What are you doing New Year’s Eve?


Sauce Spirits and Soundbar is one of the many venues offering up entertainment for your New Year's Eve celebration

I admit - I will be spending New Year's Eve at a neighbor's house, within easy walking distance of home, enjoying good food, some wine, and maybe a game of Trivial Pursuit. But if you dare venture a little further out into the night, there are more than a few things to choose from...

Sauce Spirits and Soundbar presents a full line-up of music, including Mystery Palace, Lookbook, Estate and Beatrix Jar. Cover is $10 (which includes a drink ticket) and there's free champagne at midnight.

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For the 18+ crowd, First Avenue hosts "New Year's Eve 2010 - Deep Space Danceteria," featuring Total Eclipse at Midnight, a Champagne Toast, and a Moonwalk Contest. All this hosted by TV's "Drinking With Ian."

Bryant Lake Bowl offers two performances to choose from on New Year's Eve. At 7pm and again 11pm you can catch "The Scrimshaw Brother's New Year's Eve Comedy Workout" during which they'll try to make up for all the exercise they didn't do the other 364 days out of the year.

Starting at 9pm, Bedlam Theater presents a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, featuring the Mahadrin Klezmer Ensemble, DJ Asylum Soundsystem and Dreamland Faces. Prizes will be awarded for the best mask.

For those with cash to burn, the Dakota Jazz Club has a full line-up for the evening, starting at 5:30pm with Paris Strother on piano. Then, while the dinner-set dines on a four-course creation by "Chef Jack," Jevetta and Jearlyn Steele are joined on stage by Sanford Moore. Finally, at 10:30pm, Irvin Mayfield takes the stage with his quintet for some lively horn playing. (FYI - Mayfield's performance will be broadcast live as part of NPR's Toast of the Nation). The whole evening's entertainment - including dinner - will set you back $200... per person.

Current DJ Steve Seel has a few other items to add to the list...

The New Standards will perform at Hotel Minneapolis's New Year's celebration, which features a "Mad Men" theme.

Lee's Liquor Lounge is putting on a "Rockstravaganza" with Current DJ Jill Riley, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, and E.L.nO. providing an all-star E.L.O. tribute.

Varsity Theater presents the always energetic Mark Mallman, along with White Light Riot, First Communion After Party and Koo Koo Kangaroo.

Solid Gold heads the line-up for "2010: The Year We Make Contact" at the Marriot City Center Grand Ballroom. It's a party you can feel good about, as it benefits the music programs at Edison High School in Minneapolis.

Got other plans for New Year's Eve? Let us know!