This could be the last New Year's Eve ever, so you've got to party accordingly. We, here at CL , have compiled a massive list of shenanigans for you to examine before making a final decision on where you'll be ringing in 2012.
Allure Lounge: Nu Year's Eve party hosted Teice. Presented by Tom-Tom Productions and Nu-U. $10 in advance; free with flyer until 10:30 p.m. 1508 S. Mint St. 704-333-8555. www.allurerestaurant.com.
Bar Charlotte: The Last NYE Ever party includes favors, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, mechanical bull rides and a balloon drop with cash and prizes. $20 in advance. 300 N. College St. 704-342-2545. www.barcharlotte.com.
BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon: Flappers unite for a romp back in time to the Roaring Twenties. The shindig includes party favors, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and light complimentary hors d’oeuvres served throughout the night. Don’t forget your feather boa. Tickets guarantee admission before 10:30 p.m., after will be firstcome, first serve. $25 and up. 8 p.m. 210 E. Trade St., Suite B-120. 704-971-4440. www.blackfinncharlotte.com.
Breakfast Club: The ninth annual Back to the Future Bash features three levels of festivities, party favors, a champagne toast and confetti blast at midnight and, most importantly — for those of you who haven’t quite moved forward musically - '80s and '90s dance mixes all night long. $20 in advance. 9 p.m. 225 N. Caldwell St. 704-374-1982. www.that80sclub.com.
Buckhead Saloon: New Year’s Eve party featuring beer, wine, liquor and soda, party favors, live music by The Scott Munns Band and DJ. For more information or to make reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. $50. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 201 E. 5th St. 704-370-0687.
Dharma Lounge: DJ Jask headlines and Identity Theft and Tag Techno host with performances from a handful of DJs — Jason Phillips, KT Caustic, Kev Kev, Nat Eichler and Proton Jones — who want to enlighten you with their spinning capabilities. Champagne toast at midnight too. $12 in advance. 9 p.m. 1440 S. Tryon St. 704-334-8336. www.dharmacharlotte.com.
Butter: Music provided by DJs Ciprian, A Huf and Edouard. To reserve tickets of VIP tables, call 704-295-1565 or visit www.ticketleap.com (keyword: Butter NC). 8 p.m. 950 Seaboard St. 704-295-1565. www.buttercharlotte.com.
Founders Hall: You can expect a New Year’s Eve shindig by the likes of Bluegoose, Inner Circle Events, The Sol Kitchen, RoundTable Ent. and M. Simmons to be pretty slick. Music by DJ C. Rob provided. VIP tickets include a premium top-shelf open bar and a food menu. For more information, visit www.nyecharlotte.com. $20 and up. 9 p.m. 100 N. Tryon St.
The Chop Shop: NYE party features music from DJs and headliner, Iron Cordoba, fetish performers and dancers from Single Cell Productions, booze, games, aerial artists and bellydancing by Niamia Sultana. $5. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 704-765-2467. www.chopshopnoda.com.
The Comedy Zone Charlotte: John Wesley Austin, aka “cowboy comedian,” has lassoed his funniest material for tonight’s performances — yeehaw to that! The late show features a final countdown to 2012 with party favors and a champagne toast. $20-$22.50 for dinner show at 8 p.m. ; $30-$32.50 for late show at 10:15 p.m. 900 Seaboard St., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Corner Pub: The NYE bash features drink specials and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Register between 7 p.m.-10 p.m. to win a $100 Corner Pub gift card (winner will be announced after midnight and must be present to win). 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 335 N. Graham St. 704-376-2720. www.cornerpubcharlotte.com.
Coyote Joe’s: $10 cover includes free party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m. and live music by Out Of The Blue kicks off at 9 p.m. 7 p.m. Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-399-4946. www.coyote-joes.com.
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille: New Year’s Eve party featuring four bars with beer, wine and top-shelf liquor, two buffets, a champagne toast at midnight, music from DJ Mike D and DJ Dynamite and more. $70. 911 E. Morehead St. 704- 377-3808. www.neighborhoodgrille.com.
The Dirty Martini: NYE celebration with free hor d'oeuvres (from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.), party favors, a balloon drop, a broadcast of the countdown in Times Square, a champagne toast at midnight, and guest DJ. $10-$15. 17036 Kenton Drive. 704-533-3054. www.lkndirtymartini.com.
Dixie's Tavern: Casino Royale is a Vegas-style New Year's Eve shindig featuring light hors d'oeuvres, alcohol, party favors and music by DJ Fat Kidd. Hosted by Crash of Kiss 95.1. $60. 9 p.m. 301 E. 7th St. 704-374-1700. www.dixiescharlotte.com.
Flying Saucer: Beer, beer and more beer — that’s what comes to mind when we think of Flying Saucer. Situated by UNC Charlotte, the crowd is mixed with college students and folks who are smart enough to know there’s good beer from around the world to be found here. For New Year’s Eve, there will also be party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, special drink specials and live entertainment. $10. 9 p.m. 9605 N. Tryon St. 704-568-7253. www.beerknurd.com.
How could we possibly start our holiday celebrations off right without stopping at Le Bang at Dharma Lounge? Photos are from Dec. 21.
Dharma Lounge, 12/21/11
Photos by Justin Driscoll
Looks like there was a little bit of naughtiness and an awful lot of niceness going on at Suite last night for their Naughty or Nice party.
Naughty or Nice @ Suite, 12/21/11
Shiprocked got Talent Finale was at Snug Harbor this past weekend. Peep the photos below!
Shiprocked got Talent Finale @ Snug Harbor, 12/12/11
Three words: Sexy. Santa. Contest.
It happened at Whisky River on Dec. 13, and yes, you did miss out.
Whisky River, 12/13/11
Photos by Justin Driscoll
Both men and women laced up their kicks for Boots & Beats at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Tuesday night. They strutted around in their hot Fall footwear while enjoying food, cocktails, and music mixes by three DJs. A portion of the ticket sale proceeds, as well as all children's shoe donations, were given to Speedway Children's Charities and Samaritan's Feet.
Boots & Beats @ Chima, 12/13/11
Photos by Renaul Hill
The annual Second String Santa shindig happened at The Fillmore on Dec. 8. Toys collected went to The Salvation Army of Charlotte.
Second String Santa
Photos by Renaul Hill
Bass and cupcakes made for one sweet night. Mindelixir and Pro Rag!n brought "Cupakes and Champagne" to Dharma Lounge on Dec. 9.
Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh
There once was a show. I randomly decided to go. It began with a DJ. Spinning hybrid new and old school, circa Marvin Gaye. Then the house band arrived. It was funky and joy was derived. Comedians and poets took the mic. They threw money into the crowd ... SIKE! The laughs were just as valuable, so this is easier than Geometry. Next month, you must show up for Cometry.
…at Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa. OK, so I realize that my effort at limerick is ridiculous at best, but the poetry that I drank via my thirsty ears on Dec. 7 far surpassed my amateur attempt. Cometry is a new (potentially monthly) event to be hosted at Neighborhood Theatre (and possibly Wine Up in NoDa as well), in collaboration with local promotions company Touch One Productions.
I purchased tickets for this show by complete chance, not knowing what to expect. I figured poetry … good + comedy … good + DJ … yes please + house band … alright alright = a combination that would inevitably be something to experience. I was, as usual, spot on.
Cometry is a showcase of local and imported talent in all of the aforementioned areas. I laughed, I grooved, I related, I enjoyed thoroughly. I’m also fairly sure that we had a little bit of what I can only refer to as “church” at the end … but fun church. Church with alcohol and curse words. Tickets are a bargain price of $15 ($10 in advance) and general admission seating is auditorium style. Cocktails and beer were served.
The only disappointment was the turnout, especially after I realized how amazing this medley of eclectic expression truly was. This is an event that Charlotte needs to get behind to ensure its survival. Those of you who are looking for something outside of the box of “more of the same,” keep your eye out for the next monthly installation of Cometry and get yo-self some tickets. The evening will include the same impeccably soulful DJ Japeto and house band BKC, and the line-up will consist of poets Tavis Brunson and Black Swan and featured comedian Jawan Charley.
Megan Henshall is a project coordinator by day, favorite child, rollerskating enthusiast, blogger, and lover of all things social and under appreciated. For more writing/ramblings/rants visit www.dearsuchandso-keyboardventing.blogspot.com.
Ugly Christmas Sweater parties — oh how we love them.
Whisky River, 12/6/11
Photos by Justin Driscoll