New Year’s Eve Bashes Around Indy

New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday. After the hustle, bustle and stress associated with gift giving holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, it is finally time to unwind and have a good time, where the only thing to remember is how to count backwards from ten. There is nothing worse than a New Year’s Eve that fizzles. The night should be filled with champagne toasts and resolutions. Fun City has got you covered as the clock counts down to 2010. Look no further. Here are all the great New Year’s Eve Bashes happening around Indianapolis downtown and in Indianapolis’ cultural districts.

New Year’s Eve Bashes in Indianapolis Downtown

First up, the Slippery Noodle is hosting a party to say goodbye to 2009 in style. Purchase your tickets ($240 for a four person table) in advance and partake of a scrumptious buffet dinner: hand carved prime rib of beef with au jus and horseradish sauce, poached salmon with dill hollandaise, twice baked potatoes, wild rice pilaf, California vegetable medley, tossed green garden salad, and your pick of the Chef’s dessert table. Plus, a split of champagne, noisemakers, hats, and live music courtesy of Perry Weber and the Devilles and Gordon Bonham Blues Band featuring Phoebe. Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the buffet starts at 9:15 pm. General public will be admitted after 10:00 pm.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is getting in on the party with New Year’s Eve in Vienna. The Viennese style celebration will feature overtures and polkas from the “Waltz King” by Johann Strauss, Jr. Dance Kaleidoscope will join the celebration with a live performance. Guests are invited to attend a party in the Hilbert Circle Theatre lobby after the show complete with a champagne toast, cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres and live music by the Paul Berns Band. Tickets for this Indianapolis art event range from $35.00 to $65.00.

Looking for a New Year’s Eve Party with no cover? Do it Irish style at the Claddagh Irish Pub on Meridian Street in Indianapolis downtown. Their Drinking Class Bash will include great beers flowing from the taps, a full bar and live music from My Yellow Rickshaw. Only spend as much as you drink at this New Year’s Eve Party.

Looking for a fulfilling and artistic New Year’s Eve activity? The Indiana Repertory Theatre is treating all guests to the New year’s Eve performances of its newly opened production of Love Letters to a free glass of champagne. See my review of Love Letters for more information!

Howl in the New Year at Howl at the Moon. Get reserved seating on the main floor of this piano bar, a catered buffet from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, a bottle of champagne at midnight and some great entertainment for only $75.00 per seat. General admission to this New Year’s Eve bash is only $25.00 and includes a champagne toast at midnight.

Let’s face it, we all have “the one that got away.” That long lost love from High School that still haunts your dreams. This New Year’s Eve Tiki Bob’s Cantina and Have a Nice Day Cafe are determined to reconnect some old flames (whether with yours or someone else’s) at their High School Reunion New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl. Get 50 cent drinks from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, an appetizer buffet, a midnight champagne toast and party favors for only $20.00 per person in advance. Upgrade to VIP status at both bars for only $50.00.

The Subterra Lounge is offering DJ entertainment at their New Year’s Eve party including party favors, appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight. Ring in the New Year with style.

Also Blu Lounge will be hosting a a Blu Year’s Eve celebration complete with hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a disc jockey and a complimentary champagne toast for only $40.00 per person. This exclusive party only has a limited amount of tickets, so get them while you still can!

New Year’s Eve Bashes on Mass Ave

Ring in the New Year in true German style at the Rathskeller Restaurant in the Athenaeum. This New Year’s Eve Party begins at 7:30 pm with live music from The Working Hour and Zanna Doo. Fill up on an hors d’oreuvres buffet and toast with champagne at midnight. Party favors are included! Tickets are $50.00 in advance and $55.00 at the door. This Indianapolis event is 21 and up.

The Chatterbox Jazz Club is offering one of the most affordable and fun New Year’s Eve Parties in the Circle City. For only $20.00 you can party at the ‘box with live entertainment by The Clifford Ratliff Quintet. Clifford is a lead trumpet player with the Indiana Avenue Jazz Roots and Heritage. Plus hats, streamers and a glass of champagne at midnight!

Comedy Sportz is trying to put some funny in your New Year’s celebration with their very special New Year’s Eve performance. Catch the act at 7:30 pm or 10:30 pm. The late performance will finish with a countdown to the New Year complete with party hats, noise makers and a New Year’s toast with sparking grape juice. Tickets range from $8.00 to $20.00.

New Year’s Eve Bashes in Fountain Square

The Indianapolis cultural district Fountain Square could not be left out of the festivities. The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Fountain Square Theatre and Atomic Duckpin Bowl. “Swing in the New Year!” in Fountain Square with this exciting celebration hosted by the Jazz Arts Society of Indiana. Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door.

Check out the new lobby bar at IMBIBE in Fountain Square this New Year’s Eve at a the Fountain Square Theatre. This bash includes free party favors, cocktails, champagne and wine by the glass, draft beer and appetizers. They suggest taking a taste of Fountain Square for your New Year’s Eve dinner at the shelBi street caFe and Bistro or Smokehouse on Shelby. This celebration goes from 5:00 pm to 3:00 am.

New Year’s Eve Bashes in Broad Ripple Village

Ring in the New Year by celebrating for a cause. The newly formed Friends of Riley are hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash at Midtown Grill in Broad Ripple Village to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital. Food and drinks for only $75.00 in advance and $85.00 at the door. The party starts at 9:00 pm and goes until 1:00 am. Start the New Year off right. Support this Indianapolis charity.

The best singles bar in Indianapolis, Landsharks of Broad Ripple, is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash to end all bashes. For $20.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door, Indianapolis singles can get free party favors and a free champagne toast. VIP booths are available. Dress to impress at Landshark’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Celebrate the New Year Family Style

Want to do something special for New Year’s Eve with your Indianapolis kids, but can only find information that includes free champagne? Well this section of the New Year’s Eve Bashes article is for you! Many Indianapolis attractions are offering family friendly programing in New Year’s Eve.

The Indiana State Museum on the Indianapolis Canal Walk and White River State Park is hosting a Family New Year’s Eve from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Ring in the New Year at 8:00 with a balloon drop. Plus live music from The Tides as the Santa Claus Express carries its last passengers of the year until closing at 9:00 pm. Your Indianapolis kids will love all the activities at this New Year’s Eve Party including face painting, clowns, hands-on crafts and children’s games. $5.00 per person for members and $10.00 per person for non members.

Spend the day at the Indiana State Museum on Thursday. See Disney’s A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience this New Year’s Eve with your little ones at the IMAX in Indianapolis downtown. This holiday favorite is playing at 11:15 am, 1:40 pm, 4:10 pm, and 6:45 pm. Tickets are only $10.00 for kids, $13.50 for adults, and $11.50 for seniors.

The Children’s Musuem of Indianapolis is hosting a Happy Noon Year Party on Thursday. Details here.

The Indiana Ice will take the ice against the Chicago Steel at Conseco Fieldhouse during their New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The band All Star Weekend will play a post game concert and be available throughout the game for autographs. Tickets range from $9.00 to $15.00.

After the game, take your Indianapolis kids to do some skating of their own at the Indiana/ World Skating Academy. Open from 9:30 pm to midnight, this Indianapolis attraction is great fun for the whole family. $7.00 for adults and $6.25 for children (includes skate rental).

Take your kids on a tour of the Circle City by way of carriage. Yellow Rose Carriages are offering a Grand City New Year’s Eve Tour. The one hour ride through Indianapolis downtown features the Circle City Lights display, the cobblestone streets of Lockerbie Square, James Whitcomb Riley Home and much more. $100.00 for four people and reservations are required.

Happy New Year

Where ever you end up this holiday, remember to play it safe. Always have a designated driver or be prepared to pay for a taxi cab. Cabs will run all over the city on New Year’s Eve. Keep the spirit lively and welcome 2010 safely. Listed below are a few cab companies and their numbers:

Indy Airport Taxi

Checker Cab

Compass Rose Cab

Happy New Year from all of us at Fun City We will see you in 2010!