Sky City — Funk You/Supergiants. Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9; $10
Whiskey Bar (Kitchen) — Complimentary champagne/party favors
Soul Bar — DJ Solo spinning and midnight champagne toast; $5
Playground — DJ Richie Rich spinning with Jerry Feels Good opening
Metro Coffeehouse — Complimentary champagne/party favors
Stillwater Taproom — pint night
1102 — New Year’s Eve festivities
Bar on Broad — New Year’s Eve festivities
Coyotes — Amy Taylor/Robin Dixon and the Midnight Moon Band
Tipsy McStumbles — New Year’s Eve festivities
*Least desirable downtown option: 401 Walton Way, aka The Lockdown — Just try and barhop without a designated driver, and Operation: Rolling Thunder will most likely claim you as its next victim. Drunk tanks will be filling up all night and making heavy deposits at this, the dark end of Walton Way, where dreams die, and embarrassing mugshots are offloaded to the Jail Report nightly. Think about it: if the very real threat of doing bodily harm to yourself or others isn’t enough to deter you from getting behind the wheel while inebriated, the thought of having your drunken face being scoffed at by readers of this scholarly literary journal should do it.
Indian Queen — Midnight champagne toast
Partridge Inn — Dinner from 5-9 p.m., party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Pam Bowman Hill Band
Surrey Tavern — Joel Cruz and The Method, no cover charge
Surreal at Surrey — New Year’s Eve festivities
*Least desirable option: Crashing a millionaire’s house party in Summerville — While it’s debatable, depending on your level of shamelessness and how good you are at “acting as if,” as to how long you could last at some mansion party before being exposed as a completely uninvited charlatan, no amount of free champagne and caviar (we can only assume that’s what the rich still dine on) could be traded for getting your ass kicked by a group of fatcat septuagenarians. This is no way to find out how the other half lives.
Bar West — New Year’s Eve festivities
Chevy’s — Open at 8:30 p.m. — DJ Dougie, champagne toast at midnight.
The Country Club — Jared Ashley
French Market Grille West — Dinner starts at 4 p.m. (Cajun chicken cordon bleu, prime rib, cowboy cut ribeye, seafood-baked eggplant, lobster bisque, creole pecan pie, grilled porkchops, collard greens, catfish)
Somewhere in Augusta — Showing all football games, champagne toast at midnight.
Andrew’s Place — Complimentary champagne/party favors throughout the evening, 5-course dinner, Jeff Barnes sings songs of Elvis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. $10 cover for bar-only patrons, includes champagne toast at midnight/party favors.
*Least desirable option: Not getting out of your house until 11:45 p.m. — We’ve all been there: New Year’s Eve sneaks up, and despite having a clear schedule for the entire day, you just can’t seem to get going until it’s almost too late, and you get to whatever party or bar you planned on attending way too late, and have time to down about 2 ounces of champagne before the clock strikes midnight. Don’t be that guy or girl. Make plans to get out of the house by late afternoon/early evening, get where you’re going, and stay there. There are nights to indecisively bounce around town — this is not one of them. If you find yourself still staring in the mirror with less than 30 minutes to spare, just chalk this New Year’s Eve up as a loss, and retain that hollow feeling for 365 days, vowing not to end up there again in 2014.
The Retreat — Dinner from 5-10 p.m., regular menu/full wine list. (Reservations recommended.)
*Least desirable option: Waffle House (any location), 4 a.m.. Let’s face it — despite the number of times you’ve adopted the “never again” mantra after a dubious late night decision to add about 1,500 calories to your daily intake, you’ll always go back to the Waffle House to cap off a night of heavy imbibing. Like tequila, you’ll always ignore past experience and live fully in the moment. Good for you.
Cadwallader’s — American fine dining — 706.860.7444
Calvert’s — Continental cuisine — calvertsrestaurant.com, 706.738.4514
Sheehan’s — Upscale Irish pub food — sheehansirishpub.com, 706.364.1234
Crum’s on Central — International cuisine — crumsoncentral.com, 706.729.6969
Frog Hollow — American fine dining — froghollowtavern.com, 706.364.6906
Bee’s Knees — Tapas — beeskneestapas.com, 706.828.3600
La Maison — French cuisine — lamaisontelfair.com, 706.722.4805
Bistro 491 — Country French dining — bistro491.com, 706.738.6491
5 O’clock Bistro — International bistro — 5oclockbistro.com, 706.922.9560
Edgar’s Grille — Contemporary fine dining — edgarsgrille.com, 706.854.4700
Luigi’s — Classic Italian – luigisinc.com, 706.722.4056