I've been tracking New Year's Eve parties at local restaurants and bars, and you're in luck if you waited until the last minute to plan your evening of saying goodbye to 2011. Plenty of restaurants are serving special dinners, some with live entertainment. A few lounges even have free shows. If you have a restaurant you want added to the list, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll update the list through tomorrow.
PACIFIC AVENUE RESTAURANTS:
The Bite Restaurant at Hotel Murano will have a special menu from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. with prime rib, wild salmon and grilled tofu. Find the menu here. If you need a place to sleep off the food coma, they have a room package for $229 that includes parking, a champagne toast a three-course dinner in the Bite restaurant and a voucher for breakfast. Book at www.hotelmuranotacoma.com or by calling 877-986-8083.
Social Bar and Grill will have a New Year's Eve dinner and entertainment package for $70 includes salad/app, entree and a bottle of wine, plus dancing that starts at 10 p.m. and a champagne toast. The dinner specials run from 6 p.m-9 p.m. For reservations and more details, click here.
Hell's Kitchen is advertising a FREE New Year's Eve show with Czar, Absence of Grace, Deathbed Confessions, American Wrecking Company, Psycho Rehab and Beyond Theory. Doors are at 6 p.m.
The Office on Pacific sports bar was advertising table reservations and champagne, with a FREE cover. They'll have DJ JesseBomb. Read more about it on their Facebook page.
The Harmon Brewery will have a FREE New Year's Eve party with live music from Rich Wetzel and his Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra. They'll also have complimentary champagne. More details here.
SIXTH AVENUE RESTAURANTS
The Red Hot, my favorite place in town for a craft brew and a stellar dog, is advertising one of the funniest non New Year's Eve parties. Read this from their Facebook page: "NYE@TRH: Sat 12/31: no party favors or dubstep dj's, and no watery sparkling wine...but we're tapping a keg of Black Raven Wisdom Seeker IIPA, and having a Duvel toast at midnight. Kitchen open to 1130, and we stay open to 1am. Thanks to all our pals for another year!" Find the restaurant's Facebook page here, and website here.
Primo Grill was advertising this menu for New Year's Eve: Grilled breast of duck with fig gastrique and root vegetable gratin, seared Willapa Bay oysters with lemon thyme brown butter and grilled Ahi tuna with vintage port sauce and braised spinach. The restaurant also advertised Scharffenberger Brut by the bottle and blood orange cosmopolitan cocktails. Find Primo's Facebook page here, or their website here.
Asado Cucina Argentina will serve a regular menu, but also will have a special menu that includes chateaubriand for two carved tableside for $89. They also have a phenomenal list of sparkling wines. See the New Year's Eve menu here. Reach the restaurant here.
Masa will have a DJ party with a $20 cover for men, $15 for women. More details here.
Jazzbones will have live music with Perry Acker, Ben Union and Dexology. Cover is $15-$25. Details here.
ELSEWHERE IN TACOMA AND THE SOUTH SOUND
Maxwell's Lounge + Restaurant was advertising dinner with complimentary champagne. Click here for the restaurant's contact information.
Doyle's Public House will celebrate New Year's a touch early with neighbors across the pond. Click here for details.
The Hub will have a special New Year's Eve dinner - a four-course dinner for two for $49.95 - and it comes with music from a Neil Diamond cover band called The Diamond Experience. More details here.
Harmon Tap Room will have a FREE party with music from Matt Brown, free champagne and "you call it" Grey Goose drinks for five bucks. Click here for the details.
Top of Tacoma, the McKinley sister lounge to Marrow Kitchen Bar, will have a FREE show at 9 p.m. with The Breaklites, Chief Noo and Kalen. Event details are here. I was there earlier this week and saw gyros listed on the menu board. If anyone tries them, please send me a note.
Tempest Lounge on the HIlltop is having a dance party with DJ Sc at 10 p.m. Event details are here.
The Spar will have a FREE party with the Ramains. Details are here.
The Stonegate Restaurant will have live music simultaneously - upstairs and downstairs. Click the Stonegate's Facebook page for more details. Cover is $10.
Adriatic Grill will have a five-course dinner with cocktails, and live entertainment. Cost is $75 per person, or $140 per couple. Event details here.
Backstage Bar and Grill is having a FREE show with Point Defiance, Atomic Outlaws, Moms Rocket and Ranchero. Details here.
Katie Downs on the Ruston waterfront isn't hosting anything special, but a staffer emailed me and told me that there always is plenty of seating available. Info here.
Morso Wine Bar will have an early evening four-course set dinner menu from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $59 per person. King salmon and filet mignon are on the menu. After 8:30, the wine bar will become a tribute to Casablanca. A dinner and dessert buffet, with prizes and champagne. Price for the late-evening event also is $59 per person. Get the full details here.
The Twisted Kilt was advertising a FREE New Year's Eve night at the downtown Puyllaup bar. More details here.