Thursday, December 15, 2011

Grown Folks only: New Year's Eve ideas in Cincinnati

New Year's Eve is one of the few adults-only nights for me and the hubs. Sometime we stay in, sometimes we just go out for dinner. Other times we make a party night with friends out of it. There are tons of ways – at different price points – to ring in 2012 across Cincinnati.

I'm going to focus on events for couples, but if you're looking to include the kids, hop over to this Family Friendly Cincinnati post.

So here are some ideas for Cincinnati's grown folks this New Year's Eve. I've gone to the Fountain Square and Oakley ones in the past and can vouch for their fun-ness. Expect crowds though!!!

Happy New Year!

Know Theatre CityBeat NYE Speakeasy Party (OTR)
Dec. 31: 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Cost: $20, $15 advance by Dec. 26

Get your fedoras and flapper dresses ready because Know Theatre’s annual New Year’s Eve Party is returning this year with a 1920’s Speakeasy theme! This 6th annual celebration, sponsored by CityBeat, is a secret underground party that’ll be the cat’s meow. With coppers cracking down on the bootleggin' be sure you're not followed and get ready to party like it's 1923.  Gaming, Food and Drink!

Toyota's New Year's Eve Blast on Fountain Square (Downtown)
Dec. 31 at 8 p.m
Cost: Free

New Year’s Eve on Fountain Square is a tradition that’s getting bigger each year. Enjoy a free skate, sip an adult beverage at the Christian Moerlein Ice Bar, and watch fireworks light up the downtown sky. December 31; free skate and DJ at 8 p.m.; fireworks at Midnight.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: A SWINGIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE 2011 (DOWNTOWN)

Dec. 31 7:30 PM
Cost: Starting at $10

Swing into the New Year with your Orchestra! Pops Conductor John Morris Russell conducts a rip-roaring, rompin’ program of hot Ellington-era Big Band tunes and Broadway favorites. Swing and swoon as sensational singers and dancers accompany the Orchestra in an evening of classic American music.

New Years Eve Track Bash at Turfway Park (Florence, KY)

Dec. 31, 5pm to 1:30am. First post 5:30pm.
Three price options:  Free admission, $2.50 bottled domestic beer, $3.50 well drinks, and $2 champagne from 11pm to midnight, no reservation needed
Homestretch & Top of the Park--deluxe buffet, beer/wine/mixed drinks, party favors, champagne toast: $75, reservations recommended
Third Floor--Table for 6, party favors, champagne toast: $100, reservations recommended

Ring in 2012 at Turfway's Track Bash--the only party in town with champagne, auld lang syne, kisses at midnight, and live Thoroughbred racing!

Fire & Ice Ball on the Square at 20th Century Theater

Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
Cost: $80.00 per person*

Cincinnat Sports League's Fire & Ice VIP Party is the ultimate VIP party held inside the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. The VIP ticket includes: all of your food throughout the night, a ticketed bar, live music entertainment, prizes, raffles & split the pots, party favors, a live feed to the ball drop in Times Square, champagne toast at midnight plus many more surprises!

The ticketed bar features: (6) Bud Light bottles and (4) You Call It drinks made to order and a champagne toast at midnight. Well have an appetizer buffet featuring Bruschetta, Sub Sandwhiches, Chicken Kabobs, Potato Skins, Assorted Desserts and Coffee. Cash bar offered for additional drinks.

*I believe there is an outdoor free or low-cost option, but I couldn't find that info.

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