gnocchi served with roasted chantrelle mushrooms, English peas, tomato confit and Parmesan-infused cream.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-507-4480.

WHERE TO WATCH

• Theater: "Yesterday and Today" | Omaha Community Playhouse, Howard Drew Theatre, 6915 Cass St.

New Year's Eve performances 7 p.m. ($50 per person) and 10 p.m. ($75 per person) with champagne punch and cake. Information: 402-553-0800 or omahaplayhouse.com.

→ Billy McGuigan and his band, including brothers Ryan and Matthew, know every tune in the Beatles catalogue — and they take requests. If you're a fan of John, Paul, George and Ringo, or of 1960s rock done right, this musical revue is the place for you on New Year's Eve.

• Movies: A wide range of Oscar contenders is playing at local theaters.

→ Comedies, some of them in various shades of dark, include Alexander Payne's road-trip comedy “Nebraska,” a fictionalized version of the Abscam sting operation in David Russell's “American Hustle,” 1990s high-flying investment crooks in Martin Scorsese's “The Wolf of Wall Street” and the story of how Disney talked the author of “Mary Poppins” into making a movie in “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Prefer more escapist fare? You can't get more escapist than “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring Ben Stiller. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien can revel in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and cross-dresser Tyler Perry's “A Madea Christmas” dishes family dirt with a dash of heart. Even broader laughs? Try “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

OTHER EVENTS

» Holiday Lights Festival fireworks display, near the Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha, 7 p.m. Choreographed to music that will air on Star 104.5 FM. Elderly and people with disabilities may view from the fourth floor of the W. Dale Clark Library. Free.

» Noon Year's Eve at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S 10th St. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Party, Joe Cole's magic show, kids' activities and beach ball drop at noon. Free for members and with paid admission ($13.50 for those 12 and older, $12.50 for seniors 65 and older, $9 for children 3-11, free for children 2 and younger).

» Noon Year's Eve Party, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., meeting rooms 2 & 3. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sparkly crafts and bubble wrap stomp. Free.

» Noon Year's Eve at the Durham Museum, 810 S. 10th St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Party, crafts and other activities, bubble wrap stomp and noon ball drop. Free for members and with paid adimission ($9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children 3-12, free for members and children 2 and younger.)

» First Night of Play at Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St., 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pizza dinner, goodie bags, face painting, balloon artists, dancing and concert. Bubble wrap stomp and countdown start at 8 p.m. $10 for members, $14 nonmembers.

» First Night Council Bluffs, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Various locations around Bayliss Park in downtown Council Bluffs host performances to celebrate the arts and the new year. Special kid activities at Mid-America Center. Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Bayliss Park. $10 button covers all admissions (free for kids 12 and under); purchase in advance at the City Hall Treasurer's Office and all Hy-Vee and No Frills Supermarket locations in the Bluffs.


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